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Stories for February 26, 2009

Environmental Report Card for San Diego

Feb. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Four environmental groups say San Diego city and county officials scored well on votes to protect the environment in 2008. A report card shows the city council had a better overall grade than county supervisors. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

SD Must Use Fed Grant Money for Oversight

Feb. 26
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego officials say the city’s been ordered to use more federal grant money for administrative costs. It will start diverting some of the funds away from non-profits and into project monitoring to comply. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Mexico's AG Says Violence Peaking

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexico's federal attorney general says more than 1,000 people have been killed in the first eight weeks of this year, but he believes that drug violence is reaching its peak.

San Diego's Economy Shows a 'Bleak Outlook for Months Ahead'

Feb. 26
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A historic fall in San Diego's leading economic indicators -- including building permits, unemployment and wants ads -- continued in January, leading to a "bleak" outlook for the months ahead, a University of San Diego professor said today.

Work of Architect Irving Gill Celebrated in Photographic Book

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Architect Irving Gill's smooth archways grace buildings throughout San Diego. His work is featured by renowned architectural photographer Marvin Rand in his new book.

What Makes a Great Conversationalist

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We live in the age of information, where communication is faster, easier, and more prolific than ever. But for all our blogging, tweeting, instant messaging, and texting, meaningful conversation is falling by the wayside. We'll talk with Catherine Blyth, author of The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure.

SD Wild Animal Park Euthanizes 60-Year-Old Elephant

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The oldest elephant at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has been euthanized after more than a year of declining health.

Future for San Diego Airport Looks Clearer Now

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What changes should be made to Lindbergh Field to insure it is an adequate airport for the future? What kind of changes can you expect to see at the airport starting this summer? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Alan Bersin, and Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom about the goals of the "Destination Lindbergh" project.

Salvation Army National Commander Discusses Goals for Organization

Feb. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the mission of the Salvation Army? How have the Salvation Army's goals changed as a result of the nation's recent economic problems? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Salvation Army National Commander Israel Gaither about how the charitable organization is doing nowadays.

Renowned Scientists Coming to San Diego

Feb. 26
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A major genomic conference gets underway in San Diego tomorrow and runs through Saturday. Joining us on Morning Edition is Doctor Eric Topol. He's director of Scripps Genomic Medicine at U-C San Diego.

County Makes Testing Wind Easier

Feb. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to make it easier for energy firms to test for suitability for wind turbines in rural areas. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

SD Participates in Gang Prevention Summit

Feb. 26
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gang violence continues to be a problem in San Diego and around California. Leaders from cities across the state will meet in Santa Rosa today and Friday to talk about what works when it comes to keeping kids out of gangs. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Part 2: San Diego Port Cities Divided Over Money, Projects

Feb. 26
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego port district has the word unified in its official title. But talk to the cities that make up the port and you'll find the agency resembles a family divided. The roots of the bad feelings? Money and big bayfront projects. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.