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Stories for August 27, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Controversial Critic Finds New Home at The New Yorker

Aug. 27
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Apparently,

MEA Wants Review of City Attorney's Spending

Aug. 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of San Diego’s largest labor union is asking for a review of the city attorney’s spending. Judie Italiano of the Municipal Employees Association has requested a complete record of how taxpayer dollars pay for legal cases, and how many dollars are recovered from those cases.

Lam’s Firing Beginning of the End for Gonzales

Aug. 27
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's former U.S. attorney is remaining silent on news that her old boss, Alberto Gonzales, is quitting. Critics of the outgoing attorney general say politics forced out Carol Lam and several other prosecutors in February. A San Diego law professor says Lam's firing eventually forced Gonzales to resign. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

What I Did During My Summer Vacation

Aug. 27
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries

Many listeners know that I have been absent from the host position of

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 27
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 27
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Post-Budget Approval, Thousands of State Checks Still Bottlenecked

Aug. 27
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Now that Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the state budget, the Controller's Office is working overtime to get the checks out to those who weren't paid during the two month stalemate. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.

Assembly Speaker Wants Simple Majority Vote on Calif. Healthcare

Aug. 27
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he's looking forward to upcoming discussions on healthcare reform with state lawmakers. But the state Assembly leader is planning this week to show the governor his plan won't make it in the legislature. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Hundreds of Local Teachers Still Await Assignment

Aug. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 400 new San Diego school teachers will face their first batch of students this year. However some still don't know where they'll report when class begins. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tech Talk: Cell Phone Saturation in the U.S. Market

Aug. 27
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Every Monday morning we talk tech with CNet.com Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley. The topic today: Is the U.S. hitting cell phone saturation?

Feinstein Says Morale Will Improve With Departure of Gonzales

Aug. 27
By Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Dianne Feinstein says the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signals the beginning of real change. She has been critical of him since his appointment. Sara Sciammacco has more from Washington.

State May Soon Add WWII-era Seaplanes to Firefighting Ranks

Aug. 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection may add two giant World War II-era seaplanes to its list of standby air tankers. The so-called Martin Mars flying boats have been fighting fires in Canada for decades, and were tested by California officials back in 2000.

State Bill Would Require Carbon Levels Be Reduced in Gasoline

Aug. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego legislator is sponsoring a bill that would reduce carbon in the gasoline we use. Carbon emissions contribute to greenhouse gases. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Pioneer of Film Colorization Reflects on His Career

Aug. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegan Barry Sandrew was a pioneer in the field of film colorization and continues to revolutionize the process of making old films look new with his company Legend Films.

Why the Customer Is No Longer Always Right

Aug. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The customer is always right, or so it used to be. But in today's high-paced, online, profit-is-king world, customer service is often left behind. We'll talk about the role of customer service in today's business world, as well as who's doing it right and who's not.

San Diego Weighs New and Old Urbanism in its Future Urban Planning

Aug. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What kind of a city does San Diego want to be? Out guest says that civic leaders have only been able to suggest that we not be Los Angeles. He says San Diego needs to have a better vision for its future. We'll hear a wide-ranging discussion about urban design and discuss what San Diego has done right and wrong.

SDSU Students Return to Campus As the Mini-Dorm Controversy Rages On

Aug. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDSU's fall semester starts today. Students are back on campus and parties are in full-swing off campus. How is the new administrative citation program aimed at loud college area residents working? We speak with a police captain from the mid-city division about the effectiveness of the program.

Judge Orders 42 Catholic Diocese Sex Abuse Cases to Trial

Aug. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last Friday, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered 42 lawsuits against San Diego's Catholic Diocese be released for jury trials. The 127 lawsuits brought by people who say they were sexually abused as children were halted after the diocese sought bankruptcy protection in February. The judge said that the victims have a constitutional right to jury trials and that barring a settlement, prompt resolution of the bankruptcy case appears unlikely.

Local Lawmaker Says Salton Sea Restoration Benefits Entire State

Aug. 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some California legislators are questioning a multi-billion-dollar plan to restore the Salton Sea. But a San Diego State Senator says the effort benefits the entire state. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Some New S.D. Teachers Earn Credential Through Internship Program

Aug. 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 400 new teachers will take their place in San Diego classrooms this academic year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.