Stories for October 6, 2008
Things are getting ugly for the McCain campaign, and the mud slinging is gearing up earlier than the McCain folks would have liked. But mud is not the only thing the McCain campaign is launching through the air; prayers of desperation are coming fast and furious. Here are McCain's top ten Hail Mary's.
Julianne Moore stars in Blindness (Miramax)
Mike Aguirre and Jan Goldsmith are fighting a campaign based on very different ideas about the role of the city attorney. The latest issue to highlight their different approaches is the foreclosure crisis. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
A case that pitted four San Diego County firefighters against the City of San Diego has ended in a mistrial. The men say they were sexually harassed after being forced to participate in a gay pride parade last year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
San Diego Police are still looking for the suspects who allegedly stabbed a college student to death on the campus of San Diego State University over the weekend. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the latest.
Why is the cost of living in San Diego County so high? Why have local home prices risen much faster than wages over the last couple decades? What can be done to increase the region's economic prosperity? Host Tom Fudge speaks to reporter Joanne Faryon, and economist Marney Cox about why it is so hard for many people to make economic ends meet in San Diego.
Cyberbullying - bullying done using the Internet, cell phones, etc - is on the rise. We'll talk with a leading expert on cyberbullying and what parents can do to protect their kids from mean-spirited attacks.
George Lakoff is a professor of cognitive linguistics from UC Berkeley who studies how metaphor is central to human thinking and politics. He has argued that liberals have had difficulties winning elections since the 1980s because they have been generally unaware of their own guiding metaphors. He also has said that they have passively accepted conservative terminology, such as the terms partial birth abortion and tax relief, and have therefore allowed conservatives to frame the debate on their terms. He will talk about how the Democrats are using metaphor and how their marketing efforts are going.
What happens when pop culture mixes with politics? What effects can celebrities have on the way we look at political candidates? Host Tom Fudge speaks to James Fowler and Timothy Moore about the role of political satire shows and celebrity endorsements in election campaigns.
Some San Diego homeowners are going to great lengths to make sure their property is equipped in everyway to withstand wildfires, like the one that burned 16 hundred homes last October. KPBS reporter Alison St John visited a homeowner in Fallbrook who did a lot of research before building her new house on a scenic backcountry hillside.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill he says will improve emergency response in California. Under the measure, the state Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security department will now be merged.
The San Diego Chargers traveled to South Florida and lost to the tricky Miami Dolphins 17-to-10. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
California state water officials want to get public input on an ambitious proposal to save threatened fish in the Delta. The gates would help state water officials control the movement of smelt - those tiny fish that were getting killed in the pumps used to move Delta water to Southern California. Steve Milne explains.
San Diego city council will vote today on whether to raise campaign contribution limits for candidates in city elections, starting next year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.