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Stories for March 9, 2007

Reporters Discuss US Attorneys Firings; Escondido Policing; Jamul Casino and the NTC Development Deal

March 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What’s behind the firing of several federal prosecutors including San Diego’s Carol Lam? On Friday’s Full Focus, we’ll take a look at the testimony before the House and Senate this week over allegations of politically motivated firings.

The Host/Interview with Bong Joon Ho

March 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Imagine

14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicked off on Thursday March 8 and will run through March 18 at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center. Once again this audiences will be treated to more than 100 shorts, features and documentaries from Mexico, Spain, Latin America, Cuba and the U.S. Here are some highlights.

Frank Miller's 300

March 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

There's so much testosterone pumping through the new film

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Attorneys' Firings Create Chill in Justice Department

March 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Testimony before House and Senate committees this week by fired U.S. Attorneys revealed some instances of attempted interference by members of Congress in on-going investigations. Amita Sharma has local reaction from former federal prosecutors.

Surprise Weekend Heat Prompts Wildfire Watch

March 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A hot spell is headed our way. The National Weather Service says unseasonably warm, dry conditions caused the agency to issue a 36-hour wildfire watch.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lemon Grove Auditorium Dedicated to S.D. Civil Rights Hero

March 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lemon Grove's Middle School officially named its auditorium after a man who many call San Diego's first civil rights hero. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis was at the dedication ceremony today and has this report.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We're Number One -- In Gas Prices

March 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has the most expensive gasoline prices in the country. The Auto Club's Marie Montgomery says unleaded gas is now averaging almost $3 a gallon. She says there's a couple of reasons, including tight supplies, why we're paying more at the pumps.

Water Pipes No Safeguard for Smokers

March 9
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hookah smokers may want to think twice before they fire up their next water pipe. A new report from the American Lung Association says hookah smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and dangerous gases. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

City Fines Councilman for Post-Election Fundraising

March 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Ethics Commission has fined City Councilman Tony Young $10,000 for continuing to collect money 18 months after his special election in 2005. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Libby’s Future, Nest Egg for California Kids, Mortgage Regulations

March 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Lewis "Scooter" Libby was found guilty of four felony charges of making false statements to the FBI. Will President Bush use his power to pardon Libby? We’ll also review a proposal to give $500 to all children born in California, as it has recently sparked debate in Sacramento. Finally, we’ll discuss how stricter regulations on mortgage lenders could impact the regional housing market.

Public Gets a Glimpse of North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

March 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

San Diegans packed a public meeting at the Port District Headquarters yesterday, to see a new video of the long promised North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. They learned there is more to the Waterfront makeover than picturesque pedestrian boulevards. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.