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Stories for March 8, 2007

Judge Rules S.D. Diocese Can Seal Names of Accusers

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego has lost a bid to seal any documents that would detail sex abuse allegations against priests. But the judge overseeing its bankruptcy reorganization ruled the accusers' names can be kept secret.

Congress to Oversee Hiring of Federal Prosecutors

March 8
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Bush administration says it will let Congress change the rules on how to replace federal prosecutors. California Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill that would subject U.S. attorneys to Senate confirmation. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Escondido Police to Refer Suspect Motorists to Immigration Officials

March 8
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A city leader in Escondido says attempts to crackdown on undocumented migrants continue. That, despite the demise of a plan to have Border Patrol work with local police. Councilman Sam Abed says the city plans to target overcrowding and may try to revive its rental ban. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Jail Overcrowding Fix Mandated; Gov. to Meet Lawmakers Monday

March 8
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has toured jail and prison facilities this week to view overcrowding and next week he'll meet with lawmakers. A deadline set by federal judges is approaching. They're demanding a plan to deal with the problem. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

City Sewer Rates to Climb 30% Over Four Years

March 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council recently voted to raise sewer rates by more than 30 percent over the next four years. But residents in many other cities around the county could see their sewer rates go up as well, because they use the city's treatment plants. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California to Consider Legalization of Doctor-Assisted Death

March 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lawmakers will soon consider a measure that would legalize doctor-assisted death for the terminally ill. Supporters say a new report from Oregon reveals an aid-in-dying law is working smoothly. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Local Says Rooftop Gardens Preserve Energy and Your Home

March 8
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Long used in Europe and Japan, green roof technology is showing up in San Diego. A Kearny-Mesa businessman today unveiled his rooftop garden, which he hopes will have positive effects on the environment. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has more.

North County Cardiac Program Responding to Emergencies in Record Time

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Everyday, otherwise healthy people fall victim to heart attacks. Unfortunately, if decisive action isn't taken with great speed, the outcome can be fatal. In North County the Palomar Pomerado Cardiac Alert Program is bringing treatment to victims in record time. Now they are spreading the word that it is essential to call 9-1-1 at the first suspicion of a heart attack.

Escondido Police Chief Against Council's Latest Immigration Proposal

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last year, Escondido tried to punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants. In January, the North County town passed an anti-illegal immigration resolution. Last night, it considered inviting immigration officers to police checkpoints. But once again the outcome fell short of what the council majority had sought. Ultimately the council agreed with the police chief, who said the idea would endanger hard-won trust between law enforcement and illegal immigrants.

Water Authority's Rebate Voucher Program Ending

March 8
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After 15 years, a countywide program that has saved billions of gallons of water is ending. The San Diego County Water Authority's rebate voucher program ends this month. Joanne Faryon has the story.

Measure Limiting Home Sizes Approved

March 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An ordinance restricting the size of homes in six Solana Beach neighborhoods has been approved by voters. The unofficial final results show Proposition A or the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, passed by 67 votes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

New Rule for Daylight Saving Time Causes Computer Glitches

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans "spring ahead" this weekend, three weeks earlier than usual. While early time change is likely to have the energy-saving effects Congress intended, it will also impact computers.

Weekend Preview: Latino Film Festival, Diplo and Bonde Do Role, My Chemical Romance

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with Anders Wright and Anna Maria Stephens about music, art, and movie options for the weekend.

“Enrique’s Journey” Author Tells of Harrowing Train-Top Experience

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario discusses her new book, "Enrique's Journey." We speak with her about her experience traveling on top of freight trains from Central America to Laredo, Texas. Nazario's book documents the route that many children and immigrants embark upon in search of a better life.

The Economics of Losing Basketball Tournaments

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do sports teams tank on purpose? If so, why? A new report on tanking in college basketball looks at why a team might give a minimal effort in their postseason conference tournament if they are already assured of a bid into the larger NCAA men's basketball championship tournament.

New Web Site Allows You to Track Your Family History

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Discovering the details about one’s family history just got easier. The San Diego County Library now has a web site called, Ancestry.com, which uses the power of the Internet and data from hundreds of years of documents to discover genealogical information about virtually anyone.

Mexico Officials Seek to Crack Down on Unregistered Sentri Users

March 8
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Governor of Baja California and a top customs official discussed border traffic at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Among other things, the two will work together to better estimate border wait times and prevent unregistered Sentri users from using the Sentri lane. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Prescribed Burns Return with Stricter Rules

March 8
By Andrea Hsu and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week, the U.S. Forest Service lifted a moratorium on prescribed burns in Cleveland National Forest. A prescribed burn is when firefighters intentionally burn dry brush to reduce fire hazard. The moratorium was imposed a year ago, after one prescribed burn erupted into a wildfire. It ended up burning more than 10,000 acres. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports, the forest service is once again burning brush, but this time, under stricter rules.

Senate Panel Ponders Subpoena Over Fired Prosecutors

March 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Senate committee looking into the firing of former San Diego U.S. Attorney Carol Lam and seven other federal prosecutors is asking the U.S. attorney general to make several Justice Department officials available.