Stories for December 4, 2006
The Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego has just returned from a week in Baghdad, where he trained officials in the new Iraqi Parliament. Host Gloria Penner talks with Nehring about his trip to Iraq.
A North County high school debate team is celebrating its key win at San Diego County's biggest debate tournament of the year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Now that San Diegans have soundly rejected the idea negotiating for a new international airport at Miramar, the flight plan shifts to expanding Lindbergh Field. But already, questions have come up over the best way to maximize Lindbergh's potential. The Airport Authority has one final meeting Monday, before a new board is appointed to grapple with airport issues. They'll consider whether to go ahead with the first phase of the existing master plan to expand Lindbergh - or start fresh with a more radical set of changes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Extremely dry conditions are keeping red flag warnings up in San Diego's east county. National Weather Service forecaster Stan Wasowski says low humidity is keeping the red flag warning in place today and it will probably be in effect till mid week. He says this is typical December weather for San Diego County.
Last week, the 4th District Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional the voter-approved City of San Diego ballot measure to transfer land under the Mt. Soledad Cross to the federal government. Also last week, a federal judge refused to dismiss the city from a lawsuit challenging the transfer of the cross to the federal government. Host Gloria Penner talks with the editor of San Diego Lawyer Magazine about this ongoing intersection of law, politics, and religion.
The Chargers are on top of the AFC West, the Padres are making some major personnel moves, SDSU football is a disgrace, while SDSU basketball is off to one of its best seasons ever. Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton, a local sports radio talk show host, joins us to analyze the latest in San Diego sports.
Internationally recognized health and safety expert Debra Holtzman talks about how to avoid food poisoning and health hazards during the holidays.
Felipe Calderon of Mexico's National Action Party took the oath of office on Friday despite ongoing protests from the PAN Party's opponents. We speak with Franc Contreras of public radio program 'The World' about the stormy circumstances of Calderon's inauguration, continuing opposition to his election, and what kind of leader we can expect him to be.
Today the San Diego City Council will consider spending another $2 million on a long-delayed city audit. It's the ninth time KPMG has sought more money from the city to complete its 2003 fiscal report.
The debate over choosing to die near the end of life tends to focus on physician assisted suicide. But Dr. Stanley Terman says there is a legal alternative: voluntary refusal of food and fluids. He tries to dispel the notion that 'VRFF' is painful and difficult. And he addresses other end of life issues in conversation.
The 110th Congress has a number of very pressing issues facing it when the body convenes a month from now. Among the top issues are recommendations by the Iraq Study Group, and the confirmation of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld successor, Robert Gates. Capitol Hill reporter Ben Shaw discuss the upcoming month on Capitol Hill.
San Diego's regional Airport Authority is talking about the future of Lindbergh Field this morning. Voters rejected the authority's recommendation to negotiate a move to Miramar, and the question now is how best to expand Lindbergh. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego is condemning the federal government for recently revealed anti-terrorism measures. The Homeland Security Department collects personal data on all travelers who cross American borders. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.
Killer whales are in the news this week. Kasatka, a killer whale at SeaWorld, suddenly dragged her trainer to the bottom of the Shamu tank in the middle of a performance. Everyone is okay, but biologists are arguing about Kasataka's true intentions. All this controversy got us thinking about the name killer whale, and what the creature is really capable of. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps spoke with renowned killer whale expert Richard Ellis, who says killer whales, also called an orcas, are not actually whales.