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Stories for January 16, 2008

San Diego Loses a Critical Voice

Jan. 16
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

I just heard from fellow film critic and Film Club co-host Scott Marks that the San Diego Union Tribune has let go their film critic David Elliott. (I haven't contacted the UT to get any details, however.) I may not agree with David's taste in movies but I think the decision to let him go and to apparently run wire reviews instead is a bad decision. Every community needs a diversity of critical voices whether it's about movies, theater, music, pop culture or politics. David contributed to that diversity of voices in regards to film, and that voice will be missed.

City Attorney Advocates Mandatory Fire Ordinance

Jan. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the city should make mandatory new building codes for homes built in high risk wildfire areas. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 16
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Children's Advocacy Group Scoffs at New MySpace Security Measures

Jan. 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The director of a children's advocacy group in San Diego believes new rules for the online website MySpace will not shield kids from online dangers. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Mayor Sanders Urges Collaborative Water Conservation

Jan. 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders convened a Water Summit today with mayors from cities around San Diego and Southern California. Sanders believes if all cities commit to conserve as much water as possible, they will stand a better chance of getting the state to commit to a multi-million dollar water bond. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Survey Majority Opposes Key Portions of Governor's Health Plan

Jan. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The results of a new survey don't bode well for Governor Schwarzenegger's healthcare reform proposal. The survey of 600 likely voters shows a vast majority are opposed to some key parts of the plan. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

UCSD Professors Question Methodology of Grade Tampering Audit

Jan. 16
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of UC San Diego professors wants investigators to reopen an audit that found grade tampering at the university's Preuss Charter School. But some people say another look at the data won't clear school officials of wrongdoing. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Controversial Alcohol Ban on San Diego Beaches Takes Effect

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Forget taking that bottle of beer or liquor to the beach: The one-year trial ban of drinking alcohol on beaches is in effect. The ban also applies to bay shores and coastal parks. First-time violators face a $250 fine and repeat offenders could spend six months in jail.

Tips for Winter Gardens

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gardening experts Nan Sterman and Tom Piergrossi fill us in on winter plantings, pruning, and everyone's favorite: worms.

Young People at Higher Risk for HIV

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

HIV/AIDS is on the rise in the United States, particularly among minorities and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control recommends HIV screening for all adolescents and adults 64 and younger. But reaching young people at risk for HIV/AIDS can be difficult. We talk about the impact of the AIDS epidemic on youth today.

Six Murdered in Tijuana Puts City on Edge

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Six people have been murdered in Tijuana, including police officers, and the border city is on edge. What's the cause of this brazen violence? How are the policies of Tijuana’s mayor and Mexico's president affecting the murder rate? Border reporter Amy Isackson explains why this kind of violence is not "the norm" in T.J.

High Ranking Tijuana Police Officers, Family Members Murdered

Jan. 16
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In a recent night of bloody violence in Tijuana, men armed to the hilt went on a shooting rampage. By early Tuesday morning, in the space of just six hours, they murdered at least six people including three high ranking policemen, some members of their families and an eleven year old girl. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Onofre Power Plant Disciplines 7 Workers Over Safety Issues

Jan. 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seven workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have been fired or disciplined over problems at the facility involving safety and security, Southern California Edison officials said Tuesday.

HIV on the Rise Amoung Young People in San Diego

Jan. 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Worldwide, about half of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 25. The percentage isn’t that high in San Diego. But the number of cases among young people is on the rise locally. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Money Can't Buy Me Love

Jan. 16
By Natalie Walsh and Off Mic

My husband and I have had some very heated arguments over money - how much we have, want, spend and save. These arguments can be so painful we prefer to not talk about money issues even though deep down, we know we should. And as it turns out, we're not alone.

Off Mic

Jan. 16
By Nwalsh and KPBS Public Broadcasting