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Stories for December 12, 2007

To Trust a Thief

Dec. 12
By Joanne Faryon and Off Mic

When I first met Lisa, a long-time methamphetamine user and convicted fraud expert, I expected someone a little more hardened. Dressed a little less conservatively. Someone not quite so nervous. Instead, Lisa wore her long hair in a bun. Her dark dress past her knees. Her manner of speech careful and earnest. We were introduced by Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler. The story I had been assigned was the relationship between meth use and crime. It's one of several segments on methamphetamine that are part of

Things That Never Get Old

Dec. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Directed by the ever-talented

PETA vs. The Olsen Twins

Dec. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Juno Soundtrack Now Available Digitally

Dec. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Off Mic

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Margot at the Wedding

Dec. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Gas Prices Down Seven Cents Per Gallon, But Still at Record High

Dec. 12
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gas prices are down nearly seven cents a gallon in the last week. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks prices at local gas stations. UCAN's Charles Langley says the average price is now $3.30 a gallon. He says that's cheaper than last week, but nearly 75 cents a gallon higher than last year.

Border Sentri Lane to Be Open 24 Hours Beginning January 1

Dec. 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the expedited border-crossing lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry will be open 24-hours under a new pilot program. The fast pass lanes are called Sentri lanes and are open to users who've paid a fee and passed a background check. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD to Begin Stricter Audits in Wake of Grade Tampering Report

Dec. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.C. San Diego Chancellor Mary Ann Fox says major changes will take place at the university's Preuss Charter School. It's an effort to restore the school's reputation and credibility. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Ike Turner Dies at His San Marcos Home

Dec. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock's critical architects was overshadowed by his image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died Wednesday morning at his San Diego County home. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Judge Rejects Challenge to State's Greenhouse Emissions Authority

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The auto industry's lawsuit challenging California's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles was rejected Wednesday by a federal judge in Fresno. The auto industry claimed that federal law barred California from enforcing its own regulations. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Former Meth Addicts Discuss the Drug That Nearly Ruined Their Lives

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Methamphetamine, also known as "speed," "crystal," "crank" or "ice" is a highly addictive drug that plagues communities across the country. San Diego is no exception. But major efforts have been taken to curb the use of meth and the crimes that result from the addiction. We'll explore the problems with the drug, its impacts on the community and what's being done to stop its use.

No Free Attorneys in Civil Court Proceedings

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state courts must provide counsel in criminal cases to defendants who can't afford an attorney. Most would agree that the justice system is better off now, but what about in civil court? There are no laws on the books that require states to provide free attorneys to indigent people who find themselves in civil court. We speak to a reporter and a law professor about the movement to encourage states to offer free attorneys in civil court.

Prominent Local Charter School is Under Fire

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Preuss School at UCSD responds to claims of grade manipulation and internal corruption. This comes on the heels of a U.S. News and World Report, which names the school one of the ten best high schools in the country. KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis tells us what the audit of the school means, what administrators say about the charges and how the allegations may taint the prestigious school.

San Diego's Nationally-Recognized Preuss School Under Scrutiny

Dec. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a dark cloud over UC San Diego's nationally recognized Preuss Charter School. An audit released today shows the school's principal and other employees knew about and even encouraged teachers to inflate the grades of their students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. School Board Votes to Close Loophole in 8th Grade Promotion

Dec. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members voted to close a loophole in program that allowed failing eighth grade students to move on to high school. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California Town Recalls Planning Board That Endorsed Blackwater Plan

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This small town in San Diego County won a skirmish with Blackwater Worldwide on Wednesday, as residents voted to recall five members of a planning board that endorsed the global security contractor's plan to build a firing range in a nearby valley.

UCSD Program Promotes Safe Sex for Gay Men who Use Meth

Dec. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It’s hard to get people to practice safe sex. It’s even harder to convince methamphetamine users to do so. Researchers at UCSD are trying to influence the behavior of gay men who use meth and have HIV. It’s a challenge. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Meth Addicts' Other Habit: Mail Theft

Dec. 12
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How many times have you done this…(drop mail in blue box). Or this (put mail in box and raise flag) Or maybe just left your mail in the box an extra day or two. Well, you may want to think twice about how you send and receive your mail.