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Stories for April 16, 2009

Offshore Oil Drilling in California Waters

April 16
By Ed Joyce

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar holds a public hearing in San Francisco this at nine o'clock Thursday morning to sample opinion on offshore oil drilling. If plans are approved, oil rigs could spring up in ocean waters from San Diego to Northern California.

Discovery Could Lead to Better Treatment for Cancer Patients

April 16
By Kenny Goldberg

UCLA researchers have found a way to determine whether cancer drugs are working for sarcoma patients after a single dose of chemotherapy.

Mayor Sanders Questions $600,000 Budgeted for Raises

April 16
By City News Service

Given the state of the economy, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is questioning the $600,000 in raises and bonuses that a city agency has budgeted for its 250 employees this year, it was reported today.

Calexico Schools Feel Pain of Crippled Economy

April 16
By Ana Tintocalis
Calexico Schools Feel Pain of Crippled Economy Tease photo

The economy is forcing many school districts to do more than just teach. They're having to take care of families. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis looked at how the region's skyrocketing unemployment and foreclosure rates are racking up a human cost.

Small Quake Hits Remote Part of San Diego County

April 16
Associated Press

A small earthquake struck a sparsely populated section of San Diego County, but no damage or injuries has been reported.

Calif. Senate Votes to Give City Control of Children's Pool

April 16
By City News Service

The state Senate voted 30-4 today to approve legislation aimed at blocking the court-ordered removal of a colony of harbor seals from Children's Pool in La Jolla.

David Benioff's Novel City of Thieves Out in Paperback

April 16
These Days

David Benioff's second novel, City of Thieves, has just come out in paperback to great acclaim and a debut at #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Set during the 1942 siege of Leningrad, it tells the story of a young man, his bigger-than-life sidekick, and one unlikely mission that will save their very lives.

Looking for Something Good to Read this Spring?

April 16
These Days

We've got some reading to recommend in between your bouts of spring cleaning. We'll talk about a number of impressive debut novels, as well as a panoramic look at America in book form and a comprehensive study of debt from an unlikely source, celebrated novelist Margaret Atwood.

Mayor Says Bersin's New Job Good for SD

April 16
By Katie Orr

San Diego Mayor's says the choice of local resident Alan Bersin as the country's new Border Czar could benefit the city.

Teenagers Warned Of Rape By Intoxication

April 16
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego County District Attorney's Office is launching a new campaign designed to curb the number of rapes involving alcohol or drugs.

EarthFair Focuses on Local Environmental Issues

April 16
These Days

Next week, the nation will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. And, this Sunday, the 20th Annual San Diego EarthFair will take place in Balboa Park. This year's EarthFair will feature 400 exhibitors offering information about recycling, solar power, water conservation, and the latest in "green" technology.

Schools Deal with Families Struggling in the Recession

April 16
These Days

For families struggling to make ends meet during the recession, making sure their children are doing well in school is an additional struggle. School teachers and administrators in the Imperial Valley are grappling with budget cuts as well as providing food and other social services to students and their families. We'll find out what impact this is having on education.