Stories for September 10, 2010
People in the Bay Area community of San Bruno are trying to pick up the pieces after last night's gas line explosion and fire roared through the community. Four people were killed and 38 homes were destroyed. Survivors of San Diego County fires say they have some advice for people in San Bruno.
The jailing of an informant for talking to the media seems like a tale straight out of a Soviet-era police state. But that's exactly what FBI informant Andrea Gomez says happened to her after she spoke to JW August, managing editor, of 10news. J.W. August joins us to talk about what happened with Gomez.
Imagine a world without apples, almonds and broccoli. It takes honey bees to pollinate most of our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables. But the bees are mysteriously disappearing. Some commercial beekeepers in San Diego have already been affected by this phenomenon. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us beekeepers are keeping a close eye on the research, some of it at UC San Diego.
On September 12, 2010, KPBS will blow out the candles on its birthday cake, as San Diego’s public broadcasting organization turns 50. “When most people turn 50 they joke about being ‘over the hill’,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager. “Here at KPBS we feel like we’re moving toward the best years for this organization – and we’re really excited about that.”
Peggy Cappy demonstrates yoga exercises designed to address arthritis problems. One out of three adults suffers from the pain of arthritis. Yoga instructor Cappy, with 30 years of experience dealing with young and old alike, shows how the key to dealing with arthritis is exercise, specifically yoga, because it is both safe and effective.
When the Master of Gresham College, an amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs, Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff. The investigation draws Lewis and Hathaway into the ethereal writings of a 17th-century astronomer and a modern-day circle of scientists and musicians, and their unexpected connections to the deceased.
Judge David Oberholtzer tossed out the latest lawsuit challenging Proposition D, the city's sales tax increase/financial reform ballot measure. We discuss the challenges Prop. D will face in November, and the impact it could have in San Diego if passed by voters.
The City of San Diego is talking about raising its water rates again, but at least one councilmember is opposed to the idea. We discuss the motivation behind the latest proposal to increase water rates, and why Councilmember Carl DeMaio thinks the rate hike is unnecessary.
Tuesday marked the first day of school for students in the San Diego Unified School District. We discuss the financial challenges the district faces this year, and the school board's latest efforts to improve local schools.
A new study from UCSD suggests thousands of trauma patients are transferred between hospitals -- unnecessarily -- each year. The study reveals pediatric patients seem to be the most affected.