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Stories for October 13, 2008

The Haunt of Voodoo Economics

Oct. 13
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Just in time for Halloween, the legacy of the shiny, happy, shoulder-padded 1980s has come back to haunt the U.S. Remember the

Fire Evacuees Find Center Well Prepared

Oct. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than a thousand people living in Oceanside near the border of Camp Pendleton got reverse 911 calls telling them to evacuate. KPBS reporter Alison St John was at the evacuation center.

Citizen Voices

Oct. 13
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

1,500 Acres Charred in 'Juliet Fire' Near Camp Pendleton

Oct. 13
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A brush fire, dubbed the Juliet Fire, has charred 1,500 acres near Camp Pendleton, forcing evacuations of thousands of people from base housing and neighborhoods in nearby Oceanside.

Helix High To Adopt Teacher Behavior Policy

Oct. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Charter school officials at Helix High School in La Mesa are likely to approve a policy today that seeks to prevent teachers from having sexual relations with their students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Domestic Violence Down in San Diego County

Oct. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County officials say there's been a 13 percent drop in reported cases of domestic violence over the last five years. Officials made the announcement to mark the fifth anniversary of the County's Domestic Violence Hotline. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Wind-Driven Wildfires Threaten LA Homes, Kill 1

Oct. 13
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two wildfires driven by strong Santa Ana winds threatened neighborhoods on the edges of the San Fernando Valley on Monday, killing one person, destroying several dozen mobile homes and forcing evacuations.

Growing Green Industry in San Diego

Oct. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Solar power will be the topic of discussion at a large conference this week in San Diego. Today, Tom Fudge speaks to a panel of guests about the work UC San Diego is doing to educate the green industry workers of the future, and about the alternative energy advances that have been made on the university campus. We also discuss recent innovations in the solar industry, and the future of green industries in our region.

Global Climate Change Could Have Adverse Effects on our Water Supply

Oct. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How will global climate change impact our planet's water resources? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, about the potential impact of global warming on the planet's water supply. Gleick details how global warming will lead to rising sea levels, larger storms, more droughts, and a reduction in water quality and quantity all over the globe.

Spy Games: Body of Lies and Eagle Eye

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Getting By in a Bear Market

Oct. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you concerned about what's happening on Wall Street right now? What kind of investment strategies should you adopt in this bear market? Is now the time to look for some good stock bargains? As part of our "Getting By" series on These Days, Host Tom Fudge speaks to a couple local financial advisors about the latest news on our nation's financial crisis.

Sempra's LNG Plant Fuels Controversy

Oct. 13
By Amy Isackson

Mexico's President and the CEO of the San Diego energy company Sempra tout Sempra's new liquified natural gas plant as a new clean energy source for Baja and Southern California. The plant sits just north of Ensenada, on what was the last stretch of pristine coastline between that city and Los Angeles. The plant has fueled concern that Mexico and Sempra have gambled on LNG to the detriment of the region. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson brings us the first report of four on liquefied natural gas.

Sempra's Plan to Import Liquefied Gas Raises Health Concerns

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California has some of the dirtiest air in the country. And air quality monitors say if San Diego-based Sempra Energy moves ahead with plans to import liquefied natural gas, the air will be even more polluted. They say public health and the environment are at risk. In the second of KPBS’s four-part series on the effects of Sempra’s push to bring in foreign natural gas, Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cal Agency Holds Local Hearing On Wildfires

Oct. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Public Utilities Commission is holding a public meeting on the October 2007 wildfires in San Diego County. The agency wants to find out what residents know about San Diego Gas and Electric's tree trimming and other actions related to powerlines. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.