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Stories for February 25, 2009

Founder of Sushi Asked to Step Down as Interim Director

Feb. 25
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Lynn Schuette, the founder of the progressive arts venue

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 25
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City Considering Raising Service Fees

Feb. 25
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council budget committee began the process of considering an increase to certain fees today. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Film Club of the Air: Oscars Recap, Che, The Class, The Secrets, and DVD Picks

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll recap the Academy Awards ceremony and talk about Steven Soderbergh's 2-part film Che, the French film The Class, and an independent drama from Israel called The Secrets. We'll also have a couple of DVD recommendations so you can update your Netflix list.

Flu Season in San Diego is Mild

Feb. 25
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is deep into flu season. But this year it's not so bad. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Old Town Program Could Be On Chopping Block

Feb. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A program that's been teaching generations of San Diego students about the city's history might become a thing of the past. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Health Care Taking a Financial Toll on Americans

Feb. 25

Tonight, on Envision San Diego and KPBS' special program Right to Health, you’ll meet a woman who tried to refinance her house to pay for an MRI, and a man who went blind because he couldn’t afford to see a doctor. And we’ll tell you about a patient whose care in a hospital cost more than a million dollars – he can’t pay, the government won’t pay. So just who’s picking up the tab? You’ll be surprised.

Marine Accused of Setting 4,000-Acre Camp Pendleton Fire

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton Marine has been charged with recklessly setting a 4,000-acre wildfire that threatened homes in and around the San Diego County base last October.

Health Care Taking a Financial Toll on Americans

Feb. 25
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than half of all bankruptcies filed in the United States are triggered by medical bills. Evidence the system takes its toll financially. But are we healthier in the U.S. than Canada? We took a look at a very common disease caused by an even more common condition…diabetes and obesity. The statistics tell us we’re the fattest nation in the world. And it’s making us sick – even blind. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon has more.

Why So Few Women Run for Political Office

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

While women continue to make headway into elected public office, their percentage is still small compared to men. We'll talk about the disparity between women and men when it comes to running for office and some of the organizations who are pushing more women to step up to the plate.

Talking About Race in the Post-Obama Era

Feb. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When America elected its first African-American president in November, the country made huge strides in overcoming its racially biased past. Does this mean that the U.S. has moved beyond racial discrimination? Will special recognition of black history and black studies be necessary in a post-Obama era? We'll talk about the history of race relations and its future in multi-cultural America.

State Considers Required Neutering for Pets

Feb. 25
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New legislation would require most pet owners to have their cats and dogs spayed or neutered.

Policy Makers Push for Constitutional Convention

Feb. 25
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of policy makers wants to give the California constitution a make-over. They held a summit in Sacramento Tuesday to discuss a constitutional convention.

Number of Uninusured Growing as Economy Worsens

Feb. 25
By Dwane Brown, Joanne Faryon, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are diabetics in San Diego County going blind because they don't have health insurance and can't afford to see a doctor. They are among nearly 400,00 uninsured people in the county.

End of an Era: New Yorker Films Closes

Feb. 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Ozu's Tokyo Story was one of the many foreign films that New Yorker Films brought to audiences. (New Yorker Films)

End to On-Campus Rifle Training Delayed

Feb. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of an on-campus rifle training program in the San Diego Unified School District persuaded the school board to hold-off eliminating the program. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Port Cities Divided Over Money, Projects

Feb. 25
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The port of San Diego is an agency established by the state of California. It's responsible for development and protection of 33 miles of waterfront. The port has a budget of nearly $200 million. But there is deep discord among the five port cities about which of them is getting a fair share of that money. Here's KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma with more.