Stories for November 23, 2006
Down on the bay, on North Harbor Drive, is docked one of the world's greatest treasures - The Star of India. Built nearly one hundred fifty years ago, this tall lady is the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Independent producer Paul Alexander Juutilainen brings us the story of a vessel that's weathered the test of time.
San Diego merchants are bracing for lots of visitors this weekend as the Christmas shopping season hits full stride. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
In the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. In spite of the wars tragedies, Lincoln said, Americans had much to be thankful for. Today is Thanksgiving, and military families are trying to count their blessings, while loved ones fight a war overseas. One program is helping those families stay in touch during the holiday season. KPBS Radios Andrew Phelps has more.
If youre looking to include charities on your holiday gift list, beware of scammers this season. Thats the word from the state Attorney Generals office. Spokesperson Teresa Schilling says they get complaints all year long, but the problem increases this time of year, and once youve given, its tough to get the money back.
Heres something to think about over the Thanksgiving bird today. If you average it out, most Californians eat about one good-sized turkey a year. Not all at once, of course. Dave Kranz with the California Farm Bureau Federation says thats more than people in other states.