Stories for February 6, 2012
High school students showed off their robot, Daisy Bell, at City Hall today. They will compete in the Sixth Annual FIRST Robotic Regional Championship, which is held annually in San Diego.
A federal judge in San Diego today gave prison doctors four more months to try to restore the mental competency of a man charged with fatally shooting six people and wounding then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others in Arizona last year.
JiAel Brownell is a teacher at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. He also served in the U.S. Army as a translator in Korea and, with his background in linguistics and an appreciation for his country, he taught citizenship to recent emigrants. Brownell moved to Juvenile Hall to defend young people and help them succeed with the lessons he learned from his background in education, sports and fitness.
Bishop Roy Dixon is the church pastor at Faith Chapel, which he started in 1985 with only six members. Bishop Dixon understands that a congregation of faith must participate powerfully in community life, and he is committed to helping the poor. Under Bishop Dixon’s leadership and community activism, Faith Chapel has grown to influence not only San Diego, but all of California.
Judge promises a written ruling for PETA's SeaWorld lawsuit soon.
The experts dissect a lion and a tiger. From the outside, the two look very different, but once their skins are removed, even the experts find it hard to tell them apart. Biologist Simon Watt comes face to face with a liger — a cross between a lion and a tiger — proof of the two species’ similarity. One of the most characteristic features of these magnificent animals — something that distinguishes them from the small cats — is their ability to roar. The team delves into the lion’s throat to find the voicebox and makes a discovery that helps explain the way the vocal apparatus works.
This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins are ready for a series of delicate operations, which will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives.
Once again George Lucas cannot leave well enough alone and we shall be assaulted by a 3D version of "The Phantom Menace" in theaters this weekend. But movie geek Jamie Benning has been toiling away on a series of fan-made documentaries that remind us why we fell in love with Lucas' films in the first place.
The fate of a proposed quarry just north of the San Diego County line could be decided today. The Riverside Board of Supervisors will have the final say, after a seven year battle over the Liberty Quarry.
For the first time in 16 years, there is an open seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Two incumbents are running for fifth and sixth terms.
San Diego voters will see at least one pension reform measure on the June ballot. But there's a possibility a second measure could make it on as well.