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Stories for June 15, 2007

Guarding Your Home From Wildfire

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A very dry winter this year has naturally been followed by very dry brush, which means this summer has the potential for a real firestorm. Reporter Rebecca Tolin has done a series of reports on the fire danger facing us this season and the city's efforts to deal with the brush on our hillsides. Here is her latest report.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey

June 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

This section is usually reserved for reviews of films hitting the local theaters. But I want to break with that tradition to highlight a film that premieres on HBO Family this father's day. The film is

La Vie En Rose

June 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Edith Piaf may not be a familiar name to many Americans growing up now but she remains an icon in France. The life story of singer Edith Piaf provides the drama for the new French film

Paprika

June 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

This summer,

Hunter Defends Questionable Earmarks to Local Aerospace Firm

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Congressman Duncan Hunter had to defend himself before a House subcommittee. Hunter has helped steer tens of millions of dollars in earmarked funds to a La Jolla based aerospace company over many years. That company is developing a jet that the Pentagon has always said is not feasible.

Documents Show Efforts by Mayor's Aides to Lobby FAA Would Help Sunroad

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Recently disclosed documents show that while Mayor Jerry Sanders was insisting to the public that Sunroad Enterprises would have to lower the height of its building near Montgomery Field, his aides were in Dallas Lobbying the FAA to change the approach flight path, which would allow the building to stay the height it is.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New York Financier Pleads Guilty in Cunningham Bribery Case

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego (AP) -- A New York financier has pleaded guilty in the bribery scandal surrounding jailed former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers Miss Budget Deadline For 21st Year in a Row

June 15
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers on Friday are supposed to have a state budget passed. At least, that's according to California's constitution. But it's not going to happen, because lawmakers haven't worked out a deal yet. This will mark the 21st year in a row they haven't met the deadline.

Judge to Decide Merit of ACLU Lawsuit Against Otay Mesa Prison

June 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge in San Diego says he'll decide in a few weeks whether a lawsuit that alleges severe overcrowding at an immigration detention center in Otay Mesa can proceed. The ACLU filed the suit last January. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Rep. Hunter Slides Into Bill $22 Million For Campaign Donor's Ship

June 15
By Capital News Connection, Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican Representative Duncan Hunter slipped $22 million into a recent House bill for a ship the Navy doesn't even want. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

Mayor Vetoes Ban on Construction of Super-Stores Like Walmart

June 15
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders vetoed an ordinance today that banned the construction of super stores in the city. Wal-Mart wants to build a super store, which is an establishment larger than 90,000 square feet and generates more than 10 percent of revenue from non-taxable goods, such as groceries. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Four Dolphins Shot To Death in North County

June 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Four dolphins were found shot to death between Carlsbad State Beach and Oceanside over the Memorial Day weekend. Now federal officials are offering a reward to help find those responsible. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Hunter's Earmarks, County Health Benefits

June 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Congress questioned Representative Duncan Hunter's support for a jet that barely flies. And, the county's pension board is in a standoff with the Board of Supervisors over health benefits.

Judge Releases Last Two Witnesses in Case Against Arellano-Felix

June 15
By Amy Isackson

A federal judge in San Diego released the last two material witnesses in the case against alleged drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Felix. The two men were caught on the fishing boat with Arellano Felix last August. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.