Stories for January 17, 2008
Persepolis/Interview with Marjane Satrapi
A Superior Court Judge has issued a tentative ruling against the County of San Diego in its suit, challenging the Secretary of State. At issue is whether Secretary of State Debra Bowen has the authority to require a bigger manual recount of votes in races that are too close to call. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Low-income California high school students are being encouraged to apply online for one of the state's financial aid programs this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
A federal judge has to decide whether to overrule President Bush on sonar testing restrictions. The Navy wants to conduct the tests off the San Diego coast. Environmental groups claim the exercises harms marine life. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
This weekend brings two singer-songwriters to town, a new exhibit at the UCSD Art Gallery, Jean Isaacs Cabaret Dances, and an art exhibit by sex workers.
There's been another shootout in Tijuana today. Four police are injured. The gun battle forced the evacuation of a nursery school and paralyzed the city's Ermita neighborhood. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The presidential race is a contest of ideas, positions and of personalities. We' speak with Evan Thomas, the editor of Newsweek magazine, who's following the race very closely. He talks about the qualities of character that he thinks are vital to a presidential candidate.
More than 7,000 sailors and Marines will deploy next week when the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group leaves San Diego for the western Pacific.
What can be done to make Lindbergh Field San Diego's airport of the future? A former federal airport official explains his solutions to over-extended Lindbergh Field.
A new survey from the California HealthCare Foundation shows doctors in the state lead the nation in adopting electronic health records. Even so, the report says nearly two out of three California physicians still use old-fashioned paper records. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
We often figure fire burns randomly as it destroys one home but not another on the same street. But many fire experts say its more predictable than that: defensible space, building materials and an often forgotten issue plays a pivotal role. You guessed it: Location, location, location. Many fire experts say its the number one risk factor. Yet the Department of forestry says 5 million California homes are in wildfire-prone areas. And theres little being done to limit development in such places. For KPBS, reporter Rebecca Tolin has the story.
Many San Diegans may not realize that undocumented people living in this community suffered the biggest loss in this firestorm. Eight people were severely burned in the Harris fire as they made their way through the mountains-- six border crossers perished. Freelance journalist, Laura Castaneda has the story of one of the victims who is not being forgotten.
For all the attention devoted to preventing another catastrophe like the deadly 2003 Cedar Fire, San Diegans witnessed an almost eerie rerun when massive wildfires hit last October. Even though the city and county had four years to prepare for the firestorm, the region still does not have enough firefighters and equipment. KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma has the story.
The San Diego wildfires have faded from the headlines, but fire victims have not forgotten. They still must overcome the inertia. Then they have to confront the insurance companies. And then they face a wall of bureaucracy. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps says rebuilding can take years.