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Stories for September 27, 2006

Seniors Often Victims of Financial Abuse

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

People are living longer than ever before. But longer lifespans require more money to carry us through old age. On Wednesday’s Full Focus, host Gloria Penner talks to two experts on how to avoid becoming a victim.

County Supervisors Join Sunrise Powerlink Debate; Offer No Positions

Sept. 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters and opponents of the controversial Sunrise Powerlink brought San Diego County Supervisors into the debate today. The supervisors stopped short of an official position on SDG&E’s proposed transmission line. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps reports.

Report: Latinos Making Gains

Sept. 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new Pew Hispanic Center report shows Latino workers in the United States have made important gains. Growth in construction jobs in western states including California contributed to Latino’s progress. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

District Receives Funding to Support Homeless Students

Sept. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Sweetwater Union High School District landed federal funding to provide extra academic support for its homeless students. The district is one of three in San Diego County getting federal help. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

City & County Officials Team Up to Discuss Chargers Stadium

Sept. 27
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Time is running out for the Chargers to find a new home in the county. The football team has until the end of the year to make a decision. City and county leaders say they want to help build the Chargers a new stadium, but the question is where? City council president Scott Peters spoke on KPBS Radio’s These Days program.

Angelides sliding in the polls

Sept. 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The political horizon is getting darker for Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. The latest Public Policy Institute poll shows the candidate is trailing Republican incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger by about 17 points.

Microbrews Add Local Flavor to San Diego's Beer

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some call San Diego the premier microbrew location in the world. From Stone Brewing Company in the North County to the Alpine Beer Company in the East County, San Diego is no stranger to popular beers. Greg Koch, chairman and CEO of Stone Brewing, explains the nuances of brewing and the beer business.

Web site FactCheck.org Tries to Reduce the Confusion in U.S. Politics

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Politicians and their campaigns often mix up the facts and distort the truth. Sifting out the fact from fiction can be a daunting task, but the Web site factcheck.org has dedicated itself to just that purpose. The director of the website discusses how citizens can get facts online.

Web site Hotsoup.com Brings Political Opponents Together

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Contemporary politics can be ruthless, divisive, and sometimes downright nasty. Co-founder of Hotsoup.com Matthew Dowd discusses the need for an online political forum. He hopes politicians will find a common ground and rise above partisan mudslinging

Debate Continues Over Ticketing the Homeless

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city has been embroiled in a debate about ticketing the homeless for sleeping on the street. Civil rights advocates question the legality of the measure and some suggest a designated area for homeless sleeping.

City and County Collaborate on Charger Stadium Issue

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chula Vista and National City have talked about luring the Chargers away from San Diego and into a new stadium. But now, the city and county of San Diego are teaming up to discuss how to keep the Chargers, despite the lack of public funds. Host Tom Fudge discusses the issue with the City Council President and a representative of the Chargers.

San Diego Looks to Los Angeles on Homeless Issue

Sept. 27
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City officials head to Los Angeles to find out how their leaders manage their homeless problem. Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

New UCSD Program Seeks Practical Solutions to Environmental Problems

Sept. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new Environment and Sustainability Initiative at UCSD aims to put scientific knowledge into action on environmental issues to influence government policy. Reporter Rebecca Tolin talks to the new head of the Initiative about why academic institutions must be part of the solution.

Crime Wave Hits Tijuana

Sept. 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A bloody crime wave has hit Tijuana again. During the last few weeks narco-traffickers have turned restaurants and highways into battlegrounds in their fight to maintain control of the city. The unprecedented level of violence has also touched off a political war, with government officials all blaming each other for the chaos. KPBS Border reporter Amy Isackson brings us this story from Tijuana.