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July 23
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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July 23
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July 23
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July 23
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Food We Eat

July 23
By Natalie Walsh and Off Mic
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I like food. I always have and hopefully I always will. But recently, I've become more and more concerned with what's in the food we eat. From preservatives and pesticides to unhealthy fats and modified sugars. And I began to ask: "What's all this stuff doing to our bodies? And does it have to be this way?"

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 23
By Aaron McFarland and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Off Mic

July 23
By Nwalsh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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July 23
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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SD Unified OKs $2.1 Billion School Bond Measure

July 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School District will place a $2.1 billion school bond measure on the November ballot. District officials are now trying to get approval from the local taxpayers association. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Medicated Blogging

July 23
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices
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I'm not trying to say people in different circumstances don't need relief from the current system, but I am trying to point out that I'm one of many Americans who don't fit the two well-publicized demographic blocks on this issue: I'm covered and I'm not dependent on the whims of my employer for that coverage. &

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 23
By Jsime and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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CA Teachers to Get Suicide Prevention Training

July 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Research shows 15 percent of middle and high school students in San Diego County think about committing suicide. A new state law is designed to help more teachers spot the warning signs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Citizen Voices

July 23
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How You Say, Comic-Con Virgin?

July 23
By Kim Nyhous and KPBS Comic-Con News
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This is my first intergalactic trip to Comic-Con.

Group Has Plan For Stable Water Supply

July 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A report says California can solve its water crisis and restore its struggling salmon fishery at the same time. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Defense Secretary Gates Questions Use of Private Contractors

July 23
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants answers as to why the military uses private contractors for training. His questions follow concerns from a Virginia lawmaker regarding Blackwater Worldwide's new Naval Training Center in Otay Mesa. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Governor's Bill Could Make it Easier For Health Insurers to Cancel Policies

July 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a measure that bans health insurers from rewarding employees for cancelling policies. At the same time, the governor's staff has drafted a bill some say would make it easier for insurers to terminate coverage. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 23
By Knyhous and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Founding Father of New Journalism Talks Writing and Frank Sinatra

July 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for “The New York Times” from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for “Esquire,” “The New Yorker,” “Harper's Magazine,” and other national publications. His groundbreaking article, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” was named the "best story ‘Esquire’ ever published," and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "New Journalism."

Mayor and Unions Reach Pension Reform Compromise

July 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the city's three non-public safety unions have agreed upon a revised pension plan for future employees that could save the city tens of millions of dollars down the road. We'll get analysis of the new agreement with voiceofsandiego.org reporter David Washburn.

A Growing Number of Military Wives are Becoming Surrogate Moms

July 23
These Days
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What motivates a woman to carry a child for another couple? How are surrogate mothers compensated for carrying that child for another family? Why do military wives make great surrogate moms? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. Samuel Wood about the growing trend of military wives becoming surrogate mothers. We also speak with a military wife who has been a surrogate mother about her experience.

Neighborhood House Responds to Accusations of 'Systemic Failures' with Head Start

July 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Neighborhood House Association is the largest social services provider in San Diego County. It runs the largest Head Start program in the nation. But federal and state officials are concerned that the agency is not properly ensuring the safety of the children in its care. We'll talk with the head of Neighborhood House about criticism of its agency and what they are doing to correct any problems.

Wildfire Study Explains Why Some Homes Burn and Others Don't

July 23
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study is giving Californians insight into why some homes burn and others don't during wildfires. The research was done by the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It's a non-profit agency funded by the insurance industry.

Former Congressman Cunningham Seeks Clemency

July 23
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Former San Diego Congressman Randy Cunningham wants the president to grant him clemency. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

S.D. Voters Could Decide Whether Beach Booze Ban Becomes Permanent

July 23
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego voters may have a chance to decide if they want to ban alcohol permanently from city beaches. Councilmen Scott Peters and Kevin Faulkner say they want the issue to be on the ballot next November.

Weekend Preview

July 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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So many new places to eat, so little time. There's Italian in Mission Hills, sushi in Banker's Hill, and a new french joint in Point Loma to name a few. Join Erin Chambers, editor of San Diego City Search, as she tells us about the hot new restaurants in town.

How Bags and Boards was Born

July 23
By Thomas J. McLean and KPBS Comic-Con News
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When I first began attending the Con regularly, more than 10 years ago, it was still focused on comics, with only a few articles or TV reports showing up with a predictable "what geeks!" angle. I was a production editor on staff at

The X-Files Teaser

July 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Carter, along with writer Frank Spotnitz and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, appeared in February at a panel for WonderCon (Comic-Con's sister convention) in San Francisco where they revealed the teaser trailer for the film.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 23
By Tmclean and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 23
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What's Your Best Buy From Comic-Con?

July 23
By Tony Weidinger and KPBS Comic-Con News
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I'm looking to buy another prop replica sword or light saber at the Comic-Con... & I'm taking donations