Stories for October 30, 2009
More than 12,000 people are expected to take part in a breast cancer race for the cure in Balboa Park this Sunday. Organizers of the event say it should raise more than a million dollars for breast cancer treatment and research.
This year's special, taped at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, honors Bill Cosby with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. A stellar list of entertainers honors Cosby, a man who has dominated the field of comedy for 40 years. The routines that Cosby performed on his best-selling records in the 60's are still remembered word for word today. His pioneering television programs were huge hits, season after season. His live performances sell out to this day. As a comic writer, actor, live performer and commentator, Cosby has been the gold standard for 40 years.
The Coast Guard is not giving up in its search for survivors of the aircraft crash that occurred off the coast of San Diego last night.
NOVA presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. The first program, "First Steps," explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed "Lucy's Child." These three-million-year-old bones from Ethiopia reveal humanity's oldest and most telltale trait - upright walking, rather than a big brain.
Host Mark Walberg welcomes viewers to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby. It's also the birthplace of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Walberg and appraiser Mike Gutierrez head for the Muhammad Ali Center to talk about collecting memorabilia of the former World Heavyweight Champion. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, appraisers are off to the races with such winning discoveries as valuable original cover art for "The Saturday Evening Post" by John Falter, brought by his stepdaughter, who modeled for the illustration when she was five years old.
In 1963, a 13-year-old girl vanished without a trace. More than 40 years later, questions surrounding her disappearance and the hunt for the killer resurface when high-profile TV journalist Catherine Heathcote (Juliet Stevenson, "Bend It Like Beckham," “The Politician's Wife”) begins to unravel the mystery. Based on the novel by Val McDermid, the miniseries also stars Greg Wise (“Cranford”).
The most important moment of an animal’s life is its birth. The newborn emerges from dark safety to find anxious parents clucking or mewing. The first hours are some of the most dangerous. This film follows the birth and first days of several species, from marmoset to moose to elephant and gorilla. It is a film of miniature drama and huge spectacle, and comes to some surprising conclusions about human beings.
A San Diego non-profit is working to make sure some of the homeless population gets vaccinated against the swine flu.
With Halloween right around the corner, why not watch some movies to fit the mood? Some classic and recent horror films fit for the holiday are completely free to view or download online. Hook up a computer to a TV or huddle some people around the monitor, because the Internet offers a surprising fare of films ready for the Halloween weekend.
San Diego County college professors and public school teachers marched through downtown San Diego yesterday demanding legislators adopt budget reforms and new taxes to preserve education.
Should San Diego officials be focused on rebuilding the downtown library when the city is facing a $200 million budget deficit? The editors give you the pros and cons of rebuilding the aging main library, and talk about the battle among city councilmembers over the plan.
Is San Diego County better prepared for a wildfire than it was in 2007? We discuss local changes in fire preparedness, and the struggles that fire victims are still dealing with. Plus, what else can our community do to enhance fire protection?
Mayor Jerry Sanders announced this week that the city will modify its water conservation plan for the winter. San Diego residents have conserved more than the city expected, and will not be asked to reduce watering to one day a week. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are discussing ways to improve California's water delivery system, and to prevent the state from going dry.
As many as nine Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel were missing today after a mid-air collision between a Coast Guard transport plane and a USMC light attack helicopter about 15 miles east of San Clemente Island, authorities said.
A pharmaceutical giant has opened a new biotechnology center in San Diego.
If you are still pondering what to dress as for Halloween, consider vampires and werewolves. The upcoming release of “New Moon” (opening November 20), the second installment of the “Twilight Saga” looks to reignite that age-old rivalry between werewolves and vampires. But since vampires have been getting all the attention recently, I've decided to highlight some werewolf films that might win you over to the wolfen side.