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Stories for October 18, 2006

Blue Cross Agrees to Settle Lawsuits

Oct. 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blue Cross of California has decided to settle more than 70 lawsuits filed by patients who charged the company with illegally terminating their policy. Similar cases are still pending against other health insurance companies. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Tentative Contract Gives SD Unified Teachers Significant Pay Hike

Oct. 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school teachers will receive a significant pay raise under a tentative labor agreement with the San Diego Unified School District. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SD City Council and Mayor in a Power Struggle

Oct. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council members wrangled with the mayor’s office today over who has the authority to fund or cut programs. The power struggle comes as the cash-strapped city attempts to balance its budget. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Feds Play Down NFL Dirty Bomb Threat

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Web site is claiming that seven NFL football stadiums will be hit with radiological dirty bombs this weekend. However, the government is expressing doubts about the threat.

Commentary: Travel Moments

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Images of globe-trotting adventures and memories of cherished moments are captures in a photo essay, brought to us by San Diego motivational speaker Chess Edwards.

Long Waits Highlight Need for Organ Donation Reform

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Over 92,000 people are waiting for organ transplants nationwide, and the number is expected to double by 2010. Guest host Elsa Sevilla speaks to two professors of surgery about the ethics and economics of organ donation.

Escondido Finalizes Rental Ban on Illegal Immigrants

Oct. 18
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Wednesday, the Escondido City Council gave its final vote of approval to a controversial housing ordinance that would penalize landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin has the story.

DJ Halloran from FM 94/9 Reviews "American Hardcore"

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The punk rock movement from the early 1980's ranged from chaotic to violent. DJ Michael Halloran from FM 94/9 talks about "American Hardcore," a movie that looks at the early days of punk rock in America.

San Diegans Share the Travails of Life Without a Car

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some people who live in San Diego choose not to own a car. They get around by foot, by bike, by bumming rides and using public transit. Two such rare creatures discuss the pros and cons of going carless, and how their experiences highlight the problems with public transportation in San Diego.

Proposition 87 to Fund Alternative Energy Research

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 87 would impose a tax on California oil refineries in order to establish a $4 billion Clean Alternative Energy Program. Host Tom Fudge speaks with both sides of the debate about why voters should care, who will pay for the tax and how it will affect consumers.

Hispanic Leaders Discuss Role of Latino Vote

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Latino population in California becomes larger each year, but will that translate into more voters at the ballot box? Hispanic leaders discuss the role of Latinos in the November elections.

Former City Councilman George Stevens Remembered

Oct. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The always-outspoken civil rights leader, George Stevens, highlighted the neglected areas of his district, and convinced many on the council to support his efforts to reform his community. Host Tom Fudge talks with one of his best friends about his legacy.

National City Hears Support on Immigrant Sanctuary Declaration

Oct. 18
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cities at opposite ends of the county are taking opposite approaches to immigration. At last night's council meeting in National City, immigrants’ rights activists turned in more than 500 signatures supporting Mayor Nick Inzuna’s declaration that his city is a sanctuary for immigrants. Border Angel’s organizer Enrique Morones.

Still No Permanent Home for Downtown SD Detox Center

Oct. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council will postpone a decision on where to relocate San Diego’s Downtown Detox Center. With time running out until their current lease expires, the community resource still has nowhere to move. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.