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Stories for February 20, 2008

Holy Apostrophes Batman!

Feb. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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REWARD OFFERED FOR RECOVERY OF MISSING APOSTROPHES!

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Best Band Logos

Feb. 20
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Chief Beer officer

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh and Off Mic

"And what do you want to be went you grow up, Scott?"

Getting Beyond Labels

Feb. 20
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

Sometimes it all boils down to labels. &

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 20
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Off Mic

Feb. 20
By Mcavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

Feb. 20
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Satisfies No Child Left Behind Act

Feb. 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School District has avoided federal sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act. District officials say they took a closer look at last year's test scores and found a big discrepancy. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Another Arrest made in Kidnap for Ransom Case

Feb. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A seventh man affiliated with a ring of kidnappers in San Diego's South Bay is in custody. The man is charged with kidnapping a man for ransom in Bonita two years ago. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego, Chula Vista To Combine Fire-Medical Dispatch Centers

Feb. 20
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's two largest cities have a new agreement to speed up fire response times. San Diego and Chula Vista will combine their emergency call centers. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Budget Analyst: San Diego's Income Doesn't Match Expenses

Feb. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's budget analyst says the city's budget has a long term problem: its income doesn't match its expenses, even in the good years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Hints and Tips for Filing Income Taxes

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you are an American taxpayer, you should definitely listen to this segment. We speak to IRS Spokesman Raphael Tulino to discuss tips and helpful hints for this tax season. If you've already filed, you should still tune in to hear Tulino discussing the passage of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, and how the payments will be determined and sent out.

Dead Zones in Pacific Ocean linked to Global Warming

Feb. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A marine researcher says global warming is playing a role in ocean "dead zones." The low-oxygen zones that started off the Oregon Coast has started spreading south to California. There's also a large dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on what could be in store for the ocean off San Diego's coast.

Pros and Cons of Building “Green”

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the advantages to building "green"? Should governments require developers to embrace "green" techniques, or should it be optional? How expensive is "green" building? Norm Miller from USD's Burham-Moores Center for Real Estate explains why he thinks incentives are the way to go, while Bill Dumka, developer of a LEED-certified community in San Diego, explains what goes into this type of housing.

Author Explains Why There’s More to NASCAR Than Left Turns

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the average person, the sport of NASCAR may look like a bunch of big, colorful cars driving around an oval a couple hundred times until one driver is determined the winner. While that description is somewhat true, the sport is actually very complex and very popular. NASCAR has the second-largest television viewing audience of any sport and one of the longest seasons: from mid-February through mid-November. If that wasn't enough to peak your interest in the sport, did you know that NASCAR's two-time defending champion, Jimmie Johnson, grew up in El Cajon?

Gloria Penner on Obama’s Increasing Lead Toward Nomination

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The presidential nominating contests continued on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Washington, and Hawaii. We talk with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner about how the Democratic and Republicans candidates did, and we find out who's running for San Diego City Attorney.

A Woman Spends a Year Living Without “Made in China”

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What happens when a family tries to live without products from China? Sara Bongiorni talked her husband into trying it. And the result was expensive and inconvenient to say the least. We'll hear from Sara about her year-long experiment and what it taught her about the relationship between Chinese manufacturing companies and American consumers.

Oceanside Police Report Drop in Crime

Feb. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Crime in Oceanside has dropped to its lowest levels in more than 30 years.

Family Caregivers Play Big Role in Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One in eight families in San Diego County is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. The mammoth task of taking care a loved one with the devastating disease usually falls on a relative. Reporter Amita Sharma spoke with a San Diego man who quit his job to look after his father who is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's.

Defense Contractor Brent Wilkes Sentenced to 12 Years

Feb. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Federal Court Judge has handed down a 12-year sentence to former San Diego defense contractor Brent Wilkes. Wilkes was convicted on 14 counts for his role in the Randy Cunningham bribery scandal. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California Moves to Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Feb. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Under a landmark law passed in 2006, California is trying to cut its production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The state may create a carbon cap and trade system as a way to meet that goal. But a coalition of environmental groups are against the pollution trading system. They say it won't bring emissions reductions. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The Smartest Television Shows of All Time

Feb. 20
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 20
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting