Stories for April 27, 2012
The San Diego Association of Governments today announced it had acquired almost 75 acres of land in Oceanside and Otay Mesa for open-space habitat to offset the impacts of two railroad-related transportation projects.
A San Diego man was behind bars today and facing a slate of felony charges for allegedly switching bar codes on copper wire and other costly merchandise at area home-improvement stores so he could buy it at lower cost and re-sell it at a large profit, authorities said.
Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.
Chicano Park was created in 1970 when residents of San Diego's Barrio Logan objected to the building of a Highway Patrol substation in their neighborhood. They had been promised a park on the same piece of land under the Coronado bridge. They demanded justice and they got it. It is a victory the community has never forgotten. "Under the Bridge" through remarkable observational footage, archive and in-depth interviews reveals the true meaning of the park and of the ripple effects it created that are still being felt today.
In Atlanta, Georgia, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Wes Cowan at a collector’s home to examine extremely rare photographs of Sherman’s 1864 March to the Sea and the burning of Atlanta. Highlights include a circa 1961 Willie Mays jersey and pants; a 17th-century Ming bronze guardian figure picked up by the owner’s grandmother during a world tour in the 1950s; and a circa 1861 Confederate officer’s sword.
Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president, Ruth Simmons, have each climbed to the pinnacle of their profession, yet each started life as a second-class citizen in the Jim Crow south. DNA is used to investigate family mysteries: Where in Africa do they come from and who are the white men in their family trees?
This week, several San Diego executives followed mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher's lead by bailing on their political parties; Oceanside is deciding whether to phase out rent control on 17 mobile home parks; and San Diego hoteliers voted to raise taxes on hotel rooms -- if the courts will let them.
It's been 20 years since four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles erupted in race-fueled riots. NPR visited two schools — one not far from the flashpoint of the riots, and the other surrounded by million-dollar homes — to see how the riots are being taught to students who weren't born when the violence hit.