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Stories for July 4, 2007

More Than 1.2 Million Get a Taste of the S.D. County Fair

July 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

July 4th means picnics, fireworks, and the final day of the San Diego County Fair. As KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us, the Fair was all about food.

Hundreds of Police Officers Patrolling Packed Beaches

July 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of thousands of people have packed San Diego beaches on this July 4 holiday. Local law enforcement officials say they're keeping a close eye on the crowds. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

National Forests Thin on Senior Staff

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On some days swaths of California's flammable national forests are protected by nothing more than luck. On an average day, about 40 out of 271 Forest Service fire engines stay in firehouses rather than on patrol, because of a shortage of supervisors in the state.

'Cooling Centers' in Place to Protect Against Extreme Heat

July 4
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state has set up “cooling centers” at fairgrounds statewide because of the expected high temperatures this week. They’re open until at least Friday in 13 counties, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno and Shasta. Governor Schwarzenegger has also encouraged Californians to look out for neighbors who might be affected by the heat.

CHP Commissioner Issues July 4 Challenge

July 4
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Highway Patrol commissioner is issuing a challenge to drivers in the state to see if we can get through one day – July 4—without having a fatal traffic collision. CHP Spokesman Tom Marshall says it’s a rare occurance.

Martha: Palindromes

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

“No lemons, no melon.” “Was it a car or a cat I saw?” “Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo.” This week, Martha’s running backwards and forwards, rhapsodizing about her favorite palindromes. So, “Sit on a pan, Otis!” – this podcast is “too hot to hoot.”

More Pendleton Marines Under Investigation for War Crimes

July 4
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Military investigators have confirmed that Camp Pendleton Marines are being investigated for allegedly murdering insurgents captured during combat in 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq.

Chula Vista Kidnap for Ransom Case 'Worrisome Trend'

July 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A sixth man has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping a man for ransom in Chula Vista. Prosecutors say the case is part of a worrying trend of crimes in San Diego that exhibit the characteristics of Mexican drug cartels. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Transformers

July 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Bays movie opens with a prologue that provides the back story to the

Renowned Author Frank Deford Shares Details About His Latest Novel

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Frank Deford is renowned as one of America's best sportswriters. So while it's no surprise that he was named national sportswriter of the year six times, it may surprise you to learn that he's adept in several genres. His latest book, The Entitled, is a novel. Producer Pat Finn asked him about it.

Three Women Share Different Points of View on Abortion

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the past two days, KPBS has been broadcasting a series of stories about Abortion. We examined the idea of abortion regret. A notion that had little scientific support, but somehow found its way in a recent Supreme Court ruling. Today, we introduce you to three young women, all with different points of view on the abortion issue. I asked them about regret, the law and whether they believed there was common ground in this very divisive issue.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 4
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gypsy Seductress, Pop Rock Style

July 4
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

On Sunday, I went to see the

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 4
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting