Stories for November 2, 2007
State regulators have ordered Blue Cross of California to stop using a tactic doctors and hospitals say is heavy-handed. Blue Cross has required providers to sign a confidentiality agreement before entering negotiations with the company. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The anti-illegal immigrant group The Minutemen plan to walk through McGonigle Canyon Saturday. The hike comes almost exactly a year after Minutemen staged a controversial protest over migrant workers' presence in the canyon. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Applying lessons learned just a week ago, Southern California is lining up fire crews and aircraft to get a jump on wildfires if the hot, dry Santa Ana winds expected to return this weekend cause major flare-ups.
San Diego County's billion-dollar agriculture industry is suffering because of the wildfires and winds. Nursery owners and avocado farmers are trying to tally their losses. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Boards of Canada, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Galt MacDermott, Gary Burton, Robert Walter, The Meters, Architecture in Helsinki and Yo La Tengo.
opens with what proves to be its best scene, one that could stand alone as a brilliant short subject. As the titles roll, Zia (Patrick Fugit), a young man, slowly and methodically cleans his messy apartment. He appears to be ready to make a new start of things. Once that last item is put away and the final bit of dust swept up, Zia heads to the bathroom to neatly slit his wrists and carefully bleed directly into the sink. As he falls to the floor, he's annoyed to find one last dust bunny in the corner of the bathroom that he missed. Not even in death can things go right for Zia. He dies only to wake up in an afterlife way station reserved for those who commit suicide. This world is much like the one he left, which prompts him to conclude who could think of a worse punishment, everything's the same, only worse. After hanging out in this drab, monotonous limbo for a while, Zia considers killing himself again, but hesitates when he decides he could end up in an even worse place.
This week, San Diego recovers from the wildfires that ravaged the county. It now appears that these major events will be the norm in our region. Also, FEMA holds a fake news conference to discuss the federal wildfire response in Southern California. And, undocumented immigrants who live in our region are also impacted by the fires.
The community of Rancho Bernardo held a second meeting last night, to find out how the city could help them start the rebuilding process. More than 360 homes burned down in this community, in the early morning hours of the second day of the Witch fire . KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire will be in effect this weekend in the mountains and valleys of San Diego County. The warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. tomorrow through 8 p.m. Sunday.
The three largest wildfires in San Diego County burned nearly 300,000 acres. More than 1,600 homes were destroyed. One of the tragedies visible after the fires is the destruction of wildlife habitat. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us about the toll on nature from the wildfires.