Stories for April 15, 2010
Adapted from Andrea Levy’s best-selling, award-winning novel, “Small Island” tells the moving saga of two couples — one Jamaican, one English — whose lives intertwine in both friendship and tragic misunderstanding in post-WWII Britain. Naomie Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and David Oyelowo ("The Last King of Scotland") star as the Jamaican immigrants, with Ruth Wilson (“Jane Eyre”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Last Enemy”) as their English landlords.
A report says California wasted at least $13 million last year through inefficiencies in the way it delivers drugs to prison inmates.
Frogs have been hopping the planet for more than 350 million years. They've evolved into some of the most wondrous, diverse and beloved animals on earth. Suddenly, they're slipping away. We've already lost one-third of our amphibians and more are disappearing each day. Some say it's the greatest extinction since the dinosaurs. Ecosystems are beginning to unravel, important medical cures are vanishing and we're losing a dear old friend. It's a global crisis, mobilizing scientists around the world to stem the tide — before the next frog crosses the thin green line.
The National Weather Service is changing the criteria for so-called red flag warnings of fire danger in southwestern California to make them more meaningful.
Legislation seeking to ban smoking at state beaches and parks throughout California is on its way to the governor's desk. The state Senate voted 21-15 on Thursday in favor of the ban, which was approved previously by the Assembly.
Few travelers venture beyond Prague to experience the Czech Republic's many cultural riches and offbeat delights. We'll get you started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky cheese-tasting, river-rafting, and peat-bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravsky Krumlov, Telc, Trebon and Konopiste. We'll also tour a remarkable memorial to the holocaust in Terezen, and the charming castle town of Cesky Krumlov.
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva head to Detroit to help a homeowner remodel her kitchen with new appliances, countertops, a backsplash, and kitchen sink. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a viewer tip with host Kevin O'Connor on how to improve drainage in the bottom of a flowerpot.
Downtown Calexico is open for business, 11 days after a strong earthquake caused major damage along the California-Mexico border. About a dozen stores were allowed to reopen Thursday as the city attempts to recover from the 7.2-magnitude quake.
Anne Lamott, author of "Bird by Bird," "Traveling Mercies," and "Operating Instructions," has a new work of fiction. "Imperfect Birds" is the third novel Lamott has written about mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rosie, but this time Rosie is a teenager. The novel explores the anxiety of parenting a teenager, especially one that battles addiction.
Michelle Obama is visiting San Diego to promote her campaign against childhood obesity. The first lady will tour the New Roots Community Farm in City Heights this afternoon as she promotes her campaign to encourage healthy eating for youngsters.
What caused the San Diego Unified School District's Chief Financial Officer, James Masias, to resign? We speak to KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis about the factors that might have led to his departure from the district. And, we discuss the challenges the district will face as it searches for a new superintendent and CFO.
San Diego State University officials say students are not allowed to study in Tijuana until the U.S. State Department lifts its travel warning for Mexico.
Community college students packed a lecture hall at Mesa College on Wednesday to meet with UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. It was part of UCSD's renewed effort to recruit minority transfer students.