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Stories for May 4, 2009

Sanders and Frye Call for Mandatory Water Restrictions

May 4
By Alison St John

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants the city council to approve his call for mandatory water restrictions.

Researcher Explores the Psychology of Overeating

May 4
By Tom Fudge

The problem of being overweight in America is a problem of overeating. The habits that cause people to overeat are hard to break. But a researcher at UC San Diego will embark on a test that seeks to understand and overcome those bad habits. KPBS health reporter Tom Fudge says the key is to understand the psychology of eating too much.

CDC Confirms 9 More Cases of H1N1 Flu in SD

May 4
By Tom Fudge

The CDC has confirmed nine new cases of swine flu in San Diego county. Meanwhile, all of the suspected cases at a San Diego State child care center have come up negative.

Border Czar Says US and Mexico Share Historic Opportunity

May 4
By Amy Isackson
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U.S. Border czar Alan Bersin says the US and Mexico share an historic opportunity to confront drug and human smuggling together. Bersin kicked off a tour of the Southwest border in San Diego Monday.

93-year-old Woman Relives Youth When Diary is Found

May 4
These Days

When New York Times journalist Lily Koppel climbed into a dumpster outside her apartment building, she didn't know the extent of the treasures that lay inside. What came of it was a book based on a 75-year-old diary kept by a young New York woman in the 1930s.

NATURE: Voyage Of The Lonely Turtle

May 4
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A female loggerhead turtle sets off to lay eggs in the place where she was born. Her voyage will take her across the Pacific, on the longest journey undertaken by any animal on land or sea.

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America

May 4
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This six-hour comedy epic showcases the most hilarious men, women and moments in American entertainment and why they made us laugh. Hosted by funnyman Billy Crystal, the documentary explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life.

Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose: Norway- Quest for the Viking Spirit

May 4
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More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings from Norway terrorized Europe; their legendary raids made their name synomous with marauding pirates. Today, this ruggedly beautiful country houses the Nobel Peace Center and stands one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth. How could such a progressive nation spring from such a violent past?

Scientists Discuss Local Progress on Stem Cell Research

May 4
These Days
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Nearly five years ago, California voters decided to provide $3 billion for human embryonic stem cell research. Despite continued debate over using human embryos, the progress and promise of stem cell research to treat disease marches forward.

How Many Species Did Local Scientists Find in a 24-hour Period?

May 4
These Days

Over the weekend, a team of scientists, volunteers and educators participated in a 24-hour "rapid biodiversity assessment" at Mission Trails Regional Park, called BioBlitz. How many species of plants and animals did the BioBlitzers find?

Local Infectious Disease Expert Discusses History and Future of Flu

May 4
These Days

What are the key similarities and differences between the 2009 H1-N1 influenza strain and the Spanish flu that killed millions of people in 1918 and 1919? We speak to one of San Diego's leading infectious disease experts about the history and future of the influenza virus.

SD City & County Could Share Legal Services

May 4
By Katie Orr

The San Diego City Council will vote today on whether to enter into an agreement with the County to share some legal services. The City Attorney says the deal could save millions of dollars.

UCSD Electric Racecar Shifts Into Competition

May 4
By Ed Joyce

UC San Diego engineering students are driving into the future with an electric racecar. They hope to fuel the trend toward "green" vehicles. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us they hope the car helps fuel the trend toward "green" vehicles.

Tijuana Quiet Over Weekend Because of Swine Flu Precautions

May 4
These Days

How are efforts to slow the spread of the swine flu affecting operations at the U.S.-Mexico Border? How are businesses in Tijuana being affected by the swine flu outbreak? We speak to KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson about how the swine flu is impacting activities at the border, and throughout Baja California.

Researcher Explores the Psychology of Overeating

May 4
By Tom Fudge

The problem of being overweight in America is a problem of overeating. The habits that cause people to overeat are hard to break. But a researcher at UC San Diego will embark on a test that seeks to understand and overcome those bad habits.