Stories for July 24, 2009
Mexican federal authorities say they have a man in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent in Campo Thursday night. Mexican authorities say they arrested the man early Friday morning in Tecate and are testing the gun he was carrying to see if the bullets match the spent casings at the scene of the shooting. Meanwhile, as KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains, authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to search for more suspects.
A former pension watchdog says changes that would lower the city of San Diego’s pension payment next year are misguided. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says April Boling wants to the city to pay what it owes, no matter the cost.
At the center of the world famous Rio Carnival is the Samba Parade — a fierce competition of vast scale among 13 neighborhood samba schools. Watching them are a panel of expert judges, more than 60,000 spectators and a TV audience of nearly half a billion. The unexpected is always expected during one of the largest parties on earth, and INSIDE is right there to find out how Rio survives and Carnival continues to thrive.
By the beginning of the 21st century, the systems of credit, insurance, bond trading and stock markets had transcended all national boundaries to create a truly global economic system, opening the door to unprecedented growth, but also worldwide instability in the event of one nation’s downturn. In an effort to establish more stability following the Great Depression, the U.S. government’s New Deal created a “property owning Democracy,” a system of federally backed savings and loans that allowed more people than ever before to buy homes by offering low interest rates and long-term mortgages. Rampant inflation in the 1970s, however, led the government to remove regulations on interest rates and opened the door to a massive scandal in the 1980s and one of the country’s worst economic crises. The vulnerabilities of America’s property-based economy would be felt again 20 years later, in the current economic crisis that has shaken the world.
Long, mind-boggling lines are one of the downsides of life at Comic-Con and, so far, the lines this year have been record-setting. And I'm not even talking about the Twilight Moms; they are in a line stratosphere all their own. I waited in line for the "Dexter" panel and survived, leaving casualties behind.
The long saga of the seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla will last for at least three more months. That's following a Superior Court judge's decision to delay a ruling on the fate of the seals until October. What factors played into the judge's decision to delay his ruling? And, why has this story captivated San Diego over the last decade?
California legislative leaders reached an agreement to close the state's $26.3 billion budget gap earlier this week. How will the budget deal impact city and county governments in the state? And, will the new budget deal create any long-term changes in California government?
Okay I completely forgot to highlight the films that played yesterday at the Comic-Con International Film Festival. And I was even a judge. The bad news is you missed three great films: "Alice is Dead" (with Adrienne Barbeau in a zombie tale), "Al's Beef" (a cleverly written revenge saga), and the brilliant doc "Died Young, Stayed Pretty" (about punk rock posters in 70s Seattle). The good news is that there are three more days of great films.
Terry Gilliam – ex-Pythonite and visionary filmmaker – made his first Comic-Con appearance Thursday in Hall H and presented clips from his latest film, “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” The film has gained attention for being the last one to feature Heath Ledger, who died during the shoot. In order to finish the film, Gilliam got Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp to play variations on Ledger’s character. But Gilliam gently but firmly pointed out that this is not a Heath Ledger film but a film about Dr. Parnassus, a man who strikes a deal with the devil for immortality.