Stories for December 7, 2007
The Hollywood writers' strike has inspired some creative YouTube videos, all underscoring the essential role of writers in entertainment. But filmmaker George Hickenlooper has created his own series of star-studded shorts, and you can see them
Well Madsen doesn't exactly get to ride off into the sunset with the girl but he definitely gets to play the guy that wins all our sympathy. He plays Sean Kelleher, an Irish boxer living in Cork who accidentally kills his friend in the ring. This prompts Kelleher to promise his wife that he'll never box again. When heart disease takes his wife, Kelleher is left alone to raise his young son Michael (Luke Whelton). After a few years, Kelleher discovers that Michael suffers from the same hereditary heart disorder that had ended his wife's life. Now Kelleher is faced with mounting debt and enormous medical costs for the surgery needed to save Michael's life. But with few assets and few career skills, Kelleher is forced to break his promise in order to return to fighting to raise the funds needed for his son. But Kelleher doesn't go back into the professional ring, instead he enters a high stakes bare-knuckle boxing tournament run by "pikeys," a community of Irish travelers living in caravans outside the city. (Brad Pitt brought pikeys memorably to filmgoers' attention in
A Camp Pendleton Marine is charged for a second time with murdering an Iraqi detainee. Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson is one of two Marines accused of shooting at a group of unarmed men back in 2004. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
San Diego's average gasoline price is lower than last week, but still in record breaking territory. The Utility Consumer Action Network tracks retail prices at hundreds of local gas stations.
Fox News may suggest that shopping during the holidays is your patriotic duty in the war on terror, but the new documentary
The San Diego County Water Authority Board is now planning to buy more water to increase local supplies. It's what the agency calls Stage 2 of its Drought Management Plan. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us what that means for county water users.
California's Office of Emergency Services will file an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday, appealing FEMA'S decision not to reimburse for wind damage during the fires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Paul Anka and Johnny Carson, Gene Harris, John Jorgensen, The Aphex Twin, B Sharp Jazz Quartet, Shonen Knife, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez, and Ahmad Jamal.
A state appeals court has ruled health insurers cannot cancel policies for mistakes on applications after medical claims have been filed. Consumer advocates say the practice is all too common in California. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
State officials are expanding the marine conservation program to Southern California. But there's disagreement over how large those reserves should be. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
The San Diego City Council votes to override Mayor Sanders recycled water veto. This week on the Editors Roundtable. What's ahead for San Diego's water supply? Also, will financially troubled Chula Vista move forward on a Chargers stadium? Plus term limits, redistricting and other state matters. Next time on the Editors Roundtable.
HBO has made a series of prequels to