Stories for June 21, 2011
"The Journey To Palomar" is the story of American astronomer George Ellery Hale's dramatic public and private struggle to build the four largest telescopes in the world, which set the stage for astronomy and space exploration throughout the 20th century, revealing the greatest discoveries since Galileo and Copernicus. More than five years in the making, the documentary traces Hale's lifelong struggle to build these great instruments, culminating with the million-pound telescope on Palomar mountain - the most famous telescope in the world.
At the end of a nearly flawless 15-day mission in early 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry into Earth's atmosphere, killing the crew of seven men and women. In this documentary, NOVA probes the accident and the decisions stretching back four decades that made the tragedy almost inevitable. It offers a penetrating look at the history of the shuttle program and the political pressures that made the shuttle a highly complex engineering compromise, which fell short of its ambitious goal to make space travel routine, cheap, and safe.
Leeches are hermaphrodites and exist in countless species and ecological niches throughout nature. You'll gain new respect for these fascinating little creatures and never use their name in vain again. SETI - the search for extraterrestrial intelligence - has just expanded big-time to begin the systematic survey of millions of star systems for signs of advanced civilizations. Learn more about this impressive new effort, called the Allen Telescope Array. Then, building on the Japanese discovery, U.S. researchers have since been creating these stem cells from human skin cells, with the hopes of possibly using these cells to understand diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. And go for a deep-sea dive with a scientist who is seeing things never before recorded on the ocean floor.
California state Controller John Chiang is halting pay for state lawmakers, saying their budget plan was not balanced.
Will this be another cool, grey summer? Or will it be hot and dry as a bone? On this first day of summer, we'll try to get some idea about the dangers of this year's fire season in San Diego.
The Encinitas City Council says the Surfing Madonna will get a new home. We'll find out about the agreement to remove the mosaic which became an overnight landmark.
Early this morning, the Sweetwater Union High School District terminated the contract of superintendent Jesus Gandara. Gandara had been under fire for months after the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed he was charging meals to a district credit card, and had engaged in other questionable management practices.
The phone rings and the caller claims to a relative who is in trouble in a foreign country, they need money wired right away and you can't tell anyone about it. That's the premise for the "granny scam," and victims, mostly grandmothers, in San Diego County have been duped out of at least $141,000 over the last two years. We'll find out how to protect loved ones who might be vulnerable to this scam.
With 10 days left before California starts a new fiscal year, Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Monday turned to Gov. Jerry Brown for his next move. What that is, he's not saying.
Three bodies were found today in a burned-out Chula Vista Home. Police are calling it an apparent murder-suicide.
SchoolPool connects parents with others in their neighborhood to form groups to carpool, walk or bike to school.