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Stories for May 13, 2008

Privatization Dispute Continues Over Mexico's Oil

May 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seventy-one days of debate on whether Mexico should boost private investment in the country's oil company, PEMEX, began today in Mexico City. Meanwhile, Pemex's general counsel is in La Jolla to address the Institute of the America's annual energy forum this evening. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

MoPA Movies: Charulata and El Mariachi

May 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Just Because They Say It Doesn't Make It So

May 13
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices

As I write this, I'm watching the primary returns from North Carolina and Indiana, and it's apparent that some of the network anchors and their & "experts" hang onto racist and sexist rhetoric in spite of the fact that much of the American population appears to have moved past it.

County Approves Expansion of Medical Care for Working Poor

May 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors have approved a major expansion of the public program that provides medical care for the poor. The County has been under a court order to modify the program. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

S.D. Council Denies Legal Aid for Ex-Officials

May 13
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's city council has decided taxpayers won't foot the legal bills of four former city officials accused of fraud in connection with the city's pension scandal. Council members voted to delay a decision about defense of former City Manager Michael Uberuaga. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

May 13
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Filner Wants Iranian Opposition Group Taken Off Watch List

May 13
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Congressman Bob Filner wants an Iranian opposition group to be taken off the U.S. list of terror organizations. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

San Diego Mom Back in Michigan After 32 years as a Fugitive

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A suburban housewife arrested in San Diego 32 years after she escaped from a Detroit-area prison is back in Michigan to serve out at least 5½ years on drug charges.

U.S. Forest Service Plans California Hiring Round in July

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Forest Service is planning a round of hiring in July to fill 363 vacancies in California, all at supervisory levels or above.

‘Surf Orpheus’ Puts Southern California Twist on Greek Classic

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

“Surf Orpheus” is a new musical from UCSD's Theater and Dance department. It is written and directed by Corey Madden and takes the classic myth of Orpheus and transplants it into contemporary Southern California surf culture. We talk to Madden and the musical's composer, Bruno Louchouarn.

Migrants Trapped in October Wildfires Tell Their Stories

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many migrants heading north into the US from Mexico last fall were caught in the devastating wildfires that swept through San Diego County. Local journalist Laura Castaneda captured the stories of three groups of migrants in her new documentary. We talk with the filmmaker about the impact the fires had on these people.

Legal Update: Defining a Gang

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the legal definition of a gang? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton explores how two San Diego cases may require the law to interpret what is, and isn't, a gang.

Mayor Sanders Pension Reform Plan Stalled by Divided Council

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to end defined pension benefits for city employees, therefore saving the city $50 million over the next 10 years. But the unions representing the workers oppose the move.

Hacksaw Discusses Padres Slump, Aztecs' Academic Problems

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why can't the Padres score any runs? And, is the Friars' latest slump an indication of how the 2008 season is going to be for the ball club? Or, can the team still rally and compete for a playoff spot in the National League? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the Padres' struggles at the plate, and about the Aztecs' academic problems.

City of Santee Opposes Proposal to Expand Las Colinas Detention Facility

May 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why is the City of Santee opposed to a proposal to expand the Las Colinas Detention Facility? Host Tom Fudge speaks to a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune and a representative from the City of Santee about the County's plan to add on to the all-female jail.

S.D. School Board to Consider Renewing Contract with Preuss

May 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego school board will consider whether to renew its contract with UC San Diego's Preuss Charter School today. The charter school needs that contract to stay in business. Preuss officials say a lot has changed since the school was hit by a grade-fixing scandal five months ago, but some community members say too much has stayed the same. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Council Rejects Sanders' Pension Proposal

May 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders failed to get the support of the city council to reform non-public safety pension plans. After more than eight hours of debate and two closed door sessions last night, the Council rejected the Mayor's push to impose pension plans more like those in the private sector. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

State Assemblyman Proposes Porn Tax

May 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California legislative committee has put off a vote on a controversial pornography tax.

Democrat Karen Bass Becomes California's State Assembly Speaker

May 13
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democrat Karen Bass is taking over as California State Assembly Speaker on Tuesday. She is the first African American woman in the country to hold such a position. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Hands Free Cell Devices Will Save Lives

May 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In a little under two months, state law will require you to put away that hand held cell phone while driving. And a new study finds the change is likely to save hundreds of lives. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Political Consultant Leo McElroy Discusses the "May Revise"

May 13
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The budget news out of Sacramento is not looking good this year. Tomorrow, we're expecting to get some new figures about the state of our budget deficit. It's called the "May Revise." These new numbers will reveal more about the budget shortfall as California teachers wait to find out if they'll be laid-off due to the budget shortfall. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Orpheus and Hades Surf the Stage at UCSD

May 13
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Corey Madden has been combing the beaches of Southern California talking to surfers for the last year. & She's talked to runaways living along Pacific Beach. & And she's spent a lot of time with professional surfers who have retired from the sport and now find themselves ostracized from the surfing community. &

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

May 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting