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Stories for December 28, 2006

Former Police Chief Speaks Out About Police Culture

Dec. 28, 2006
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After a 34-year career in law enforcement, the former assistant chief of San Diego Police Department is raising a ruckus in retirement as he breaks ranks to speak out about racism, sexism, homophobia and the paramilitary mentality he says dominates police culture.

Sign Spinners: Marketing Help or Community Hurt?

Dec. 28, 2006
By Madelyn Warner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Developers are enlisting sign spinners to jump start a sluggish condo market and entice potential buyers. Builders say it works, but some cities say the animated signs point to nothing but trouble. Full Focus student correspondent Madelyn Warner has more.

Changes in Old Town Focus on Reconstructing History

Dec. 28, 2006
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both tourists and locals are finding that Old Town is somewhat different this year, but not many people know why. Pat Finn investigates the changes and learns how the park is reconstructing history.

CA Drivers Face New Laws in 2007

Dec. 28, 2006
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Move Over, Slow Down. That’s the gist of one of the new laws that may affect your driving habits. Under the law, when you approach an emergency vehicle or tow truck on the side of the road, you’ll be required to move out of the lane adjacent to the vehicle. When that’s not possible, drivers are required to slow down. Violators could face up to a $50 fine.

CSU Faculty to Begin Picketing at All Campuses This Month

Dec. 28, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California State University faculty members will begin picketing at all CSU campuses when students return from winter break in a couple of weeks. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Education Leader Optimistic About H.S. Exit Exam in 2007

Dec. 28, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell expects more legal challenges next year as thousands of teenagers face the controversial California High School Exit Exam. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Environmental Groups Have High Hopes for Green Legislation in 2007

Dec. 28, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental groups hope the power shift to a Democratic-controlled Congress may produce new environment-friendly laws next year. The environment may also take center stage in Sacramento in 2007. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the prospects for green legislation.