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Stories for June 29, 2009

U.S. and Mexican Authorities Searching for Cross-Border Tunnel

June 29
By Amy Isackson

Following a tip, U.S. and Mexican authorities are hunting for a cross-border tunnel.

Madoff's San Diego Victims

June 29
By Alison St John

About two dozen San Diegans are among the victims of the multi-billion-dollar scams that have landed Bernard Madoff in prison for life.

Faith Leaders Urge Lawmakers Not to Forsake the Poor

June 29
By Kenny Goldberg

Dozens of San Diegans fasted and held a prayer vigil today to call attention to the hardship state budget cuts will have on the poor. Faith leaders are asking state lawmakers to come up with a kinder budget.

SD Sheriff to Probe Use of Pepper Spray at Political Fundraiser

June 29
By Alison St John

San Diego Sheriff’s department will do an internal investigation of an incident in which an officer used pepper spray to subdue guests at an upscale political fundraiser. The officer was responding to a noise complaint

Sewage Spill Closes Dog Beach

June 29
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has closed a section of Ocean Beach due to a sewage spill.

Two More San Diego Deaths Linked to Swine Flu

June 29
By Tom Fudge

Two more deaths in San Diego county have been linked with the H1N1 virus. That brings the number of local swine flu deaths to three.

Tijuana Officials Propose Alternatives to Mexico's Southbound Screening Plan

June 29
By Amy Isackson

Many Tijuana business and tourism officials hope Mexico's federal government changes its plan to screen vehicles headed south into Mexico. As KPBS reporter Amy Isackson explains, Mexican customs officials say they'll start screening traffic at San Diego-Tijuana border crossings in late July.

MIDSOMER MURDERS: The Killings At Badger's Drift - Parts One & Two

June 29
By Jennifer Robinson
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The peace of the seemingly idyllic village of Badger's Drift is shattered by the inexplicable murder of an old lady, Emily Simpson, found dead in her cottage after witnessing something unsettling in the woods. Her old friend, Lucy Bellringer, is convinced that Emily's death was not from natural causes. She persuades Chief Investigator Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Troy of Causton CID to look into the matter and then hunt down the killer. Their investigation uncovers a web of sinister events, some long buried in the past.

Time Team America: Fort Raleigh, North Carolina

June 29
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"TIME TEAM AMERICA" goes in search of our nation’s mysterious roots at Roanoke Island. In 1586 the English sent the first group of hardy, hopeful colonists to make a go of it in the New World. But when English ships returned with supplies just three years later, they found the settlement empty and colonists gone. The colonists had left behind only one clue: the word Croatoan carved in the gatepost of their fort. It took 20 years for the stunned English to establish another settlement in America.

NOVA: Musical Minds

June 29
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Through the remarkable case studies from neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks’ latest book, "Musicophilia," NOVA investigates the extraordinary impact music can have on the human brain. Viewers meet people like Tony Cicoria, who was struck by lightning and was suddenly inspired to become a pianist, and Matt Giordano, who uses drumming to alleviate his severe Tourette syndrome.

Making Sense of Place: Portland

June 29
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The third installment in the "MAKING SENSE OF PLACE" series profiles the transformation of Portland, Oregon from an urban wasteland into a thriving metropolis. Following the rapid and uncontrolled growth of the 1950s and '60s, the civic leaders of Portland developed and implemented some of the most successful land-use policies in the United States. Today, Portlanders enjoy a flourishing downtown, as well as national recognition for their achievements in alternative transportation, emissions reductions and overall sustainability.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye

June 29
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When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue, his young wife, Adele, and their housemaid, Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Since Miss Marple had trained Gladys herself, she has a personal reason to investigate. Will her reasoning and deduction make sense of the rhyme and at last reveal the culprit?

2 More H1N1 Deaths Reported in San Diego County

June 29
City News Service

Two more San Diego-area residents -- a 49-year-old woman and 75-year-old man -- have died of complications related to the H1N1 virus, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Protecting Privacy in the Electronic Age

June 29
These Days
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How do we manage information and privacy in the electronic age? As part of our monthly segment on ethics in science and technology, we'll explore how our information is tracked, used and protected.

No Sign of Deal to Close Calif. Deficit

June 29
Associated Press

With the threat of IOUs just days away, Democratic and Republican lawmakers show no sign of compromise in their efforts to close California's $24.3 billion deficit. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after Sunday night legislative sessions that failed to move the two sides closer.

Public Trust Erodes In Sweetwater School District

June 29
By Ana Tintocalis
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The Sweetwater Union High School District is the largest high school district in California. This past year it became one of four San Diego county school districts to be placed on a federal watch list under the No Child Left Behind Act. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains how Sweetwater Superintendent Jesus Gandara has come under fire for the way he's handling reforms.

What's at Stake in the Marine Life Protection Act?

June 29
These Days

The state is currently in the process of redesigning California's network of marine protected areas, or MPAs. We'll find out what's at stake in the process, and what's in the works for the Southern California coast.

Local Analysis of Supreme Court's End-of-Term Decisions

June 29
These Days

We'll examine the most recent decisions of the Supreme Court as it wraps its term.

Padres Win First Series in a Month

June 29
By Dwane Brown, John Decker, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Padres have won their first series in a month. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Madoff Sentenced To Maximum 150 Years In Prison

June 29
Jim Zarroli
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Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison Monday for the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme he ran for decades, taking in everyone from ordinary retirees to A-list celebrities.

Open Houses In San Diego For Marine Protection Proposals

June 29
By Ed Joyce

The group charged with developing proposals to protect several marine areas off San Diego's coast wants your feedback. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us informal open houses are scheduled Monday night in Carlsbad and Tuesday night in San Diego.

Scientists Zero in on Alcohol's Effect on the Brain

June 29
By Tom Fudge

Scientists at San Diego's Salk Institute have taken a step forward in understanding how alcohol affects the brain. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge explains how this might help fight alcohol dependence.