Stories for April 11, 2008
When I was little, I have a vague memory of being intrigued by the helium-voiced
Cupcakes have been all the confectionary craze for a couple of years now in New York and LA, with Amy Sedaris as the cupcake pied piper. San Diego is now jumping into the batter with its own twist.
Several things have been happening in aviation news while I was busy paying for overpriced airport food and putting my seat and tray back in their upright positions.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in California in response to the closure of salmon fishing season along the West Coast. The decision was made Thursday by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Recruiters from top-notch universities around the country are in San Diego today hoping to attract gay and lesbian students to their campuses. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Containing the most hot air is Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid), and if anyone's in need of deflating, it's him. He's a English Lit professor who's lost his passion for teaching and literature (if he ever had it). He's also most definitely lost any and all interest in his students. He forces them to wear nametags since he can't remember any of them, even ones he's had in his classes more than once. He's pompous, acerbic and generally oblivious to all around him. His son James (Ashton Holmes) has moved out of the house in order to escape the infectious atmosphere there. Now he secretly writes poetry in his dorm. His sister Vanessa (Ellen Page) has tried to clone herself after her dad. She's an overachiever who looks down her nose at all the stupid people in the world. She also tries to fill in the gap left by her late mother. Wetherhold's wife died years ago and he still hasn't recovered from the loss.
A new law in Mexico makes it easier for non-profits there to receive charitable donations from outside the country. The law also streamlines process for people who want to give something to groups south of the border. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would fight a ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage in that state. David Nogueras has that story.
Two recently-married marines reported missing from Camp Pendleton 12 days ago have been spotted in Missouri. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service has called off its search for the pair. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A new poll shows no clear-cut leader in the race for San Diego City Attorney. Incumbent Mike Aguirre and ex-judge Jan Goldsmith are the likeliest candidates for a November runoff election. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
With the reality of how much cars are polluting the air, and the ever increasing gas prices, reporter Pat Finn takes a look at some of the options in choosing an environmentally friendly car.
President Bush says he will not authorize a troop withdrawal from Iraq during his presidency. Also, the dispute over a proposed toll road through San Onofre State Beach has resurfaced. And, five former City of San Diego officials are charged with fraud by the SEC.
Log Cabin Republicans meet in San Diego for their annual convention this weekend. Among the speakers: Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sexual preference transcends political party. And gay Republicans are out to prove they're no oxymoron. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.
Two measures aimed at changing the way health insurers cancel policies have cleared their first hurdle in the California Assembly. Supporters say the bills would reign in a practice that's gotten out of hand. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
This fall, California voters will weigh in on the issue of how some farm animals are caged. The Secretary of State says an initiative that's sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States has qualified for the November ballot.
Although Crowe's narration sounds excessively low-key and uninvolved, the actor so took to the Bra Boys that
Moby launched a site making his music available to independent, non-profit filmmakers. & Watch long enough for him to talk about copyrighted content from photograph to painting. & Really interesting. & It's one big commune of ideas right now, people, and who owns what is getting fuzzier and fuzzier. & Unless you're Rupurt Murdoch, then you just own everything. & Anyway, check it out. & Doesn't Moby remind you of my friend Calvin? & You'd say yes if you knew cool Cal. &