Stories for October 12, 2007
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Speaker Fabian Nunez says this is the worst publicity he's received during his time as leader of the state Assembly. And the Democrat says it's making him re-think future trade missions and foreign travel. He's talking about the flap over an article last week in the Los Angeles Times. The story detailed thousands of dollars in campaign money he spent on gifts, wine, and hotels while traveling.
A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to taking 100 dollars for each carload of illegal immigrants that he helped get past a highway checkpoint.
In San Diego, trial is underway for a former defense contractor accused of bribing Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former congressman who is serving more than eight years in prison. Brent Wilkes is accused of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and providing more than $600,000 in the form of cash, meals, private jet flights, vacations and prostitutes. Reporter Seth Hettena has more.
Several researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are part of the panel sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. 2,000 scientists worked on climate change research for the United Nations. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
A San Diego County education report shows black and Latino students are still lagging behind whites and Asians in eighth grade math classes, but they are making some progress. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Bonobo, Radiohead, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Taj Mahal, Rilo Kiley and The Beach Boys.
Several researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are part of the panel sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Two thousand scientists worked on climate change research for the United Nations. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
This week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revises his healthcare plan for 6.7 million uninsured Californians while congressional Democrats influence lawmakers to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Also, the San Diego City Council now considers an array of alcohol ban options for local beaches. And, the city council bars San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre from representing taxpayers on pension and La Jolla landslide matters.