Stories for October 7, 2010
Real estate geeks say people who owe more for their home than it's worth have “negative equity.” But the rest of us just say they’re underwater.
Details are finally coming out about this year’s state budget agreement. Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers had worked for almost 100 days after the July 1st deadline to find the $19 billion needed to balance the budget. The bulk of the cuts will come from education, while health care has been largely spared, for now.
Kenneth Branagh returns for a second season as detective Kurt Wallander. Based on the novels by best-selling author Henning Mankell, Wallander battles crimes, and his own demons, in the bucolic yet brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden. In this episode, "The Man Who Smiled," an old friend contacts Wallander with the belief that his father has been murdered, but subsequent events convince Wallander that there might be more to the case.
The race for two seats on San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors has attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. The latest campaign contribution disclosures reveal the two incumbents are vastly outspending their two challengers.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday honored the Good Samaritan who authorities say chased down a kidnapper and helped free an 8-year-old Fresno girl.
In the fall of 1893, an adventurous young man rode out from the salons of New York to the wilds of New Mexico. He went to kill a wolf. Not just any wolf, but an outlaw, the leader of a marauding, cattle killing pack. But by the time Ernest Thompson Seton finally met the renegade Lobo, the wolf had become a hero in his eyes. He would write a tale of that encounter that captured the essence of the vanishing wilderness and led both to the establishment of the national park system and the Boy Scout movement in America.
Castile sparkles with Roman Segovia, walled Avila, student-filled Salamanca, and holy Toledo! We marvel at El Greco, pop some explosive pickles, and ramble Spain's most awe-inspiring medieval walls. Then, just for fun, we drop in on a bachelorette party with local troubadours, slice and savor tasty jamon, stroll with the crowd, and grab a front-row seat to enjoy Europe's most enchanting square.
"This Old House" helps the Sharma family renovate their 1940s house on Boston’s famous Charles River. Out front, the home’s bland exterior will receive a curb-appeal makeover thanks to the creative ideas of architect Chris Chu. On the inside, the house will get a new, larger kitchen, updated baths and loads of new windows to take advantage of the spectacular views out back. General contractor Tom Silva conducts a structural investigation and cites concerns about a new EPA law affecting all contractors dealing with lead paint in 2010.
Whether rainy days make you rejoice or recoil, beachwear is a no-go this Culture Lust weekend. But fear not - we have a lot of art & culture to keep cabin fever at bay and liven up a rather damp San Diego. Oh, and may we suggest taking Wednesday off from work as it's the busiest hump day in Culture Lust history.
A major San Diego business group voted Thursday to endorse the city’s proposed sales tax increase. The group was won over by additional financial reforms recently approved by the city council.
Cannabis, or hemp, has been grown in the U.S. since the days of George Washington. But it has been prohibited for personal or recreational use since 1913. We look at the remarkable history of marijuana in this country, including its early reputation for making users violent and insane, up to present-day efforts to legalize it.
We'll learn about a pilot program being tested in East County, which is designed to reduce domestic violence by utilizing drug treatment and family violence counseling.