Stories for January 20, 2011
As a decorated Marine combat veteran of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jake Wood, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and is a former University of Wisconsin football player, discovered that he and other veterans have the perfect skills to provide global humanitarian disaster relief.
Think origami is just paper planes and cranes? A determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists has abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders. Together they reinterpret the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities towards art, science, creativity and meaning.
The American Lung Association says California is doing well in maintaining tobacco smoke-free air. However, the state doesn’t make the grade when it comes to prevention programs and getting people to quit.
In recent weeks, more than 31 million gallons of sewage have spilled across Playas de Tijuana, just south of the border from San Diego. The impact is being felt in both countries. But the damaging delay by Mexican authorities before moving to stop the spill could be an opportunity to improve communication on environmental emergencies.
Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), “Downton Abbey” depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912. In this episode, Matthew brings out the bitter rivalry between sisters Mary and Edith. Servants Thomas and O’Brien scheme against Bates. Lady Violet’s winning streak in the flower show is threatened. KPBS will rebroadcast all four episodes from season one starting October 21st through November 11, 2012.
The average San Diego driver lost 37 hours to traffic congestion in 2009, at a cost of $838, according to a study released today.
The family of a college student fatally stabbing during a fight at San Diego State University filed suit today against former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who cut the prison sentence for one of the defendants from 16 to seven years.
NATURE follows local biologists and conservationists, Miriam Supuma and Paul Igag, into the dense, mosquito-ridden forests in their quest to document the mating behaviors of several exceptional and elusive birds of paradise. Their work gives us new insights into the habits and population health of the different species. Working with local tribes, they research which birds of paradise are most in need of protection, and the team is able to work toward curbing the hunting practices that put these delicate birds at risk.
The mother of a 14-year-old boy suspected of working as an assassin for a Mexican drug cartel pleaded guilty today to a federal charge of being a deported alien found in the United States.
State School Superintendent Tom Torlakson has just started his term in office, and one of his first goals is to sound the alarm. He wants Californians to understand just how badly schools have been affected by three years of deep budget cuts, with possibly more cuts to come. Tom Torlakson will join us in studio and take your calls.
Sergio is a 21-year-old college student in San Diego, majoring in business administration. He is openly gay and undocumented, having crossed the border illegally from Mexico with his family when he was 2.