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Stories for June 11, 2009

NATURE: Killers In Eden

June 11
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This is the extraordinary story of interspecies cooperation between killer whales and whalers in Australia as they joined in hunts for migrating baleen whales. Rooted in historical fact and told by members of the community who witnessed the hunts, it demonstrates the incredible intelligence of the killer whales and the remarkable trust of the whaling community that was the basis of a partnership that lasted nearly 100 years.

Local Charter School Teacher Heads to Uganda

June 11
By Ana Tintocalis
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A San Diego high school teacher and her colleagues are heading to Uganda to bring education and technology to a war-torn part of that country.

Saldaña Says CA Deficit Forces Hard Choices

June 11
San Diego Week

San Diego Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña says taking money from cities and counties isn’t the first option for state lawmakers trying to balance California’s budget. But as KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains, Saldaña says no matter what happens local programs will be hurt.

Community Clinics Protest Governor's Proposed Health Care Cuts

June 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Community clinics in North San Diego County are protesting the governor's proposed cuts to health care programs. Clinic directors say the cuts will devastate the local safety net.

SDPOA Wins Latest DROP Case

June 11
By Katie Orr

The San Diego Police Officers Association has been granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the city from making any changes to the Deferred Retirement Option Program, or DROP, for the next two weeks.

Innovative Architects Tell Their Stories at MCASD

June 11
These Days
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MCASD mounts an exhibit featuring the work of nine innovative architects and designers living and working in San Diego. We'll talk about architecture in the museum setting, what it means to have an alternative practice, and architecture in San Diego.

Author Discusses What He Learned While Climbing Seven Summits

June 11
These Days

What compels a person to leave their comfy job on Wall Street so they can risk their life climbing seven of the tallest mountains on earth? We speak to Bo Parfet, author of Die Trying: One Man's Quest to Conquer Seven Summits, about why he climbed the tallest mountains on seven continents, and what he's learned from the experience.

WHO Declares Swine Flu a Pandemic

June 11
Richard Knox, NPR
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The World Health Organization has declared that a new version of an old flu strain has ignited the first global flu pandemic in 41 years. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters Thursday morning that its flu experts unanimously agreed a pandemic has begun.

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter Discusses First Year in Office, Economy, Health Care

June 11
These Days
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What's it like to be a freshman Republican congressman nowadays? We speak to Congressman Duncan D. Hunter about his first year in office, the nation's ailing economy, and how he thinks the nation's health care system should be changed. We'll also get Hunter's thoughts on the U.S. military's strategic shift to the West Coast.

Clean Energy Could Boost California Economy

June 11
By Ed Joyce

A University of California study has found that more aggressive use of clean energy would help the state emerge from its $24 billion budget deficit by creating jobs and lowering energy costs.

Study Says Enterprise Zone Not Creating Jobs

June 11
By Ed Joyce

A new report says a California economic development effort has failed to achieve its key goal of increasing jobs for disadvantaged workers. The program is intended to boost business investment in economically depressed areas.

San Diego Bay Embodies a Dual Personality

June 11
By Alison St John
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San Diego Bay will see significantly more and bigger ships coming in and out over the next few years. So who’s responsible for monitoring growth and traffic on the waters of the Bay?

Iran's Election: What's At Stake For The U.S.?

June 11
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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Iran's presidential election on Friday is generating unusual excitement, with massive rallies and demonstrations for the four candidates, including incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his chief rival, pro-reform Mir Hossein Mousavi.