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Stories for September 26, 2007

New 'Re-Entry' Facility Aims to Help Reform Cal Prison System

Sept. 26
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's getting its first facility aimed at preparing prisoners for life on the outside. Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law on Wednesday creating it.

Martha: A Collection of Collective Nouns

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The results of the “A Way with Words” Collective Noun Contest! What collective noun would you apply to groups of 1) tennis players, 2) aliens from outer space, and 3) language-loving word hosts? You sent us a cleverness of witty entries, and Martha has the winners.

For Now, Capitol Quiet on California Healthcare and Water Initiatives

Sept. 26
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been two weeks since the governor called his special legislative session on healthcare and water. What do they have to show for it? It depends on who you ask. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Navy Slots $600,000 to Hide Swastika-Shaped Coronado Barracks

Sept. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Navy has budgeted $600,000 to camouflage a series of barracks buildings on the amphibious base on Coronado. The camouflage is not to protect the building from enemy fire, but from observers who say the building looks like a swastika when seen from the air.

Local GOP Congressmen Vote Against Children's Health Program

Sept. 26
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's three Republican Congressmen all voted against an expansion of the federally-funded Children Health Insurance Program on Tuesday. Critics say that decision could put California children at risk. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Historic Ranch May Become Public as Pendleton General Vacates

Sept. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Commanding General at Camp Pendleton moved this week. The move is significant because the home he vacated -- an important historic landmark in San Diego county -- could eventually be opened to the public. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Local Environmental Group Surfrider Pushes to Reduce Plastic Use

Sept. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group wants us to reduce our use of plastic. The bags and bottles litter waterways, roadsides and harm wildlife. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Feds Plan to Curb Payday Loans to Military

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There are 22,000 payday loan stores in the United States, many located near military bases. But increasing debt among military personnel is a security risk, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. A new federal law goes into effect on Oct. 1 that makes it more difficult for military personnel to get quick cash from payday loan stores.

Cases of West Nile Virus is on the Rise in San Diego County

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local cases of West Nile virus increased in recent months. What kind of public health threat does this virus present? San Diego County’s public health officer explains how the county educates the public, why San Diego is safer than other California cities and how you can protect yourself.

Writer Shares Tales of San Diego Nightlife

Sept. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you read San Diego CityBEAT or the San Diego Reader, chances are you are familiar with the work of columnist Edwin Decker. His writing has been featured for years in the publications and he recently released his first book of poetry. We speak to Edwin about nightlife in San Diego, bartending and other sordid tales of life in San Diego.

Richard III/Interview with Sir Ian McKellan

Sept. 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Mckellen is primarily known for his stage work and has only made a handful of screen appearances most notably in

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County a Role Model for Winter Shelter Planning

Sept. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s North County is setting a precedent for collaboration on its plans to provide winter shelters for the homeless this year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Nan Goldin Photograph Seized by Police

Sept. 26
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting