Stories for January 20, 2010
Baja California's Director of Civil Protection says a 7-year-old girl died Wednesday evening in Tijuana when flood waters overcame the car she was riding in with her family.
The California Medical Facility in Vacaville is the primary location for providing health care services to California's incarcerated men. It houses the state's oldest and sickest inmates. As the elderly inmate population continues to grow, so too will the health care needs and cost of providing care to this prison population. KPBS producer Angela Carone spent an afternoon photographing inside California largest prison hospital.
Doctors who treat obesity in San Diego and across the country are working toward making weight loss and weight management a medical specialty.
Noted architecture critic Paul Goldberger hosts this documentary biography of Benjamin Latrobe, the creator of the first uniquely "American" architecture. Latrobe's tumultuous life was a series of creative triumphs, personal tragedies and constant re-invention. The film features computer-generated animation, interviews with architects and historians and location shooting as Goldberger explores Latrobe's life, from his early years in England to his immigration to the young republic and his work on such iconic buildings as the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Baltimore Basilica.
The Supreme Court has rejected California's challenge to reduce its overcrowded prison population. The high court says the state must follow a federal order to reduce its prison numbers by 40,000 within two years. Yesterday, we told how overcrowding is taking a toll on old and sick inmates. Now, we look at the cost of spending life in prison. KPBS Producer Wendy Fry joins us with that part of the story.
Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney, is arguably the area's most powerful politician. Former U-T reporter Kelly Thornton talks about her five-part series on Dumanis that appeared this month on VoiceofSanDiego.org.