Stories for November 19, 2010
The days of one of Tijuana’s top crime fighters may be numbered. Though Tijuana’s Police Chief has survived assassination plots, he may fall victim to Mexican politics. A collaboration between KPBS and Tijuanapress.com.
See Dale Chihuly at work with his team as he conceives and installs his most ambitious museum exhibition to date, "Chihuly at the de Young." "Chihuly Fire And Light" reveals the complexity and depth of Chihuly’s forty-year relationship with his preferred medium of glass. From his studio in Seattle to installation sites in San Francisco, this program portrays an artist's life-long goal of bringing glass to a broader audience.
Imagine having surgery to remove a tumor in your brain. Then imagine being awake for much of the procedure, so that surgeons can safely navigate around the area in your brain that controls speech. San Diegan Krista McFadden just went through this procedure at UCSD's Thornton Hospital. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg was in the operating room, and offers us a glimpse at what's called "awake" brain surgery.
The old saying "sleep tight - don't let the bed bugs bite" isn't a figure of speech anymore. Bed bugs are crawling over mattresses, in crevasses and carpets across California and the country! Heading into the busiest travel week of the year, bed bugs are reportedly hitchhiking with airplane travelers. Why is San Diego playing reluctant host to this persistent pest and what can we do about it?
The holiday travel season has begun and the recently installed full electronic body scan machines at Lindbergh field are busy. Their purpose is to insure public safety. But those scanners have made some passengers uncomfortable and even resistant. We'll discuss the objections and whether they are deserved.
Reports that the Spanos family, owners of the Chargers, are looking to sell a stake in the team has renewed speculation that the Bolts may leave San Diego. Tonight, we ask if the Chargers go, how will the city be affected? Veteran San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Tim Sullivan gives us some answers.
n this film, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York’s biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today’s modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice. The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.
An auto-theft suspect made a botched attempt to evade arrest today, crashing the stolen car he was driving on an East County street and then trying in vain to escape on foot along with a companion, a sheriff's lieutenant said.
Jim Croce’s enduring music is revisited in the television special "The Legacy Of Jim Croce." The program features the late singer-songwriter’s performances on television in the early 1970s and includes these classic Croce songs: “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels),” “One Less Set of Foot Steps” and “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown.” Croce’s widow, Ingrid, and their son A.J., provide commentary filled with intimate anecdotes.
California Health Insurance companies are getting bad grades from consumers.
A stretch of southbound Interstate 15 in the North County was closed today as part of an investigation into a backyard explosion that sent one man to a hospital and another to jail.
Countless treasure seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines, trekking through burning deserts and scaling the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant, inspired by the Bible’s account of splendid temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper. In summer 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations to expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king” and “judge.”
San Diego County added 5,600 nonfarm jobs in October, according to data released by the state’s employment development office Friday.
Two men accused of taking part in a gang-related shooting that resulted in a lockdown at an elementary school in City Heights are scheduled to make their first court appearances today.
Outgoing San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso is under scrutiny for hiring three workers from his brother Felipe's failed campaign to represent the 8th District. Hueso says he was so concerned about the inexperience of Councilman-elect David Alvarez's incoming staff that he decided to hire the former campaign staffers. The workers will serve in Hueso's office until December 6, and will be paid $2,308 every two weeks to work on "time-sensitive" projects. We talk about the ethical questions that have been raised about the hiring of these individuals.
The former controller for Sempra Global in Mexico says he was fired for asking too many questions about the company's business dealings in Baja California. Sempra adamantly denies Rodolfo Michelon's lawsuit that claims the company bribed Mexican officials, and built a lavish oceanfront vacation resort "at utility ratepayers' expense." We discuss the questions that have been raised about the company's business practices in Mexico.
John Tyner, the local man who refused to submit to a full-body scan and pat-down at San Diego International Airport, has ignited a national discussion about airport security procedures. Are the new screening methods too obtrusive, or necessary to prevent against terrorist attacks? How might a campaign encouraging travelers to opt-out of the body scans impact one of the busiest travel weeks of the year?
A large upper level trough of low pressure approaching from the northwest will likely bring rain to San Diego County late today into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.