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Stories for February 28, 2008

Snowpack Looking Good, But Deficit Looms

Feb. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest measurement in the Sierra shows the snowpack is slightly above average. But it's unlikely enough snow will fall in the spring to make up for last year's below-average season. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us that means water supplies will get even tighter this year.

Councilman Maienschein Announces Run for City Attorney

Feb. 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Councilman Brain Maienschein officially declared himself a candidate in the city attorneys race today. Maeienschein is the second member of the city council to formally throw his hat into the ring. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

I *Heart* Monsters

Feb. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 545

Feb. 28
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

What exactly are you hoping for when you choose a candidate? Do you vote for a specific candidate because you believe he has the same ideology as you and then assume he will wield his political power according to your shared values? Should a politician vote the people's will because he represents them or determine what he personally thinks is best once elected? What if the two are not one and the same?

This Is What I Want Three-Year-Olds Doing...

Feb. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This Is What I Want Three-Year-Olds Doing...

Kiddie Mani-Pedis

Feb. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Citizen Voices

Feb. 28
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City of Men

Feb. 28
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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City of God served up a sprawling saga of slum life, taking us through three decades and following multiple characters. City of Men narrows the focus down to a pair of young men, Acerola or Ace (Douglas Silva) and Laranjinha or Wallace (Darlan Cunha), who are both about to turn eighteen. Ace is already married and has fathered a child. He mourns his unexciting sex life. The first and onlyh woman he had sex with got pregnant and he ended up marrying her. Wallace, on the other hand, expresses concern over the fact that he doesn't know who his father is and when he turns eighteen his I.D. card will say "father unknown." This leads the two friends on a sometime humorous search for Wallace's father.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana Grandmothers Write Peace Prayer Hoping to Restore Tranquility

Feb. 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of Tijuana grandmothers has written a prayer for peace. They're asking people on both sides of the border to say it together Friday evening to help restore tranquility in Tijuana. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Healthcare Reform Push Resurges

Feb. 28
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Healthcare reform isn't dead in California. Despite the collapse of the governor's plan last month, a number of bills in the legislature seek to push the ball forward. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ed. Director Praises Governor For Disciplining Low-Scoring Schools

Feb. 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A national educator is praising Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for disciplining low-performing school districts. Those districts -- including five in San Diego County -- face sanctions for failing to satisfy the No Child Left Behind Act. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 28
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Weekend Preview: The American Plan, Rollergirl, The Permanent Collection, A Shayna Maidel

Feb. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

“The American Plan” is a play by Richard Greenberg at the Old Globe. This is one of the plays we talk about for your Weekend Preview.

Author Explains Why Happy Americans Lead to Cultural Downfall

Feb. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are Americans too happy? One man explains why we spend too much energy trying to be happy. Author Eric G. Wilson talks about his book “Against Happiness.”

Analogue and Rabbit Ears Soon to Be a Thing of the Past

Feb. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS TV’s program director explains the transition to from analog to digital television coming up in 2009.

President Weber on SDSU’s Growing Pains

Feb. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University is the region's oldest and largest university. It is expected to grow to 45,000 students in the next ten years. But along with the noble pursuit of higher education comes community concerns over lack of adequate housing and traffic. We explore SDSU and its relationship with its neighbors with President Stephen Weber.

NASA Researcher Explains How Satellites Predict Ocean Trends

Feb. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do satellites help us understand oceanic trends? NASA's Michael Freilich explains the future of satellite oceanography. He also tells us the impact of accurate measurements to forecast ocean conditions, and how we can use that information to fight global warming.

San Diego Cancer Patients Find Healing in Writing

Feb. 28
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It takes a lot of fortitude to survive cancer. Getting through chemotherapy and radiation is tough enough. Then there are the emotional challenges of dealing with a potentially fatal disease. Some cancer survivors say they get a lot of help from writing about their experience. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.