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Stories for January 11, 2007

Mexican President Cracking Down on Tijuana Crime

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Full Focus examines Operation Tijuana, the Mexican president's major offensive against organized crime just south of the border.

Troops Respond to Bush's War Strategy

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are U.S. troops in Iraq responding to Pres. Bush's new war strategy? On Thursday's Full Focus, we'll get reaction from the frontlines in Iraq.

Power Searching on the Internet Made Easy

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The phenomenon called Google has exploded into our lives and our lexicon. We'll find out what Google can and can't do for you as we explore "Extreme Googling."

Curse of the Golden Flower

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Earlier this year Zhang Yimou made the intimate drama

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Police Prepare for Chargers Playoff Game

Jan. 11
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tickets are sold out for the San Diego Chargers playoff game this Sunday. The Chargers will play the New England Patriots at home. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports that security will be tight.

Tax Season Begins; Majority of Taxpayers Receive Refunds

Jan. 11
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tax season officially begins tomorrow. That means taxpayers can begin filing their returns electronically. Full Focus Reporter Joanne Faryon has the story.

Tijuana Municipal Police Force Receives Upgraded Radios

Jan. 11
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Mayor of Tijuana gave the city’s municipal police 100 digital radios Thursday. Police routinely receive death threats on their analog radios. City and law enforcement officials hope the switch to the digital makes police radios more difficult to infiltrate. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Energy Officials Want Stricter Emission Regulations for Coal Plants

Jan. 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California state utility officials want new rules to restrict emissions from new coal-burning plants. Energy officials say most coal plants produce high levels dangerous gases. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us climate scientists blame those gases for rising temperatures around the world.

Point Loma Charter School in National Spotlight

Jan. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says businesses have to take a more active role in education if they want more workers with solid math and science skills. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.

Weekend Preview: Music

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with two City Beat editors about entertainment options in San Diego this weekend.

Fringe Religions Call San Diego Home

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is home to some of the most famous “UFO religions,” Heaven’s Gate in Rancho Santa Fe and the Unarius Academy of Science in El Cajon. Although many dismiss these groups as crazy cults, a local author argues that these smaller religious groups demonstrate a changing trend of religion in the U.S. today. We examine the role of these so-called “fringe religions,” and find out why it is important to celebrate religious variety in today’s society.

Patté Awards Celebrate San Diego Theater

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with KPBS theater critic about the Patté Awards, an awards ceremony celebrating San Diego theater.

Bush Calls for Surge in Troops

Jan. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

President George W. Bush is calling for 20,000 additional U.S. forces in Iraq. We discuss last night's speech and other aspects of his address to the nation on the subject of the Iraq War.

S.D. Mayor to Present State of the City Tonight

Jan. 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will deliver his second state of the city address tonight. He has had a year to start sorting out the worst financial crisis the city has ever faced. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Embedded Local Journalist in Iraq Responds to Bush's Call for More Troops

Jan. 11
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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While most Americans are calling for a pull back in Iraq President Bush wants to go in the opposite direction. The President wants to commit 4,000 more Marines to the volatile Anbar Province and more than 17,000 troops to Baghdad. KPBS Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Reporter Tony Perry whose embedded with Marines from the 1st Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. They are being held over for another few months in Iraq.