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Stories for February 23, 2009

San Diego Weekend: Oregon and San Diego, Circus Acts, and Mini Guitars

Feb. 23
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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The latest installment of San Diego Weekend has some real treasures, including a project I think is really fun. & The first image was made by Peggy Sue Harrington and her friend Matt, who lives in Oregon. & They've started a project called Double Exposure. & One of them will shoot a roll of film and then send it to the other to shoot on top of it. & The resulting double exposures are the combination of two cities and two photographers' particular visions. & I think it's inspiring. & I encourage all of you to start up a similar project with a long distance friend or creative collaborator. & Don't forget to let me know of the results! &

Pension Update Prompts Call for Options

Feb. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council got an update on the state of the pension deficit Monday. The dire forecasts prompted several council members to ask if the payment schedule could be extended further out into the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 23
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Border Patrol Discovers SD Tunnel Near Mexico

Feb. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Border Patrol says it discovered a secret tunnel that may have been used to smuggle migrants from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego.

SD Chargers Continue Contract Talks with LT

Feb. 23
By Nick Stoffel and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers and their all-pro running back are continuing contract restructuring talks. The Chargers have indicated they want LaDainian Tomlinson to take less guaranteed money next season. LT has indicated he wants to stay in San Diego, but it's unclear if he will play for less money.

Rep. Issa: Wasteful Government Spending Must be Addressed

Feb. 23
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego County congressman who took part in President Barack Obama's "Fiscal Responsibility Summit" at the White House today said waste, fraud and mismanagement in government spending needs to be addressed.

Report: Calif. Failing at Sending High School Students to College

Feb. 23
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California ranks 48th in the nation in the percentage of high school seniors who go on to a four-year college the next academic year, according to the annual California Educational Opportunity Report -- involving UCLA researchers -- released today.

Overcoming Nature Deficit Disorder in Kids

Feb. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's the future relationship between children and the natural world? Are kids today suffering from nature-deficit disorder? We'll talk about the changes in the relationship between children and nature, and why it's a concern for the future of the planet.

Author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" Talks about the Travelling Life

Feb. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many people dream of traveling the world. For Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "A Year in the World," traveling is a reality. The author talks about transporting her readers to the places near and far to experience the riches of the world.

Peter Kaye is a Contrarian

Feb. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Peter Kaye, whose career has included stints with KPBS, the San Diego Union, and the political campaigns of Pete Wilson and Gerald Ford, has written a book about his life. A long-time resident of Del Mar, Kaye's book covers his ignominious entry into journalism, his coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy, producing for public television's coverage of the Watergate Hearings, his work as what he calls a "political hack" and his term as associate editor for the San Diego Union.

S.D. Unified Contemplating $26.5 Million More in Cuts

Feb. 23
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified School District trustees are contemplating an additional $26.5 million in cuts in addition to $77.3 million in proposed cuts previously reported.

Paying vs. Waiting -- Comparing Health Care Systems

Feb. 23
By Waubgeshig Rice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Compared to the United States, Canada has fewer MRI machines per capita, but does more scans per machine. And patients get the scans, free of charge. But there's a catch -- if it's not an emergency, you'll have to wait.

Tour of California Debuts in San Diego

Feb. 23
By Josh Babin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of people lined the 97-mile route of the last stage of the Tour of California that went from Rancho Bernardo to Escondido.

Lack of Transparency During Budget Talks Causes Concern

Feb. 23
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some political observers say California lawmakers passed the historic budget agreement with very little public oversight. They're calling for more "open government" during future budget negotiations. Steve Shadley reports.

A Conversation with Supervisor Bill Horn

Feb. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors controls more than a $5 billion budget and serve the county's three million residents. We continue our series of interviews with the five supervisors by talking to Bill Horn, who represents the North County, about the state of the economy and the challenges the county will face in the year ahead.

Tour of California Race Finishes in Escondido

Feb. 23
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The fourth annual Tour of California bicycle race finished in the North County yesterday afternoon. Also, the Chargers are in negotiations with two of their players. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

81st Academy Awards

Feb. 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Hugh Jackman as host tried to engage the audience in the onstage shenannigans. ( & copy;AMPAS)

Mental Health Advocates Cry Foul

Feb. 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's new state budget depends on voters approving a number of ballot measures in a special election this spring. Mental health advocates are getting ready to fight one of the measures they say will hurt important programs. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

MTS Considering Cutting Routes Raising Fares

Feb. 23
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is being forced to reevaluate its service after the California legislature eliminated funding for public transit in the state. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Pension Liabilities Take Bigger Bites out of Budgets

Feb. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego has gained national notoriety for its pension deficit. But as pension liabilities mount and the market plummets, other cities around San Diego County find themselves with even worse pension liabilities. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.