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Stories for September 17, 2007

Women in Hollywood, Women in Toronto

Sept. 17
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

A while back,

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 17
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Dumbing Down of Dance and Alliterative Excess

Sept. 17
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

in the

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 17
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Iraqi Government Revokes License of Blackwater USA

Sept. 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A decision today by the Iraqi government to revoke the license of defense contractor Blackwater USA has emboldened local opposition to the firm. Opponents of Blackwater's plans to build a training center in San Diego's East County say the U.S. government should now follow suit. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma explains.

Interest Conflict Cited Over Firm's Dual Work For Blackwater, County

Sept. 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group opposed to a defense contractor's plans to build a center in East County to train military forces is objecting to the county's use of lobbyists that also work for the company. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Thousands of State Convicts Could See Reduction of Parole Time

Sept. 17
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State corrections officials are preparing to launch an effort that could reduce parole for thousands of convicts. They'll present the plan to the Board of Parole hearings on Tuesday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Authorities Nab $500k+ and 44 Suspects in Border Drug Bust

Sept. 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local, state and federal authorities in San Diego announced they have knocked a link out of the cross border drug chain. During a six-month undercover operation, authorities arrested 44 people and seized more than half a million dollars in cash. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Volunteers Collect 100,000 Lbs. of Trash in Weekend Cleanup Effort

Sept. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 5,000 people spent part of their weekend picking up trash in San Diego County. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Last Day of Public Hearings for San Diego Transportation Plan

Sept. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today is the last day for public comment on a Draft 2007 Regional Transportation Plan for San Diego. The plan is updated every four years. It's the blueprint of how to spend billions of dollars to avoid gridlock, and make life bearable for commuters. KPBS reporter Alison St John attended a public hearing on the plan.

Birth Rates Shape the Future of San Diego

Sept. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Projections show that most of San Diego's growth, in the near future, will come from births – not migration. Who are having children? We speak with San Diego State demographer John Weeks about local, and international, birth rates to learn what cultural and economic factors influence a person's decision to have children and the affects population growth has on future society.

SDPD Crime Lab's DNA Unit Investigates "Lesser Felony" Crimes

Sept. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Police Department allocates resources to investigate burglaries and other "lesser felony" crimes through forensic evidence. Two specialists from the SDPD crime lab tell us how solving one crime can open the door to solving other, why this investment is worth it, and how the DNA database will expand in the coming years.

Gardeners Struggle with the Region's Extreme Drought

Sept. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In this hour, we'll talk with gardening experts Tom Piergrossi and Nan Sterman about how to plant and plan under drought conditions.

New, Improved Schools Open in Southern San Diego

Sept. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school kids are settling into a handful of new campuses this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis took a tour of the new and improved Burbank Elementary in Barrio Logan and has this report.

Drought Could be Factor in Sewage Treatment

Sept. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is the only city in California that doesn't use secondary treatment before sending its sewage into the ocean. Federal law requires the treatment. Historic dry conditions in the region may play a role in whether the city applies for another exemption to federal law. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.