Stories for October 2, 2009
California wants to create the first high speed train system in the country and it wants the federal government to help pay for it.
Literary whimsy becomes murderous reality with the death of a Czech barmaid. The scene of the crime yields two puzzling clues: a bloodstained note and a broken antique mirror. To find the killer, Lewis and Hathaway must uncover the hidden connections between the victim and a prominent Oxford professor, a literary society, and a book by Oxford's hottest new author.
NOVA and National Geographic Television present the extraordinary human drama that led to the birth of the most influential scientific theory of all time. Acclaimed screenwriter John Goldsmith (“David Copperfield,” “Victoria and Albert”) brings to life Charles Darwin’s greatest personal crisis: the anguishing decision over whether to “go public” with his theory of evolution. Darwin, portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”), spent years refining his ideas and penning his seminal book, "On the Origin of Species." Daunted by looming conflict with the orthodox religious values of his day, he resisted publishing — until a letter from naturalist Alfred Wallace forced his hand. In 1858, Darwin learned that Wallace was on the brink of publishing ideas similar to his own.
This groundbreaking documentary traces the explosive emergence of multi-ethnic, modern Los Angeles during the single-family reign of four publishers of the Los Angeles Times. Each used the newspaper to pursue distinct agendas and impossible dreams, transforming the composition and character of Southern California itself; in the process, seducing a nation and the world with a new kind of American Dream.
A San Diego Superior Court judge has proposed new rules for use of media cameras in his courtroom. The proposed rules follow Judge David M. Szumowksi's complaint about a KFMB-TV news story that included video photography in his court.
A group of high school students is urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would lower the age that teenagers could pre-register to vote in California.
The NFL season is underway, and the conversation about where the Chargers will play football in the future has been renewed.
Hate crimes are on the rise nationally and there are several hate groups are active in the East County, according to a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Water release from a dam in Northern California is breathing new life into a dry stretch of the San Joaquin River. Reviving the river will improve San Diego's drinking water too.
“Coco Before Chanel” (opening October 2 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) not only looks at the famous designer before she became a brand but also offers us a French actress in the role after American actresses Katherine Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine have both essayed the part. You can also listen to our discussion of the film from the September Film Club.
A judge has ruled the city of San Diego is not responsible for a landslide on Mount Soledad two years ago.
Researchers at the Salk Institute say they've been able to reprogram cord blood cells to make them very similar to embryonic stem cells.
Mexican officials say a new police team will patrol the coastal corridor from Tijuana to Ensenada. Officials say San Diego police will help train the officers.