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Stories for July 13, 2007

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Off Mic

July 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Scope of Traffic Congestion From Indian Casinos in East County

July 13
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bucolic escape no more? The Union-Tribune's East County editor, Alexa Capeloto, says new housing and Indian casinos are bringing more traffic and congestion. Plus, is the East County Performing Arts Center in jeopardy? And we'll get an update on the tumultuous politics of Grossmont College.

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 5: The U.S.S. Oklahoma

July 13
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 personal reflections from several locals. Tonight, we profile James Bounds, who was a seaman first class aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma during the war.

How to Dominate Your Email and Evade the Hamster Wheel

July 13
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do you ever feel email is taking over your life? Email has become an integral part of our modernday lives, and yet we have virtually no training on how to manage it. A new book called The Hamster Revolution argues wasteful email consumes our precious personal time, and costs companies billions of dollars in missed opportunities. Learn how to take charge of your inbox and make email count.

Community College Investigates Shady Real Estate Deal

July 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Community College officials are investigating whether a former administrator is directly involved with a dubious business transaction. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Healthcare, Gay Marriage Bills Pass State Legislature

July 13
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

From health care for humans to the spaying and neutering of pets -- state lawmakers considered hundreds of bills this week. Some survived key committee tests, and others didn't. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Homeless Vets Get Free Meals, Guidance

July 13
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of homeless veterans enjoyed free meals, shelter and medical treatment today. The 20th annual Stand Down event helps veterans get off the street and apply for housing and jobs.

Critics: Tijuana Mayoral Candidate Doesn't Qualify

July 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A candidate's Chula Vista home is the latest grounds for controversy in Tijuana's mayoral election. The candidate's political rivals say he's violating the residency requirements to run for Tijuana mayor. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego Port Needs Room for Growing Cargo Business

July 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Port of San Diego expects its cargo business to increase over the next several years. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us that could mean more jobs in the area.

More Money Problems for San Diego Diocese

July 13
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego could face a huge new money problem in its bankruptcy case. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

A Fight Over Educating Brilliant Kids with Emotional Needs

July 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School District has the only academic program in the country for highly intelligent kids who have certain emotional and social needs. It's known as the GATE Seminar Program. Parents and teachers desperately want to expand it, but district officials aren't so sure. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis takes a closer look.

Supercenters in SD, Iraq Legislation, Haditha Update

July 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Councilwoman Donna Frye shocked the City Council and local labor leaders when she cast the deciding vote preventing a ban on big box supercenters in San Diego. Also, Democratic leaders in the Senate are gearing up for another battle with President Bush over withdrawing troops from Iraq. And, a hearing officer recommends that murder charges be dropped against an enlisted Marine accused in the fatal shooting of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2004.