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Stories for November 15, 2006

SEC Reaches Agreement with City on Pension Scandal

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Tuesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached a settlement with the city of San Diego over fraud charges linked to concealment of the pension fund deficit. Host Gloria Penner talks with a securities law attorney and a Union Tribune editor about the outcome.

Camp Pendleton Marine Apologizes for Role in Killing Iraqi

Nov. 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Encinitas Marine says he is sorry for his role in killing an unarmed Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania. Private First Class John Jodka awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps reports from Camp Pendleton.

San Diego Students Lagging in Science

Nov. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school students are doing poorly in science compared to the rest of the nation. That’s one of the findings in a report about how young people in 10 of the largest U.S. school districts are doing. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Sanders Announces Five-Year Plan to Repair City's Finances

Nov. 15
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today Mayor Sanders proposed eliminating 709 city jobs by the end of the next fiscal year. That’s nine percent of city employees, not including public safety. Full Focus Reporter Rebecca Tolin has the story.

Mayor Sanders Unveils Five-Year Financial Plan

Nov. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced his five year financial plan to pull the city out of its financial turmoil. However he gave few details of the kind of cuts he has in mind. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Judy Woodruff Discusses Midterm Election Aftermath

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Washington and the nation are still adjusting to the Democratic sweep in last week’s midterm elections and eyes are already looking toward potential candidates for the 2008 presidential election. Host Gloria Penner talks with broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff about this year’s political drama and her upcoming project, Generation Next.

Ankle Bracelets Would Detect Alcohol for Repeat DUI Offenders

Nov. 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the County Board of Supervisors agreed to look into requiring repeat drunk drivers to wear alcohol-detecting ankle bracelets. Supervisors hope the bracelets will protect the public from drunk drivers who refuse to change. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Local Brain Scientist Collaborating with Dance Instructor to Study Neuroscience

Nov. 15
By Marjorie Sun and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla -- Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman -- is the author of a new book. It’s called “Second Nature: The Brain and Human Knowledge.” In it, Edelman explains his philosophy about how our brains give rise to knowledge and creativity. Edelman is an accomplished violinist and a big supporter of the arts. In fact, his institute is known for hosting performers, artists and lecturers. Marjorie Sun filed this report on a new collaboration between the brain scientist and a dance instructor.

Borat, Volver, Babel, Casino Royale

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Beth Accomando and Scott Marks are in studio for opinionated talk about new films. Expect a mix of ranting and laughter as the Film Club critics review "Borat," "Volver," "Babel" and "Casino Royale."

Film Club of the Air: Borat, Volver, Babel, Casino Royale

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Hollywood studios often release their best films this time of year, our Film Club critics will have plenty to say about what you should and shouldn’t see over the Thanksgiving holidays. We cover "Borat," "Volver," "Babel" and "Casino Royale."

Rents Increase as Home Prices Slowdown

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why are rental rates increasing while the local real estate market experiences a slowdown? Realty advisors Dan Holbrook and Bob Pinnegar from the local Apartment Association talk about the latest trends in San Diego’s real estate market.

SEC Levies Sanctions in San Diego Bond Investigation

Nov. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order against San Diego, ruling that the city committed securities fraud by failing to disclose important information about its pension and retiree health care obligations to investors. The city attorney talks about what sanctions mean for San Diego.