Stories for July 27, 2007
San Diego County is mandated by state law to provide medical care for the county's poorest. A class-action lawsuit said the county excludes many poor patients who exceed the income cap. The state appeals court said the county program violates state law, and the county should take into account people who make more than the caps -- at that time $1,078/mo for a single person.
In this segment we present a dozen or so photos of Tony Gwynn at various times in his career. Sean Haffey has covered Gwynn through photos for the last 20 years. He chased him around the country when he was close to getting his 3,000th hit, which happened in a nearly empty stadium in Montreal. Sean talks about being a sports photographer; he has also covered the Chargers and the Olympics.
Mike Madigan, a consultant and former policy director to Mayor Pete Wilson, and Paul Nieto, former president of EastLake Co., netted over a half-million dollars selling a duplex to the San Diego Community College District. The City Attorney (and perhaps the District Attorney) are looking into allegations of fraud: that the pair misrepresented themselves as agents of the district to the original seller.
After Jose Betancourt, the CFO of the San Diego Unified School District, pled guilty to violating federal conflict-of-interest laws, some trustees demanded his resignation. Superintendent Carl Cohn resisted.
10:30-11:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen: Moderator Jeff Goldsmith (senior editor,
The House Armed Services Committee on Friday debated a bill that would require troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the same time at home as they spend overseas. But San Diego Republican Duncan Hunter says that will undermine the war in Iraq. Charles Davis reports from Washington.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met today in the Bay Area. The two toured a San Jose company and pledged to work together on the issue of global warming. The firm called Echelon creates devices that monitor electricity usage in machines.
This week, Senate Democrats accuse U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales of being dishonest about the firing of nine federal prosecutors, and a domestic surveillance program. Also, a handful of development projects in San Diego County are stirring up opposition from residents in surrounding communities. And, the California Legislature still hasn't passed the governor's latest budget proposal.
ACLU officials are looking into allegations that a male guard at an Otay Mesa immigration detention center sexually assaulted female detainees. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Officials throughout California are worried about the water supply. Because of dry conditions this year, water agencies are now using stored water they'd rather save. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Baseball great Tony Gwynn joins the game's legends this weekend. He officially enters the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Gwynn and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripkin Junior are the 279th and 280th people enshrined at the hall in Cooperstown New York.
The Democratic-controlled House passed legislation Friday that combines billions in aid to farmers with funds for low-income nutrition programs, defying a veto threat from President Bush over the bill's largesse to crop producers.
One of the great things about Comic-Con is hooking up with people that you know. It's a meeting place for folks with similar interests.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Tin Hat Trio, Ray Brown Trio, Fela Kuti, The Meters, Squarepusher, Galt McDermott, Plaid, and Jimmy McGriff.