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Stories for May 6, 2008

Floyd Morrow, Taxes, and Elections

May 6
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices
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At first, I was perplexed by this. I mean, I want cheap gasoline. Then I read their reasons, and I could see their main point --that we'd never SEE this price cut, and the 'tax cut' would just equal to higher profits for oil companies. Can I have a hydrogen or electric car now, please? Pretty please?

Book Review: Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

May 6
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Just ten days shy of sitting for his Cornell University Veterinarian's license, a family tragedy changes 23-year-old Jacob's life. Devastated, shocked and alone, Jankowski abandons school and hops a train to anywhere, though he soon discovers he's jumped aboard a circus train. He's immediately given grunt work which could keep him from getting & ldquo;redlighted, & rdquo; otherwise known as being thrown from the train in the black of night. But once Uncle Al, the resourceful and unscrupulous Ringmaster, learns of Jacob's education, he's promoted to circus veterinarian.

75 SDSU Students Arrested in Drug Bust

May 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Seventy-five SDSU students linked to an on-campus drug ring are in custody today. Police say those arrests are part of one of San Diego County's largest drug busts. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. Supervisors Agree to Spend $3 Million to Lease Firefighting Air Tankers

May 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County Supervisors have voted to spend $3 million to lease two air tankers and one air command plane to help fight wildfires this fall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Officials Say Blackwater Used Subcontractor's Name on Permit Application

May 6
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The head of San Diego's development services department said today he welcomes a probe into how Blackwater USA got permits to build a military training center in Otay Mesa. Yesterday, the mayor called for an investigation into the permitting process for the private contractor. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Borrego Springs Seeks to Become a Dark-Sky Community

May 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If you want to see the Milky Way, you might want to head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is considered one of the best places in the country to star gaze. Now, the village of Borrego Springs is hoping to become only the second place on the globe named a Dark-Sky Community where preservation of the night sky is achieved by controlling light pollution.

Floyd Morrow on His Campaign for the Mayor’s Office

May 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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After being off the city council for more than 30 years, why does Floyd Morrow want to get back into San Diego politics? Morrow, who served as a councilman for more than a decade in the 1960’s and 1970’s, is now a candidate for mayor of San Diego. We speak to Morrow about his mayoral candidacy, how local government has changed, and how he thinks the city council can be improved.

Legendary Explorer Inspires Others to Fight Global Warming

May 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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British polar explorer takes on global warming by traveling the world to inspire people to make a difference. We hear his best argument for why we should all get involved in fighting the problem.

Steve Francis Wins Over Some Labor Groups

May 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego city mayoral candidate, businessman Steve Francis, landed the endorsement of the hotel and restaurant workers' union. Francis, who was the candidate most strongly in favor of outsourcing city jobs in the last election, appears to have changed his stripes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California's Top Democrat Requests $5 Billion for Courthouse Improvements

May 6
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The state Senate's top Democrat is pushing for $5 billion in bonds to pay for improvements to courthouses all over the state. The measure will be heard in a key committee Tuesday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.