Stories for December 11, 2006
Since voters approved Proposition 209 ten years ago, the University of California has seen a shift in ethnic enrollment. Prop. 209 banned using racial preferences in public university admissions and state hiring and contracting. Host Gloria Penner talks with education reporter Eleanor Yang Su about ethnic trends at UC campuses.
What would you do if you were given two weeks with no responsibility and the permission to focus on yourself? Would you get perspective?
California's produce farmers are asking the federal government for more oversight. They say consumer anxiety about food safety could hurt their bottom line. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has the story.
San Diego County Supervisors will meet in closed session Tuesday, to discuss whether to appeal a rejection of their lawsuit challenging California's medical marijuana law. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
The California Teachers Association predicts thousands of San Diego County educators could retire in the next few years, leaving a huge void for local school districts to fill. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Supporters of a controversial project that would bring Colorado River water to San Diego County got a boost from the lame-duck Congress. The House and Senate passed a bill that removes legal roadblocks to the lining of the All-American Canal in Imperial County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Host Gloria Penner talks with the director of the Family Justice Center about resources for those seeking help.
People living south of Interstate 8 will have access to more emergency health care soon. Reporter Amita Sharma has that story.
A group of California researchers predicts a major earthquake is coming within the next two years. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
A former Republican political insider who experienced the Watergate scandal from inside the White House, argues conservative politics in the United States now border on authoritarianism.
Michelle Renee tells the story of being taken hostage and forced to participate in a robbery in her book, 'Held Hostage.' We speak with her about the way the criminal justice system treats and tries to compensate crime victims and their families.
Thomas Paine was a visionary, a radical and patriot. And plenty of scholars believe he hasn't gotten the credit he deserves for the founding of America. We'll speak with the author of a hot new biography of 'Thomas Paine called Thomas Paine and the Promise of America.'
A comics historian and former head curator in the prints and photography division of the Library of Congress talks about his new book, 'Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress.'
Diaprepes root weevils - otherwise known as the 'evil weevils' - are native to the Caribbean, but they are now popping up all over San Diego County. Host Tom Fudge talks to the director of the county's farm bureau about the devastation this annoying critter creates.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - LaDainian Tomlinson has carried the San Diego Chargers most of the season, so it was only fitting that his teammates gave him the same treatment after he broke the NFL single-season record for touchdowns.
Not far from Petco Park in the eastern reaches of downtown San Diego, there are seven acres of vacant land. The empty lots in the Barrio Logan neighborhood were intended to be a new shopping center complex. While redevelopment projects have been springing up across the city, the Mercado del Barrio has been bogged down for more than 15 years. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us why.