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Stories for July 10, 2007

Scripps Ranch Wildfire Survivors Warn Insurance Won't Save You

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Insurance seems like a necessity in modern-day life -- to protect our cars, homes, health and loved ones. But many homeowners learned they were under-insured after the 2003 firestorms. In 2004, Scripps Ranch residents led a fight against the insurance industry, arguing their policies didn't cover the cost of replacing their homes.

On Surf Noir, HBO Addiction, and John From Cincinnati

July 10
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Harry Potter: Wardrobe for Wizards

July 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

"We read the books," Temime says of herself and her wardrobe crew, "all the concepts of the characters are in the books. When we have a question that we cannot sort out about a character, we can call J.K. Rowling and ask her questions. So we do use the books a lot but sometimes we do need advice. We need to know if a character may be coming back and if they are, will their look be the same."

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 2: News of Pearl Harbor

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is home to many people who lived through World War II. As part of our ongoing series, San Diegans Remember the War, we bring you local reflections. Tonight, we profile Bob Drexler, who among other things describes helping break news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Projected San Diego Population Boom Prompts Enviro Concerns

July 10
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is bracing for booming growth. The city's development plan shows 360,000 new residents over the next twenty years. But the question remains of whether the city is prepared to protect the environment during such a surge. The state attorney general is challenging the city to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Heather Hill spoke with Voice of San Diego reporter Rob Davis about the attorney general's criticism -- and the city's response.

Migrants Slowly Returning to Carmel Valley Fields

July 10
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The growing season is underway. That means undocumented migrant workers are back, working in the fields and living in the canyons of North County. Full Focus reporter Joanne Faryon spoke with a psychologist and volunteer who's brought boots, blankets and food to the men for a decade.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Battle Erupts in Congress Over South Bay Sewage Treatment

July 10
By Capitol News Connection, Eric Niiler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sewage runoff from Tijuana has been polluting San Diego beaches for decades. And federal officials continue to argue over proposed solutions. The battle erupted again Tuesday in Washington. Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 10
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities Searching for Migrant Trafficking Suspect

July 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal authorities are searching for a man who allegedly held undocumented immigrants against their will in San Diego. The man has allegedly run a migrant trafficking ring for the last six years and is now believed to be hiding in Tijuana or Acapulco. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Squad Members Testify in Pendleton Court-Martial Case

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former squad members testified against Marine Corporal Trent Thomas during the second day of his court martial at Camp Pendleton. Thomas is the first Marine to be court marshaled for the alleged killing of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania in 2006.

California Power Grid Still at Risk in a Heat Wave

July 10
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials say they're better prepared for a heat wave than they were in the past -- but there's still room for improvement. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

East County Residents Awake to Burned Body

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Residents of an East County suburb awoke this morning to find a burned body in a vacant lot in their neighborhood. The gruesome discovery in unincorporated El Cajon was reported shortly after 8 this morning.

Mayor's Veto Sticks; No Ban on Big-Box Stores in San Diego

July 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council considered overriding Mayor Jerry Sanders' veto of a council-approved ban on big-box grocers. But the council couldn't muster the votes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains why.

S.D. Council Puts Restrictions on Mini-Dorms

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has moved to limit the conversion of private, single-family homes into dormitory-style student residences.

Lawmakers Badger Bush Admin Officials on Border Sewage Plant

July 10
By Erica Werner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

House members Tuesday angrily accused federal officials of blocking a $700 million sewage plant being developed in Mexico under a no-bid U.S. contract.

Lightning, Thunderstorms in SoCal Spark Potential for Fires

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lightning is sweeping across the sky today in isolated areas of San Diego and Riverside counties as scattered thunderstorms move across Southern California, creating the potential for fire growth.

American Culture Blamed for Professional Athletes' Steroid Use

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As Barry Bonds closes in on one of sports most prominent records, how will fans and baseball remember the legendary slugger? We speak with a reporter about why some people refuse to believe Barry did anything wrong, why our culture promotes professional athletes to superhero status, and how Major League Baseball's refusal to crackdown on steroids will hurt the credibility of America's national past time.

City Attorney Aguirre Says Tax Increase May Solve Pension Deficit

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

City Attorney Mike Aguirre claims that the City of San Diego recently reached a major turning point with the pension cases. How will a tentative ruling in his favor affect the city's pension deficit? We ask the city attorney why he thinks a tax hike on the residents of the city might also be a viable option to get the city out of debt.

Battlefield Ethics: Camp Pendleton Marines Face Court Martial

July 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Camp Pendleton Marines are the subject of three separate investigations related to the deaths of Iraqis in the towns of Haditha, Hamdania, and Fallujah. We speak to two reporters about the latest news on the alleged incidents, and the issue of battlefield ethics.

Tijuana's Entire Police Force to Undergo Polygraph Tests

July 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's Director of Public Security says the city's entire police force will eventually undergo polygraph tests. Yesterday the director debuted a new lie detector machine. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Officials Debate Importance of Sunrise Powerlink

July 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Expert testimony continues through the month over a plan to build a high-voltage power line from El Centro to San Diego. A state agency is listening closely to determine whether the Sunrise Powerlink project is needed. Doing the listening for us - KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce.

A Manufactured Controversy

July 10
By Andrew Phelps and Off Mic