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Stories for October 11, 2006

Food Bank Continues Serving Homeless Despite Board Collapse

Oct. 11
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Managers of the San Diego Food Bank say the charity will keep feeding the county’s hungry despite reports that the agency might shut down. All but one of the charity’s board members quit this week in a dispute over control of the service. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has more.

Fleet of New School Buses Sitting Idle

Oct. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A fleet of new San Diego school buses haven’t been used this year because they don’t meet state safety standards. The vehicles were to replace aging buses that help transport more than 22,000 district students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SDSU Professor Using Campus E-mail to Conduct Anti-Illegal Immigrant Activities

Oct. 11
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University officials have asked a biology professor to stop using his campus email to conduct business related to the anti-illegal immigrant group the Minutemen. University officials say using state resources, like university computers, for anything other than occasional personal use violates California law. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego Research Institutions Receive $13 Million

Oct. 11
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s neuroscience institutions just got a big financial shot in the arm from the federal government to do more research in treating neurological diseases. Reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Conservative Supreme Court Begins Second Term

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

With the appointments of justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito, the new Supreme Court is more conservative. Host Gloria Penner talks to two law professors about how the Supreme Court will handle its latest cases.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos Performs in Studio

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gilbet Castellanos is a leader in the San Diego jazz scene and teacher. He recently released a new album that won an SDMA award for Best Jazz Album. He performs live in the KPBS performance studio.

Celebrated Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca Comes to San Diego

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Artists often find inspiration in difficult or unusual situations. Jimmy Santiago Baca discovered his love of words and writing while in prison at a very young age. The award-winning poet and novelist shares his tough journey and inspired writings.

Proposition B Seeks City Pension Benefit Increase

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego has been embroiled in endless scandals involving the underfunding of the city pension system. Now, Proposition B asks voters if they want to increase benefits for city employees. KPBS reporter Alison St John discusses the measure and how a similar system has worked in San Francisco.

International Community Evaluates Response to North Korean Nuclear Threat

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The international community has criticized the testing of a nuclear device in North Korea and the U.N. Security Council has called for "appropriate punishment." The director of the UCSD Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation talks about a nuclear North Korea and what kind of punishment the international community is likely to dole out.

Senator Kehoe Questions Performance of Airport Authority

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Can the Airport Authority be more efficient? If so, how? That's the topic of discussion at two local hearings that are being co-chaired by State Senator Christine Kehoe. She discusses her thoughts on the selection of the Miramar site and the goals of the hearings.