Stories for October 30, 2008
Kristen Scott Thomas is turning into a far more interesting actress than I ever thought she would be. I first noticed her when she did "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "The English Patient" because those films were such hits. She was good in those films, but not particularly interesting. Yet now that she's in her late 40s, she is taking on more interesting roles in foreign films -- not unlike what fellow British actress Charlotte Rampling has done. This year she had a supporting role in the thriller "Tell No One" and she has a starring role in "I've Loved You So Long."
Two of San Diego Unified's school board members are up for reelection this year. But only one of them is getting help from the local teachers union. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the details.
You should really consider spending your November entertainment budget (before it shrinks!) at the Museum of Photographic Arts. & For the next three Fridays, they are offering three really interesting documentaries as part of their Behind the Lens series. & The first is called
Though most voters are focused on the Presidential election, one San Diego election that has attracted attention is the city attorneys race. Incumbent Mike Aguirre has become a lightening rod for controversy. He is facing a strong challenge from Jan Goldsmith, a former judge and state assemblyman, who says he wants to purge the city attorneys office of political agendas. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Are you going to your neighborhood watering hole? & Hosting a themed party? & Streaking naked through North Park if your candidate wins? & I actually know people who are doing this so if you live in North Park, you might want to move your TV onto the front porch for prime viewing. & Whatever you have planned, we want to know about it!
The University of San Diego has won a three-million dollar grant to study perinatal (pear-ee-NAY-tal) depression, a condition that affects women during pregnancy and after birth. It's the largest research award in the school's history. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Supporters of San Diego Unified's multibillion dollar school bond measure say the economic downturn has affected their fundraising efforts. Even so, they've managed to raise more than $800,000. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
The outlook continues to be gloomy for San Diego's economy in the first part of next year. The University of San Diego index of leading economic indicators dropped again last month. USD Economist Alan Gin says the index fell eight tenth's of a percent in September. He says the major area of concern is the decline in the number of local jobs.
The state said Thursday it would cut water deliveries to their second lowest level ever, prompting warnings of water rationing for cities and less planting by farmers.
You've probably heard about what you need to do to prepare your family for a disaster, but what about your pets? How do you prepare your pets for a natural disaster? In the 2007 wildfire, many pets were left abandoned or ran away from their homes. What pet-related lessons did we learn from the 2007 wildfires? And, what kind of cautions should you take with your pets on Halloween? Host Tom Fudge speaks to a pair of local vets about disaster preparedness, and general cautions for Halloween.
What's the deal with Proposition B? Could passage of Prop. B mean that the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal site will be the new home for the Chargers? Why are so many local officials voicing their opposition to the ballot measure? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS News Reporter Alison St. John about the bayfront redevelopment initiative.
Mariachi Champaña Nevín has played traditional mariachi music as well as symphonic music by Mexican composers for 10 years. The group will perform a concert for Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, at Copley Symphony Hall. The Day of the Dead is a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember friends and relatives who have died.
San Diego Unified school officials say there's a problem in the way they're handling complaints in the district. Some people are concerned they're not being responsive enough. But the district wants to change that. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
California Proposition 7 on the November ballot is intended to reduce greenhouse gases. The measure would require utilities to use more wind, solar and other renewable resources to generate electricity. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce says Prop. 7 would give California the nation's most aggressive renewable-energy mandate.