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Stories for April 2, 2008

Confused? Not My Fault

April 2
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices
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Interesting to see in the news Tuesday that the Secretary of State

Bypassing Laws to Build Border Fence Puts Endangered Plants, Animals at Risk

April 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Department of Homeland Security's recent waiver of laws along hundreds of miles of the U.S. Mexico border puts endangered plant and animal species in Southern California at further risk. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Hospitals Expanding ICUs for Premature Babies

April 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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UCSD Medical Center has expanded its intensive care unit that cares for premature babies and other newborns. The expansion is part of a regional trend. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

'Unsophisticated' Border Tunnel Discovered Near Otay Mesa

April 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials have discovered a small cross-border tunnel just east of the Otay Mesa border crossing. Officials say it was most likely used to smuggle people into the United States. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

UCSD Joins with Google to Digitize Books

April 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The online company Google will begin digitizing tens of thousands of UC San Diego library books this month. Its part of a larger effort to make university-level research and literature accessible to the masses. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

‘Stay the Hand’ Explores Ancient Persia’s Role In the Middle East

April 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Classical Persian music and contemporary technology form the music for “Stay the Hand,” a project that incorporates dance, poetry, and ancient Persian myths. We talk with composer Shahrokh Yadegari about composing the music for “Stay the Hand,” and with John Malashock, the project's choreographer.

Addressing Consumers’ Economic Concerns

April 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As fears of a recession loom, consumer confidence has fallen. Consumer spending has slowed and businesses are beginning to feel the pinch. We take a look how the economy got to the state it is, and how consumer behavior is changing.

San Diego Cities Skirt Recycling of Yard Waste

April 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The state of California requires all cities to recycle 50% of their garbage. Most residents probably think that the yard waste they separate out and place in green bins for curbside pickup is being diverted from landfills and used a mulch and compost. But KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon's “Envision San Diego” investigation has found many cities in the county put yard waste right back into the landfill as cover and get credit for recycling.

Padres Broadcaster Talks Life On the Field, In the Air, and On the Air

April 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most San Diegans know Jerry Coleman as the longtime Padres broadcaster, but there is a lot more to this local broadcasting legend than his signature voice over the airwaves. Coleman tells us about serving in two wars and playing baseball for the Yankees during the Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle era.

Bacteria Zapper Making Water Safe at Oceanside's Buccaneer Beach

April 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A beachfront bacteria zapper will make sure sewage treatment plant water is safe before release to the sea at Oceanside's Buccaneer Beach.

Chula Vista Adopts Measures to Go Greener

April 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Chula Vista City Council adopted seven new measures last night to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions. The plan includes increasing the use of solar and requiring green building standards. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Part 2: San Diegans Concerned Over Rise in Gang Violence

April 2
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A recent poll by the Union Tribune shows gang violence and wildfires tops the list of issues San Diego city voters want addressed by the mayor, city attorney and city council this. San Diego police reported 28 gang-related murders in the city last year compared to 18 in 2006. In part two of our report on gangs we speak to the chair of San Diego's Commission on Gang Prevention and a San Diego State researcher.

Tons of 'Recycled' Yard Waste Being Dumped in San Diego Landfills

April 2
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Green yard waste from recycling bins is being buried in county landfills by the ton. It’s happening in several communities in San Diego County. It’s legal. In fact, the state of California calls it recycling. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon has more.