Stories for April 21, 2008
Wow... I think. I can honestly say I've never seen a movie quite like this before. It had zombies. It had strippers. It had Zombie Strippers! (Now playing exclusively at Pacific Gaslamp Theaters.)
A measure that would decriminalize marijuana in California faces a deadline later this week. Supporters need to turn in more than 433,000 signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Morgan Spurlock says he's watched a lot of movies in his lifetime and if he's learned one thing from all those action flicks, it's that a lone American can save the world. Forget the fact that the CIA, the FBI and the U.S. military have all failed to find the world's most wanted man. After taking on the McDonald's franchise, Spurlock now feels he's ready to take on Al Qaeda.. But wait... first he needs to take some self-defense classes, get vaccinated for all sorts of diseases, and figure out a travel schedule that will take him all over the Middle East. Spurlock also wants to learn where Bin Laden came from, and the environment and influences that shaped him into who and what he is today.
The ACLU and Mexicos Commission on Human Rights have pledged to work together to protect migrants' human rights along the U.S.-Mexico border. The groups say they'll challenge Operation Gatekeeper and other federal programs that put migrants' lives in danger. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
San Diego County college students say proposed budget cuts to California's higher education will force public universities to act more like private institutions. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
A former real estate agent who helped broker home loans to 200 people who could not afford them is headed to prison. The man and his brother ran a Century 21 real estate office in San Marcos. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Have you noticed your food bills creeping up? You're not the only one. Food costs have risen globally and it's impacting the wallets of shoppers in San Diego. Marney Cox from SANDAG and Janet Little from Henry's Farmers Market join us to help explain why food is so expensive right now and what consumers can do about it.
What is life like aboard an aircraft carrier? In the new PBS series Carrier, a film crew traveled for six months on the San Diego-based USS Nimitz nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to find out. We go behind the scenes with the director and producer of series for a glimpse of life on an aircraft carrier.
On the six month anniversary of the 2007 wildfires, San Diego County homeowners are in the process of rebuilding their homes and their lives. We talk about the rebuilding efforts and find out what resources are available to help homeowners wade through the difficult process.
KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis attends education rallies around San Diego County. She tells us why teachers are frustrated, what is being done, and what cuts are expected.
A new nonprofit institution plans to build a $115 million stem cell research facility in San Diego that would open by 2010.
The city has committed to leasing a new helicopter, and this week two County Supervisors suggested leasing air tankers during the peak fire season. But last year valuable time was lost when bureaucratic hurdles prevented military aircraft from mobilizing to battle the flames. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on whats changed and what hasnt, in the effort to use airpower more effectively next time.
Later today, the San Diego City Council will consider the mayor's proposal to give firefighters a 5 percent raise next year. Other city workers are still in labor negotiations, and one of the key sticking points is a new kind of pension plan. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on changing city salaries and benefits.
California's Insurance Commissioner says it's time for more options for earthquake insurance. The call comes on the heels of a study that found the next "big one" is pretty much guaranteed within 30 years. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Health insurance companies are crying foul over a number of bills moving through the California Legislature. The measures would require insurers to add coverage for a variety of medical services. Health plans warn the mandates would drive up costs. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Three firefighting aircraft will cost $3 million during the fast-approaching San Diego County wildfire season.