Stories for June 13, 2008
Thanks to Salon.com (who are spies like me and listen to right-wing talk shows to wrap the liberal mind around Republican dogma), a
Have you noticed that there are fewer bumper stickers than in years past? In the GOP camp, perhaps all those who had BUSH/CHENEY proudly displayed on their car in 2000 and 2004 now feel some sort of guilty complicity in what eventually transpired. So who knew? Hardly anyone outside of the
San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre says he will present the city council with a multi-million dollar settlement hes reached with a company that investigated the city for financial wrongdoing. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
This is not like the attempt to impeach former President Bill Clinton. To my knowledge, no one ever died from oral sex in the Oval Office. No semen received a folded American flag for dying in service to the president.
Researchers at UCSD have discovered a new indicator for the risk of heart disease in women: nicotine levels in toenails. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
After a montage of pumped up imagery of pro wrestling, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone, Bell explains "I was always against steroids and when I found out that all my heroes used them I'd like to say that it didn't bother me but it did. I can't imagine how my mom would feel if she found out that both my brothers were on steroids right now." That's right, Bell's two brothers use steroids and Bell focuses on them as he explores steroid use in the U.S. Bell's approach takes it's cue from the humorous personal narrative style of Michael Moore's
San Diego County homeowners may see a Special Property Tax Initiative on the ballot in November, to pay for more fire protection assets. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
North Park has two new eateries and a brewery called Toronado. And we'll talk about the cupcake craze sweeping San Diego with City Search editor Erin Chambers.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently declared that California is in a drought, and water rationing could be in our future. Also, the state's budget debate carries on. What's at stake in the budget debate, and where are cuts likely to be made? And, bargain hunters are starting to return to the San Diego real estate market.
People who need to file a complaint against Tijuana law enforcement officials after visiting the border city can now do so online in English. Tijuana's mayor hopes the new system encourages tourists to return to his city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Okay, Doug Stauber (Seann William Scott) isn't on the very bottom rung but he's close to it. He has a few people he can boss around but not many. One day, though, he spies an empty lot with a sign promising a new Donaldson's Grocery Store will be opening. At last! His chance to move up and become a manager. His boss even tells him he's a "shoo-in" (or is it shoe-in?) for the job. Heck, with that kind of assurance, Doug decides he and his wife can go ahead and buy that house they've always wanted. But wait... some competition arrives from Donaldson's sister company up in teh Great White North. Richard (John C. Reilly) is a recently arrived Canuck who's got his sights set on that new manager position as well. Now the two men will have to compete for the job.The premise has the potential to be funny and the cast (which also includes Lili Taylor and Jason Bateman) is fully capable of delivering top-notch performances. So how does this film manage to go so terribly wrong? Blame writer-director Steve Conrad. He can't decide if he has a savage satire, a touching drama, or a gross out comedy on his hands. He tries for the droll deadpan of Ricky Gervais'
There's a last minute attempt to stop same sex marriages in California, scheduled to begin next week. A group that calls itself a pro-family organization is leading the charge. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics are just two months away, and a lot of the athletes from the U.S. are training in San Diego. About a mile north of the Mexican border and a 20 minute ride from downtown San Diego sits the Arco Olympic Training Center. It's been there for 13 years in San Diego's second largest city: Chula Vista. KPBS Morning Edition Co-Host Dwane Brown reports.