Stories for May 4, 2009
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants the city council to approve his call for mandatory water restrictions.
The problem of being overweight in America is a problem of overeating. The habits that cause people to overeat are hard to break. But a researcher at UC San Diego will embark on a test that seeks to understand and overcome those bad habits. KPBS health reporter Tom Fudge says the key it to understand the psychology of eating too much.
The CDC has confirmed nine new cases of swine flu in San Diego county. Meanwhile, all of the suspected cases at a San Diego State child care center have come up negative.
When New York Times journalist Lily Koppel climbed into a dumpster outside her apartment building, she didn't know the extent of the treasures that lay inside. What came of it was a book based on a 75-year-old diary kept by a young New York woman in the 1930s.
This six-hour comedy epic showcases the most hilarious men, women and moments in American entertainment and why they made us laugh. Hosted by funnyman Billy Crystal, the documentary explores the currents of American comedy throughout a century of social and political change, illuminating how comedy has tackled and poked fun at our political system, race relations, gender issues and the prevailing American standards and taboos in everyday life.
More than 1,000 years ago, Vikings from Norway terrorized Europe; their legendary raids made their name synomous with marauding pirates. Today, this ruggedly beautiful country houses the Nobel Peace Center and stands one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth. How could such a progressive nation spring from such a violent past?
Over the weekend, a team of scientists, volunteers and educators participated in a 24-hour "rapid biodiversity assessment" at Mission Trails Regional Park, called BioBlitz. How many species of plants and animals did the BioBlitzers find?
What are the key similarities and differences between the 2009 H1-N1 influenza strain and the Spanish flu that killed millions of people in 1918 and 1919? We speak to one of San Diego's leading infectious disease experts about the history and future of the influenza virus.
The San Diego City Council will vote today on whether to enter into an agreement with the County to share some legal services. The City Attorney says the deal could save millions of dollars.
UC San Diego engineering students are driving into the future with an electric racecar. They hope to fuel the trend toward "green" vehicles. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us they hope the car helps fuel the trend toward "green" vehicles.
How are efforts to slow the spread of the swine flu affecting operations at the U.S.-Mexico Border? How are businesses in Tijuana being affected by the swine flu outbreak? We speak to KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson about how the swine flu is impacting activities at the border, and throughout Baja California.
The problem of being overweight in America is a problem of overeating. The habits that cause people to overeat are hard to break. But a researcher at UC San Diego will embark on a test that seeks to understand and overcome those bad habits.