Stories for February 19, 2008
Like many of its competitors, the size of PBS' Prime Time average has been decreasing. This isn't news & ndash; if you read the trade papers, Madison Avenue has been wondering aloud why they still spend billions each year on advertising in front of commercial network audiences. Rather than comparing PBS' audience to other Prime Time network schedules (say Fox News, CNN, A&E, Discovery, or History) McGrath strangely offers "Friday Night Smackdown" as a comparison, in the same article he proposes that "quality" is out there. The combined viewing audience for all of the prime-time cable news channels is about 2.5 million. Only about one million more than PBS' single channel of evening programming. And why does he pass judgment on something as successful as FNS? Thanks for nothing, Charles.
Is this 1990? Really, is this 1990 all over again? Then why is Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain spouting off about
A Democratic state Senator is taking action after the largest beef recall in history. Much of that meat went to California schools. Dean Florez says those districts should be reimbursed. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
More cuts could be on the way for the Medi-Cal program. State lawmakers have already approved a ten percent reduction in the rate Medi-Cal pays doctors. Now the governor wants lawmakers to consider some additional changes. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Special education activists say the new Lincoln High School in South San Diego does not meet the needs of physically disabled students. They say the situation is causing a separate but unequal learning environment. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
An estimated 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered in northern Baja California shook the U.S.-Mexico border region about 100 miles east of San Diego on Tuesday.
San Diego Unified School District officials are looking into whether a school parcel tax would would be acceptable to voters in San Diego. A parcel tax is a property tax that pays for local public services. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
The 80th Annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday and the movies nominated for Best Picture have beat out many good films from last year, but none of them signal a revolution brewing in Hollywood. It was a different story in 1968, according to entertainment writer Mark Harris.
Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, joins us to tell the story of his dangerous and difficult quest to build schools in the wildest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In November 2005, one U.S. Marine was killed and two were wounded following a bomb attack in Haditha, Iraq. Following the attack, Marines killed 24 civilians. Considered the worst attack on civilians to date in the war, some labeled the incident "Iraq's My Lai." In March, two Marines involved in the attacks will face courts-martial.
Why does San Diego City Council President Scott Peters want to run for City Attorney? We speak to Scott Peters about his decision to run for the office, the challenges associated with running against incumbent Mike Aguirre, and the City of San Diego's most pressing legal needs.
A defense contractor was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday for bribing former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, meals, trips and other gifts in exchange for nearly $90 million in Pentagon work.
All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens squares off against his former trainer on Capitol Hill while New England Patriots coach Brian Belichick is under fire for videotaping opponents. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton joins us to talk about Congress' investigations into professional sports.
The head of a Southern California water agency called recent comments by the mayor of Las Vegas "ridiculous and inflammatory" and is vowing a fight to keep farmers' fields irrigated.
Recycling is now mandatory for large apartment buildings and condo complexes in the city of San Diego. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps says it's just one more way to keep trash out of the landfill.
At least eleven children in San Diego County are infected with measles. The outbreak began last month, when an unvaccinated child returned from a family trip to Switzerland with the disease. Childhood vaccines have been hailed as one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. But a growing number of parents just dont think theyre safe. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Alzheimer's disease was first diagnosed more than 100 years ago by German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer. He followed the case of Auguste D, a 50 year-old woman with dementia. Dr. Alzheimer would ask her to write her name. Auguste would forget and repeat, "I have lost myself." Back then, Alzheimer's was believed to be a disease of the middle-aged. Today, it's considered a form of dementia - one associated with increasing age. Andrew Phelps explains how the disease affects the brain.
This summer will mark my 20th anniversary as a reporter. It would seem that after two decades of doing the same thing, you wouldn't constantly be second-guessing yourself. But my most recent assignment was among the most troubling for me in a long time. I was working on a story about Alzheimer's disease. I didn't know a lot about it. I thought it affected very old people, made them forgetful, end of story. And then I met Carl Hopkins.