Stories for January 31, 2008
Touuch of Evil
The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night
A month of relentless storms has left the Sierra snowpack well above average for this time of year. The state Department of Water Resources measured snow depths today. The numbers show a welcome change from last year's dry winter. And a positive sign for summertime water deliveries to farms and cities.
A battle is looming in Sacramento over Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts to the Medi-Cal program. Community clinics say the cuts would hinder their ability to give proper care. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
San Diego County's Registrar of Voters is urging voters who have absentee ballots, to send them in soon. Debra Seiler says changes in the way the votes will be counted this year mean the vote tally will take longer. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
People at the San Ysidro border crossing complained they waited even longer than normal this Thursday to cross from Tijuana to San Diego. However, the massive delays and chaos many predicted did not play out. Stricter rules that require U.S. citizens 19 and older to prove their citizenship when re-entering the U.S. went into effect at the border today. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Last week's federal raids on four Southern California museums, including the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, were the result of a five year investigation into looted antiquities and tax fraud. We talk about the investigation, explore the process of antiquities acquisitions at museums, and find out how the law governs the international antiquities market.
There are multiple plays about the African-American experience on San Diego stages as well as three dramas written by cutting edge playwrights.
Swarmius is a local band composed of classical musicians who challenge the definition of classical music. Swarmius creates a new hybrid genre, which connects classical music with hip-hop, DJ culture, metal, electronica, world beat, and rock.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says John McCain is an "extraordinary leader" who can reach across the political aisle to get things done.
San Diego community leaders and concerned residents attended a forum yesterday to discuss the recent rash of hate crimes in the Poway Unified School District. Many people at the meeting believe the incidents reveal an underlying racism in that community. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
A federal judge Wednesday heard arguments over whether President Bush can exempt the Navy from environmental laws. The Navy wants to continue its sonar training off the San Diego coast without restrictions to protect marine mammals. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Supporters of Proposition 91 say the measure is no longer needed. Then why is it on the ballot? KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.
This year the festival received the most submissions yet -- 250 -- and will be showing a diverse array of work from around the world and ranging from features to shorts, dramas to documentaries, Christian films to children's animation.