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Stories for May 7, 2010

Will The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Impact San Diego's Fishing Industry?

May 7
San Diego Week
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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has left many fishermen in that region sidelined. KPBS reporter Katie Orr wanted to find out if the local fishing industry was benefiting from the Gulf's environmental disaster. She brings us this report.

S.D. Files Lawsuit Against Pension System

May 7
San Diego Week
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The City of San Diego is suing its own retirement system in an effort to make city employees pay a larger share into the pension fund. San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Writer Craig Gustafson joins us to explain the motivation behind the lawsuit, and the impact it could have on the city's pension deficit.

Earthquake Aftermath Continues To Impact Calexico Students

May 7
San Diego Week
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Earthquake damage to Calexico schools raises concerns for student education.

Exclusive: Commissioner Alan Bersin On Immigration And Border Security

May 7
San Diego Week
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Alan Bersin, the newly appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was in San Diego yesterday. He met with business and community leaders at a town hall meeting on border safety and trade with Mexico. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson was the only reporter in town to get an interview with Commissioner Bersin and she joins Gloria Penner on San Diego Week with more on the story.

Political Analysis: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Halts Calif. Coast Drilling

May 7
San Diego Week
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This week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had second thoughts about expanding oil drilling off the California Coast. His change of heart was a reaction to the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Investigation Continues Into Cancer Incidence In Carlsbad

May 7
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County has launched a website for people in Carlsbad who want more information on cancer in their community. Some Carlsbad residents believe there's a cancer cluster in the city, but county health officials say that hasn't been determined.

Floatopia Preparations Underway In San Diego

May 7
By Katie Orr
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Thousands of people are expected to converge on Mission Bay Saturday for another Floatopia event. San Diego spent thousands of dollars on the last event.

UCSD Dance Team To Compete On 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 7
City News Service
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A dance team from UC San Diego will compete on television's "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night against dancers from Purdue University, the school announced today.

Authorities Detail Month-Long Crackdown On Online Exploitation Of Children

May 7
By Alison St John and City News Service

Federal, state and local law enforcement worked together to target online child predators. The effort yielded 25 state and federal prosecutions for possession and distribution of child porn and other crimes, U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt said today in San Diego.

Talkin' Auction

May 7
Ken Kramer
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I'll admit it. I miss the KPBS Auction. For those too new in town, or too young to remember the 1970s and 80s, Auction was an annual rite of spring, a drop-everything, suspend-the-schedule, week-long, every-evening on-air marathon to raise money for KPBS.

U.S. CBP Commissioner Says The Border Can Be Better

May 7
By Amy Isackson

The top-ranking U.S. official with Customs and Border Protection, Alan Bersin, discussed immigration in San Diego yesterday. Bersin was here to lay out his vision for speeding up the flow of people and goods across the border.

Less Than 3 Weeks Left To Register To Vote In SD Primary

May 7
City News Service

San Diego County residents have only two-and-a-half weeks to register to vote in the June 8 primary election. All registration forms must be postmarked or delivered to the Registrar of Voters no later than 8 p.m. May 24.

Commercial Pilot Helps Iraq War Effort

May 7
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

A commercial pilot from Southern California left his civilian job to help with the war effort in Iraq. We recently spoke with Navy Captain Pete Gurney about life in Baghdad.

Local Event: 'Nosferatu'

May 7
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Symphony continues its silent film series with a screening of the 1922 F.W. Murnau horror classic "Nosferatu" (playing tonight and tomorrow at 8pm at Symphony Hall).

Officer Involved Shooting In Chula Vista

May 7
City News Service

Three people were shot at a party in Chula Vista today, prompting a nearby off-duty police officer to spring into action and open fire on a gunman, a police department spokesman said.

How Will Gulf Oil Spill Affect California?

May 7
Editors Roundtable

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has grabbed headlines across the nation this week. We talk about how the oil spill could affect the push for off-shore drilling along the California coast. And, what impact will the oil spill have on gas prices, and the local fishing industry?

Film Review: 'Ran'

May 7
By Beth Accomando
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Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran," originally made in 1985, returns to the big screen where it belongs with a week-long engagement at Landmark’s Ken Cinema.

SDG&E Hoping For Final Approval On Sunrise Powerlink

May 7
Editors Roundtable

SDG&E is hosting a series of meetings this week in communities along the proposed path of the Sunrise Powerlink. While there are still several pending lawsuits related to the project, SDG&E is hoping for final approval soon. We discuss the impact the project could have in our region.

Who's Responsible For City's $2 Billion Pension Deficit?

May 7
Editors Roundtable

The City of San Diego filed a lawsuit against its Employee Retirement System this week. And, the District Attorney decided to drop conflict-of-interest charges against six former pension board officials.

Film Club: 'Please Give'

May 7
By Beth Accomando
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Nicole Holofcener has won acclaim for a series of small but carefully crafted films about women. But don't call her films "chick flicks." They are much more than that. Listen to our discussion of her latest work, "Please Give" (opening May 7 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

Giant Container Lowered Into Oil-Fouled Gulf

May 7
Associated Press
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A mission to the bottom of the sea to try to avert a wider environmental disaster progressed early Friday as crews said a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box was close to being placed over a blown-out well on the Gulf floor in an unprecedented attempt to capture gushing oil.

Speeding Up Border Crossings Top Agenda At International Meeting

May 7
By Amy Isackson

Mayors from northern Baja California and dozens of Southern California cities will gather at the bi-national mayors meeting in Rosarito on Friday. Wait times at border crossings top the agenda.