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Stories for February 19, 2007

CA Lawmakers Propose Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients humane? California lawmakers have introduced a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide for the third time in as many years. Full Focus explores both sides of the debate.

Sweet Treats for the Heart: Wine and Chocolate May Be Good for You

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

When it comes to taking care of your heart, advice from one expert seems to contradict another. Should you stick to a low-fat diet, or eat more chocolate? Should you avoid alcohol, or make it a point to drink red wine? A cardiologist joins us to help clear up any confusion.

Hundreds Gather on President's Day for Peaceful Vigil

Feb. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In spite of the down-pouring rain, hundreds of San Diegans lined Highway 101 in North County today in a silent vigil to protest sending more troops to Iraq. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Victims Gather at Catholic Diocese to Denounce Bishop's Letter

Feb. 19
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A small group of victims of sexual abuse by clergy gathered today outside the San Diego Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center. They came to denounce a letter written by Bishop Robert Brom indicating the Diocese may declare bankruptcy. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.

Lawsuit Filed Against Blue Shield for Terminating Policies

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blue Shield of California has been hit with a lawsuit over its practice of canceling policies of customers after they submit claims. The suit seeks an injunction to prevent Blue Shield from taking such action in the future. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

SDSU Students Clicking Through Class

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of San Diego State freshmen are clicking their way through lecture classes this semester. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Government OKs Lead Lunchboxes

Feb. 19
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recent study found one in five vinyl lunchboxes contained unsafe amounts of lead. But the government agency that did the testing failed to tell the public about the lead hazard. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Turner Replaces Schottenheimer as Chargers Coach

Feb. 19
By Bernie Wilson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Norv Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired Monday by the San Diego Chargers, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer.

Derby Dolls Roll Into San Diego

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Derby Dolls, an all-female roller derby league, begins its inaugural season with an all-star bout against the Los Angeles Derby Dolls February 24. Two team members explain their sport and why they love to skate in a competitive team environment.

Assisted Suicide Bill Moving Forward

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill to legalize assisted suicide in California has once again been introduced in the legislature, and this time Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez is behind it. Host Tom Fudge speaks with one of the bill's sponsors and gets a contrary view from a board member of the California Medical Association.

Negotiation a Key to Business -- And Life

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Negotiation is often essential to get what you need or want. What are the key elements of negotiating well? Host Tom Fudge learns the ins and outs of successful negotiation from serial entrepreneur Neil Senturia, a San Diego State University instructor and host of a weekly radio show about entrepreneurship.

Clearing Up Confusion Around President's Day

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How did President's Day come about? Who – and what – does it celebrate? How has its meaning changed over the years? Host Tom Fudge finds these answers from a local political science professor.

Diocese of San Diego Considers Bankruptcy

Feb. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said in a letter to parishioners this weekend that it is considering declaring bankruptcy to avoid going to trial on more than 140 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.

Vocational Education on the Rise in S.D. High Schools

Feb. 19
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When most people think of high school vocational classes, they may recall building a birdhouse in wood shop or baking a cake in home economics. But all that has changed. Vocational education is now called career technical education, and it's poised for a comeback in San Diego and across California. KPBS Education reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.