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Stories for January 5, 2006

Reviewing the most popular words and Bushisms of 2005

Jan. 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Paul Payack of Global Language Monitor joins us to talk about the top words and phrases of 2005 as they are used by the media. We also talk about top Bushisms and youthspeak.

Sempra Settles, Agrees To Pay $350 million

Jan. 5
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A settlement was reached Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit alleging Sempra Energy and two of its utilities, including Southern California Gas Company, conspired to stop competition for natural gas, leading to the state's 2000-01 energy crisis. Erik Anderson has more.

Weekend Preview: January 5, 2005

Jan. 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Looking for something to do this weekend? We talk about upcoming concerts, a new open mic poetry event, and a beautiful new bar that has recently come to San Diego.

District 8 candidates go head-to-head

Jan. 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Luis Acle and Ben Hueso go head-to-head vying for another key leadership position in San Diego. Both candidates join host Tom Fudge in studio.

'Clean Needle Exchange' Could Return to San Diego

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's clean needle exchange program has been in limbo since July, when the city council failed to re-authorize it. But a change in state law could put the disease prevention and addiction recovery program back in business. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

State's Education Gets 'Average Grade'

Jan. 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The "National Quality Counts" study of public education policy says California scored better than average but wasn't at the top of the pack. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Mayor Sanders begins term as "strong mayor"

Jan. 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Jerry Sanders has been in the seat of CEO of the City since Tuesday. And already he's coming out with big plans for change. We speak with the mayor about his hopes for 2006.

Gene that stops tumors may lead to new cancer drugs

Jan. 5
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers at UC San Diego have uncovered new information about a gene that stops the spread of a fast-growing cancer. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Sanders Wants SD Back On High Risk List

Jan. 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is requesting the Department of Homeland Security re-examine its assessment that San Diego is not at high risk of terrorist attack. Mayor Sanders submitted a formal letter to Secretary Chertoff asking for careful reconsideration today. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

City Attorney Threatens To Sue City Council, Wants Pension Rollback

Jan. 5
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre says he'll sue the city council if it doesn't rollback pension benefit increases it gave itself. Aguirre said Wednesday the retroactive increases are illegal. Aguirre had sued ex-councilmembers over the issue but a judge ruled last month that they are not the proper defendants. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Homeland Security Sec. Meets SD Mayor, Visits Border

Jan. 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is making the rounds in San Diego today. Chertoff is expected to sit down with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. and trek to the U.S. Mexico border, less than a week after a Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting of a man sparked outrage in Mexico. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Survey Says Most Californians Favor Sex Ed

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most Californians are of one mind when it comes to sex education and access to contraceptives. That's one of the findings of a new statewide survey conducted by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Are you buying smuggled pets?

Jan. 5
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of puppies are smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico every year. But many have been bred irresponsibly and carry genetic diseases or sicknesses.

Immigrant Advocates Call Smuggling Crackdown Hypocritical

Jan. 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced a new program to crack down on human smugglers at San Diego's border crossings today. Meanwhile, immigrants' rights advocates called the so-called humanitarian anti-smuggling initiative hypocritical. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Numbers In City's Disability System Don't Add Up

Jan. 5
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is investigating the city's disability retirement system. A newly surfaced report on the issue reveals an inordinate number of retirees are receiving disability benefits. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.