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Stories for April 7, 2009

Are You a Remote Control Hog?

April 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

If so, you'll appreciate this genius advert by a Berlin-based company for the Loewe sound products.

T-Shirt Hunting in San Diego

April 7
By Andy Trimlett and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
Tease photo

T-Shirt Hunting in San Diego

Local Gang Member Organizes Mortgage Fraud Scheme

April 7
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal authorities say a San Diego gang member masterminded Southern California's largest mortgage fraud scheme. They say the group swindled millions. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Life After The Wire

April 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce and Dominic West star as detectives in The Wire & Photo: HBO &

Public Hearing Tonight on SDG&E Shut-off Plan

April 7
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The public will get a chance to speak at a hearing in Alpine tonight about a controversial proposal from San Diego Gas and Electric. The energy company wants the authority to turn off power in the back country during days when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires. KPBS reporter Katie Orr reports.

Police Relatives Accuse Tijuana Authorities of Overstepping Bounds

April 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of a citizen’s watchdog group is accusing local and federal authorities of overstepping their authority in their effort to root out corruption in the local police force. The army is holding more than 20 agents for ties to organized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California's Smoking Rate Declines, But Some Still Not Satisfied

April 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California public health officials are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the state's tobacco control program. While the adult smoking rate continues to decline, some say the program is losing momentum. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Study Seeks to Turn off Obesity Cues

April 7
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A UCSD psychologist may have found a way to help teenagers ignore environmental cues that make them overeat. And she's looking for volunteers to be part of her research. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge explains.

How To Teach Kids to Eat Well

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Obesity may be the single most common health problem of the new generation of Americans. And behaviors learned in childhood can determine whether people will keep their weight under control. Kerri Boutelle has made a study of the psychiatric factors that result in eating disorders, and she's helped to develop parenting strategies that help kids to learn how not to overeat. She joins us to talk about the ways that kids can avoid getting fat.

Sports Update: Padres Open Season with Loss to Dodgers

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the chances the San Diego Padres will compete for the National League Western Division crown this year? Will pitching ace Jake Peavy be traded? What impact will the ownership change have on the team? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the top storylines leading into the Padres' 2009 season.

Local Group Builds Community Through Renovating Homes

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the economy worsens, a growing number of San Diegans are finding themselves in financial trouble. A local non-profit uses volunteers to help homeowners renovate and fix problems in their homes. We'll talk about how this group is bringing communities together during the recession.

Why Are There So Many Bugs Flying Around Right Now?

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Have you noticed an increase in the local bug population over the last couple weeks? We speak to County Entomologist Dr. David Kellum about what's causing the local bug population to grow. How can you protect yourself from Africanized Honey Bees? What can you do to reduce the number of bugs in your garden? And, why are spiders our friends?

Lowell Bergman Discusses Problem of International Corporate Bribery

April 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do some large corporations win their multi-billion dollar government contracts? Sometimes, they use bribery. In fact, the World Bank estimates that corrupt payments total more than $1 trillion each year, and the U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating more than 100 bribery cases. We speak to Lowell Bergman about his new FRONTLINE documentary "Black Money", which details allegations of bribery by arms manufacturer BAE Systems. We also learn about international bribery charges that have been brought against corporations like Halliburton and Siemens.

Study Finds More than 60% of Latinos Have Confidence in Law Enforcement

April 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center finds Latinos have less confidence in law enforcement than Whites but more than African Americans. The report finds that more than three-quarters of Latinos say if they were a victim of violent crime, they'd report it to the police. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Executive Explains How Hospitals Prepare for Disasters

April 7
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego health organization executive is in Washington, DC this week to discuss hospital safety during disasters. Joining us on Morning Edition is Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder.

Legal Maneuvering May Allow Democrats to Raise Taxes

April 7
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Taxes or fees? Some Democrats in the California legislature are trying to turn some taxes into fees. But why? We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy (MICK-Elroy).

Calif. River Tops Endangered List

April 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group has listed a California river as America's most endangered river. The river is one of the main sources of water for San Diego and millions of Californians. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Immobilite

April 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Mossholder says his role in the project was "to create an original soundtrack/sound design for the feature. I created over 90 minutes of original electronic music. I also created 5 short remixes of the tracks on the film for our