Stories for January 8, 2010
A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth -- or was it a reality? NOVA travels to the legendary temple, built some 3,500 years ago for the celebrated female pharaoh Hatshepsut, in search of answers to this tantalizing archeological mystery.
San Diego Unified School District officials said today they are "cautiously optimistic" about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's state budget proposal because it guarantees $50 billion in education funding.
Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music --creating a new sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With "You Send Me" in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. It was groundbreaking. It was also risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing "the devil's music" -- but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact.
Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes --they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.
More than a thousand people lined up in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot this afternoon to begin the county's swine flu vaccination event.
San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts has called for another hearing on Merriam Mountain, a major development that would build thousands of new home on Interstate 15.
The United States Coast Guard rescued 24 people from a migrant smuggling boat off San Diego's coast. The arrest Thursday night is part of a continuing trend of smuggling by sea.
The University of San Diego was awarded a $600,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of graduates in science and mathematics, especially among minority and disadvantaged groups.
There are two strange political battles taking place in North County. A fiercely divided Oceanside City Council can't agree on a candidate to replace a recently departed councilmember. And, in Poway, there's an effort taking place to recall a councilmember accused of improperly using her influence to disrupt a neighbor's home-construction plan.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined plans for his last year in office during the annual State of the State speech earlier this week. The governor discussed plans to reduce prison spending, and to increase funding for higher education.
2009 was a tough economic year for our region and the nation. What are the economic predictions for the new year? We discuss what's expected to happen with the local housing market, unemployment, and consumer spending.