Stories for July 28, 2009
Consumer advocates say state lawmakers made all the wrong choices in California's new budget. Advocates are especially upset over some health care cuts Governor Schwarzenegger made at the last minute.
U.S. federal officials say they're seeing a disturbing trend with U.S. teenagers strapping drugs to their bodies and trying to smuggle them through U.S. Mexico pedestrian border crossings.
Why do we care about the lives of celebrities that we will never meet? Why do we spend so much time watching TV, playing video games, and reading People magazine? We speak to the author of "Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You."
Chargers training camp is officially underway, and the team is hoping to be a Super Bowl contender again this year. On the other hand, the Padres have one of the worst records in baseball, and are looking for silver-linings to an already gloomy season. We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the top sports stories in San Diego.
San Diego City Council has taken a stand in support of SDG&E’s plan to turn off power in backcountry areas when there’s a high risk of wildfire. Downed power lines have caused several blazes that burned hundreds of homes.
Two local news organizations, VoiceofSanDiego and the Union-Tribune, have had recent run-ins with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' office over freedom of information act requests. We talk about delays in getting information, what the law says and what recourse news organizations have when public information is not turned over.
Using marijuana for medical reasons has been allowed in California for a dozen years. But court challenges to medical marijuana and federal prosecutions, have put a limit on groups that want to provide and sell it until now. KPBS Health Reporter Tom Fudge tells of this year's dramatic increase in activity around medical marijuana.
The release of "Coraline" on DVD warranted a panel at this year's Comic-Con and brought author Neil Gaiman and director Henry Selick along with many of the voice actors for the film. I interviewed the two in the press line after the panel for the Comic-Con YouTube Channel. Check out what they had to say about the dark world of "Coraline" and the state of American animation.