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Stories for February 21, 2007

Heart Disease in Women

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. On Wednesday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out about the particular warning signs for women.

New Web Site Aims to Replace Yellow Pages

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local company says it's launching the next generation of the Yellow Pages. The new Web site MojoPages.com will help users find everything from local plumbers to picture framers. It's part of the burgeoning cyber-search industry.

Drug Company Gifts to Doctors Under Scrutiny

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are doctors being unduly influenced by the many freebies they receive from drug companies? And what impact does it have on patient care? Full Focus looks at where billions of collars in pharmaceutical marketing is going and what influence it has on doctors.

CSU Professors, Staff to Vote on Whether They Will Strike

Feb. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Professors and staff at two California State University campuses in San Diego County will vote on whether they want to strike as a result of stalled labor negotiations with the CSU administration. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Heart Attacks More Deadly for Women

Feb. 21
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. While both men and women have heart attacks, statistics show they're more deadly for women. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more on what every woman should know when it comes to heart health.

Concerns Raised Over Proposal to Transfer Mentally Ill Inmates

Feb. 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state plan to transfer responsibility of mentally ill inmates to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is raising concerns. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Law Enforcement Officials Credit 'Operation Tijuana' for Drop in Crime

Feb. 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Law enforcement officials in Tijuana say crime has gone down in the last month and a half, since Operation Tijuana began. They say that's good, but not good enough. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego Announces Plan to End Chronic Flooding

Feb. 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego is completing a plan to prevent flooding in historically vulnerable areas. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says the plan has to be completed before the city can get much needed federal dollars.

Planned Bridge Closure to Protect Bats Draws Ire From Off-Roaders

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State transportation authorities announced they will temporarily close a desert highway heavily trafficked by off-road enthusiasts in the spring, rather than during the hottest summer months, in order to protect an endangered bat species.

Local Author Sets New Novel in San Diego

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with writer Jim Miller about his novel, “Drift,” which is set in San Diego.

Amateur Inventors Unveil New Products

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many people have great ideas for inventions, but they don't do anything about them. A new show on PBS gives these "average Joes" a chance

What’s the 511?

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

With the dial of a phone number, a new government service provides up-to-the-minute traffic information with special features that help you get home quicker. But it's not just drivers who benefit from this free service.

Reducing Parole Violations in San Diego

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Did you know that San Diego has the highest rate of parolee recidivism in California? San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is hoping a new program starting in San Diego will help reduce the number of repeat offenders, and offer the rehabilitation services these individuals need to become productive members of society.

Mariachi Chula Vista Performs on These Days

Feb. 21
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mariachi Chula Vista performs on this edition of These Days. Host Tom Fudge speaks to director Mark Fogelquist about the origins of Mariachi music, and the importance of passing its traditions down to local high school students.

San Diego Firefighters Get New Flame-Retardant Suits

Feb. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City firefighters have started wearing new fire suits that offer better protection against flames. Nine hundred firefighters will eventually be issued the suits, which are tan-colored and cost $1,650 a piece.

Demolition of Historic Tijuana Bullring Draws Mixed Reactions

Feb. 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Tijuana institution is being torn down. Wrecking crews have begun demolishing the city’s bullring. The “Toreo Tijuana” has been a landmark for nearly 70 years. Some in the city are fighting to preserve the historic stadium. Others say the dilapidated structure is an eyesore and should go. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.