Stories for December 20, 2006
Its been just over a year since a new mayor moved into San Diegos tumultuous city hall and took over the job after Dick Murphy resigned under pressure. As 2006 ends, Full Focus talks with Mayor Jerry Sanders about lessons learned from 2006.
Suspected Tijuana drug cartel leader Javier Arellano Felix and one of his top lieutenants pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Diego today to charges contained in a new indictment. The two could face the death penalty if theyre convicted. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says when it comes to delivering health care to all Californians, everyone will share responsibility. Those words will likely make some nervous about his upcoming proposal. Jenny OMara reports.
SAN DIEGO - KPBS and the San Diego Public Library are joining together for One Book, One San Diego, a new community-wide reading initiative. The project is launching at a reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts on January 10, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. Don Bartletti, the photographer for Enriques Journey will be at the reception to discuss his exhibit of photographs from the book.
Several marines involved in a fatal incident in Haditha, Iraq last year expect to be criminally charged on Thursday at Camp Pendleton. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Black leaders in San Diego are condemning a recent spate of violence in southeast San Diego. Police suspect gang activity in the shooting deaths of three young men. KPBS Radios Andrew Phelps has the story.
Beth Accomando and Scott Marks are back with another hour of film. They cover controversial films like "Apocalypto," smaller independent releases like "Notes on a Scandal," and the blockbuster options like "Dreamgirls."
It's time for another Film Club of the Air with film critics Beth Accomando and Scott Marks. We go behind the scenes of "The Good German," starring George Clooney, "Notes on a Scandal" starring Judi Dench, "The Painted Veil" starring Edward Norton, the Chinese epic "Curse of the Golden Flower" and more.
Mel Gibson's movie "Apocalypto" is bringing attention to Mayan culture and history. A new science fiction novel "Mayan Mars" combines Mayan history, the end of the world and travel to Mars. We speak with the author about why the Mayan culture is so fascinating.
Native San Diegan, Brian Jones, recently bought the famous house in Cleveland from the film "A Christmas Story." He also spent about one quarter of a million dollars to renovate it. He also set up a museum across the street. We speak with Mr. Jones about his love of the movie, how he found out that the house was for sale, and what the 15,000 visitors are saying about it.
A stay of execution for murderer Michael Morales has put Californias death penalty on hold. The judge hearing the Morales case has called the states mode of execution sloppy and amateurish. Yet he has given California a chance to reform its system of death by lethal injection. Well speak with a law professor about the states death penalty problem.
Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, is embedded in Iraq with the Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. Amita Sharma speaks with Perry by phone.
No one is safe from his sharpened pencil and cutting wit. Each year, Full Focus invites the San Diego Union-Tribunes relentless editorial cartoonist Steve Breen to sum up the year.
Camp Pendleton Marines are expected to be charged on Thursday for participating in an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Joanne Faryon has more.
A new indictment unsealed in the case against suspected Mexican drug cartel leader Francisco Javier Arellano Felix will allow the prosecution to seek the death penalty. Francisco Javier and another alleged cartel member will be arraigned in federal court on the new charges in San Diego Wednesday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.