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Stories for February 26, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Response to Rising Gas Prices

Feb. 26
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices

Furthermore, why is it that even gas stations in the poorest of neighborhoods now have televisions at the pump?

Abbott And Costello's Who's On First, Typography Style

Feb. 26
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

A Cognac for Cormac

Feb. 26
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Citizen Voices

Feb. 26
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Huge Overhaul of San Ysidro Border Crossing to Begin This Summer

Feb. 26
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal and local officials say a massive redesign of the San Ysidro border crossing will reduce border wait times. They say construction will begin this summer. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the details.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCLA Report: Federal Poverty Line Doesn't Accurately Factor Costs

Feb. 26
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says the federal benchmark for determining eligibility for public programs underestimates the needs of California seniors. The report from UCLA says the federal poverty line covers less than half the basic costs of older adults. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Environmental Group Says Californians' Couches Could Be Toxic

Feb. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says most Californians' furniture contains toxic chemicals. The group says the chemicals can cause cancer and other problems. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Mumblecore Creator on DIY Filmmaking

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest movement to emerge out of the independent film scene is called mumblecore. These films are made with small budgets, non-trained actors, and have a low-fi look. Andrew Bujalski is credited with starting the mumblecore scene with his films “Funny Ha Ha” and “Mutual Appreciation.”

‘Speaking of Faith’ Host Gives Advice for Talking About Religion

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Religion can bring people together, as well as drive them apart. In a world split by ideology and faith, how can people talk about religion and the differences of faith in constructive, respectful ways? We talk with the host of the public radio program “Speaking of Faith” about how to talk about religion in a meaningful way.

Centenarian’s Genes and Lifestyle Contribute to Healthy Old Age

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Living to old age is getting easier. 40,000 Americans are at least 100 years old today, and that number is expected to grow greatly as the baby boomer generation begins to reach their senior years. Like the rest of the country, San Diego's population is growing older as well. By the year 2010, more than a half million people in San Diego County will be over 60. We explore the role of genes, diet, exercise and stress on living a long and healthy life.

Sierra Club Details Opposition to Proposed Sunrise Powerlink

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sempra Energy says the Sunrise Powerlink is a necessary transmission line to bring energy to San Diego County, but some environmentalists, including the Sierra Club, have strong objections. A conservation organizer with the Sierra Club explains why she thinks Sempra Energy is not being honest about its intentions for the line.

Study: Immigrants Less Likely Than Natives to Commit Serious Crimes

Feb. 26
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study says immigrants in California are less likely to commit serious crimes than native born residents of the state. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Concerns Grow Over Looming Education Budget Cuts

Feb. 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Unified School District officials wrap-up a series of difficult budget workshops today. They're trying to decide what programs and positions to cut if the Governor's proposed budget is approved. Parents and community members who have been attending the public meetings are worried about the future of their children’s education. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

S&P Index Shows 15% Drop in San Diego Home Prices Last Year

Feb. 26
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index shows San Diego home prices fell 15 percent last year. That's the biggest drop in 20 years of record-keeping. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Charlie Bartlett's Message: Be Yourself

Feb. 26
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Charlie Bartlett's Message: Be Yourself

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 26
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hillary Clinton, aka Tracy Flick?

Feb. 26
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Hilarious

Hello Again, To The Party of Lincoln

Feb. 26
Citizen Voices

In 1861, the Mayor of New York City proposed secession from the Union so as to be a neutral party to any Civil war. And more than few Northerners held a good'riddens attitude toward Southern secession. But Republican Abe meant to save the Union at all costs and then to bind the nation's wounds. He died a martyr for the Union and in doing so made the sanctity of the UNITED States a core American value.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting