Stories for March 8, 2013
Guest blogger Nathan John says director Craig Rosebraugh pulls no punches as he sheds light on corporate campaigns designed to drown out unfavorable climatology findings. "Greedy Lying Bastards" has been rewarded at international festivals and opens in San Diego March 8.
With the U.S. falling behind our foreign competitors in science, technology and engineering, experts say there's no time more crucial to attract young students to the fields.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are signaling their willingness to give insurance companies more flexibility in setting the cost for health care premiums.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election in May to fill a state Senate seat in the Central Valley that opened after a moderate Democrat quit to work for Chevron.
San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and two members of the county Board of Supervisors announced today an initiative to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, and increase the government, commercial and residential use of solar energy.
We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it's a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you've experienced a recent death, it's probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.
The number of Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland has reached one million. Syrian-Americans in San Diego are stepping up efforts to help save lives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A late-season wintry blast rumbled through Southern California on Friday, unleashing snow, rain, hail and lightning bolts as the sun played hide-and-seek in an alternately gray and bright blue sky.
Capt. Timothy Kott relieved Capt. Thomas Halvorson today as commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay during an at-sea change of command ceremony.
The California Coastal Commission on Friday rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program off the Southern California coast that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.
San Diego home prices swelled 18 percent last month when compared to prices from the year before.
Volunteers will be scouring San Diego’s riverbanks this weekend for trash and debris, and there might be more trash to pick up than usual.
A week after a sweeping and controversial education bill was adopted by the Alabama Legislature, the measure is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. Democrats say Republicans broke the rules when they inserted school choice language into a bill that was originally meant to give school districts flexibility in meeting standards.
Federal regulators have released parts of a once-confidential report at the center of a dispute between California Sen. Barbara Boxer and the company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.
As winter wanes into spring, flu season wanes, too. But while people get the flu when it's cold in the United States, in Senegal they're getting sick when it's hot.
It will take more than a week for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began Sunday, to cover nearly 1,000 miles. But every minute counts -- and several mushers are trying out special pants that allow them to race without stopping for bathroom breaks.
The February jobs report was just the latest proof that the economy doesn't really care how much it confounds the messaging strategies of Washington's political class.
As lawmakers in Washington continue to negotiate over immigration policies, they'll have to grapple with a fundamental disagreement about the link between immigrants and crime.
Just days after the Marine Corps announced it would suspend enrollment for its Tuition Assistance program, Army officials announced they are following suit.
In her new public television program, "Is It Me or My Hormones?" Marcelle Pick takes viewers through the basic science of how hormones affect our body, mind, and emotions. She shows us that suffering due to hormonal imbalance is simply not necessary, and she provides us with an easy solution to overcome hormonal symptoms, including weight gain, cravings, irritability, mood swings, and depression. She explains how rebalancing our hormones can help us lose weight, and how it can do wonders for our skin, our hair, and our overall sense of vitality, sensuality and well-being.
ANACAPA ISLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say they've won the war against rats on a Southern California island.
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Mayor Filner battles San Diego hoteliers, offers ideas for the Port. The new UT-TV features some old stereotypes. Is not giving CPR unethical? Should a medal for drone pilots rank above the Bronze Star?
If you enjoy having a good argument, Friday's report on the labor market gives you plenty to chew over. Find a debate partner and let's get started.
South Dakota on Friday became what's "believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms," as The New York Times writes.
The last portion of the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which once connected the West Virginia towns of Nitro and St. Albans, was demolished this morning. Hundreds of people gathered to view the controlled explosion Friday morning.
A man detained in New Mexico won a $15 million settlement in court this month. The settlement is reportedly one of the largest ever awarded in a prisoner civil rights case.
The USS Freedom left San Diego on March 1 for its maiden deployment. The Navy announced today it will make a port visit in Hawaii on March 11.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 gun attack that left six people dead and 13 others (including Giffords) wounded, is this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
The remains of two Civil War Sailors, whose remains were found inside the gun turret of the USS Monitor when that part of the ship was raised from the deep in 2002, will be interred today at Arlington National Cemetery.
Times were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today's Washington Post.
Authorities say a senior al-Qaida leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who was recently captured overseas spoke at length to U.S. officials.
A woman killed by a 550-pound male lion at a conservancy near Fresno, Calif., earlier this week may have been caught by surprise after the animal escaped its cage, investigators say.
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North County Transit District's SPRINTER rail line, which runs between Escondido and Oceanside carrying 7,800 passengers a day, will be taken off the tracks to replace worn brake rotors.
A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.
In the past 100 years, average temperatures on Earth have changed by 1.3 degrees. Previously, that large of a swing took 5,000 years. That's the word from researchers who pored over temperature data going back to the end of the last ice age.
The Sprinter light rail from Oceanside to Escondido in North County celebrates its fifth anniversary this week.
More than 150 years after they died when their ship sank during a storm, two Union sailors from the Civil War will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (playing as part of the Park Chan Wook Retrospective I'm hosting on March 9 at 4:00pm at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas) was the first of Park Chan-wook’s Revenge Trilogy yet it arrived in the U.S. after Park’s "Oldboy," which is the second installment. But it doesn’t matter what order you see these devastating films in, just see them, and you'll have a chance to catch all three this weekend.
Back in 2005, South Korean director Park Chan-Wook was not well known in the U.S. But that changed when his film “Oldboy” hit American theaters. The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has celebrity fans such as Quentin Tarantino singing its praises. The film plays Saturday March 9 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-Wook retrospective that I’m hosting.
If the person who said “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” had met Geum-ja, he might have revised his sentiments and said “hell hath no fury like a woman seeking revenge.” Geum-ja is the main character in “Lady Vengeance,” (playing Sunday March 10 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-wook Retrospective) and she’s hellbent for revenge in this concluding chapter of Park Chan-wook’s deliciously twisted South Korean Revenge Trilogy. If you thought Uma Thurman was on a roaring rampage of revenge in the Kill Bill films, then fasten your seatbelts for “Lady Vengeance.”
The educational division of the media conglomerate News Corp, called Amplify, unveiled a new digital tablet this week at the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, intended to serve millions of schoolchildren and their teachers across the country.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.