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Stories for February 16, 2007

Reporters Discuss Corruption Indictments; Iraq War; Schottenheimer Firing

Feb. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The fallout of Randy Cunningham’s bribery scandal continues. On Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk about the indictments handed down this week.

The Lives of Others

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

took a nostalgic look back on life behind the Iron Curtain. But now

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 16
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Carol Lam Leaves Indictments in the Wake of Her Departure

Feb. 16
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former CIA executive director Kyle Dusty Foggo and defense contractor Brent Wilkes were charged this week with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in the largest corruption case in congressional history.The indictments are a last hurrah of sorts for San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam. She served her last day this week. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Bad News About California Revenues

Feb. 16
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State finance officials have had some bad news about revenues. Californians' estimated tax payments are more than $1 billion below what was projected for the month.

Meth Use May Be Linked to Heart Failure

Feb. 16
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study shows a strong link between heart failure and methamphetamine use.

Instant Tax Refunds May Not Be What They Seem

Feb. 16
By Ben Markus and KPBS Public Broadcasting

You've probably seen the ads for instant tax refunds. But credit counselors warn they're really loans that often have costly fees attached.

$45 Billion in Grants Given for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Feb. 16
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is handing out its first embryonic stem cell research grants.

S.D. Pension Deficit Lower, But May Be Repaid Sooner

Feb. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s pension board has officially confirmed the city’s pension deficit is now $1 billion. That’s less than the $1.4 billion estimate last year. But the pension board may decide the city has to repay the debt sooner. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Zero Waste Goal For El Cajon

Feb. 16
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

El Cajon is the first city in San Diego County to adopt zero waste as a goal. The concept is to use materials that can be re-used rather than tossed into landfills. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

New Measures for Water and Sewer Projects

Feb. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders announced new measures to make sure water and sewer rates pay for water and sewer projects, and are not used to shore up the city’s ailing budget. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

North Korea, Corruption Indictments, Real Estate Market

Feb. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear weapons program in exchange for international aid. Was the agreement worth the cost, and can North Korea be trusted to keep up their end of the bargain? Also, former Poway businessman Brent Wilkes, and former CIA executive director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo were indicted on corruption charges. Who could be the next in line to be indicted? And, DataQuick Information Systems released their latest information on the Southern California real estate market. Is now the time to buy in San Diego? We also discuss Mayor Sanders' ability to influence the agenda at City Hall.

Cast Your Oscar Votes

Feb. 16
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Cheers this year for the fact that "mature" actresses dominate the Best Actress category. We have Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep delivering top notch work in roles they can sink their teeth into. Also making their presence felt are Mexican filmmakers with Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu (

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 16
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting