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Stories for December 5, 2005

Grossmont board member proposes schools should be charter not public

Dec. 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Grossmont School Board member has made the virtually unprecedented proposal of turning all of the district's high schools into charter schools. Charters are taxpayer-funded schools that are free of many of the state regulations that traditional public schools must follow. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Jerry Sanders sworn in as mayor of San Diego

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will swear-in Jerry Sanders today as the new mayor. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on how Sanders won the chance to turn the city around.

Governors to discuss education and immigration reform

Dec. 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Governor of Baja California and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger meet in Los Angeles today. Immigration reform tops the Baja California Governor's agenda. But as KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains it is unclear whether Schwarzenegger agrees.

Report links smoking in movies with increased smoking in youth

Dec. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report from UC San Francisco concludes on-screen smoking increases the likelihood that young people will pick up the habit. The report draws its conclusion from a review of more than 50 different studies. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Local math wiz wins $100,000 for college

Dec. 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego teenager has won the Siemens Westinghouse Competition, a national contest in math and science. Sixteen year old Michael Viscardi will take home a 100-thousand dollar college scholarship. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Sanders to be officially sworn in as Mayor

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The man San Diegans elected to be their new mayor will be officially sworn into office today. Jerry Sanders becomes the city's first strong mayor at a time of unprecedented financial turmoil. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Sacramento couple sues evolution website operators

Dec. 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California couple is suing the operators of a website that clarifies evolution for science teachers. The University of California's Museum of Paleontology operates the Understanding Evolution website. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Cunningham resignation could influence Congress during years close

Dec. 5
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The House of Representatives returns to session this week, minus San Diego Republican Randy Duke Cunningham. Cunningham officially resigned a few days ago, after pleading guilty to charges that he took bribes from defense contractors. From Capitol Hill, Chad Pergram looks at how Cunningham's resignation could influence Congress during the final weeks of this year's session.

Lawmakers look to faith- based orgs to do more with less

Dec. 5
By Terry Gildea and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush arrived in office over five years ago promoting faith-based and community organizations. Because of a terrible hurricane season and other disasters, more people are seeking assistance this holiday season. But even with additional request for help, Congress is planning major cuts to social programs that help the poor. Terry Gildea looks at the political climate on Capitol Hill, and examines how some lawmakers are looking to faith-based organizations to ease the burden.