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Stories for July 11, 2007

How the Homeless Redevelop

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Father Joe says he and the homeless population in East Village aren't going anywhere. The area is being redeveloped, making room for new condos and trendy restaurants. Father Joe says he's building two new “trendy” towers to house the homeless. He owns three city blocks in east village and is joining the developers at their own game.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

As if thats not enough, Harry and his friends are preparing to take their version of the SATs, the OWLsOrdinary Wizarding Level exams. But Harry is distracted from his schoolwork by his discovery of the Order of the Phoenix, a group dedicated to the downfall of Lord Voldemort. Harry is also troubled by strange dark visions as Voldemort's feelings seem to be filtering into his mind. This prompts him to wonder if there's something of the dark side within himself. Although feeling increasingly isolated, Harry's friends convince him to lead a rebellion of sorts against Umbridge by training a group of students in the techniques that will be needed to defeat Voldemort--if and when he chooses to show up. Plus the term will bring Harry his first kiss.

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes...

July 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oh, Hollywood. I think you're taking the whole green revolution WAY too literally. You don't need to recycle

Col. Writes Haditha Battalion Leader Should Be Court-Martialed

July 11
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The leader of a battalion involved in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha should face a court-martial for dereliction of duty, the investigating officer recommended in a report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 3: Japanese Internment

July 11
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 reflections of the war. Tonight, we bring you the story of Ben Segawa, a San Diegan who remembers his time at a Japanese Internment Camp during World War Two.

Ban Lifted, But Unions Oppose Big Box Walmart Stores in San Diego

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye reversed course to support the Mayor's veto of a ban on super centers in San Diego. Unions oppose Walmart, but this won't stop the company from establishing Big Box Stores in the city now.

Former Reporter Details Randy Cunningham's Downward Spiral

July 11
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former San Diego Congressman Randy Cunningham now spends his days at a federal prison in Arizona where he earns up to 40 cents an hour cleaning, doing yardwork or serving food. Former AP Reporter Seth Hettena talks about how Cunningham spiraled downward from being a decorated war hero to the most corrupt congressman in U.S. history.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Study Shows Hotels, Restaurants Provide Worst Health Coverage

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds that job-based health insurance for Californians continues to fade. The San Diego-based nonprofit Center for Policy Initiatives found employers provided coverage to less than half their employees in 2005. The study also found huge gaps in medical coverage among seventeen industries.

Frye Surprises Many, Backs Mayor's Veto of Ban on Big-Box Stores

July 11
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye surprised many people when she voted yesterday to uphold the mayor's veto of a measure to ban big box stores -- such as WalMart -- with large grocery sections. Frye says she called her union supporters to let them know what was coming.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 11
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bill to Require Fixing Pets is Postponed

July 11
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill that would require most dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their pets has been put off until next year. The measure, aimed at reducing the animal shelter population, drew heavy opposition, particularly from breeders. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

School Lunch Prices Going Up in San Diego

July 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Meal prices are going up at San Diego schools next year. District officials say the increase will pay for all the healthy foods now offered at school cafeterias. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Officials: California Water System Repairs Needed Now

July 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California officials say more money is needed to fix the state's water system. Voters may see a measure on next year's ballot to improve the Sacramento River Delta. The Delta supplies more than half of San Diego's drinking water. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Still No Cure for Autism After 60 Years of Research

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The causes and treatment for autism continue to attract the attention of researchers, the medical establishment, and concerned parents. This week, a conference at the University of San Diego explores the similarities between autism and sensory and movement disorders like Parkinson's disease. Approaching autism through this lens has generated new treatments for people living with the disease.

San Diego County Fights Crystal Meth Use

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Crystal meth use is on the rise among older people in San Diego County. A county health officer and a treatment facility director assess the severity of meth addiction in San Diego County and outline ways to combat the spread of crystal meth addiction.

Donna Frye Votes Against Big-Box Store Ban

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why did City Councilwoman Donna Frye vote against banning big box superstores in San Diego? We speak to Frye about her decision, and any additional requirements she would like to see imposed on the Supercenters.

Grant: Quail Car

July 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Grant’s been poring over police reports this week, and he’s hot on the trail of cop lingo and criminal slang. He’s been following the tracks of the term “quail car.” Don't know what a "quail car" is? Find out during his slang quiz.

Migrant Workers Quietly Returning to Carmel Valley

July 11
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Migrant workers are slowly making their way back to tomato fields in Carmel Valley. Last fall, more than a hundred men were forced from their camps in McGonigle Canyon following protests from local residents and the Minutemen. As Joanne Faryon tells us, the men are quietly returning to work.

Officer Recommends Murder Charges Against Marine Be Dismissed

July 11
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The government's case against a Camp Pendleton Marine accused of fatally shooting Iraqi civilians in the western town of Haditha lacks sufficient evidence to go to a court-martial and should be dropped, a hearing officer said.