Stories for August 27, 2008
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The USS Kitty Hawk will sail out of San Diego Harbor this morning. The aircraft carrier is on her way to be decommissioned in Bremerton. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Law enforcement officers wanted: must work graveyard shifts alone in remote towns along the Mexican border, put in long hours and perform well in triple-digit temperatures. That message is never touted in U.S. Border Patrol recruitment brochures, but the sobering reality of working on the border has created an environment in which about 30 percent of agents leave their jobs in less than 18 months.
Comedy is one of the oldest genres in film, going back to the silent film days where comedians like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin made their mark. We'll trace the broad lines of cinema's relationship with comedy through one of its biggest fans, Scott Marks.
A labor relations judge has issued a ruling that is a major setback to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders plans to privatize certain city services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Researchers at U-C-S-D have discovered a gene associated with the most common form of age-related blindness. The condition known as dry macular degeneration affects nine million Americans. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The Democratic National Convention is underway in Denver and KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner is on hand to witness history in the making. We'll get analysis from Penner on the speeches and Super Delegates, as well as party unity and diversity.
More than 150,000 Americans die from trauma each year. It is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-45, and a growing problem for seniors who are living longer, more active lives. Unfortunately, most people do not think trauma will happen to them. We'll explore trauma care in San Diego and what you need to know to prevent - and survive - trauma.
Political correspondent Gloria Penner has been there since the beginning and has been spending her time with San Diego delegates and other local officials attending this major political event.
When a high school threatens to cut drama from the curriculum, a teacher puts on a show to save the department. Unfortunately, the play involves Shakespeare and a Jesus who dances like Elvis. If that sounds politically incorrect, it is in the new comedy Hamlet Two. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando speaks with the film's star Steve Coogan about pushing the envelope in comedy.
For the last three days, KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner has been in Denver covering the Democratic National Convention. Yesterday, she joined San Diegans to watch the much-anticipated speech by Senator Hillary Clinton.
I wear leather belts, I've got a few nice pair of cowhide shoes, eat the occasional steak and have gutted more than a few fish - but always I try to steer clear of animal torture and torment. I've never copulated with an owl or splashed fur on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) - but I am an animal lover. I love dogs and dolphins the most - and in rare cases have been touched by cats. I speak all breeds of dog and can communicate anything from love to anger to play to disappointment. It's a matter of eyebrows and body posture, with few varieties of bark, growl and Scooby grunt thrown in.