Stories for August 31, 2007
The state Office of Education released its annual Academic Performance Report today. It shows test scores for San Diego schools are better than average, but still aren't good enough. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A protest in Tijuana shut down all vehicle traffic at the world's busiest border crossing for about three hours on Friday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson was at the San Ysidro crossing.
The California Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend looking for speeders and drunk drivers. They'll have close to 6,000 officers on the road statewide -- that's 80 percent of the force.
A Camp Pendleton Marine says his former squad leader cleared the way for servicemen to kill Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha. The military is investigating the deaths of two dozen civilians in 2005. It's the biggest military murder case since the Iraq war began. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
CHP officers in riot gear have shut down all southbound traffic lanes at San Ysidro. Hundreds of Mexican teachers are blocking the world's busiest border crossing. The teachers are protesting a law that raises their retirement age by 10 years. Meanwhile, some 20,000 students in Tijuana can't go to class.
State fire officials are issuing a warning for people headed to the great outdoors this holiday weekend. They say high temperatures, dry conditions and crowds increase the chance of forest fires.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a brief stop in Rancho Bernardo on Friday to tout his plan for reforming California's troubled healthcare system. The governor says he's confident lawmakers will pass major reform before the legislative session runs out on September 14th. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from John Williams, Ripple Groove, The Whitefield Brothers, Johnny Pearson, Jimmy Smith, Medeski Martin and Wood and Damien Jurado.
A Marine testified in a military hearing Thursday that he saw a roomful of frightened women and children moments before they were killed by his squad mates in Haditha, Iraq, but he said he did not see who it was that killed them.
This week, as the president marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he reportedly prepares to ask Congress for another $50 billion for the war in Iraq. Also, a new report outlines a different vision for San Diego's waterfront that flies in the face of developers and local government agencies. And, the political season is heating up for seats at San Diego City Hall.