Stories for July 23, 2008
I like food. I always have and hopefully I always will. But recently, I've become more and more concerned with what's in the food we eat. From preservatives and pesticides to unhealthy fats and modified sugars. And I began to ask: "What's all this stuff doing to our bodies? And does it have to be this way?"
The San Diego Unified School District will place a $2.1 billion school bond measure on the November ballot. District officials are now trying to get approval from the local taxpayers association. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
I'm not trying to say people in different circumstances don't need relief from the current system, but I am trying to point out that I'm one of many Americans who don't fit the two well-publicized demographic blocks on this issue: I'm covered and I'm not dependent on the whims of my employer for that coverage. &
Research shows 15 percent of middle and high school students in San Diego County think about committing suicide. A new state law is designed to help more teachers spot the warning signs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A report says California can solve its water crisis and restore its struggling salmon fishery at the same time. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants answers as to why the military uses private contractors for training. His questions follow concerns from a Virginia lawmaker regarding Blackwater Worldwide's new Naval Training Center in Otay Mesa. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a measure that bans health insurers from rewarding employees for cancelling policies. At the same time, the governor's staff has drafted a bill some say would make it easier for insurers to terminate coverage. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for The New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and other national publications. His groundbreaking article, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was named the "best story Esquire ever published," and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "New Journalism."
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the city's three non-public safety unions have agreed upon a revised pension plan for future employees that could save the city tens of millions of dollars down the road. We'll get analysis of the new agreement with voiceofsandiego.org reporter David Washburn.
What motivates a woman to carry a child for another couple? How are surrogate mothers compensated for carrying that child for another family? Why do military wives make great surrogate moms? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. Samuel Wood about the growing trend of military wives becoming surrogate mothers. We also speak with a military wife who has been a surrogate mother about her experience.
The Neighborhood House Association is the largest social services provider in San Diego County. It runs the largest Head Start program in the nation. But federal and state officials are concerned that the agency is not properly ensuring the safety of the children in its care. We'll talk with the head of Neighborhood House about criticism of its agency and what they are doing to correct any problems.
A new study is giving Californians insight into why some homes burn and others don't during wildfires. The research was done by the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It's a non-profit agency funded by the insurance industry.
Former San Diego Congressman Randy Cunningham wants the president to grant him clemency. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.
San Diego voters may have a chance to decide if they want to ban alcohol permanently from city beaches. Councilmen Scott Peters and Kevin Faulkner say they want the issue to be on the ballot next November.
So many new places to eat, so little time. There's Italian in Mission Hills, sushi in Banker's Hill, and a new french joint in Point Loma to name a few. Join Erin Chambers, editor of San Diego City Search, as she tells us about the hot new restaurants in town.
When I first began attending the Con regularly, more than 10 years ago, it was still focused on comics, with only a few articles or TV reports showing up with a predictable "what geeks!" angle. I was a production editor on staff at
Carter, along with writer Frank Spotnitz and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, appeared in February at a panel for WonderCon (Comic-Con's sister convention) in San Francisco where they revealed the teaser trailer for the film.