Stories for November 16, 2006
Wildfires are going to be a bigger part of our lives due to global warming. Thats the word from scientists gathering in San Diego this week for the third International Fire Ecology and Management Congress. Full Focus reporter Rebecca Tolin talks to one local ecologist about their findings and the devastating effects of the 2003 Cedar Fire.
Just how far behind are our country's students when it comes to science? A department of education study shows students in urban public schools across the country need significant improvement. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.
Three Navy sailors and a civilian shipyard worker are hospitalized for burn injuries. The Navy says the victims were injured aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz this morning. KPBS Radios Andrew Phelps has details.
A Superior Court judge has tentatively rejected San Diego Countys challenge to California medical marijuana law. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
The American Civil Liberties Union is back in court today in San Diego hoping to shut down Escondidos controversial ban on renting to undocumented immigrants.
Another Camp Pendleton Marine testified under oath about the killing of an Iraqi man last spring. Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson is expected to be sentenced later today as part of his plea agreement. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
In July of 2003, 86-year-old George Weller lost control behind the wheel of his car plowing into a crowded Farmers Market in Santa Monica. In about 10 seconds, he killed 10 people and injured 63. As his Nov. 20 sentencing approaches, host Gloria Penner talks to an expert on aging about the tough decision of when to take away the keys.
Love them or hate them, Orchids and Onions are back. After a three year hiatus, the peoples choice awards for good and bad architecture are being reconceived with an educational outreach focus. Host Gloria Penner talks with two architects about the awards return.
The Grinch goes to Broadway and, of course, returns to the stage of San Diegos Old Globe Theater. Yes, the holidays are approaching, and some new and old productions are approaching local stages. KPBS Theater Critic Pat Launer reviews season's performances.
Gospel spirituals have a long American tradition. They have been a powerful form of expression for African-Americans dating before the Civil War. Award winning musician Earl Thomas recaptures the traditional sounds of early black American Christian music in his new CD.
What impact would a proposed aggregate quarry have on the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve? Well talk about the proposed operation and the effect on a neighboring nature preserve.
One of the so-called Pendleton 8 receives his sentence from a military judge today. He is the first to receive punishment for a role in the alleged kidnapping and murder plot of an Iraqi civilian. People close to the case discuss the issues involved in military justice.
Today, a judge considers whether to issue a restraining order filed by the ACLU against the City of Escondido. At issue is the new housing ordinance that is slated to take effect Saturday. Host Tom Fudge asks the ACLU why they oppose the ordinance, and what they plan to do to fight the controversial law.
For years, Americans have come to Mexico to save money on prescription drugs. But lately, a growing number of Americans have been going south of the border to have surgery at a discount. Mexico, Thailand, and even Singapore are becoming popular destinations for medical tourists. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
An Encinitas Marine has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for his role in killing an Iraqi civilian last April. Private First Class John Jodka faced a much heavier sentence, but Jodka agreed to testify against his squadmates. KPBS Radios Andrew Phelps has more.