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Stories for August 18, 2008

Citizen Voices

Aug. 18
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Palomar Mountain Welcomes Christian School

Aug. 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A faith-based organization in Escondido will open a school in the tiny community of Palomar Mountain. The new campus will replace the mountain's historic one-room schoolhouse which was forced to shut down. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Researcher Says Southern California Home Prices Fall 31 Percent in July, While Sales Climb

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A research firm says Southern California home sales surged to a 16-month high in July as prices fell and bargain-hunters snapped up foreclosed properties.

Ship Pollution Fouling San Diego Air

Aug. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UC-San Diego researchers say dirty smoke from ships is polluting the air in coastal cities including San Diego. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Election on Tri-City Medical Center Bond Measure Enters Final Stage

Aug. 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Residents of Carlsbad, Vista, and Oceanside have one more week to vote on a bond measure to expand and upgrade Tri-City Medical Center. Voters in the hospital district must mail in their ballot by August 26th. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Calif Top Court: Docs Can't Withhold Care to Gays

Aug. 18
By Paul Elias and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's highest court on Monday barred doctors from citing their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.

Finding the Right College at the Right Price

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

College is expensive. According to the College Board, the average cost of attending a private university is $23,712. Attending a public university for a year costs an average of $6,185. Both are up more than 6 percent from last year. And predictions are that the cost of going to college will only increase.

Public Input Welcome on New San Diego City Hall

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council will decide this fall about whether to go forth with plans to build a new City Hall downtown. One developer remains in the process and a series of public meetings will be held to gather comment.

Veterans Suffering from Gulf War Syndrome Given Hope

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Following the Gulf War in 1991, nearly 200,000 military personnel qualified for some degree of service-related disability. More than 3,300 of those disabled have "undiagnosed conditions," or what's come to be called Gulf War syndrome. Since 1994, medical researchers have been trying to diagnose the condition.

Futurist David Brin on the Age of the Amateur

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The future is hard to see. But at least futurists give it a shot. We speak with science fiction novelist and futurist David Brin about the coming century, which he believes could be the era of “the amateur.”

Trailer Tuesday: Burn After Reading

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

State Budget Proposal Fails

Aug. 18
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Assembly Republicans rejected a Democratic budget proposal last night. It was the first floor vote on a spending plan that's now nearly 50 days late. Even so, there's optimism that the debate may have moved things forward. Marianne Russ reports.

Sports Columnist Jay Paris Shares His Sports Insight

Aug. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Injuries in the Olympics and young Chargers players are a few of the topics in a discussion with sports columnist Jay Paris.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SEDC Board Accused of Violating Brown Act

Aug. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The board of San Diego’s South East Development Corporation or SEDC is under fire for voting behind closed doors on a termination settlement for its executive director, Carolyn Smith. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fixing the Delta

Aug. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Just how much water can San Diego expect from Northern California in the future? That's one of the questions a task force aims to answer at a meeting here this afternoon. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.