Stories for February 13, 2012
A set of policies for the so-called "successor agency" for redevelopment, which puts the mayor's office in charge of winding down the function, were passed unanimously today by the San Diego City Council.
San Diego’s controversial pension reform initiative may not make it on the June ballot. The California Public Employment Relations Board will ask for a preliminary injunction against the measure while it reviews an unfair practices claim.
Extraordinary people risked their lives to help fugitive slaves escape via the clandestine Underground Railroad. Among them was William Still of Philadelphia, a free black man who accepted delivery of transported crates containing human “cargo.” This documentary reveals some of the dramatic, lesser-known stories behind this humanitarian enterprise, and explores key Canadian connections, including the surprising fate of former slaves who crossed the border to “Freedom’s Land.”
The California Public Employee Relations Board ruled today that a pension reform initiative set for the June ballot in the city of San Diego amounts to an unfair labor practice.
During one weekend in Chicago in 2008, 37 people were shot, seven of them fatally. FRONTLINE follows a group of older former gang leaders trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed. The film follows the inner workings of CeaseFire, an innovative program in Chicago designed to prevent shootings, including weekly meetings where the interrupters report on the simmering disputes and the senseless shootings in their neighborhoods. From director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Stevie"), "The Interrupters" is a compelling observational journey into the stubborn, persistent violence that plagues our American cities.
This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. "Tupperware!" charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.
A U.S. envoy will hold talks with North Korea on its nuclear program in Beijing next week, the first such negotiations since the death of the nation's longtime leader, Kim Jong Il.
Beaches north of Oceanside were closed today after an estimated 18,000 gallons of sewage spilled near the Santa Margarita River.
The City Council today will consider approving a list of policies for the so-called "successor agency'' for redevelopment.
A pair of cold winter storms is expected in San Diego County this week. "Winter storms are poised to impact Southern California this week with periods of rain and mountain snow, gusty winds and cold weather,'' according to a National Weather Service advisory.
UC San Diego will launch a clinical trial to see if a novel treatment method can help people who binge eat.