Stories for January 10, 2008
Diva introduces us to Jules (Frederic Andrei), a young postal carrier with a passion for music. He's particularly obsessed with world famous diva Cynthia Hawkins (played with serene beauty by American soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernadez). One night, the obsessed Jules makes a high quality recording of Hawkins' concert and steals one of her gowns from the dressing room. Hawkins, who has never let her voice be recorded, considers the covert recording an act of "rape."
The president of California's largest teachers union says Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts in education may force some schools to close down. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The federal government plans to sue nearly two dozen California landowners. They're among hundreds along the U.S.-Mexico border who've blocked federal authorities from building more border fencing. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
The new animated film Persepolis is based on a series of graphic novels featuring the coming of age story of a young girl in Iran. The film is France's entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Balboa Theater originally opened in 1924 as a vaudeville performance space. By the 1970's it was a movie theater and eventually went dark, a dormant state that has lasted for almost 20 years. After a $26 million renovation, the historic theater opens again this month to much fanfare.
An estimated 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across international borders each year for the purposes of prostitution or other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Soroptimist International of San Diego is trying to raise awareness about human trafficking in our region. We speak to representatives from the local and national chapters of Soroptimist International about the problem, and what they are doing to raise awareness about this modern day form of sexual slavery.
There was a time when the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of the most populous state in the country was laughable, but not anymore. He was re-elected by a landslide in a state dominated by Democrats by combining liberal stands on issues like the environment and health care with conservative fiscal policy. In his new book, Party of One: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of the Independent Voter, veteran journalist Daniel Weintraub explains the phenomenon that is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Is the city of San Diego in better shape than it was a year ago? Mayor Jerry Sanders is set to deliver his annual State of the City speech tonight. We speak to Professor Glen Sparrow to discuss the issues that will be addressed in the speech, and to assess the state of San Diego.
Cirque du Soleil brings their new show Corteo to San Diego and the symphony tries to lure a younger audience in a series called Symphony Exposed. David Coddon talks to us about your weekend options.
Thousands of Marines in Camp Pendleton are preparing to deploy to Iraq this month. Their commander, Major General John Kelly, says today's announcement by the Pentagon that 3,000 Marines will go to Afghanistan should not affect the Iraq deployment. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will deliver his third State of the City address tonight. It is a critical speech for the Mayor, who faces a challenge in the coming elections from candidate Steve Francis. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Research into Earth's ancient past may provide clues of what we can expect of the climate in the future. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
A California Coastal Commission staff report urging rejection of a proposed toll road through San Onofre State Beach is being criticized by Orange County's tollway agency.
The California Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing in San Diego yesterday to discuss the critical issue of communication during emergencies like last October's wildfires. The hearing was called by PUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, who joins us now on Morning Edition.
A staff sergeant based at Southern California's Camp Pendleton marine base was officially arraigned on manslaughter charges Wednesday for his role in the death of 24 Iraqi civilians. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.