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Stories for April 4, 2011

Sea Lions Proliferate In Oceanside Harbor

April 4
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Oceanside Harbor has seen a sudden spike in the sea-lion population. The animals are not as afraid of humans as the seals at La Jolla's Children's Pool.

Southwest Flights Delayed, Canceled By Safety Inspections

April 4
By Andrés Barraza

Inspections of Boeing 737 aircraft are expanding to include those flown by all carriers. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 was forced to land en route from Phoenix to Sacramento on Friday after a 5-foot hole was discovered in the fuselage.

Local Bug Population Will Grow As Temperatures Rise

April 4
These Days
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Could our wet winter lead to a big boom in the local insect population? We speak to San Diego County Entomologist David Kellum about how the winter rains and recent warm weather will affect the bug population. Plus, find out which insects you'll see flying around your porch light this spring and summer.

High Technology Is Advancing The Cause Of Human Rights

April 4
These Days

High technology, from satellite imaging to smartphones, is starting to help in the effort toward worldwide human rights. On our monthly segment on ethics in science and technology, we'll discuss how scientific innovations are helping oppressed people and the organizations monitoring human rights abuses.

Impact Of Easter Quake Being Felt One Year Later

April 4
These Days
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How are residents in Mexicali and the Imperial County still being affected by the 7.2 magnitude Easter earthquake that struck one year ago? And, what are some of the unique things geologists have learned about the temblor over the last year? We'll look back on how the earthquake impacted our region, and discuss how the knowledge we've gained could influence theories about quake mechanics in the future.

Interview: Tom McCarthy and Alex Shaffer

April 4
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Tom McCarthy and high school wrestler turned actor Alex Shaffer came by the KPBS studios to talk about "Win Win" (Currently playing at Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, AMC La Jolla, and UltraStar Flower Hill). Watch the video.

Fuel Prices Could Spike Higher

April 4
By Erik Anderson
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California fuel prices have found a plateau, but the prices could easily spike up again because the state's prices are vulnerable to international and local disruptions.

Cracks Found In Three More Southwest Airlines 737s

April 4
Jeff Brady, NPR
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Inspectors have found small subsurface cracks in three Southwest Airlines planes, after another jet developed a hole in its fuselage while in flight Friday and made a safe emergency landing.

Bill Clinton Visits San Diego Food Bank

April 4
By Peggy Pico
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Former President Bill Clinton greeted hundreds of hungry people at the San Diego Food Bank on Sunday morning.

Developers Try To Skirt County's New General Plan

April 4
By Alison St John

At least two major developers in North County are taking steps to find ways around San Diego County’s new General Plan, even before it is approved.

People In Mexicali Still Recovering From Quake A Year Later

April 4
By Amy Isackson
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A year ago, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the region from Mexicali as far north as Los Angeles. Around the epicenter, in the Mexcali Valley, about 30 miles south of the border, the quake left 25,000 homeless and ruptured lives. People are slowly putting things back together.