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Stories for December 4, 2006

San Diego Republican Chairman Recounts Visit to Iraq

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego has just returned from a week in Baghdad, where he trained officials in the new Iraqi Parliament. Host Gloria Penner talks with Nehring about his trip to Iraq.

Local High School Celebrates Debate Tournament Win

Dec. 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A North County high school debate team is celebrating its key win at San Diego County's biggest debate tournament of the year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. Airport Authority Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Dec. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Now that San Diegans have soundly rejected the idea negotiating for a new international airport at Miramar, the flight plan shifts to expanding Lindbergh Field. But already, questions have come up over the best way to maximize Lindbergh's potential. The Airport Authority has one final meeting Monday, before a new board is appointed to grapple with airport issues. They'll consider whether to go ahead with the first phase of the existing master plan to expand Lindbergh - or start fresh with a more radical set of changes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Red Flag Warnings Continue for S.D. County

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Extremely dry conditions are keeping red flag warnings up in San Diego's east county. National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski says low humidity is keeping the red flag warning in place today and it will probably be in effect till mid week. He says this is typical December weather for San Diego County.

Attorney Interprets Mt. Soledad Rulings

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, the 4th District Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional the voter-approved City of San Diego ballot measure to transfer land under the Mt. Soledad Cross to the federal government. Also last week, a federal judge refused to dismiss the city from a lawsuit challenging the transfer of the cross to the federal government. Host Gloria Penner talks with the editor of San Diego Lawyer Magazine about this ongoing intersection of law, politics, and religion.

San Diego Sports Update

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers are on top of the AFC West, the Padres are making some major personnel moves, SDSU football is a disgrace, while SDSU basketball is off to one of its best seasons ever. Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host, joins us to analyze the latest in San Diego sports.

Health Expert Details Dangers of Holiday Diets

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Internationally recognized health and safety expert Debra Holtzman talks about how to avoid food poisoning and health hazards during the holidays.

Mexico’s President Inaugurated Despite Opposition Party Protests

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Felipe Calderon of Mexico's National Action Party took the oath of office on Friday despite ongoing protests from the PAN Party's opponents. We speak with Franc Contreras of public radio program 'The World' about the stormy circumstances of Calderon's inauguration, continuing opposition to his election, and what kind of leader we can expect him to be.

S.D. Auditing Firm Seeks $2 Million More

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today the San Diego City Council will consider spending another $2 million on a long-delayed city audit. It's the ninth time KPMG has sought more money from the city to complete its 2003 fiscal report.

Legal Alternatives to Assisted Suicide Examined

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The debate over choosing to die near the end of life tends to focus on physician assisted suicide. But Dr. Stanley Terman says there is a legal alternative: voluntary refusal of food and fluids. He tries to dispel the notion that 'VRFF' is painful and difficult. And he addresses other end of life issues in conversation.

New Congress Faces Raft of Unfinished Business

Dec. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 110th Congress has a number of very pressing issues facing it when the body convenes a month from now. Among the top issues are recommendations by the Iraq Study Group, and the confirmation of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld successor, Robert Gates. Capitol Hill reporter Ben Shaw discuss the upcoming month on Capitol Hill.

S.D. Airport Authority Discusses Expanding Lindbergh Field

Dec. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's regional Airport Authority is talking about the future of Lindbergh Field this morning. Voters rejected the authority's recommendation to negotiate a move to Miramar, and the question now is how best to expand Lindbergh. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

ACLU Criticizing Homeland Security for Collecting Travelers' Personal Information

Dec. 4
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego is condemning the federal government for recently revealed anti-terrorism measures. The Homeland Security Department collects personal data on all travelers who cross American borders. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Killer Whales: Not Whales, but Definitely Killer

Dec. 4
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Killer whales are in the news this week. Kasatka, a killer whale at SeaWorld, suddenly dragged her trainer to the bottom of the Shamu tank in the middle of a performance. Everyone is okay, but biologists are arguing about Kasataka's true intentions. All this controversy got us thinking about the name killer whale, and what the creature is really capable of. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps spoke with renowned killer whale expert Richard Ellis, who says killer whales, also called an orcas, are not actually whales.