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Stories for March 17, 2008

Married Life

March 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Patricia Clarkson and Chris Cooper are happily married... or are they?

A Naked Woman House... With Pictures!

March 17
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I was in Mexico this weekend and you won't believe what I stumbled upon!

Who Owns the Net?

March 17
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices

Rheingold warns us & ldquo;that the way we choose to use these technologies and the way governments will ALLOW us to use them are very much in question. & rdquo; &

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 17
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

March 17
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Schwarzenegger Says Nuclear Power Has a "Great Future"

March 17
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says it's time to take another look at nuclear power in California. He told a recent conference on green technology that nuclear power has a “great future” as a carbon free source of energy.

Thousands Prep to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Gaslamp Tonight

March 17
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of people will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in San Diego's Gaslamp District this evening at this year's Sham-Rock festival. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Taxpayer Group Assigns Low Grades to Vista School District

March 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local taxpayers group gives Vista school district officials low marks for how they managed a multi-million-dollar school construction bond. The group also handed out grades to 11 other San Diego County school districts. Ana Tintocalis has the story.

ICE Shares Portion of Criminal Database With Local Police

March 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Law enforcement agencies in San Diego can now access portions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s federal criminal database. Law enforcement officials say it’s a step toward breaking down barriers that block information sharing. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Lawmaker Wants to Tax iTunes Downloads

March 17
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If you're an avid iTunes user, turn down the iPod and tune in for this story. Right now there’s no sales tax on songs, movies or other digital media you download. But one lawmaker’s looking to change that. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Major Developer Says Condo Hotel Trend is Over

March 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Up and down San Diego's coast line, developers have been fighting the Coastal Commission to get permits to build so-called "condo hotels." But now, one of San Diego's major developers says the condo hotel trend is over. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California’s Supreme Court Ponders Gay Marriage

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Within the next two months, the California Supreme Court will answer the question of whether California’s Constitution allows the state to prohibit same-sex marriage. Law professor Vikram Amar has studied the issue and been an advisor to the attorney general's office in its litigation. He joins us to talk about the questions that are being put to the Supreme Court in this case, and what the options are in its ruling.

Founder and Pianist of Pink Martini Discusses New Album

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Pink Martini, the 12-piece band from Portland, Oregon, has become popular for its sophisticated, but accessible, blend of musical genres. From Parisian café tunes to Cuban rumbas to classical orchestral, Pink Martini has mastered many styles. Thomas Lauderdale founded the band and still leads it today. He joins us in studio to chat about Pink Martini's albums.

A New Book Highlights the Process of Latinos Learning English

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are the trials and tribulations that Latinos face while learning English? Travel writer Tom Miller compiles 55 essays from distinguished Latinos who learned English. He tells us what common experiences they share, why English is complex and why he thinks learning English is patriotic.

Transit Spokesman Reports On the Sprinter’s First Week

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The diesel-powered Sprinter rail line connecting Oceanside and Escondido completes its first week of operation. How did it perform? We speak with the North County Transit District about ridership numbers, route disputes, and the problems that delayed its start date.

San Diego State Overenrolled, Over Budget

March 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University is "overbooked." The county's largest university enrolls nearly 2,000 more students than the budget pays for, so SDSU faces a gap in what the state will pay for. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.

S.D. Trash Police Sifting Through Residents' Garbage Bins

March 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The police in San Diego just got more powerful -- the trash police that is. For years, the city’s code enforcers have rifled through your garbage in the blue bins checking for waste that cannot be recycled.But this year, San Diego’s trash inspectors get to examine your black bins to make sure you’re not dumping what can be recycled. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has the story.