Stories for September 22, 2009
U.S. authorities shut down the nation's busiest border crossing for about four hours Tuesday afternoon after federal agents fired shots at three vans filled with illegal immigrants whose drivers tried to storm past inspectors, officials said.
In our week-long celebration of books, I'm including artwork made about or from books. And, believe it or not, I don't think these artists are defiling our literary or intellectual tradition by making their art. Instead, I consider work like Cara Barer's photographs of molded, sculptural books, lovely explorations of form.
The "Nightly Business Report," "NOW on PBS" and "Tavis Smiley" collaborate to provide a 90-minute program that examines the urgent topic of health care reform. As Congress weighs legislation to provide universal health care in the U.S., correspondents will provide analysis, discussion, insight and engagement. The "Nightly Business Report" team will examine the costs and controversies of employer-provided healthcare. "NOW on PBS" correspondents will consider how reform may change the way we live. "Tavis Smiley" will investigate the issue of childhood obesity, particularly within communities of color.
An 8,500-acre wildfire continues to churn through rugged hills and mountains of Southern California's Ventura County, but some areas are experiencing a lull in winds.
A new forecast predicts San Diego County will need more than 200,000 nurses, aides and other allied health workers by 2030. The California Wellness Foundation report says the region doesn't have the capacity to train that many people.
The city of San Diego is already feeling the impact of the record breaking $225 million pension payment it will have to make next year. The city is implementing a hiring freeze to help cut costs.
Zoë Heller's "The Believers" may not have the most lovable characters in literature, but they sure captivated blogger and CityBeat columnist Aaryn Belfer. Even more captivating, according to Aaryn, is Heller's writing. Culture Lust continues talking books this week with a recommendation from one of our contributors.
Are all communities in San Diego adequately prepared for the next disaster? We speak to Ron Lane, from the County Office of Emergency Services, about what's being done locally to prepare for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters. We also discuss a recent report about the challenges associated with preparing racially and ethnically diverse communities for a disaster.
Alexander Calder's mobiles can be seen in public parks and in front of museums around the country. But did you know at one time his art could also be found adorning the necks, wrists and fingers of women all over the world? A world-class exhibition featuring 90 pieces of jewelry made and designed by the famed modernist sculptor are currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Art.
California has revealed a plan to reduce the state's inmate population. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.
Doctors have known for many years that African Americans are more likely to suffer glaucoma. A UC San Diego ophthalmologist has found a genetic clue that may explain why.