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Stories for July 30, 2008

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New Database Pinpoints SD Unified's Grad Rate

July 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New research shows eight out of ten students in the San Diego Unified School District graduated last year. That graduation rate compares favorably to other large urban school districts -- however it still doesn't satisfy federal academic standards. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 30
By Aaron McFarland and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tijuana's Iconic Drainage Canal Converted to Concert Venue

July 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Officials in Tijuana have converted what they call the city's biggest crack den into a concert venue for a Grammy winner. Alejandro Fernandez will perform this evening. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Group Surveys San Diego Reefs

July 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 200 volunteer divers have completed a statewide scientific survey of California's rocky reef ecosystems and now they're at it again. Divers will survey three sites in San Diego County starting Friday at La Jolla Cove. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Will Californians Support Offshore Oil Drilling?

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Earlier this month, President Bush lifted the executive ban on offshore oil drilling as a way to combat escalating gas prices. Democrats in Congress and environmentalists oppose the plan. A Congressional moratorium on drilling remains in place and it appears there is no consensus in Congress to lift it. We'll explore the politics behind offfshore oil drilling with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Local School Bus Services Hit By Budget Cuts, Gas Prices

July 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California School Superintendent Jack O'Connell says the state's money problems and the high price of gas are forcing school districts to slash their bus services. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SD Teachers Union President Talks About Life, Passion

July 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Camille Zombro is a force to be reckoned with in the San Diego Unified School District. She's president of the local teachers union -- the San Diego Education Association. Her job is to make sure teachers get paid fairly and have clean, safe classrooms. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis sits down with Zombro to find out what makes her tick, and the challenges ahead for teachers.

Exploring the History and Health of the Vegetarian Diet

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The vegetarian diet is considered healthy and viable. And vegetarians in San Diego have a wide array of options available to them. As part of our series: "The Food We Eat," we'll explore all the various vegetarian diets, the nutritional needs of eating a plant-based diet, and the history of vegetarianism.

The Dos and Don'ts of Pet Ownership

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are some tips for keeping your pets cool during the hot Summer months? How can you tell the healthy pet foods from the rest? And, what are the basic things you should know and what supplies do you need if you are thinking about adding a pet to your family in the near future? Host Tom Fudge talks to Dr. Katy Allen and Dr. Crystal VanLom about the dos and don'ts of pet ownership.

State Budget Deadlock Ongoing; No Compromise in Sight

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Which side will blink first in the showdown over the California state budget? Why can't the Democrats and Republicans reach a compromise on this year's budget? Why is the governor threatening to cut wages and lay off state workers until the budget is signed? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Stephen Levy, with the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, about the latest news on the state budget deadlock.

Senator Boxer Calls For EPA Chief to Resign

July 30
By Yanmei Xie and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is calling on the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to resign. Yanmei Xie reports.

State Emergency Services Activated After Earthquake

July 30
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's activated state and regional emergency services in response to yesterday's earthquake in Los Angeles.

Has Comic-Con Gotten Too Big?

July 30
By Joe Spurr and KPBS Comic-Con News
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Via Tom Fudge

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Vegetarian Life

July 30
By Natalie Walsh and Off Mic
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Her story was the impetus for our series "