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Stories for June 23, 2009

Acquitted San Diego Police Officer to Return to Duty

June 23
City News Service

A San Diego policeman acquitted of weapons charges stemming from the off-duty shooting of a woman and her 8-year-old son during a North County traffic dispute 15 months ago will return to duty next week, Chief William Lansdowne confirmed today.

Congress Members Urge Napolitano to Restore Rule of Law Along Border

June 23
By Amy Isackson

Twenty-seven members of the U.S. Congress have asked the Secretary of Homeland Security to respect all laws along the U.S. Mexico border as they build the border fence. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains, about 40 miles of fencing are still under construction in environmentally sensitive areas.

Lawmakers Set To Squabble Over State Budget

June 23
By Kenny Goldberg

State lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the Democrats' budget proposal tomorrow. Even if it passes, Governor Schwarzenegger has promised to veto it.

Groups Protest Proposed State Budget Cuts

June 23
By Katie Orr
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Labor unions, educators and social service providers joined together today in downtown San Diego to protest state budget cuts being proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

SD Council Endorses Legislation to Repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Policy

June 23
City News Service

The San Diego City Council today endorsed legislation that would repeal the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gays in the military. The council voted unanimously for a resolution in support of HR 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would allow gays to openly serve in the armed forces without fear of discrimination.

Calif. Lawmakers to Vote on Democratic Budget Plan

June 23
Associated Press

California lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Democratic proposal designed to close part of the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit. It appears doomed to fail even before it goes to the Assembly and Senate.

Chula Vista Councilman will Deploy to Iraq as Reservist

June 23
Associated Press

A city councilman from Chula Vista who is a lieutenant in the Navy reserves will deploy to Iraq for a year. Councilman John McCann said Monday he will leave next month to serve alongside an Army unit.

Hammer Pants Flash Mobs Make Me Happy

June 23
By Angela Carone
Hammer Pants Flash Mobs Make Me Happy Tease photo

A flashmob in M.C. Hammer pants descend on an upscale store in Los Angeles.

Obama Toughens Rhetoric On Iran Violence

June 23
Liz Halloran, NPR
Obama Toughens Rhetoric On Iran Violence Tease photo

President Obama on Tuesday offered his strongest wording yet on the post-election unrest in Iran, declaring that he "condemned" the violence that has accompanied protests.

Home Care Advocates Urge Schwarzenegger to Spare Their Programs

June 23
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network

People who depend on home care services are demanding Governor Schwarzenegger find funding to save their programs. About 100 home care workers, patients and advocates for the disabled staged a rally outside the governor's office. They're upset because Schwarzenegger has proposed to make deep cuts to home care services.

The Military is Embedded in San Diego's History

June 23
These Days

The military strand of San Diego's DNA has been evident since the region was first inhabited. We look into how the military -- the Army, Navy and Marines in particular -- has shaped San Diego history and its people.

What Are You Going To Do When the Water Cops Come for You?

June 23
San Diego Week
These Days

What happens when the "water cops" come to your door? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about a recent ride-a-long she took with a field representative from the Water Department's Conservation Program. Katie will tell us how San Diego's recently implemented water-use restrictions will be enforced, and what you can do to avoid a visit from the local "water cops".

California Could Lose Federal Stimulus Money

June 23
By Alan Ray, Alison St John, Nick Stoffel

State lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a Democratic plan to fix California's 24 billion-dollar budget deficit. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

A Day in the Life of a Water Cop

June 23
San Diego Week
A Day in the Life of a Water Cop Tease photo

People living in the city of San Diego have been subject to mandatory water conservation since the beginning of June. A major part of the restrictions involves limiting the hours when yards can watered. To make sure people are following the rules, San Diego employs five so-called water cops. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr spent the day with one.

Pontypool: Interview with Bruce McDonald

June 23
By Beth Accomando
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Zombies are all the rage at the moment. Borders even has a whole wall devoted to zombie literature ranging from "The Zombie Survival Guide" to "Zombie Haiku" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Yesterday I posted Part One of my Zombie Exposé and focused on the Norwegian zombie film "Dead Snow," now I'll be looking to "Pontypool," a film based on a book and serving up a zombie film without zombies. What's that? A zombie film without zombies? But how can that be? Well it can and it works.

S.D. School Trustees To Consider School Library

June 23
San Diego Week

The San Diego Unified school board will consider today whether to use school bond money to help the City of San Diego build a downtown main library.