Stories for May 29, 2008
- More information on the film can be found here: http://www.onlythebravemovie.com/index.php. Here's an excerpt from the section titled "The Story": In 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, there were 5,000 Japanese Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Overnight, these second-generation citizens were stripped of their official duties - simply because they looked like the enemy. On the mainland, 120,000 innocent men, women and children were rounded up and swept into remote internment camps, where they would remain behind barbed wire for the duration of the war. Determined to prove their loyalty, the discharged Hawaiian Territorial Guardsmen of Japanese descent successfully petitioned the U.S.
The San Diego County Grand Jury says the region needs a single "Fire Commander " to coordinate the patchwork of fire fighting agencies. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Attorneys for the City of San Diego repeated claims in court papers today that Blackwater Worldwide's planned Navy training facility needs more review. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.
There are not many bright spots on San Diego county's economic horizon. The University of San Diego's Index of Economic Indicators for April was down another 1.4 per cent. The Index has dropped in 24 of the past 25 months.
San Diego County can build a toll-crossing into Mexico to ease congestion at existing crossings under a bill approved by the state Senate.
Hershey Felder has carved out a niche in theater. He marries his significant talent as a pianist with research and acting to provide audiences with stage portraits of composers George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven. Felder joins us in studio to talk about what he calls his "Composer's Sonata."
David Gilmour's fifteen-year-old son Jesse hated school and was flunking every subject. David offered him a deal: Jesse could drop out of high school, not work or pay rent, but he had to watch three movies a week with his father. We'll talk to David and Jesse about their film club.
The movie "Touch of Evil" brought Orson Welles back into the game as one of the world's great film directors. Bill Nericcio of San Diego State says the movie also brought some welcome enlightenment to Hollywood's portrayal of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.
Students at a San Diego County High School are hoping to win a top prize for their environmental work.
Tuesdays primary election will pit incumbent San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders against well-heeled businessman Steve Francis. With three other candidates in the race, theres a good chance neither frontrunner will win more than 50 percent, so a run-off is likely. For voters, weary of years of quagmire at city hall, it is a question of whom do you trust? KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
San Diego continues its trend of becoming a major food destination on the west coast. Contributor Troy Johnson brings us up to date on new restaurant openings, breaking culinary news, and hip new trends in food.
Have you ever wondered what the paper bag, the Underground Railroad, and Kevlar have in common? They were all invented, founded, or championed by an American woman. In the book Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America, authors Jill Tietjen and Charlotte Waisman create an illustrated timeline of influential American women and their often unrecognized accomplishments.
Lawyers for the city of San Diego say military security contractor Blackwater failed to file the necessary paperwork for final permits that would allow it to use a warehouse as a training center for a Navy counterterrorism program.
As is the case for the nation as a whole, San Diego's economy is not looking good. The latest edition of San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators shows building permits, unemployment, and help wanted advertising are down. University of San Diego economist Alan Gin, the publisher of the index, explains why consumer confidence is weak, how gas and food prices impact consumers, and when we can expect the local economy to rebound.
The American Civil Liberties Union wants Congress to look into a newspaper report that a group stole surveillance records of Muslims from Camp Pendleton and then passed them out. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders reveals the reformed pension plan he will ask the city council to put on the November ballot. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A San Diego company says it is turning algae into oil, creating a clean fuel that can be used in unmodified cars and trucks.
Pay $10 with your car registration and get free access for the year to California state parks. That's the proposal by one Democratic Assemblyman who says his plan would raise much needed funds for state park maintenance. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.
The California State Senate has approved a measure that would set minimum coverage standards for all health insurance plans. Supporters say too many policies have major gaps. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
I grew up in a Brooklyn apartment with a gaggle of relatives, all of whom were passionate about professional baseball and politics. We were uncompromising and vigorous about which team we loved and which political party and candidate deserved our support. And the best part was that we never did reach compromise and we expressed our disagreements loudly and often dramatically with waving arms and stomping feet. The teams about which we struggled were the Brooklyn Dodgers ("dem bums"), the ("high-falutin'") New York Yankees, and the cruel, cold New York Giants. There were even more political parties than local ball clubs in contention including, but not limited to, the Republicans, Democrats, the