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Stories for February 22, 2011

Lawmaker Attempts To Set Limit On Tap Water Carcinogen

Feb. 22
California Capitol Network

Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos has a bill that would require the state’s Department of Public Health to set a standard for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium six.

Airport Starts Construction On Terminal Expansion

Feb. 22
City News Service

Construction replaced destruction at Lindbergh Field today as workers began installing steel girders for the Terminal 2 expansion project.

Rallying For Redevelopment Dollars

Feb. 22
By Katie Orr
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San Diego is doing what it can to keep redevelopment money in the city. City leaders are bringing attention to the affordable housing projects redevelopment pays for.

Strawberry Pesticide Draws Critics

Feb. 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A newly-approved but controversial pesticide popular with California strawberry growers is once again facing calls for its prohibition.

Study Finds Americans Don't Get Enough Vitamin D

Feb. 22
City News Service

Only about 10 percent of Americans take in enough vitamin D each day to ward off breast cancer and other diseases, according to a study released Tuesday.

Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans Aboard Hijacked Boat

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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United States Central Command officials say four Americans lost their lives today when they were shot by their Somali captors.

Trailer: 'Thor'

Feb. 22
By Beth Accomando
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Of all the upcoming Marvel Comics films in the works, "Thor" (opening May 6) looks the most promising. Here's the latest trailer.

Suspected Drug Dealers Arraigned For Rental Truck Full Of Pot

Feb. 22
City News Service

Two suspected drug dealers, who were allegedly caught by authorities unloading hundreds of bales of marijuana into a rental moving truck outside an Imperial Beach home, were scheduled to be arraigned today in downtown San Diego.

NOVA scienceNOW: What's The Next Big Thing?

Feb. 22
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In this episode of NOVA scienceNOW, come face to face with social robots that understand human feelings, carry on conversations, even make jokes. Then travel to Haiti, where geologists investigate the 2010 earthquake not long after it struck for clues to how to better forecast future quakes. Afterwards, join engineers at General Motors who are testing tiny, two-wheeled cars called EN-Vs, which one day might drive themselves through city streets.

San Diego Home Prices Better Than Rest Of Nation

Feb. 22
By Erik Anderson

San Diego was one of two major housing markets that gained value in December when compared to prices a year ago.

NOVA: Venom: Nature's Killer

Feb. 22
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“Venom” follows two scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures, risking life and limb just to tease out milligrams of venom and get it back to the lab. Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.

Warships On Seven-Month Deployment

Feb. 22
City News Service
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Three San Diego-based warships departed for a seven-month deployment that includes anti-piracy operations, a job made more crucial after the shooting deaths of four Americans.

Ghadafi Vows To Fight To 'Last Drop Of Blood'

Feb. 22
NPR Staff and Wires
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight to the "last drop of blood" in a fist-pounding address to the nation on Tuesday, as rebels claimed to have captured the country's east.

These Days' Legal Update

Feb. 22
These Days

This morning we discuss recent cases involving Zip Code information in credit card transactions; gay marriage standing and the religious employer exemption from Federal employment discrimination law.

Comedian-Activist Dick Gregory Is Still Speaking His Truth

Feb. 22
These Days
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We'll speak to comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory about his life as a civil rights activist and legendary comedian. Gregory will talk about his activism during the tumultuous 1960s and what he continues to do to help people all over the world.

Chula Vista's Illegitimate Tax

Feb. 22
These Days

Could the defeat of Proposition H force Chula Vista to cut city services? We'll discuss the strange afterlife of the failed ballot measure.

Legislation To Ban Sale, Possession of Shark Fins In California

Feb. 22
These Days
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Legislation introduced in Sacramento would ensure that California ceases to be both a major supplier and consumer of shark fins through a ban on the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of fins. Hawaii has passed a similar ban. Oregon and Washington are also considering bans. Every year people kill up to 73 million sharks for shark fin soup, a practice considered wasteful and unsustainable. Some scientists say many shark populations have collapsed worldwide due to overfishing. We discuss the new legislation, the traditional Chinese shark fin soup and the status and importance of shark populations in the oceans.

Could U.S. Military Bring Order To Libya?

Feb. 22
These Days

If the violence and unrest in Libya continues, should the U.S. or other members of the international community get involved? We speak to KPBS Guest Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth about the possibility that the U.S. could step in to bring order to the country.

Rescuers Dig For New Zealand Earthquake Survivors

Feb. 22
NPR Staff And Wires
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Parts of Christchurch, New Zealand, were in shambles Tuesday after a powerful earthquake struck at midday, toppling tall buildings and historic churches and killing at least 65 people.

Insight: Salk Scientists Might Cure Your Bald Spot

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

An effort to cure irritable bowel syndrome may have given us a drug that will cure baldness. There's already a move in the works to turn it into a marketable product.

App Enables Doctors To Access Medical Records On The Go

Feb. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

Palomar Pomerado Health has unveiled a prototype of a mobile wireless system designed to help doctors make better decisions. The application provides real-time patient information to smart phones and wireless tablets.

Sea Level Rise Could Put Some SD Areas Underwater By 2050

Feb. 22
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego environmental groups recently photographed areas specifically prone to flooding and tidal flows around San Diego Bay. It's part of a statewide effort related to sea level rise.

Encinitas Evolves Without A Redevelopment Agency

Feb. 22
By Alison St John
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Cities around San Diego County face losing their dream projects if the Governor eliminates redevelopment agencies to help balance the state budget. But the city of Encinitas has never had one.

SD Councilmember Urges Stronger Stance On Water

Feb. 22
By Katie Orr

Water is serious business in the City of San Diego. Still, the city doesn't have a comprehensive approach to handling its supply. But that could soon change.