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Stories for July 12, 2007

The Health of San Diego Bay

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Summer weather draws eager crowds to San Diego waters, but pollution calls into question bay safety for humans and animals alike. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has an update on the health of our bay, the biggest sources of local pollution, and whether much-anticipated bayfront development plans put wildlife in further danger.

Joshua/Interview with George Ratliff

July 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker George Ratliff says there's nothing scarier than becoming a parent. That feeling drives his new film

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Construction Union Sues Vista Over Municipal Wage Rates

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An organization representing California construction unions has sued the city to pay union-level wages on public works projects.

Top SDUSD Official Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A retired Navy rear admiral pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor charge of violating conflict-of-interest laws.

Two-Year Sentence For Ex-Border Agent Who Smuggled Immigrants

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for smuggling illegal immigrants, sometimes in his own government vehicle.

Budget Quibbles Again Push Calif. Lawmakers Behind Schedule

July 12
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Another year, another missed budget deadline by California lawmakers. And Governor Schwarzenegger has been touted as the green governor, but his firing of the head of the state's resources board has left some lawmakers seeing red. We'll chat about those issues and more with Union-Tribune blogger and editorial writer Chris Reed on tonight's Full Focus.

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 4: D-Day Invasion Gliders

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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 profile retired Brigadier General Bob Cardenas, who shares his memories.

California AG: San Diego Deputy Was Justified to Kill Unarmed Man

July 12
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's attorney general has found a San Diego County sheriff's deputy was justified when he fatally shot a man two years ago. The decision is the final evaluation of five fatal officer-involved shootings in Vista in 2005. The victims were all Latino men and the shootings caused community outrage.

Debate Amplifies Over Bajagua Tijuana Sewage Treatment Project

July 12
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The debate over sewage treatment in Mexico continues to heat up in Washington. The disagreement is between San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner and members of the International Boundary and Water Commission.

In Defense of Whales, NRDC to Challenge Expanded Sonar Testing

July 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An environmental group plans to challenge changes that would let the U.S. Navy expand its sonar testing. The National Resources Defense Council says a new rule would remove restrictions on the testing.

Leaker of Secret Barry Bonds Testimony Sentenced to 2.5 Years

July 12
By Paul Elias and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An attorney who admitted leaking the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and other athletes to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to two and a half years in prison, by far the harshest penalty to result from the government's sprawling probe of steroids in sports.

Budget Impasse Means No Paycheck for State Workers

July 12
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The lack of a state budget will be hitting some workers in the wallet this week. Lawmakers and their staff are among those who won't get their first paycheck this fiscal year. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Weekend Preview: Willie Nelson, 'Bears and Bunnies' Art Exhibit, 'Imagination' Film

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This weekend, a film called "Imagination" screens at the Ken Cinema and Willie Nelson performs at SDSUÂ’s Open Air Theatre. Also, "Bears and Bunnies" art exhibit will be on display in North Park.

Condor Scientists Urge Ban on Lead Ammunition

July 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Scientists are urging California's Fish and Game Commission to ban lead ammunition to protect California condors. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Surf Culture: Changes Captured in Photography

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The sport and culture of surfing has changed dramatically since the 1960's and surf photographer Jeff Divine has been around to capture it.

Sacramento Update: Air Resource Head Fired, Health Care Reform, Budget

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week in Sacramento, lawmakers still have not passed a budget and Governor Schwarzenegger faces political heat for firing the chair of the Air Resources Board. Also, new reports offer grim health statistics to analyze and suggest employer based health insurance is not the bitter pill businesses expect.

Proponents of Year-Round Education Hope To Reform Public School Calendar

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Education reform takes many shapes. And proponents of year-round education have long said that a three-month summer vacation is not good for learning. It can also create a child-care dilemma for parents of small school-aged kids.

Plans to Drop Bajagua Sewage Treatment Anger Congressman Filner

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Does Bajagua have the best plan to treat sewage pollution from Tijuana? San Diego Congressman Bob Filner supports Bajagua, but officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission have suspended plans to move forward with the project. The disagreement between Filner and the binational agency led to an argument earlier this week at a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on the project. We speak to Filner about his strong support for the Bajagua plan.

BMX Furries and Bat For Lashes

July 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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