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Stories for January 15, 2007

El Cortez Homeowners Suing City Over Condo Plans

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The days when the historic El Cortez towered over downtown San Diego are long gone, but that doesn’t mean that residents of the building are happy with plans for a new condo tower right next door. El Cortez homeowners are suing the city to stop the project. The developer says opponents don’t have any legal standing. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Greenpeace Founder Now an Industry Lobbyist

Jan. 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Patrick Moore helped launch Greenpeace but left the group after 15 years. He is now a paid spokesman for some of the interests he used to rally against. Reporter Amita Sharma talks with Moore about his turnaround and environmentalism.

Former Death-Row Inmate Fighting Death Penalty

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The death penalty continues to be a divisive issue. But one man whose death row sentence was commuted is now advocating for the end of the death penalty. Host Gloria Penner talks to Billy Neal Moore, who spent 17 years on Georgia's death row about the death penalty and the transformation that led to his freedom.

Results of Tijuana Crackdown Appease Local Business Leaders

Jan. 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A prominent Tijuana business group has reestablished its relationship with the government. Business leaders say the government has shown results in fighting crime in the border region. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Mexican Officials Continue Crackdown on Drug Trafficking in Tijuana

Jan. 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The attorney general’s office in Mexico sentenced a member of the Arellano Felix drug cartel to prison today. Federal prosecutors in Mexico also say they’re investigating two others for possible ties to the cartel, including a Tecate policeman. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Record Cold Temperatures Endanger Local Agriculture

Jan. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County flower and avocado growers are bracing for another night of record cold. Eric Larson is the executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. He says local growers will lose millions of dollars from damaged fruit and crops because of the cold snap. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Duncan Hunter Argues Cost of New Border Fence Construction is Affordable

Jan. 15
By Bob Costantini and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An area congressman who advocates tighter border control, Duncan Hunter, is trying to counter reports that the well-publicized fence along the border with Mexico will cost tens of billions of dollars. Bob Costantini has details from Capitol Hill, where Hunter claims his numbers are much lower.

Elementary Students Thankful for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at Knox Elementary School in San Diego say they would thank Martin Luther King Jr. for bringing people together. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis visited the school recently.

Non-Violent Governance Subject of MLK, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Jan. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s 19th annual All People’s Breakfast to honor Dr Martin Luther King featured San Diegans who are making a difference locally and across the world. They spoke of the underlying values of civil rights that promote peace and freedom. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fair-Weather Football Fans Soon to Forget Chargers Loss

Jan. 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The team with the best record in professional football will not be going to the Superbowl this year. The San Diego Chargers were upset by the New England Patriots last night, 24-to-21. Charger fans are also upset. San Diegans don't get winning pro sports teams very often. But KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps tells us the community might not take it too hard.

San Diego Reminded of Continuing Civil Rights Issues

Jan. 15
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about San Diego's civil rights record. Today marks Dr. Kings 78th birthday and a local civil right's advocate says America's Finest City needs to be more engaged in helping people who are often left out. KPBS Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Reverend Art Cribbs of Christian Fellowship United Church of Christ.

Will Little Children Win a Golden Globe?

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with filmmaker Todd Field and novelist Tom Perrotta about their Golden Globe nominated film, Little Children, starring Kate Winslet.

Race Barriers in Sports

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Everyone who knows anything about the history of American sports knows the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League baseball. But every American sport has its own story of integration, and there’s a long list of pioneering black athletes who suffered the sting of racism as they made their way in the early days of professional sports. We explore some of the untold stories of sports integration.

Chargers Lose the Playoff Game

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We discuss the Charger’s playoff game against the New England Patriots. We take a look at San Diegans’ reaction to the defeat and what this loss means for the future of the Chargers.

Martin Luther King Day Brings Civil Rights Reflection

Jan. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Decades ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. led the fight for equality for all Americans. As we honor his memory today, what is the status of that fight? Has King’s famous dream been realized on all fronts or are the answers different depending upon legal, social or economic perspectives? We seek answers from a former civil rights attorney, a SDSU sociology professor, and the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.