Stories for April 8, 2008
I then decided to let the whole idea sit in the back of my mind over the course of a weekend - a weekend where I would pay attention to where my mind went, what I said, and what I thought about. & Surely, somewhere over said weekend, a crystallizing "Angela moment" would emerge. & In the end, four memoirs popped up and since it's my blog, I can include all four, inspiring a fifth memoir: & "Girl gets blog. Drunk with power." & The others were:
Four people vying to replace San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre debated today about how they'd run the office differently. Aguirre was a no-show. The five are competing in a primary election in June. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
The Securities and Exchange Commissions civil suit against five former San Diego city employees is not the only case pending that involves alleged city pension fund wrongdoing. Two criminal suits at the state and federal level are still in the works. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A California Congressman says the Bush administration is taking unconstitutional steps to build the border fence. Congressman Bob Filner says the administration has no right to waive laws along the border to speed construction. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
A new report says nursing home care in California hasn't improved in recent years, despite an influx of money from the state. The UC San Francisco study says nursing homes have largely used the new funding to pad their bottom lines. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has revealed the first details of his proposed city budget for next year. It includes more money for firefighters and less for libraries and parks. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Lawyers for a Marine captain deployed in Iraq say a San Diego jury has awarded their client $3.5 million in punitive damages from a servicemembers' insurance company.
Kate Mosse's novel Labyrinth was a hit in both the UK and the United States. In fact, it was the biggest selling title in the UK for 2006. Mosse's second novel is called Sepulchre and is also a time-traveling thriller set in southwest France. We talk with Mosse about Sepulchre, the Orange Prize for Fiction, which she helped found, and the current literary landscape.
Retirement doesn't necessarily mean kicking back in a rocking chair any more. The baby boom generation is the fastest-growing group of travel consumers. Many of these mature travelers want adventure. We talk about traveling the globe and tips for seniors to get the most out of their vacations.
Diesel fuel has reached an all-time high, with prices in some regions of the country hovering over $4 a gallon. Why are diesel prices so high right now? And, how are the high fuel prices impacting workers who drive a lot for their jobs? We speak to a representative from UCAN, and the president of America's Independent Truckers' Association about the impact of high diesel prices.
The Securities and Exchange Commission files civil fraud charges against five former San Diego city employees. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains the charges, how city officials are responding to the big news, and whether we can expect more charges from the SEC.
More than half-a-dozen bills aimed at improving the state's response to oil spills cleared a key legislative committee Monday. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
California high school officials are taking part in a statewide summit today about school shootings. The summit comes at a time when there's mounting pressure in the San Diego Unified School District to end a Junior ROTC air-rifle training program. Community activists say having guns on campus sends the wrong message to students. But district officials say the training instills confidence and discipline. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.
San Diegans dont like taxes. Even taxes they can dump on out-of-town guests. Twice in the last four years, San Diegans have rejected proposals to increase the hotel tax in order to pay for much needed firefighting tools. Last December, just weeks after wildfires had destroyed hundreds of homes in the city, the hotel tax WAS increased but not for firefighting. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has the details.