Stories for April 17, 2012
On a chilly fall night, Atlanta’s historic Buckhead Theatre hosted an unforgettable, marathon performance by Iron and Wine. The show was a sort of homecoming for frontman Sam Beam, who grew up a few hours from Atlanta, and he delivered a two-hour, 24-song set for the invitation-only audience of 500. The 11-piece band played virtually all of Iron and Wine’s most recent album, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” plus favorites like “Naked as We Came” and “Boy With a Coin,” before Beam closed the remarkable night with a luminous solo version of the brand-new “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” from the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” soundtrack.
America is a nation of vast distances and dense urban clusters, woven together by 200,000 miles of railroads, 5,000 airports and four million miles of roads. These massive, complex transportation systems combine to make Americans the most mobile people on earth. Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go.
The city of San Diego has agreed to tentative contracts with two companies to handle information technology services, which should result in cost savings of $7.4 million over the next five years, Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.
Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond and the Oceanos. Are we really safe at sea — or are we on the brink of a 21st century Titanic?
More than 60,000 students applied to UC San Diego and nearly 23,000 would-be freshman were accepted for fall classes, the university announced today.
A new UC San Diego study will test the viability of using an anti-HIV drug to prevent people at high risk from becoming infected.
The space shuttle Discovery made its final flight this morning, piggybacking on top of a jumbo jet to Washington D.C., where it will find a forever home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Thousands of space enthusiasts on the ground watched the Discovery's final flight from Florida to D.C.
Cal State faculty union members began voting yesterday on whether to authorize their first system-wide strike.