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Stories for February 13, 2009

If You Want to Send a Cute Valentine E-card

Feb. 13
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Newly Minted Rapper Joaquin Phoenix Grunts and Chews Gum on David Letterman

Feb. 13
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I have to admit, this makes my day. & Do you think it's a hoax or the real thing?

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cleaning Up The San Diego River

Feb. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of volunteers have special permission to use kayaks and canoes Saturday in the San Diego River Estuary. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Agents Will Inspect all Flowers at Border Crossings

Feb. 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

US customs agents want to prevent Valentine's Day surprises from crossing the border from Mexico. They warn that some flowers are prohibited and that agents will inspect all arrangements. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Young Cardiac Patients Take Valentine's Day to Heart

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of former and current pediatric heart patients will gather at Rady Children's Hospital Saturday. They'll celebrate Valentine's Day with a special "Heart" party. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Gay Rights and Labor Groups Protest Clinton's Speech

Feb. 13
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Diego on Sunday. But his appearance is drawing protests from some gay rights and labor organizations. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Stimulus Package, Financial Rescue Plan, Future of SD Airport

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Our nation is in the midst of a major financial crisis, and two massive plans meant to improve the economy are being discussed in Washington, D.C. this week. Final votes are expected on the $790 billion economic stimulus package this Friday. Plus, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveiled his plan to infuse up to $2.5 trillion into the nation's struggling financial system. In local news, a panel of politicos unveiled a plan to redesign Lindbergh Field by moving most of the passenger operations to the north side of the airport.

Salk Study Shines a Light on Eye Motion

Feb. 13
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers at San Diego's Salk Institute say small rapid eye movements reveal what our brains really want to look at. And that could affect the way people design visual environments. Tom Fudge reports.

State's Cash Problem Won't Disappear Even if Budget Passes

Feb. 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state legislature is widely expected to vote on a spending plan to fix California's deficit this weekend. But a budget solution won't spell immediate relief for the students, taxpayers... and counties not getting checks from the state. Marianne Russ reports.

Friday the 13th

Feb. 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The answer is I don't know and I don't think the filmmakers (which include original director Sean S. Cunningham) know either. All I think they had on their mind was to cash in on the franchise while they still could.

Lien Rule Scares Some Away From County Medical Services

Feb. 13
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are up to 600,00 uninsured people in San Diego County. But only a tiny fraction are seeking county medical services - an option of last resort for the working poor. Critics blame the low numbers on what they call the county's burdensome application process, including a requirement that makes some feel like they have to choose between having a roof over their heads and getting crucial medical treatment. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Talking Facebook As It Just Passes the Tipping Point

Feb. 13
By Emily Robichaud and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Towards the end of 2008, Facebook became a part of my life and community, mostly because I couldn" escape it. & Of course, I knew what Facebook was prior to that, but it was around the holidays that I started hearing people talk about "being on Facebook" in my workplace and circle of friends. & It seems as if my friends all joined around the same time and have since been talking about the strange allure, time-suck, and psychological toll of Facebook. & One of my friends even wrote about it in her City Beat column.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 13
By Emily Robichaud and KPBS Public Broadcasting