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Stories for June 30, 2008

Racism and the Presidential Race

June 30
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices
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So, why am I bringing this up? Well, it seems that Ralph Nader accused Obama of

How to Make Coffee As An Action Movie Junkie

June 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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From Anthony Lane's (film critic for the New Yorker), review of the Angelina Jolie film Wanted:

Life in Krakow

June 30
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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I'm learning a thing or two about blogs. After getting advice from the best and brightest at KPBS, the fact is I can't keep up. Life happens faster than I can write about it. Especially when you are living it in Krakow. The

Goldsmith Wins Firefighters Endorsement

June 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jan Goldsmith is vying with incumbent Mike Aguirre for the city attorneyÂ’s job. Goldsmith won the Republican Party's backing before the June Primary, but now he is winning city labor endorsements. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Democrats Target GOP Incumbents, Including Brian Bilbray, Over Gas Prices

June 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Democrats have launched a radio ad campaign trying to tie Republican House incumbents to President Bush, while also blaming them for high gas prices. Among their targets is San Diego GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray.

Another Snag for Sunrise Powerlink Project

June 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Gas and Electric's plan to build a controversial transmission line has hit another roadblock. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has this update.

Arizona Co. Eyes Imperial Valley for World's Largest Solar Energy System

June 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An Arizona company wants to build the world's largest solar energy system in the Imperial Valley. The company says the solar generation facility will provide electricity for about half a million homes in the San Diego region. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

California Drivers Using Less Gas

June 30
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California drivers continue to use less gas as prices at the pump go up. The State Board of Equalization tracks how much gas is sold each month, because the agency collects a flat tax and sales tax on each gallon. The board's Anita Gore says drivers bought 44-million gallons less gas in March than they did the year before.

Fatty Liver Disease May Raise Heart Disease Risk in Obese Kids

June 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study finds a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a more important risk factor for future heart disease than obesity. The UCSD study examined the risk profile of obese children. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

'Hands Free' Law to Affect Cross-Border Communicators

June 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's "hands free" cell phone law goes into effect tomorrow. The new law has caused some confusion in the border region regarding the use of a popular two-way radio device that requires one hand to push the microphone. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego County Indian Casino Profits Withheld

June 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego County Indian tribe could face fines or other sanctions for withholding casino profits from about 50 people whom they claim are not legitimate members.

More Deadly Heatwaves Predicted for California's Future

June 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Heat waves like the one we experienced about a week ago are relatively rare in San Diego. But, climatologists predict they'll be a lot more frequent and severe by the end of the century. Scientists say that means we'll likely see more heat-related illnesses and deaths. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Award Winners Discuss Smart Growth Projects, Sustainable Land Use

June 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Who are San Diego's leaders in smart growth, and sustainable land use? The Urban Land Institute recently announced its San Diego/Tijuana Smart Growth Award winners. Host Tom Fudge interviews a couple of the award winners to find out why their work is an example of smart growth that the community should recognize. We also learn more about the concept of smart growth, and the importance of sustainable land use in our region.

Rural Fire Agencies Agree to County Merger

June 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to consolidate fire protection services for 12 rural fire agencies. The historic step will merge under-resourced backcountry agencies. The move comes after two devastating wild fires ravaged in the region in 2003 and 2007.

Lack of Budget Hurts Some CA Businesses

June 30
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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July can be pretty tough for people whose businesses rely on California state funds. Jenny O'Mara has more from Sacramento.

Sports Columnist Jay Paris Talks Padres

June 30
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Until this past weekend you might have argued that the Seattle Mariners were the worst team in baseball. On paper they still are. Then the Mariners met the Padres for a weekend series. The Mariners brought out the broom. With Ichiro Suzuki going 5 for 5 at the plate, the Mariners beat the Padres 9-2 yesterday. The Mariners still have the worst record in baseball but the Padres are closing in. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Settlement Talks Collapse Over Prison Overcrowding

June 30
By Julie Small and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Settlement talks collapsed Friday in a court case that could lead to the early release of tens of thousands of California prisoners. KPCC's Julie Small reports a panel of federal judges will move forward with a trial this fall on whether to cap the state inmate population to improve medical and mental healthcare inside prisons.

Governor Schwarzenegger Will NOT Ban Fireworks

June 30
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It looks like Governor Schwarzenegger will NOT be calling a statewide ban on fireworks this year. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.