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Stories for February 11, 2009

The Reader Should Not Get an Oscar and Other Notable Reads

Feb. 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Here's some internet reading that I've enjoyed lately - hope you feel the same.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 11
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Azur and Asmar

Feb. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Principals Applaud Reversal Of Title I Funding Decision

Feb. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 30 San Diego school principals are breathing a sigh of relief now that thousands of dollars in federal funding will continue to be funneled into their campuses. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Desalination Plant Waits Until April

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state regulatory agency postponed a vote to consider a plan to offset damage from a proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Jacob's State of County Tonight

Feb. 11
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County’s finances will probably be the focus of tonight’s annual State of the County. Board of Supervisors Chair Dianne Jacob will give the speech in the midst of layoffs and questions about whether money will keep coming in from the state. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Group Calls for Action Against Octuplets Clinic

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Center for Genetics and Society has joined the call for disciplinary action against the clinic that treated octuplet mother Nadya Suleman.

SD School Board Offers Apology to Folk Icon

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nearly a half century ago, amid suspicion and fears of McCarthyism, folk singer Pete Seeger faced an ultimatum from the San Diego school district: Sign an oath against communism or cancel a concert he planned at a high school auditorium.

High County Foreclosure Rates Traced to 21 Brokers

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A small fraction of North County real estate brokers is responsible for 11 percent of foreclosures in the region, according to an investigation by the North County Times. Reporter Zach Fox looked through thousands of foreclosure documents to discover that 21 brokers (out of more than 1000) had foreclosure rates of 25 to 60% of the homes they sold. Most brokers see rates of 2 to 4%. We look at the brokers, their targets, whether any laws were broken, what this all means for county and city property tax revenue and who was minding the store.

Advocates for Homeless Discuss Possible Solutions to Growing Problem

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego has experienced some cold, rainy weather over the last few days. While many of us have been fortunate enough to take shelter from the elements in our homes, there are thousands of people in San Diego County who have had to brave the winter weather without a roof over their head. Sadly, the most recent data shows the number of local homeless is on the rise. How has the local homeless population changed as a result of the nation's economic downturn? What are some of the services available to the local homeless population? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks with Walt Sandford from the Regional Task Force on Homelessness, and to Brian Maienschein from the United Way, about the causes and possible solutions to the local homeless problem. We also speak to Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about President Barack Obama's plans to address the nation's homeless problem.

Is Online News the Future?

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As newspapers continue to struggle to stay in business, many people are wondering what will take their place? KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner talks with Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis about his news model - the nonprofit, online news source.

Governor Warns of State Layoffs

Feb. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger plans to send pink slips to thousands of state workers Friday unless a budget deal is reached. Marianne Russ reports.

SD Unified Says 'No' To JROTC Rifle Training

Feb. 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of San Diego teenagers successfully convinced the San Diego Unified school board yesterday to dismantle the district's Junior ROTC air-rifle program. The on-campus program has been training young cadets how to shoot for decades. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.