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Stories for February 12, 2007

KPBS Commentaries

Feb. 12
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Historian Explores Wartime Life in San Diego

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What was San Diego like during World War II? Author and history buff Roger Conlee explores what it was like to live in San Diego after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Presidential War Time Powers Debated

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the war in Iraq rages on, questions are raised about who holds the power to wage war? On Monday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk about whether the War on Terror is stretching the constitution beyond the framers’ intentions.

Officer-Involved Shooting Death Investigation Turns up Toy Gun

Feb. 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Police Captain Mary Corticelli says an 18-year-old boy who police shot dead over the weekend had a toy gun in his car. Corticelli says San Diego Police officers Louis Galante and Jack Pearson saw Noe Rojas run a stop sign late Saturday night. The officers followed Rojas and found him stopped in a driveway. Corticelli says the toy gun and other factors lead the officers to shoot.

Oceanside City Council Votes on Lagoon Hotel Plan

Feb. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Oceanside City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on whether a hotel can be built on vacant land bordering a coastal lagoon. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Local H.S. Gets National Spotlight for Spanish Literature Success

Feb. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of Spanish-speaking students in Chula Vista is getting national recognition for passing a rigorous exam. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Doctor-Assisted Suicide to be Reintroduced to CA State Assembly

Feb. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Advocates of doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill want to give California lawmakers another chance to weigh in on the idea. A bill to allow assisted suicide will be re-introduced in the state assembly this week. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

DMV Putting CA Senior Drivers to the Test

Feb. 12
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Drivers who need to renew their licenses could soon be in for some changes. Some Northern California drivers are being put through an extensive three-tier test to make sure they're road-worthy. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story on the pilot program.

Military Investigating Fatal Miramar Marine Rollover Accident

Feb. 12
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The military has launched an investigation into the weekend death of a Marine at Miramar Air Base. Lance Corporal J. Gomez was killed early Saturday when the seven-ton truck he was in flipped over. KPBS radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

A Debate on Presidential Power During War Time

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Does the president have unrestricted power during war time? How does the "separation of powers" work during a pre-emptive military operation? What legal inquiries must the U.S. consider with the Patriot Act and domestic surveillance? We welcome two prominent law professors who have very different perspectives on these issues.

Jewish Filmmaker Shares His Intimate Films

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with filmmaker Alan Berliner about his highly personal films, many of which are showing at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.

America's Superpower Status May Threaten its Democracy

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former cold warrior Chalmers Johnson seemed to foretell the attacks of 9/11 in his book Blowback. In his latest book, Nemisis, he warns that U.S. efforts to maintain its sole superpower status could lead to the collapse of American democracy. We speak with the nationally-renowned scholar and critic of American foreign policy about the Iraq war, the effort to preserve civil liberties, and how U.S. influence today compares to past empires.

Sacramento Update: Presidential Primary, Overcrowded Prisons, Universal Health Care

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California might land a presidential primary next year, transfer prisoners out of the state, and insure healthcare to all of its citizens. We speak with John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for KQED public radio and The California Report, about the latest news from Sacramento.

California Republican Party Chaired by San Diegan

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ron Nehring, the chair of the Republican Party of San Diego for the past 6 years, is now the chairman of the California Republican Party. We speak about his plans to compete with a Democratic majority.

Earthquake Fault May Shake Up Navy-Broadway Plan

Feb. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Developer Doug Manchester's plans to build high-rises on the site of the Navy Broadway Complex downtown could get shaken up. An active earthquake fault may run under the site. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger Asks Doctors, Businesses to Buy Into Universal Health Care Plan

Feb. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has been touring throughout the state to drum up support for his healthcare reform package. The governor says his ultimate goal is to make sure everyone in California has insurance. To help pay for it, he's asking doctors, hospitals, and some business owners to cough up a percentage of their income. As KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg explains, that idea isn't going over too well.

SDSU Offers Class to Prevent Students from Failing, Dropping Out

Feb. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 200 San Diego State University students who are on academic probation are taking a special class this semester to get back on track. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.