Stories for February 25, 2008
A highly contagious virus sickened more than 100 passengers on a Holland America cruise ship that returned to San Diego Monday from a 10-day trip to Mexico.
He would walk brazenly down the street, secure in his mission to rob a stash house or buy some Honey Nut Cheerios. & His silk robe and long black trench coat would fan out behind him, an obvious nod to the capes worn by superheroes. & In fact, in this season, the writers embellished Omar's superhero-like qualities when they allowed him to jump from a four story balcony during a shoot out with Stanfield's crew. & I don't fault the writers for that flourish, but I also knew it was their way of foreshadowing what was to come. & In direct contrast, the writers gave Omar a harsh and mundane death at the hands of young Kenard (a little punk-a** bully who is merciless, sure to be stone cold muscle for some future king-pin). &
The California Public Utilities Commission held a hearing on the proposed Sunrise Powerlink project in San Diego Monday afternoon. San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build a new 150-mile electric transmission line from the Imperial Valley to San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush and his cabinet members for more money to buy equipment for the California National Guard. He made his plea after attending a governor's meeting in Washington. From Washington Sara Sciammacco reports.
The city and county release reports about the lessons learned during last year's wildfires. However, civil rights groups are concerned the mistreatment of immigrants was overlooked. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
San Diego city Mayor Jerry Sanders held a joint press conference with County Supervisor Greg Cox today to announce lessons learned from the 2007 wildfires. However, they released separate reports on how to improve the region's emergency response in the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Iron Ladies of Liberia, a documentary focusing on President Sirleaf’s first year in government, provides insight into the workings of the newly elected African cabinet. The film also looks to how Africa's first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia runs her fledgling presidency. A fascinating story about recent and ongoing events in Africa.
San Diego County supervisors will soon decide whether to end the local emergency declared in the midst of October's wildfires. County officials say recovery lasted for months after the flames were extinguished. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
How has recent history created a man-made health disaster in Iraq? We speak to Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy about the health care problems in Iraq and about his personal experiences as a medical student in Baghdad. Dr. Al-Delaimy explains how the war in Iraq has led to major problems in the country's health care system, and shares information he gathered from family members who still live there.
Last week the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum concluded that San Diego County needs a consolidated, regional fire department. But who's going to pay for it? We hear from members of the task force, and we open the phones to listeners to get a feeling of whether San Diegans are ready to take a step that could make our region safer from the threat of wildfires.
The Border Patrol has opened a checkpoint on Interstate 8 in the southeastern corner of California, near a hotbed for drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has appointed seven former grand jury members to review how the city implements recommendations made in grand jury reports. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Local journalist Tony Perry visits Iraq for the sixth time as an embedded journalist with local Camp Pendleton Marines. Tony gives us a weekly update about life in a war zone as he lives full time with local Marines.
A bill in the state senate would allow California State universities to offer doctoral nursing programs. Supporters say the effort would help alleviate a shortage of nursing instructors. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
African-American babies in California have higher than average death rates. As Kelley Weiss reports from Sacramento, this week health officials have focused on the problem.
Oscars 2008: The Good, the Bad, and the Photos
5:30 p.m. - Jack Nicholson in the front row, Regis walks up to him with mic, Jack turns with his sunglasses on and rattles out "How's the Reege tonight?" Why is it that everything out of his mouth is so "Jack Nicholson?"
The idealist the optimist: the icon who remained a mystery and the man who believed saying something five times could make it truth. Author Richard Reeves portrays Ronald Reagan in his new book "President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination."