Stories for June 20, 2008
A Tijuana human rights group says the city's municipal police are unfairly targeting migrants recently deported from the United States. Human rights investigators allege police arrest migrants without cause to make it look like the authorities are cracking down on crime. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
San Diego County Health officials say two more local residents have tested positive in a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning. The salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 552 people across the country. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
And another thing I've never understood -- how does it diminish my quality of life, assuming I AM a heterosexual, & (I say that only to not "OTHERIZE" homosexuals) to know that they, too, are now allowed to participate in an outward and visible sign of their inward and spiritual grace? Because that is what the sacrament of marriage is. One proclaims to God (if you are a believer), the State, and your friends and family that you have joined your life, love and body to one another.
Yesterday in Prague we saw the buildings where Kafka lived, went to school and worked. One high point for me was visiting the New Jewish Cemetery in the suburb of Strasnice. In this damp, green, wooded place Kathi stood with one arm around Kafka's tombstone and told us how Dora collapsed on his grave the day of his funeral, & June 11, 1924. In a solemn procession, my friend Martin and I followed our other travel companions in laying stones on the grave for remembrance, as is the custom there.
The sounds of Mariachi music filled the air at Chula Vista High School over the weekend. That's because hundreds of middle and high school students took part in Sweetwater Unified's sixth annual Student Mariachi Conference. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
A satellite that will be used to gauge the effects of climate change was launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California's central coast. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Forecasts for the national economy are bleak, but the local tourism industry is booming following the success of the U.S. Open and this week's BIO International Convention. Also, same-sex couples from all over California got married this week.
The Three Gorges Dam is sometimes used as a symbol of the Chinese economic miracle and the country's move toward modernization. Chang doesn't overtly challenge this but he does want to show the price that many are paying for this so-called advancement. So Chang goes back to China and to "The River" that his grandfather often spoke of. His plan is to take a luxury cruise boat up the Yangtze to the Three Gorges Dam. The cruise is something of a farewell tour - bidding goodbye not only to the river but to a way of life for the two million people being relocated. In taking this cruise, Chang is also able to focus on a pair of young people who have taken up jobs in what in the new tourism industry.