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Stories for June 29, 2007

Unified School Board Reverses Course

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city's school board hesitated before approving its $2.2 billion budget this week. Was it because they didn't like it? No. it was because it was so unintelligible they couldn't understand it.

A New Way of Thinking

June 29
By Nicole Lozare and Off Mic

On my first day at KPBS, I sat down with our news assistant and picked out some office supplies. You know, normal first day stuff, like a calendar and planner. My new boss walked in, overhearing this conversation. He informed me that this fancy new phone they gave me has a calendar, planner, Internet access. It even talks to you. He suggested I use it.

Off Mic

June 29
By Nlozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Class-Action Status Granted Against Scripps Hospital

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego Superior Court judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit accusing Scripps Health hospitals of overcharging uninsured patients.

Court to Rule on Unsealing Records Linked to Cunningham Case

June 29
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal appeals court said Friday that it would hear arguments on whether to unseal records of secret court proceedings linked to the government's bribery case against associates of jailed former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

Memos Show Feds Pushed Within Against California Clean Air Laws

June 29
By Erica Werner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Transportation Department officials sought to mobilize dozens of state and federal lawmakers against California's petition for an EPA waiver to implement its greenhouse gas law, documents released Friday show.

Review: 'Killer of Sheep'

June 29
By Beth Accomando
Tease photo

For "Killer of Sheep's" thirtieth anniversary, Milestone Film (with support from Steven Soderbergh and Turner Classic Movies, and restoration work by the UCLA Film and Television Archive) has stepped in to pay for the music clearance, strike a beautiful new 35mm print, and give the film its first true theatrical release. And for this we should give thanks.

Sea Scroll Exhibit Billed Most Comprehensive Ever at S.D. Museum

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The blockbuster exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls opened Friday at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The museum is billing it as the most comprehensive exhibition of the scrolls ever assembled. The idea is that visitors will pay more attention to the artifacts than to the surroundings, as there is much information to absorb.

National City's Eminent Domain Battle Prods Development Debate

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

National City is embroiled in a dispute over eminent domain. Should a Community Youth Athletic Center be moved to make way for new condos? The city wants the extra property tax revenue, but is it overstepping its bounds by declaring the area blighted?

Sunroad Concedes to Shorten Structure; Question Remains of How

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Sunroad Corporation is facing an interesting challenge: how to take 20 feet off the height of its Centrum office building near Montgomery Air Field after Mayor Jerry Sanders finally got tough and insisted the building meet FAA standards. The developer buckled this week, but the question remains: how to reduce the height -- and who's going to pay for it?

Sicko

June 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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Cal Budget Unresolved as Partisan Chides Mark Looming Deadline

June 29
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

July first is Sunday -- the start of the new fiscal year-and there's no state budget agreement in sight. Jenny O'Mara brings us up to date on what's happening as the deadline approaches.

Ratatouille

June 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Rats in the kitchen! Mon dieu! A rodent with five star culinary aspirations is the main ingredient in Brad Birds latest animated concoction,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 29
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials Clash Over Location of Facility for Problem Students

June 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A center that takes-in problem students is set to open in San Diego next school year. The problem is no one wants it in their community. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 29
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bone Marrow Donor Drive Could Save Boston Leukemia Sufferer

June 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's South Asian community will hold a bone marrow donor drive Saturday afternoon at the Shri Mandir Temple on Black Mountain Road. It's part of a nationwide effort to find a match for a dying man, and to increase the number of South Asians in the national donor registry. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Mayor Mulls $1 Billion City Sewage Treatment Upgrade

June 29
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is getting some help in deciding whether to ask for another waiver of federal clean water rules for the city's sewage treatment plant. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 29
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigration, Eminent Domain, School Budget

June 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the latest attempt to overhaul the nation's immigration laws failed in the U.S. Senate. Also, two local eminent domain issues are making headlines. And, the San Diego school board approved its annual budget after a weeklong battle over its clarity, and the timing of its release.