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Stories for August 16, 2006

Camp Pendleton officer indicted over Iraqi civilian assaults

Aug. 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Military prosecutors have indicted a San Diego based Marine officer on suspicion of assaulting three Iraqi civilians during a combat deployment last spring.

Feds capture major drug kingpin off Southern CA coast

Aug. 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal officials have arrested one of Mexico's top drug kingpins. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix is said to be a boss of the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel that's responsible for smuggling tons of drugs into the United States during the last two decades. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Sen. Boxer tours Naval Medical Center in advance of expansion

Aug. 16
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer was in San Diego today to tour the Navy's Combat Casualty center in Balboa Park. Boxer helped earmark millions of dollars to expand the center which rehabilitates wounded service members. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

San Diego's cost of living increases four percent

Aug. 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The cost of living in San Diego went up about four-percent in the past year. The U.S. Department of Labor says increases in gas prices, medical care and housing led the increase.

San Onofre reactor leaked radioactive water

Aug. 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials say a retired reactor at the San Onofre nuclear power plant has leaked several thousand gallons of radioactive water. But officials say the leak poses no threat to the public. They say water containing tritium has been leaking from the reactor. But officials don't know when the leak started or how long it's been going on.

Number of Latinos with bachelors degrees increases

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are Latinos in San Diego doing academically? Tom Fudge speaks with a writer for the San Diego Union Tribune for an academic update on Latinos.

Senate approves Million Solar Roofs bill

Aug. 16
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California solar energy advocates are hailing the state senate's approval of the Million Solar Roofs bill. The governor has a month to decide whether to sign the bill into law. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Federal officials capture Mexican drug lord

Aug. 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal officials have arrested one of Mexico's top drug kingpins who was a leader of Tijuana's violent Arellano-Felix cartel. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards come to San Diego

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The next generation of science fiction talent hits San Diego this week to take part in a competition to find the most creative sci-fi minds.

Oceanside considers hotel proposal for waterfront property

Aug. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oceanside City Council will consider tonight whether to pay a much larger subsidy than expected for its new oceanfront hotel. The proposed hotel is a lynchpin for redevelopment in Oceanside, and has been the subject of controversy for 25 years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Sanders, Baja Gov meet to improve border crossing time

Aug. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is in Mexicali this afternoon, visiting the Governor of Baja California. They are discussing a mutually important topic -- how to improve travel times across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

What happens when the oil runs out?

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some say it will only be a few decades before world supplies of oil are so depleted that it will become too expensive to use for transportation or generating power.

Primitive species are taking over the world's oceans

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Algae, bacteria and jellyfish are not only thriving but spreading across the world's oceans. Host Tom Fudge speaks with experts about the change taking place in the oceans.

The 2006 Standardized Testing and Reporting results released

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tests scores improved overall, but the most students are still less than proficient. Host Tom Fudge speaks with the state superintendent of public instruction about the results.

State test called unfair for English learners

Aug. 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chula Vista School District officials are pleased their students made steady gains on the California Standards Test. But educators are still concerned the statewide exam discriminates against English learners. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.