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Stories for March 5, 2008

Politics Without End

March 5
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

Instead, voters in four Democratic contests left their party's nomination undecided, and the California justices gave away little on their leanings in the pending litigation.

Citizen Voices

March 5
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local Lawyer Announces Bid to Unseat Aguirre as City Attorney

March 5
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego lawyer Amy Lepine announced her bid today to unseat incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre.

In Candidacy Announcement, Aguirre Says He Hopes to Finish Repairing City's Corruption

March 5
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre announced his candidacy for re-election today. Aguirre says he needs to finish repairing the damage of past corruption. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Hundreds of High School Sophomores Prepare For State Exit Exam

March 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hundreds of high school sophomores in San Diego Unified are gearing up to take the California High School Exit Exam. It's the first time 10th graders are taking the high-stakes test. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New Mexican Law Restricts Car Imports to its Interior

March 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new law in Mexico severely restricts car imports to Mexico's interior. The law means changes at used car lots and auction houses along the border. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Reps Seek to Overturn EPA's Block of California Emissions Waiver

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than three dozen House members have signed on to legislation that would overturn the EPA's decision to deny California permission to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

San Diego Bay Cleanup Delayed Again

March 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An effort to clean up toxic sediment from part of the San Diego Bay has been delayed. A tentative order was issued three years ago requiring the polluted soil to be removed. But there's been no action to clean up the area. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Author of ‘Revenge of the Donut Boys’ Talks About His Stories

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mike Sager has written about Roseanne Barr admitting she has multiple personalities, Slayer fans, what it's like to be a beautiful woman, the lethal fires in Wildcat Canyon and what it's like to live in San Diego as a family of four on $50,000. Sager is a writer at large for Esquire magazine and he joins us in studio to talk about his work.

Judge Denies Request to Interview Congressman in Haditha Case

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military judge has denied a request of attorneys for a Marine lieutenant colonel to interview Rep. John Murtha over comments he made about Marines killing "in cold blood" in an attack that left 24 Iraqis dead in Haditha.

Families Who Lost Homes in the Wildfires Talk About Rebuilding

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Close to 1,500 homes were destroyed in the wildfires two weeks ago. Those affected are sifting through the rumble and trying to figure out how to rebuild their dwellings and their lives. We'll talk with some victims of the fires and with agencies offering assistance in the recovery.

Democratic Race Takes a Turn While GOP Nomination is Locked Up

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senator Hillary Clinton re-energizes her campaign as Senator Barack Obama wins only one of four contests. How will this change the dynamics of the Democratic race for the White House? Meanwhile, Senator John McCain clinches the Republican nomination. Does an early nominee help or hurt the GOP? We break down the latest presidential politics with Michael Smolens, politics editor for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

New Report Grades Doctors on Quality of Health Care

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How can you tell if your doctor is at the top of their field or if their performance has been below average? We discuss a recent report that offered ratings for surgeons who performed coronary bypass procedures in California.

Senate Democrats Dig In Over Education Cuts

March 5
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Remember last year's budget stalemate? Democrats say they're prepared to dig in for another long summer if education cuts proposed by the Governor move forward… As Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento, educators say they're facing teacher lay offs and bigger classes.

San Francisco Only to Use 100 Percent Recycled Paper

March 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Francisco is joining a list of cities and counties that will be using only 100 percent recycled paper.

Young Farmers Learn Hard Lessons at Imperial Valley Fair

March 5
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Growing up in an agricultural area like the Imperial Valley can bring some hard lessons for kids. One of them is the sometimes bitter-sweet conflict between attachment to an animal, and commerce. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has the story.