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Stories for March 5, 2007

The Lure of Winning Big Leads to Addiction

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The lure of winning big at the horse tracks, card rooms and casinos is turning some Californians into chronic gamblers. On Monday’s Full Focus, we’ll explore the alluring world of casino gaming.

Parents Consider Advantage of Delaying Kindergarten

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are 4-year-olds ready for the rigors of the new kindergarten? A report tonight on parents who struggle with that decision.

House Passes Employee Free Choice Act

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize. We'll hear from a labor leader on why unions see this law as vital to rebuilding unions and bolstering the nation's middle class.

FBI Launches Corruption Hotline

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The local division of the FBI wants San Diegans to report public corruption. They've launched a new hotline for people to call with tips of illegal activity among local, state and federal officials. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

City Asks $9 Million From NTC Redevelopers

March 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre has accused one of San Diego's largest developers of artificially inflating costs to deny the city a share of their profits. He is asking Corky McMillin Companies to give $9 million to the city from the Naval Training Center redevelopment project. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SDSU/CSU Faculty Vote on Whether to Strike

March 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State faculty members voted Monday on whether they should strike. This is the first time they are taking such action against the California State University system. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis prepared this report.

Solana Beach Residents to Vote on House Size Limit

March 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voters in Solana Beach decide Tuesday on a measure that would limit the size of homes in certain neighborhoods. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the measure is designed to prevent larger homes compared to the size of their property.

"Restoration Comedy" Restores Laughter at Old Globe Theater

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with the playwright and director of “Restoration Comedy,” a bawdy, romantic farce written in the style of the Restoration era.

Private Funding for Public Education Raises Controversy

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many schools in San Diego look to private foundations to fund programs that tax dollars from Sacramento and Washington D.C. don't cover. Although this extra money can support additional educational programs that benefit students, these funds often require that schools support programs with money they don't have.

Would-Be-Czar Turned Artist

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If history hadn't gotten in the way, Andrew Romanoff could have been the emperor of Russia. But as things turned out, the grandnephew of the ill-fated last czar spends his time painting whimsical, folk-art renderings of his unusual upbringing in a dethroned royal family onto “Shrinky Dinks,”, the plastic children's toy that shrinks in the oven. Romanoff joins us to discuss his life and an exhibition of his work that just wrapped up at a San Francisco art gallery.

Call for Ratings at Daycare Facilities

March 5
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A State Assemblyman is resurrecting an effort to create a rating system for daycare facilities. Republican Assemblyman John Benoit says the goal is to give parents easily accessible information about child care. Jenny O’Mara reports.

Narcissism Grows More Common Among Youth

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Young Americans are more focused on themselves than previous generations. That's what an SDSU psychology professor finds in a recent study on generational narcissism. Jean Twenge has written a book about narcissism in America's youth and she joins us to discuss her research.

Public Integrity Unit to Investigate Political Corruption

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego district attorney's office wants to target political corruption in San Diego County. The new Public Integrity Unit uses criminal grand juries to investigate possible wrongdoing by public officials.

S.D. Zoo's Sun Bear Cub Dazzles Researchers, Zoo Visitors

March 5
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a new face at the San Diego Zoo this week. Bulan is a five-month-old Bornean Sun Bear. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu says the young cub gives scientists -- and the public -- a rare chance to learn about the least studied and most threatened of bears.

S.D. Council to Vote on Mayor-Council Compromise

March 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council will vote this afternoon on a possible truce in the ongoing power struggle over who controls the city's purse strings. The outcome will affect the mayor's freedom to cut public services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Seasoned Death Penalty Attorney Agrees to Defend Arellano-Felix

March 5
By Amy Isackson

A seasoned death penalty attorney has agreed to help defend suspected Mexican drug cartel leader Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix who's being tried in San Diego. The case could be San Diego's first capital punishment case. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.