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Stories for June 21, 2007

How to Choose the Right Doctor

June 21
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many of us spend more time picking out a good bottle of wine or dinner spot than we do our own doctors. Find out how to choose from San Diego's top doctors and hospitals. Rebecca Tolin interviews Dr. Bill Liss-Levinson of Castle Connolly Medical on what to look for -- plus, why it’s so important to your health and well-being.

Donna Frye Weighs-in on Sunroad and her Fight for the Homeless

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye has never shied away from controversy. Today, we'll get her reaction to the latest developments in the Sunroad saga. And we'll get an update on her fight to fund a winter homeless shelter. We'll also talk about the objections some coastal residents have to short-term rentals on the beach.

Sanders Issues Stop-Work Order to Sunroad; Aguirre May Apologize

June 21
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The strained relationship between Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Attorney Mike Aguirre turned into a stand-off today. Full Focus reporter Joanne Faryon is here with more.

New San Diego Voter Registrar Takes Heat as Ex-Diebold Employee

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has a new registrar of voters on the job. Ordinarily, this wouldn't get much notice, but close to 50 people showed up at a County Board of Supervisors meeting to protest the appointment of Deborah Seiler as San Diego's top election official. Ms. Seiler had worked for Diebold Elections Systems, the company that sold 10,000 touch-screen election machines to the county.

State A.G. to Investigate Sanders in Sunroad Corruption Probe

June 21
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Attorney General's Office agreed today to look into corruption charges against San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. The probe comes at the mayor's request. Earlier this week City Attorney Michael Aguirre accused Sanders of corruption in his handling of the construction of a building near Montgomery field.

Tensions Amplify in Standoff Over Grocery Workers' Contract

June 21
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 65,000 Southern California Grocery workers will decide Sunday whether they'll accept the last contract offer from the region's three largest chains. Union officials say they're asking members to reject the offer from Ralph's, Albertson's and Vons.

Judge OKs Suit Alleging Massive Overcrowding at Otay Mesa Prison

June 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge in San Diego says a lawsuit alleging severe overcrowding at an immigration detention center in Otay Mesa should continue. Defendants argued last week that the case should be dismissed because federal immigration officials have corrected the problem. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Highly Contagious Chicken Pox Outbreak Surprises Local Officials

June 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County health officials say ten students at Oak Valley Middle School in Poway came down with chicken pox just before the summer break. Officials say they're warning parents that many more children could have been exposed. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

For Local Foster Care Teens, Graduation Blends Hope and Fear

June 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A group of San Diego County foster care teens graduated today from San Pasqual Academy in Escondido. For the past four years the students have called the campus home. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Feinstein Pushes to Legalize Over a Million Undocumented Farmers

June 21
By Jodi Breisler, Capital News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Dianne Feinstein is leading a push to legalize over a million undocumented farm workers. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Palomar Mountain Gets Fire-Fighting Tool

June 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A special fire-resistant gel will give more than 300 Palomar Mountain families an extra tool to save their homes. San Diego County is providing the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department about $12,000 to buy the gel. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Treat Yourself to a Weekend of Music, Cinema Under the Stars and Imaginative Fantasy Art

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cyndi Lauper's True Colors tour stops in San Diego this weekend and the owner of the Casbah opens a new restaurant called Starlite. Other highlights of the weekend include what’s going on at the Belly Up Tavern and the Casbah as well as a glimpse of the imaginative artwork in "Masters of Fantasy Art…A Tribute to Keith Parkinson."

Author Envisions Hispanic Uprising Without Immigration Reform

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A chilling novel explores a future where the immigration crisis reaches a boiling point, leading to a militant Hispanic uprising, anti-immigrant vigilantes, and barrios turned into walled off quarantine zones. We'll talk with the author of "America Libre: A Novel of a National Nightmare."

Balboa Park Shows Legendary Dead Sea Scrolls

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens at San Diego's Museum of Natural History on June 29th. The exhibit's curator and the museum's president reveal what it took to put together the most comprehensive exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls ever assembled.

Legal Analyst Explains How and Why Frivolous Lawsuits Cost You Money

June 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to "These Days" Legal Analyst Dan Eaton about contest- or competition-related lawsuits. We discuss the details of lawsuits related to horse racing and spelling bees. We also get an update on the $54 million pants lawsuit.

Kids With Life-Threatening Allergies a Growing Concern

June 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most people who watch what they eat are concerned about gaining weight. But for those who suffer from severe food allergies, watching what they eat can be a matter of life or death. In recent years, a growing number of children have been diagnosed with allergies to foods like peanuts and milk. Doctors aren't sure why. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.