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Stories for December 22, 2006

Reporters Discuss San Diego's Top Stories for 2006; Part II

Dec. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS News Director Michael Marcotte talks about some of the year's most important stories with the journalists who covered them.

State Seeking to Train More Prison Officers

Dec. 22
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state is seeking 2,000 to 4,000 new officers to work in California's 33 prisons. But officials say one drawback has been getting recruits to participate in months of training far from home. This year they've been trying something different. Jenny O'Mara reports.

SD City Officials Disappointed by KPMG's Audit Delay

Dec. 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city officials are disappointed – if not surprised – that the outside auditor, KPMG, has missed another deadline to release the long awaited 2003 audit . KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Holiday Travelers Cram Lindbergh Field

Dec. 22
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a busy day at the San Diego International Airport – possibly the busiest of the holiday season. More than 50,000 travelers are expected. Officials say the problems that plague Denver's airport should not cause problems for San Diegans. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps checked in at Lindbergh Field.

City Tearing Down McGonigle Canyon Camps

Dec. 22
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego and landowner D.R. Horton have begun tearing down makeshift migrant shelters in McGonigle Canyon on the edge of Rancho Penasquitos. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

The Best and Worst of 2006

Dec. 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Now for the official releases of 2006. Let me begin with the honorable mentions, the films that just missed making the Top Ten. Karen Moncrieff's

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SD City Staff Auditor Resigns

Dec. 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's long awaited outside audit of its 2003 financial statement is delayed yet again. The city's outside audit company, KPMG, has missed another deadline, pushing back the timetable for the city to get back into the bond market. Meanwhile the city's internal auditor John Torell has resigned. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Haditha Investigation Finds Military Press Reports Inaccurate

Dec. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha last year. Four of the Marines are accused of killing innocent civilians, including women and children. Four more senior Marines face charges of dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger Calls for Review of Sentencing Guidelines

Dec. 22
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Faced with a federal judge's threat to take over the entire state prison system, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new plan to make some space in the seriously overcrowded facilities … one that includes a review of the state's sentencing guidelines. Marianne Russ reports.

2006 Year in Review

Dec. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, we take a look back at the top stories of 2006. We discuss: immigration reform, the local housing market, San Diego city finances, the Chargers’ stadium search, the search for a new airport site, the war in Iraq, and the Democrats win in the mid-term elections.

Congressman Hunter Supports Beefing Up Troops

Dec. 22
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter says he supports President Bush's plan to beef up the military. Hunter wants to recruit about 50,000 soldiers to the Army and 8,000 more Marines.

Accused Marine's Father Responds to Charges

Dec. 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The family of one of the Marines charged Thursday in the Haditha incident were at Camp Pendleton to support their son. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Researchers Exploring Personalized Drug Therapy

Dec. 22
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The mapping of the human genome has opened up the possibility of a completely new way of practicing medicine. For example, doctors and pharmacists may some day use an individual's genetic code to custom design drug therapies. But as KPBS health reporter Kenny Goldberg explains, we're not there yet.

Crumbling Pipes Disrupt Water Service to Six Neighborhoods

Dec. 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans got a reminder yesterday of the city's crumbling and aging sewage system. Several city neighborhoods were without water because of broken water pipes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.