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Stories for January 19, 2007

U.S. Attorney's Ouster

Jan. 19, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Attorney Carol Lam's resignation hasn't stopped the speculation about her ouster. On Friday's Full Focus, we'll find out what politicians have to say about the Lam brou-ha-ha.

The Hitcher

Jan. 19, 2007
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Horror remakes and sequels are still all the rage these days. The latest is

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 19, 2007
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

S.D. in Talks with Police Union

Jan. 19, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vital negotiations begin today between the city of San Diego and the police officers' union. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Growing Number of Seniors Financially Abused

Jan. 19, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Millions of seniors are abused every year in the United States. Often the abuse is financial, not physical. In fact, law enforcement officials say the elderly are especially vulnerable to scam artists. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Bill would Make Spanking A No-No

Jan. 19, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mental health professionals say the idea of prohibiting parents from spanking children under four makes sense. A measure that would ban the practice will be introduced in the California Legislature this week. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Groups Want to Stop Off-Roading Event

Jan. 19, 2007
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two environmental groups want a judge to stop a weekend off-road vehicle event near the Salton Sea. The event drew 400 vehicles last year to the area just west of Salton City. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the details.

Escondido Fire Destroys Four Buildings

Jan. 19, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A massive fire blasted through downtown Escondido yesterday. It destroyed four condominium buildings that were under construction. Officials are calling it the largest structure fire in Escondido history. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Reaction to Iraq Plan, Carol Lam Resigns, City Hall

Jan. 19, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the opposition to President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq is continuing to grow. Can Congress do anything to prevent the president from moving forward with the plan? Also, Carol Lam resigned from her post as U.S. attorney. Was she forced out of the office? Plus, why is San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders talking about a proposal to build a new City Hall? Why is the city turning to private lenders to help pay down some past debts?

Tijuana Residents Respond to Disarming of Police

Jan. 19, 2007
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been two weeks since Mexico's federal government stripped Tijuana's municipal police of their guns. Yesterday, federal investigators began questioning Tijuana's entire 3,000-man force about their ties to organized crime. Meanwhile, Tijuana residents are voicing mixed feelings about the security of their city. KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson has the story.