Stories for January 22, 2010
State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell says the federal Race To The Top program will give California the extra push it needs to reform its own education system. He made those remarks in his State of Education address on Friday in Sacramento.
Join host Marco Werman and the "Sound Tracks" reporting team as they travel deep into the heart of international music. Meet the living legacy of superstar Afrobeat creator Fela. Examine the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin's sexy propaganda song. Find out if music can help the creators of Borat make amends with the insulted people of Kazakhstan, and capture the mood of a cozy Portuguese bar with diva Mariza.
Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows by some of Hollywood's greatest actors, including Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and more recently, Kevin Costner, but these popular fictions often belie the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity in the American frontier. Wyatt Earp lived in a society torn between the class structure of the Victorian era and the lawlessness and opportunity of the West. This program examines the struggles of one of the American West's most enduring figures.
Appraiser Arlie Sulka looks at some beautiful old American paperweights and host Mark L. Walberg tries his hand at glass blowing. Highlights include a Walt Whitman memoir inscribed by the author to a group of firefighters; a late 19th-century bronze and marble statue by the acclaimed French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse; and an oil painting by acclaimed 19th-century Canadian artist Cornelius Krieghoff, noted for portraying narrative-like scenes, valued at $200,000 to $350,000.
This program examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and, of course, money. The film traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a "borrowed melody" became a "copyright infringement."
A collision with a large bird forced a United Airlines plane to return to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.
Everything about them is big. Their wings can span eight feet. Their nests weigh up to a ton. They can fly with a deer fawn in their talons. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. Photographed by Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, "Nature: American Eagle” will tell the story of a year in the lives of these majestic raptors on a breathtaking stretch of the Mississippi.
Last week Mayor Jerry Sanders said the city's aggressive budget reforms prevented $24 million in cuts to city services. Just days later, bad news from the pension board. The city underestimated what it owes by $19 million. How can San Diego sustain all this debt?
Mayor Sanders made national headlines this week for his role in the Prop 8 trial. Sanders said he didn't think it was unusual for a Republican or a police chief to stick up for people who have had their rights taken away. How unusual is it for an elected official to testify in court?
San Diego's public schools brace for more cuts while some local districts leave federal funding on the table. Why is San Diego Unified School District the only big California city school district not applying for the federal grant?
Three energy projects are proposed for an area of southeastern San Diego County and just across the Mexican border. One proposal would send renewable energy from Mexico to a substation in Boulevard.
The string of storms has taken a toll on the border. Seven people who may have been trying to cross the border illegally have been rescued from the rain-swollen Tijuana River in the last two days. Across the fence, the rain turned many Tijuana streets into rivers.