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Stories for September 13, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Britney Spears: Assessing the Fallout

Sept. 13
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I've read to the fiasco that was Britney Spear's performance on MTV's 2007 Video Music Awards. Though I watched her much heralded then quickly derided "comeback" performance, I refrained from writing anything about it because, a) there is enough opinion, disgust, ruefulness, and derisive glee being bandied about, I didn't want to add to the cauldron, and b) the VMA Awards only confirmed for me how undeniably irrelevant MTV is in quality cultural output.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Long Beach Warns Water Shortage is Imminent, Urges Conservation

Sept. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Long Beach water department has declared that a water shortage is imminent and is urging a half-million residents to conserve.

Pending FDA Nod, S.D. Stem Cell Outfit Offers Treatment in Tijuana

Sept. 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego-based stem cell company has found fertile ground in Tijuana to offer stem cell treatments not yet approved in the United States. Stemedica has partnered with a Tijuana hospital to offer adult stem cells to patients who've exhausted other options. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Annual Coastal Cleanup in San Diego Saturday

Sept. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The largest volunteer coastal cleanup in California kicks off Saturday morning. More than 6,000 volunteers will scour San Diego County waterways and trails to collect trash. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California Legislature Passes Measure to Up Disability Payments

Sept. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Legislature has passed a measure that would increase permanent disability payments to injured workers. Supporters say the bill would restore some of the benefits workers have lost in recent years. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

UCSD Admins Under Investigation For Inappropriate Grade Changes

Sept. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the founding members of U.C. San Diego's Preuss School says investigators are trying to find out whether administrators there intentionally changed students’ grades. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Chargers Report: Chula Vista Has Two Viable Stadium Locations

Sept. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers released a report to the public today that concludes the city of Chula Vista has two viable sites for a new NFL football stadium. Questions about the two sites are already surfacing in the community. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Troubled Economy May Worsen Consumer Debt Problems

Sept. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Americans are falling behind on consumer debt. Economists point to slow job growth and declining home prices as part of the problem. But Americans have also been used to decades of easy, abundant credit, leading some people to reckless spending habits. We'll examine the troubled state of the economy, and we'll ask how American debt relates to it.

Weekend Preview: San Diego's Fall Theater Season has Began

Sept. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

We'll talk about what new plays are opening and some season announcements with San Diego Union-Tribune theater critic Anne Marie Welsh.

Climate Change Program Gets Mixed Review

Sept. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says the U.S. government is making progress in understanding climate change on a global scale. The review of the Climate Change Science Program was led by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher. But the report says some areas of the program are not making progress. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Mayor Sanders' 'Managed Competition' Efforts Under Attack

Sept. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is coming under attack for moving too slowly on his promise to open city jobs to competition from the private sector. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Musician John Vanderslice Performs Music from His New Album

Sept. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Vanderslice's new album “Emerald City” continues his art of writing intensely poetic lyrics that are often character-driven storytelling. We'll talk to Vanderslice about his new album, his San Francisco based recording studio and get his thoughts about the future of marketing music.

Agencies Launch Ad Campaign About California Water Crisis

Sept. 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The group representing water agencies in the state is launching a new media campaign to let people know about what it considers a crisis. The Association of California Water Agencies -- or ACWA -- is planning radio, television and print ads detailing the problems facing the Sacramento River Delta.

Pine Valley Fire Continues to Burn

Sept. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Firefighters battled a wind-driven blaze that burned 1,750 acres of tinder-dry brush in a remote mountainous area east of San Diego. The fire, which injured one firefighter, was 5 percent contained as it entered its second day Thursday, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Captain Matt Streck said.