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Stories for November 16, 2006

Global Warming Increases Risk of Devastating Wildfires

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Wildfires are going to be a bigger part of our lives due to global warming. That’s the word from scientists gathering in San Diego this week for the third International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin talks to one local ecologist about their findings and the devastating effects of the 2003 Cedar Fire.

Report: San Diego Students Falling Behind in Science

Nov. 16
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Just how far behind are our country's students when it comes to science? A department of education study shows students in urban public schools across the country need significant improvement. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Navy Sailors, Shipyard Worker Injured Aboard North Island Aircraft Carrier

Nov. 16
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three Navy sailors and a civilian shipyard worker are hospitalized for burn injuries. The Navy says the victims were injured aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz this morning. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has details.

Judge Tentatively Upholds Medical Marijuana Law

Nov. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Superior Court judge has tentatively rejected San Diego County’s challenge to California medical marijuana law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

ACLU Challenges Escondido Landlord Ordinance in Court

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Civil Liberties Union is back in court today in San Diego hoping to shut down Escondido’s controversial ban on renting to undocumented immigrants.

Another Camp Pendleton Marine to be Sentenced Today

Nov. 16
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Another Camp Pendleton Marine testified under oath about the killing of an Iraqi man last spring. Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson is expected to be sentenced later today as part of his plea agreement. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

When to Put on the Brakes: Elderly Drivers

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In July of 2003, 86-year-old George Weller lost control behind the wheel of his car plowing into a crowded Farmers Market in Santa Monica. In about 10 seconds, he killed 10 people and injured 63. As his Nov. 20 sentencing approaches, host Gloria Penner talks to an expert on aging about the tough decision of when to take away the keys.

Orchids and Onions Showcases Best and Worst of San Diego Architecture

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Love them or hate them, Orchids and Onions are back. After a three year hiatus, the people’s choice awards for good and bad architecture are being reconceived with an educational outreach focus. Host Gloria Penner talks with two architects about the awards’ return.

Weekend Preview: Theater

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Grinch goes to Broadway and, of course, returns to the stage of San Diego’s Old Globe Theater. Yes, the holidays are approaching, and some new and old productions are approaching local stages. KPBS Theater Critic Pat Launer reviews season's performances.

Four-time San Diego Music Award Winner Performs Negro Spirituals

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gospel spirituals have a long American tradition. They have been a powerful form of expression for African-Americans dating before the Civil War. Award winning musician Earl Thomas recaptures the traditional sounds of early black American Christian music in his new CD.

Plans for Quarry Threaten Ecological Reserve

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What impact would a proposed aggregate quarry have on the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve? We’ll talk about the proposed operation and the effect on a neighboring nature preserve.

Pendleton Marine Sentenced in War Crime Trial

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the so-called “Pendleton 8” receives his sentence from a military judge today. He is the first to receive punishment for a role in the alleged kidnapping and murder plot of an Iraqi civilian. People close to the case discuss the issues involved in military justice.

Escondido Rental Ban Ordinance Challenged

Nov. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today, a judge considers whether to issue a restraining order filed by the ACLU against the City of Escondido. At issue is the new housing ordinance that is slated to take effect Saturday. Host Tom Fudge asks the ACLU why they oppose the ordinance, and what they plan to do to fight the controversial law.

Growing Number of Americans Traveling Abroad for Medical Procedures

Nov. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For years, Americans have come to Mexico to save money on prescription drugs. But lately, a growing number of Americans have been going south of the border to have surgery at a discount. Mexico, Thailand, and even Singapore are becoming popular destinations for medical tourists. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Camp Pendleton Marine Receives 18-Month Sentence

Nov. 16
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Encinitas Marine has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for his role in killing an Iraqi civilian last April. Private First Class John Jodka faced a much heavier sentence, but Jodka agreed to testify against his squadmates. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has more.