Stories for June 28, 2010
State health officials say a preliminary check shows that people who live in Carlsbad are not getting cancer at higher rates than the general population.
People concerned about human trafficking in California are trying to bring awareness to the issue. California Against Slavery organized an event at the state Capitol Monday to call for stiffer state laws against the crimes.
Vista leaders will invite the public to the city’s new civic center Tuesday. The building is one of six projects the city is paying for with a sales tax increase.
Frontline/World investigates one of its own stories, “The Play Pump,” which promised to use a merry-go-round and the power of children to help meet the dire need for fresh water in southern Africa. After the story aired in 2005, major donors in the United States — and the U.S. government itself — launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to install the device in thousands of African schools and villages. Now, correspondent Amy Costello investigates what happened to those communities, as the promise of the PlayPump fell short.
NOVA exposes the hidden world of high-tech, 21st-century eavesdropping carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). Today, the NSA is the world’s largest intelligence agency, three times the size of the CIA and far more secret. Its mission is to eavesdrop on the world — from cell phones in Europe to pay phones in Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. But since 9/11, it also has turned its giant ear inward, listening in without warrant on thousands of American citizens, many of whom are on the government’s secret watch list, now more than half-a-million names long.
Reports of human rights violations in Mexico have risen sharply since 2006. We talk to Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, about the Merida Initiative and how the U.S. can help stop human rights abuses in Mexico.
As the publishing industry tries to stay relevant in a world of e-readers and media distractions, children's books have remained popular. San Diego State is home to a large online database of children's book reviews. We'll talk with one of those reviewers about what makes a good book for kids and get some recommendations.
California is facing a $19 billion budget deficit, and the governor is proposing to reduce state worker pay to minimum wage until a budget deal is reached. We talk to John Myers about the latest on the budget deficit, the governor's race, and a couple of the propositions that have qualified for the November ballot.
A measure that would require health insurers to get prior approval before raising rates continues to advance in the state legislature. Supporters say consumers need some protection from sky high insurance costs.
Tijuana voters will choose a new mayor this July 4th. One of the front-runners is a San Diego native. Central themes of the campaigns include border wait times and San Diego and Tijuana’s $6 billion shared regional economy.