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San Diego Weekend: A Mini Road Trip, Rob Crow from Pinback and The Black Widow of Pool

April 6, 2009
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sorry it was all tumbleweeds and echoes around Culture Lust last week. & I was moving and, well, who has time to blog when you're overwhelmed by how much stuff you own, frustrated by contact paper, and looking for outlets to plug stuff in to? & Oh, and consuming only beer and pizza - that definitely kept me from blogging. & I'm finally back to work, refreshed and mostly unpacked. & Here are some photos from the weekend, with its pitch perfect San Diego weather. &

California Discusses Health Care Reform

April 6, 2009
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California political leaders held a statewide health care forum as part of Barack Obama's health reform initiative. San Diego took part in the satellite conference. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

"Don't Torture Our Husbands" Say Some Tijuana Police Wives

April 6, 2009
By Amy Isackson

Family members of a group of Tijuana policemen are asking authorities not torture their loved ones. Authorities detained more than 20 police last week for alleged ties to organized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

County Looks for a Feasible Fire Protection Plan

April 6, 2009
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors will take another stab at figuring out how to build a better regional wild fire protection system. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fish Barcoding Could Help Conservation

April 6, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local scientists are using the genetic equilvalent of barcodes to track California fish species. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the UC San Diego project.

Motorists Urged to Take Part in Affordable Insurance Program

April 6, 2009
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner was in San Diego today to urge motorists to take part in an affordable automobile insurance program.

What are Arguments For and Against Building $28 Million Cruise Ship Terminal?

April 6, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified Port District wants to build a new $28 million cruise-ship terminal on the Broadway Pier. What are the arguments for and against building a new cruise-ship terminal? And, what kind of economic impact does the cruise-ship industry have on San Diego? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about a Coastal Commission hearing taking place later this week that could determine if San Diego's cruise-ship infrastructure will be expanded.

The Food We Eat: Sugar and Fat

April 6, 2009
By Tom Fudge

How much sugar and fat does your body need, and how much is too much? What kind of impact do sugar and fat have on your body when they are eaten in excess? What's the difference between good and bad fat? And, what are good sugar food sources?

IRS and CA FTB Representatives Share Last-Minute Tax Tips

April 6, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you still waiting to do your 2008 income tax returns? Are you confused about a particular element of your federal tax return? What are some of the new tax laws that you should be aware of? We speak to IRS Spokesman Raphael Tulino about what you should know before filing your tax returns, and we take your last-minute tax-related questions. We also talk to Brenda Voet, from the California Franchise Tax Board, about your state tax return.

Country's Top Education Leader Visits SD, Talks Reform

April 6, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to thousands of school board members attending a national conference in San Diego over the weekend. The event was a chance for Duncan to talk about the educational priorities of the Obama administration. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Homebuyers Taking Advantage of Tax Credit

April 6, 2009
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of new homebuyers are taking advantage of a state tax credit intended to jumpstart California's slumping housing market.

Padres Face the Dodgers on Opening Day

April 6, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's baseball season!The San Diego Padres open the regular season tonight at Petco Park. They take on division rival, the LA Dodgers. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Californians Visiting Emergency Rooms for Preventable Dental Care

April 6, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 2007, more than 83-thousand Californians visited an emergency room for something that could have been prevented at the dentist's office. A new study from the California HealthCare Foundation says that phenomenon is taking its toll on patients and the medical system. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SD Port Planning Permanent Cruise Ship Terminal

April 6, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Unified Port of San Diego is planning to build a permanent cruise ship terminal at the Broadway Pier on San Diego’s bay front. On Wednesday the California Costal Commission could approve the project. But there are opponents to the plan and they want to be heard before the terminal moves forward. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr has the story.

Immigrants Rights Groups Plan to March May 1

April 6, 2009
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigrants rights activists in San Diego will take to the street this May 1st to ask the President to reform the nation's immigration laws. The coalition announced plans for the march Sunday, which is the fourth march in as many years. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.