Stories for April 11, 2011
A former USD assistant basketball coach and two former players were among 10 people indicted today in connection with an alleged sports-bribery ring that purportedly offered bribes to college basketball players to fix games.
From solar panel factories in China to a carbon capture-and-storage facility in the Sahara desert to massive wind and solar installations in the United States, NOVA travels the globe to reveal the surprising technologies that just might turn back the clock on climate change. NOVA will focus on the latest and greatest innovations, including everything from artificial trees to green reboots of familiar technologies like coal and nuclear energy.
A modern day quest to find the truth behind one of exploration's greatest mysteries: What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett who went looking for a city of gold — the Lost City of "Z" — in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever? The program unravels the truth of what really happened to Fawcett, and shares surprising finds that are causing experts to re-think the image of a pristine uninhabited Amazon rainforest.
The job market is improving; San Diego County saw its largest monthly hiring increase in more than a year. We speak to Dean Calbreath business columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune about the upbeat report.
In the Dominican Republic, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves's hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose 1.1 cents today to $4.159, the highest since Aug. 4, 2008. The 19th increase in 20 days pushed the average price 9.5 cents higher than a week ago, 19.5 cents above what it was one month ago and $1.038 greater than it was one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
Hosted by Matt Damon and produced by Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner, "Plan B: Mobilizing To Save Civilization" is a PBS documentary based on the book by environmental visionary Lester Brown. Featuring some of the world's most original and influential thinkers, Lester Brown's message is clear and unflinching — either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed states.
A two-month slump in residential real estate sales in San Diego County came to an end in March, but the numbers remain down compared to last year, according to statistics released today.
Nearly a century after his death, John Muir is remembered and revered as the father of the environmental movement and the founder of the Sierra Club. It was this Scottish American who believed that it was our responsibility as citizens to protect our natural surroundings. Filmed throughout the majestic landscapes in which Muir traveled, this documentary places our nation’s most important wilderness assets in a cultural and social context.
The fiscal conservative movement as a strong voice in Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson. And it also seems to have a new group of culprits to blame: action intellectuals.
Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of a Montana ranch, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Sollo explore the works of Thomas Molesworth, a significant figure in the popularization of rustic, Western-style furnishings. Highlights include a 19th-century Japanese suit of armor; an 1874 oil painting by noted Swiss artist Luigi Rossi; and a unique housewarming gift — a circa 1825 Parisian gilt bronze plateau (serving tray) valued at $50,000 to $70,000.
A California senate bill that includes teaching kids about the accomplishments of gays and lesbians is drawing criticism from outside of the state.
Food movements and TV food shows are influencing the way we eat. In this KPBS Food Hour, we'll talk about the adventurous and knowledgeable restaurant patrons and home cooks brought forth by the "foodie craze."
According to the American Cancer Society, each week there are about 200-300 San Diegans diagnosed with cancer. Studies show that patient-centered care yields an increase in patient satisfaction as well as recovery rates. We will discuss the importance of positive communication between cancer patients and doctors.
Should city firefighters and lifeguards receive the same retirement benefits as police officers? That will be one of the major questions in the battle over pension reform in San Diego. We speak to the president of the firefighters union and Councilman Kevin Faulconer about a proposal to move all new city employees, except for police officers, to a 401 (k) retirement plan.