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Stories for June 20, 2007

Human Genome Mapper Receives Nierenberg Prize in San Diego

June 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Molecular biologist Craig Venter, the pioneering scientist who mapped the human genome -- and one of UCSD's most famous graduates -- is back in San Diego. We talk to him about his work deciphering the code of life, his current projects, and his plans for a new San Diego institute.

Imperial Valley Board Declares Water Shortage

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Imperial Irrigation District has taken a first step toward possible water rationing by declaring a water shortage.

New Cyber Crime Tactic Hijacks Your ATM Data Via Fake Card Slot

June 20
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Getting instant cash out of an Automated Teller Machine is easy. We take it for granted. But thieves are preying on that convenience. Andrew Phelps is here to tell us more.

Baseball Great Dave Winfield Honors Negro League Players

June 20
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Baseball Hall-of-Famer and former Padre Dave Winfield wants to keep the history of black baseball alive. He'll honor the Negro League's surviving players this weekend. Winfield talked to KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps at Petco Park.

California Investors Grab $690 Million in State Bonds

June 20
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Individual California investors snatched up more the $690 million worth of state bonds this week. It the first time the state treasurer's office has made such a concerted effort to sell state bonds directly to residents.

Five Men Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Kidnap-For-Ransom Operation

June 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Five men pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge in Superior Court in San Diego on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the men are part of a sophisticated and well-funded kidnap-for-ransom operation. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Clears Key Hurdle

June 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A plan to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad recently cleared a key hurdle. But, as KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, there's a long regulatory road ahead before we taste that first drop.

Weather Service Says Wildfire Conditions Even Worse This Week

June 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The National Weather Service says there's a high risk of wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday. They've issued a Red Flag Warning for the mountains and forests, meaning humidity has dropped below 10 percent in those areas.

Hydraulic Earthquake Simulator Shows Danger of Loose Objects

June 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A recent survey shows San Diego County residents worry more about an earthquake than a wildfire. To encourage folks to prepare for the big one, the crew of the world's biggest mobile earthquake simulator visited downtown San Diego today. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Hormone Therapy May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Certain Women

June 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New results from the Women's Health Initiative study indicate hormone therapy among younger women may help reduce one risk factor in heart disease. But researchers say the benefits are unclear. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

100 Rally at Chula Vista Albertsons in Possible Strike Precursor

June 20
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 100 grocery union workers rallied at an Albertsons parking lot in Chula Vista today. They want more affordable health care and a wage increase. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Author Shares His Experience of Traveling the World

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with a retired San Diego State professor and tour guide about his memoir of traveling to over 60 different countries. He talks about his experience traveling the world and shares the revelations he had about himself and Americans abroad.

Dizzy’s Jazz Venue Closes for Earthquake Retrofitting

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dizzy's, San Diego's jazz venue catering to purists, closes suddenly for earthquake retrofitting. We'll talk with Dizzy's founder and operator about his immediate and future plans.

Attorney Discusses Recent FCC Ruling on Fleeting Obscenity

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to a media attorney about a recent court ruling striking down the Federal Communication Commission's new standards for obscenities broadcast during programming.

Retail Expert Says Grocery Strike Unlikely

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As grocery store chains and union workers try to negotiate a new contract, what is the future of grocery stores? We discuss the biggest threats to the "big three" grocery stores with a local retail market expert.

Martha: Serial Comma Killers

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Martha’s grappling with a bad case of Grammar Rage. The serial comma – that last comma separating items in a series – is under attack – and she’s not happy about it. See how this tiny piece of punctuation can spare you some serious bloopers.

Lesser Charge Recommended for Marine Lawyer in Haditha Killings

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A lesser charge is being recommended for a Marine lawyer charged with failing to probe the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in the Haditha assault.

Firefighters Get Upper Hand of Fire Burning Near San Diego Homes

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A wildfire burned Tuesday in a brush-filled canyon below a residential neighborhood. The fire moved uphill through heavy vegetation in the Rancho Penasquitos area, a suburban neighborhood in northern San Diego, as firefighters positioned themselves along a ridgeline to protect houses from the flames.