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Stories for July 27, 2007

Off Mic

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Suit: S.D. County Excludes Some Poor to Receive Affordable Care

July 27
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

20 Years' Worth of Great Tony Gwynn Photographs

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Well-Connected Pair May Have Acted as Public Agents in Shady Deal

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Political Unrest at the San Diego Unified School District

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Comic-Con Friday Events Preview

July 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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10:30-11:30 The Art of Adapting Comics to the Screen: Moderator Jeff Goldsmith (senior editor,

Hunter Challenges Claim By General That U.S. Army is 'Broken'

July 27
By Capital News Connection, Charles Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Schwarzenegger and U.N. Secretary Pledge to Address Climate Change

July 27
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gonzales Investigation, SD Developments, CA Budget

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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 Investigates Sexual Assault Complaints at Otay Mesa Prison

July 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

State Water Agencies Tapping Reserves They'd Rather Stockpile

July 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Tony Gwynn Joins Baseball Hall of Fame This Weekend

July 27
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

House Hurdles Partisan Divide to Pass Multibillion-Dollar Farm Bill

July 27
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Comic-Con Booth Highlight Thursday

July 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Tease photo

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.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

July 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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