Stories for November 29, 2012
For more than 20 years, the Rev. Eric Williams has educated people about AIDS and helped those who suffer from the disease. But the focus of Williams' ministry isn't something he could have predicted back in 1991.
The birth rate in the U.S. fell to the lowest rate last year since at least the 1920s. Births to immigrant women showed the biggest decline in recent years.
Despite opposition from environmentalists, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today overwhelmingly approved a 30-year deal to take desalinated water from a future plant in Carlsbad.
Two scientists at the La Jolla-based Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will send fruit flies to the International Space Station to study the impact of space travel on the human heart, the institute announced today.
A new report finds the U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level on record, led by a dramatic decline in births among immigrant women. The trend has been visible at La Clinica del Pueblo, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., that holds a weekly neonatal clinic.
The popular website Intrade allows its users to bet on the odds of almost anything -- like whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will get ousted by a certain date, or whether the movie Argo will win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Landowners who routinely drop off property tax payments at the County Administration Building in downtown San Diego might want to think again this time because of construction in the area.
Work crews today began demolishing the old Robinsons- May/Planet Hollywood building at Westfield Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego to make room for a new public park.
Before Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton passes the reins to her successor, she's got a few loose ends to tie up. One of them is mapping out the U.S.'s continuing efforts to combat AIDS around the world.
It may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato -- especially if you happen to live in a cold climate.
In this riveting special, savor great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews, rare behind-the-scenes footage and a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties. What will become of Bates? What new mischief will villainous footman Thomas and scheming lady’s maid O’Brien instigate? Will wedding bells finally ring? And how will the formidable Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) handle the arrival of Lady Grantham’s American mother (Shirley MacLaine)?
This brand new, high-definition program takes viewers into the heat and heart of the Blenko glassworks to see how the beautiful, all-handmade, glassware is created. Each piece is unique and so are the artisans and members of the Blenko family who continue this proud, 100 year tradition.
There are rumblings that the unmanned international Boquillas crossing in Big Bend National Park will be re-opening soon.
Nearly half of San Diego County school and community college districts have used risky, long-term bonds to finance construction and maintenance spending.
Great neighborhoods, great food, and great fun are all ahead this weekend.
The U.S. Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would require the military to automatically discharge service members convicted of rape, forcible sodomy, or sexual assault. Currently, troops convicted of these crimes are still able to remain in the military.
Following his international success with "Songs from the Labyrinth," featuring the music of Elizabethan composer John Dowland, rock and pop superstar Sting welcomes the holidays with an atmospheric musical celebration of winter -- days of solitude and reflection, as well as re-birth and festivity. Recorded on location at the Durham Cathedral near his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, this program conjures the moods and spirits of the season with a diverse collection of songs, carols and lullabies spanning the centuries.
Military families were guests at the White House for the first viewing of the residence's Christmas decorations. Many of the holiday decorations were made by the children of U.S. service members living overseas.
KPBS announced plans to hold a two-day conference for public media stations looking to converge their organization and content to reach a wider audience. The Convergence Boot Camp will be held at KPBS in San Diego on February 7 and 8, 2013. Station leadership, management, and staff are invited to attend and learn how to implement similar strategies as KPBS -- with the goal of creating a successful and efficient organization.
The explosion in world popularity of quinoa in the past six years has quadrupled prices at retail outlets. But for all the demand from upscale grocery stores in America to keep their bulk bins filled with the ancient grain-like seed, almost no farmers outside of the arid mountains and coastal valleys of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile grow it.
In northern Chihuahua, citizens explain their hopes for a new government and their yearning to live without terror.
Always one of GREAT PERFORMANCES’ “favorite things,” the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with special host Julie Andrews and the Vienna Philharmonic continues. With guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst wielding the baton at the opulent Musikverein, the program features everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes and the dancers of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein setting, the broadcast features a range of picturesque Vienna landmarks.
"Former President George H.W. Bush remains in a Houston hospital, where he has been for seven days as doctors battle a lingering cough that has drawn concern," the Houston Chronicle writes.
"Thank You Cards ... personally signed by George," are now going to be sent to those who donate money to the man facing second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
The Department of Defense has created a brain bank to study Traumatic Brain Injury and other wounds suffered by service members. TBI is often called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Senate on Wednesday gave the green light to the Pentagon’s investment in green energy.
Salad producers haven't succeeded in banishing E. coli and other dangerous microbes from fresh greens, though they've tried hard. As we've reported before, it's a major challenge to both growers and the environment. But one scientist thinks he's making progress - with a spinach spa that zaps bad bugs with ultrasound.
Today could mark an historic vote, as San Diego’s 24 water agencies decide whether to commit to buy water from the largest desalination plant to be built in the United States. The project has reached a critical point, but today’s vote is not a slam dunk.
A bug the size of a grain of rice is killing massive 150-year-old oak trees in San Diego County, and researchers are worried the devastation could spread throughout the state.
When the chamber group Orchestra Nova canceled its season this fall, it wasn’t only the audience who lost out. Smaller music groups scheduled to partner with the orchestra suddenly faced a gaping hole in their own season. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone looks at how one choir regrouped to present a holiday classic.
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Reports on human trafficking tend to focus on the sex trade. But a researcher at San Diego State University found that labor trafficking of undocumented immigrants in sectors like construction and janitorial services is rampant in San Diego County.
Yesterday, in the Bronx, Chris Veres took his grandfather to see Dr. Bob Murrow. He was worried about his grandfather's heart. Dr. Murrow talked to the family and ordered a cardiogram, which came back normal.
After all the hype and hoopla, millions of Americans (including us) are waking up this morning to learn that they aren't sudden millionaires.
Circle Circle dot dot describes itself as community based theater. It kicks off its second season tonight by focusing on a community of artists often relegated to the fringes. Go behind the scenes for the evolution of "Street Art Prophets" (running November 29 through December 15 at 10th Avenue Theater).
Whenever the discussion turns to saving money in Medicare, the idea of raising the eligibility age often comes up.
Once upon a time when a car company introduced a new car, it was a new new car.