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Stories for April 7, 2008

Radiohead's San Diego Tour Date Announced!

April 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This Crew Rolls Deep... Or How To Squash The Monday Blues

April 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

San Diego Council Candidate Pleads No Contest to Lewdness Charge

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former San Diego councilman currently running for a seat in this year's City Council election pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor charge of committing a lewd act in public.

SEC Files Civil Complaint in San Diego Pension Case

April 7
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil complaint Monday against five former San Diego city officials, alleging they committed fraud by concealing a ballooning shortfall in the city pension fund.

Police Work to Reduce Fraudulent Car Theft Reports Near Border

April 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Police have changed how they handle stolen car reports because they suspect fraudulent reports in the border region are on the rise. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Bill Would Require Insurers to Justify Policy Cancellations

April 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill in the California Assembly would require companies that sell long-term care insurance to justify policy cancellations. Currently, insurers simply have to tell state regulators about their decisions. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

April 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

April 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bill Aims to Limit Coastal Commission Powers

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state senate bill seeks to limit the power of the California Coastal Commission. San Diego State Senator Denise Ducheny's bill would remove the right of coastal commissioners to appeal local land use decisions. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Violent Crime Down, Robberies Up in San Diego County

April 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Violent crime continues to decline in San Diego County. However the latest regional crime statistics shows a troubling trend in robberies. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Swedish Firm Wins $68 Million Contract for Imperial County Bypass

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Swedish construction firm Skanska AB said Monday it has received a $68 million order from California's state department of transportation to build a new highway in the Imperial Valley.

San Diego Assessor Lowers Property Tax Bills for Wildfire Victims

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 1,400 property owners in San Diego County are getting a tax break.

Psychologist Says Memory and Emotion Tied to Our Noses

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Did you know that you actually can't be woken up by the smell of coffee? This is because you cannot smell when you are asleep. You can learn lots of interesting facts about smell from Rachel Herz, author of the book “The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell.”

Biography Author Explores Politics of the Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Carl Sandburg once called folk musician and activist Pete Seeger "America's Tuning Fork." We talk about the life, music, and activism of the legendary Pete Seeger with his biographer, David Dunaway.

Herb Johnson Explains the Difficult Business of Helping the Homeless

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Homelessness is an enduring problem in San Diego, and there are people who spend their lives trying to help the homeless. But they don't always receive the thanks of their neighbors. They are often accused of enabling homelessness or attracting the homeless to certain parts of town with their services. Herb Johnson is the president of San Diego Rescue Mission and he joins us in studio to talk about the difficult and controversial business of helping people who live on the street.

New Navy Supply Ship Christened in San Diego

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The USNS Amelia Earhart plunged into the San Diego Bay for the first time last night. The ship is nearly 700ft. long and weighs in at 25,000 tons, and will deliver supplies to U.S. and allied warships at sea. We learn how the San Diego General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast, builds both military and commercial ships.

Measure Would Increase Energy Efficiency in Residential Construction

April 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A measure introduced in the California legislature would increase the energy efficiency of all new residential construction. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us future buildings would provide their own energy.

Historic Tree in Balboa Park to be Cut Down

April 7
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Workers will cut down a giant sugar gum tree today in Balboa park. The tree is over 100 feet high and stands in front of the Old Globe Theater. It was planted during the great depression. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

S.D. County Firefighters Join Forces to Strengthen Fire Protection

April 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the first time, firefighters from different unions around San Diego County are joining forces. The "County Council of Firefighters" wants the priorities of crews on the ground considered, when public officials debate ways to strengthen fire protection around San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.