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Stories for March 27, 2007

Residents Leaving San Diego

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

People are leaving San Diego County in droves. On Tuesday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk about what’s behind the exodus from paradise -- and where people are going. And we’ll bring you the latest reaction to the public art statue of the soldier kissing the nurse to mark the end of World War Two. Those stories and more, on Tuesday’s Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m., on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

Assemblyman Calls to Divest Pension Funds of Iranian Business

March 27
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The call for terror-free investment of California state pension funds has found a political ally in a state lawmaker from El Cajon. Republican Assemblyman Joel Anderson is pushing for legislation that would divest California money from Iran. Full Focus Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Approval Tentative for New Beach Fire Restrictions

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council has tentatively approved an ordinance that prohibits fires on beaches -- except in concrete fire rings provided by the city or in portable barbecues. Councilwoman Donna Frye says the action was needed to clarify existing laws governing fires on city beaches.

Health Officials Stress Rarity Regarding Recent Meningitis Death

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The death of a Del Mar teenager from bacterial meningitis over the weekend is raising concern about the disease. But health officials say the condition is rare. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

State Report Says San Diego Students Still Underperforming

March 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state report finds San Diego schools continue to make gains, but the majority still can't reach California's academic benchmark. In fact, poor and minority students have to drastically improve their performance in time for the next evaluation. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

City Council Won't Fund Lawsuits Filed Without Its Approval

March 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is fighting back against the city council’s bid to limit his power. Monday night, in an unexpected budget related item, the council voted 6-to-2 to withhold funding from lawsuits the city attorney files without their approval. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Green Path Renewable Energy Project Hits Roadblock

March 27
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A plan to send renewable energy from the Imperial Valley to San Diego is being delayed. The Green Path project would link up with the proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Local Project Looks to Resurrect Cemetery History

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cemeteries have always been viewed as sacred places. But over the years and centuries, some graveyards fade away, and with the passage of time take with it the record of our history and culture. But a local project is looking to resurrect the past by documenting San Diego's cemeteries.

25-Foot WWII Statue Prompts Admiration, Awe -- and Horror

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For those who remember the end of World War Two, an iconic image often comes to mind: Alfred Eisenstadt's timeless photo of a sailor and a nurse embroiled in a passionate kiss.

Children's Author and Illustrator Brian Selznick on 'Hugo Cabret'

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with award-winning illustrator and author Brian Selznick about his new book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

Generic Vs. Brand Name Drugs

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Name brand prescription drugs are used widely by millions of people, but are generic drugs as effective? Senior policy analyst of Consumers Union tells us the cheapest places to buy prescription drugs, how generic and brand name drugs compare, and why some drugs cost more than others.

More Move Out of San Diego Than Move In

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why are more people moving out of San Diego than moving in? Host Tom Fudge speaks to a representative from SANDAG and an economics professor at USD about the factors that contribute to the region's out-migration. Learn about the impact on traffic, affordable housing opportunities, and the overall economic impact on the region.

Fifteen-year-old Student Dies from Meningitis

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After the death of a 15-year-old Canyon Crest Academy student of Meningococcal disease, what are county health officials doing to prevent the spread of the illness? Chief of community epidemiology for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency explains how meningitis is spread, why it is dangerous, and what can be done to prevent it.

Smugglers Tempted U.S. Border Inspector with Cash, Cars and Love

March 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The smugglers who lured border inspector Richard Elizalda into helping them sneak illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States showered him with cash bribes and luxury cars, but love proved to be the ultimate temptation.

Immigration Attorney: ICE Agents Increasing Enforcement in North County

March 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego immigration attorney says in the last 10 days, she's received twice as many calls as normal. She says many Latino residents in North County are terrified because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, known as ICE, have detained their relatives and neighbors. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.