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Stories for March 29, 2007

US Attorneys Scandal

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For weeks now, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and White House staffers have been under scrutiny for firing eight U.S. attorneys. On Thursday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk with three of San Diego’s former federal prosecutors about the politics and policies of the Justice Department. That story and more on Thursday’s Full Focus -- at 6:30 and 11 p.m. on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

Unsealed Warrant Provides New Details in Migrant Vandalism Case

March 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego Superior Court Judge unsealed the search warrant Thursday that police used to seize evidence from the house of San Diego Minuteman leader Jeff Schwilk. Police took cameras, a computer and documents from Schwilk's home last week in connection with vandalism at a migrant camp. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Identity Thieves Arrested For Massive Scam

March 29
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It was a sophisticated scheme that stole identities and scammed more than 100 retailers and companies of at least half a million dollars. On Thursday, representatives from police agencies in Orange and San Diego Counties announced the arrest of six people involved in the identity theft ring. Joanne Faryon is here to tell us more.

Marines Rush to Beat Tattoo Ban

March 29
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This Sunday, a ban on new tattoos on certain parts of the body goes into effect for Marines. The deadline has San Diego area tattoo parlors buzzing with activity. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.

Survey Shows Californians Split on State Healthcare Reform Avenue

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new survey shows most Californians support Governor Schwarzenegger's idea of requiring everyone in the state to have health insurance. But the Public Policy Institute of California poll reveals some other elements of the governor's plan aren't very popular. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego's Silenced FBI Chief Resigns

March 29
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's FBI chief is resigning. Dan Dzwilewski publicly supported former U.S. Attorney Carol Lam after she was fired. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Black Fighter Pilots Receive Nation’s Highest Honor

March 29
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Next week Bob Maxwell of Oceanside turns 85 years old. But today he'll receive an early birthday present. This country's highest honor bestowed upon a civilian –the Congressional Gold Medal.

Gonzales Chief Says Lam and Admin. Disagreed Over Gun Initiative

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The former Chief of Staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the administration had a number of problems with the performance of ousted San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam.

Authorities Discover Two Border Tunnels in San Diego

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two incomplete tunnels have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in what authorities describe as a failed attempt to sneak people into the United States illegally.

Major Ring of Identity Thieves Uncovered, Arrested

March 29
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A major identity-theft ring is busted. Four people were arrested in Vista today. Law enforcement uncovered a phony company that allegedly ripped off personal information from its customers. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.

Students Get Hands-on Lesson at Miramar Landfill

March 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Students from the Francis Parker School got their hands dirty today at the Miramar Landfill. As KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, the seventh graders were helping to restore a closed section of the landfill.

Lots of Tribute Bands Take the Stage This Weekend

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with Anna Maria Stephens and Anders Wright about what's going on this weekend in San Diego.

Subprime Mortgages Creating High Default Rates

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Major mortgage lenders are tightening their standards in response to the rising number of defaults by homeowners with subprime loans. Tom Fudge talks with guest experts about the options available to those tied into a sub prime mortgage, and the impact this will have on the regional real estate market.

Complex Questions Arise from Search Warrant

March 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's chief of police has refused to execute a search warrant drawn up by the city attorney. A criminal defense attorney explains the complex issues involved in a case where San Diego's police chief appears unwilling to assist the city attorney in an investigation.

Cardiac Alert Program Speeds Treatment for Heart Attack Victims

March 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most heart attacks are caused by a blocked artery. The faster a patient can get to a hospital and get the artery opened, the less heart muscle will be damaged. A new high-tech program begun at Esconido's Palomoar Hospital is designed to speed the treatment of heart attack victims. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.