Stories for April 10, 2008
I just flew in from out of town, and boy, are my arms tired.
San Diego and it's Police Officers Union have reached an agreement on two controversial pension programs. Both have agreed to move the question off the negotiating table and into the courtroom. Reporter David Nogueras has more.
A group of Republican lawmakers and the California District Attorneys Association are pushing reforms aimed at speeding up the death penalty process. And they're prepared to take the measure to the ballot if they aren't successful in the legislature. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
American Airlines cancelled flights in and out of San Diego for a third day today. Officials are inspecting the wiring on MD-80 jets after federal inspectors raised safety concerns. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps met some stranded travelers at Lindbergh Field.
A new study shows the Pacific Ocean off California is severely over-fished. The federal government is now drafting new rules that will govern how much fishing is allowed off the coast in the future. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
There's a new sushi restaurant in North Park and the Farm House opens in University Heights. We talk about new restaurants on this weeks Weekend Preview.
There may be nothing new under the sun, but San Diego County has many plant species yet to be discovered. The San Diego Natural History Museum wants to find and catalogue the county's diverse flora under the San Diego County Plant Atlas Project. We talk about how plants are discovered and the importance of the project.
What does the average American consume, and discard, over a lifetime? It adds up to about 43,371 cans of soda, 5,067 bananas, and 64 tons of waste. National Geographic chronicles the impact of humans in the new documentary Human Footprint. We talk with an ecologist who helped create the Human Footprint map.
Have you completed your State and Federal income taxes yet? If not, then it's time to start on your tax return because the deadline is only five days away. We speak to representatives from the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board about what you need to know if you are last minute tax filer.
The city of El Cajon has a new police chief. Pat Sprecco has worked for the city for over three decades. He explains what he plans to do with the department.
"It is a raunchy, honest and refreshing comedy -- a perfect crowd pleaser for opening night," says festival programmer Michael McQuiggan. He's excited about presenting 72 films from more than ten countries. Among the foreign entries he's touting are Spain's dark comedy
American children are fatter than ever. The Centers for Disease Control says between 1980 and 2000, the percentage of children who were overweight doubled in the U.S. The agency says today, more than nine million American kids are obese. A clinical trial is underway to see whether a particular type of surgery is a safe way for severely obese children to lose weight. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Some 100,000 cubic yards of dirt dumped on the edge of Loma Alta Creek to elevate Sprinter light rail tracks could be costly for nearby residents and business owners.
"I model this series after the misbehaving trios that accompanied short silent films in the early 1900s," continues Paulson, "At one point the cost of a film projector went down in price and almost anyone who had a good year could afford to buy one, and any storefront could become a little movie theatre. The musicians that accompanied the films tended to misbehave after awhile - wouldn't you, after the 100th screening?"
As soon as I walked into the meeting room at Biogen Idec, I knew I was in a powerhouse of personalities. More than 50 leaders from San Diego's technology companies, foundations, universities, and school systems were there by invitation for lunch and to talk about a San Diego problem. At issue: how to maintain a flourishing science and technology sector in a San Diego