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Stories for April 30, 2008

Citizen Voices

April 30
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Air Quality Gets Failing Grade

April 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Lung Association is out with its report card for the nation's air quality. As KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, San Diego and Imperial Counties are failing the sniff test.

Del Toro Confirmed to Direct The Hobbit

April 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Surviving the Housing Crunch

April 30
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

During the event the best resource by far I found for homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure was the

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

April 30
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Downtown Children's Museum Opens This Weekend

April 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The brand new Children's Museum in downtown San Diego makes its debut this weekend after running into some money problems several years ago. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis more.

Two Tijuana Cops Under Investigation in Connection with Saturday's Shootout

April 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authoritesin Tijuana are investigating two state policemen in connection with Saturday's bloody shootout. Authorities say a municipal policeman is among the dead in the gun battle between rival drug gangs. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

S.D. Housing Prices Continue to Drop, But Property Taxes Expected to Increase

April 30
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Home values in San Diego continue to plummet. But city officials are still projecting a jump in property tax revenue. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

California Drivers Using Less Gas as Prices Continue to Climb

April 30
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The price of gasoline is in record territory again this week in San Diego. Prices are hovering just below four dollars a gallon. The steady price hikes around California are also convincing motorists to cut back how much gas they're using. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Broadcast Veteran Talks About His Years On "The Tonight Show"

April 30
These Days

Ed McMahon was an entertainment icon, spending 30 years on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and delivering million-dollar checks for national sweepstakes. Tom Fudge interviewed him in 2007.

‘La Gaviota’ Takes Inspiration From Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego-based Ion Theatre Company's newest work is La Gaviota, based on and inspired by Anton Chekhov's “The Seagull.” Set in Mexico during the Revolution of 1910, the play explores love and loss in a time of catastrophe and change.

Gloria Penner on Supreme Court Upholding of Indiana’s Voter ID Law

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld Indiana's voter ID law, considered the strictest in the country. Proponents say voter ID laws prevent voter fraud while opponents say they disenfranchise the poor and elderly, who are more likely not to have the necessary ID. We take a look at the voter ID issue and what it means for the presidential election.

Scientist and Ethicists Discuss Embryonic Stem Cell Research

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do embryonic stem cells hold the key to regenerative medicine that will cure diseases? Are there other kinds of stem cells that can do the same but without the controversial use of embryos? Scientists say there are at least four alternative methods to obtaining cells similar to those of embryonic stem cells. Will people continue to grapple with ethical issues? We talk about the ethics of stem cell research.

3 Million Californians are Registered Organ Donors; Goal is 15 Million by 2011

April 30
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three million and counting… That's the number of Californians who have signed up on the state's organ donor registry. Governor Schwarzenegger praised that milestone Wednesday.

Public Hearings on S.D. Mayor's Budget Begin Today

April 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council budget committee begins public hearings at City Hall today to consider the mayor's 2009 budget. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on cost cutting measures that will erode city services next year.

Gay Rights in the City of San Diego Elections

April 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gay rights is an issue in several San Diego city council races this June. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger's $20 Billion Deficit Projection Doesn't Add Up Yet

April 30
By Julie Small and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger set off a fury in Sacramento Monday when he said the state's budget deficit could balloon to $20-billion next year. That's a lot bigger than the deficit projected back in January. A big scary deficit could strengthen the case the Governor's been making for budget reform. But KPCC's Julie Small reports Sacramento's professional number crunchers say it's a bit too early to say the Governor's math will come true.

San Diego Fire Officials Expect Long Hot Summer

April 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Summer is two months away, but San Diego fire officials are worried. Four brush fires last weekend may be the start of a long fire season. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

San Diego Schools May See $40 Million More in Cuts

April 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Governor's latest deficit projection means the San Diego Unified School District may need to find $30 million to $40 million in additional savings for next school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SD Wife and Mother Arrested 32 Years After Escaping Prison

April 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities say a woman who escaped from a Detroit prison 32 years ago has been arrested in San Diego, where she was a wife and mother living under a false name.

More Californians Putting Life in Storage

April 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It seems no matter what the economy looks like, self-storage is big business. An estimated 2 billion square feet of space is for rent in the United States. Most of that is in California. With foreclosures displacing families, and deployments sending service members overseas, demand for storage space keeps rising. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps decided to revisit his own space.

Inventos: Hip-Hop Cubano

April 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Hilarious Video On Social Networking Wars - Must See!

April 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

District 1's Quality Candidates

April 30
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

But it seems there's no need to use money to lure really good candidates. Now it is true that Merrifield and Thalheimer are successful businessmen who are spending thousands to self-fund their campaigns, and probably don't need an extra $20,000 in salary from the city. And I would guess that Lightner's motivation to run is not money, since she's spent years working pro bono for community organizations and is a retired professional engineer.

Library Screening: Women of Islam

April 30
By Beth Accomando and
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The San Diego Public Library will present "Women of Islam: Veiling and Seclusion" as part of its ongoing One Book, One San Diego reading campaign for the book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Last month the Library screened Majid Majidi's "Children of Heaven." For "Women of Islam," Ghada Osman, Ph.D. will facilitate a discussion after the screening, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 in the auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in dowtown San Diego. This event is free to the public. "Women of Islam" was made by Farheen Umar and was screened on KPBS-TV back in 2004. At that time I had a chance to interview the San Diego filmmaker. Umar is currently working for CNBC Pakistan.

The Klezmatics Perform on These Days

April 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The Klezmatics Perform on These Days