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Stories for March 2, 2009

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 2
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Weekend: The Bloody Hollies, Hot Air, and Diving

March 2
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I was in LA all weekend, which was so fun. Went to this

San Diego City to Hold Evening Council Meetings

March 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council has agreed to hold more evening meetings, to make it easier for people to get involved in city business. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

ATF Warns Students Against Mexico Travel

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the unusual step of urging college students to avoid parts of northern Mexico during spring break.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 2
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Calif. Legislature Supports Gay Marriage Challenge

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both houses of the state Legislature have passed resolutions stating that California residents did not have authority to put the gay marriage ban on last year's ballot.

Dry Times in the Golden State

March 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The third snow survey in the Sierra shows California remains well below what's needed to replenish water supplies. Despite recent storms, reservoirs remain less than half-full and mandatory rationing appears more likely. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Tourism Committee Offers Visitors Fast Border Crossing Pass

March 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's Tourism and Conventions Committee is offering tourists who visit the city a pass to cross the border back to San Diego more quickly. Long border waits, the economic downturn and the drug war have crippled tourism. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

SD Officials Say More Oversight Needed in Qualcomm Contamination Clean-Up

March 2
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego says regulators aren't being careful enough in checking if petroleum from a tank farm is re-contaminating the ground under the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. The city wants to use water under the lot to supply 5,000 homes. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

County Pursues Medicinal Marijuana Suit

March 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County attorneys say they are pressing ahead with a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to resolve conflicting state and federal medical marijuana laws. That’s in spite of comments from U.S. Attorney General, Erik Holder, suggesting federal enforcement of marijuana laws may change. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Boat Seized With Migrants off Tijuana

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Coast Guard says it intercepted an overloaded boat with 22 suspected illegal immigrants off the coast of Tijuana, Mexico.

A Different Summer for Summer School

March 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's going to be a different summer for students assigned to summer school in the San Diego Unified School District this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California Snowpack Levels Could Stir More Water Worries

March 2
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today, we'll learn more about the state's grim water supply outlook. The Department of Water Resources will do its monthly snow survey to measure how much water we can expect to get out of the snowpack.

Why the Evolution Debate Continues

March 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh and

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. His theory of evolution set in motion the scientific understanding of the origins of life. But according to recent polls, less than half of Americans adults believe in evolution. We'll talk about the persistence of some religious groups to perpetuate ideas like intelligent design and creationism in the science classrooms with noted historian Edward Larson.

Ethics in the Age of the Robot

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How close are we to making robots that think and learn? Will more and more robots be cleaning our homes, providing companionship to our kids, and taking care of the elderly? As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, we'll talk about the increased sophistication of robots and the ethical implications that arise from their use.

Former Army Captain Discusses Valuable Lessons He Learned on the Battlefield

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How does a military leader deal with the loss of one of his soldiers on the battlefield? What kind of training do our nation's military leaders receive in preparation for war? What does a person learn about themselves and the world after experiencing war first-hand? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to former Army Captain Craig Mullaney about his new book "The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education."

Mexico's Peso Weakens to New Record Low

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexico's battered peso has weakened to a new record low of 15.3 against the dollar. The peso's fall came as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged below 7,000 Monday for the first time in more than 11 years.

What is the DROP Program and Where is it Heading?

March 2
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the legal issues the city of San Diego faces is the employee retirement program. In Part Two of our series with Mayor Jerry Sanders, we ask him about the controversial DROP program.

News Conference Leaves Chargers Fans Still Waiting for Answers

March 2
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Chargers fans may have been disappointed by a news conference last week. Not by what WAS said, but by what WASN'T. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

SD City Council to Consider Rule Changes

March 2
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s city council will discuss a number of new rules today that could change how it operates, including one rule that could shift the balance of power. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.