Stories for June 24, 2008
I'm a film lover, but there's this weird thing that happens to me when the lights go down in a theater. & First there are the trailers -- which I love. & Most of them are bad, but the good ones stay with me. & Mostly, I love trailers because they represent possibility. & They are neat little packages of seduction. & After those 10 minutes of possibility, I get the thing I actually paid for... the thing that could let me down... the movie I've actually come to see. & Which gets me to the weird thing that happens: & I'm always slightly disappointed when the movie starts. & These are not the words of a film lover, I know. But because I've built up expectations and hopes, I'm uneasy. &
Teenage girls at Kearny Mesa High School have decided to ditch the mall and pick up a hammer during their summer break. Its part of a new program designed to build interest in construction. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
The city of San Diego wants Blackwater Worldwide to make its simulated ship at its new Naval training center in Otay Mesa accessible to wheelchairs. The private firm says the city is deliberately throwing hurdles in its path. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Baja California investigators in Mexico have arrested two people for allegedly murdering four migrants in Tecate about a week ago. State law enforcement officials say the men are tied to ogranized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
A new report shows that home sales are still dropping in San Diego and the rest of the country. The Standard and Poor Case-Shiller report finds housing prices here were down over 20 percent from a year ago.
The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association has stepped into the fray over Blackwater Worldwide training facility in Otay Mesa. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.
San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier is trying to hammer out a plan to keep more teachers on the district's payroll when school starts in September. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
Baja California state investigators will add 10 bilingual agents to attend to tourists' complaints. The move comes as tourism in the state has dropped dramatically. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
A new report shows California health insurers made more than $4.3 billion in profits last year. Critics say the companies should have put less in their bank accounts and more into patient care. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Senator Barbara Boxer and other Senate Democrats want oil companies to use or lose their existing oil leases before opening up more of the U.S. coast to drilling. Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill.
I ask it of you (and me) because there seems to be an unsaid assumption among politicians and national and local media outlets (including NPR and KPBS) that these type of colloquial "kitchen table" discussions is where "real" issues get parsed. &
Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias explains why he thinks he lost his job for political reasons. He blasts the Bush administration for what he calls unprecedented firings in the history of the United States.
The city of San Diego is running out of assets to put up as collateral for loans. As a result, it's taking out loans against some of its most essential properties. Some say that's a sign of desperation. But city officials say there's no need to worry. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Christianity is growing rapidly in popularity in China, and the country's government is trying to figure out how to control it. Host Tom Fudge speaks to reporter Evan Osnos about FRONTLINE/World's "Jesus in China". We learn why Christianity is growing in popularity, and how the growth of that religion has been addressed by the Chinese government.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the state's working to come up with extra resources to fight the hundreds of fires burning statewide.
The state of California is the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. And its problems very nearly mirror the problems of the world's largest economy, which would be the United States. Two of the biggest problems facing both are huge budget deficits, and increasingly unaffordable and unavailable health care. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.