Stories for February 29, 2008
An Egyptian band made up of police officers has been invited to an Arab cultural center is Israel. But the men - all dressed in uniforms that you'd consider military in style if it weren't for their soft, powder blue color - are dropped off at the wrong town. Stranded out in the dessert with no Israeli money and significant language barriers, the men initially find the locals less that happy about their arrival. But the men, who look so desperately out of place, soon win the sympathy of a local restaurant owner (Ronit Elkabetz). She offers them food and finds them all a place to sleep as they await a driver to take them to the correct town.
A new analysis of the rising cost of living in San Diego shows a two parent working family with two children needs an income of $71,000 a year, just to make ends meet.
A new arts pavilion opens at the Oceanside Museum of Art this week. The inaugural exhibition documents 50 years of San Diego painting. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside has decided not to place a $780 million bond on the June ballot. Tri-City's board says it wants to do more polling before deciding when to put the bond up for a vote. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
About 80 UCSD students will join residents of an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood on Saturday to build environmentally-sound paving tiles. The tile will help soak up and filter water to stem the flow of polluted runoff to San Diego and serve as a model for both sides of the border. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks are all of Galt McDermot, from the collection of old rarities "Up From the Basement," released on Stones Throw in 2002.
The U.S. economy is at a standstill, the value of the dollar is at an all-time low against the value of the euro currency, and the prices for everyday goods continue to rise. Also, plans are in place to expand the San Ysidro port of entry by increasing the number of lanes and improving the inspection areas. And, the future of Lindbergh Field continues to be a hot topic.
You may know 2008 is an intercalary year. That makes today Leap Day in the United States. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps had some questions about this unusual but important day. Here's what he found out.