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Stories for February 13, 2007

Correspondent Offers Window on the War

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As the war grinds on, are Iraqis making progress toward taking over control of their country? On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll learn the latest from a reporter just returned from the war zone.

More Indictments Come Down in Cunningham Case

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New indictments stemming from the Cunningham investigation come just days before U.S. Attorney Carol Lam leaves the San Diego office. Reporter Amita Sharma talks about the latest developments.

IMAX Film Highlights Importance of Wetlands

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Hurricane Katrina was in the making long before it struck land in August of 2005. A new IMAX film tells the story of Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands and their role in buffering storms.

Camp Pendleton Marine Pleads Guilty

Feb. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A 6th Camp Pendleton Marine has entered a plea deal at his court martial for allegedly killing an Iraqi man in Hamdania last year. Lance Corporal Robert Pennington has pled guilty to two of five charges against him. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Group Says Privacy Violated for Gay Teacher

Feb. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A teachers union says San Diego school district officials violated the personal privacy of a gay teacher. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis says the union president is urging the community speak out at today's school board meeting.

Pilot Program Being Tested to Cut Border Wait

Feb. 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two customs inspections agents -- one border crossing lane. That's the gist of a new pilot program to cut down on wait times at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Solana Beach Taking Action to Save Eroding Beaches

Feb. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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North San Diego County beaches are losing sand. A federal study exploring ways to save eroding beaches is long overdue. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us that Solana Beach plans to get tough with the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Future Voters of America” Take Action Now

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Political and social activism among teenagers and young adults is not a common occurrence today. But a Carlsbad High School student has become an active participant in current governmental and environmental issues. Danielle Gram tells us about her passion to address national and international issues, and why she is dedicated to promoting world peace.

Music on the Mind

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We’ll speak with neuroscientist and music producer Daniel Levitin about his book, "This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession."

A Customer-Friendly IRS

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As one of the most despised government agencies, the IRS wants to hear what you think of them. We ask Gary Lundberg, a local volunteer who acts as a liaison between taxpayers and the IRS, why he chose this unpaid position, why he thinks it's important to help taxpayers, and some of his favorite complaints.

Is the Fourth Branch Losing Power?

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Should reporters be able to protect their confidential sources? Since Watergate, how has the use of confidential sources changed? How did the White House use the media to make a case for going to war in Iraq? All these questions are explored in a new FRONTLINE airing tonight on KPBS. We’ll speak with Raney Aronson, producer of FRONTLINE's News War: Secrets, Sources, and Spin, about the media's role in the build-up to the war in Iraq, the Valerie Plame investigation, and the importance of protecting confidential sources.

Climate Change and California’s Trickling Water Supply

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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How is California's water supply affected by climate change? From agriculture to hydroelectric power, climate change presents far-reaching problems spanning many industries. We ask Dr. Dan Cayan why he thinks global greenhouse emissions need to be constrained in future decades.

No More Marty-Ball

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos. Spanos cited a "dysfunctional situation" between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. We’ll talk to San Diego sports guru Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the reasons behind Schottenheimer’s dismissal and the Chargers' options to replace him.

Federal Grand Jury Set to Indict Contractor Connected in Cunningham Scandal

Feb. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal grand jury met Tuesday to consider indictments against a former top CIA official and a defense contractor linked to the bribery scandal that sent former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham to prison.

State Council Calls for Crackdown on Plastic Trash

Feb. 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A state council is calling for a crackdown on plastic trash which winds up floating in coastal waters and littering state beaches. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Vietnam Vets Warn Marines About Combat Stress

Feb. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thousands of Marines are returning to Camp Pendleton from Iraq. As they return they attend debriefings, to help them make the transition from a war zone back to the safety of San Diego. Commanders of the First Marine Expeditionary Force recently decided to invite Vietnam Veterans to speak at the debriefings about the emotionally wrenching after-effects of combat stress. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

When Politicians Misbehave

Feb. 13
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries
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There are few things the press and the American people love more than a scandal. Sometimes I wonder whether people would pay any attention to politics at all if it werent for its ability to feed our appetite for scandal.