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Stories for December 19, 2006

Aguirre Discusses Updates on Pension Case

Dec. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been a busy year for City Attorney Mike Aguirre. He's waged battles on many fronts - winning some and losing others. Last week, Aguirre suffered his biggest set-back yet, when a judge rejected his petition to rollback $900 million in pension benefits that Aguirre said were illegally granted. Host Gloria Penner talks to Aguirre about the lessons of 2006 and his goals for 2007.

Group Says S.D. Stores Sell Adult Video Games to Minors

Dec. 19
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some youth advocacy groups in San Diego say retailers are selling adult video games to minors. The groups unscientifically surveyed a dozen stores around the county. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has details.

Escondido Being Watched for New Ordinances

Dec. 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys with the coalition that successfully sued the City of Escondido for its housing ordinance say they’re keeping an eye on the city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

California May Ban Trans Fats From Restaurants

Dec. 19
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California could follow New York City in banning trans fats in restaurants and eateries. Marianne Russ reports.

Sony BMG Music to Pay Thousands to Consumers

Dec. 19
By Ben Markus and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California and Texas settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit on Tuesday with Sony BMG music entertainment. The lawsuit involved a copy-protection program Sony secretly bundled with its music CD’s. Ben Markus reports.

Local Senior Center Seeks New Location

Dec. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A vital gathering place for low income seniors in San Diego is facing the termination of its lease in downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Blind Boys of Alabama Perform in Studio

Dec. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Musical guests, the Blind Boys of Alabama, join us in studio for a performance chat about their Grammy award winning career. From the group's origins in the 1930s to their latest Christmas album, we step into the rich musical world of gospel legends.

Business Year in Review

Dec. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are the biggest business stories of 2006? What can we expect in 2007? We ask NPR business reporter Scott Horsley about oil prices, real estate, the stock market, and more.

CA Prison Reform Overdue

Dec. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some say California prisons are in a state of emergency. An SDSU criminal justice professor talks about problems like overcrowding, possible solutions, and what the future looks like for California’s prisons.

Jamul Casino Plan Faces Opposition

Dec. 19
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a classic case of "not in my backyard" that’s resulted in a six-year fight to put a casino on Native American tribal land in Jamul, and pitted a community group vehemently against it. Full Focus Heather Hill has more.

CNET Editor Suggests Affordable Gadget Gifts

Dec. 19
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

'Tis that time of year... when you can go broke buying high tech toys for family and friends. But you don't have to. There are meaningful, useful – and affordable – gadgets and gizmos you can buy for the nerd you love.

Christmas Presents for Next Year

Dec. 19
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries

Christmas is upon us, and by this time weve seen the best that toy makers and makers of consumer electronics can offer in 2006. But next year will be another day, so to speak, and I cant wait to see what the favorite gifts of 2007 will be.