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Stories for March 20, 2007

U.S. Attorney Firings

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The White House says "mistakes were made" in the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. But were laws broken too? Full Focus explore the ramifications of the latest revelations in the case and possible criminal implications with a former U.S. attorney.

Mexican Superhero Fighting Water Pollultion

March 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Mexican superhero has signed up to help fight water pollution in Mexico. He made his debut earlier this week in a Tijuana canyon, about seven miles south of San Diego. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Issa Blasts Justice Dept. for Domestic Spying in Abuse of Patriot Act

March 20
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' head are growing louder in Washington. At a hearing Tuesday morning, San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa had harsh words for the entire Justice Department. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

Clinical Trials Promising for New Alzheimer's Treatment

March 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

According to a new estimate, at least five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. There are no effective treatments for the condition. But a neurologist at UCSD is involved in clinical trials on a therapy that's believed to have some potential. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

SDSU Students to Spend Spring Break Rebuilding New Orleans

March 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of students will flock to Mexican resort towns next week to party during spring break. But a group of San Diego State students are opting to do something much different with their free time. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Deadline Set For Sentencing Statement From Arellano-Felix Defense

March 20
By Amy Isackson

Attorneys for the alleged leader of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel and one of his suspected top lieutenants got a two-month reprieve Tuesday. The defense attorneys were granted the extra time to prepare a statement explaining why their clients should not face the death penalty. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

New Committee to Hone City's Strong Mayor Governance Format

March 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced a new citizens' committee with the task of fine tuning changes to the city's strong-mayor form of government. Several high profile San Diegans are on the committee, such as former San Diego city schools chief, Alan Bersin, and former Supervising Superior Court Judge James Millikin. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Feinstein Wants Protocol for Raids That Would Endanger Children

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says constituents are complaining that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Raids to apprehend illegal immigrants are inhumane.

Invasive Mussels Could Contaminate SoCal Water Supply

March 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities have found hundreds of tiny invasive mussels in the aqueduct that brings water to San Diego and millions of Southern Californians. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce says water officials have plans to control the pest before it endangers the water supply.

A Child Molester in Church

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What would Jesus Do? A convicted child molester has served his time and says he's changed. He wants to join a church and have support of Christian fellowship. A Carlsbad pastor initially welcomed him - with restrictions - to attend his church. But the congregation is divided over whether Christian forgiveness should extend to a molester. Full Focus has the story.

American Unions Remain Active Despite Declining Membership

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why has union membership declined in recent years? How does the government and employers treat unions? Why were unions formed in the first place? A local industrial relations expert tells us about the history of the American union movement.

Local Analysts Look Back at Four Years in Iraq

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today marks the fourth year since coalition forces invaded Iraq. Local professors tell us what has changed since the invasion, what obstacles continue to create an unstable country, and what we can expect going forward.

The Challenges of Adoption

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with adoption expert Dr. Marlou Russel about the current challenges facing participants in the adoption process. Seema Sueko and Kimber Lee from Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company join the conversation to talk about their new play "The Adoption Project: Triad."

San Diego GOP Elects New Chairman

March 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can the local Republican Party impact the 2008 presidential election? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Tony Krvaric, the new chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party, about his goals for the local party. We talk to Krvaric about moving up the date of the California primary, and the current state of the GOP.

Hands-On DNA Labs Aim to Energize High School Science Interest

March 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

University of California at San Diego researchers are teaching local high school students and their teachers about the latest discoveries in bioscience. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more on the innovative program called Bio Bridge.

Part 2: Pet Safehouse Program

March 20
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Studies have found that many victims are reluctant to leave bad situations for fear of endangering their pets. For the last decade, an animal shelter in Encinitas has been caring for pets whose owners have sought refuge from domestic abuse. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports on how the pet shelter helped turn one woman's life around.