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Stories for August 15, 2007

Arctic Tale/Interview with Adam Ravetch

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

ADAM RAVETCH: "Because they were an animal that could hold me against my will, could knock my head off and suck the very flesh off my bones."

Top School Officials Define Achievement Disparity as a Racial Gap

Aug. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school kids may have hit a wall this year when it comes to making gains on state standardized tests. The California Department of Education released test scores for school districts around the state today. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Lead-Levels in Baby Bibs Prod Toxic Materials Lawsuit

Aug. 15
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California based environmental group is taking legal action to get vinyl baby bibs off store shelves. The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health found high levels of lead in bibs sold at Toys-R-Us, Babies-R-Us and Lisa Kline stores.

Senator Boxer Pledges to Protect Funding to Shore Up Folsom Dam

Aug. 15
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer is pledging to override any potential veto of a bill that funds flood control projects in the Sacramento area. Work is underway to shore up Folsom dam, that provides water around the state. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Food Bank Looks to Clean Up Its Tarnished Past

Aug. 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Food Bank has a new leader. Jim Jackson is the former head of the San Diego Rescue Mission. As KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps tells us, Jackson's new job is to rebuild the county's largest food bank.

Labor Board Ruling Could Nix Chula Vista Bayfront Project

Aug. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials at a contractors' association in San Diego say a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board would be the death knell for a billion-dollar project on the Chula Vista Bayfront. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Juvenile Sex Offenders: Experts Debate Punishment Options

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We look at juvenile sex offenders and how they are treated in the criminal justice system. Should these juveniles be punished like their adult counterparts? We discuss various approaches for treating juvenile sex offenders as well as whether or not they should be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

City Hall Update: Resignation in Sanders’ Administration, Sunroad Controversy, Aguirre on Pollution and Pension Benefits

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A top officer in Mayor Jerry Sanders’ administration resigns unexpectedly, more details about the Sunroad controversy come to light, and City Attorney Michael Aguirre takes on a major oil company and the pension crisis. We speak to KPBS metro reporter Alison St John about the latest news from San Diego City Hall.

Costs and Benefits of Living Wage Ordinance Debated

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the true impact of San Diego's “living wage” ordinance? The San Diego Institute for Policy Research recently released an internal city report detailing how much the “living wage” ordinance is costing local taxpayers. The San Diego Institute reports the ordinance has increased the city's contracting costs by at least $900,000. The Center on Policy Initiatives supports the ordinance, and says the law is essential to improving the lives of the city's low-income workers.

Trade Tech High Hopes to Dispel Myths About Vocational Schools

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The option of high school vocational training instead of college preparatory courses has fallen by the educational wayside, except in Vista where a new North County Trade Tech High charter school is proposed. The application for the construction-based school was unanimously approved by the Vista School Board and enjoys the support of various foundations and the construction industry.

Martha: Debunking “Debunk”

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Martha and Grant spend lots of time debunking linguistic myths. But what about the word “debunk” itself?

Calif District Attorneys Join to Stop Early Prison Release

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fifteen district attorneys in California, including San Diego's Bonnie Dumanis, have gone to court seeking to stop a three-judge panel from making decisions that could lead to the early release of some prisoners because of overcrowding.