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Stories for July 27, 2006

Airport site divides San Diegans; Chamber to vote on issue

July 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans are lining up on one side or the other of the airport debate. This morning, the Chamber of Commerce Board will weigh in on the controversial ballot proposal to push for Miramar as the site of a future commercial airport. The San Diego business community is split over what is recognized as one of the most important land use decisions in decades. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on the economic dilemma.

Why are so many officers leaving the SDPD?

July 27
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced his plan for retaining San Diego Police Officers. Host Tom Fudge speaks with experts about the issue and looks at how police staffing is declining nationwide.

Dem. Senator slows progress of Soledad bill

July 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The author of legislation to preserve the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego says a Senate Democrat is blocking the bill. The legislation would transfer possession of the monument to the federal government. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Woody Allen's Scoop, Clerks II, and more...

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film critics discuss some of the new films in local theatres. Films include Woody Allen's "Scoop," "Clerks II," "Lady of Vengeance," "Wassup Rockers" and the local "Alt Picture Show."

San Diego Chamber approves commercial airport at Miramar

July 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce Board voted today in favor of the Airport Authority's ballot measure, recommending the marine base at Miramar as the best option for a future commercial airport. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego crime down despite police shortage

July 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Crime in San Diego is down slightly despite a shortage of officers in the San Diego police department. New crime data collected by the city shows a downward trend over the past 10 years. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Fed. Funded Emergency Center opens early to aide East County blaze

July 27
By Willie Tate and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County officials opened the Emergency Operations Center ahead of schedule in response to the Horse fire in East County. It's packed with communication and video gear to coordinate law enforcement and emergency response during a disaster. Supervisor Dianne Jacob says the remodeling of the center is money well spent:

Weekend Preview: theatre, music, LGBT pride and more

July 27
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This weekend,

Horse Fire rages on; residents and firefighters grow weary

July 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Horse Fire in East San Diego County is 25 percent contained, and favorable weather may be helping fire fighters get the upper hand. Despite the progress, 1,800 homes remain under threat. As the blaze continues for a fifth day, it's starting to drain both fire fighters and local residents. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has this report about the human toll on both sides of the fire line.

Can twins unlock brain science secrets?

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Successful aging is not a passive sport. For example, genes are only about 50 percent responsible for our memory. It's believed the other half is determined by environment and behavior. Researchers at UCSD are looking for proof in the brains of twins. Rebecca Tolin has the story.