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Stories for March 12, 2008

Off Mic

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Silly Little Laws

March 12
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

While some decry the president as a scofflaw, haven't series of petty, paternalistic laws throughout our history created a nation of scofflaws? For me it probably started at the sheer silliness of trying to drive 55 miles per hour through the wide open expanse of California's Central Valley, though it certainly could have been the futility of imposing a drinking age of 21 years while I was an undergrad. For others, this includes heinous and notorious criminal acts as varied as smoking on a public beach or under-reporting tips to the IRS.

The Counterfeiters

March 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The film turns to Adolf Burger's memoir

SDLFF Highlight: Tyger

March 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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SDLFF Highlight: Tyger

Citizen Voices

March 12
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Long Delays at Lindberg After Southwest Grounds 38 Airplanes

March 12
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Passengers at San Diego's Lindberg Field experienced both short and long delays after Southwest Airlines grounded 38 of its airplanes. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Citizen With Suspected Felix Cartel Ties Arrested in Mexico

March 12
By Amy Isackson

A U.S. citizen suspected of being a high-ranking member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel has been arrested in Mexico. The man is wanted on federal drug charges in the United States. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

No Security Changes Planned After North County Train Accident

March 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A spokesman for the North County Transit District says security along the new Sprinter Light Rail line will not change in response to yesterday’s accident. A homeless man lay on the tracks and lots his legs when the train ran over him. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Logan Heights Parents Lobby Board For Magnet School

March 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Parents in Logan Heights are urging the San Diego Unified school district school to establish a new school within a struggling charter school. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Rosarito Police Get Their Guns Back in Time For Spring Break

March 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Just in time for Spring Break, Rosarito's police force has its guns back. The city’s officers were disarmed in December, almost exactly one year after Tijuana police had their guns taken away. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Pulitzer Winning Author Tracy Kidder On ‘Mountains Beyond Mountains’

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder talks about his book “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” The non-fiction book follows the life and work of Paul Farmer and his efforts to bring health care to the poor communities of Haiti.

Padres Head to the Far East, While USD Basketball Heads to NCAA

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both the USD men's and women's basketball teams have punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Should the teams be considered "Cinderellas" or legitimate contenders for the championship? Also, the Padres are trying to expand their fan base with exhibition games planned in China this week. Why is the team travelling to the Far East, and how's the roster shaping up in spring training? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the hot local sports topics of the week.

Gloria Penner on Three County Supervisors’ Fight For Re-election

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans will go to the polls again in June for their second primary election of the year. Three members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be up for re-election. We talk about those races and the office of the supervisor with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

New Challenges for California’s Home Schooling Parents

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state appellate court recently ruled that it is illegal for a parent to home school their child without a teaching credential. While it is uncertain at this time exactly how the ruling will change the regulations for home schooling in California, it is clear that changes are on the horizon. We speak to a law professor and a school administrator to get their thoughts on the ruling and to discuss the potential impact it will have in the state.

San Diego City Schools Brace Themselves for Layoffs

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is preparing to send out hundreds of layoff notices in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts to education. We speak to KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis about a heated school board meeting where the proposed cuts were discussed last night.

Geophysicist Explains Science of Early Detection for Earthquakes

March 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dr. Hiroo Kanamori is a world-known physicist who developed the current system used to measure earthquakes. He explains how early detection mechanisms can save lives and keep people out of harm's way.

California Hospitals Struggling to Pay Rising Bond Interest Rates

March 12
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California hospitals are struggling to pay rising bond interest rates after the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. A new state program approved yesterday will give relief to some of them. Sacramento reporter Kelley Weiss has more.

Aguirre Defends his Job Peformance at First City Attorney Debate

March 12
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre defended his performance yesterday, on stage with four people who want his job. It was the first public debate in the race for City Attorney. Reporter David Nogueras was there.

Water Supplier Approves Rate Hike

March 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A major supplier of water to San Diego voted to hike rates. The increase means water will cost slightly more next year in San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

S.D. School Board Approves Cuts to 900 Teachers, Staff

March 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 900 San Diego Unified teachers, counselors and nurses will get pink slips in the mail this week. The San Diego school board voted last night to take that action. Hundreds of teachers, parents and community members turned out to urge the school trustees not to make drastic cuts. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.