Stories for May 9, 2006
If you want to remember how you felt on September 11, 2001 there's a movie I can recommend. United 93 is the story of the hijacked plane that did not hit it's target that day. It crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers figured out the hijackers' plan and rose up against them. Watching the movie made me feel like I was on the plane. And it brought back all of the fear and anger that I and so many other Americans felt that day.
What is it like to be 100 years old? There are about 70,000 centenarians living in the United States - and California is home to most of the centenarians living in the country. Tom Fudge speaks with two specialists in gerontology and geriatrics about why people are living longer lives.
San Diego's City School Superintendent says California's high school exit exam should not be put off any longer. He made the comment after an Oakland judge issued a tentative court ruling yesterday that keeps the controversial test from taking effect this year. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Does preschool prepare children for more productive lives? Will Proposition 82's state-run preschool program improve the prospects for California's children? Host Alison St. John speaks to Maryann O'Sullivan with Preschool California and Lance Izumi with the Pacific Research Institute to get their thoughts on the initiative.
A coalition of immigrants' rights groups delivered 10,000 letters to California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer today. The letters call on the lawmakers to support comprehensive immigration reform. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Host Tom Fudge speaks with Author Josh Tickell about his new book "Biodiesel America." Tickell is one of the nation's leading experts on biodiesel fuel, and his first book "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank." was a bestseller.
Congress mandated use of the gasoline additive Ethanol as part of last year's comprehensive energy bill. But demand has outstripped supply and added to rising fuel prices. Democratic California Senator Diane Feinstein says a federal tariff on ethanol imports should be lifted. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.
California Proposition 82 would create a preschool program by taxing wealthy individuals and couples. It's one of two statewide measures on next month's ballot. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more
Millionaire Republican Eric Roach says he is shutting down his campaign for the 50th congressional district seat. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
A culture of debt, evaporating pensions, and skyrocketing health costs are forcing many seniors to rethink their plans for retirement. These Days takes a look at how one can prepare to meet the third age.
Residents and community leaders are protesting a plan to add a second runway to Lindbergh Field. The San Diego Airport Authority is considering the idea to help meet the region's future air travel needs. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Guest host Alison St. John talks with Museum of Man curator Tori Hefflin about the museum's latest exhibit, "Body Ornamentation: Artistic Representations of Self."
Millionaire Eric Roach has stepped out of the race for the 50th Congressional District. Guest host Alison St. John finds out what this means for the district and the upcoming elections.