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Stories for February 24, 2009

Are You Still Watching Big Love?

Feb. 24
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Bill Henrickson (Bill Pullman) and his wives, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin).

A Soothing Video of Flight

Feb. 24
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I love this video. & It's simple and soothing. & A nice way to start your Tuesday...or any day for that matter. & The artist/filmmaker is Sam Fuller.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Reformers Debate Rewriting Calif. Constitution

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Following the bruising effort to fix California's budget deficit, political reformers are debating a novel idea to end the state's political gridlock.

Calif. Lawmakers Renew Push for Immigration Reform

Feb. 24
By Tanya Snyder and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California lawmakers are renewing their push for comprehensive immigration reform. They're reminding President Obama of his promise to address the issue. Tanya Snyder reports.

San Diego Seniors Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Feb. 24
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A UCLA research center says more than one hundred thousand elderly folks in San Diego county struggle to make ends meet, yet don't qualify for federal assistance. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Calif. Senate Committee Sides With Prop. 8 Foes

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state Senate committee has sided with opponents of Proposition 8 in the court battle over gay marriage.

State Budget Delays Emissions Rule

Feb. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says the recently passed California budget delays legislation designed to protect public health. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Task Force Meets to Consider SD Convention Center Expansion

Feb. 24
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A newly formed citizen task force will meet tonight to discuss the possible expansion of San Diego’s convention center. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Many S.D. Seniors Don't Have Enough Income for Basic Needs

Feb. 24
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 40 percent of San Diego County residents aged 65 and older don't have enough income to meet their basic needs, mainly because they're ineligible for federal assistance, according to a report released today.

Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh Knew How to Run a State

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Jesse Unruh, author of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, father of the full-time California Legislature, and one of the creators of modern-day California, was a charismatic, larger-than-life political figure who got things done. He was a member of the California Assembly for 14 years, its speaker for 8 years and state treasurer for more than a decade. He grew up extremely poor, the son of a Texas sharecropper. He made his way to California, joined the navy and, because of the GI Bill, went to USC, where he first entered Democratic politics. He was a friend and champion of Robert Kennedy and was in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel when RFK was shot. He died in 1987, and while lionized in his time, has been largely forgotten today. Would Jesse "Big Daddy" Unruh recognize the paralyzed, polarized state we live in today? How did we get from Jesse Unruh's California to where we are now?

Comparing U.S. and Canadian Healthcare

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the economy worsens, many Americans are facing the prospect of losing their health insurance. Is universal healthcare the answer? KPBS and the CBC have teamed up to compare the U.S. style of healthcare with that of our neighbor to the north, Canada.

Political Consultant Leo McElroy Explains How the Budget Will Affect Taxpayers

Feb. 24
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California finally has a budget, but what does this mean to taxpayers?

How to Preserve Higher Education During Recession

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can we make sure the quality of education is maintained at our colleges and universities in these tough financial times? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to the head of the American Association of University Professors about the keys to preserving higher education during an economic downturn. We also speak to Dr. Rhoades about an open letter he published to President Barack Obama and Congress about this issue.

Local Biotechs Feeling Impact of Down Economy

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The local biotech industry has flourished over the last two decades, but has suffered of late due to the nation's economic downturn. What caused the growth of San Diego's biotech industry over the last 20 years? And, what kind of problems is the industry dealing with today? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to KPBS Investigative Health Reporter Tom Fudge about the rapid rise, and recent decline of the local biotech industry.

County Links Development and Wildlife Preservation

Feb. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

County residents can put their own stamp on a plan to protect endangered species while still allowing development in North San Diego County. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

It is Marijuana Smuggling Season at Sea

Feb. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Coast Guard officials in San Diego it's the season for smuggling marijuana up the coast of Mexico's Baja California. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Teens Give Thumbs Up to Fired Up

Feb. 24
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Teen Critics Kimi and Shelby give thumbs up to Fired Up! (Screen Gems)

Teens Give Thumbs Up to Fired Up

Feb. 24
Kimi Allen and Shelby Iacometti

A text messaged Teen Critic review from Kimi Allen and Shelby Iacometti:

Grier Wants to Create Smaller High Schools

Feb. 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier wants smaller high schools. But first he has to convince a wary school board and public. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.