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Stories for May 6, 2009

Every Little Step and Love N Dancing

May 6
By Beth Accomando
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If you feel like dancing then a pair of films may make you want to kick up your heels. The dancing's fine but the filmmaking leaves something to be desired.

Schwarzenegger Urges Passage of Props to Ensure Firefighting Resources

May 6
By Katie Orr
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in San Diego today to stress the important role citizens have in preventing and fighting wildfires. KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains the Governor says one line of defense would be a vote for the May 19th ballot propositions.

Napolitano Says Border Security is Improving

May 6
Tanya Snyder, Capitol News Connection

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told California lawmakers Wednesday that border security is improving. Tanya Snyder reports.

Chula Vista Bites the Bullet

May 6
By Alison St John
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The City of Chula Vista is facing the hard reality of an overwhelming “no” vote to a proposed sales tax increase. KPBS reporter Alison St John spoke to Mayor Cheryl Cox after 67 percent of Chula Vistans rejected the tax hike.

Star Trek Fans

May 6
By Beth Accomando
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J.J. Abrams is poised to reboot the Star Trek franchise with his origin film but will the new movie respect the fans and the original series or will it venture off into new frontiers? Fans of the series discuss what has made the show so enduring and influential. Listen to the radio feature.

Governor's Comments Raise Issue of Legal Marijuana

May 6
By Tom Fudge

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday California should talk about legalizing marijuana. Today the controversy over those comments followed him to San Diego. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Preparing for a Pet's Medical Emergency

May 6
These Days
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What should people do to prepare for a possible medical emergency with their pet? We speak to a pair of local veterinarians about the most common pet-related medical emergencies, and what people can do to improve their pet's chances of survival after a snake bite, car accident, and heat stroke.

SD Residents Urged to Look Out for Rattlesnakes

May 6
City News Service

Rattlesnake season has arrived, and California residents should take steps to avoid getting bitten as severe reactions are becoming more common, a UC San Diego doctor cautioned today.

U-T Editor Claims His Letter in Support of Wade Sanders Was Altered

May 6
San Diego Week

FBI agents are looking into whether a letter written on behalf of Bill Clinton's former military adviser was doctored. This week, a federal judge sentenced Wade Sanders to 37 months in prison for possession of child porn. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Is Life on Earth Killing Us?

May 6
These Days

Is life toxic? Award-winning paleontologist Peter Ward thinks it is and has put forth a provocative theory about the unhealthy relationship between humans and other life forms and the planet in his new book The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?

Survey Shows Most Californians Concerned Over Water Supply

May 6
By Ed Joyce

A new survey shows most Californians are concerned about having a sufficient supply of water. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us most people are also willing to do more to conserve.

The Politics of Assault Weapons

May 6
These Days

Should Congress and the White House reinstate the federal ban on assault weapons? We'll talk with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner about the politics of guns.

Santa Barbara Fire Stalls as Gusty Winds Ease

May 6
Associated Press
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Calmer winds and an overnight attack by water-dropping helicopters kept a wildfire from advancing early Wednesday in the hills above Santa Barbara, authorities said. However, the blaze still threatened 2,000 homes and forecasters said the breezes could turn to gusts later in the day.

Are You Prepared for the May 19 Special Election?

May 6
These Days

Are you prepared for the May 19 special election? We speak to representatives from the campaigns for and against propositions 1A-1F about the budget-related measures on the state ballot.

2 Camp Pendleton Marine Pilots Killed in Helicopter Crash

May 6
City News Service

Two Marine pilots were killed when a Super Cobra military attack helicopter carrying live ordnance crashed in the East County, sparking a quickly extinguished one-acre brush fire, authorities said today.

International Conflicts May Affect Oil Prices

May 6
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

International news may be affecting the price of oil in the US as conflicts heat up in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

U.S. Meets with Afghan, Pakistani Leaders

May 6
Associated Press
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The Obama administration on Wednesday immersed itself in high-stakes diplomacy with the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, seeking more cooperation against Taliban militants. At the outset, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton publicly apologized for a U.S. bombing strike that the Afghans said killed dozens of civilians.