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Stories for February 15, 2007

New State GOP Chair Plans Republican Revival

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is news of the death of the GOP premature? Yes...for San Diegan Ron Nehring. One Thursday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out how the newly-elected chairman of the state Republican Party is planning a GOP revival.

Breach/Interviews with Eric O'Neill and Billy Ray

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

FBI agent Robert Hansson was responsible for what has been called the largest security breach in U.S. history. A team of more than 500 agents were involved in the case. One of those agents was Eric ONeill. The new film

State Attorney General to Review Shooting Reports

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California attorney general's office has agreed to have a second look at a number of officer-involved shootings in San Diego County. Joanne Faryon has the story.

Attorney General Agrees to Review Officer-Involved Shootings

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Attorney General's office has agreed to have a second look at a number of officer-involved shootings in San Diego County. Full Focus reporter Joanne Faryon has the story.

Camp Pendleton Marines Honor 100 Fallen Troops

Feb. 15
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Camp Pendleton's Fifth Marines gathered Wednesday to honor the 100 marines, sailors and soldiers lost in Iraq over the last year. The Regimental Combat Team Five returned just two weeks ago from Eastern Anbar Province. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Largest Meeting of Orthopedic Surgeons in San Diego

Feb. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some 30,000 surgeons from around the world are in San Diego this week, for a meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Despite Less Pay, No Raises in Sight for S.D. Firefighters

Feb. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says the cash strapped city simply doesn't have the money to pay firefighters what they want, even though a new study shows they have lower take home pay than in other cities. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Lagoon Resort Gets OK

Feb. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A controversial plan to build a resort hotel-restaurant on land bordering a coastal lagoon was approved by the Oceanside City Council Wednesday night. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the project likely faces another hurdle before construction starts.

Weekend Preview: Music

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’ll chat with Anna Maria Stephens about some of the more interesting musical acts performing in San Diego this weekend.

The Hacienda Brothers Perform Western Soul Music

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We’ll talk with two of the Hacienda Brothers about their particular brand of country music called western soul. The band performs songs from their new album “What's Wrong with Right.”

Vista to Vote on Becoming a Charter City

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of Vista holds a special election in June to determine whether voters want the city to change from a general law to a charter city. The city argues this autonomous form of government will allow it to save money. But are there drawbacks to this form of government? We examine the differences between the two forms of government.

The History of Tea

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tea has become the world's most consumed beverage, but there are still many myths about its origins and history. Where did tea come from and why did it become such a revered delight? How did different countries view the role of tea and why were westerners so greedy about the beverage? Beatrice Hohenegger's book, “Liquid Jade,” explores the history of tea and shines light on the various roles tea has played all over the world.

Treating War Injuries

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An orthopedic surgeon, well-versed in the horrific military wounds seen in Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses new ways of forging treatment plans for military personnel who, in previous wars, would have died from their injuries.

SD Congressional Delegation Speeches on Iraq Resolution

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill deliver passionate speeches amid House debate on a resolution opposing President Bush's troop build-up in Iraq. We hear the actual speeches from several San Diego congressional delegates.

Former Border Inspector Sentenced

Feb. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former border inspector was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison for guiding hundreds of illegal immigrants through his checkpoint booth in exchange for taking at least $70,000 from a smuggling ring.