Stories for December 16, 2009
San Diego Unified's new school board leader and vice president are expected to hold a news conference this morning talk about the district's money problems. They say its part of their overall strategy to make the district a more open and honest place.
Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir to present this annual production, taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.
Deep in the Congo lives a little-studied group of apes called the bonobos. Like chimpanzees, bonobos are among humans' closest relatives. But unlike chimps, known for their violent behavior, bonobos are far more peaceful, even matriarchal. They embrace their neighbors and resolve conflict in an usual way -- by having sex. Much like humans, bonobos have sex not just to procreate, but also for pleasure. The discovery of these more gentle ape traits have fascinated scientists and led them to question our origins and the roots of human nature as a whole.
Since the first production of "The Nutcracker" in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing “Dance in America” viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan.
“Big & Little” proves good things come in small — and gigantic — packages. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks high and low through its archive of appraisals for unusually teeny treasures and outsize objects, from an heirloom five-carat diamond ring valued at $40,000 to $50,000 to a wall-sized painting by noted American artist John Fery, estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.
A coalition of elected officials and environmentalists continued its effort Wednesday to force the removal of the South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista. The group used a regional water board meeting to make its case.
Scientists at San Diego-based Life Technologies have co-authored a study that reveals the genome of lung cancer.
The San Diego Unified school board begins to sift through hundreds of community ideas today that could help them plug the district's multimillion dollar budget hole for next year.
How has etiquette for hosts changed over the years? What's expected of those hosting parties and their guests these days? Etiquette expert Elaine Swann answers all your etiquette questions and shares a few horror stories.
Why are those netbook computers so popular right now? What's the newest 3G phone on the market? And, are consumers spending less on tech gadgets this holiday season? We speak to Brian Cooley from CNET about this year's most innovative, and sought-after tech gadgets.
The effort to recall Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern failed decisively last week. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner examines the success and failure of recent recall elections in San Diego and across California.
Oceanside city council tackles a contentious issue this evening: whether to become a charter city. The vote comes one week after one councilmember survived a bitter recall campaign and another councilman is due to leave the city for a job in Sacramento.