Stories for September 17, 2010
Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D'Rivera and other family, friends and colleagues pay homage to the late mambo and Latin jazz legend Tito Puente. Archival footage, interviews and excerpts from one of Puente's last concerts piece together the life of the popular bandleader, percussionist and composer.
If you’re reading this you know I’ve taken up residence in a small corner of the Internet to write a blog. I should say that blogging is something I used to make fun of. Someone recently reminded me that I have called bloggers “people who like to write but have nothing to say.”
Before "Antiques Roadshow" can pack up its trunk and wave aloha to Honolulu, Hawaii, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Anthony Slayter-Ralph pay a visit to Shangri La, home of the late heiress Doris Duke and one of Hawaii's most architecturally significant homes. At the Hawaii Convention Center, guests hope for fame and fortune, too, with a wide assortment of objects to be appraised, including a violin and bow purchased for the owner's aunt in 1921 and kept in storage for the last 40 years. Although it's accompanied by a bill of sale claiming the instrument is a valuable Camilli from 1737, the violin actually is a fine forgery — so fine that the pair still is valued at $12,000- $15,000 at auction.
Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis in a third season of the popular detective series. In five new episodes, Lewis and his young partner, Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox, "A Room With a View"), continue solving cases in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. In this episode, Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a quiz competition contestant during a quiet summer holiday at an empty Oxford campus.
The second episode of Michael Wood's journey through Indian history covers the last centuries BCE—the age of the Buddha, the coming of the Greeks and the rule of the emperor Ashoka, one of the greatest figures in world history. Beginning with incredible images of a Jain festival that takes place once every twelve years, Wood sees the Buddha as India's first protester, follows the invasion of India by Alexander the Great and ends with the birth of the first great Indian empire.
The first episode looks at identity and the roots of India's famous "unity in diversity". Using all the tools available to the historical detective—from DNA to climate science, oral survivals, ancient manuscripts, archaeology, and exploration of the living cultures of the subcontinent—Michael Wood takes us from the tropical heat of South India to the Ganges plain and from Pakistan and the Khyber Pass out to Turkmenistan where dramatic new archaeological discoveries are changing our view of the migrations that have helped make up Indian identity.
The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 10.6 percent in August, down from a revised 10.9 percent the previous month, the California Economic Development Department reported today.
Questions are continuing to be raised about who truly benefits from the development of Liberty Station.
The County Board of Supervisors recently approved a plan to allocate $15 million annually towards the creation of a rural fire agency, and a rural fire protection plan.
Could a large gas pipeline explosion like what occurred in San Bruno, Calif. happen here in San Diego?
A sculptor who makes art with sugar will be at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas north of San Diego this weekend.
Latinos are the youngest and fastest growing population in the United States, but they’re the least likely to get a four-year degree.
California’s legislative leaders met with the governor Thursday night to work on the state’s budget. While Democrats sounded optimistic, the Governor’s office says there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The California State University system says it will now be able to admit up to 10,000 new students across its 23 campuses this spring thanks to the latest round of stimulus funds.
California's budget impasse continues to cause financial problems. The state hasn't reimbursed health care providers for Medi-Cal services for almost a month. Some local providers have had to dig deep.