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Stories for July 24, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

My Birthday Present from Wes Anderson

July 24
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

I'm giddy.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 24
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Santee Mayor: Downtown Prison Would Be 'A Financial Disaster'

July 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The county's women's jail is old, overcrowded, and badly needing replacement. The county wants to build a new Las Colinas facility in the middle of Santee Town Center. That plan has angered many residents and the mayor who has vowed to fight the jail expansion in Santee. We talk with Mayor Randy Voepel about why he says the jail is bad for Santee and the alternatives.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Capturing the Grief of Strangers

July 24
By Joanne Faryon and Off Mic

I've always avoided funerals. I sat in the car for my grandfather's, never went to my grandmother's, and holed up in a small room behind the chapel for my father's. But earlier this month, I attended the funeral of a man I never met. Anyoun Mou Anyoun. He was 27 years old.

Cunningham Moved to San Diego's Metropolitan Correctional Center

July 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham has returned to San Diego, nearly 17 months after a federal judge here sentenced him to more than eight years in prison for accepting $2.4 million in bribes.

California Warns Consumers Against Brand of Mexican Candy

July 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State health officials warned consumers Tuesday against eating a type of tamarind-flavored Mexican candy produced under the name de la Rosa Pulparindo that was found to contain dangerous levels of lead.

'Other Way' Border Crossers Go South For Work and School

July 24
By Adriana Alcaraz and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Every day, thousands of Mexicans wait in line to cross the international boundary and come to work in San Diego. But we rarely hear about San Diegans doing the same thing in reverse: crossing the border to go to work or school in Mexico. Reporter Adriana Alcaraz brings us the story.

San Diego Company Grows Algae For Renewable Biofuel

July 24
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oil is a finite resource with a growing demand. So what other renewable resources will help power the world of tomorrow? We hear a lot about ethanol. But a San Diego-linked company says algae could be the next big biofuel that powers our engines. Craig Harting from Global Green Solutions tells us about how its growing algae in vertical bioreactors.

Blackwater Opponents Say County Employee Has Conflict of Interest

July 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Opponents of a proposal to build a training camp in East County for military and police personnel say a San Diego County employee -- who until recently was working on the review process for the project -- has a conflict of interest. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Off Mic

July 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Union: $40 Million Needed to Even-Out San Diego Teacher Salaries

July 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego union officials say it will take $40 million to bring teaching salaries up to par with other school districts in the county. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Facing Lawsuit, San Diego Expands Healthcare to 900 More Indigent

July 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand their health safety net to about 900 more people who cannot afford health care. The vote was in response to a lawsuit that alleges the county is not fulfilling a legal mandate to provide health care for the most poor and indigent.

Gonzales Still Mum on Firings as Feinstein Fishes For Clues

July 24
By Capital News Connection, Charles Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had tough time in Washington on Tuesday. California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned his controversial role in the firing of several U.S. Attorneys, including San Diego's Carol Lam. Charles Davis reports from Capitol Hill.

Imperial County Tops List of Heat-Wave Deaths in July 2006

July 24
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Imperial County suffered the most casualties in California during a scorching heat wave a year ago. That's according to a new study by the state Department of Public Health Services. The study looks at heat-related deaths statewide during a two-week period in July of 2006.

California Plans to Send More Prisoners to Other States

July 24
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California is planning to start sending more prisoners to jails in other states. State officials are moving the inmates even if they don't want to go. This week two federal judges ordered the creation of a three-judge panel to consider putting a cap on the number of state prisoners.

Baja Gov. Candidate May Have Greased Support With City Means

July 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

School supplies and cooking oil are at the heart of the latest electoral scuffle in Tijuana. State investigators are looking into whether PRI alliance candidate Jorge Hank Rhon has used city means to his own political ends. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Foreclosures Hit Ten-Year High

July 24
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's housing market continues to show signs of weakness as foreclosure activity hits a ten year high.

House Members Vote to Bar Their Spouses From Campaign Jobs

July 24
By Charles Babington and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Spouses don't belong on campaign payrolls, the House says, voting to end a practice that for years has benefited some members of Congress, including a half-dozen Californians.

S.D. School Board Concerned Over Unapproved ROTC Program

July 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members met yesterday to take a closer look at a Junior ROTC program at Mission Bay High School. Parents say the district approved that program without community input. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Could Soon Face Tight Water Supplies

July 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego may be facing some tight water supplies in the near future. Officials have already asked us to voluntarily conserve because of dry conditions. But potential cutbacks to one of San Diego's key water sources, the Sacramento River Delta, could put the squeeze on even more. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.