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Stories for October 15, 2007

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Box Office Surprise?

Oct. 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

50 Arrested in Huge Raid of Illegal Cockfighting Network

Oct. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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50 people have been arrested in the largest raid on illegal cockfighting operations in San Diego history. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Judge Sentences Eldest Arellano to Six Years, With Parole Potential

Oct. 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The eldest brother in the notorious Arellano Felix family that runs Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel was sentenced in federal court in San Diego Monday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix could be eligible for parole in four months. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

California Bans Toxic Chemical Used to Make Teething Rings, Etc.

Oct. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California is the first state in the country to ban the use of a dangerous chemical found in kids toys. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Vetoes Bill to Prevent Sale of Toxic Electronics

Oct. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have prevented the sale of electronic products that contain certain toxins. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Legal Update: Politicians and Defamation

Oct. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling opines that restricting politicians' speech means government censorship while an Encinitas councilwoman successfully sues a disgruntled constituent for libel. Do the same defamation standards apply to politicians as common citizens? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton explores the burden of proof during lawsuits that involve politicians and defamation.

The Impact of Landscaping on the Local Water Supply

Oct. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How much water is used each year to maintain San Diego's lush, green lawns? We speak to KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon about the impact landscaping has on our local water supply. Faryon talks about how much water it takes to keep our grass green and offers some tips for residents who want to reduce the water they use on their landscapes.

California's Water Supply Packing San Diego a One-Two Punch

Oct. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The future of California's water supply is here now. Many areas of the state are dealing with effects of a one-two punch. Cutbacks in water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and lack of rain and snow. Water from the Delta make up about two-thirds of Southern California's imported water. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the state's water woes.

Bilbray Opposed to Federally-Funded Children's Health Insurance Program

Oct. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressional advocates of expanding the federally-funded Children Health Insurance Program will try to override President Bush's veto this week. San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray says he doesn't support the effort. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Unexpected S.D. School Enrollment Prompts Need for More Teachers

Oct. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school officials may need to hire more teachers and staff to deal with the district's unexpected enrollment growth. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Lawns Are a Major Drain on California's Water Supply

Oct. 15
By Joanne Faryon, Erica Simpson, Joe Spurr

If you look outside your front window, chances are you'd see a lot of green lawns -- especially if you live in the suburbs. But in a climate with little rain, and hot dry summers, should we be seeing green? Joanne Faryon has more.