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Stories for May 26, 2009

Time Running Out for S.D. Unified to Balance Budget

May 26
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified school officials are demanding the district's board make some tough decisions to balance next year's budget. The panel needs to have a spending plan ready by next week. However, the trustees still can't agree on what sacrifices to make.

Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop

May 26
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This program reunites original legends of rock’n’roll for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Hosted by pop music legends Frankie Valli, Jerry (The Iceman) Butler and Lloyd Price, the program also boasts a surprise appearance by Little Richard. Among the many performers is Fred Parris, who comes out of retirement after a decade to join the Five Satins in a performance of “In the Still of the Night,” the number-one oldies single of all time.

San Diego Reacts to Prop 8 Ruling

May 26
By Katie Orr
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Local opponents and supporters of Proposition 8 are speaking out about the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state ban on same sex marriage. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has reaction.

Hydrogen Highway Promoted in San Diego

May 26
By Ed Joyce

A road trip to show the viability of hydrogen fuel cell cars took off from Chula Vista this morning. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the nine-day tour to Canada is intended to promote zero-emission vehicles.

High School Students Study to Cure Cancer

May 26
By Tom Fudge

UCSD and the Burnham Institute of Medical Research have begun a program to create a new class of cancer researchers.

Gov. Schwarzenegger to Reveal Deeper Budget Cuts

May 26
Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's takeaway message from last week's defeat of the special election ballot measures was "cuts, cuts, cuts." This week, he's following through. The Republican governor on Tuesday will release a revised budget proposal for the coming fiscal year that details nearly $5.5 billion in cuts on top of those he previously announced.

Bernie Madoff, Meet Ivar Krueger

May 26
These Days

Before there was Bernie Madoff, there was Ivar Kreuger, the man John Kenneth Galbraith called the Leonardo of scammers. When Kreuger, an extremely successful and much-admired businessman during the 1920s, killed himself in 1932, investors discovered that his financial empire, based in the manufacture of matches, was made of sand, built out of complex financial instruments that are the forerunners of today's derivatives.

SD Unified School District to Cut Tens of Millions More from Budget

May 26
City News Service
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Despite millions of dollars in cuts already planned for next year's budget, the San Diego Unified School District will have to slice tens of millions more, district officials said today.

San Diego's Plans for Federal Energy Stimulus Money Questioned

May 26
By Amita Sharma

To environmentalists, the $12 million in federal energy stimulus money headed to San Diego was supposed to be the dawn of their day in the sun. But they say Mayor Jerry Sanders has kept them in the dark by shutting them out of the planning on how best to spend the money.

San Diegans Rally Against Prop 8 Ruling

May 26
KPBS/City News Service
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The California Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that banned same- sex marriage in the state, but the court also ruled that the unions of roughly 18,000 same-sex couples who were wed last year will remain valid.

Enjoying Vegan, Gluten-free and Sugar-free Foods

May 26
These Days

Today's markets, restaurants and bakeries offer a wide array of food choices for people with special dietary needs or personal preferences. In this month's Food Hour, we'll talk about baking and buying delicious vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free foods.

Locals Trace Roots Back to Early Days in San Diego

May 26
These Days

Mexico's legacy in San Diego can be seen everywhere - from street names to cuisine to the Chicano movement. We'll talk with San Diegans who can trace their family roots back to the earliest days of San Diego's European settlement.

Obama Picks Sotomayor For Supreme Court

May 26
NPR
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President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, where she will become the first Hispanic and the third woman if her nomination is confirmed.

Budget Cuts Threaten San Diego Funding

May 26
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray

Political Consultant Leo McElroy talks about how lawmakers will fill an expected 24-billion-dollar hole in the state budget.

SD City, County Could Lose Millions to State

May 26
By Katie Orr

San Diego County is preparing for the possibility the state might take away millions of dollars in property taxes to fill the budget gap in Sacramento. And KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains a county official says that might not be the only place San Diego takes a hit.

Hydrogen Road Trip Starts In Chula Vista

May 26
By Ed Joyce

A road trip to highlight fuel cell cars gets underway this morning in Chula Vista. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the nine-day trek to Canada gives people a chance to drive or ride in the zero emission vehicles.

Mexico Becoming a Popular Health Care Destination for Californians

May 26
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study reveals nearly one-million Californians go to Mexico every year for health care. The report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says people are going for medical, dental care, and prescription drugs.