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Stories for December 11, 2006

UC Sees Dramatic Ethnic Shift

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Since voters approved Proposition 209 ten years ago, the University of California has seen a shift in ethnic enrollment. Prop. 209 banned using racial preferences in public university admissions and state hiring and contracting. Host Gloria Penner talks with education reporter Eleanor Yang Su about ethnic trends at UC campuses.

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Dec. 11
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

What would you do if you were given two weeks with no responsibility and the permission to focus on yourself? Would you get perspective?

KPBS Commentaries

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Recent E-Coli Outbreaks Prompt CA Farmers to Seek Governmental Oversight

Dec. 11
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's produce farmers are asking the federal government for more oversight. They say consumer anxiety about food safety could hurt their bottom line. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.

S.D Supervisors to Decide Whether to Appeal Medical Marijuana Ruling

Dec. 11
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors will meet in closed session Tuesday, to discuss whether to appeal a rejection of their lawsuit challenging California's medical marijuana law. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Unprecedented Number of S.D. Teachers Expected to Retire

Dec. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Teachers Association predicts thousands of San Diego County educators could retire in the next few years, leaving a huge void for local school districts to fill. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Bill Would Restart All-American Canal Project

Dec. 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of a controversial project that would bring Colorado River water to San Diego County got a boost from the lame-duck Congress. The House and Senate passed a bill that removes legal roadblocks to the lining of the All-American Canal in Imperial County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Domestic Violence Spikes Over Holidays

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Host Gloria Penner talks with the director of the Family Justice Center about resources for those seeking help.

UCSD Medical Center Expands Emergency Services

Dec. 11
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

People living south of Interstate 8 will have access to more emergency health care soon. Reporter Amita Sharma has that story.

Researchers Predicting Major Earthquake for Northern CA

Dec. 11
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of California researchers predicts a major earthquake is coming within the next two years. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Political Insider Explores Lurid Side of Conservative Politics

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former Republican political insider who experienced the Watergate scandal from inside the White House, argues conservative politics in the United States now border on authoritarianism.

Advocates Focus on Crime Victims' Needs

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Michelle Renee tells the story of being taken hostage and forced to participate in a robbery in her book, 'Held Hostage.' We speak with her about the way the criminal justice system treats and tries to compensate crime victims and their families.

New Biography Highlights Thomas Paine's Overlooked Contributions

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thomas Paine was a visionary, a radical and patriot. And plenty of scholars believe he hasn't gotten the credit he deserves for the founding of America. We'll speak with the author of a hot new biography of 'Thomas Paine called Thomas Paine and the Promise of America.'

History of Comics Traced in New Book

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A comics historian and former head curator in the prints and photography division of the Library of Congress talks about his new book, 'Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress.'

Weevils Cause Increasing Problems for Local Agriculture

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diaprepes root weevils - otherwise known as the 'evil weevils' - are native to the Caribbean, but they are now popping up all over San Diego County. Host Tom Fudge talks to the director of the county's farm bureau about the devastation this annoying critter creates.

S.D. Chargers Clinch AFC West

Dec. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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SAN DIEGO (AP) - LaDainian Tomlinson has carried the San Diego Chargers most of the season, so it was only fitting that his teammates gave him the same treatment after he broke the NFL single-season record for touchdowns.

Promises Not Kept in Barrio Logan

Dec. 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Not far from Petco Park in the eastern reaches of downtown San Diego, there are seven acres of vacant land. The empty lots in the Barrio Logan neighborhood were intended to be a new shopping center complex. While redevelopment projects have been springing up across the city, the Mercado del Barrio has been bogged down for more than 15 years. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us why.