Stories for January 19, 2011
San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter, (R) El Cajon, has introduced a bill that could delay the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Here in the information age, smaller is better: transistors, microchips and the laptops and cell phone that they power are triumphs of tiny. Now, host David Pogue takes us to an even smaller world, as he profiles the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up.
Belt tightening by the City of San Diego has reduced police-force staffing by about 270 positions in the last two years.
A toll-free information service at UCSD for pregnant and breastfeeding women is adding an online chat feature. It's designed to provide immediate answers about drugs and other potentially harmful exposures.
The San Diego County Water Authority dedicated an 11-mile pipeline today that will help deliver water in an emergency. The San Vicente Pipeline -- 8 1/2 feet in diameter -- is part of the agency's $1.5 billion emergency storage project. The goal is to store up to six months of water for use in case of an earthquake or another disaster that interrupts normal supplies.
In the previous episode of "Prime Suspect," Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) was denied the chance to lead a murder investigation -- not the first time she'd been passed over by the men who run Scotland Yard. But when the detective in charge of the case dropped dead of a heart attack, Tennison finally got the break she'd been waiting for. Now she's really got her hands full. Not only does she have a brutal sex crime to solve, but she's working with a police force of men who don't think she's up to the job.
Born of a Cold War fear, NASA moves boldly from disastrous rocket tests to the glorious conclusion of the Gemini Program. Examining the massive challenges to get the first man in space, this episode shows how, despite many setbacks and six epic flights later, the astronauts proved the most important component of any NASA mission would be a human being.
By 2020 an estimated 4 million licensed California drivers will be over the age of 65. A team of experts from UCSD are working on a program to identify and assist older drivers who may be at risk for a crash due to age-related health problems. We'll hear details of the driver screening and find out simple things seniors can do to improve their ability to drive safely.
How could a proposal to freeze city employees' "pensionable pay" affect San Diego's more than $2 billion pension liability? KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner provides her analysis of the proposal. Plus, Vince Mudd, one of the people behind the failed Prop. D ballot measure, and Councilmember Carl DeMaio share their thoughts on the idea.
A conference of "Maudsley parents" meets in San Diego this week. They are involved in a new eating disorder treatment aimed at helping their anorexic children. The Maudsley Approach uses intense monitoring and family support to get adolescents to eat normal meals again.
California higher education officials are warning lawmakers deeper budget cuts will mean reduced student access. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes a $400 million reduction for community colleges. His plan also calls for a $500 million cut for both the California State University and the University of California.