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Stories for July 19, 2007

Report: 'Mistakes Made' in Sunroad Project

July 19
By KPBS News, Wire Services and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An internal probe turned up no evidence of illegal behavior at City Hall involving construction of an office tower near San Diego's Montgomery Field. But the report faults staffers for their handling of the project.

A High-Tech Television Detector Van

July 19
By Andrew Phelps and Off Mic

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On Blasphemy, Dimwits, and the Greatest Show on Television!

July 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Off Mic

July 19
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local Professor's Book: '6 Ways the Bush Gang Defies The Law'

July 19
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thomas Jefferson Law School Professor Marjorie Cohn is out with a new book, "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law." In it, she argues that the Bush Administration has repeatedly violated the constitution and international law on everything from torture and illegal detentions to the Iraq war.

Debate Simmers in San Diego Over Muslim Prayer in School

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A dispute has arisen over the SDUSD's decision to allow Muslim students to take time from an Arabic language class to pray. The class at Carver Elementary in Oak Park falls during one of the specific prayer times prescribed by their religion. The district was sued and lost in 1993 when it denied a University City High student's request to hold lunchtime bible fellowship.

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 7: Glider Planes

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As part of our ongoing series: San Diegans Remember The War, we bring you the World War Two memories of Carl Gwartney Junior.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Laborers Complain of Bad Working Conditions

July 19
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some farm workers say they're not being provided the proper drinking water or shade, as required by law. They made the allegations at a special hearing at the state capitol Thursday. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.

2007 Farm Bill Good for California Growers

July 19
By Capitol News Connection, Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Things are looking good for California farmers as Congress puts the final touches to the 2007 farm bill. Lawmakers adopted a proposal to give specialty crop farmers a big boost. Sara Sciammacco has more from Capitol Hill.

CSU Teachers Say Proposed Cuts Threaten Pay Raises

July 19
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California State University faculty members are crying foul about an idea floated in the state budget negotiations. They say a proposed one-percent cut across the board could affect their hard-fought pay raises – and trigger a strike. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Fees and Red Tape Bog Down Homeowners' Wildfire Preparations

July 19
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is facing the worst fire danger in 100 years. So it's important for homeowners to take precautions. But even if you're willing to foot the bill for thinning brush from around your property, it could cost you thousands more to take care of the red tape. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

DuPont Teaches Engineering to 4th Graders -- With Lifesavers

July 19
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fourth graders at a Southeast San Diego school got some hands-on engineering experience on Wednesday. Chemical company DuPont helped about a hundred youngsters at Walter Porter Elementary build and race cars made of lifesavers and straws.

Top Firefighter Warns of Dry, Dangerous Season

July 19
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's top firefighting official says it's going to be a rough fire season. Ruben Grijalva of the California Department of Forestry says Southern California firefighters are in the midst of a drought, and they're seeing dangerous fuel conditions many haven't seen before.

Weekend Preview: Theater Showcase

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Old Globe has five productions underway and the La Jolla Playhouse launches two. Meanwhile, San Diego Actors Alliance runs their annual festival showcasing local talent.

Gay Assimilation: Some Question the Goal of Mainstream Integration

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Diegans focus on their city's annual Pride celebration, members of the community debate the question of assimilation both within the community and in the majority culture.

SDSU Offers Degree in Tribal Gaming Management

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDSU's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will begin offering a full curriculum of courses leading to a bachelor's degree in tribal gaming management in fall 2007. It will be the first program of its kind in the country. The chair of the new program tells us how the program came about, what students will learn, and how tribal gaming is unique to San Diego.

Department of Homeland Security Increases Funding for San Diego

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego received more federal dollars for homeland security spending. How will city officials allocate the money? We speak with San Diego's homeland security office about the community's preparedness.

Juveniles on Drugs: Half of All Arrested Test Positive

July 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A study reveals that half of all youth arrested in San Diego region test positive for drugs. The criminal justice research director for SANDAG suggests that juveniles who test positive for drugs also undergo drug treatment while in the detention center. We speak with her about the 20-year study and how it is changing to adapt to the latest drug trends.

Cunningham Details Kickbacks in FBI Interviews

July 19
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham lied to fellow lawmakers on a House ethics panel about selling his yacht in order to disguise kickbacks from a defense contractor, according to a summary of an interview between the congressman and federal investigators.

Off Mic

July 19
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Heart Transplant Patients Play the Waiting Game

July 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For people who suffer from end-stage heart disease, a heart transplant may be the only option. The problem is, there just aren’t enough donated hearts available to satisfy the demand. So, people who need a transplant have to go on a waiting list. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

GEICO Denies Optimus Prime

July 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone