Stories for June 14, 2007
The rise and fall of former San Diego Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham is an epic story. He resigned in disgrace in November 2005 at the center of the worst corruption case in Congressional history. But three decades earlier, he was an all-American success story.
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San Diego County Officials are cracking down on under-age drinking. But it's not just the minors they're going after, it's parents too. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon is here to tell us more.
65,000 people showed up at the San Diego County Fair at on opening day last Friday. The 22-day fair is a San Diego summer tradition. This year the fair is expected to attract more than a million visitors by the time the tents are folded after July 4 fireworks. Full Focus Reporter Pat Finn takes us on a historical tour of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Details from financial disclosure forms filed Wednesday by selected members of California's congressional delegation include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Henry Waxman, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, senior Republican, House Armed Services Committee.
Senate leaders agreed Thursday night to revive stalled immigration legislation, capping a furious weeklong rescue attempt that drew President Bush's personal involvement.
A new report says many children who live along California's international border with Mexico are poor, hungry, and lack health insurance. The report comes from the non-profit advocacy group Children Now. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
We offer some great suggestions for how to spend your Father's Day as well as recommend some new restaurants on this Weekend Preview. Theres plenty going on this weekend, such as the Wooden Boat Festival, barnstorming and the Taste of Gaslamp.
Local filmmakers describe the process of making a documentary about San Diegans who are part of a medieval reenactment group. We speak to these student filmmakers, as well as the charming 14-year-old boy whose love of dragons and resentment about his absent father changed the intent of the project.
Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini won critical and popular acclaim in 2003 for his book The Kite Runner. His latest novel is called A Thousand Splendid Suns and its also set in Afghanistan. A Thousand Splendid Suns chronicles the last thirty years of Afghan history through the lives of two women.
A San Diego city council member wants the city's mayor to change his mind about city funding for a winter homeless shelter. On Wednesday, Jerry Sanders used his line item veto to trim $465,000 out of his budget. That money was to be used for the shelter program.
The first of five security cameras was installed in Mission Beach today. Police and residents believe the cameras will help keep their neighborhood safer. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.
Assembly bill 1634 is also known as the California Healthy Pets Act. Already passed by the California Assembly, it would require most pet owners with a cat or dog more than four months old to have their pets spayed or neutered. Proponents say it would help reduce the number of pets that are euthanized each year. Opponents argue the law is impractical and that education and existing spay and neuter programs are improving the problem of pet overpopulation.
An analysis by the National Audubon Society shows that some of the country's most familiar bird populations have taken a nosedive over the past forty years -- some by as much as 80 percent. In California, several common bird species are in decline. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Imagine back more than 100,000 years for a moment, when dinosaurs roamed Southern California. That's just where local scientists were taken in Carlsbad when they gazed at pre-historic fossils of a Mastodon at a construction site. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued federal authorities Wednesday to force improvements at a large detention facility for immigrants facing deportation, alleging grossly inadequate medical care.
San Diego is home to one of the largest Iraqi communities in the United States. So there are questions here why the federal government hasn't done more to admit Iraqi refugees. Chad Pergram has the story from Capitol Hill.
A California environmental group says we need to increase our use of renewable energy like wind and solar. They want Congress to pass a national standard to increase our use of clean energy. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce has more.