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Stories for January 4, 2007

Medical Schools Seek Bodies for Training Purposes

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you were to donate your body to science, what does that mean? Who gets it? What happens to it? Full Focus talks with Dr. Maria Savoia about UCSD's body donation program and the medical discoveries made through this type of research.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Jan. 4, 2007
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

German filmmaker Tom Tykwer won a cult audience in 1999 with

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 4, 2007
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Army Investigating S.D. Chopper Crash

Jan. 4, 2007
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Army investigators are taking over the investigation of a downed California National Guard helicopter in Otay Mesa today. All military choppers in the area are grounded for at least 72 hours. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has more.

S.D. School Officials Crack Down on Drugs

Jan. 4, 2007
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It has been more than a decade since law enforcement officials have launched a drug sting at San Diego high schools. Fifteen students were arrested Wednesday after a four-month narcotic investigation. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Schwarzenegger Wants to Insure All CA Children

Jan. 4, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials in the Schwarzenegger administration say next week the governor will likely announce a plan to insure all children in California, regardless of citizenship. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Weekend Preview: Restaurants

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with Maria Hunt, restaurant critic for the San Diego Union Tribune about San Diego Restaurant Week.

KPBS Film Critic Discusses Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with KPBS film critic Beth Accomando about the new film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. It was directed by Tom Tykwer, based on the novel by Patrick Suskind. We’ll hear excerpts from an interview with Beth and Tykwer.

The Rappin’ Mathematician Brings Fun into Teaching Math

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do you inspire kids to learn about something they may not care about? By appealing to what they like, of course! We speak with a middle school math teacher who uses his creativity and love of rap to motivate students to do well in school, study hard, and be positive. We discuss his unlikely journey from the classroom to the recording studio, the improvement in test scores at his school, and how he makes a difference.

Working Mothers Call For National Labor Reform

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The workforce has drastically changed since women have become more and more involved. But America’s workforce structure has failed to accommodate necessary family-friendly changes. Host Tom Fudge speaks with the executive director of a grass-roots political movement about the issues working mothers face and how to solve them.

San Diego Emergency Communication Receives High Marks

Jan. 4, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Department of Homeland Security has ranked San Diego has one of the top regions in the country for the state of its emergency communications. We speak with San Diego’s fire chief to find out what the city and county are doing right.

La Jolla Scientists Compiling Database to Help Fight Flu

Jan. 4, 2007
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A study by scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology could help researchers develop more effective flu vaccines. Their reseach was published this week in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Joanne Faryon has more about the study.

Embedded Local Journalist in Iraq Talks to KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown: Week 3

Jan. 4, 2007
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq hit another milestone this week – 3,000 dead and almost 25,000 wounded. The news comes as President Bush prepares to layout his proposals for changing U.S. strategy in Iraq. Tony Perry is a local reporter embedded in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. He spoke with KPBS News Anchor Dwane Brown.

Study: CA Below Average in Providing Children Chance for Success

Jan. 4, 2007
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lags behind Virginia, New Jersey, Minnesota and 30 other states when it comes to providing children with the chance for success. That’s according to a new survey out Wednesday. From Sacramento, Steve Milne reports.

Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Pose Health Crisis

Jan. 4, 2007
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We've come to rely on antibiotics as miracle drugs that can save us from infections, but the medical community says a growing health crisis threatens this most powerful medicine. Doctors say we've overused antibiotics to the point where they're failing us. Now we face a host of 'superbugs' that can't be killed by the usual medicines. Doctors are seeing one particular fast-growing bacteria in San Diego communities at an all-time high. Rebecca Tolin has more.