Stories for August 30, 2010
Businesses across the board are facing steep increases in health insurance costs. One local group that represents 80,000 school employees has found a way to save money by forming their own HMO.
The U.S. government will begin flying unmanned aircraft along the Mexican border in East Texas on Wednesday.
San Diego County continues to test for water contamination at 44 beach locations. But state funding for the testing is at risk.
Reigning American soprano Renée Fleming travels to Russia for a special visit to St. Petersburg with her friend and frequent co-star, Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovky. There, in the “Venice of the North,” they explore and perform in some of the most spectacular locations of a city that was born in the remarkable mind and imagination of the young Czar Peter the Great (a city that he named not for himself, but for Saint Peter).
This episode explores the many expressions of faith onboard the "USS Nimitz:" faith in self, faith in one's shipmates, faith in the mission of the ship and the president's call to arms. The major religious groups on board are Catholic and Protestant, but there also is a coven of Wiccans, as well as a Pentecostal group whose newest member is challenged by the duality of his beliefs and the temptations of liberty as the ship drops anchor in Perth, Australia.
Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. "Law And Disorder," a year-long, ongoing collaboration among FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions.
Artist and life-long surfer Richard Gleaves has always been in the water, from Sunset Beach to San Diego - so it's no surprise that his newest exhibit, "Liquid," at the Oceanside Museum of Art, takes gallery-goers for a dive. Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam spoke with him about what's now and next (hint: it involves mingling in the dark).
Persimmon grower Jim Bathgate handed out tiny yellow peaches to others at the California Rare Fruit Growers' annual "Festival of Fruit" and watched with anticipation as they bit into the sweet and juicy flesh.
In its fight against violent drug cartels, Tijuana officials have been engaged in a massive effort to weed out corruption in the city's police force. But some are accusing the city's top law enforcement officials of engaging in human rights violations such as torture against police officers they suspect of being corrupt.
The National Association of Realtors reported last week that sales of existing homes dropped by a record 27 percent in July. We'll discuss how the expiration of the federal homebuyer tax credit is impacting the local and national housing markets, and we'll talk about the pros and cons of the record-low interest rates that are available right now.
SDSU President Stephen Weber announced that he will retire in July, 2011. Weber came to SDSU in 1996 as the university's 7th president. We'll talk about his accomplishments at the helm of the region's largest university and how the state's budget crisis is impacting public higher education.
The state Assembly was expected to take a final vote on a proposed law named for slain Poway High School student Chelsea King.
A bill supporters say is essential to women's health is awaiting a decision by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It would fully restore a program that provides free cancer screenings to low-income women.
The elderly and disabled in the state's in-home care program are awaiting new rules -- to be unveiled next month -- on how counties should check for fraud. The new anti-fraud measures have sparked fear among some receiving the care.