Stories for December 17, 2009
San Diego County supervisors officially opened a new medical examiner's office. The office, located in Kearny Mesa, is about three times the size of the old facility, and it cost $73 million.
The Drakensberg Mountains are southern Africa’s Alps, rising more than 11,000 feet into the sky. But beneath their shimmering beauty lies an incredibly hostile environment for the surprising number of creatures that manage to live there. Each spring, drenching rains destroy the grasslands at the base of the mountains, and those who would survive must climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the carpets of grass on the plateau. The baboons that make this astonishing annual journey may have the advantage of agility, but eland, the world’s largest antelope, have long, spindly legs and heavy bodies, which make the climb all but unbelievable. All have babies at their sides. And the vultures circle overhead.
In a sweet twist, this week's helping of "Simply Ming" starts with dessert, a delicious Ginger-Thyme Cake with Ginger Cream that highlights the East-West ingredient pairing. Next, Chef Ming Tsai cooks up Seared Scallops with Ginger-Thyme Pan Sauce, a recipe bursting with flavor. To enhance these dishes, Ming prepares a Ginger-Thyme Soju Martini. Joshua Viertel, president of Slow Foods USA, joins Ming in the kitchen to put his spin on the East-West ingredients with a Thyme and Ginger Roast Chicken.
The federal government has begun replacing the nation's busiest border crossing, promising shorter waits into California for tens of thousands of people who enter daily from Tijuana, Mexico.
Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his one-hour special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.” Plans are underway in Elwood City for the best holidays ever as Arthur, D.W., their family and friends make preparations for perfect gifts, perfect parties and perfect family traditions for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even “Baxter Day” (Buster and his mom’s special celebration).
This Christmas special features the five choirs and orchestra of St. Olaf College performing in the college's annual Christmas Festival, a tradition begun by F. Melius Christiansen in 1912 and continued today under the direction of artistic director, Anton Armstrong. More than 500 students in five choirs will perform hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections celebrating the Christmas season.
Faith Hill, backed by an orchestra led by esteemed conductor David Campbell, sings favorites from her holiday album, "Joy to the World," a collection of standards amped up with challenging vocals and ambitious melodic structure. This SOUNDSTAGE special features booming orchestral arrangements on the title track, “Joy to the World,” and swinging, big-band versions of more lighthearted fare such as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Holly, Jolly Christmas.” A choir joins Hill and the orchestra on more spiritual songs such as “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night” and “A Baby Changes Everything.” The program was taped over two nights at the Chicago-area Sears Centre Arena.
Giacomo Puccini's enduring 1896 blockbuster now makes its way to the big screen in a lushly atmospheric movie adaptation directed by Robert Dornhelm. The operatic "dream couple" -- sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and dashing Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon --reunite as the doomed lovers Mimi and Rodolfo, joined by George von Bergen (vocals by Boaz Daniel) as Marcello, Adrian Erod as Schaunard, Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline, Tiziano Bracci as Benoit and Nicole Cabell as Musetta.
Scientists have witnessed the eruption of a deep-sea volcano for the first time ever, capturing on video the fiery bubbles of molten lava as they exploded 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean in what researchers are calling a major geological discovery.
We have holiday and non-holiday options for your weekend, including a singer-songwriter who goes by The White Buffalo, the Pointsettia display at Balboa Park, and the start of whale-watching season.
Todd Gloria, who represents San Diego City Council District 3, talks about the past year as a brand-new council member, the challenges ahead for city government under major budget constraints, and relations with the Mayor's office.
Music therapy is an alternative approach for helping people of all ages with emotional, physical and mental disorders. We speak with a music therapist and a health rhythms facilitator about their experience healing others through music.
As part of our ongoing Border Battle series, we look at how Tijuana's police chief is tackling corruption and we explore allegations of torture by police and the military.