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Stories for January 17, 2008

Persepolis/Interview with Marjane Satrapi

Jan. 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Persepolis/Interview with Marjane Satrapi

Judge Rules Against San Diego's Recount Dispute

Jan. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Superior Court Judge has issued a tentative ruling against the County of San Diego in its suit, challenging the Secretary of State. At issue is whether Secretary of State Debra Bowen has the authority to require a bigger manual recount of votes in races that are too close to call. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Students Encouraged to Apply Online for Financial Aid Programs

Jan. 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Low-income California high school students are being encouraged to apply online for one of the state's financial aid programs this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Judge Weighs Whether To Overrule President Bush on Sonar Testing

Jan. 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal judge has to decide whether to overrule President Bush on sonar testing restrictions. The Navy wants to conduct the tests off the San Diego coast. Environmental groups claim the exercises harms marine life. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Weekend Preview: Cabaret Dances, Todd Snider, UCSD Art Gallery, and Gilbert Castellanos

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This weekend brings two singer-songwriters to town, a new exhibit at the UCSD Art Gallery, Jean Isaacs’ Cabaret Dances, and an art exhibit by sex workers.

Gun Battle Erupts in Tijuana

Jan. 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There's been another shootout in Tijuana today. Four police are injured. The gun battle forced the evacuation of a nursery school and paralyzed the city's Ermita neighborhood. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Managing Editor of ‘Newsweek’ Takes Stock of the Presidential Race

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The presidential race is a contest of ideas, positions and of personalities. We' speak with Evan Thomas, the editor of Newsweek magazine, who's following the race very closely. He talks about the qualities of character that he thinks are vital to a presidential candidate.

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Set to Deploy from San Diego

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 7,000 sailors and Marines will deploy next week when the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group leaves San Diego for the western Pacific.

Former Aviation Official Discusses the Future of Lindbergh Field

Jan. 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What can be done to make Lindbergh Field San Diego's airport of the future? A former federal airport official explains his solutions to over-extended Lindbergh Field.

California Doctors Lead Nation in Electronic Health Records

Jan. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new survey from the California HealthCare Foundation shows doctors in the state lead the nation in adopting electronic health records. Even so, the report says nearly two out of three California physicians still use old-fashioned paper records. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Increased Development in San Diego's Wildlands Fueling Fires

Jan. 17
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We often figure fire burns randomly as it destroys one home but not another on the same street. But many fire experts say it’s more predictable than that: defensible space, building materials and an often forgotten issue plays a pivotal role. You guessed it: Location, location, location. Many fire experts say it’s the number one risk factor. Yet the Department of forestry says 5 million California homes are in wildfire-prone areas. And there’s little being done to limit development in such places. For KPBS, reporter Rebecca Tolin has the story.

Border Crossers Who Perished in Fires Remembered

Jan. 17
By Laura Castaneda and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Many San Diegan’s may not realize that undocumented people living in this community suffered the biggest loss in this firestorm. Eight people were severely burned in the Harris fire as they made their way through the mountains-- six border crossers perished. Freelance journalist, Laura Castaneda has the story of one of the victims who is not being forgotten.

San Diego's Lack of Resources Under Fire

Jan. 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For all the attention devoted to preventing another catastrophe like the deadly 2003 Cedar Fire, San Diegans witnessed an almost eerie rerun when massive wildfires hit last October. Even though the city and county had four years to prepare for the firestorm, the region still does not have enough firefighters and equipment. KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

Fire Survivors Face Long Road to Rebuilding

Jan. 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego wildfires have faded from the headlines, but fire victims have not forgotten. They still must overcome the inertia. Then they have to confront the insurance companies. And then they face a wall of bureaucracy. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps says rebuilding can take years.