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Stories for September 6, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 6
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 6
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UR Pre-Approved Benefit Screening

Sept. 6
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 6
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Airport Expansion Plans Soon Ready For Public Comment

Sept. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Airport Authority will start a public outreach campaign this month to inform the public on future plans for expanding the airport at Lindbergh Field. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Seven Cal State Campuses Launch Doctorate Education Programs

Sept. 6
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the first time seven of the 23 Cal State University campuses are launching doctorate programs in education this year. CSU Chancellor Charles Reed called it an historic day. He says the classes are designed for professionals, who can take courses at night and on the weekends.

Understanding How Virtual Schools Tick

Sept. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and Off Mic

After covering education for more than a year, I began to notice more and more San Diego County teachers are using technology to teach. That got me thinking about how technology is changing the classroom and lives of students. I decided to tackle the topic by producing a three-part series called

Crawford High School Soups-Up Its Automotive Technology Program

Sept. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Crawford High School in San Diego revived its auto shop class today after years of neglect. Educators say the program will teach students a new set of job skills. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SDG&E to Change Language After Heat Wave Miscommunications

Sept. 6
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California power grid officials say San Diego Gas and Electric will use different language when describing "local" power supply difficulties. On Monday, SDG&E officials talked about a stage three alert and the chance for rolling blackouts because the local distribution system was under stress.

Truckers Protest Plan to Allow Mexican Trucks in the U.S.

Sept. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A few dozen Teamsters waved signs near the Otay Mesa commercial border crossing this morning to protest a one-year pilot program that would give Mexican trucks access to all U.S. roads. That access, which is a provision of NAFTA, has been stalled for years. But the U.S. Department of Transportation could give it the green light Thursday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson is at the border.

Water Board Chair: Conservation Could Prevent Usage Restrictions

Sept. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County water managers are preparing to deal with a water shortage next year. That's because of historic dry conditions and an expected reduction in water from the state water project. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Off Mic

Sept. 6
By A. Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Weekend Preview: John Vanderslice, Joan As Police Woman, Communicating Doors, Jazz Festival

Sept. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We'll talk about a new dining trend, a play at Cygnet Theater and lots of musical options for your weekend.

Actor George Hamilton Reprises his Role in 'Chicago'

Sept. 6
By Beth Accomando
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Actor George Hamilton is in San Diego to reprise his role of Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. Hamilton is probably best known for films like Love at First Bite and Zorro the Gay Blade, as well as for appearing in TV shows like Dancing with the Stars. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando caught up with the famously tanned celebrity in downtown San Diego before a rehearsal for Chicago.

San Diego Opera's Campbell Mourns Death of Pavarotti

Sept. 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Opera's Ian Campbell is mourning the death of his friend and colleague, Luciano Pavarotti. Campbell says the Italian tenor's death is a tragedy for music lovers around the world.

Two New Shows Open at San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts

Sept. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There will be two new photography exhibits on display at the Museum of Photographic Arts. One investigates the idea of paradise – both lost and found. The other features the work of Wendy Richmond, who surreptitiously takes photographs of people on the street with her cell phone.

Local Students Attend High School Online

Sept. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How is a virtual high school different from a traditional high school? We speak to the general manager and a teacher from National University Virtual High School about how online education works. We will discuss the growth in popularity of virtual schools and the challenges associated with regulating the industry.

Lemon Grove Provides Laptops for All Middle School Students

Sept. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is an e-Pad, and why has Lemon Grove School District decided to put one in the hands of all its middle school students? We speak to the superintendent and chief technology officer of the Lemon Grove School District about how their students use a wireless laptop computer to do most of their class work and homework.

S.D. Holds Preliminary Meeting for New City Hall

Sept. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders mentioned in his State of the City speech this year that he wanted to explore the possibility of building a new City Hall downtown. This morning the city's redevelopment arm holds a preliminary meeting for interested developers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Six Men to Face Trial in Kidnap for Ransom Case

Sept. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Six men will face trial in state court for allegedly kidnapping and torturing a Mexican businessman in Chula Vista. Authorities believe the defendants may target members of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel. Meanwhile, law enforcement sources say the victim is the target of a federal investigation. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Grim Water Warning for California Residents

Sept. 6
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A top state water official says some Californians are in store for a "very serious adjustment" to their water use. The warning comes after a federal judge ruled the state must cut back on the amount of water it pumps through the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Why I Hate Blogging

Sept. 6
By Nicole Lozare and Off Mic

That's not true.

Off Mic

Sept. 6
By Nlozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting