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Stories for July 17, 2007

Small Town Divided Over Blackwater Military Training Camp

July 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

45 miles east of San Diego, the potential roar of gunfire, noisy helicopters and traffic jams has jolted awake the tiny, rural town of Potrero. That's where Blackwater USA - a private military contractor known for schooling mercenaries - wants to build a training camp. The plan has driven a wedge through the community. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma brings us the story.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 17
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Spoon: Music, Title, and Album Art

July 17
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I'm loving the new

Marine Says He Was Ordered to Kill Women, Kids

July 17
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine charged with murdering two girls and killing several other Iraqis gave orders to shoot into a roomful of children and young women, a squad member testified Tuesday.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 17
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Sanders Contends San Diego Must Again Hike Water Bills

July 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Water bills are going up again for San Diegans. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

How to Protect Sunset Cliffs From Continual Erosion

July 17
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Year by year, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is shrinking and changing shape as erosion takes its toll on the 68-acre parcel bordering the Pacific Ocean -- from Ocean Beach to Point Loma. The city of San Diego is paying attention to the destruction, its causes, and what might be done to forestall the wearing away of this irreplaceable landmark.

Part 2: How to Cure America's Healthcare Crisis

July 17
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Learn how to take charge of your own health, and save your pocketbook. In the second part of our interview with Jason Deitch, he proposes solutions to the $2 trillion healthcare crisis. Deitch lays out simple steps to improve your own health in 90 days.

S.D. Housing Prices Steady, Sales Hit Bottom

July 17
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Analysts say housing prices in San Diego County held fairly steady last month, but home sales fell to the lowest level in ten years. We get more on the story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

Feinstein Wants Border Agents' Sentences Reduced

July 17
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to see the sentences for two border patrol agents reduced. The pair was convicted of covering up their roles in the shooting of a drug smuggler. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Air Resources Board Appointee Says Agency is OK

July 17
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The governor's appointee to lead the state Air Resources Board says despite recent upheaval at the agency, it is not in turmoil. Mary Nichols sought to assure lawmakers of that at the state capitol Tuesday. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Local War Walker Not Alone in Washington DC

July 17
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Lakeside war walker may be getting some company next week. There are a number of anti-war walking groups getting ready to converge on Washington DC. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Bill McDannell, who's on a trek to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nuclear Waste at San Onofre Plant Supposedly Earthquake-Safe

July 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Onofre nuclear plant officials say what happened during the recent earthquake in Japan won't happen here. The Japanese quake caused a leak of radioactive waste water that was flushed into the sea. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Frye, Mayor Scuffle Over Recycling Law

July 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye has issued a summons requiring city staff to attend a meeting tomorrow about a mandatory recycling ordinance. Sanders says he has his own recycling plan, which he plans to roll out in the fall.

Mayor Wants Higher Water Rates, Lower Sewer Rates

July 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is calling for a reduction in city sewer rates. The reduction is part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by consumer advocates. They say the city overcharged residents and needs to make amends.

Sunshine Could Help Prevent Cancer and Diabetes

July 17
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego researcher says sunshine could be important in preventing many cancers and Type I diabetes. A high level of Vitamin D may be a key way to help the body fight serious diseases.

Governor Demands Better Effort to Protect Delta

July 17
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger is ordering the state to take steps to improve conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That's an area where San Diego gets much of its drinking water, as well as 20 million other Californians. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

City Attorney Wants Special Probe of SDCC Land Deal

July 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre wants San Diego Community College officials to launch a special investigation into a downtown campus expansion project. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Fresh Music from The White Stripes, The Noisettes, and Fiction Plane

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

94.9's Michael Halloran joins us to talk about The White Stripes, a British band called The Noisettes, and the musical legacy of Sting, in the form of his son, Joe Sumner

L.A. Diocese Settlement Pressures San Diego to Settle its Sex Abuse Lawsuits

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles has settled dozens of lawsuits that alleged sexual abuse by priests. The average settlement, per case, is more than one million dollars. And that is expected to put more pressure on the San Diego diocese to settle its lawsuits, despite its claim of bankruptcy. We'll hear from a reporter who's been covering the lawsuits against San Diego.

California Hemp-Legalization Bill Faces Law Enforcement Criticism

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Assembly Bill 684, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act, makes its way through the California Legislature, but not everyone is happy about it. Some drug enforcement officials claim that their illegal drug-fighting efforts will be compromised because hemp and marijuana look similar. We speak with the assembly member who proposed the legislation, a lobbyist who says the bill is misguided, and a hemp industry lawyer who explains the legal issues of the legislation.

A Supplement to Solar: Windmill Generators Make Green Electricity

July 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

KPBS reporter Alison St John went back to Scotland recently to visit her brother Hugh, who lives on the west coast in a small community called Scoraig. It’s a remote spot, with no roads and no electricity, except what’s generated by wind power. Here’s her audio postcard of Hugh and his windmill.