Stories for January 19, 2010
Stephen concludes his journey by exploring the Pacific coast. He begins in San Francisco's Chinatown and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, before traveling through the giant redwood forests of northern California and Oregon. Leaving his cab in Seattle, he joins a whale hunt in Alaska, then heads to his 50th state, Hawaii.
Stephen explores America's Southwest, beginning with New Mexico where he meets physicists unraveling the secrets of dark matter and eco-house dwellers living "off the grid" near Santa Fe. In Arizona he stays with the Navajo in Monument Valley, travels across Lake Powell aboard a houseboat and takes a trip on a World War Two bomber. In Nevada he meets Mormon missionaries, before heading over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
The homeless who have beds in the city’s winter shelter tent downtown are keeping dry, but hundreds of others remain out in the rain.
In the third program, viewers literally peer into Alda’s head with a variety of high-tech imaging techniques, looking for his human spark. The unique circuitry that provides us with our most prized ability, language, is closely tied to another unique human skill, our ability to make and use complex tools. In his own brain, Alda finds the site of his ability to figure out what others are thinking. And in perhaps the biggest surprise, he discovers that the essential human spark, our ability to build alternative worlds in our heads — to imagine — lies in a brain region closely related to that used when thinking about others’ minds — and that fires most fiercely when we are doing nothing at all.
A federal judge in Mexico City has ordered an allegedly savage drug gang boss from Tijuana to prison to await trial on charges that include organized crime.
San Diego Unified chool board president Richard Barrera says linking teacher evaluations to student test scores is one reason the district is not competing for federal Race To The Top money.
California has become the first state in the nation to limit how long a person has to wait before they can see a doctor. The new rules will cover some 21 million Californians enrolled in HMOs.
A spokeswoman with Scripps Memorial Hostpital in La Jolla says another person has died in connection with the smuggling boat that capsized last weekend. A Mexican Consulate spokesman says nine people are still unaccounted for.
Exhibits at the Mingei International and the Museum of Photographic Arts explore women's issues in India and throughout the world.
It is now mandatory for everyone in the City of San Diego to recycle. We speak to an official from the Environmental Services Department about the impact recycling has on the Miramar Landfill and how the new policies will be enforced.
Authorities say a warning siren that went off near the San Onofre nuclear power plant was a false alarm.
Why does the San Diego Unified School District board want to remake the district's budget from scratch? We speak to the school board president about the budget plan, the search for a new superintendent, and the district's decision not to go after Race To The Top federal education grants.
The US Supreme Court has reconvened for its 2010 session. The Court has already stopped the broadcast of California's Prop 8 trial. And now, we await a major ruling on campaign finance laws. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton discusses these recent cases.
California is officially in the running for the federal government's "Race To The Top" program. Today is the deadline for all states to turn in all the necessary paperwork.