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Stories for June 7, 2010

Top Calif. Election Official Will Tweet Primary Results

June 7
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is embracing Twitter as another way to share election results. She says the social media format allows Twitter followers to set the agenda.

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Back Care Basics: Yoga For The Rest Of Us

June 7

Peggy Cappy demonstrates the right exercises and yoga poses to protect the back and improve posture. These simple but powerful exercises stretch and strengthen back muscles and can alleviate back pain caused by muscular tension. With regular practice, they can keep back pain from returning.

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San Diegans Helping Gulf Oil Cleanup Efforts

June 7
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A small group of San Diego County residents are getting jobs cleaning up oil from areas around the Gulf of Mexico. They could be the first of several hundred San Diegans hired for cleanup efforts.

UC Asks Court To Block Nurses Strike

June 7
By Kenny Goldberg

Lawyers for the University of California will head to court tomorrow to try to prevent nurses at five UC hospitals from going on strike. More than 11,000 nurses statewide plan to walk off the job on Thursday.

SD School Board One Step Closer To Finding A New Leader

June 7
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is one step closer to picking a new superintendent. The trustees could name the top three finalists as early as tomorrow.

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History Detectives: Space Exploration

June 7

The "History Detectives" season premiere launches into space for an exhilarating hour exploring the excitement, promise and ingenuity that fueled America’s foray into space exploration. In the segment “Moon Museum,” Gwendolyn Wright investigates the audacious notion that Andy Warhol’s art may be on the moon.

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Guest Blogger: Giancarlo Returns From France

June 7
Giancarlo Ruiz

I'm back in town. My jet lag has worn off and finally I’m out of the hurricane known as the Cannes Film Festival. Was it worth it?

Election Officials Gear Up For Primary Day

June 7
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Primary Day in California is just a day away, and elections officials are scrambling to get everything ready in time.

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Nikki Yanofsky: Live In Montreal

June 7

Millions of people first saw 16-year-old singer Nikki Yanofsky when she performed the Olympics theme song, “I Believe,” during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 games in Vancouver. To Canadian audiences, however, Nikki is already a famous and accomplished singer. In this new special, shot at the Mercure Theatre in Montreal, PBS audiences will experience her unique blend of jazz, classic pop and original songs.

Big Decisions Could Be Made By Small Turn-Out Of Voters

June 7
By Gloria Penner

Senior Political Correspondent Gloria Penner reflects on Tuesday's primary election in San Diego after examining the county’s voter turnout for the last three June elections.

The Science of Substance Abuse

June 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Why do we derive pleasure from using substances that are not good for us? What's going on in our bodies and our brains that allows us to enjoy the effect of chemicals that can potentially kill us? And why in the world didn't evolution take care of this problem a long time ago? We'll talk to scientists about what happens to the body when you use cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana.

New Book Examines Efforts To Discredit Evidence Of Global Warming

June 7
By Hank Crook, Tom Fudge

The vast majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and has been for some time. So why do millions of Americans still doubt the evidence of global climate change? We speak to Naomi Oreskes about her new book "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming."

Government Appeals Overturning Marine's Conviction

June 7
Associated Press

The government is appealing the overturning of a Camp Pendleton Marine's murder conviction in a major Iraqi war crimes case.

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Christmas in San Diego

June 7
Katie Orr

My first reporting job out of college was in Durango, Colorado. It was an emotional time. I was leaving the place I grew up and everyone I knew to live by myself in a tiny town known for its skiing...I am a horrible skier. As I headed out of town to start my broadcasting career I passed SDSU and the KPBS sign soaring above Interstate 8. I told myself that I’d find my way back some day.

South Bay Update: Chula Vista Politics

June 7
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

In Chula Vista, a city councilman has been cleared of campaign finance violations, while the city copes with a confusing ballot initiative to outlaw project labor agreements and its first-ever election of a city attorney.

Parents Urged To Prevent Underage Drinking

June 7
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

We discuss the consequences adults face for allowing underage drinking on their property and how parents can talk to their teens about drinking and responsible behavior.

43 Arrested For Drug Dealing In Downtown San Diego

June 7
Associated Press

San Diego police have arrested 43 individuals accused of dealing drugs in downtown neighborhoods.

Mexican Authorities Discover Tunnel Near Border

June 7
Associated Press

Mexican authorities say they've discovered a suspected smuggling tunnel east of the San Ysidro border crossing in Baja California.

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Medical Calls Dominate San Diego Fire Department

June 7
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Firefighters are known for rushing into burning buildings and battling flames. But successful prevention efforts and better building materials mean fewer fires to fight. So how are San Diego firefighters spending most of their time?

Oceanside's Prop K: A City Charter For Whose Benefit?

June 7
By Alison St John

Oceanside voters will decide whether to adopt a city charter tomorrow. Proposition K would affect development in the city, and jobs.

Chula Vista Residents To Vote For First Elected City Attorney

June 7
By Alison St John

Chula Vista residents vote this week for a mayor, two council members and a city attorney. Chula Vista voters passed a charter amendment in 2008 to establish an elected city attorney for the first time.