Stories for June 10, 2010
"Taste the Fun" is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, which begins a 22-day run tomorrow at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A group of people living in Carlsbad plan to raise money to test for toxic substances at public schools, parks and other areas. The residents are worried that contaminants in the air, water and soil might be making them sick.
Battle lines are being drawn in San Diego over a possible November ballot measure that supporters say would ensure competitive bidding for municipal contracts, but which opponents argue is deceptive and has hidden consequences.
San Diego plans to hire a consultant to complete the process of outsourcing technology services provided by the city-controlled San Diego Data Processing Corp., Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.
Chichagof Island, Southeast Alaska, is Jurassic Park -- in real time. Its dense rainforests hide more grizzlies per square mile than any other place on Earth. In summer, its surrounding waters erupt with life, as herring congregate and salmon are returning to their rivers of birth. This plenty lures some of the most enigmatic predators on Earth -- humpbacks whales and grizzly bears. The program follows veteran tracker Vern Beier, as he meets Chichagof's brown bears on their own turf -- in the deep, dark forests of Bear Island.
"Growing Up Online" peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with: from cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame" to the specter of online sexual predators.
Yemeni cleric Anwar al Awlaki is suspected of inspiring some Americans to commit terrorist acts, including two New Jersey men recently arrested and the shooter in the Fort Hood massacre. Investigative reporter Amita Sharma looks at the five years he spent in San Diego as a imam in a La Mesa mosque.
Antiques Roadshow is in its 14th season on PBS. We'll talk with the executive producer of the series about its continued success.
This week's primary election didn't settle the future for the San Diego Unified School Board...and there are differences of opinion about whether that's good or bad. Incumbents Katherine Nakamura and John DeBeck failed to win re-election to the board. And Nakamura may not even make the run-off in the fall.
Should gay men be allowed to donate blood? We speak to the co-author of a study on the "Effects of Lifting Blood Donation Bans on Men Who Have Sex with Men."
The Reduced Shakespeare Company turns the long and serious into the short and funny. In their most popular play, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" the three-man comedy troupe turns all of Shakespeare's 37 plays into a two-hour romp. We'll talk with troupe member Austin Tichenor.
San Diego County health officials have launched a task force to investigate parents' concerns that the air, water and soil at a Carlsbad elementary school may be causing cancer in students.
Telematic music is real-time performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. In recent years, University of California faculty including UCSD's Mark Dresser have led new developments in telematic performance and they'll be performing telematically this weekend at UCSD with musicians in New York.