Stories for May 27, 2008
The San Diego Unified school board voted yesterday to keep close to 430 jobs for next school year. Those jobs were on the chopping block just a few weeks ago. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.
The Chair of the Sierra Club, Richard Miller, was kind enough to post a remark after the blog to voice his support for Mr. & Francis. & Though I had been mulling Steve Francis at the helm, after seeing him up close and personal, and listening to his answers to the adroitly posed questions by moderators
San Diego City Council continues to grapple with the pension deficit. Today the council votes on a charter change that could affect benefits awarded with so-called "excess earnings. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains.
It looks like the dispute over whether Blackwater Worldwide can open a Navy training facility in Otay Mesa is headed for a court fight. Blackwater accused city leaders of trying to curry favor with activists. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
Baja California's Secretary of Public Health says the state will build an operating room at the penitentiary. That's to protect doctors at Tijuana's General Hospital from attending to suspected drug cartel members. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
Researchers are still trying to find the cause of autism. But one UCSD professor is pretty sure it relates to abnormal growth of the brain in early childhood. Eric Courchesne is now engaged in a study of autistic children that seeks to identify the genes and brain cells that cause autism. Such a discovery would go a long way toward finding ways to catch the problem early and intervene with effective treatment. You'll hear from him, and psychologist Laura Schreibman, on the causes of and treatments for autism.
American history guru Thomas Flagel shares his Top Ten list of American presidents. He explains why he thinks the disputed 2000 election was a great moment in our country's history, why Abraham Lincoln's unpopularity thrust us into a civil war, and where George W. Bush ranks among the most religious presidents of all time.
Local war veterans attended Memorial Day ceremonies throughout San Diego County yesterday. One event took place at the Vietnam War Unit Memorial Monument on Coronado. That's where KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis spoke with Charles McVain -- a retired Navy captain. His younger brother died in Vietnam at the age of 25. She has this Memorial Day tribute.
Josh Kornbluth performs his one man shows on topics as diverse as democracy, math, taxes, secretarial work, and Ben Franklin. We'll talk to Kornbluth about his career as a monologuist.
How is increased security along the border impacting the human smuggling trade? Host Tom Fudge speaks to correspondent Lowell Bergman about the profitable business of human smuggling, which is the focus of the latest FRONTLINE investigation. Bergman speaks to local law enforcement officials and a Tijuana smuggler in "Crimes at the Border".
Who is Jim Hart, and why is he running for mayor of San Diego? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Hart about the motivation behind his candidacy, and how he would like to change local government.
The San Diego Unified School Board will vote on whether to restore about 480 jobs for next school year. The action comes after several months of uncertainly and confusion over district layoffs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Low income families in California got a big lift in the new Farm Bill. Avocado and strawberry growers also got some attention. Sara Sciammacco has more from Washington.
Tuesday is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 3rd statewide election in California. From Sacramento Steve Shadley reports.
The California State Department of Fish and Game is working to help prevent the spread of an invasive mussel that can damage entire ecosystems. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
Do religious beliefs give doctors the right to withhold medical treatment from lesbians and gay men? That's the question the California Supreme Court is scheduled to take up this week in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a lesbian who was denied artificial insemination at the only local obstetrics and gynecology office covered by her insurance.