Stories for October 14, 2009
Lawyers for the California Water Resources Control Board have rejected a complaint by the City of San Diego. The city wanted the board to intervene in its dispute with local regulators over the cleanup of groundwater at Qualcomm Stadium.
Sevilla is the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan. It's where bullfighting is still politically correct and where little girls dream of growing up to become flamenco dancers. Sevilla has soul-and we feel it in its lacy Moorish palace, massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and its people-filled streets. After munching tasty tapas, we head south for Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera.
Mesa College is celebrating the opening of a brand new building dedicated to training students in six different healthcare fields. All of the disciplines are in high demand.
A 5-year-old kindergartner from Otay Mesa died of swine flu, San Diego County public health officials said Wednesday. The girl, whose name was withheld, was sick for 48 hours before she went to a hospital Saturday, where she died within an hour, Dr. Wilma Wooten said.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one million cases diagnosed each year. Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare genetic condition that makes skin cancer a very real threat. It is an extremely rare disease which affects one in a million American children. In a remote village in Guatemala, 26 cases of XP have been diagnosed. San Diego dermatologist, Dr. Bari Cunningham, organized a team of health workers to travel to Guatemala to help. Their experience was made in to a documentary, Hidden From Light, which tells the story of a group of kids whose DNA could help change how skin cancer is treated.
California could approve first-in-the-nation energy standards for flat screen TVs next month. The State Energy Commission held a public hearing on the issue Tuesday. Noah Horowitz, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, said the new standards are needed because consumers are buying bigger screens that use a lot of electricity
Most Californians support reforming the state’s constitution, but they aren’t crazy about the proposals that are being floated to do so. That’s the word from a new Field Poll released today.
Where is climate change currently happening on Earth, and what's causing those changes to occur? We speak to a physicist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory about where major climate changes are taking place, and how climate modeling helps to predict future changes in our atmosphere.
If you are looking for an art house drama or a compelling documentary, there’s plenty to choose from at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (running October 15 through 29 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters. But if you’re like me, you might be tempted by the more extreme offerings at this year’s fest. You can listen to my radio feature or read an extended preview of the festival.