Stories for July 7, 2008
At least 14 people were murdered in Tijuana this weekend, including six charred bodies found this morning. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details from Tijuana.
State and local education officials say more kids are showing up at schools and recreation centers to get a free meal this summer. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego gas prices edged lower this past weekend, but there was a significant jump in the cost of diesel. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says the average price of a gallon of gas fell two tenths of a cent over the weekend.
Former San Diego Chargers football player Steve Foley is getting $5.5 million from the city of Coronado to settle his lawsuit against the city. Foley was shot by off-duty police officer Aaron Mansker nearly two years ago. The injuries ended his professional football career. Coronado City Attorney Steven Boehmer says the city did not admit any liability in the case.
State agencies are gearing up for the heat wave hitting California this week. Governor Schwarzenegger has activated the state's plan for excessive heat emergencies. That involves regular communication between state and local officials - and could mean the opening of cooling centers across the state.
Just when firefighters thought they were beating the 330 wildfires that continue burning in California the weather has turned against them. From Sacramento Steve Shadley reports.
Restricted access to Guantanamo Bay means that few non-military Americans have been able to get a good view of the place and learn what's really going on. The exceptions have been lawyers who have sought to represent the people locked up without the right to challenge their incarceration in American courts. Mahvish Rukhsana Khan was a law student when she went to Afghan prisoners. She would later represent one of them. She's written a book about her experiences called My Guantanamo Diary.
The musicians in the group So Percussion see the world as one big instrument. They create music with an amplified cactus, flower pots, duct tape and beer cans. But they go beyond the percussive acrobatic work of Stomp and are composing new music and working with today's cutting edge composers. So Percussion joins us in studio to perform and talk about their work.
People who celebrated fourth of July in San Diego say the beaches were much quieter compared to past years. About a million people showed up compared to 1.8 million a year ago.
The San Diego Minutemen are advising their members to vote for Jan Goldsmith as San Diego city attorney. The endorsement could prove to be an embarrassment for Goldsmith, who is trying to paint himself as a candidate with no political overtones. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
What can we learn from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that can be applied to the issues that affect the San Diego border region? What are the root causes of the conflict? And, what kind of job is the media doing in covering the story? Host Tom Fudge interviews a local man who recently participated in a peacekeeping delegation that visited Israel and Palestine.
People who want to cross the border more quickly on foot will have a new option come September. Customs and Border Protection will add a fast-pass program for pedestrians at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
As the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its term last week, it ruled on a number of controversial cases, including gun rights and the death penalty for child rapists. We'll take a look back at the decisions made, and look ahead at how the court may change under a new president.
Sober beaches might mean cleaner beaches in San Diego. Volunteers who scoured the shoreline at six local beaches for the Surfrider Foundation's annual "Morning After Mess" clean-up on Saturday say Fourth of July bashes didn't generate even half as much trash as last year.
A plan to establish a network of marine protected areas is the focus of workshops in San Diego this week. The plan seeks to protect areas off the entire California coast including San Diego County. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.