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Stories for November 20, 2006

Predatory Lenders Can Lead to Financial Disaster

Nov. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the past decade, San Diego's real estate market has been red-hot. And creative financing has helped many people get all kinds of home loans. But not all loans are created equal. Host Gloria Penner talks with the president of a local credit counseling agency about predatory home loans and how to avoid them.

Another Camp Pendleton-Based Marine has Day in Court

Nov. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military Judge heard pretrial motions Monday in the courts martial of Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington. Pennington is one of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman accused in the kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi man in Hamdania in April. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Settles Sewer Lawsuit

Nov. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego has tentatively settled a lawsuit alleging the city unfairly charged homeowners for sewer rates that industrial users should have paid. The settlement gives $35-million to sewer customers who were over billed between 1994 and 2004. City Attorney Mike Aguirre estimates the overcharges ran about $19 million a year.

Congressman Hunter Recommends More Focus on Iraqi Troops

Nov. 20
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Pentagon review of the Iraq policy is set to outline three possible strategies - "Go Big," "Go Long" and "Go Home." – San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter announced an alternative today which he calls “Go Iraq.” From Capitol Hill, Benjamin Shaw has more.

City Reaches Settlement on Sewage-Treatment Overcharges

Nov. 20
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Monday, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced a tentative settlement over a class action lawsuit accusing the city of overcharging residential ratepayers for sewage treatment. The city is proposing to pay $40 million for the overcharges. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin has more.

Over-85 Fastest-Growing Age Group in U.S.

Nov. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today there are 4.2 million Americans who are 85 and above. Growing this old can lead to a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care. Full Focus examines the challenges faces by the very old and those who care for them.

Migrant Workers Moving Out of McGonigle Canyon

Nov. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 175 migrant workers who live in McGonigle Canyon searched for somewhere to sleep over the weekend. Members and supporters of the anti-illegal immigrant group the Minutemen gathered to protest the migrant camp. Migrants have camped on private property in the canyon for decades. In an effort to minimize confrontations between migrants and protesters, landowners said they'd charge anyone they caught on their property with trespassing. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Advocates Respond to Medical Marijuana Ruling

Nov. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A tentative ruling dismissing the County's challenge to Prop 215, has medical marijuana advocates waiting to see if things change in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Musical Tells Heartbreaking Story of Hank Williams

Nov. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

How did Hank Williams write all of those great songs before he died at age 29? A country western musical tells the story of legendary songwriter Hank Williams. Cast members from the musical discuss the artist's life and legacy.

San Diegans' Private Art Collections on Exhibit

Nov. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Director of the San Diego Museum of Art and two prominent local collectors talk about the range represented in the San Diego community. An exhibit featuring works collected by San Diegans is currently on display at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Lindbergh Field's Future Debated

Nov. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Now that local voters have rejected Proposition A, it looks like San Diego will be stuck with Lindbergh Field for the next couple decades. What can we do with the current airport to meet the needs of the future?