Stories for March 30, 2007
Whats all the fuss over subprime mortgages? On Fridays Full Focus, well talk about the fallout of rising mortgage defaults that have resulted from the subprime surge. And well do a roundup of state and national politics. Those stories and more -- on Fridays Full Focus, at 6:30 and 11 p.m. on KPBS Television, channel 15, cable 11.
Who could have predicted that the goofy, longhaired alien kid from
Del Mar Singer/Songwriter Michael Tiernan writes music about overcoming challenges. A diagnosis of testicular cancer when he was 16 later inspired Tiernan to channel his experience into music. The folk musician also volunteers with Steps for Living, a non-profit that helps inform young adult cancer survivors. Tiernan is holding a release concert at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on April 15th, which will also benefit Steps for Living.
California will move its 2008 presidential primary to Feb. 5, with the hopes of giving the country's most populous state more political muscle in determining the nominee for president. On the national front, more information is revealed about the decision by the Justice Department to fire eight U.S. Attorneys. And the battle between the White House and Congress over who did what when, may end in a constitutional showdown at the Supreme Court.
Hundreds of middle and high school students showed off their award-winning science fair projects at Balboa Park on Friday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
It's been two months since members of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad first learned that a registered sex offender wanted to join the church. This weekend, the congregation will continue discussions over what to do about Mark Pliska, who was convicted in 1983 of molesting two boys, then again in 1998 for indecent exposure. As KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports, Pliska's request has church members deeply divided.
director Richard Kelly (along with producer Sean McKittrick and actors Beth Grant, James Duval and Stuart Stone) came to the San Diego Comic-Con in 2004 to discuss the Directors Cut of the film with an adoring crowd of 1500 fans. Unfortunately, the film opened in San Diego with no advance warning, and consequently no local press coverage. The San Diego Film Critics Society gave Kelly their Best Original Screenplay Award back in 2001 for his maiden screenwriting effort, and brought the filmmaker to San Diego for a screening of his film. The upcoming midnight screening will allow fans another opportunity to see this remarkable film on the big screen.
California health officials believe they've found more cases of lung damage linked to a chemical used in the food flavoring industry. Officials suspect the culprit is the chemical diacetyl, an artificial butter flavoring. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The Catholic Diocese of San Diego has posted on its website the names of dozens of priests accused of sex abuse. The release of names comes two days after the diocese filed documents in bankruptcy court proposing a $95 million settlement for victims. KPBS Radios Andrea Hsu reports.
A third U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will be calling San Diego home by 2010. The Pentagon announced today that the USS Carl Vinson will be moved here from Virginia, where it is undergoing maintenance. KPBS Radio's Andrea Hsu reports.
Some 250 people put the pressure on Special Olympics officials last night. Two weeks after the San Diego office was shut down -- and staff members were forced out on leave -- the athletes want a return to normal. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps talked to some of those athletes.
This week, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that calls for an end to combat operations in Iraq by March 31, 2008. Also, City Attorney Mike Aguirre is being accused of overstepping his authority by obtaining a warrant to search the offices of Sunroad Enterprises. And, State Senator Christine Kehoe has been promoting her plan to restructure the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.