Stories for March 4, 2008
Primary polls, pontification, prognostication and political palaver are in no short supply leading up to today's Texas and Ohio contests. The news networks are once again driving the storyline with conjecture and hypotheticals. I'm content to just wait until the votes are counted and the fog lifts. & In the meantime, I feel it my civic duty to pass on a startling bit of information that might have a practical effect on
You can tell when the Primary season has gone on a little too long. It's when Morning Edition does no stories about the Primaries. Of course, Primary stories were in the newscasts this morning and I'm sure we'll hear quite a bit about election results tomorrow. But nothing today! In fact, it was kind of refreshing to get off this year's political express just long enough to hear how one of our most famous Presidents started his administration. Hearing about the start of
Focus Features has announced the next Coen brothers film will be released domestically on September 12th. & It's called
Business-minded students at San Diego State University are posting big profits on Wall Street. Now theyre scheduled to meet an idol. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
A former United Nations official visiting San Diego says the consequences of global warming will create a climate of conflict and environmental disaster.
The American Red Cross says it could take weeks to get refunds from some San Diego hotels. The charity acknowledged spending tens of thousands of dollars on rooms for volunteers during last October's wildfires. But the rooms were never used. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.
San Diego gas prices moved into record territory overnight. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says the average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.52.
Mayor Jerry Sanders hopes to cut San Diego's escalating pension costs by introducing a different kind of pension plan for future city employees. City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the city would save more money by going back and correcting mistakes by the pension board that have cost taxpayers millions. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A new Congressional report says California stands to lose more than $2 billion a year if the Bush Administration's proposed Medicaid changes are approved. San Diego hospitals warn the impact could be severe. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Climate change researchers say the planet is warming because of human-caused activity. Scientists say we can slow the rate of global warming if we reduce what they call our carbon footprint. Thats the focus of a workshop in San Diego this morning. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
The recent spike in violence south of the border continued Tuesday morning. Tijuana police found five dead bodies dumped on the outskirts of the city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The 15th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival begins this week and celebrates films from Argentina as well as those made by San Diego filmmakers. The festival also shows some classic Mexican sci-fi movies, making KPBS film critic Beth Accomando very happy.
KPBS launched the new political blog Citizen Voices in January. It features six diverse San Diegans who post weekly on the state of the presidential election. We check in with two of them to hear what it's like to be a political blogger, and their predictions for the Ohio and Texas contests.
Throughout much of history, the border between Mexico and the U.S. has been porous. People have crossed to work, shop and attend school. But in Imperial County, the Calexico School District is cracking down on Mexican students who are crossing the border daily to attend their schools.
How important is money in modern politics? Is the presidential candidate with the most money the candidate who has the best chance of winning the election? If so, why? We speak to an expert on campaign finance and a former campaign manager about how money is used by candidates, the growth of internet-based fund-raising, and who's winning the money race in the current presidential campaign.
A former under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs at the United Nations says some countries are stingy when it comes to international aid. He also thinks the U.N. needs a substantial makeover. He explains what works, and what doesn't, when we give money to those in need.
The San Diego City Council has finally reached a compromise on a proposal to change to the way the city's independent auditor is appointed. The Public will vote on the charter change in June. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
For generations, people from Mexico have crossed into the border city of Calexico to work in the Imperial Valley. But now an increasing number of Mexican students are crossing into Calexico to attend public schools there. School district officials are trying to crack down on the problem. But some say they're going too far. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.