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Stories for May 3, 2007

Discovery of Gene That Affects Lifespan Could Have Big Impact

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Scientists have discovered a gene that could lead to longer, healthier lives. Lead researcher Andrew Dillin says this could yield new drugs that would allow people to reap the health benefits without adhering to a strict diet.

Local Dems Plead for Federal Money to Bolster Border Infrastructure

May 3
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southwestern border Democrats are trying to get a new source of federal money for their districts -- including San Diego. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

SDSU Syphilis Outbreak Prompts Urging That Students Get Tested

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

School health officials are recommending sexually active students at San Diego State get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The suggestion comes following the discovery of a number of students who've contracted syphilis. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Syphilis Outbreak Raises Questions Concerning STD Education

May 3
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It may be time to consider whether America's Safe Sex campaign is working. Despite two decades of public awareness campaigns about safe sex and condoms, venereal disease is on the rise in San Diego and across the country. Joanne Faryon tells us more.

Housing Market Slump May Reverse Course in Summer of 2008

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Consumer confidence has significantly dropped in San Diego, and it's tied to the major slump in the housing market. But one economic think tank is predicting that home prices may begin climbing back up as soon as the summer of 2008.

From Greece to the NFL: The Sociological Role of the Stadium

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

They are the arenas of spectacle, sport, and memories. People's attachment to stadiums and the events they attend there can run very deep. We explore the role NFL stadiums play in communities with a sociologist who's studied stadiums from ancient Greece to the NFL.

Exclusive Interview with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

May 3
By Jeffrey Callison and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Capital Public Radio host Jeffrey Callison sat down for an exclusive interview with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss health care reform, as well as his thoughts on the presidential candidates.

S.D. Wildfire Conditions the Most Dangerous Seen in Decades

May 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The fire season has come early to several Southern California counties. State fire officials declared the start of the fire season Monday in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernadino counties. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Californians Pay About $11 More Per Tank of Gas Than Rest of U.S.

May 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A consumers group says Californians pay a penalty at the gas pump. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Weekend Preview: Bright Eyes, Skin Deep, The Myth Project

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An exhibit of portraits, the Marriage of Figaro and a concert by Bright Eyes tops our critics choices for your weekend activities.

Worst May Be Over for San Diego Real Estate

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The worst times may be over for the San Diego real estate market, according to a new report from UCLA's Anderson Forecast. We speak to one of the economists who compiled the report, and to a local real estate expert, to get their perspective on the latest information about the San Diego housing market.

Creating a Game Plan for a New Chargers Stadium

May 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Where will the Chargers touch down? That's the question posed to a panel of experts discussing issues related to the team's pursuit of a new stadium. The panel, hosted by San Diego State University's College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, is set for Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

UCSD's Student-Run Clinic Celebrates 10 Years of Serving Uninsured

May 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1997, a professor and a few medical students at UCSD came up with the idea of starting a free medical clinic in Pacific Beach. This year, the student-run free clinic celebrates its tenth anniversary. Supporters say the clinic provides a ray of hope for people our health care system leaves behind. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.