Stories for April 8, 2009
A Google search on scent yields multiple quizzes formulated to determine one's signature scent. I took one. After answering multiple choice questions like "What's your favorite after school activity?"(cooking/art classes) and "What kind of dress do you like to wear to school dances?" (flowy, the options were limited), it was determined that my signature scent is "Woodsy." The explanation: "Woodsy scents from nature are best for you and help you feel more relaxed during the day!" Strangely enough, that's pretty close to the mark. The Oceanside Museum of Art got seemingly more reliable results when they asked conceptual artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter to create an OMA scent, one that would have healing and equilibrium-inducing powers.
Baja California police have arrested 21 suspected drug cartel hit men in Tecate. Federal police link the men to numerous murders. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The company that wants to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad will have to wait at least another month for the last step in the approvals process. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
I love this story from San Diego City Beat Associate Editor Kelly Davis
Reaching the time of the Fall of Rome in the West, this episode of "The Story of India," explores the amazing achievements of India’s golden age from 300 to 1000 AD. Viewers learn how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the earth and wrote the world’s first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits the giant temple of Tanjore, meets the current “Senior Prince” and watches traditional bronze casters, working as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago. With unprecedented access to amazing festivals, age-old crafts and intimate family rituals, Wood shows how the Middle Ages laid the social and imaginative foundations of today’s India.
The Cook Islands are made of fifteen small islands in the South Pacific Ocean near New Zealand. Recently Huell Howser spent an entire month in this paradise with a little handheld high definition camera, and put together a one hour special to give you an idea of what this amazing place is all about. It's an island adventure!
About a thousand people turned up at the San Diego Food Bank yesterday to receive food and gather information on social services. The crowd was greeted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
High levels of lead have been discovered in handbags, purses, and wallets sold at major California retailers. The Center for Environmental Health says some of the items had amounts of the toxin that greatly exceeded the federal lead paint standard. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Home sales jumped 25 percent in San Diego County in March, compared to the previous month, but the median price declined by 3 percent, according to a housing report released today.
Authorities in Southern California have identified a man they say opened fire at a Korean religious retreat, killing a woman and wounding a man before being beaten and disarmed in a fight with two other people.
Lura sings the music of Cape Verde, which includes styles and rhythms from Portugal, Africa, and Brazil. She performs her music from her latest album "M'bem Di Fora."
The economic recession is having a major impact on individuals and families locally. We'll find out how the San Diego Food Bank's food distribution and resource fair will help people make ends meet.
These Days checks up on the health of the California Republican Party. Has the party made any strides since the election in finding a vision acceptable to voters or in expanding its base? The answer seems to be no.
Ana Rodarte, a young woman born in Tijuana, had suffered from neurofibromatosis, also called "elephant man's disease," for most of her life. At the age of 24, the left side of her face was disfigured by the tumors which grew to surround her nerves. Two surgeons from Scripps Memorial agreed to take her case, although a positive outcome was far from certain. The doctors describe the disease, talk about Ana herself, and the surgeries which have changed the way she looks.
Humans have used native plants for food, shelter, clothing and art for tens of thousands of years. We'll look at how California's Indians used native plants throughout history and into the modern age.
A new study says California could help its budget deficit if it put lottery gambling on the web and sold tickets in big retail stores. Eric Niiler reports from Washington.
A proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad faces another regulatory hurdle Wednesday. A San Diego agency considers whether a plan by the company to offset impacts to marine life is sufficient. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
Residents of San Diegos back country turned out in force last night for a public hearing on San Diego Gas and Electrics proposed emergency electricity shut-off plan. The utility wants the authority to turn off power to back country customers during days when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr was at the hearing.