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Stories for June 14, 2007

The Rise and Fall of Duke Cunningham

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The rise and fall of former San Diego Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham is an epic story. He resigned in disgrace in November 2005 at the center of the worst corruption case in Congressional history. But three decades earlier, he was an all-American success story.

Fantatsic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

June 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

was directed by Tim Story, who was fresh from his hit film

San Diego Officials Crack Down on Underage Drinking

June 14
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Officials are cracking down on under-age drinking. But it's not just the minors they're going after, it's parents too. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon is here to tell us more.

2007 San Diego County Fair Expected to Attract Over a Million

June 14
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting

65,000 people showed up at the San Diego County Fair at on opening day last Friday. The 22-day fair is a San Diego summer tradition. This year the fair is expected to attract more than a million visitors by the time the tents are folded after July 4 fireworks. Full Focus Reporter Pat Finn takes us on a historical tour of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

State Reps Disclose Detailed Personal Income/Asset Information

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Details from financial disclosure forms filed Wednesday by selected members of California's congressional delegation include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Henry Waxman, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, senior Republican, House Armed Services Committee.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senators to Revive Floundering Immigration Compromise

June 14
By David Espo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senate leaders agreed Thursday night to revive stalled immigration legislation, capping a furious weeklong rescue attempt that drew President Bush's personal involvement.

Study Reports Many Kids Along Border Lack Health Insurance

June 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says many children who live along California's international border with Mexico are poor, hungry, and lack health insurance. The report comes from the non-profit advocacy group Children Now. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Weekend Preview: Father’s Day Food and Events

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We offer some great suggestions for how to spend your Father's Day as well as recommend some new restaurants on this Weekend Preview. There’s plenty going on this weekend, such as the Wooden Boat Festival, barnstorming and the Taste of Gaslamp.

Local Student Film Documents Renaissance Fair

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local filmmakers describe the process of making a documentary about San Diegans who are part of a medieval reenactment group. We speak to these student filmmakers, as well as the charming 14-year-old boy whose love of dragons and resentment about his absent father changed the intent of the project.

“Kite Runner” Author Discusses Afghan Culture in "A Thousand Splendid Suns"

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini won critical and popular acclaim in 2003 for his book “The Kite Runner.” His latest novel is called “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and it’s also set in Afghanistan. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” chronicles the last thirty years of Afghan history through the lives of two women.

Councilwoman Hopes to Reverse Homeless Shelter Budget Cuts

June 14
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego city council member wants the city's mayor to change his mind about city funding for a winter homeless shelter. On Wednesday, Jerry Sanders used his line item veto to trim $465,000 out of his budget. That money was to be used for the shelter program.

Mission Beach Residents Hope Security Cameras Will Deter Crime

June 14
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first of five security cameras was installed in Mission Beach today. Police and residents believe the cameras will help keep their neighborhood safer. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

California Healthy Pets Act Stirs Controversy

June 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Assembly bill 1634 is also known as the California Healthy Pets Act. Already passed by the California Assembly, it would require most pet owners with a cat or dog more than four months old to have their pets spayed or neutered. Proponents say it would help reduce the number of pets that are euthanized each year. Opponents argue the law is impractical and that education and existing spay and neuter programs are improving the problem of pet overpopulation.

Audubon Society: Bird Population Drop is an Environmental Alarm

June 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An analysis by the National Audubon Society shows that some of the country's most familiar bird populations have taken a nosedive over the past forty years -- some by as much as 80 percent. In California, several common bird species are in decline. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Mastodon Remains Discovered in Carlsbad

June 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Imagine back more than 100,000 years for a moment, when dinosaurs roamed Southern California. That's just where local scientists were taken in Carlsbad when they gazed at pre-historic fossils of a Mastodon at a construction site. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

ACLU Sues Authorities Over Care at San Diego Immigration Jail

June 14
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Civil Liberties Union sued federal authorities Wednesday to force improvements at a large detention facility for immigrants facing deportation, alleging grossly inadequate medical care.

Open Borders Could Bring Chaldean Iraqi Refugees to S.D.

June 14
By Chad Pergram and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is home to one of the largest Iraqi communities in the United States. So there are questions here why the federal government hasn't done more to admit Iraqi refugees. Chad Pergram has the story from Capitol Hill.

Local Group Wants National Standard For Renewable Energy

June 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A California environmental group says we need to increase our use of renewable energy like wind and solar. They want Congress to pass a national standard to increase our use of clean energy. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce has more.