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Stories for September 29, 2008

Proposition For Controversy

Sept. 29
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

Honestly, this is a tougher debate than whether one is pro-choice or pro-life, since parents, children, and potential grandchildren would have to live with the outcome of an immensely significant decision. & I'm not sure I sit squarely 100 percent on either side of this discussion because it's easy to sympathize with both sides.

Authorities say Organized Crime Behind 16 Dead in Tijuana

Sept. 29
By Amy Isackson

Baja California law enforcement officials have confirmed that organized crime is behind the murders of 16 people in Tijuana. Police found the bodies dumped around the city early Monday morning. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Citizen Voices

Sept. 29
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Navy Broadway Complex Hearing

Sept. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Navy held a public hearing last night on the proposed Navy Broad way Complex on the downtown waterfront. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Teen Critic Calls The Duchess a Romantic Tragedy

Sept. 29
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Keira Knightley as The Duchess may look like she doesn't have a care in the world but don't be fooled. (Paramount Vantage)

Prosecutor to Investigate U.S. Attorney Firings

Sept. 29
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Michael Mukasey named a special prosecutor to look into why nine U.S. Attorneys including San Diego's Carol Lam were fired 18 months ago. The Justice Department's investigation found politics played a role in some of the sackings. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

More than 1,100 Arrested in Immigration Raid

Sept. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal immigration authorities report they arrested more than 1,150 people in a three-week enforcement action in California.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 29
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

HUD Dollars Trickle Down to San Diego

Sept. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will grant the city of San Diego $9.4 million to help restore neighborhoods blighted by foreclosures. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Museum Space Opens in Tijuana

Sept. 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's cultural center has gone square. A new gallery space nicknamed "The Cube" opened there this weekend and is equipped to house museum quality shows. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Is San Diego Done Building its Downtown?

Sept. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Centre City Development Corporation was created in 1975 when downtown San Diego was a dump. Now that's no longer the case, and much credit is due the CCDC. But what has its mission become, and do we still need it? Two people who are involved with shaping our urban environment join me to talk about the future of building downtown, now that the CCDC is looking for new leadership.

When Politics Competes with Science

Sept. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Government plays a large role in scientific research through funding. But how does politics get in the way of scientific research and discovery? As part of our continuing series Exploring Ethics with the Ethics Center, we'll talk about the politics of science and the presidential race.

International Rescue Committee Settles Displaced Iraqis in San Diego

Sept. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Over 4 million Iraqis have been displaced since the start of the current war with the U.S. Yet fewer than 15,000 refugees have been resettled in this country. San Diego is home to a large community of Iraqis, including approximately 2,000 refugees from the war. We'll talk about the need to resettle refugees and how they are making it in San Diego.

A Win is a Win, Even if it isn't Pretty

Sept. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It wasn't pretty, but the San Diego Chargers came away with a big division win yesterday. They had a nightmare of a first half in Oakland yesterday, but were able to turn it around. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris to talk about the game.

Lots of Legislation Passed as Governor Schwarzenegger Wades Through Bills

Sept. 29
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

From re-vamping California's courthouses to creating a new license plate, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to wade though the hundreds of bills on his desk. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ has a roundup.

No New Fees Means Limited Improvements for Cal-Fire

Sept. 29
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One fee increase that didn't make it into the record-late California state budget would have helped the state fight wildfires and other disasters. What does that mean for the state's fire-fighting agency? Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.

Texas-Born School Leader Takes on Sweetwater

Sept. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Sweetwater Union High School District reigns supreme in San Diego's South Bay. It serves 42,000 students from National City to San Ysidro. Its also the largest high school district in the country. The man in charge is a straight-talking, Texas-born native named Jesus Gandara. He's known for turning around border-city school districts with large numbers of poor, Spanish-speaking students. Now he's trying to do the same in Sweetwater. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis his this profile.

Fruit Fly Treatments in Carlsbad

Sept. 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County officials say they'll start another round of treatments to eradicate Oriental fruit flies today in Carlsbad. The flies can damage fruits, vegetables and plants. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.