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Stories for April 27, 2007

Feds Push For Sunrise Powerlink Through Anza-Borrego Desert

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week the federal government declared San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties critical to the nation's energy grid. The DOE's two electric transmission corridors are the first of their kind since the passage of a 2005 law that could overcome local objections in order to relieve bottlenecks in the electricity grid.

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April 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

But FBI agent Ferris (Julianne Moore) has managed to see past his illusion. Shes trying to track down a stolen nuclear bomb. She wants Johnson to embrace his gift and put it to good use for the betterment of the eight million people whod be killed if the bomb were to go off. But Johnsons not much interested. Hes preoccupied by a vision he had of a young woman (Jessica Biel) that he foresees walking into his life. This mystery woman is the only thing from the future that hes been able to see beyond his two-minute limit and hes completely obsessed with her. When she finally does enter his life, she quickly becomes a pawn in a much bigger game.

Year of the Dog

April 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

We may have to create a whole new film category for the ex-

Rates of Mortgage Fraud in San Diego Could Soon Rise

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's well-known that the mortgage business in San Diego and elsewhere is in trouble. We've heard about the rising rate of defaults and bankruptcies in the subprime business. But now comes word that there is something else the consumer should be on the look out for -- mortgage fraud.

Army General Chides Response to Civilian Killings in Haditha

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Inadequate. That's how an Army Major General described the Marine Corps's response at the time enlisted soldiers were implicated in killing dozens of civilians in Haditha, Iraq. The general's report found its way into the press this week. It also said there was no deliberate cover-up by the Corps.

Fraud Charges Could Be Out if Gov. Leaked Grand Jury Secrets

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

By law, grand jury proceedings are carried out in secret. But lawyers for an indicted defense contractor say government prosecutors leaked that secret to the press. Now defense attorneys want conspiracy and bribery charges dismissed. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma is here to guide us through the defense motion.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Study Finds Teachers Care More for Work Environment Than Pay

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds teachers care more about their working environment than getting higher salaries. In fact, the study indicates poor campus work environments are driving teachers away. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Two Arellano-Felix Higher-Ups Plead Guilty to Racketeering

April 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two high-ranking members of Tijuana's Arellano-Felix drug cartel have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges connected to their work for the organization. One faces 40 years in prison. The other, 30. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Consumer Warning Issued for Shellfish, Lobster, Crabs, et al.

April 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State health officials have issued a warning about eating certain local shellfish and seafood. Officials say it may be contaminated with a toxic acid. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Urban Planning Discussed at Conference Today in Balboa Park

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

All day today in The Prado at Balboa Park is a public conference titled “Great Parks, Squares and Community Gathering Spaces.” The event is sponsored by the San Diego Center City Development Corporation and is intended to discuss ways of making the downtown area more people-friendly and more interesting.

Troop Timeline, Foreclosures, Hotel Tax

April 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the House and Senate approved a $124 billion Iraq war spending bill that calls for troop withdrawals to begin in the next few months. Also, local neighborhoods with large minority populations are showing a high rate of foreclosures. And, the City Council is set to discuss a proposal to increase San Diego's hotel tax.