Stories for May 9, 2011
In "Egypt: Quest For The Lord Of The Nile," explorer and travel writer Richard Bangs sets off for an incredible adventure on the great Nile River to uncover the history, myths and culture of the lost crocodiles of ancient Egypt. From Alexandria to Cairo, from the pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Kings, Bangs explores the way the river and its fearsome "Lord" molded a civilization.
Cheaper prescription drugs could be on the way for some people in San Diego. The County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a new program that would provide free prescription drug discount cards.
In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people — the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific and in and around Lima, Peru.
A group of San Diego City Council members vowed today to keep local libraries and recreation centers from painful budget cuts, and outlined a plan to maintain the facilities' hours and employees.
A report from housing consultant Clear Capital shows more dark times for the U.S. housing market, which has gone into a double-dip recession.
Federal agents are investigating the background of a California man with a Yemeni passport who pounded on the cockpit door of an American Airlines flight as it approached San Francisco before a flight attendant tackled him, authorities said Monday.
California working women make on average $8,300 less per year than men. This costs California women about $37 billion annually. The Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1963 to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers. In passing the bill, Congress denounced sexual discrimination in the workplace. It has been 48 years since the law was enacted. Many women are supporting a new equal pay act called the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed in the U.S. House but fell short in the Senate. This would close loopholes in the old act to ensure that women aren't underpaid. We are going to discuss the current equal pay rules as well as the struggle women are facing, and the ways that women are trying to gain equality.
The legal limit for the national debt is $14.3 trillion, and the federal government could run out of money later in the summer if the limit is not raised. We'll discuss how San Diego will be affected if the debt ceiling is not raised. Plus, hear the main arguments against raising the debt limit.
San Diego could be hit hard if the federal government can't agree to lift the debt ceiling.
A proposed California ballot measure would create a tax on oil and use the money for education.