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Stories for October 10, 2006

Stinkpot

Oct. 10
KPBS Commentaries

The people we have elected to City Hall are trying to deal with the inevitable backlogs of years of misgovernance. Much of the damage is financial, but some of it, sadly, is human. Old habits are being reviewed, and many seem long out of date.

KPBS Commentaries

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chargers to Explore National City Stadium Site

Oct. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Chargers got the green light today from the Port Commission to go ahead and explore a possible stadium site in National City near the bay. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Hospitals Given More Time for Seismic Upgrades

Oct. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new law gives hospitals a break on state seismic requirements. Under the measure, hospitals can have until 2015 to earthquake-proof their facilities. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Girls' Charter School Closing Doors

Oct. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A charter school for teenage girls in San Diego County has closed its doors for good. The school had been struggling to balance its budget and attract more students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Illegal Immigrants Stuck in Concrete Pipe

Oct. 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diego firefighters and the Border Patrol rescued five suspected illegal immigrants who got stuck in a pipe as they tried to enter the United States Tuesday morning. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Couple Describes How to Divorce Amicably

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Divorce court often leads to jealousy, betrayal, and messy litigation. Mediation can be an alternative to prolonged and costly court battles. A couple going through the mediation process shares their experience.

Legal Analyst Explores Limits of Blogging

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Web logs create a lot of buzz and many have a lot of influence in the public sphere. But is there recourse for anyone who is slandered or defamed? An analyst talks about libel on the Internet and other hot legal matters.

Prop. 86 to Raise Cigarette Tax to Highest in U.S.

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should the state impose an additional tax of $2.60 per cigarette pack to fund new and expanded health services, health insurance for children, and expand tobacco use prevention programs? That is the point of contention of Proposition 86. People on both sides of the debate share their views.

Imperial Valley Growers Concerned About Spinach Crop

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Farmers in the Imperial Valley have a lot to worry about this season. A water conservation project is stalled and concerns over E. coli are threatening to destroy the winter spinach crop. The editor of the Imperial Valley Press talks about the future of the growing season.

Documentary Explores U.S. Efforts to Thwart Terrorist Attacks

Oct. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many Americans wonder if they are really safer from a terrorist attack. Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Lowell Bergman has produced a "Frontline" Documentary called "The Enemy Within." He talks about the billions of dollars spent and the massive reorganization of federal agencies that has occurred since Sept.11.

Kehoe Challenges Airport Authority

Oct. 10
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Tuesday, State Senator Christine Kehoe, local legislators and community leaders called a hearing in Balboa Park to question how well the commissioned regional Airport Authority is working for San Diego. Reporter Heather Hill has more.

Tensions Rise Over Prop. C Ballot Language

Oct. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters and opponents of the city of San Diego’s Managed Competition Initiative are fighting over the language of the ballot measure. Opponents say the charter amendment does not protect the public interest. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.