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Stories for November 14, 2007

Your Favorite Movies, Starring Bunnies

Nov. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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After she enjoyed the

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Nov. 14
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Politics of the Iowa Caucus

Nov. 14
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries
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You better have a restful, tame New Years Eve celebration this year. Just three days into 2008 and just as you are recovering from your revelries (assuming you dont heed this warning), youll be assaulted by the results of the first official step in the march toward the Presidential nomination.

KPBS Commentaries

Nov. 14
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Military Jury Convicts Marine Instructor of Abusing Recruits

Nov. 14
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A Marine boot camp drill instructor was convicted Wednesday of abusing recruits at one of the country's two training depots.

City and County Still Yet to Award Debris Removal Contracts

Nov. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City and County still have not awarded contracts to fulfill their promise of free debris removal for fire victims whose homes were destroyed. The County has earmarked $30 million for the program. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

STDs on Rise in San Diego

Nov. 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in San Diego County. In fact, the county has seen an increase in reported cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and Chlamydia that's higher than the national averages. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Some Real Estate Agents Suffering in Mortgage Meltdown

Nov. 14
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Meet Ray Namovi. Rolex. Pinstriped suit. BMW 745, the very essence of a successful real estate agent. But if image is everything, in Ray’s case, the image is false.

Sanders Vetoes Recycled Water Project

Nov. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on Wednesday vetoed a recent City Council action authorizing a pilot program to use recycled wastewater. The council voted for the plan to supplement San Diego's drinking water supply. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Residents Can Take Simple Measures to Avoid CO Poisoning

Nov. 14
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Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The colorless, odorless and tasteless gas can reach dangerously high levels in homes and worksites as the result of burning fuel. We'll talk about the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it.

San Diegans with Subprime Loans Suffer Foreclosures

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California housing market has been seen as a goldmine. And subprime loans have helped many borrowers buy homes that they otherwise may not have been able to afford. But the risks were great – higher fees and interest rates. Now that the market has fallen, many of those homebuyers are facing foreclosure. We'll take a look at how subprime loans have impacted San Diego's housing market.

Inside Sacramento: Healthcare Plan, SF Bay Oil Spill, Marijuana Seizures, Education Summit

Nov. 14
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Legislative Democrats propose a new healthcare plan; politicians point fingers over the San Francisco Bay oil spill; major marijuana plant seizures take place at our national parks; and Sacramento holds an education summit that focuses on race. Marianne Russ, bureau chief of the California Capitol Network, takes us "Inside Sacramento."

Underage Drinking Debate: Why Both Sides Agree More Than Not

Nov. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The legal drinking age in the United States remains unchanged over the past two decades, but the debate is back. We speak with advocates on both sides of the debate whom have different perspectives on how to keep young drinkers safe.

Lieutenant Governor Proposes to Cap Future UC, CSU Fee Increases

Nov. 14
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi wants to cap future fee increases for UC and CSU students. He says they should only go up with the rate of inflation. This week he's presenting the idea to both the UC Regents and the CSU Trustees. Garamendi is a member of both. He says public higher education has become less of a priority.

Top Education Researcher Says Low Expectations Contribute to Achievement Gap

Nov. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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One of the nation's top education researchers says low expectations for certain students and education reform fads are contributing to California's persistent achievement gap. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis reports from the Achievement Gap Summit in Sacramento.

San Diego Utility Sued for Alleged Negligence in Wildfires

Nov. 14
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Two families who lost their homes during last month's wildfires have filed lawsuits against San Diego Gas & Electric Co. accusing the utility of negligence for failing to clear vegetation around its power lines.

Civil Rights Groups Claim Lenders Targeted Minorities

Nov. 14
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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As home values went up in recent years, more minorities bought houses in San Diego County than ever before. Many used high interest, subprime loans. Now civil rights groups say lenders targeted minorities for those loans which are more expensive than conventional credit. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

The WGA Strike, From the Writers of The Office

Nov. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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The WGA Strike, From the Writers of The Office

Dramatic Chipmunk Craze Immobolizes Culture Lust Reporting for Two Hours!

Nov. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Just kidding, KPBS. It's only been about 45 minutes. Forgive me if you've already witnessed this -- the YouTube craze that started this summer featuring one very dramatic chipmunk. Even if you've already seen it, it's worth another 5 seconds of your attention, cause that's all it takes, 5 seconds and you're done for.