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Stories for March 17, 2009

Trailer Tuesday: Eclectic 3.0

March 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Igudesman and Joo Perform I Will Survive

March 17
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

In honor of these tough economic times...

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March 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Here's a little twist on the Trailer Tuesday. Instead of a trailer for a big Hollywood movie or cool indie title you get to see a whole movie by a local filmmaker. Eclectic 3.0

Making Back Country Safer During Fire Season

March 17
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposed rules changes that are meant to make the back country safer during fire season were well received at a public hearing yesterday. But there were some points of disagreement. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Igudesman and Joo Perform I Will Survive

March 17
By Angela Carone

In honor of these tough economic times...

Whale Still Wandering San Diego Harbor

March 17
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A gray whale that wandered into San Diego Bay last week was still cruising the harbor's waters today, seemingly determined to extend its break from annual migration duties.

SD Police Fear Growing Number of Activists Carrying Guns Openly

March 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego police fear there may be a growing number of gun activists who want to carry their weapons openly. The trend is part of a national "open carry" movement keen on exercising gun rights. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

100,000 Calif. Students Work Toward Combating Obesity

March 17
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 100,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students in San Diego County and around Southern California are taking part in a campaign to combat childhood obesity, it was announced today.

Acidity Could Destroy Ocean Ecosystem

March 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego researcher says the increasing acidity of seawater may cause widespread damage to marine life. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Feinstein Urges Tougher Gun Laws to Prevent Mexico Violence

March 17
By Tanya Snyder

Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to toughen U.S. gun laws to prevent violence in Mexico. Tanya Snyder reports.

Most California Construction Workers Lack Health Insurance

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Only about one-third of construction workers in California have health insurance provided by their employers, according to a study released today by the San Diego-based Center on Policy Initiatives.

San Diego Family Recounts Their Amazing 2-Year Journey at Sea

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 2003, a San Diego family of six set out to sail around the world in a 55-foot catamaran. After two years at sea, they hit a reef in the South Pacific, destroying the boat and seriously injuring the father. The Silverwood's recount their extraordinary journey at sea in the new book "Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them."

Priest Celebrates 90th Birthday by Giving Cash to Homeless

March 17
By Christina Hoag and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Father Maurice Chase is celebrating his 90th birthday by giving away some green.

SD Sports Update: Aztecs Snubbed, Padres Sale, LT Restructures Contract

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why did the SDSU men's basketball team get snubbed by the NCAA Tournament committee? What's the latest news on the sale of the San Diego Padres? Now that the Chargers have re-worked the contract of star running back LaDainian Tomlinson, what's on their agenda for the rest of the off-season? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to sports talk show host Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the latest news on the local sports scene.

SoCal Median Home Price Plummets 39 Percent

March 17
By Jacob Adelman

A tracking firm says the median home price in Southern California dropped 39 percent in February from a year ago.

Homeowners Who Bought During the Boom are Saving Money By Reducing Property Taxes

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Have you seen the value of your home drop in the last year or so? If your answer to that question is "yes", have you also asked to have your property taxes reduced to reflect the change in your home's value? Many people in San Diego County have had their property taxes reduced in the last year, and are saving money as a result. Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to the County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk about how you can have your property taxes reduced. We also speak to the co-founders of a website that helps people navigate through the property tax appeal process.

Trailer Tuesday: Eclectic 3.0

March 17
By Beth Accomando and

Here's a little twist on Trailer Tuesday: Instead of posting a preview of a big Hollywood movie or cool indie title you get to see an entire movie.

Local Writer Searches for the Real El Cajon

March 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of El Cajon is close to 100 years old. But many folks around the county probably haven't spent much time in the eastern town. Maybe it's because the city has a reputation as being a rough and unsophisticated place. Writer Bill Manson explores El Cajon to find out what makes the city tick.

Despite Budget Passage Problems Still Loom

March 17
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It took months of debate, political horse trading and a sleep over at the capital to get Sacramento politicians to pass a budget. But a new report from a legislative analyst says the state is still $8 billion in the hole. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

SDG&E Reverses Stance on Solar Technology

March 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Consumer groups and San Diego Gas & Electric have been at odds for years over everything from rate increases to the need for the Sunrise Power Link. But now a deal may be in the works between one of those groups and the company on what solar technology might be the best for the region. An agreement could save consumers could save $125 million. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.