Stories for August 13, 2010
I had been at KPBS barely a month when I was given a directive to focus on teen violence. More specifically, to plan an event that could help young people learn ways to handle aggressive behavior. With no other instructions, and little knowledge of how to achieve this, it seemed to be a very tall order. I had a bare-bones budget and a lofty goal. Yet somehow this event happened in a big and meaningful way.
In his search for "somewhere I could point my camera into pure space," award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making annual solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia. These trips have yielded remarkable photos of a boundless, desolate yet beautiful environment where sky, water and land merge. Made in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Michael Angus, "Salt" is the film extension of Fredericks' work at Lake Eyre.
After two months in the Gulf, one day starts to become indistinguishable from the next. The airwing still hasn't dropped a single bomb, which is frustrating for some on board. The only relief comes from a port call in Bahrain, where some sailors relax by the pool, while others visit a mosque and learn about Muslim culture. The "Princeton," one of the escort ships in the "Nimitz" strike group, loses a man overboard; an intense search to find the lost sailor ensues.
The neonatal intensive care unit at UCSD holds its 14th annual reunion tomorrow at Mission Bay Park. Hundreds of former patients and their family members will celebrate with medical staff.
United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in San Diego Friday. The Secretary toured the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and spoke about the spending cuts he's proposing.
During a career that spanned three decades, Augustus Saint-Gaudens created nearly 150 works of art, including a number of major public monuments to heroes of the Civil War. The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of five of his major works of art, including the contemplative Standing Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell three-tenths of a cent today to $3.164, a day after reaching a high for the year.
This poster tells the story of a battle brewing. We see a clenched fist, what looks like a stern police officer, and the words: “Hot Town – Pigs In The Streets…But The Streets Belong To The People! Dig It?”. Who made this poster and why? Then, did the artist mean to scare someone with the grimace on this face jug? What’s the story behind this peculiar pottery? And, if this inscription on a rock in Phoenix is authentic, Spanish explorers arrived in America much earlier than records show.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW kicks off its visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the city's traditional German Fest, where host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst soak up the atmosphere and talk about collectible German beer steins. At the Midwest Airlines Center, collectors are thirsty for information about such treasures as a 1952 Fender Esquire guitar, prized by country and western musicians, and a cliffhanger: an 18th-century desk and bookcase passed down to the owner from his great-grandfather, a former governor of Connecticut, that could be worth as much as $250,000 - or $20,000 if the two pieces are determined to be "married."
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.
Two 23-year-old women died today, along with a 34-year-old man, in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 78 that also sent a fourth person to a hospital with injuries.
Have you heard this one before? The State of California doesn't have a budget in place for the current fiscal year. A La Mesa assemblyman has offered a proposal to help out the businesses and residents who are currently being paid with IOUs.
Congressman Darrell Issa is asking the Department of Homeland Security to review its procedures following a recent security breach at Lindbergh Field. How did a man posing as a U.S. marshal and carrying a handgun get past the security check-point at the airport?
National City is cutting back on city services to close projected budget deficits over the next two years, despite having the highest sales tax in the county.
Two San Diegans have crafted a musical love letter to the 1980s and the lost art of the mixtape. Lamb's Players' downtown location, the Horton Grand Theater, provides the stage for this nostalgic tour through the decade that gave us big hair, Journey, and jazzercise. Culture Lust's Angela Carone produced this audio postcard.
The sponsors of California's gay marriage ban have asked an appeals court to stop a federal judge's order allowing same-sex weddings to begin next week. The lawyers defending Proposition 8 asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Thursday to impose a stay that would halt gay marriages while the court considers the judge's ruling that struck down the ban.
Researchers will soon begin examining how loud noises affect the behavior of marine mammals off the Southern California Coast. The California Coastal Commission gave its approval to the project at a meeting Thursday.