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Stories for October 25, 2006

Number of Children Diagnosed with Psychiatric Diseases on the Rise

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Drugs have become increasingly popular for treating the seven to 12 million American youth suffering from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Full Focus explores the current treatments in child psychiatry and the long-term effects of medication.

Navy Broadway Master Plan Approved Conditionally

Oct. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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After seven months of public debate, San Diego’s Center City Development Corporation has approved the Master Plan of the 15 acre Navy Broadway site on San Diego Bay. However the vote on the landmark waterfront property is conditional. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Educators Focus on Improving Exit Exam English Scores

Oct. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County educators got their first glimpse Wednesday of a new plan designed to improve student test scores on the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

City of SD Releases Draft Blueprint for Future Growth

Oct. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A plan to guide the growth for the city of San Diego for the next 20 years allows more development in the city’s neighborhoods. The draft general plan determines how much new development will take place within the city. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Pension Benefits Trial Begins

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thursday is the opening day in a trial to determine whether San Diego’s city worker’s pension increases in 1996 and 2002 are legal. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma brings us a preview of the high-stakes trial.

Prop. C Allows Outside Contractors to Compete for City Services

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders pledged to help fix San Diego’s massive financial problems when he took office last year. One of his solutions is Prop. C, which opens up city services to competition from the private sector. Host Gloria Penner talks to advocates on both sides of the measure.

Societal Impact of Violent Video Games Examined

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Video games are increasingly sophisticated and increasingly violent. Host Tom Fudge talks to the creator of a video game based on the events of the Columbine shootings and a psychologist who studies the effect violent video games have on peoples' behavior.

Local Marine to Plead Guilty in Hamdania Murder Case

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

P.F.C. John Jodka III is expected to plead guilty for his role in the April 26 killing of an unarmed Iraqi in the town of Hamdania, Iraq. Host Tom Fudge speaks to a local reporter covering the case.

San Diego Charger Suspended for Steroid Abuse

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local sports reporter Mark Zeigler talks about San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman's reputation, why athletes take the risk with steroids, and how the NFL may face more scrutiny about steroid use.

Barrio Logan Homeless Shelter Raises Questions

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Earlier this week the San Diego City Council voted to open its winter homeless shelters. But their plans to keep the city shelter in Barrio Logan open for an additional 46 days, don't sit well with members of the community.

Prop. 88 Seeks to Fund Education Programs through $50 Property Tax

Oct. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County voters will face a number of school funding choices on Election Day. So far Proposition 1D, the $10 billion state school bond measure, has captured most of the attention. But voters will also be asked to decide Prop. 88. If approved, the initiative would set a financial precedent in California. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis takes a closer look.

Authors Details U.S. Movement Toward One Party System

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Conservatives have enjoyed control of Congress and the White House for six years. "Los Angeles Times" reporters Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten detail the Republican plan for dominance in the 21st century in their book.