Stories for February 7, 2007
Could stem cells from adults be as promising as those from embryos? On Wednesdays Full Focus, well look at how a local biotech is working to cure diseases using adult stem cells.
Last night, the Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors gave his third State of the County Speech. Full Focus host Gloria Penner talks with Ron Roberts about his speech and the work of the powerful Board of Supervisors.
Tijuana's Municipal Police chief says federal authorities in Mexico altered a few local officers' guns and he wants to know why. Federal agents confiscated all of the local police officers' guns last month as part of a massive crackdown on organized crime in Mexico. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Families of the firefighters who died battling the Esperanza wildfire in Southern California last year will finally be able to accept more than a million dollars in public donations.
Seven former foster care youths are getting a place to live and a fresh start thanks to a new affordable housing program. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.
A group of San Diego young people forced out of the state's foster care system have a new place to call home. Foster teens are much more likely to be homeless, do drugs and commit crimes. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The spike in gas prices to more than $3 a gallon last year sparked interest in hybrid vehicles. But, as KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some newer hybrid cars aren't available to the public.
An eclectic group of citizen organizations are calling for a state investigation into police involved shootings in San Diego. Art Cribbs is with the Coalition for Justice.
Host Tom Fudge speaks with the co-founder of HirePatriots.com about how this organization gives back to military troops. Why is it important to offer day jobs to the military and what has Hire Patriots done about it? We discuss why the founders felt the need to create and maintain this organization as well as how they are helping out the military community.
San Diego's tree canopy covers only 19 percent of the city. And members of San Diego's Forest Advisory Board think we can do a lot better. Board chair Vicki Estrada talks with host Tom Fudge about the benefits of an urban forest and why San Diego has planted so few trees, compared to other communities. Also, we'll take listener calls about the challenges of planting and maintaining trees, and what kids of species would provide our city with the greatest benefit.
Host Tom Fudge speaks to Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts about the state of San Diego County. Roberts talk about the financial health of the county, creating a regional communications system for local law enforcement, and the importance of developing the downtown waterfront.
Running without shoes isn't a popular way for most people to exercise, but many marathon runners swear by the technique. Host Tom Fudge asks two barefoot runners why they chose to run this way, the long-term benefits of running without shoes, and the interesting things they find in their feet.
Most people know that trans fats -- unnatural hydrogenated oils -- raise bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol, clog arteries, and contribute to heart disease. But should the government ban them? Host Tom Fudge talks to a local county health official and the president of the California Restaurant Association.
Former bank president Peter Q. Davis, who ran twice for Mayor of San Diego, has quit the city's pension board in a disagreement over recent estimates of the pension shortfall. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.
Who are the winners and losers in President George W. Bush's latest budget proposal? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Ben Shaw with Capitol New Connection about the latest news out of Washington D.C. Shaw also talks about the debate over Bush's plan for Iraq, and the latest developments in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
San Diego pension board member Peter Q Davis has resigned. Davis says he had differences with Mayor Jerry Sanders, who appointed him last year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
California's African-American and Latino students continue to lag behind whites and Asians in the classroom. In his 2007 State of Education Address yesterday Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said closing that "achievement gap" is his top priority.
After years in decline, the Ku Klux Klan is undergoing a resurgence. In part, it's fueled by growing tension over immigration. KPBS reporter Alan Ray talked with an expert on extremism --Brian Levin --who says it's not time to worry about the Klan revival, but it is important to watch.