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Stories for March 4, 2008

Notes from a Plumber's Assistant: The War on Bad Flappers

March 4
Citizen Voices

Primary polls, pontification, prognostication and political palaver are in no short supply leading up to today's Texas and Ohio contests. The news networks are once again driving the storyline with conjecture and hypotheticals. I'm content to just wait until the votes are counted and the fog lifts. & In the meantime, I feel it my civic duty to pass on a startling bit of information that might have a practical effect on

Barack Obama At Comic-Con?

March 4
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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There are

Citizen Voices

March 4
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Another Tuesday, another Primary

March 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh and Off Mic

You can tell when the Primary season has gone on a little too long. It's when Morning Edition does no stories about the Primaries. Of course, Primary stories were in the newscasts this morning and I'm sure we'll hear quite a bit about election results tomorrow. But nothing today! In fact, it was kind of refreshing to get off this year's political express just long enough to hear how one of our most famous Presidents started his administration. Hearing about the start of

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 4
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Mixed Bag Of Lunchtime Reading From Culture Lust

March 4
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Focus Features has announced the next Coen brothers film will be released domestically on September 12th. & It's called

Off Mic

March 4
By Mcavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDSU Students Raking in Profits on Wall Street

March 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Business-minded students at San Diego State University are posting big profits on Wall Street. Now they’re scheduled to meet an idol. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Former U.N. Official Forecasts Dire Global Warming Consequences

March 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former United Nations official visiting San Diego says the consequences of global warming will create a climate of conflict and environmental disaster.

Red Cross Says Hotel Spending Oversight May Take Weeks to Resolve

March 4
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Red Cross says it could take weeks to get refunds from some San Diego hotels. The charity acknowledged spending tens of thousands of dollars on rooms for volunteers during last October's wildfires. But the rooms were never used. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 4
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Gas Prices Move Into Record Territory Overnight

March 4
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices moved into record territory overnight. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says the average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.52.

Sanders, Aguirre Offer Differing Pension Plans

March 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders hopes to cut San Diego's escalating pension costs by introducing a different kind of pension plan for future city employees. City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the city would save more money by going back and correcting mistakes by the pension board that have cost taxpayers millions. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

If Approved, Medicaid Changes Could Severely Impact Local Hospitals

March 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new Congressional report says California stands to lose more than $2 billion a year if the Bush Administration's proposed Medicaid changes are approved. San Diego hospitals warn the impact could be severe. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Local Workshop Focuses on Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

March 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Climate change researchers say the planet is warming because of human-caused activity. Scientists say we can slow the rate of global warming if we reduce what they call our carbon footprint. That’s the focus of a workshop in San Diego this morning. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Tijuana Police Find Five More Dumped Bodies

March 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent spike in violence south of the border continued Tuesday morning. Tijuana police found five dead bodies dumped on the outskirts of the city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego Latino Film Festival Celebrates its Quinceañera

March 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 15th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival begins this week and celebrates films from Argentina as well as those made by San Diego filmmakers. The festival also shows some classic Mexican sci-fi movies, making KPBS film critic Beth Accomando very happy.

‘Citizen Voices’ Bloggers’ Primary Predictions

March 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS launched the new political blog ‘Citizen Voices’ in January. It features six diverse San Diegans who post weekly on the state of the presidential election. We check in with two of them to hear what it's like to be a political blogger, and their predictions for the Ohio and Texas contests.

Calexico School District Cracks Down on Non-Resident Students

March 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Throughout much of history, the border between Mexico and the U.S. has been porous. People have crossed to work, shop and attend school. But in Imperial County, the Calexico School District is cracking down on Mexican students who are crossing the border daily to attend their schools.

Exploring the Cost of a Presidential Campaign

March 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How important is money in modern politics? Is the presidential candidate with the most money the candidate who has the best chance of winning the election? If so, why? We speak to an expert on campaign finance and a former campaign manager about how money is used by candidates, the growth of internet-based fund-raising, and who's winning the money race in the current presidential campaign.

Former U.N. Official Says Rich Countries ‘Stingy’ With Foreign Relief

March 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs at the United Nations says some countries are stingy when it comes to international aid. He also thinks the U.N. needs a substantial makeover. He explains what works, and what doesn't, when we give money to those in need.

S.D. Council Reaches Compromise on Independent Auditor

March 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has finally reached a compromise on a proposal to change to the way the city's independent auditor is appointed. The Public will vote on the charter change in June. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Calexico School District Cracking Down on Students from Mexico

March 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For generations, people from Mexico have crossed into the border city of Calexico to work in the Imperial Valley. But now an increasing number of Mexican students are crossing into Calexico to attend public schools there. School district officials are trying to crack down on the problem. But some say they're going too far. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.