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Stories for September 10, 2010

Survivors Of San Diego Fires Tell Counterparts in San Bruno To Hang Tough

Sept. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

People in the Bay Area community of San Bruno are trying to pick up the pieces after last night's gas line explosion and fire roared through the community. Four people were killed and 38 homes were destroyed. Survivors of San Diego County fires say they have some advice for people in San Bruno.

How Widespread Is Anti-Muslim Sentiment?

Sept. 10
San Diego Week
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Amita Sharma speaks with Imam Taha Hassane, director of the Islamic Center of San Diego, about Muslim sentiment following a Florida pastor's intention to burn copies of the Koran.

FBI Informant Jailed After Speaking To 10News

Sept. 10
San Diego Week
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The jailing of an informant for talking to the media seems like a tale straight out of a Soviet-era police state. But that's exactly what FBI informant Andrea Gomez says happened to her after she spoke to JW August, managing editor, of 10news. J.W. August joins us to talk about what happened with Gomez.

Water Bills Could Go Up Again In San Diego Next Year

Sept. 10
San Diego Week
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The cost of water in San Diego may go up, again. The proposal is the latest in a series of rate hikes over the past four years and is not without its critics.

The Mystery Of Vanishing Honey Bees

Sept. 10
San Diego Week
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Imagine a world without apples, almonds and broccoli. It takes honey bees to pollinate most of our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables. But the bees are mysteriously disappearing. Some commercial beekeepers in San Diego have already been affected by this phenomenon. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us beekeepers are keeping a close eye on the research, some of it at UC San Diego.

AFTER 50 YEARS, KPBS STILL GOING STRONG

Sept. 10
By KPBS

On September 12, 2010, KPBS will blow out the candles on its birthday cake, as San Diego’s public broadcasting organization turns 50. “When most people turn 50 they joke about being ‘over the hill’,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager. “Here at KPBS we feel like we’re moving toward the best years for this organization – and we’re really excited about that.”

San Diegans Reflect On September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Sept. 10
San Diego Week
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Tomorrow is the ninth anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks. Memorials are being held throughout San Diego County and across the country to honor those who died. We spoke to San Diegans this week about how September eleventh changed their lives.

Insight: Gospels Collide

Sept. 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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It’s the week of 9-11 and this year that means a small-time evangelist in Florida has found a way to yank our chains and create a media typhoon.

South Bay Power Plant Will Run Through 2011

Sept. 10
By Ed Joyce
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The agency that runs California's electrical grid has decided that the South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista will continue to operate through 2011. The news comes as a disappointment to the city, which wants the plant out of the way for new bayfront development.

David Garrett Rock Symphonies

Sept. 10
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This concert special, taped before an audience at Berlin’s open-air Wuhlheide Theater, features virtuoso violinist David Garrett, who weaves classical standards with rock and pop favorites for a thrilling performance that moves audiences of all ages.

Hallelujah Broadway

Sept. 10
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Alfreda Burke, Rodrick Dixon, and Anthony Kearns and special guest, Linda Eder are featured in "Hallelujah Broadway." The musical extravaganza was filmed in Prague on February 8, 2010. The concert also features the Prague Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

Easy Yoga For Arthritis With Peggy Cappy

Sept. 10
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Peggy Cappy demonstrates yoga exercises designed to address arthritis problems. One out of three adults suffers from the pain of arthritis. Yoga instructor Cappy, with 30 years of experience dealing with young and old alike, shows how the key to dealing with arthritis is exercise, specifically yoga, because it is both safe and effective.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series III: Dark Matter

Sept. 10
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When the Master of Gresham College, an amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff. The investigation draws Lewis and Hathaway into the ethereal writings of a 17th-century astronomer and a modern-day circle of scientists and musicians, and their unexpected connections to the deceased.

Proposition D Lawsuits Rejected, Measure Headed To Ballot

Sept. 10
Editors Roundtable

Judge David Oberholtzer tossed out the latest lawsuit challenging Proposition D, the city's sales tax increase/financial reform ballot measure. We discuss the challenges Prop. D will face in November, and the impact it could have in San Diego if passed by voters.

Why Do City Officials Want To Raise Water Rates Again?

Sept. 10
Editors Roundtable

The City of San Diego is talking about raising its water rates again, but at least one councilmember is opposed to the idea. We discuss the motivation behind the latest proposal to increase water rates, and why Councilmember Carl DeMaio thinks the rate hike is unnecessary.

Challenging Year Ahead For San Diego Unified

Sept. 10
Editors Roundtable

Tuesday marked the first day of school for students in the San Diego Unified School District. We discuss the financial challenges the district faces this year, and the school board's latest efforts to improve local schools.

California Gas Blast 'Looked Like Hell On Earth'

Sept. 10
NPR
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Firefighters were still putting out spot fires Friday after a massive explosion from a ruptured natural gas line killed at least four people and damaged or destroyed more than 170 homes south of San Francisco.

President Obama's White House Press Conference

Sept. 10
KPBS News
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President Obama will be speaking live from the White House at 8 a.m. PST. Watch it here.

Thousands Of Trauma Patients Needlessly Transferred Each Year

Sept. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study from UCSD suggests thousands of trauma patients are transferred between hospitals -- unnecessarily -- each year. The study reveals pediatric patients seem to be the most affected.

Traffic Always A Part Of Balboa Park

Sept. 10
By Katie Orr
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Plans are underway to turn the Plaza de Panama in the center of Balboa Park from a traffic circle into a public square. But how did the plaza became a parking lot in the first place? And what do people think about kicking the cars out?