Stories for November 18, 2009
A 4-month-old baby girl with no underlying medical conditions is the latest swine flu death in San Diego County, according to health officials. In all, 33 residents and four non-residents have died of swine flu since the outbreak began last April, and 617 have been hospitalized.
School-based flu vaccines in San Diego County are likely to be suspended this week because of a shortage of H1N1 vaccine.
San Diego has only received a trace of rain since July 1 and yearly rainfall is also below normal. National Weather Service forecasters don't expect significant rain anytime soon. San Diego's Lindbergh Field has received 3.10 inches of rain since January 1 which is 5.84 inches below normal for this time of year.
California will face a nearly $21 billion budget gap over the next year and a half, extending a fiscal crisis that already has led to steep cuts to public schools, social services and health programs.
A regents committee has approved a 32 percent boost in student fees at University of California campuses, sending the proposal to the full board for review.
This Friday marks the start of a new surge in the popularity of vampires. The latest movie installment of the "Twilight" series, based on Stephanie Meyer's popular books, opens in area theaters. "New Moon" now joins "True Blood," "Vampire Diaries," and "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" in feeding our seemingly endless fascination with vampires. We want to know why all the fuss about vampires.
The U.S. and Mexico continue to struggle over border issues like national security and pollution runoff. We discuss how interests on both sides of the border are working toward solving these problems.
The architect-designer of the new downtown central library explains what elements are included in the design: the tech center, the high-school, the city offices, the solar collectors.
A study by a clinical professor at UCSD shows that ancient Egyptian mummies had clogged arteries. This dispels the notion that arterial sclerosis is a modern disease. Cardiologist Michael Miyamoto says arterial sclerosis is strongly associated with the bad habits of modern Americans: things like smoking, fat consumption and sedentary lifestyles.
Unless you’ve been living under a cultural rock, you must be aware that “New Moon," the next installment of the wildly successful “Twilight Saga,” opens this Friday. The human-vampire romance expands to include a werewolf as Edward and Jacob vie for the attentions of Bella. But this teen bodice ripper maybe sending a mixed message with its sexy but chaste leads. I talk with some of my Teen Critics at Mount Miguel High School.