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Stories for December 14, 2006

Catholic Sex-Abuse Cases Thrown Out

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Trials begin next month in some of the more than 150 lawsuits filed against the San Diego Catholic Diocese alleging sexual abuse by priests. A judge this week rejected a last-ditch attempt by the church to get the cases tossed out on grounds that a law suspending the statute of limitations in the cases was unconstitutional. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Local College Program Aims to Fill the Shortage of Manufacturing Workers

Dec. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego community college is training workers to get the skills they need to land a job in a much more demanding manufacturing industry. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Escondido's Landlord Ordinance Halted

Dec. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Escondido's tough new housing law aimed at fighting illegal immigration is a no-go and this time by the city council's own doing. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Local Embedded Journalist Tracks Camp Pendleton Marines in Iraq

Dec. 14
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local reporter is embedded in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. Tony Perry is the San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. It’s his fourth trip to the region and he spoke with KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown about the twenty-something’s fighting this war.

Local Fence Company Faces Charges for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Dec. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two executives of a fence company pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego Thursday morning to knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The Golden State Fence Company and its officials will pay $5 million in fines. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Judge Deals Victory to Labor Unions in S.D. Pension Trial

Dec. 14
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Superior Court judge dealt a victory to labor unions in the City of San Diego's pension trial today. The judge significantly reduced the stakes of the case brought by City Attorney Mike Aguirre. Aguirre sued to roll back millions in pension benefits, which he says were granted illegally. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps explains.

Weekend Preview: Music

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We check in with San Diego CityBeat’s film and pop culture critic, Anders Wright, for a rundown of the best entertainment in San Diego this weekend.

Judge Strikes Down Attempt to Roll Back SD Pension Benefits

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A long-awaited ruling on the San Diego City Attorney's attempt to have nearly a billion dollars in pension benefits overturned came down today. Host Gloria Penner talks with KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps about the ruling.

Dancing Elves Deliver Environmentally-Friendly Christmas Trees

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to the owner of a new business that delivers locally grown Christmas trees with the help of dancing and singing elves.

Buyer's Guide for Tech Toys

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should you buy the Nintendo Wii, an Xbox 360 or Sony’s Playstation 3? What is a Zune, and can it compete with iPod? We ask Tom Merritt of CNET.com about the hottest tech toys for this year’s holiday season.

Political Correctness Modifies Holiday Language

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Along with presents, celebration, and tradition, December inevitably brings the annual debate of how Christmas should be represented in the public arena. We examine the underlying issues that may affect how you may greet your neighbor this season.

Holiday Goodwill Leaves Consumers Vulnerable to Scams

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

'Tis the season to be swindled. The holidays open up tender hearts and deep pockets to crafty scoundrels. Host Gloria Penner talks with a deputy district attorney about how to protect yourself over the holidays.

City Pension Issues Ongoing; Aguirre Hopeful

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego awaits a Superior Court judge's decision that could affect how much money the city can recoup from the pension benefits scandal. We speak to San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre about the ramifications.

S.D. Home Sales Sluggish

Dec. 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California home sales continued to remain sluggish last month. A real estate tracking company says houses are changing hands at the slowest rate in nine years.

New Lincoln High School Recruits Top-Notch Teachers

Dec. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is getting a jumpstart on recruiting top-notch teachers for a new kind of high school. The revived Lincoln High School in southeast San Diego will actually house four smaller with a total of 2,600 students. The district says the success of the new school will depend on the quality of the teaching staff. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.