Stories for November 5, 2010
Three San Diego men accused of aiding a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Queda have pleaded not guilty. They're accused of sending money and providing support to al-Shabab. One is a popular Imam at a City Heights mosque another works as a cab driver and the third is a former Somali community leader. We speak to KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma who has been following the story.
A prestigious international yacht race is sailing into San Diego Bay next spring, bringing with it a much-needed boost to San Diego’s economy.
One of the three San Diego men accused of raising money for the Somali Islamic terror group al-Shabab waived his right today to be set free on bail.
"Dogs Decoded" reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and spurs new questions about what this could mean for our relationships with other animal species. NOVA also travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs’ domestication is being repeated—in foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame fox with some surprising similarities to man’s best friend.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Don Cresswell visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island to explore why collectors flock to bird prints by artists including James Audubon. Highlights include: a circa 1969 jersey worn by NFL football legend Gae Sayers when he played for the Chicago Bears; a side chair that may have graced the Lincoln White House; and a rare trio of books containing lithographs of American Indian chiefs whose portraits were painted when they came to Washington to negotiate treaties with the U.S. Department of War, valued at $70,000 to $90,000.
An environmental conference at the University of San Diego is exploring all things green, from sustainable building to climate change. If you're looking for work, the developing green economy may provide that opportunity.
With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, and clips from numerous films, including "Stagecoach," "Little Big Man," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Atanarjuat the Fast Runner," this program traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Last Enemy") is bored. And he's not just staring at the wall, he's shooting at it. London is quiet and peaceful, and for Holmes, that is nothing short of maddening. An explosion rocks Holmes and Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman, "The Office" UK) out of their doldrums and into a series of deadly puzzles conceived by a brilliant bomber. It starts with a pair of shoes left in the center of an empty room — shoes connected to a case that caught Holmes's interest twenty years ago as a boy. Soon a blood-soaked car, a television star and a recovered classic painting figure into an ever-widening cat-and-mouse game.
California complies with a federal order and breaks ground on a new prisoner medical facility.
In the early 1990s, Saddam Hussein destroyed the Mesopotamian Marshes when its inhabitants rebelled against him. Once the richest wildlife habitat in the Middle East, this beautiful “Garden of Eden” was reduced to mile after mile of scorched earth, and was thought to have been destroyed forever. But one man is making an extraordinary effort to restore both animals and people to the scene of one of the greatest ecocides of the twentieth century.
Huell Howser visits a fair steeped in history. In 1880, a group of San Diegans organized an agricultural fair to bring county farmers together to share ideas, see who had the best citrus fruit, who baked the best pie, and who had the fastest horse. In 1936 it moved to it's current location at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. With the support of Bing Crosby and his Hollywood pals, the racetrack became and continues to be a focal point of this beautiful fairground.
For the first time in several years, San Diego and Tijuana will not be on separate clocks when California changes off of daylight-saving time this weekend.
An unidentified gunman walked up to a man sitting on some steps near a basketball court in Oak Park and shot him three times in the back before turning his weapon on a crowd of 30 to 40 people, striking a second man in the elbow, police said today.
Governor-Elect Jerry Brown was in Sacramento Thursday meeting with managers in the State Finance Department.
The San Diego City Council voted this week to require companies to conduct an economic impact study if they want to build a supercenter in the city. A supercenter is defined as a big-box store that has dedicated more than 90,000 square feet of floor space to non-taxable items like groceries. We discuss the ongoing debate over supercenters in San Diego.
What city departments are facing the most severe cuts for next year? As the council starts to consider where cuts need to be made, we discuss how public safety could be impacted. Can the council find significant savings in its budget without making major cuts to the police and fire departments?
The ongoing battle between labor and business groups in San Diego played a big role in Tuesday's election. From Propositions A, D and J to the city council and county supervisors races, labor and business interests were pitted against each other. We discuss how the debate between labor and business is affecting local politics, and how it could impact the future of our region.
Additional San Diegans could be charged with raising money for the Somali Islamist terror group al-Shabab.