Stories for August 8, 2008
Yesterday was the anniversary of Frenchman
We have become a nation of key taps and cell phone clicks. & You become aware of the clicks in your daily work flow when you get a new keyboard - all of sudden the tapping at your desk is louder and more resonant. & Then there's the common ring tone, most noticable when cell phones sing their way into a meeting, or movie, or, as in the other night, the Lyle Lovett concert at Humphreys (I was bitter and commenced with the glaring). & But today I present you with a strange and ingenious use of cell phone tapping, clicks, and...Mozart. & I also leave you with this question: & Isn't the human impulse to engage in random and odd forms of expression refreshing? & Or maybe it's this question: & Did that impulse increase with the birth of YouTube and its platform? & Enjoy!
A California appeals court ruled today moms and dads who homeschool their kids do not need special teaching credentials to order to teach them. The court ruling reverses a previous court decision which says parents do need credentials.
A lot of high school teenagers stress out about taking the SAT practice test. That's because the test is an indicator of how well they'll do on the "real" college entrance exam. Now there's a push to prepare eighth graders for the high school practice test. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
San Diego City's water hotline: (619)515 3500, then press 5. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders warns city residents that the voluntary water conservation measures now in effect could become mandatory within a year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A Marine General has ordered a Camp Pendleton Marine to face Court Martial for his role in the killing of Iraqi civilian detainees during the invasion of Fallujah. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
This week we'll talk about a festival in Hillcrest, two photography exhibits, and the rapper Nas.
Ann Patchett is the author of five novels, including Bel Canto and her latest, Run. She talks about family values, writing a political book, and the demanding life of book tours.
Governor Schwarzenegger says he will veto all bills that come across his desk until the state budget is passed. Plus, a proposal to build a double-decker mixed use development at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal has qualified for the November ballot. And, the 2008 Summer Olympics are set to begin this weekend in Beijing.
The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the city of Oceanside. The ACLU wants the city to release more information about an incident in which a young man committed suicide last December during a police stand off. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A Sacramento judge is set to rule today on what to name a controversial measure on the November ballot. Proposition 8 aims to ban same-sex marriage in California.
San Diego sports reporter Mark Zeigler is in Beijing this morning for the start of the Olympic Games. He's been reporting on the Olympics in the Union-Tribune, and KPBS' Morning Edition hosts Dwane Brown and Maureen Cavanaugh decided to check in with him about what he's seen so far... and what it's like to be there.
A new report from a San Diego group offers several strategies for saving water here. The report says the region's efforts to manage water have been woefully inadequate. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
This is especially true when experts and leaders don't see an end in sight to our economic downturn, and when the governor is looking for a sales tax increase and school districts are seeking voter approval for school improvement bonds. It all spells money and that can be a sore subject these days.