Stories for June 20, 2013
From hunting Moby Dick on the high seas to battling Pink Robots, designer Robert Brill has been creating breathtaking work for San Diego audiences for decades. Now he’s the La Jolla Playhouse’s new Artist in Residence.
The U.S. Supreme Court, headed into its final days of the term, left all of its marquee cases undecided on Thursday. Still being hashed out in private by the justices are two same-sex-marriage cases, plus major tests of affirmative action in higher education and the Voting Rights Act. No more decisions are expected this week.
Scientists on Thursday involved in a major European neuroscience project unveiled the most detailed 3D computer model of the human brain yet. A San Diego neuroscientist closely involved in the U.S. BRAIN Initiative says these findings will help accelerate research happening here.
Paula Deen may be famous for her deep-fried Southern cooking, but the Internet isn't buying her defense that she used a racial slur because of her deep Dixie roots.
The California Assembly has passed a measure that would revoke changes to the state’s public records act that are in the budget package lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
On Thursday, a border security compromise was struck, paving a smoother road for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate.
Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital in Rome where the Sopranos star was admitted.
The so-called farm bill came to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. And it crashed. The defeat shocked many observers, but the vote wasn't even particularly close: 234-195. (You can see how your own representative voted here.)
Maybe Game 6 of the NBA Finals has something to teach us about how to watch the immigration debate now taking place in Congress.
The butter has hit the pan again for Food Network star and cookbook author Paula Deen. The National Enquirer was the first to report that Deen admitted to having used the N-word in a deposition for a lawsuit brought against her by a former employee. The entire deposition was filed into the court record as part of the lawsuit.
Special U.S. courts charged with authorizing electronic surveillance of suspected foreign terrorists gave permission to the NSA to retain in certain cases "inadvertently acquired" domestic communications, The Guardian reports.
People across San Diego County were encouraged today to leave their cars at home and instead take the trolley, train or bus as part of a national effort to reduce oil dependence and pollution.
A jury has been settled upon in the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The six-member panel is made up entirely of female jurors; five of them are white women, according to reports.
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Being released from prison is the first step to reintegrating back into society. A local nonprofit is helping former inmates navigate through the services available to them and offering one-on-one mentoring.
The Taliban has offered to exchange U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been a POW since 2009, for five detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Journalist Jonathan Alter sees the 2012 presidential contest as the most consequential election of recent times. In his new book, The Center Holds, Alter argues that President Obama's re-election prevented the country from veering sharply to the right.
They're sometimes called MacGyver bombs, in an homage to the 1980s TV hero who could make a bomb out of everyday items like a cold pill, blow an escape route through a wall and save the day.
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Outcries from the public and from media organizations have prompted the California legislature to step back from a plan that could limit public access to government records.
When the State Department released its annual report on human trafficking Wednesday, we got a chilling reminder that even in 2013, slave labor is still embedded in the global food system.
For a little more than a month now, we've been reporting on the IRS's flagging of Tea Party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Through it all, some basic questions remain: Who ordered the targeting? And why?
The tributes are pouring in for actor James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51. Many of them are from wounded veterans and service members, with whom Gandolfini worked closely.
A person having a stroke may not be in a war zone, but his or her life is in danger all the same. That's enough to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in some stroke survivors, researchers say, with symptoms like panic attacks, nightmares, and flashes of anger.
Suicide killed more American troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, and that is likely to be the case again this year.
The Supreme Court has struck down a law mandating that nonprofit organizations adopt a policy opposing prostitution as a condition for receiving federal funds for HIV/AIDS programs abroad, saying such a requirement violated the groups' free-speech rights.
Many grandparents in California who have custody of their grandchildren don't have the income to meet their basic needs, according to a new report from UCLA.
A study last month called into question low wages and poor working conditions for taxicab drivers. But what about conditions for passengers? Are we safe in the cars we hire?
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board narrowly rejected a permit for a five mile section of the Foothills toll road just north of the San Diego County line.
The Padre Chava breakfast hall serves more than 1,100 people every morning, most are deportees from the U.S. But many have one thing in common — a desire to return.
When Dave Nezzie met his future wife, Amanda, they quickly fell in love over a galaxy far, far away.
As the Senate debates a massive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, one of its newest members has emerged as a leading opponent of the bill's most controversial feature: a path to citizenship for millions living in the country unlawfully.
This report is part of the series NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century.