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Stories for March 30, 2007

Subprime Mortgages

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What’s all the fuss over subprime mortgages? On Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll talk about the fallout of rising mortgage defaults that have resulted from the subprime surge. And we’ll do a roundup of state and national politics. Those stories and more -- on Friday’s Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m. on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.

The Lookout

March 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Who could have predicted that the goofy, longhaired alien kid from

Folk Musician Channels Experience to Help Cancer Survivors

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Del Mar Singer/Songwriter Michael Tiernan writes music about overcoming challenges. A diagnosis of testicular cancer when he was 16 later inspired Tiernan to channel his experience into music. The folk musician also volunteers with Steps for Living, a non-profit that helps inform young adult cancer survivors. Tiernan is holding a release concert at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on April 15th, which will also benefit Steps for Living.

Political Update on U.S. Attorneys and the Presidential Primary

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California will move its 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5, with the hopes of giving the country's most populous state more political muscle in determining the nominee for president. On the national front, more information is revealed about the decision by the Justice Department to fire eight U.S. Attorneys. And the battle between the White House and Congress over who did what when, may end in a constitutional showdown at the Supreme Court.

Award-Winning High School Science Projects at Balboa Park

March 30
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of middle and high school students showed off their award-winning science fair projects at Balboa Park on Friday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Local Church Still Divided on Welcoming a Registered Sex Offender

March 30
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

It's been two months since members of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad first learned that a registered sex offender wanted to join the church. This weekend, the congregation will continue discussions over what to do about Mark Pliska, who was convicted in 1983 of molesting two boys, then again in 1998 for indecent exposure. As KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports, Pliska's request has church members deeply divided.

Midnight Madness: Donnie Darko, Army of Darkness and 12 Monkeys

March 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

director Richard Kelly (along with producer Sean McKittrick and actors Beth Grant, James Duval and Stuart Stone) came to the San Diego Comic-Con in 2004 to discuss the Directors Cut of the film with an adoring crowd of 1500 fans. Unfortunately, the film opened in San Diego with no advance warning, and consequently no local press coverage. The San Diego Film Critics Society gave Kelly their Best Original Screenplay Award back in 2001 for his maiden screenwriting effort, and brought the filmmaker to San Diego for a screening of his film. The upcoming midnight screening will allow fans another opportunity to see this remarkable film on the big screen.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Butter Flavoring Diacetyl Linked to More Lung Damage Cases

March 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California health officials believe they've found more cases of lung damage linked to a chemical used in the food flavoring industry. Officials suspect the culprit is the chemical diacetyl, an artificial butter flavoring. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Diocese Names Dozens of Priests Accused of Abuse

March 30
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Catholic Diocese of San Diego has posted on its website the names of dozens of priests accused of sex abuse. The release of names comes two days after the diocese filed documents in bankruptcy court proposing a $95 million settlement for victims. KPBS Radio’s Andrea Hsu reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Will Have Third Aircraft Carrier by 2010

March 30
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A third U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will be calling San Diego home by 2010. The Pentagon announced today that the USS Carl Vinson will be moved here from Virginia, where it is undergoing maintenance. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.

Special Olympics Athletes Want Return to Normalcy

March 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some 250 people put the pressure on Special Olympics officials last night. Two weeks after the San Diego office was shut down -- and staff members were forced out on leave -- the athletes want a return to normal. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps talked to some of those athletes.

Iraq Timetable, Aguirre Search Warrant, Airport Authority

March 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that calls for an end to combat operations in Iraq by March 31, 2008. Also, City Attorney Mike Aguirre is being accused of overstepping his authority by obtaining a warrant to search the offices of Sunroad Enterprises. And, State Senator Christine Kehoe has been promoting her plan to restructure the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.