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Stories for February 25, 2008

Citizen Voices

Feb. 25
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Norovirus Sickens More Than 100 Passengers on Mexican Cruise

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A highly contagious virus sickened more than 100 passengers on a Holland America cruise ship that returned to San Diego Monday from a 10-day trip to Mexico.

Party Crasher

Feb. 25
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

With Ralph Nader

A Memorial and A Spoiler From The Wire (DON'T READ IF NOT CAUGHT UP!)

Feb. 25
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

He would walk brazenly down the street, secure in his mission to rob a stash house or buy some Honey Nut Cheerios. & His silk robe and long black trench coat would fan out behind him, an obvious nod to the capes worn by superheroes. & In fact, in this season, the writers embellished Omar's superhero-like qualities when they allowed him to jump from a four story balcony during a shoot out with Stanfield's crew. & I don't fault the writers for that flourish, but I also knew it was their way of foreshadowing what was to come. & In direct contrast, the writers gave Omar a harsh and mundane death at the hands of young Kenard (a little punk-a** bully who is merciless, sure to be stone cold muscle for some future king-pin). &

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Feb. 25
By N8 Ngibbs and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposed SDG&E Transmission Line Project Debated at Hearing

Feb. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California Public Utilities Commission held a hearing on the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project in San Diego Monday afternoon. San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a new 150-mile electric transmission line from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Citizen Voices

Feb. 25
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Schwarzenegger Pleads With Bush to Replace State Guard Equipment

Feb. 25
By Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush and his cabinet members for more money to buy equipment for the California National Guard. He made his plea after attending a governor's meeting in Washington. From Washington Sara Sciammacco reports.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 25
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Civil Rights Groups: Immigrant Abuse Overlooked in Wildfire Report

Feb. 25
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city and county release reports about the lessons learned during last year's wildfires. However, civil rights groups are concerned the mistreatment of immigrants was overlooked. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Wildfire Studies Focus on Emergency Response Improvement

Feb. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city Mayor Jerry Sanders held a joint press conference with County Supervisor Greg Cox today to announce lessons learned from the 2007 wildfires. However, they released separate reports on how to improve the region's emergency response in the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Iron Ladies of Liberia

Feb. 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Iron Ladies of Liberia, a documentary focusing on President Sirleaf’s first year in government, provides insight into the workings of the newly elected African cabinet. The film also looks to how Africa's first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia runs her fledgling presidency. A fascinating story about recent and ongoing events in Africa.

S.D. County Supervisors Consider Ending Local Emergency

Feb. 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County supervisors will soon decide whether to end the local emergency declared in the midst of October's wildfires. County officials say recovery lasted for months after the flames were extinguished. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local Doctor Details the Massive Healthcare Problems in Iraq

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How has recent history created a man-made health disaster in Iraq? We speak to Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy about the health care problems in Iraq and about his personal experiences as a medical student in Baghdad. Dr. Al-Delaimy explains how the war in Iraq has led to major problems in the country's health care system, and shares information he gathered from family members who still live there.

Elite Task Force Calls for County to Provide Regional Fire Protection

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum concluded that San Diego County needs a consolidated, regional fire department. But who's going to pay for it? We hear from members of the task force, and we open the phones to listeners to get a feeling of whether San Diegans are ready to take a step that could make our region safer from the threat of wildfires.

Border Patrol Opens Another Checkpoint on Interstate 8

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Border Patrol has opened a checkpoint on Interstate 8 in the southeastern corner of California, near a hotbed for drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling.

Former Grand Jury Members to Review How S.D. Responds to Reports

Feb. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has appointed seven former grand jury members to review how the city implements recommendations made in grand jury reports. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Embedded Reporter Talks Life in Iraq: Week 6

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local journalist Tony Perry visits Iraq for the sixth time as an embedded journalist with local Camp Pendleton Marines. Tony gives us a weekly update about life in a war zone as he lives full time with local Marines.

Nursing Ph.D. Would Help Curb California's Nursing Shortage

Feb. 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill in the state senate would allow California State universities to offer doctoral nursing programs. Supporters say the effort would help alleviate a shortage of nursing instructors. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Black Infants Die at Higher Rate in California

Feb. 25
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

African-American babies in California have higher than average death rates. As Kelley Weiss reports from Sacramento, this week health officials have focused on the problem.

Oscars 2008: The Good, the Bad, and the Photos

Feb. 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Oscars 2008: The Good, the Bad, and the Photos

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust Talks Oscars...for Three Hours!!!!

Feb. 25
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

5:30 p.m. - Jack Nicholson in the front row, Regis walks up to him with mic, Jack turns with his sunglasses on and rattles out "How's the Reege tonight?" Why is it that everything out of his mouth is so "Jack Nicholson?"

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 25
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Richard Reeves on Reagan

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The idealist the optimist: the icon who remained a mystery and the man who believed saying something five times could make it truth. Author Richard Reeves portrays Ronald Reagan in his new book "President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination."