Stories for April 30, 2012
The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. This is the story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion.
Activists in San Diego are joining a nationwide effort to take the Cold War stigma off May Day and bring it back to celebration of workers' rights. And this year, San Diego labor unions are joining with activists in an effort to stop big cuts in education and social services.
You're invited to join the Speak City Heights project on Saturday, June 2 at Hoover High School. Participants include community partners: KPBS, Media Arts Center San Diego, AjA Project, Mid-City CAN, Voice of San Diego. The event will feature multimedia exhibits, community resource fair, and discussions around neighborhood safety in City Heights.
Arthur Salm was the book review editor and columnist, as well as feature and arts writer, for the San Diego Union-Tribune for 20 years. But now he finds himself on the other side as his first book, a middle grader novel called Anyway, A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti. It comes under the scrutiny of book reviewers.
The body of the skipper of a yacht that broke apart for unknown reasons off the Coronado Islands over the weekend remained missing today, as authorities tried to determine what caused the quadruple-fatality accident.