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Stories for March 28, 2007

War Correspondence; Jobs for Homeless

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Warfare can bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best. On Wednesday’s Full Focus, we’ll explore the emotional and spiritual toll war has on soldiers and their families -- through their written letters. And what one businessman is doing to help the homeless find meaningful work. All on Wednesday’s Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m. on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

Tales of A Working Mother: A is for Autism

March 28
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

I cannot read an article or watch a program about autism without feeling tense. If I think too much about it sneaky tears spring at the corners of my eyes and I feel a familiar tightness in my throat.

KPBS Commentaries

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Altruism: Social Services and Entrepreneurship Combine

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

They are called people in transition: men and women who have no home, who are trying to get back on their feet, get trained, and get a job. It's not an easy road: going from begging for handouts, living in doorways, and wandering the streets -- to a program where there are rules, expectations, and paychecks. It takes some purposeful individuals to make it happen.

Fence Company Fined $5 Million for Hiring Undocumented Workers

March 28
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several years ago, Golden Fence Company helped construct a fence along the Mexico border to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States. Ironically, the owner of the company and its manager on Wednesday faced sentencing for hiring undocumented workers.

More Charter Schools Opening in San Diego

March 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California charter school officials say close to ten new charters may open their doors in San Diego later this year. Educators say parents are responsible for fueling the local charter boom. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Fee Increases Revisited to Solve San Diego's Financial Woes

March 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayor Jerry Sanders has promised not to raise taxes, but the city of San Diego's budget shortfalls are projected to grow bigger every year. The city council's budget committee talked Wednesday about ways of raising revenue in the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Fence Company Fined $5 Million for Hiring Undocumented Workers

March 28
By Scott Horsley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California fence company and two executives have been ordered to forfeit $5 million for employing illegal immigrants. But a San Diego judge stopped short of ordering jail time for the executives whose projects include a stretch of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cops Keep Quitting; Vacancies Could Double by 2009

March 28
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The exodus of cops continues. San Diego's independent budget analyst says 10 percent of the police department is vacant. The police union warns those vacancies could double in two years. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

The Lookout, The Namesake, The Hoax, Color Me Kubrick

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Beth Accomando and Scott Marks discuss The Lookout, The Namesake, The Hoax, Color Me Kubrick, and more.

Film Club: The Lookout, The Namesake, The Hoax, Color Me Kubrick

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge talks with the Film Club of the Air's Beth Accomando and Scott Marks about The Lookout, The Namesake, The Hoax, Color Me Kubrick, and more.

What Is the Role of Public Art?

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The "Unconditional Surrender" sculpture displayed by the Port of San Diego has generated a great deal of debate about public art in San Diego. The port's public art director, its art committee chairman, and an art critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune discuss the process of bringing art to the public and the role of public art in San Diego.

CA Senator Kehoe Suggests Reform for Airport Authority

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why does California State Senator Christine Kehoe want to restructure the regional airport authority? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Sen. Kehoe about the motivation behind SB 10, and to current Airport Authority Chairman Alan Bersin about his thoughts on the plan.

Man Accused of Human Smuggling Dies After Border Stop

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A man suspected of trying to smuggle two illegal immigrants into the country died Wednesday after being taken into custody by U.S. Customs agents, authorities said.

Bill Allowing Terminal Patients To Get Life-Ending Drugs Passes Committee

March 28
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A controversial measure that would legalize the process called "physician assisted suicide" by some - and "aid-in-dying" by others -was passed by a state Assembly committee Tuesday. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Part 2: Recruits Undergo Strenuous Training to Become SEALs

March 28
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For anyone interested in becoming a SEAL - or for those who simply want to test their strength, spend the next few minutes with me as I take you through the Physical Screening Test, or PST. This is what all SEAL hopefuls have to pass before they can get orders for BUD/S - Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training.

Salton Sea Plan Draws Opposition

March 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A $6 billion state plan intended to save the shrinking Salton Sea in the Southern California desert drew local opposition.

El Cajon Politician Wants CalPERS Out of Iran

March 28
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's public retirement system invests billions into companies that do business with Iran. Today, state lawmakers discuss a bill that would stop that. A local politician is leading the charge. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has this report.