Stories for March 10, 2008
Pizza Delivery, David Sedaris Style
On Morning Edition today, not only did I learn that caterpillars can remember things even after their brains get scrambled during metamorphosis, but now I know they don't always become butterflies! Halfway through the feature on
A variety of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics and sex hormones, have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. San Diego officials plan to open a new water treatment plant that would remove some of those products. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
The state Senate approved legislation Monday that would prohibit doctors from considering age, race or genetic factors in determining the size of workers' compensation benefits for employees who suffer job-related disabilities.
California could see restrictions or even an unprecedented ban on salmon fishing this year. That's because the Central Valley fall Chinook salmon run is at a record low.
SDLFF: Festival Update
A community activist thinks a few couch potatoes, strategically placed on sidewalk benches in an upscale La Jolla shopping district, will keep transients on their feet and on the move.
Schools statewide will send out layoff notices late this week, and Governor Schwarzenegger is urging lawmakers to come up with a budget plan right away.
A San Diego County assemblyman is calling on the California State Supreme Court to reverse a controversial decision that requires parents to get teaching credentials if they home-school kids. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego Public Library Screening: Rocket Science
America is resembling California more and more. By mid-century there will be no racial majority in the U.S. and about 20% of Americans will be foreign-born. What will this mean for American culture? Will the U.S. continue to assimilate immigrants and continue to value the same things that our grandparents did?
Local journalist Tony Perry is on his sixth visit to Iraq as an embedded journalist with local Camp Pendleton Marines. He tells us how plans for a hospital in Haditha are going, why a general refuses to fly in helicopters, and why Marines are reading The Ugly American. Tony also gives us a weekly update about life in a war zone as he lives full time with local Marines.
Democratic lawmakers are pushing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise taxes instead of slashing education funding to deal with the state's budget deficit. Now it appears the Governor is warming up to that idea. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The Sprinter light rail that connects San Diego's inland North County with the coast finally opened for business Sunday. After 30 years of planning, three years of construction, months of delays, and almost $100 million in cost overruns, the commuter train drew crowds of curious passengers on its first day. KPBS reporter Alison St John checked it out.
Health officials are bracing for a new wave of skepticism about the safety of childhood vaccines. The concern comes after the federal government admitted a connection between a young girl's autism and a series of vaccines she received as a baby. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Business-minded students at San Diego State University are posting big profits on Wall Street. Now they're scheduled to meet an idol. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A civil-rights group says California is home to more hate groups than any other state. A new report suggests the immigration debate immigration is fueling a surge in hate groups, including here in San Diego. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.