Stories for October 9, 2007
New Sony Bravia commercial is a barrage of stop-motion cuteness. Check it out:
Every morning, a team of KPBS employees wakes up so early that bartenders across San Diego are still yelling "last call" when the team is driving to work. Their day starts waaay before yours, so they can be ready to tell you what's happening in San Diego -- and the world -- as soon as your alarm clock goes off.
Fewer California Latinos own homes than Latinos living in other parts of the country. That's according to a study sponsored by the California Building Industry Association. It finds that nationwide 48 percent of Latinos own homes, while that figure is 44 percent in the golden state.
The flu season is approaching, and health officials say it's not too soon for people to protect themselves by getting a flu shot. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed nine bills to benefit members of the military and their families. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
What should we look for when we buy wine? What are the benefits and drawbacks to organic wines? How is global warming affecting the wine industry? Courtney Cochran, a registered sommelier and "Most Wanted Wine Guru," according to C Magazine, gives us a trendy look at wine.
In November 2006, San Diego County voters soundly rejected a proposal to consider Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as an alternative airport site to Lindbergh Field. Now what? UCSD economist Richard Carson explains why the San Diego Airport Authority changed its tune to focus on increased demands at Lindbergh Field, why upgrades to smaller regional airports can alleviate pressure on over-extended San Diego air travel and why he thinks airport officials must abandon proposals to court international travelers.
If the U.S. needs to stay in Iraq to mediate a civil war, it will be many years before we are able to leave. That's the basic message a UCSD political scientist who has made modern civil wars the focus of her study. Barbara Walter said that civil wars, which have occurred since 1945, have lasted an average of ten years. And they generally don't end until one side wins. We'll hear her opinion about the type of situation the United States is facing in Iraq.
San Diego city residents will see their water rates go up an average of $1.40 a month. Its the second rate increase this year, but this time its not to pay for crumbling infrastructure.
San Diego City Council put a toe into the water debate this week, but didn't wade in very deep. However, during the Water Summit at City Hall they splashed around in the issues long enough to reveal disagreements about mandatory water rationing and water reclamation. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
One down, two to go. Chula Vista has the ball, now that the city of Oceanside has dropped out of the running to host a new stadium for the Chargers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on why Oceanside left the field, and how that might play out in the South Bay.
Martha reminisces about her familys mountain roots while dipping into the delicious vocabulary of Southernisms found in The Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. Listen to this one, yall, and you find out what a cackleberry is, and why you dont want to drink milk thats blinky.
The federal bribery trial of Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes resumes today in San Diego. Wilkes is accused of multiple counts of fraud, conspiracy and bribery of "Duke" Cunningham, the former Republican congressman serving more than eight years in prison. Reporter Seth Hettena has more.