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Stories for July 16, 2007

The Mess That Is Hot Ghetto

July 16
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Healthcare's Institutional Illness

July 16
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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From cancer to arthritis, authors of a new book say most of today's health ailments are preventable. In “Discover Wellness”, Jason Deitch argues that our healthcare system is institutionalizing illness, and bankrupting Americans. Consider that excessive medical expenses lead to fifty percent of all bankruptcy filings in the U.S. Author Jason Deitch talks with us about how to cure America's healthcare crisis.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 16
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Abducted Exec Seeks Shelter in S.D. After Daring Tijuana Escape

July 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A construction executive who escaped from kidnappers in Tijuana on Monday is seeking refuge in San Diego. The border news agency reports that the man quotes the man as saying after what he's been through he doesn't want to stay in Tijuana. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Opposition to Salk Institute Expansion Garners International Support

July 16
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Salk Institute's expansion plans are drawing local and international opposition. The institute states the Master Plan Update keeps with the vision of Kahn and its founder, Dr. Jonas Salk, and will allow the facility to grow and improve to meet today's scientific challenges. Critics oppose the facility's expansion because it threatens to block the property's iconic view -- and more than double its building space.

Tony Gwynn Says He's Nervous About Hall of Fame Induction

July 16
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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He was drafted by the Padres in the early eighties and has since become a local baseball legend. At the end of the month, Tony Gwynn is heading to Cooperstown, New York to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

The Immigration Debate Through a North County (Times) Lens

July 16
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Immigration may be off the agenda in the U.S. Senate, but it's a hot issue in North County this summer. In Escondido, Vista and Fallbrook, the illegal immigrant controversy is escalating in government, the courts, and in protests. The North County Times is covering the stories and we'll get an update from its Managing Editor.

Tony Gwynn Preps For Hall of Fame Send-Off

July 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tony Gwynn is getting ready for his trip to Cooperstown. The eight-time batting champ will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 29th. He talked today about some of the festivities taking place at Petco Park this weekend.

Orange Harvest Largely Withstood California's Freezes Last Year

July 16
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The record-setting freeze of last winter in California wasn't as much of a crop-killer as agricultural experts feared.

Lawmakers Forage For Answers to Water Crisis

July 16
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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While lawmakers continue to grapple with the state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is pushing his plan for more water storage. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

1 in 5 Gay High School Students Are Physically Harassed

July 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Education advocates say school districts aren't doing enough to protect gay and lesbian students. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Marine Charged in Haditha Deaths Says He Was Reacting to Threat

July 16
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Marine charged with murdering two Iraqi girls and killing other civilians in the town of Haditha believed he was following procedure by confronting a threat with deadly force, his attorney said Monday.

Report: Dysfunctional Committee Let Cunningham Have His Way

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The House Intelligence Committee is refusing to make public an internal report about how imprisoned former GOP Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of San Diego was able to steer millions in contracts to corrupt defense contractors.

American Catholic Dioceses Survive Despite Abuse-Related Costs

July 16
By Rachel Zoll AP Religion Writer and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The cost of clergy sex abuse for America's Roman Catholic Church has hit a breathtaking new benchmark: The massive settlement approved Monday in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has pushed the price beyond $2 billion nationwide.

North Park Remembers Fallen 'Lost Boy', Killed by Car at Age 27

July 16
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This morning, we bring you a short essay of the life of a young man who suffered unimaginable hardship, but whose faith and courage lead him to America. Anyoun Mou Anyoun, 27, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” died in a car crash on his way home from work on a Friday night, more than a week ago. Joanne Faryon tells us more about Anyoun and the life he made for himself in San Diego.

Boxer Wants Answers From EPA Over Emissions Standards Delays

July 16
By Capitol News Connection, Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In Washington lawmakers are trying to speed up California's effort to enact stricter tailpipe emissions from cars. Democrats accuse the Bush Administration of dragging its feet on approving the plan. Todd Zwillich has more from Capitol Hill.

Sans Budget, Lawmakers Grind Into Third Week of New Fiscal Year

July 16
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Lawmakers are heading into week three of the new fiscal year with no state budget. The stalemate will get an airing this week as Democratic leaders promise a floor vote on their spending plan. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Health Officials Downplay Local Tuberculosis Cases

July 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Students at six San Diego County campuses have been diagnosed with tuberculosis in the past year. But health officials say not to worry. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Airline's Promotional Fares Are $10 -- With a Catch

July 16
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new airline that recently started service in San Diego is causing a lot of buzz with their $10 fares. But there's a catch. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Sharp Hospital Nursing Strike Averted

July 16
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Nurses at Sharp hospitals in San Diego have averted a strike set for today. The union and hospital officials brokered a labor deal over the weekend.

No Child Left Behind: Controversy Rages On

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The No Child Left Behind Act will soon be up for reauthorization and we take a in-depth look at what has been accomplished over the last five years. We'll discuss what areas need reform, what standards teachers and students should be accountable for and whether or not public schools can live up to these expectations.

New Synthetic Race Track Faces First Test to Prevent Horse Deaths

July 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Horse racing is back for its 68th season in Del Mar. How will a new $9 million synthetic track prevent horse injuries this year? We speak with the president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club about his expectations for the new track, how jockeys and horses responded to the new surface, and why he focuses his marketing strategies on 20-somethings.