Stories for February 5, 2010
How did downtown San Diego become what it is today? In her continuing series "San Diego's Evolving Downtown," KPBS Metro reporter Katie Orr looks at a variety of influences on the city's urban core.
Californians who have individual policies with Anthem Blue Cross will be paying much higher premiums. The insurer will raise rates up to 39 percent beginning next month.
A 10-person team from San Diego is back home after a medical trip to Haiti. The president and CEO of Scripps Health tells us how the crew prepared for conditions in Port-au-Prince.
This program follows the charismatic Dr. Kenny Broad as he dives into blue holes — underwater caves that formed during the last ice age when sea level was nearly 400 feet below what it is today. They are Earth’s least explored and perhaps most dangerous frontiers. With an interdisciplinary team of climatologists, paleontologists and anthropologists, Broad investigates the hidden history of Earth’s climate as revealed by finds in this spectacularly beautiful “alternate universe.”
Californian’s are down on their nation and their state. What changes would shift voter sentiment with government?
Our county's safety net for the poor sinks to the bottom of some charts. Is there resistance to helping the needy?
In June, San Diego voters will decide if they want to make the strong mayor system permanent and whether to add a 9th city council district. We discuss why some city council members wanted to postpone the vote.
Blue whales are changing their tune. That's what new recordings of these huge mammals indicate. This changing behavior is described in an article in the journal Endangered Species Research. Why it's happening is unknown. But one theory says they're singing in lower tones today because the species is coming back.
A non-profit group that monitors money and politics says California lawmakers often vote with their campaign checkbook in mind. MAPLight.org says a perfect example is a recent vote on a single payer health care system in the state senate.