Stories for September 20, 2007
In Tijuana, federal authorities have captured seven kidnappers they say belong to the Arellano Felix Drug Cartel. Mexican authorities say the group, among other things, is responsible for a spectacular attempt last year to rub out Baja California's Director of Security. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Environmentalists brought an army of rubber duckies to the state Capitol Thursday. It was to convince the governor to make California the first state in the nation to ban the use of certain chemicals in children's toys. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
San Diego Superintendent Carl Cohn is laying some speculation to rest about his contentious relationship with the school board. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A strong Pacific storm is expected to arrive Thursday and continue through Saturday morning. This storm has the potential to produce weather rarely seen in Southern California in September. Its estimated that one-quarter to one-half inch of rain could fall near the coast. And one inch of rain may fall on the coastal mountain slopes. Theres the chance of thunderstorms and snow in the mountains.
Carl Cohn will leave his post as superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District 18 months before his four-year contract runs out. Cohn announced that he no longer has the energy or enthusiasm to continue in his post. His last day is Dec. 31, 2007.
It's being hailed as a landmark series for public television. Ken Burns' film "The War," a 14-hour series profiling a conflict that he said affected every person in the United States at that time, premieres this Sunday. PBS's chief content officer talks about Ken Burns' vision, what PBS expects from the film and the controversy over the film's content.
Some of the fastest growing cities in America are "boomburbs." A "boomburb" is a large incorporated community of more than 100,000 residents that is not the biggest city in its region. We speak to the author of "Boomburbs: The Rise of America's Accidental Cities," about why this type of suburb is thriving in America.
Street Scene takes place this weekend, but we'll mention some other music events for you to check out if crowded music festivals aren't your thing. There's also an art event in Tijuana worth checking out. We'll give you the details on the Weekend Preview.
President Scott Peters says it's time to start looking at ways to conserve water because of concerns over California's water supply. And he's going to start in is own backyard. The water bills of the Council President were made public in a media report last week. His water usage was eight times higher than the typical user. KPBS Radio's Joanne Faryon has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders abruptly reversed his stance on gay marriage Wednesday, after revealing his own daughter is gay. Sanders says the city will join the fight to legalize gay marriage in California. A day earlier, he'd vowed to veto the city council's support. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.