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Stories for March 3, 2008

Campaign Vertigo

March 3
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

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Live from New York, it's Politics Tonight!

March 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh and Off Mic

NPR's Cokie Roberts joined us on Morning Edition as she does most Monday mornings. She outlined the crucial nature of the Democratic presidential primaries coming up tomorrow. But she also talked about the

Citizen Voices

March 3
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sanders Collecting Performance Data on City Employees

March 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he's collecting data on how well city employees do their jobs to help measure progress at city hall. But employees question what the data will actually measure. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New State Law Illegalizes Lead Jewelry

March 3
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state law is changing the kind of jewelry you can buy in California. As of Saturday, it was illegal to sell jewelry for a body piercing that has any lead in it. It's also now illegal to sell adult plated metal jewelry that's more than ten percent lead, or non-plated metal jewelry that's more than one-and-a-half percent lead.

Off Mic

March 3
By Mcavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sixth Smuggling Boat Found Abandoned in Del Mar

March 3
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A sixth boat used to smuggle people and or drugs from Mexico to the U.S. was abandoned at the beach at dawn in Del Mar on Sunday. Del Mar lifeguards say it was the first night in two months that federal officials did not do surveillance. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Imperial Valley Looks Toward Renewable Energy Sources

March 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Imperial Valley is known as an agricultural mecca. But some think the region is ripe for generating renewable energy through solar, geothermal, and wind sources. Renewable energy production could give a much-needed boost to the Valley's struggling economy. We explore the issues surround renewable energy in our week-long special on the Imperial Valley.

S.D. Port to Vote on Clearner Trucks Program Tuesday

March 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Port of San Diego is considering a program to reduce emissions from trucks serving two Port terminals. An environmental group says people in communities near the terminals are at increased risk for health problems. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Columnist Messes With Texas on the Verge of Two Crucial Primaries

March 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Democratic presidential nomination process reaches a crucial moment this week as voters go to the polls in Texas and Ohio. Ruben Navarette is a syndicated columnist who worked for “The Dallas Morning News” for several years. He joins us to talk about the presidential race, what may happen in Texas, and how important the Latino vote is likely to be in the nomination process and the general election.

San Diego Entrepreneur Creates Kid-Friendly Site for Safe Web Exploration

March 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new kid-friendly Web site created by a San Diego company hopes to promote children’s’ interest while keeping them safe online. KidZui uses computerized and human filters to allow kids a safe internet experience. The KidZui founder joins us to explain how this online service differs from similar ones aimed at protecting kids.

Law Expert Examines the Chinese Justice System

March 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How does China's legal system compare to that of the U.S.? Jerome Cohen, an expert on Chinese law, describes the staggering differences of how law is practiced across the Pacific.

Oh, The Places He's Been! Dr. Seuss Turns 104

March 3
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today is the birthday celebration for one of San Diego's favorite artists, the late Theodor Geisel. As KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps tells us, Geisel's alter ego, Dr. Seuss, is alive and well.

California Supreme Court to Take Up Same-Sex Marriage

March 3
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will take up the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Justices will hear arguments over whether the state can deny gay and lesbian couples the right to wed. Steve Milne reports.

Developers Lead the Pack in San Diego Campaign Contributions

March 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An analysis of campaign contributions made last year to candidates running for San Diego city office shows developers leading the pack. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. Council Under Pressure to Appoint Independent Auditor

March 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will try one last time today to reach an agreement on how to appoint a truly independent auditor for the city's books. The pressure is on for the city to reach a compromise, because the auditor's independence is a key to regaining Wall Street's confidence. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Penelope, or James McAvoy Makes Me Swoon

March 3
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 3
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sunrise Powerlink Would Bring Green Path of Energy to Imperial County

March 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The proposed Sunrise Powerlink project would bring renewable energy supplies from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the potential for Imperial County to become a hotbed for green energy.