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Stories for March 27, 2008

Cycling Safety Video Is Soooo Genius: Take The Test!

March 27
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Stop-Loss

March 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Having A Public Debate

March 27
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

But this is the Internet Age and things have to move fast. Sound bites, not debates. Catch phrases like "essence of marriage" are preferred by some over actual comparisons of the privileges and responsibilities of different versions of marriage. There's no need to wait and see how something works when criticism can be posted immediately, and a rabble inspired to follow and donate.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Asylum Street Spankers On Busking, Spanking, And Lunchboxes

March 27
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

There are so many words that come to mind when describing the Austin-based band

Citizen Voices

March 27
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Economy Continues Freefall

March 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A barometer of San Diego County's economy doesn't show signs that things will be improving anytime soon. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more on what's depressing economic growth here.

San Diego's Economic Prosperity Falls Behind Rest of Nation

March 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A survey of San Diego's economic prosperity reveals the region's standard of living is falling behind the rest of California and the nation. The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, has a strategy to reverse the trend. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

At-Risk Students Compete in First Championship Basketball Game

March 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of at-risk students in San Diego County's juvenile court system compete in their first basketball championship Thursday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fighting for Life

March 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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In

San Diego Moves Forward with Brush Clearing Program

March 27
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the first time in the city's history, San Diego will have a fully funded brush management program. During the next two years the city will clear all of the nearly 1,200 acres recommended by the fire rescue department. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Weekend Preview: A Little Night Music, Miss Julie, Bluebonnet Court, The Voysey Inheritance

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Cygnet Theatre launches a new space with a Sondheim musical and Sledgehammer takes their avant-garde approach to an August Strindberg classic called “Miss Julie.” We talk theater on Weekend Preview this week’s weekend preview.

Asylum Street Spankers Perform Irreverant Brand of Old-Timey Music

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Asylum Street Spankers began busking in the streets of Austin, Texas in the early 1990's. Today, the Spankers tour the country and have recorded 17 albums. They played the Casbah in San Diego earlier this week and now they join us in studio.

Border Officials Cry Foul Over U.S. News Coverage of Baja Crime

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When the U.S. press covers stories out of Baja California, does it give a fair and accurate view of the news event? With a recent increase in stories about shootouts and kidnappings in Baja California, many Mexican officials are crying foul over how the American press is covering their region. Business leaders in Tijuana and Rosarito are even attributing a drop in tourism to the sensational news coverage. We speak with a pair of local journalists, the Baja California Vice Secretary of Tourism, and the Mayor of Rosarito about news coverage of Baja California and the impact it has on business south of the border.

The Keeling Curve Marks 50 Years of Charting Greenhouse Gases

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fifty years ago, Charles David Keeling created the Keeling Curve, which measures greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. We speak with the son of the Keeling Curve founder about why the Curve is still relevant, why its existence constantly faces threats, and the how he characterizes the legacy of the Curve.

Plastic Waste Taking Toll on Beaches, Pacific Ocean

March 27
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two San Diego environmental groups are saying 80-percent of the trash washed up on San Diego beaches last year was made of plastic. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Californians Pessimistic About Economy, Future

March 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new survey of 2,000 Californians reveals widespread pessimism about the economy and the future of our state. More than 60 percent of respondents say California is headed in the "wrong direction." KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

S.D. Foster Teens May Have Guaranteed Spot at Cal State San Marcos

March 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County foster teens who graduate high school next year may now have a guaranteed spot waiting for them at Cal State San Marcos. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Baja Tourism Officials Encouraged by Spring Break Numbers So Far

March 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tourism officials in Baja California have been holding their breath as this Spring's tourist season gets underway. They're banking on this season to resuscitate the state's flagging tourism economy. Reports of violence, a weak U.S. dollar, and long border waits have drained out some of the air. As KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson explains, the beach town of Rosarito, just south of Tijuana, has been particularly hard hit.

An Indecent Proposal

March 27
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices
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California already

Citizen Voices

March 27
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting