Stories for February 21, 2008
It's the month where romantic love is the star and people are basking in it, passionately seeking it or mourning that it seems to be everywhere but in their heart.
During my training as a poll worker we were told how San Diegans break down by registered political party: 40% Republican, 34% Democratic, and 26% & ldquo;other or no party. & rdquo;
Everything in the waning days of Nikolai Ceausescu's oppressive regime proves to be a negotiation, whether it's dealing with haughty hotel clerks, bartering for soap and cigarettes, or haggling over the price of an abortion. Each negotiation is further complicated by bureaucratic mix ups, black market scams, and incessant I.D. checks. All this plays out like a tense thriller as Otilia struggles to help her friend. Actress Anamaria Marinca plays Otilia. She says that when you live under Communist rule, you quickly learn how to navigate uncertain terrain.
State legislation is back that would require some restaurants to post right on the menu the calories contained in that great big burger you're dying to order. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
San Diego's gas prices jumped significantly overnight. The Utility Consumers Action Network tracks the price of fuel at hundreds of local gas stations. U-CAN's Charles Langley says the average price jumped almost 8 cents a gallon from yesterday afternoon.
Governor Schwarzenegger wants to suspend $4 billion in education funding to deal with California's budget deficit. But the state's school superintendent says that's not easy. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says many families who lost homes during the wildfires are having problems with their insurance companies. Hes called on State Insurance Commissioner, Steve Poizner, to live up to his promise to push insurance companies to pay up. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
California-based Google says it will soon launch a pilot project to store personal medical records online. Privacy watchdogs say let the buyer beware. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
More problems have come to light at a federal immigration detention center in San Diego. In addition to alleged overcrowding and inadequate medical care, an attorney has filed a complaint with federal government saying guards retaliate against detainees for reporting problems at the facility. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
This weekend in San Diego, one can find a cube for portraiture, a classical tragedy hip-hop style, and an early work from the creator of "Rent."
More than five million Americans over 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In San Diego County, one in eight families is touched by it. By 2050, it is estimated that 16 million people will have Alzheimer's. The cost of treating the disease is expected to hit $1 trillion, a figure that is sounding alarm bells across the medical and public policy communities. As part of Envision San Diego, we explore the personal, emotional, and medical costs of what some are calling the Alzheimer's epidemic.
Butts will be banned on beaches in Encinitas following a unanimous vote by the city council.
Eighty-one-year-old Antonia Lopez has enjoyed a full life, proudly raising seven children. She is still able to do things for herself. But at 77, she began noticing significant changes. Her daughters would soon find out Lopez was battling Alzheimer's. A secret they've kept from their mother until this day.
I had the very good luck of living on Oahu for four lovely years of balmy breezes, magnificent foliage, turquoise waters, and that peaceful, easy-going aloha spirit.