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Stories for May 21, 2008

Heavy Breathing from NPR

May 21
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Not exactly "heavy breathing," I mean, it is NPR. It would be like hearing your parents heavy breathing, or your grandparents. So it's not heavy breathing, more like earnest and civilized breathing. Public radio breathing. Anyway, an artist named

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

May 21
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Judging Judges By Their Statements

May 21
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

All four candidates in these two races seem to think that experience in criminal law is the key to being a judge, and any possible appearance of bias shown by the endorsements mentioned above should only make them more qualified in the eyes of their target voter.

Woman Held in San Diego Courthouse Bombing Probe Denied Bail

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A woman arrested during an FBI investigation into a bombing at San Diego's federal courthouse has been ordered to remain in custody without bond.

State Test Results Show San Diego High Schools Way Behind

May 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state report shows San Diego elementary and middle school kids continue to make gains on state tests, but high school kids are way behind. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Citizen Voices

May 21
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three Local Hospitals Fined for Safety Violations

May 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Department of Public Health has fined three hospitals in San Diego County for safety violations. Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Memorial in La Jolla, and UCSD are among 13 facilities statewide to be penalized. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Tijuana Doctors, Citizens Groups Protest Violence

May 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A handful of citizens groups and doctors took to the streets in Tijuana today to once again urge the government to crack down on drug cartel violence and kidnappings in the border city. It’s the second time in a week doctors have stopped work to demand peace. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

San Diego Officials Looking for Ways to Raise Millions for Fire Protection

May 21
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County and City officials are considering different ways to raise millions of dollars to bring the region's fire protection up to scratch. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Legislation Could Improve Medical Care for Detained Immigrants in Otay Mesa

May 21
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legislation in Congress could improve the medical care of immigrants detained in facilities like the one near Otay Mesa. Jodi Breisler reports from Washington.

Mayor Sanders Discusses His Re-election Efforts, Goals for the City

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why does Mayor Jerry Sanders believe he should be re-elected? We'll ask the incumbent mayor what he has done to deserve a second term in office. Host Tom Fudge also speaks to the mayor about the biggest problems currently facing the city, and about how Sanders plans to address those issues in the future.

Judge Finds Evidence of Conflict in Haditha Case

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lawyers for a Marine officer charged with failing to investigate a squad's killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha say a military judge has found evidence of undue command influence over the case.

Indiana Jones, The Visitor, Before the Rains

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about the new Indiana Jones movie as well as fan tribute to the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark. We'll also get our critics to weigh in on an independent film called The Visitor, the latest from Merchant and Ivory, and a new French thriller called Roman de Gare.

Southeast San Diego Neighborhood Embraces "Social Enterprise" to Instill Change

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

"Social enterprise" is a business concept which combines private and public money to provide an underserved community with jobs, commerce, and opportunity. Some say the Market Creek Plaza in Southeast San Diego is a great example of this kind of socially-driven environment.

Film Club: Indiana Jones, The Visitor, Before the Rains

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about the new Indiana Jones movie as well as fan tribute to the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark. We'll also get our critics to weigh in on an independent film called The Visitor, the latest from Merchant and Ivory, and a new French thriller called Roman de Gare.

Temecula Seeks Assurance That Pechanga Land Won't be Developed

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Temecula wants assurances that the transfer of 1,178 acres of federal land to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians won't lead to development in areas of Riverside and San Diego counties designed to be open space.

Navy Outsourcing Training to Blackwater in Otay Mesa

May 21
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

By now, it's no secret that Blackwater Worldwide plans to open a facility in Otay Mesa to train Navy personnel in counterterrorism. What's not well-known is that the Navy has been outsourcing to independent contractors to train sailors for years. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Tijuana Doctors Caught in the Crossfire of Drug Cartel Violence

May 21
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dozens of citizens groups in Tijuana plan to protest the rising drug cartel violence and lawlessness in the region today. One group that's been particularly emphatic in its pleas for a government crack down is doctors. At least 20 have been kidnapped during the last few months, and more extorted for money. As KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson explains, even those who haven't been directly affected are casualties of the regions drug war.

San Diego County Workers May be Excused from Gay Weddings

May 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Workers in the San Diego County clerk's office who object to same-sex marriages may be excused from officiating at gay weddings.

Democratic Lawmakers Question Head of EPA

May 21
By Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic lawmakers pressed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for details about why the agency denied cleaner air standards for California cars and trucks. Sara Sciammacco has more from Washington.

California Insurance Commission to Implement Online Health Records

May 21
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Insurance Commissioner wants to make it easier for people to access their health records online. From Sacramento, Kelley Weiss reports.

A Flood of Political Junk Mail

May 21
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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