Stories for October 8, 2009
The Sweetwater Union High School District and its teachers union reached a tentative labor deal after a 15-hour-long bargaining session.
The 30th anniversary season of "THIS OLD HOUSE" opens with the crew beginning a small but sophisticated addition to a 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival that includes a new kitchen, home office and family room. Homeowners Bill and Gillian Pierce love their old house, but it lacks family space, flow and a modern kitchen. Architect Paul Rovinelli presents his plan for the addition, while problems are identified in the old house, both in the basement and in the landscape.
When a young actor is murdered during a student Shakespeare production, Lewis and Hathaway sift through the motives of several suspects -- from a jealous thespian to an Oxford dropout to a playgoer only too anxious to use his ticket stub as an alibi. As the duo tracks down the truth, they unearth a dark secret that hits Lewis eerily close to home.
California's prison sentencing laws are some of the toughest in the nation. They have led to massive overcrowding in the state's 33 prisons. Today we look back on how "three strikes" became law in California more than 15 years ago, the role politics has played, and the adverse effect it's had on one San Diego family.
Last week, one of my guests on San Diego Week, the TV program I host, took aim at the media’s “conservative white talk show hosts,” Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Her complaint was that their inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the recent escalation in hate crimes in the U.S. After the show, I was approached – or perhaps reproached is a better word here - by a long-time associate who complained that the critical remarks about Limbaugh and Beck were unfair since both men were doing the nation a service. They were warning us about the danger of socialism taking over the federal government.
A possible swine flu outbreak at a 4S Ranch middle school is being reported this morning. A total of 130 sixth-grade students were absent from Oak Valley Middle School on Monday, and more than 100 were absent Tuesday and Wednesday, NBC 7/39 reported.
The California Department of Corrections is being forced to dismantle its prison rehabilitation programs as a result of deep budget cuts this year. Donovan State Prison in South San Diego County has been especially hard hit. Its nationally recognized drug rehab program will shut down in about a week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains how the loss will affect the lives of inmates there.