Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Evening Edition

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>> >>DWANE: Thanks for joining us I'm Dwane Brown.
>> >>ALISON: And I'm Alison St. John.
>> >>: I was
hallucinateing by the second or third night. I even at one point I'm y begged them to n
ate through the crack of the door just for me to drink.
It was pretty low and embarrassing, I got pretty shameless over there.
>> >>DWANE: El Cajon congressman Duncan hunter says it may be a symptom of bigger problems
and Barbara boxer has asked the attorney general to investigate.
There's a protest in San Diego tonight prompted by the death of a man tasered by border agents
in san is eed ro. He was out of control after they caught him
trying to cross into San Diego illegally. New video of the incident has raised questions
about the case. County medical examiner ruled his death a
homocide. Investigation of the boarder patrol.
San Diego gas and electric refuses to pay damage claims from last fall's big black out.
The yeut tilt received about 7Êmillion dollars in claims after a 12 hour black out.
They say other entities were blamed. Inadequate planning and coordination for the
black out. Almost half a million babies are born prematurely
every year in the U.S. The encouraging news is early birlgts are
declining and today the first center in California focused soully on improving the health of
a mother and baby opened in San Diego. >> >>: Nicholas doesn't know he's being tested,
but he is. To check his visual, language, and receptive
skills. It's all part of a state wide effort to educate
weum whoon have had some kind of exposure during pregnancy.
>> >>: They might have hypertension or asthma, they might have a seizure disorder.
>> >>DWANE: Or maybe they drank alcohol before they discovered their pregnancy.
Dr.ÊChristina chambers says this new center located across the street from rainy's chid
children's hospital is designed to connect schools.
>> >>: The affects of alcohol take place pre nataly, so the baby is affected, but often
times the problemswith learning a behavior are not really recognized until the child
gets to school age. >> >>DWANE: That's where the center for the
promotion of maternal health and deinfant development comes in. Dr.ÊKenneth Jones was
the first to identify fetal alcohol syndrome in 1993.
>> >>: Kids in the fetal alcohol syndrome are small, in it terms of height and weight,
they have some very specific abnormalities and facial development.
>> >>DWANE: Drinking alcohol before or during pregnancy is a bad idea.
The center also has a health information hot line and web component to provide women answers
to various concerns. >> >>: Probably the most common question about
hair kul expr pregnancy is one of the things women are concerned about.
>> >>DWANE: California represents about 20% of births in the U.S.
This hot line receives a substantial amount of calls from Hispanics.
The center combines the talents of US San Diego school of medicine and rainy children's
hospital and it's the first in the state to focus on the child and mother's health under
one roof. The largest exchange in the Marine Corps is
open, the new MCX ask a new one stop shopping with a variety of services and products for
authorized military. Maron core says it's u a way to show appreciation
for the sacrifices made. This was Gary stein's last day as an active
duty Marine. He's been discharged for criticizing president
Obama on face book. The discharge was other than honorable which
means stein loses most of his benefits. He exercised his right to use freedom of speech
until is h his last day on the job. He said heÊ junior Seau was tbierg many of
those in San Diego especially to those in Oceanside.
>> >>ALISON: Junior Seau was the pride of Oceanside high school and heÊ he often greeted
people as he came out of the surf. Joining me is my guest mike Hollins who is
the area directer of boys and girls club of Oceanside.
Mike, Junior Seau started coming to the boys and girls club when he was like 10 and quow
were there at that time too. What's your memory of him?
>> >>MIKE HOLLINS: I remember a very intense kid.
He would come into the boys and girls club with his friends and kunses.
They were gym rats, basketball players, stuff like that.
My memory is a very intense competitor. He played 200% hard all the time.
It could be a basketball game, pick up in the back, he always played 100%.
He was really intense as a kid and you see the type of player he was on the field.
He was like that awlts also. >> >>ALISON: How are you deal withing his
death? >> >>MIKE HOLLINS: I'm still numb a.very,
very sad, sad situation. I didn't know junior well, well, but I knew
him through the boys and girls club, and knew him when he was younger.
I'm sad and numb still about the situation. >> >>ALISON: Did he used to still come around
the boys and girls club? >> >>MIKE HOLLINS: The fitness center that's
named after him which he built and donated the equipment, he used to come and work out
often. So I would see him, and everybody in the club
would see him when he pulled up. >> >>ALISON: How did the kids react when he
was there? >> >>MIKE HOLLINS: Well, like there's junior,
wow, here he is. We kind of left him alone, let him do his
work out, keep peace over there and everything like that.
He would come over time to time and talk to kids.
>> >>ALISON: What do you think he got out of the relationship with the kids there? Firks
he was a kid himself in the boys and girls club.
I think he was just giving back to the neighborhood kids because he was a kid from the neighborhood
and he came through the club and he was just letting the kids know that you can make it.
You know, just try hard, work hardÊ whenever I saw junior, he would say work hard, play
hard and do your best. >> >>ALISON: It so you were very close to
the community there. How are they deal withing this?
>> >>MIKE HOLLINS: If you watch the news reports, everybody's just shocked.
You know, they're numb. I mean, people feet were caught in the sand
because this is such a shock. Junior was our superman.
He was one of our heros in the city of Oceanside and a lot of people are just in shock and
so I don't think they really know how to deal with it.
You know, there's not a lot of answers on what happened.
>> >>ALISON: He was dis scribed as someone who always had a smile on his face.
Is that going to be hard to really work with the kids to help explain to them how to deal
with this? >> >>MIKE HOLLINS: Yeah, um, the difficult
part with that is that, you know, we don't have a lot of answers as far as that's concerned.
We don't really know what happened. He was a happy guy, always happy, you know,
just one of the guys. With all his funny little hats when we would
go to the restaurant, he invited the kids to go shop with a jock, he was a big kid.
That's what I'm going to miss about junior, his enthusiasm, how he used to pump the crowd
up, get everybody moving. The messages he sent to all the kids were
always up lifting and encouraging, and just telling them to be the best you can be and
good things will hap toon you. >> >>ALISON: So do you have some idea about
how you're going to be working with the kids around the death?
>> >>MIKE HOLLINS: As of right now, we haven't really talked to the kids about it.
I know in my middle school that I work at we kept it mum yesterday.
But we are working on some things we can target with the kids to give them some guidance too.
Because by now everybody's heard about it. We're going to to have a session today where
we're going to let the kids, ask them question fz they have any questions, answer them, and
if we can't answer those, we'll talk to school officials and see what we can do to, you know,
get them to help if they need whatever we can't give them.
>> >>ALISON: Because the community has had to deal with a cup of shootings also recently,
hasn't it. Now this is a fresh challenge for the kids
and the club. It's.
>> >>MIKE HOLLINS: He's a home town hero, so this is a hard pill to swallow for everybody.
My heart goes out to their family. I wouldn't even know how to begin to know
how they feel. He was everybody's hero, he was my hero.
I y I was going to wear my 55 Jersey today but I couldn't find it.
I'm going to miss him y know all the kids he touched in San Diego county and all over
the place are going to miss him. It's tough right now for everybody.
>> >>ALISON: Mike Hollins, thank you for coming in.
>> >>MIKE HOLLINS: Thank you. >> >>DWANE: Seau's death is raising questions
about depression and head trauma. We'll take a closer look in just a moment.
And later a border monument now south of the border fence, we'll tell you about an effort
to get the fence moved. And some sweet sowndz in the South bay, students
get treated to a performance by a world class musician.
This is KPBS Evening Edition. >> >>DWANE: A
new chancellor has been named for UC San Diego. Currently the dean of Carnegie Mellons college
ranks sixth in the nation. His appointment must still be approved by
the board of regents, he'll replace chancellor Mary Anne Fox who's stepping down in August.
Fans have been leaving cards, flowers and messages outside of the home of Junior Seau.
Alison is looking at whether depression may have been a factor in his suicide.
>> >>ALISON: Many questions remain after the death of Junior Seau with some wondering if
depression was linked to his u parent suicide or if perhaps the many years of taking hits
on the field contributed. Here is my guest Dr.ÊSteven ornish, he's
a chemical professor ats the UC San Diego school of medicine, department of psychiatry.
People are talking about the fact that perhaps his suicide is connected to depression which
could have been caused or made worse by head injury, what's thrr link?
>> >>STEVEN ORNISH: We know there's a significant link between depression and suicide.
Approximately 60% of people who have attempted or committed suicide are suffering from a
very severe depression. The relationship between suicide and head
injurysis less clear. There seems to be an association, but there's
really very little research done on the topic and whether or not there's a cause and effect
relationship requires further study. >> >>ALISON: We heard that he was a very intense
guy. When he was a kid, was it possible a head
injury might make emotions more intense? >> >>STEVEN ORNISH: We know that head injuries,
particularly severe ones can lead to disinhibition where the person does become emotionally labile,
and more impulsive. That occurs with quite significant and more
severe head injuries. We also know that you can have secondary depression
from head injuries. The point is that dp prigz from a head injury or any other cause is very
treatable. The suicide ideation and thoughts of suicide
often are stemming from the untreated depressionÊ hence the person's attempt to try to get away
from a great deal of emotional pain. >> >>ALISON: The other thing that people always
say about Junior Seau is he was out going, friendly, cheerful.
Is that the normal face of depression? >> >>STEVEN ORNISH: The normal set face is
not to be out going and cheerful. The normal face is teu peer depressed, agitated, anxious,
maybe appear more like a bump on a log, and with drawn.
That said, often we have a smiling depression, where the person actually puts on a facade
where they look to the outside world like they're functioning just fine, and yet they're
really crying on the inside, they're in a great deal of emotional pain.
Ironically sometimes it's the most famous people who feel as if they need to maintain
a certain image who feel a certain stigma about reaching out for help and getting help
for what is other wise a very treatable condition. >> >>ALISON: So there must be warning signs.
Do you think some might have been missed in this case?
>> >>STEVEN ORNISH: The karn r warning signs can be subtle to the loved ones and family.
To professionals, they are often red flags. The kinds of warning signs we look for symptoms
of dis pregz will be changes in mood, men manifest not in terms of a sad mood, but in
terms of irritablibility or anger, the person may have trouble sleeping, falling asleep,
they may start making vailed references to that people would be better off if they weren't
alive, that could be a big red flag. Some time saids we'll visit their primary
care physician and express symptoms. Off thrn are warning signs that may be miss
bid the family but to trained health professionals are apparent.
>> >>ALISON: Obviously support from family and frendz is vital, but how important is
professional support when somebody is suffering from this?
>> >>STEVEN ORNISH: Professional support is key if any family member or friend believes
a person may be suffering from depression, it's very import tonight get them referred
to treatment. This can be done through a direct referral
or a crisis line. If a family friend thinks a a person is eminently
suicidal, they can pick up the phone, dial 911, the police will come out and determine
if a person is suicidal. It's import tonight recognize that depression,
that the suicide is a symptom and it's often a symptom of depression.
Depression is very treatable, so if we can get the person treated, then the symptom of
suicidal ideation will just kind of melt away with the treatment.
>> >>ALISON: Isn't it true that there is still a bit of a stigma to admitting depression,
especially perhaps for men? >> >>STEVEN ORNISH: Unfortunately there remain
as stigma particularly among men, and particularly among athletes who have grown up ane culture
of feeling as if if they have to be very macho, endure a great deal of pain, that's what they're
trained to do, which is to endure physical pain.
When they have emotional pain, that same kind of culture of just toughening out this erroneous
belief that some how if they reach out for help, this is a weakness, quote unquote, that's
very predominant in men. The other thing that make dz pregz, suicidal so it dangerous in
men is that men often turn to very violent and lethal means of attempting or committing
suicide, such as we see in this case. As opposed to weum whoon may overdose on medication,
or may cut on themselves where they still may survive the suicide attempt.
>> >>ALISON: We've come to the end of our time but thank you very much for those incites,
Dr.ÊOrnish. >> >>STEVEN ORNISH: Thank you very much.
>> >>DWANE: Before there was a border fence, stone and steal monuments were the only thing
separating Mexico from the U.S., almost 300 of them dotting the South western landscape.
The border patrol has reinforced the area with a new fence.
From our fronteras desk, Adrian Florido has the story.
>> >>ADRIAN: Tractors rumble, workers poor concrete from a cement truck.
San Diego county meets Tijuana Mexico, the U.S. border patrol is making the border fence
tall expr thicker, im pen trbl to drug smug lrs look closely through the vertical
bars you can just make out monuments on the other side.
The border fence used to run right through the monument that marks the exact boundary
from the board patrol and the United States. The monument is entirely on the local side
and that upsets locals. >> >>ALISON: It's a a shared marker it.
>> >>ADRIAN: Reconsider its fence design. >> >>: Have the fence around and almost ownership
by Mexico doesn't make any emotional sense, no physical sense, no common sense.
>> >>ADRIAN: There are 276 of these monuments along the border from San Diego to el pas
o. They were install bid Mexican and American
surveyors in and the two countries agreed to define their shared border.
Today some are in urban areas, others are in isolated mountain blufs.
In the last several years an increasing number of these national monuments have been more
like national monuments of Mexico alone. Congress approved construction of 700 miles
of fencing along the border. The agency in charge of maintaining the international
boundary and water commission, the border patrol signed an agreement with them in 2008
to not disturb the monuments while constructing the fence.
Like many places, it's built a fence a few feet north of the actual bound ray.
>> >>: The fence itself is constructed in the United States. The actual agreement between
the international boundary and water commission and customs and border protection is that
any type of construction around a monument would be set back three feet.
>> >>ADRIAN: The board patrol also agreed to build doors.
As strange as that may sound, their are to allow occasional maintenance.
276 meun yments since he realized the new fencing was going to make many of them inaccessible
from the U.S. >> >>: I recognized the border was not changed
as much as the early 2000s, the previous hundred years more in fact glmplets he believes the
monuments have been km casualties in the push for greater board enforcement.
>> >>: It's one of those very unfortunate situations where this thing that's a part
of our shared heritage with Mexico is easily accessible.
>> >>ADRIAN: Brad hopes to reverse that, at least in San Diego.
He says he's come up with a simple design change that would make the monuments accessible
from both sides. >> >>: Board security is always the main focus,
that is our mission, skewer our borders, protecting the United States.
>> >>ADRIAN: On the other side, visitors already expressed their thoughts.
Engraving on the monument crime punishable by the United States or mexico, they use purple
ink to cross out the words United States. St.
>> >>DWANE: That was fronteras reporter Adrian Florido.
This is KPBS Evening Edition. >> >>DWANE: Some sweet sowndz at Chula Vista
high school this morning have claimed Venezuelan's cellist hair gone Marcano.
Answering questions and sharing tips on playing their instruments, Marcano works with the
free national orchestra program serving mostly disadvantaged programs.
He says programs like el cis Emma show young people there is a way out.
>> >>: There's no culture without music and I think around the world right now.
Not only as I said in the beginning, not only music, but finding a way of living through
music. >> >>DWANE: Marcano will cap a San Diego visit
with a San Diego youth symphony fundraiser this weekend.
For the public square, our story on students, activists and union members joining together
for May day protest made for interesting discussion on our website.
Protesters called for a day of no working, no school, in response Bens 72 wrote:
>> >>DWANE: John L.responded: You can join the conversation by following
us on Twitter, liking us on face book, and of course you can e mail us.
Recapping some of tonight's top stories, San Diego county md kl examiners officially ruled
Junior Seau's death a suicide. Officials are waiting for the family to decide
toÊ researchers have foundation links between multiple concussions and serious depression
among NFL players. UC San Diego engineering students file ad
20Êmillion dollar claim against the drug enforcement agency.
Agents left in holding cell without food or watt frr 5 days.
SDG&E says it will not pay claims related to last fall's big black out in San Diego.
The utility says other entities were responsible. Planning and coordination tbeen the power
companies involved. You can watch and comment on any of the stories
you saw tonight on our website, Thank you for joining us, have a great now.
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