Stories for February 4, 2010
San Diego's teachers union says its members will not accept an 8 percent pay cut to balance San Diego Unified School District's budget.
On September 1, 1939 — the first day of World War II in Europe — President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealed to the warring nations to “under no circumstances undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations.” Just six years later, British and American Allied forces had carried out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany’s cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians. This film examines the defining moments of the offensive that led the U.S. across a moral divide.
This is the story of a single father who is determined that his nine-year-old daughter become a rap star and thus redeem his deferred dream. This program follows the father-daughter duo through the grit and glamour of the music industry, the struggles of being a single dad with no means and the sacrifices a child makes in order to make her daddy proud.
We may think we know what is beautiful and what isn't, but in the natural world, beauty can be many things -- including what we might find completely repulsive. Not only can the bizarre be attractive, it can also provide just the edge a creature needs to succeed in a difficult environment. From frogfish and hagfish to naked mole rats and elephant seals, the program shows how and why ugly can be beautiful, even when it isn't pretty.
Steve Earle's singer-songwriter son plays The Loft, the Editors play the House of Blues, and that's just two of your music options for the weekend. Also, next week marks the beginning of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival and their 20th anniversary. We'll talk music and film on this Weekend Preview.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says the funding process for a new transportation center at the San Ysidro border crossing is moving forward. He has been in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the project.
For several years, Toyota dismissed charges that many of its models are subject to sudden, unexplained acceleration. With the fatal accident last August of the Lexus driven by veteran California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, Toyota's attitude changed. We look at whether Toyota's proposed fixes are enough and what the corporation can do to regain its reputation for quality.
Jeff Parker's new book is Iron River, a crime novel where the action is on the California/Mexican border, where the vicious drug cartels hook up with gun runners and the mayhem becomes increasingly scary.
Should the City of San Diego consider municipal bankruptcy as a possible solution to its financial problems? We speak to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith about the impact bankruptcy would have on the city, and discuss Goldsmith's goals for his second year in office.
The plan to close the prison has run into steady resistance from Congress in the past year, and this week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill to prevent civilian trials for the Sept. 11 plotters. If the law were to pass, it would severely interfere with the president's plan to close the prison.
A bid to delay a public vote on San Diego city’s strong mayor form of government has failed. Residents of the City of San Diego will vote this June on a measure asking if they want to make the strong mayor form of government permanent.
San Diego researchers say they've discovered some new compounds that bind to HIV, and that could lead to a new class of AIDS drugs.