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Stories for March 25, 2008

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March 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The New Raconteurs Album Out Today!

March 25
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Consolers of the Lonely, the new Raconteurs album, is out today. & Just bought it and am listening now...

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 25
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Regulators Delay Prescription Drug Tracking

March 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California regulators are giving drug makers another two years to start using high-tech tracking devices aimed at fighting counterfeit medications.

Following in Mitt's Footsteps

March 25
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Now, I don't want to sound like a Romney devotee. Heaven knows it's been difficult enough for me to come to grips with my enduring fascination with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), never mind supporting anyone more prototypically neocon than he. I would more likely vote for Dr. Paul than any other conservative ever (yes, even given his pro-life position.) &

French and Francophone Film Festival

March 25
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Here is the schedule of films with descriptions from the festival's press release. &

Calif. Republicans Pushing for Measures to Secure Border

March 25
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republicans in the California Assembly are pushing a package of nearly two dozen bills they say will help California secure its border.

San Diego to Buy Second Firefighting Helicopter

March 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's city council has finalized a deal to buy a second firefighting helicopter for the city's fire department.

San Diego Home Prices Decline for 22nd Straight Month

March 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego home prices declined in January for the 22nd straight month. An index of home prices shows a 2.5 percent drop from December. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Citizen Voices

March 25
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Steve Francis Outspending Jerry Sanders in San Diego Mayor's Race

March 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayoral candidate Steve Francis has contributed four times more money to his own campaign then incumbent mayor Jerry Sanders has raised in campaign contributions. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Environmental Group Says Diaper Bags Tainted with Lead

March 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says a number of California retailers are selling diaper bags that are tainted with lead. The group is asking stores and manufacturers to remove these products from the shelves. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Study Shows Suicide Risk for San Diego, LA Police Officers

March 25
By Jacob Adelman

Suicide rates among police officers in Los Angeles and San Diego are higher than their counterparts in other big cities cited in a report considered Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Commission.

New School Superintendent Leads First Board Meeting

March 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's new school superintendent Terry Grier officially leads his first school board meeting today. He says his top priority is to develop a better working relationship with school trustees. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Regenerative Medicine Doctor on the Promise of Stem Cells

March 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many scientists think stem-cell research holds a lot of promise, but many oppose it on ethical grounds. Dr. Jeanne Loring, the new director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute, explains how San Diego is on the cutting edge of stem-cell research.

San Diego Gives Approval to Ban Mini-Dorms

March 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council passed a Rooming House Ordinance designed to prevent landlords from turning single family homes into mini dorms. Councilman Jim Madaffer represents the College Area. He says the Ordinance has been carefully worded to avoid litigation.

Scripps Planning New Medical School on Torrey Pines Mesa

March 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation's first medical school dedicated entirely to training doctors for dual careers in research and patient care is being planned in San Diego.