Stories for August 20, 2012
The retired president of the National Border Patrol Union pleaded not guilty today to charges that he used the position he held for more than two decades to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.
The California state Senate has passed a bill that would penalize parents if their children openly display a BB gun in a public place.
Fire season is half over, but the department has spent two-thirds of its budget.
With just two weeks left in the legislative session, these groups are pushing to change California's complex environmental review process for new building and construction. They say the law is being abused to stall development.
New polling suggests more California voters strongly support the federal health law than in the past two years.
A queen of comedy has died. Phyllis Diller had audiences in stitches for more than five decades with her outlandish get-ups and rapid-fire one-liners. She died at her home, where she had been in hospice care after a fall. She was 95.
"Shelter Me," hosted by actress Katherine Heigl, is a family-friendly film that celebrates the human-animal bond with positive, uplifting stories about shelter pets and their new homes. We see the journey of two stray dogs, from the day they are picked up on the streets and brought to the shelter until the day they become a beloved family pet. This film is about redemption, hope, helping others and making a difference.
Marilyn Monroe was, arguably, the most photographed person ever. This program tells her story through interviews with photographers such as Eve Arnold, Arnold Newman, Elliott Erwitt, George Zimbel and Phil Stern, and especially through the photos themselves, an ageless testament to her grace, guts and sexiness — her humor and vulnerability. She understood their power and she exploited it. She created, and curated, her own image. Though she died 50 years ago, Monroe persists in her image.
Autopsies were pending today to determine the cause of death of a woman and two children found inside a Paradise Hills home, a San Diego police homicide lieutenant said.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today for the first time since July 29, dropping three-tenths of a cent to $4.103.