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Comic-Con Masquerade: KPBS Wants You!

July 1, 2008
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Summer's here and superheroes, stormtroppers, gundams and sexy babes are about to invade America's Finest City. That's right, it's time for

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 1, 2008
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Making Hay While the Sun Shines: Attending Summer Political Events

July 1, 2008
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Without a tremendous lot of foresight, communication, and skillfully applied knowledge, the surprise of a paltry savings account, bare cupboard, or empty party hall can serve as an awful Aesop's Fable come to life of the grasshopper and the ant. Who wants to toil away in the sun when San Diego's beaches alluringly coax residents from our overtaxed, overvalued homes? &

California Senate Set to Vote on End-of-Life Options Act

July 1, 2008
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The day of reckoning is coming soon for a bill that would require terminally ill Californians to be told of end-of-life care options. The measure has squeaked through two committees, and the full Senate will vote on it over the next few weeks. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Citizen Voices

July 1, 2008
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Marines Speak at Sniper's Hearing Over Iraq Deaths

July 1, 2008
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine sniper believed he was shooting at insurgents planting a roadside bomb when he killed two Syrians in Iraq, platoon members testified in military court Tuesday.

Customs & Border Protection Holds Recruiting Event to Hire 130 Agents

July 1, 2008
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Customs and Border Protection officials are recruiting agents to fill a shortage in Calexico. Officials say the area is one of the busiest drug smuggling areas in the nation. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

SDG&E Claims to Be on Track for Renewable Energy Mandate

July 1, 2008
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas and Electric says it's on target to meet a state mandate to use renewable energy by 2010 - even though the utility is not even half-way to the goal. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Lead Bullets Banned in California Condor Territory

July 1, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hunters can no longer use lead ammunition in California condor territory. That's because of a new law that goes into effect today. Democratic Assemblyman Pedro Nava wrote the law. He says lead poisoning is the number one cause of death for the endangered bird.

Hundreds of San Diego Firefighters Battling Nothern Calif. Wildfires

July 1, 2008
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several hundred San Diego firefighters are helping wage the battle against wildfires in Central and Northern California. CAL FIRE officials say nearly 19,000 firefighters are working to contain the flames from some 1,400 fires. CAL FIRE's Roxanne Provoznik says it is not unheard of for this area to be quite while fires rage in the rest of the state.

S.D. Firefighter's Union Leader Resigning

July 1, 2008
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the city of San Diego’s Firefighter’s Union is resigning after 28 years. Ron Saathoff was a key figure in the pension negotiations that became the subject of SEC investigations and several lawsuits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Tristan Prettyman Performs Songs From Her Latest Album ‘Hello’

July 1, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman grew up in San Diego and didn't pick up a guitar until she was 15. Her newest record “Hello” came out in April.

New Ideas from Dead CEOs can be Applied by Modern Companies

July 1, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What can today's business leaders learn from the CEOs of the past? How can Ray Kroc's plans for McDonald's be applied to a new franchise? Why did Estee Lauder succeed at selling high-end cosmetics? Host Tom Fudge speaks to economist and author, Todd Buchholz, about his new book New Ideas from Dead CEOs: Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office.

Local Author Writes Sequel to the Suzie Wong Story

July 1, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The novel "The World of Suzie Wong" was written by Richard Mason in 1957. It became a hit movie in 1960 starring William Holden, and Nancy Kwan as Suzie Wong. Now, former SDSU professor and world traveller James Clapp has written his own version of what happened to these characters in his new novel "For Goodness Sake: A Novel of the Afterlife of Suzie Wong."

ACLU Concerned High-tech Border Security May Infringe on Privacy

July 1, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Since 9/11, securing America's border has been a top priority of the Federal government. More and more technology is be developed and used to monitor the flow of people and goods across the borders. We'll explore the ethical issues that arise with the use of new technologies for U.S. security.

Political Consultant Leo McElroy Discusses State Budget Woes

July 1, 2008
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Your family and the state of California have at least one thing in common: health care costs are already cutting deep and they're growing. California reaches the first day of the new fiscal year with a deficit in the billions and almost no agreement about how to deal with health care costs. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Local H.S. Students Learn to Produce Broadcast News at Journalism Workshop

July 1, 2008
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the past two weeks, students interested in radio, television and print news immersed themselves in a two-week journalism program in San Diego.