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Stories for April 3, 2008

Loyalty

April 3
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

There are few modern political heroes, but one of mine has definitely been James Carville.

DA Asks For Patience as Officials Investigate Police Shooting

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County district attorney is asking for patience as officials investigate a shooting by an off-duty police officer that injured a woman and her 8-year-old son.

Study Says Latino, African Americans Doctors Underrepresented

April 3
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study from the University of California finds Latino and African Americans are under-represented in the ranks of the state's doctors. The report comes from researchers at UC San Francisco. Reporter Kelley Weiss has the story.

Fire Chiefs Ask For 25 More Engines to Bolster Wildfire Protection

April 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire chiefs around the San Diego region are asking for 25 more fire engines immediately to help them build so-called “surge capacity” in the event of another wildfire. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Report: 8 Californians Die Per Day Because They Lack Health Insurance

April 3
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report estimates more than eight Californians die every day due to a lack of health insurance. The report comes from the non-profit advocacy group Families USA. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Citizen Voices

April 3
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Feinstein Wants Strict Rules to Shape-Up Mortgage Lender Behavior

April 3
By Eric Niiler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senator Diane Feinstein says she wants to crack down on shady mortgage lenders. She says California is bearing a disproportionate burden of the country's home foreclosure crisis. Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill.

UCSD Aims to Join Top Tier of "Green" Universities

April 3
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UC San Diego aims to become one of the “greenest” universities in the country. The school is known for its global warming research. Now the campus is taking steps to practice what it preaches. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Professor Explains Nuances of Entertainment Litigation

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do contracts amongst parties in the entertainment industry impact the general public? Associate professor of law Kevin J. Greene discusses the ins-and-outs of litigation in Hollywood.

Weekend Preview: His People, UCSD Open Studios, Pigeon John, and Universal

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk about a rapper named Pigeon John, a silent film called “His People,” and a new club opening in Hillcrest called Universal.

Patti Boyd Recounts 20 Years of Marriage to Rock and Roll Legends

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pattie Boyd spent over 20 years immersed in rock and roll history through her marriages to The Beatle’s George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She has written a memoir of that time called “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me.” An exhibition of Boyd's photography opens at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in La Jolla this weekend.

Dipak Gupta Explains The Cycle of Terrorism

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Terrorism is something we all fear, yet understand little. SDSU scholar Dipak Gupta has spent many years studying terrorism. In fact, he was a member of a violent, radical group when he was a college student in India. He's come out with a new book that examines the life cycles of terrorist groups and the reasons why they thrive, if only for short periods of time.

Federal Government Proposes Expedited Border Fence Plan

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal government wants to expedite plans to build a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Environmentalists are critical of the move to skirt laws protecting wildlife, while border security advocates applaud the plan.

State Lawmakers Working on Reforms to Ease Wave of Foreclosures

April 3
By Julie Small and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are tinkering with tools to stop the nation's economic engine from sputtering to a halt. Senators Wednesday agreed on a package of tax breaks and housing bonds to help slow down a nationwide wave of foreclosures. In Sacramento, state lawmakers are doing some economic tinkering of their own. Julie Small says they're working on a number of lending reforms.

Mayor's $100 Million Loan Proposal Hits Snag in City Council

April 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' plan to borrow $100 million from Bank of America to fix streets and crumbling buildings has hit a snag. The city council didn't approve it. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Boss of SD-Based Casino Cheating Ring That Took $7M Pleads Guilty

April 3
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A fired card dealer accused of leading a crew that swindled casinos out of $7 million has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in what federal prosecutors called one of largest cheating schemes ever broken up.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from S.D. Landfills Underestimated

April 3
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS News has learned the California Air Board has been under-estimating greenhouse gases from San Diego County landfills. Landfills create methane gas – 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Joanne Faryon has more.