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Stories for March 2, 2007

Reporters Discuss the Diocese Bankruptcy; Labor Disputes at the Supermarket; Limiting House Sizes in Solana Beach; and Private Money in Public Schools

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should the Catholic Diocese of San Diego be given Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection? On Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll find out what’s behind the church’s latest move in settling its sexual abuse cases.

Tales of A Working Mother: Family Unfriendly

March 2
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

I thought I knew what I was doing when I planned a three-month maternity leave after the birth of my first child. I was 30 at the time, with a decade of work experience under my belt. I thought Id be anxious to return to work after 12 weeks with a newborn. And then, the baby came. The first two months were a blur of sleepless nights, colic-induced shrieking and a learning curve for breastfeeding that was like being taught to juggle with my feet. Then, two weeks before I returned to work, my baby started smiling, stopped crying and helped me understand why people have more than one child. The night before I returned to work she slept through the night.

Days of Glory/Indignes

March 2
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Although most filmmakers will concede that a film cannot change the world, Rachid Boucharebs

KPBS Commentaries

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 2
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Surcharge Proposed For New SUV Purchases

March 2
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The price tag of some SUVs and sports cars would go up under a plan by one state assemblyman. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

HIV Results Mailed to Wrong Patients

March 2
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's been a security breach at the state Department of Health Services. Letters addressed to people enrolled in a state program assisting HIV positive individuals were put into the wrong envelopes.

Solana Beach McMansion Vote Tuesday

March 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Voters in Solana Beach decide Tuesday whether the size of homes should be restricted in certain areas. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us the ordinance would limit so-called "McMansions."

New Charter School First Out-of-District for S.D.

March 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego school board is allowing a new charter school to open its doors in another district. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis says the move could start a trend.

State Proposal Would Ban In-Car Smoking

March 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of a California bill that would ban smoking in cars when children are present hope the third time's the charm. State lawmakers have rejected the measure twice before. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Opportunity, Weather Drive Local Small Businesses

March 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An annual survey reveals San Diego business owners don't have complicated reasons for doing business here. The survey also finds a lot of optimism among local entrepreneurs. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the details.

Diocese Bankruptcy, Climate Change, Credit Without a Social Security Number

March 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by priests. How will this decision affect pending lawsuits against the diocese and its financial future? Also, climate scientists at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography played an important role in a recent report on global climate change. How can San Diego and California become global leaders in fighting the effects of global warming? And, a recent decision by Bank of America to offer credit cards to people without social security numbers has drawn both criticism and praise. Is the plan a progressive idea, or a decision that only benefits Bank of America?