Stories for March 19, 2007
U.S. law enforcement has introduced robots to help protect local communities from improvised explosives. In San Diego County, the sheriffs department uses the new device to disarm bombs and protect deputies on dangerous assignments. Rebecca Tolin has that report.
The San Diego office of Special Olympics has been closed pending an investigation into whether employees violated charity standards. As a result, an invitational basketball game has been cancelled. Well hear more on the investigation and its effect on community members. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
Plans for a massive project that would help revitalize Chula Vista's bayfront have been unveiled. Gaylord Entertainment presented designs for a 2 million-square-foot convention center and resort to a packed house last week. Full Focus talks to Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox about the designs and how it is part of the community's master plan that would transform hundreds of acres of industrial land into the largest waterfront development in the state.
Hundreds of state and county officials gathered in Sacramento on Monday to talk about where to house sex offenders when they get out of prison. The summit -- the first of its kind -- was recommended by a task force formed by Governor Schwarzenegger to address the issue.
If you're not eating five or more servings a day of fruits and veggies -- you're not alone. New research shows few Americans are. So officials are changing marketing tactics -- in essence, urging people to do their best. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
Four years ago today, the United States invaded Iraq. Over the years, the number of dead and wounded has mounted. As of yesterday, 3,217 men and women in the military have died since the beginning of the war. Recently, San Diego Veterans for Peace staged a memorial at San Diego State University, with a cross, star or crescent to represent each U.S. Service member lost their lives in the war.
California lawmakers and the state's agriculture industry will face off in Sacramento on Tuesday. A state Senate committee will hold a hearing on a number of bills designed to prevent E. coli outbreaks. E. coli infections can be caused by eating contaminated food. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
San Diego City Council will take a third stab today at sorting out how much power the mayor has to control the city's purse strings. It's a struggle that affects residents because it could affect whether services are cut without notice. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Host Tom Fudge talks with cloud enthusiast Gavin Pretor-Pinney about his book The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds.
These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton discusses how a Washington, D.C. appeals court's ruling might change gun laws across the country. Also, Dan tells us why your NCAA office pool may be illegal and what your employer should tell you about gambling at the office.
As the weather gets warmer, the number of creepy-crawly pests will continue to increase. How can you protect your garden from an influx of spring pests? Which bugs are good for your yard, and which bugs do you need to get rid of? Host Tom Fudge speaks to David Kellum, county entomologist, about springtime pest control.
KPMG finally gave San Diego its 2003 audit of the city's financial statements. What will this mean for the city's fiscal health? Also, this week the San Diego City Council votes on a budget ordinance which allows the mayor to make certain budget cuts without City Council approval, and a new Independent Rates Oversight Committee will monitor the city's water and sewer departments.
Four years into the war in Iraq, San Diegans are divided over what to do now -- and that includes service members. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps was at this weekend's protest downtown.
A thousand San Diegans marked the fourth anniversary of war in Iraq with a protest this weekend.Even as the nation grows weary, the military is still finding enough men and women to serve. The Pentagon says all four active-duty services met or exceeded recruiting goals for February. The Marine Corps added nearly 1,800 service members.
The day after then-U.S. Attorney Carol Lam in San Diego notified the Justice Department of warrants in a corruption case focused on Republicans, a DOJ official contacted the White House about "the real problem" with Lam, according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
If you're a pet owner, you're familiar with the dilemma of what to do with your cat or dog when you go away. But imagine for a moment that you're a victim of domestic violence, needing to leave for good. Studies have shown that many victims won't leave a bad situation if it puts a pet in danger. And that perpetrators will abuse animals to intimidate or silence their human victims. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu has this report on efforts in California to address those problems.