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Stories for May 1, 2009

Battle For Terra

May 1
By Beth Accomando
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A Canadian animated film about aliens fighting off a human invasion takes on the summer blockbuster Wolverine at the box office.

Is Anybody There?

May 1
By Beth Accomando
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A young boy obsessed with the afterlife and an aging magician form an unlikely friendship.

'Probable' Swine Flu Cases Close 3 Local Schools

May 1
Associated Press

San Diego County authorities say they confirmed three cases of swine flu, bringing the county's total to 11 since the outbreak began. Three public schools closed.

Specter Switches Parties

May 1
Editors Roundtable

Senator Arlen Specter surprised many this week with the announcement that he is switching his political party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. What motivated Specter to make his decision?

Battle to Become Sheriff

May 1
Editors Roundtable

There's a behind-the-scenes battling brewing over who should be the next San Diego County Sheriff. Who's contending to be the next sheriff, and what kind of political backing do they have in the community?

Swine Flu

May 1
Editors Roundtable

The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States has surpassed 100, and the World Health Organization recently said a swine flu pandemic is "imminent." What is the United States doing to prevent the spread of the swine flu within its borders?

Wellness Program Pays Off for Hospital Group

May 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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Companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce healthcare expenses. A number of firms are choosing employee wellness programs as a means to accomplish that goal. San Diego's Scripps Health started its program in 2006, and says the initiative has helped the company avoid millions of dollars.

SDSU Study Says Cigarette Butts Kill Fish

May 1
By Ed Joyce

San Diego State University researchers say filter-tipped cigarette butts are toxic to marine and fresh-water fish. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us they want those butts classified as hazardous waste.

Water Crisis Hurting California's Economy

May 1
By Ed Joyce

The below-normal snowpack in the Sierra could mean more water restrictions next summer ... and lost jobs. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

San Diego's Crime Rate Falls

May 1
By Katie Orr

The San Diego Police Department is reporting crime is down for the first three months of 2009. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Immigrants Rally for Rights in SD

May 1
By Katie Orr

People gathered at San Diego City College near Downtown San Diego today to rally and march in support of immigrant rights. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

So You Want to Be Sheriff?

May 1
By Gloria Penner

Normally, the San Diego County Sheriff is elected by county voters every four years. But this year, it will be very, very different. Sometime this spring, instead of a potential 1.5 million registered voters going to the polls to choose one of the county's most powerful officials, the decision will be made by only five people. True, those five are themselves powerful as members of the County Board of Supervisors and collectively have spent almost 100 years in office. But since all are white and Republican in an increasingly racially diverse region where Democrats now outnumber Republicans, it is reasonable to question whether their choice would reflect the voters.

Swine Flu Testing Doesn't Catch Every Case

May 1

A lot of people in San Diego have shown up at doctors' offices, thinking they have the swine flu. But that doesn't mean they'll be tested for it