Stories for May 1, 2007
From Iraq to post-Katrina New Orleans, Blackwater USA, a private security firm, is pulling in millions of dollars in government contracts to provide security forces. Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill joins us to talk about how Blackwater is being used to wage the global war on terror, as well as his new book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
A professor of civil engineering says the collapse of a section of Bay Area freeway was a freak accident -- one highway designers could not have anticipated. From Sacramento, Ellen Ciurczak reports.
Ocean algae that produces a toxic acid is killing sea life along the California coast. Scientists don't know why the deadly algae bloom is especially large this year. Wildlife rehabhillitation centers are inundated with sick and dying animals, including sea lions, dolphins and birds.
It's been a year since students and immigrant activists took to the streets by the thousands in support of immigrants. Today, the numbers were not nearly what they were last May, but scores of San Diego students left their schools this morning to rally for immigrant rights. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he guarantees California lawmakers will pass comprehensive healthcare reform this year. But some say the governor may not get everything he wants. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
There are less places where smokers can light up in San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.
Hold your breath: Most of us live in cities that have unhealthy air. The American Lung Association says California has some of the most polluted counties in the nation. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Hal Hartley is considered one of the pioneers of independent film. His 1997 film "Henry Fool" was a favorite with critics. This weekend, the sequel to "Henry Fool" opens in art house theaters. It's called "Fay Grim."
On May 1, 2006, millions of Americans took to the streets to march for immigrant rights. It's one year later, and Congress has made little progress in its efforts to pass a set of comprehensive immigration reform laws. What has happened over the last year regarding immigration reform? We speak to immigrant advocate Pedro Rios and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. to get their thoughts on the anniversary of "A Day Without Immigrants". We also speak to deputy superintendent Geno Flores about what the San Diego Unified School District has planned for today.
A deadly algae is killing marine life along the coast of the western U.S. From microorganisms to marine mammals, a local professor describes how these red tides can disrupt the sensitive chemistry of our ocean's waters. Also, a representative for a marine mammal center tells us first-hand accounts of the impact of algae on sea life.
In the very near future, the Internet will have to handle a flood of data that could strain Internet capacity and infrastructure. The Internet Innovation Alliance is one group warning of this coming "exaflood" and advocating preparation for it. A member of the IIA explains the implications of a so-called "exaflood" and the steps that must be taken to avoid it.
Two of the pandas at the San Diego Zoo recently mated, but this does not necessarily mean baby pandas are on the way. Curator of mammals at the zoo tells us the significance of natural mating, why pandas are in jeopardy of going extinct, and why figuring out their complex reproductive systems is key to their survival.