Stories for May 13, 2011
Chris Morgan explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness. This is a new normal for bears and for their human neighbors. Some bears are so comfortable living in urban surroundings that their primary habitat is a golf course. In residential areas, bears frequently raid garbage bins and birdfeeders for easy snacks. But these behaviors are less than ideal for bears and residents alike.
In a decision that was praised by some and condemned by others the San Diego City Council today approved a plan to reform retiree healthcare for city employees.
San Diego teachers, students and parents are rallying against an all-cuts approach to balancing California’s budget at Embarcadero Marina Park Friday. Rallies are happening in cities across the state.
In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of college students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university—decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.
A new police misconduct "hotline" was up and running today in San Diego, as promised earlier this week by SDPD Chief William Lansdowne in response to a recent spate of alleged crimes committed by officers with his department.
The City Council will hold a special meeting today to consider formal approval of 15-year agreements on health care for retirees with five of the city's six employee unions.
In Biloxi, Mississippi, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Beth Szescila at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art to discuss how the beauty of the southern landscape and its creatures inspired the paintings and prints of this prolific, 20th-century Mississippi native. Highlights include a suit worn by Olivia de Haviland in the 1943 film Princess O’Rourke; a circa 1890 French industrial clock; and four 1827 watercolor portraits attributed to “The Guilford Limner,” a mysterious North Carolina-based artist who never signed his work, valued conservatively at $60,000.
A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. In the final episode, as social improvements move forward in South Riding, Robert Carne (David Morrissey) faces ruin after a principled stand against political corruption, and Sarah (Anna Maxwell Martin) confronts a crisis — both personal and professional. Penelope Wilton also stars.
The suburbs come in for a little more abuse. And gas prices are boosting the sale of scooters and making Philadelphia a better place to live.
A portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex figures of our time, "Bhutto" is the epic tale of the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, who broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the first woman leader of a Muslim country. Beloved by the people of her native Pakistan, she was reviled by the nation’s military establishment and male-dominated ruling class. More than two years after her death from a suicide bomber, Benazir remains a divisive figure, a symbolic metaphor for the fight between terrorism and moderation.
The historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas provided a fitting setting for folk troubadour Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, on a cool autumn night. Culminating the tour celebrating their latest album, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, the group performed in the ranch’s beautiful Kendall Creek Barn before a crowd of 400 fans who came from all corners of the country to attend.
When guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel throws a party for his talented friends, the result is musical magic. This once-in-a-lifetime concert was taped at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego and features an international cast of musicians. Tommy Emmanuel is considered one of the finest guitar players in the world, and is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a performer.
This week the California State University system unveiled its worst-case-scenario budget, and any family planning to send a kid to college should take note..
An unprecedented rash of criminal misconduct involving San Diego city police officers prompted San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne to issue a public apology this week.
Twenty eight thousand veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are enrolled with the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. So a ruling from the state's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week gives us pause here in San Diego.