Stories for March 12, 2008
While some decry the president as a scofflaw, haven't series of petty, paternalistic laws throughout our history created a nation of scofflaws? For me it probably started at the sheer silliness of trying to drive 55 miles per hour through the wide open expanse of California's Central Valley, though it certainly could have been the futility of imposing a drinking age of 21 years while I was an undergrad. For others, this includes heinous and notorious criminal acts as varied as smoking on a public beach or under-reporting tips to the IRS.
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Passengers at San Diego's Lindberg Field experienced both short and long delays after Southwest Airlines grounded 38 of its airplanes. Reporter David Nogueras has more.
A U.S. citizen suspected of being a high-ranking member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel has been arrested in Mexico. The man is wanted on federal drug charges in the United States. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
A spokesman for the North County Transit District says security along the new Sprinter Light Rail line will not change in response to yesterdays accident. A homeless man lay on the tracks and lots his legs when the train ran over him. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Parents in Logan Heights are urging the San Diego Unified school district school to establish a new school within a struggling charter school. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
Just in time for Spring Break, Rosarito's police force has its guns back. The citys officers were disarmed in December, almost exactly one year after Tijuana police had their guns taken away. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder talks about his book Mountains Beyond Mountains. The non-fiction book follows the life and work of Paul Farmer and his efforts to bring health care to the poor communities of Haiti.
Both the USD men's and women's basketball teams have punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Should the teams be considered "Cinderellas" or legitimate contenders for the championship? Also, the Padres are trying to expand their fan base with exhibition games planned in China this week. Why is the team travelling to the Far East, and how's the roster shaping up in spring training? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the hot local sports topics of the week.
San Diegans will go to the polls again in June for their second primary election of the year. Three members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be up for re-election. We talk about those races and the office of the supervisor with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.
A state appellate court recently ruled that it is illegal for a parent to home school their child without a teaching credential. While it is uncertain at this time exactly how the ruling will change the regulations for home schooling in California, it is clear that changes are on the horizon. We speak to a law professor and a school administrator to get their thoughts on the ruling and to discuss the potential impact it will have in the state.
The San Diego Unified School District is preparing to send out hundreds of layoff notices in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts to education. We speak to KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis about a heated school board meeting where the proposed cuts were discussed last night.
Dr. Hiroo Kanamori is a world-known physicist who developed the current system used to measure earthquakes. He explains how early detection mechanisms can save lives and keep people out of harm's way.
California hospitals are struggling to pay rising bond interest rates after the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. A new state program approved yesterday will give relief to some of them. Sacramento reporter Kelley Weiss has more.
San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre defended his performance yesterday, on stage with four people who want his job. It was the first public debate in the race for City Attorney. Reporter David Nogueras was there.
A major supplier of water to San Diego voted to hike rates. The increase means water will cost slightly more next year in San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
More than 900 San Diego Unified teachers, counselors and nurses will get pink slips in the mail this week. The San Diego school board voted last night to take that action. Hundreds of teachers, parents and community members turned out to urge the school trustees not to make drastic cuts. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.