Stories for May 24, 2007
The Presidents' Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors was in San Diego today, hearing about how those wounded on the battlefield are treated once they return home. The commission was created following the scandal over conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this year. Co-chairing the commission are Former Senator Bob Dole and Donna Shalala, former secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon spoke with Secretary Shalala earlier today.
From the cross atop Mt. Soledad to prayer in school, America is divided over religions public role. Legal scholar and political scientist Peter Irons shares a close look at the national religious wars -- including the Soledad cross controversy -- from his new book, God on Trial: Dispatches from America's Religious Battlefields.
Up to 750,000 Mexican-American men served in World War II, and their war-front experience became a major turning point for U.S. Latinos. Many Latino soldiers returned home to find the same discrimination they had left behind. Their questioning of a system that held Latinos to a lower status helped fuel the Mexican-American civil rights activism of the 60s and 70s.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein can breathe a short sigh of relief that her immigration reform legislation has survived its first week. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.
More details are coming out about a testing mistake at a San Diego middle school. That mistake caused about one-third of the school's test scores to be thrown out. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A state appeals court has struck down a San Diego County healthcare policy that shuts out the working poor. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.
California energy officials want to deregulate a part of the state's electricity market. The Public Utilities Commission wants to reintroduce a program that gives customers more choice in buying electricity. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.
A new study finds California faces a shortage of high-skilled workers. According to the report by the Public Policy Institute of California, 41 percent of the jobs in the state will require a college degree by 2025. But the researchers estimate only 32 percent of working age adults will actually have college degrees by then.
It's all about the classics on San Diego's stages this weekend. We'll talk with KPBS theater critic about which ones should be at the top of your list.
A local micro-lending organization has dedicated itself to aiding the women of Ghana, West Africa. We speak with WomensTrust about how the micro-lending program works and how their program has positively impacted the village of Pokuase in Ghana.
What should we do with the cross on Mount Soledad? Take it down, or leave it there? We speak to a local professor about his new book God on Trial, which tells the stories of five recent battles over religion in the public square.
An unusual 10-day hearing to determine if Temecula cyclist Floyd Landis took banned synthetic testosterone during last year's Tour de France concluded yesterday. We speak with a San Diego Union-Tribune sports reporter who attended the hearing and describes the events and the drama of this landmark session.
No San Diego County beaches made the "Beach Bummer" list on an environmental group's annual report card. Nine beaches did get poor grades for water quality. The Tijuana River is not on the list. But it causes most of the beach closures in the county. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
John Carney and Glen Hansard used to play together in an Irish band known as The Frames. Hansard stayed with the band but Carney decided to try his hand at filmmaking. Now the two are working together again in a new film called