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Stories for November 10, 2005

Aguirre says condo conversions to require more thorough reviews

Nov. 10
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rental units in San Diego are being converted into condos so quickly the negative impacts are being ignored. That's according to City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Today he released a legal opinion that will require San Diego to do a more thorough job of reviewing condo conversions. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Zucchet acquitted of most charges

Nov. 10
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former San Diego City Councilman Michael Zucchet has been acquitted by a judge of most of the charges against him in the so-called stripper gate case. Judge Jeffrey Miller acquitted Zucchet of extortion and has ordered a new trial on the lesser charges of wire fraud. Zucchet and his family broke down in tears as the judge issued his ruling. KPBS Reporter Amitha Sharma was in the courtroom.

San Diego Zoo reveals baby panda's name

Nov. 10
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Zoo's youngest giant Panda got her name today. The moniker was chosen from five contenders in an on-line contest. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

T.J. cop arrested for kidnapping and extortion

Nov. 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. law enforcement authorities have arrested a Tijuana policeman in San Ysidro on suspicion he kidnapped a 26 year old Mexican woman and extorted money from her family. The woman was in Tijuana waiting to cross the border illegally and join her family in Ventura. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Oil exec's testify before Senate

Nov. 10
By Terry Gildea and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Executives from five of the nation's largest oil and gas companies testified before the U.S. Senate yesterday about high gas prices and record profits. Democratic California Senator Barbara Boxer asked the CEO's to give some of their profits back to help Americans in need. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea has more.

Jerry Sanders looks ahead

Nov. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Now that San Diego's mayoral election is over, attention shifts to what the winner, Jerry Sanders, will do to tackle the city's fiscal crisis. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.