Stories for April 2, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beachfront bacteria zapper will make sure sewage treatment plant water is safe before release to the sea at Oceanside's Buccaneer Beach.
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.
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.
Green yard waste from recycling bins is being buried in county landfills by the ton. Its happening in several communities in San Diego County. Its legal. In fact, the state of California calls it recycling. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon has more.
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