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Stories for April 15, 2008

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April 15
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Education of a Graduate

April 15
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices
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So with no more class outlines, case briefs, and the Socratic method of teaching to occupy my brain, I've started wondering where my classmates and I will wind up in a few years.

SEC's Lawsuit May Be Seen as Example to Other Local Governments

April 15
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego is usually praised for being cutting edge with new policies or programs. But the Securities and Exchange Commission may be using the city as an example to other local governments. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Pink-Slipped Teachers Case

April 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A judge heard closing arguments today in a case that pits the San Diego teachers union against the San Diego Unified School District. They're fighting over layoff notices that were sent to hundreds of teachers last month. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

San Diego Gangs Tied to Organized Crime Groups in Tijuana

April 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Law enforcement officials in San Diego say street gangs here continue to have strong ties to organized crime groups in Tijuana. A gunman killed recently in an attack in Tijuana is believed to belong to both a gang in Barrio Logan and the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Moth Invasion Should Be Over Soon

April 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County's winter rains are getting the blame for a massive swarm of insects. Thousands of moths, butterflies and long-legged crane flies have been spreading across the county this past week.

Ratepayer Group Says Climate Change Institutes Needless Expense

April 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California regulators voted to make state ratepayers foot the $600 million-dollar cost for a new institute on climate change. Which means San Diego Gas and Electric bills will be going up. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego's Median Home Price Drops $100,000 in One Year

April 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County's median home price has dropped nearly $100,000 in one year. A new report from DataQuick Information Systems says home sales have also dropped sharply. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Donors Invited to Name New Species at Scripps

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What's in a name? For Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the names given to new species involve a lot of research...and money. Scripps is offering the public the naming rights to new ocean species for a donation of cash. We find out why Scripps is using this novel approach to fundraising and how it will help science.

Musicians Perform Appalachian and Bluegrass Music from Virginia's Crooked Road

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Crooked Road winds through the mountains, ridges and valleys of southern Virginia. The communities along this road have produced talented musicians performing bluegrass and mountain-style music. We'll talk to some of those musicians and listen to their in-studio performance.

Judge Jan Goldsmith On Running for City Attorney

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Who is Jan Goldsmith, and why does he appear to be the Republican front-runner for San Diego city attorney? Judge Goldsmith joins us in-studio to talk about his legal career, his political background, and what he would like to bring to San Diego’s government.

Political Writer Joe Mathews Considers the Body Politic

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What's this hand basket we're in and where is it going? That's the question a lot of people are asking in America today, as the war in Iraq wears on and the economy goes down the tubes. But where's all that audacious hope? Joe Mathews, the long-time politics writer, tries to answer that question. He talks about the latest on the presidential election and the horrors of the California budget dilemma.

California Foreclosures Increase 20 Percent in March

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The number of foreclosed homes in California went up more than 20-percent in March. It was the second highest month nationally since the firm RealtyTrac began keeping track at the start of 2005. From Sacramento, Ben Adler reports.

San Diego Council Gives Itself a 24 Percent Hike in Pay, Mayor's Up 29 Percent

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council has voted itself a 24 percent pay raise as well as a 29 percent hike for the mayor.

District One Candidates Debate Outsourcing City Jobs

April 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Four of the eight San Diego city council seats are up for election this year. In District One, three candidates are vying to take over from Council President Scott Peters, who will be termed out. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on where the candidates stand on the question of privatizing city jobs.

El Cajon Man Cleaning His Pool Killed When Big Rig Crashes Into Backyard

April 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An El Cajon father cleaning his swimming pool was killed by a big rig that crashed through a fence and into his backyard.

WaMu - Whoo Hoo?

April 15
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices
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In the background, you could hear people in the Seattle office laughing and kvetching throughout her announcement. Of course no one in the San Diego office could respond because it was a "listen only" call. All they could do is silently listen, some with tears streaming down their faces, while Corporate yucked it up.