Stories for April 6, 2007
Any American concerned about the war in Iraq has become very familiar with the political rhetoric of the war debate. One of the most familiar lines is the call to support our troops. Its something we all want to do. But the politics come in when you ask what that involves.
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San Diego police and Sherriff's officers were out in force yesterday to keep control of a demonstration outside the County buildings on Ruffin Road. The protestors were there to attend the county's first public meeting about a plan to build a private paramilitary training camp in rural east San Diego county. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Well, it's been on again and off again, and now it looks like the sale of the Tribune Company and the Los Angeles times is really going to happen. Billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell has agreed to buy the Tribune Company in a deal valued at $8.2 billion, but only costing Zell about $300 million of his own money.
For two weeks, federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided homes in San Diego and Imperial Counties looking for illegal immigrant fugitives who have committed crimes. Of the more than 350 immigrants caught and sent back across the border by Operation Return to Sender, only about 50 or so were criminals.
Mike Aguirre is breaking the mold of the city attorney. He has taken the office from one which provides legal support to the mayor and city council to that of a power-checking oversight agency. Eric Wolff's article looks at the tension between Aguirre and other office holders, as well as between the oversight function and advisory function of the office.
For the first time in almost a hundred years, a California Condor is flying over San Diego County. The young female crossed into the United States from Mexico earlier this week. She's the first to fly across the border since condors were re-introduced to Mexico in 2002. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.
San Diego's city attorney has filed criminal charges against a Sunroad Enterprises executive. The city attorney says developer Tom Story broke ethics laws when planning a new high-rise near Montgomery Field. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
Southern California's abnormally dry weather season is making life worse for allergy sufferers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.
This week, President Bush and Democratic lawmakers exchanged verbal jabs after the House and Senate passed military funding bills that called for a specific timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. Also, San Diego leaders are getting creative when it comes to funding development projects. And, the controversy over City Attorney Mike Aguirre's request for a warrant to search the offices of Sunroad Enterprises continues to be a hot topic around San Diego City Hall.
On April 30, 1975, American forces pulled out of Vietnam. The event that marked the end of the war also marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Vietnamese people, some of whom fled to the United States while others remained behind. The new film