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Stories for June 25, 2007

The Sizable Plate of City Hall's CFO

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Jay Goldstone has lots on his plate to chew these days. In addition to being Mayor Jerry Sanders' top financial aide, the mayor has heaped on his plate the duties of acting auditor and comptroller and acting chief operating officer. Does this place too much responsibility and too much influence in the hands of one person?

Vista Police Audit: Non-English Speaking Witnesses Weren't Interviewed

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department should expand the scope of officer-involved shooting investigations and interview witnesses even if they can't speak English, according to an independent audit released Monday.

Half-Christmas as Good as it Gets for Many Local Military Families

June 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today is Christmas for hundreds of San Diego's military families. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps is here to explain.

Study Finds American Muslims Face Elevated Civil Rights Abuses

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

American Muslims' complaints of civil rights abuses have risen 25 percent in the last year. The complaints are highlighted in a new report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group. At a time when polls show at least one in four Americans harbors some prejudice toward Muslims, we'll talk about what it's like to be Muslim in America.

San Diegan Episcopal Diocese Sues Its Own Parishes

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It seemed to begin four years ago when the Episcopal Church ordained an openly gay bishop. But even before that, there were divides over such deep theological questions as who is Jesus Christ and what does the Bible mean. Now the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is suing some of its own parishes that have broken away.

Mexico Officials Pull Top Cops From Field for Loyalty Testing

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Mexican government has temporarily removed all of the country's top police from their jobs and will require them to prove that they will not be corrupted in the fight against drug trafficking.

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Clean Water Act in Ruling Today

June 25
By Capital News Connection, Evelyn Lombardo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the construction industry today in a case involving the scope of the Clean Water Act. California water projects officials are praising the decision. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Washington.

Sheriff's Dept. Praised by Office it Paid to Review Police Shootings

June 25
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department received glowing praise today. The department paid the privately-run Office of Independent Review to look into 25 shootings involving deputies between 2003 to 2005. Three of the shootings took place in Vista within a five-day period.

Schwarzenegger Directs Emergency Funds to Fight Tahoe Wildfire

June 25
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Lieutenant Governor signed a State of Emergency on Monday dedicating funds to fight the forest fire in the South Lake Tahoe area. Meanwhile, state fire officials say the blaze has burned more than 200 buildings and 2,000 acres since it began Sunday afternoon. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara has more.

Healthcare Reform Rally in San Diego the First Stop of Cali Tour

June 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 100 people held a rally in downtown San Diego on Monday, demanding that state lawmakers make healthcare affordable for everyone. It was the first stop on a statewide tour called the "Road to Reform." KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Local Educators to Send Feds Report Card on No Child Left Behind

June 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego educators and parents meet this afternoon to talk about what they like and don't like about President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tech Talk: Some IT Departments Avoiding Apple's iPhone

June 25
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Apple's iPhone may have lots of friends when it's released this week, but not everybody is sold. The industry analyst group Gartner will tell its IT executives to avoid the iPhone for business. C-NET.com Editor at Large Brian Cooley says that's not a big surprise --even to the folks at Apple.

Sports Journalist Tracks the History Behind $2.35 Million Baseball Card

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The most coveted baseball card in the world is the 1909 Honus Wagner T206. In February of this year, it was sold to an anonymous collector for $2.35 million. We'll find out what is so extraordinary about this piece of sports memorabilia by talking to sports journalist Michael O'Keeffe.

Business Networking Demands More than Face Time

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Whether your aim is to score a date, land a new job, or simply make new friends, networking is a way to improve your prospects. We speak with a local serial entrepreneur about the secrets of his success in maximizing networking opportunities.

Agricultural Expert Warns of Possible Beetle Infestation

June 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Japanese beetle threatens agriculture in North San Diego County. We speak with the county agricultural commissioner as he profiles this vicious pest, and explains why it is so damaging to local agriculture and the county's pocketbook.