Stories for June 12, 2009
High school students in some California public schools will throw-out their textbooks for so-called "ebooks" next school year.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke out today against a decision by California’s Budget Conference committee to begin taking local gas tax revenue.
Before taking Broadway by storm with the jukebox hit Mamma Mia, ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus teamed with lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) in 1986 to create an original musical, the cult favorite Chess. Set during the Cold War intrigue of international chess tournaments, the musical dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover and a Russian opponent secretly planning to defect to the West. Idina Menzel (Wicked, Enchanted), Adam Pascal (Rent) and pop superstar Josh Groban headline a concert production from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In early 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt received an alarming intelligence report: Germany and Japan were developing biological weapons for potential offensive use. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the effort. This program examines the international race to develop biological weapons in the 1940s and 1950s, revealing the scientific and technical challenges scientists faced and the moral dilemmas posed by their eventual success.
California is facing a $24 billion budget deficit for next fiscal year. Although the fiscal year ends on June 30, state lawmakers have been slow to roll out their proposals for cutting the budget deficit.
San Diego government officials are concerned the state budget deficit could lead to a raid on local tax revenues. Mayor Jerry Sanders and other elected officials recently met to discuss possible cuts that could come from the state. Sanders also urged people to contact their state lawmakers to speak out against the possible cuts.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear San Diego County's lawsuit challenging California's medical-marijuana laws. San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye has suggested the city re-establish a medical marijuana taskforce to develop local guidelines for following the state's laws.
A San Diego City Councilwoman and longtime conservationist is getting support from environmental groups for a position on the California Coastal Commission.
See a video of Nigerian icon of jùjú music, King Sunny Adé, performing in Atlanta.
Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed deep cuts to several health and welfare programs to help balance the state’s budget. That would be a double or triple whammy for some California families who rely on multiple services. Health care reporter Kelley Weiss visited one of those families to find out how the combination of cuts could affect them.