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Stories for December 20, 2006

Sanders Reflects on 2006's Lessons Learned

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It’s been just over a year since a new mayor moved into San Diego’s 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 Drug Leader Pleads Not Guilty

Dec. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 they’re convicted. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Plans Statewide Health Coverage

Dec. 20
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 O’Mara reports.

KPBS and City of SD Launch One Book, One San Diego

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 Enrique’s Journey will be at the reception to discuss his exhibit of photographs from the book.

Marines to be Charged in Haditha Case

Dec. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 Condemn Southeast S.D. Violence

Dec. 20
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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 Radio’s Andrew Phelps has the story.

Apocalypto, The Good German, Notes on a Scandal, The Painted Veil, Dreamgirls

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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."

Film Club of the Air: The Good German, Notes on a Scandal, Apocalypto

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Ancient Culture and Space Exploration Collide in "Mayan Mars"

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Local Man Buys Home from the Film “A Christmas Story”

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

California Death Penalty On Hold

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A stay of execution for murderer Michael Morales has put California’s death penalty on hold. The judge hearing the Morales case has called the state’s mode of execution sloppy and amateurish. Yet he has given California a chance to reform its system of death by lethal injection. We’ll speak with a law professor about the state’s death penalty problem.

Tony Perry Gives Inside View of Iraq

Dec. 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Cartoonist Draws on 2006 Politics

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

No one is safe from his sharpened pencil and cutting wit. Each year, Full Focus invites the San Diego Union-Tribune’s relentless editorial cartoonist Steve Breen to sum up the year.

Marine Charged in Killing of Iraqi Civilians

Dec. 20
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Arellano Indictment Opens Door for Death Penalty

Dec. 20
By Amy Isackson

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.