Friday, January 11, 2013 - Evening Edition


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>> >>DWANE: HI, I'M DWANE BROWN. TONIGHT ON KPBS EVENING EDITION, FREEZE WARNINGS
AND FROST ADVISORIES AROUND SAN DIEGO PROMPTING WORRIES ABOUT THE HOMELESS AND OUR AGRICULTURE
INDUSTRY. WE'LL TELL YOU HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR HOME
GARDEN. >> >>PEGGY: AND I'M PEGGY PICO.
ON OUR FRIDAY ROUND TABLE WE'LL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ONE SHOOTER RESPONSE
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR A LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS.
THEN WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST DETAILS OP TODAY'S CLOSED COURT SESSION OVER THE POSSIBLE RELEASE
OF A CONVICTED MURDERER AND SEX TRAFFIC VICTIM, SARA KRUZAN.
>> >>DWANE: AND A NEW PLAY IN OFFERS A SELDOM SEEN VIEW OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
KPBS EVENING EDITION STARTS NOW. CAPTIONS PROVIDED BY ECAPTIONS.
>> >>DWANE: THANKS FOR JOINING US. IT'S GOING TO BE A NIGHT TO BUNDLE UP. THE
WEATHER SERVICE HAS PUT OUT A FREEZE WARNING WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 20S AND 30S.
THIS MAP SHOWS ALL THE DIFFERENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
THE FREEZE WARNING EXTENDS THROUGH OUR INLAND VALLEYS, WINDY AND COLD IN THE MOUNTAINS AND
A FROST ADVISORY FOR THE DESERT, AND POSSIBLE FLOODING ALONG THE COAST WHERE THERE'S A SMALL
CRAFT ADVISORY UP. IMAGINE SPENDING TONIGHT SLEEPING OUTSIDE.
FATHER JOE'S VILLAGE IS OPENING AN EMERGENCY SHELTER.
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO PUT 166 PEOPLE IN THEIR DINING ROOM, BUT AN ESTIMATED 5,000 OF THE
COUNTY'S HOMELESS HAVE NO PLACE AT ALL TO GO.
AND THEY ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THESE TEMPERATURES.
IT'S SOMETHING DOCTORS IN OUR AREA ARE CONCERNED ABOUT.
>> >>: THERE'S A FEW REASONS THEY'RE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE; THEIR NUTRITIONAL STATUS SOMETIMES
ISN'T IDEAL. WE NEED THAT NUTRITIONAL STATUS TO KEEP US
HEALTHY. THEIR ABILITY TO KIND OF PROACTIVELY SEEK
CARE IS SOMETIMES IMPAIRED. >> >>DWANE: A SPOKESMAN FOR FATHER JOE'S VILLAGES
SAYS THEY WILL TRY NOT TO TURN ANYONE AWAY. MEAN WHILE SAN DIEGO'S WINTER HOMELESS SHELTER
IS IN NEED OF MORE BLANKETS YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ON HOW TO HELP THEM OUT ON OUR WEBSITE
KPBS.ORG. NOW THE COLD STAMP COULD ALSO BE THREAT TO
SAN DIEGO'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY. KPBS REPORTER SUSAN MURPHY HAS THAT STORY.
>> >>: SAN DIEGO FARMERS WILL LIKELY BE UP ALL NIGHT WATCHING TEMPERATURES AND PUTTING
FREEZE PROTECTION MEASURES INTO PLAY. SAN DIEGO'S LAST BIG FREEZE IN JANUARYハ2007
CAUSED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. SAN DIEGO FARM BUREAU CHIEF ERIC LARSON SAYS
HE'S WORRIED ABOUT A REPLAY. HE SAYS THERE'S THREE MAIN THINGS FARMERS
CAN DO TO PROTECT THEIR PLANTS. BLANKETING LOW LYING CROPS.
THAT RETAINS THE EARTH'S HEAT CLOSE TO THE PLANTS.
FOR TREES, FARMERS USE WIND MACHINES. HE SAYS A FINAL THING THAT GROWERS CAN DO
IS TURN ON THE WATER. LARSON SAYS WHEN WATER COMES OUT OF THE GROUND
IT'S WARMER THAN THE AIR. IF THAT WATER FREEZES ON THE PLANTS IT CREATES
A DOTE COATING OF PROTECTION FOR THE PLANT WHEN THE TEMPERATURES REACH BELOW FREEZING.
>> >>DWANE: WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF FLU SEASON AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT.
CALIFORNIA'S SEEING MORE CASES OF INFLUENZA OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS BUT NOTHING LIKE THE
ELEVATED LEVELS IN THE SOUTH AND NORTH EAST. MORE THAN 360 CASES ARE CONFIRMED IN SAN DIEGO
COMPARED TO 108 FLU CASES THIS TIME LAST YEAR. WASHING YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND OFTEN IS
ONE WAY TO AVOID THE FLU. IF YOU BECOME SICK STAY HOME 24 HOURS AFTER
THE FEVER IS GONE. GETTING VACCINATE SD THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT
GETTING SICK. IT TAKES ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER VACCINATION
FOR YOUR BODY TO BUILD ENOUGH IMMUNITY AGAINST INFECTION.
>> >>: WE'RE SEEING A TREND UPWARDS. IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
AT THIS POINT IT'S REALLY HARD TO SAY WHICH PATH WE'RE TAKING BUT IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT
FEEL LIKE THE TREND WE HAD MANY YEARS AGO WHICH WAS A MORE OF A SERIOUS CASE OF THE
INFLUENZA SPREAD. >> >>DWANE: SO FAR THE COUNTY HEALTH AGENCY
REPORTS TWO FLU RELATED DEATHS IN SAN DIEGO, BOTH WERE ELDERLY WOMEN.
THE CITY OF ESCONDIDO HAS FINISHED ITS PERSONNEL INVESTIGATION THAT PROMPTED THE RETIREMENT
OF ITS POLICE CHIEF. CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL NOT REVEAL THEIR
FINDINGS BECAUSE IT'S A PERSONNEL MATTER. JIM HAR WAS PLACED ON LEAVE.
A FEW WEEKS LATER HE ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. JAMES HOMES HAS BEEN GIVEN TWO MONTHS TO INFER
A PLEA ON 166 FELONY COUNTS CONNECTED TO LAST SUMMER'S SHOOTING IN A COLORADO MOVIE THEATER
SHOOTING. HIS ATTORNEYS ASK FOR THE DELAY DURING HIS
ARRAIGNMENT. PROSECUTORS BELIEVE THE DEFENSE WANTS MORE
TIME TO BUILD AN INSANITY DEFENSE. INVESTIGATORS IN KERN COUNTY ARE LOOKING INTO
REPORTS OF PREVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH A 16 YEAR OLD BOY ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND WOUNDING A
CLASSMATE YESTERDAY. THEY'RE ALSO CHECKING OUT CLAIMS THE BOY WAS
BULLIED BY THE VICTIM. MASS SHOOTINGS ARE DRIVING DEMAND FOR TRAINING
PROGRAMS TO SHOW PEOPLE HOW TO SURVIVE BUT WHO SHOULD GET THE TRAINING AND HOW EFFECTIVE
IS IT. PEGGY PICO TAKE AS LOOK AT THOSE QUESTIONS
IN OUR FRIDAY ROUND TABLE. >> >>PEGGY: ABOUT TWO DOZEN PARTICIPANTS INCLUDING
STAFF FROM VISTA UNIFIED DISTRICT, UCSD AND. THIS IS VIDEO OF THE TWO DAY PROGRAM RUN BY
A PRIVATE COMPANY CALLED RESPONSE OPTIONS. HERE TO TALK MORE ABOUT IS L.A. TIMES EDITOR,
TONY PERRY. THAT VIDEO CLIP WE SAW AND CERTAINLY IN YOUR
STORY WAS DESCRIBED AS RATHER BONE CHILLING REENACTMENT WHERE YOU HAD SOMEBODY WITH AN
AIR PISTOL BANGING ON A DOOR SAYING I'M GOING TO KILL YOU ALL.
WAS IT A LITTLE TOO SOON AND TOO REAL FOR BOTH YOU AND THE PARTICIPANTS?
>> >>TONY PERRY: IT WAS SCARY. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU KNOW IT'S
PHONEY, BUT AT SOME LEVEL IT GETS TO YOU AND THE KNEES START TO KNOCK.
YOU'RE RIGHT. THESE ROLE PLAYERS AS IT WERE WENT THROUGH
THE DORMITORY SHOUTING I'M GOING TO KILL EVERYBODY, AND KICKING DOORS AND FIRING OFF THESE AIR
PISTOLS AND THE RESIDENT ASSISTANTS THE DORMITORY ASSISTANTS WILL BE WORKING WITH STUDENTS WERE
PLAYING THE ROLE OF STUDENTS AND WE WERE SEEING HOW THEY WOULD REACT.
THEY DID PRETTY WELL, BY THE WAY. THEY HAD BEEN LECTURED, THEY HAD BEEN TOLD
WHEN IT GOES DOWN, BARRICADE THE DOOR, LAY FLAT, GO OUT A WINDOW IF YOU CAN.
WHEN YOU FIGHT, FIGHT. DIDN'T COME TO THAT.
AND ALL OF THEM QUOTE SURVIVED. IN OTHER PLACES WHERE THIS TEXAS BASED COMPANY
HAS GIVEN THESE SEMINARS EVERYBODY HAS QUOTE DIED.
>> >>PEGGY: HOW AWFUL. THE SIMULATION WAS PART OF IT, OF COURSE.
WHAT ELSE WAS INCLUDED IN THIS? >> >>TONY PERRY: IT WAS TWO DAYS. THE SIMULATION
WAS TWO DAYS. HOW TO WALK STUDENTS THROUGH, WHAT TO KNOW
HOW TO DEAL WITH STUDENTS, WHAT DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT DO.
SINCE COLUMBINE LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS A DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY, FIRST RESPONDER FIRST PERSON THERE
GO RIGHT TO THE THREAT. IN CALM COLUMBINE THEY WAITED.
THE S.W.A.T. SQUAD WAITED TO ASSEMBLE. DID ANYONE DIE WHILE S.W.A.T. WAS ORGANIZING?
NOT THAT WE KNOW OF, BUT STILL, THEY CHANGE IN PHILOSOPHY FIRST RESPONDER INハ
>> >>PEGGY: TAKE CARE OF THE GUN. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BASIC TENANT THAT YOU
TOUCHED ON WITH SELF DEFENSE WHICH IS BASICALLY RUN IF YOU CAN, IF YOU CAN'T RUN HIDE, AND
IF YOU CAN'T HIDE, THEN FIGHT. >> >>TONY PERRY: FIGHT IF YOU HAVE TO.
GO OUT A WINDOW. BREAK A WINDOW.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT BREAKING THE WIND WINDOW, JUST BREAK IT AND GET OUT.
>> >>PEGGY: DO YOU THINK SCHOOL AGE KIDS, HIGH SCHOOL KIDS AND THIS IS FOR COLLEGE,
BUT STILL, DO YOU THINK KIDS CAN ACTUALLY ABSORB THIS SORT OF RUN HIDE FIGHT OR DO YOU
THINK IT'S BETTER LEFT TO PRINCIPLES, TEACHERS, R.A.'S, DORM ROOMS.
>> >>TONY PERRY: I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY OVER THE AGE OF MAYBE 15 OUGHT TO
BE EXPOSED TO AND SEE IF THEY CAN U SIMULATE IT.
WILL THEY BE ABLE TO USE IT WHEN THE REAL THING HITS AND ADRENALINE AND FEAR TAKES OVER?
WE'LL SEE. BUT BETTER TO BE PREPARED THAN TO BE FRIGHTENED
AND CAUGHT UNAWARES. >> >>PEGGY: THE REAL THING HAS HAPPENED UNFORTUNATELY
MANY TIMES HERE IN SAN DIEGO. PEOPLE MAY RECALL BACK IN 1979 BRENDA SPENCER
SHOT AND KILLED TWO AT GROVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SAN CARLOS, 1996, FREDERICK DAVIDSON SHOT
THREE SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, 2002 SANITY, AND MOST RECENTLY BRENDAN ROORK WOUNDED TWO
GIRLS AT KELLY ELEMENTARY. YOU'VE COVERED MOST OF THESE TRAGEDIES ALL
EXCEPT FOR BRENDA. DO YOU THINK HERE IN SAN DIEGO WE'VE LEARNED
ANYTHING FROM THESE? >> >>TONY PERRY: I THINK WE HAVE, AND I THINK
LAW ENFORCEMENT BOTH AT THE CAMPUSES, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY AND K 12 HAVE LEARNED A LOT.
THEY MEET REGULARLY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE TOPICS, NOT THE ONLY, BUT ONE THEY TALK ABOUT
AT SAN DIEGO UNIFIED THEY TAKE A VERY PROACTIVE APPROACH I'M TOLD TO LISTENING AND WATCHING
THE KIDS IF THEY START TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT TALK ABOUT VIOLENCE OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA,
FACEBOOK, WHATEVER. THEY INTERVENE, GO TO CLASSハ GO TO THE HOMES,
COUNSELORS, COPS AND IN RARE, RARE OCCASIONS THEY'LL THROW A 72 HOUR PSYCHIATRIC HOLD ON
A KID. THEY'RE TRUEING TO BE PROACTIVE RATHER THAN
WAIT TILL IT HAPPENS. WHEN IT HAPPENS, IF IT HAPPENS THEY HAVE ALL
SORTS OF PROCEDURES AND TRAINING. BUT BETTER TO HEAD IT OFF BEFORE IT DOES OCCUR.
>> >>PEGGY: L.A. TIMES EDITOR TONY PERRY, THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US.
>> >>DWANE: SAN DIEGO WILL HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN 275ハMILLION BUCKS TO ITS PENSION
FUND IN THE NEXT YEAR BECAUSE OF POOR INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE AND THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING PENSION
REFORM HOW MUCH MORE DEPENDS ON WHEN THE CITY PUTS THE MONEY IN. IF IT'S PAID BY JULYハ1,
THE CONTRIBUTION WILL BE 275.4ハMILLION. IF THE CITY PAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, IT GOES
UP TO 285 AND A HALF MILLION. THE CITY'S PAYING JUST UNDER 240ハMILLION
THIS FISCAL YEAR AND SAY THEY'VE BEEN PREPARING FOR THE EXTRA BUDGET HIT.
A NEW STUDY OF QUALCOMM FINDS THE HOME GROWN WIRELESS CHIP MAKER IS THE COUNTY'S NINTH
LARGEST EMPLOYER. KPBS BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENT REPORTER ERIK
ANDERSON JOINS US. THIS REPORT WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE WORK FORCE
PARTNERSHIP AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. >> >>ERIK: IT QUANTIFIED A LOT OF THINGS PEOPLE
PROBABLY ASSUMED ABOUT THE GLOBAL CORPORATION. IN ADDITION TO THE FIRM'S 12,000 LOCAL WORKERS.
THERE ARE ANOTHER 9,000 AROUND THE WORLD. THE IMPACT WAS MEASURED AT ABOUT $4.5ハBILLION,
BOTH IN DIRECT AND INDIRECT ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. THE STUDY ESTIMATES THE COMPANY SUPPORTS MORE
THAN 27,000 JOBS IN THE REGION WITH EACH QUALCOMM POSITION LINKED TO ANOTHER 2 POINT THREEハ
>> >>DWANE: HOW DOES THE COMPANY INSIDE THE TELECOM SECTOR?
>> >>ERIK: QUALCOMM IS THE BIGGEST COMPANY ON THE BLOCK.
THERE ARE SOME 2000 TELECOM COM FIRMS THAT EMPLOY 65,000 PEOPLE HERE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY,
THE AVERAGE WAGE ABOUT 108,000. TELECOM ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT A FIFTH OF ALL
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY GENERATED IN THE COUNTY. >> >>DWANE: WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE TECHNOLOGY
GIANT? >> >>ERIK: THE COMPANY IS FOCUSED ON MOBILE
COMPUTING AND WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY AND A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PRODUCTS.
COMPANY SPOKESMAN BILL BULL SAYS THE COMPANY IS WORKING TO MELD THEIR TECHNICAL KNOW HOW
WITH THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY. HE SAYS HEALTH CARE TOOLS THAT INCORPORATE
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY COULD BE A HUGE GROWTH AREA FOR THE COMPANY.
>> >>DWANE: KPBS REPORTER ERIK ANDERSON. QUALCOMM IS A SUPPORTER OF KPBS.
SAN DIEGO HOUSING PRICES CONTINUED THEIR UPWARD TREND LAST MONTH. DECEMBER'S AVERAGE PRICE
WAS 18% HIGHER THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. THE REBOUND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
A SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIM CONVICTED OF KILLING HER PIMP IN 1995 MAY BE RELEASED FROM PRISON.
PEGGY PICO HAS MORE ON THE WOMAN'S LATEST COURT BATTLE.
>> >>PEGGY: SARA KRUZAN SPENT EXPH OF HER CHILDHOOD IN SAN DIEGO AT AGE 16 AFTER A LONG
HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE SHE WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR KILLING HER ABUSIVE
PIMP. TODAY, HER CASE WAS BACK IN A RIVERSIDE COURT
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. KPBS INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER AMITA SHARMA JOINS
ME WITH THE LATEST ON THIS VERY UNUSUAL CASE. AMITA, YOU'VE BEEN COVERING THIS CASE EXTENSIVELY.
REMIND US OF WHAT HAPPENS? >> >>AMITA SHARMA: BACK IN 1995 SARAH WAS
CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE MURDER OF HER PIMP, G.G.HOWARD WHO HAD ABUSED HER
FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ABUSE WAS A MAJOR THEME IN HER CHILDHOOD.
ACCORDING TO CPS FILINGS, SARAH WAS ABUSED BY HER MOTHER FROM VERY EARLY AGE.
HER MOTHER WOULD BEAT HER, PLACED HER IN SITUATIONS WHERE HER OWN BOYFRIENDS WOULD SEXUALLY MOLEST
SARAH AND SHE WAS FOR A PERIOD TAKEN OUT OF THE HOME BECAUSE OF THE PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL
ABUSE. BUTハ
>> >>PEGGY: SHE WAS 16, WE JUST SM SAW SOME PICTURES OF HER.
>> >>AMITA SHARMA: SHE WAS 16 WHEN SHE WAS CONVICTED.
SHE SAYS HER BOYFRIEND'S RELATIVE KNOWN CRIMINAL AT THE TIME FORCED HER, THREATENED HER, TO
KILL HER PIMP, SHE WENT TO A HOTEL ROOM TO MEET THE PIMP WITH THE IDEA SHE WOULD ROB
HIM AND KILL HIM. HE BEGAN TO TRY TO FORCE HER INTO SEX.
SHE PULLED OUT A GUN, AND SHE KILLED HIM. SHE WAS PUT ON TRIAL BUT HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY
NEVER INTRODUCED THE ABUSIVE BACKGROUND OR THEハ
>> >>PEGGY: I WASハ LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THAT.
BECAUSE TODAY'S LEGAL SYSTEM SHE WOULD BE CONSIDERED A SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIM.
SO THE DEFENSEハ BACK THEN IT WASN'T QUITE THE SAME BUT STILL AS YOU WERE STARTING TO
SAY THIS DEFENSE OF HER WAS EVEN UNUSUAL BACK THEN.
>> >>AMITA SHARMA: HE DIDN'T INTRODUCE THE ABUSIVE BACKGROUND.
HE NEVER CALLED ONE WITNESS TO THE STAND EXCEPT HER.
AND THE PROSECUTION BASICALLY HAD A FIELD DAY WITH HER.
IT WAS A VERY SKILLED PROSECUTION AND SHE HAD TO ENDURE PRETTY SOPHISTICATED CROSS EXAMINATION.
THE PROSECUTION PUT ON SEVEN WITNESSES. SHE WAS CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND
THE JUDGE, THE PROSECUTION, DEFENSE, AND PROBATION DEPARTMENT IN THE CASE DID NOT KNOWハ SHE
WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE, THEY DID NOT KNOW SHE COULD HAVE
BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.
>> >>PEGGY: PROSECUTORS MET WITH HER LAWYERS IN A RIVERSIDE COURTROOM.
HOW OLD IS SHE NOW. >> >>AMITA SHARMA: SHE'S 34.
SO EARLIER THIS WEEK WE REPORTED THAT THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY D. A.'S OFFICE WHERE SHE
WAS ORIGINALLY PROSECUTED AND SARA KRUZAN'S APPEALS ATTORNEYS HAVE REACH AD TENTATIVE
SETTLEMENT IN THE CASE. THEY'RE NOT RELEASING THE DETAILS OF THIS
SETTLEMENT. HER APPEALS ATTORNEY TOLD ME IT DOESN'T INVOLVE
A NEW TRIAL. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, A JUDGE MET WITH THE
TWO SIDES TO OFFER HIS INPUT ON THIS TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT.
NEXT FRIDAY, HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A HEARING IN OPEN COURT WHERE WE'RE LIKELY TO LEARN
THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT AND SARA KRUZAN IS EXPECTED TO BE VIDEO CONFERENCED IN.
>> >>PEGGY: THE GOAL OF THIS IS TO OBTAIN HER RELEASE.
>> >>AMITA SHARMA: CORRECT. >> >>PEGGY: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AND YOU TOLD
US FRIDAY THIS HAPPENED. THE PROCESS IS THEハ IF EVERYTHING RULES
THAT SHE CAN GO, DOES SHE AUTOMATICALLY RELEASED, WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
AND NOW YOU'RE DUMPED BACK INTO SOCIETY? >> >>AMITA SHARMA: IT'S UNCLEAR.
SHE'S ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE AND IF SHE IS PAROLED SHE WOULD BE RELEASED, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW
QUICKLY THAT WOULD HAPPEN. WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT
ARE. IF THAT DOES HAPPEN, THEN, YOU KNOW, THERE
WILL BE A PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT. SHE SPENT MORE THAN HALF OF HER LIFE IN PRISON,
IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD NOW THAN IT WAS IN THE MID 1990S.
>> >>PEGGY: DO YOU THINK DO YOU THINK THIS CASE WILL HAVE ANY IMPACT ON SIMILAR CASES,
WITH SEX TRAFFICKING, PROSTITUTES WHO HAVE KILLED THEIR PIMPSハ
>> >>AMITA SHARMA: THIS CASE HAS BECOME A RALLYING POINT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ADVOCATING
ON BEHALF OF VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. IF ANYTHING IT'S WHAT BROUGHT AWARENESS TO
THE ISSUE. THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN AND THERE ARE NOBODY
REALLY KNOWS HOW MANY CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS THERE ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT
THEY EXIST, AND IT IS AN OUT RAGE. AND SO THEY SORT OF USE THIS CASE IN A SENSE
AS A POSTER CHILD FOR THIS BIGGER ISSUE. >> >>PEGGY: ALL RIGHT.
KPBS AMITA SHARMA. THANKS FOR UPDATING US, AND WE'LL HEAR FROM
YOUR YOU NEXT FRIDAY, I'M SURE. >> >>: TECHNOLOGICAL ONE UPSMANSHIP AT THE
CONSUMER ELECTRONIC SHOW. PLUS THE ANALYSIS OF SHIELDS AND BROOK.
THAT'S FRIDAY ON THE PBS NEWS HOUR. >> >>DWANE: FROM AN OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE
TO BOOKS AND WEBSITES THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN CONTINUES TO FASCINATE MANY.
A SAN DIEGO THEATER IS PRESENTING A NEW ONE MAB PLAY EXPLORING LINCOLN'S LAST DAY FROM
THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE DOCTOR WHO TENDED TO HIM IN HIS FINAL HOURS.
PEGGY PICO TALKED WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE SHOW EARLIER THIS WEEK.
>> >>PEGGY: SAN DIEGO'S PREMIERE OF THE ONE MAN PLAY ABOUT PRESIDENT LINCOLN AT THE BIRCH
THEATER EXPLORES LINCOLN'S LAST DAY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE O F THE DOCTOR WHO TENDED TO HIM
IN HIS FINAL HOURS. JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT THE PLAY IS HERSHEY
FELDER. HERSHEY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US
ABOUT THIS PLAY. THERE SEEMS TO BE A RESURGENCE IN INTEREST
IN PRESIDENT LINCOLN. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?
>> >>HERSHEY FELDER: I THINK HE REPRESENTS THE EVERY MAN RISING TO DO SOMETHING INCREDIBLE.
THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE RELATE TO. I DON'T THINK IT'S WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT
PRESIDENT. BUT I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT WE SEE SOMETHING
OF OURSELVES IN HIM, AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR, REFLECTION.
>> >>PEGGY: A LITTLE REFLECTION. YOU PLAY THE DOCTORハ YOU PLAY PRESIDENT
LINCOLN'S DOCTOR. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.
>> >>HERSHEY FELDER: IT'S LESS THAT HE WAS HIS DOCTOR THAN HE HAD TO BE A DOCTOR IN THE
HOUSE, WHERE THE PHRASE COMES FROM. HE WAS A 23 YEAR OLD NOBODY, A UNION ARMY
SU SURGEON WHO HAD JUST ENTERED THE ARMY. AND SUDDENLY WANTED TO STUD THEA PRESIDENT,
FOUND HIM AT FORD THEATER. AND MRS.ハLINCOLN PUTS HIM IN CHARGE.
AND SO IT WAS REALLY QUITE A MIRACULOUS THING FOR HIM TO BE THERE.
BY THE SAME TOKEN HE FOUND HIMSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF HISTORY AND HAD NO IDEA HOW HE GOT
THERE, YET HE CARED FOR LINCOLN FOR THOSE LAST NINE HOURS BELIEVING THAT LINCOLN HAD
COULD NOT HEAR BECAUSEハ COULD NOT SEE BECAUSE OF HIS INJURY AND HE COULDN'T SPEAK BUT HE
BELIEVED HE COULD HEAR SO WHILE HE DIRECTED TRAFFIC GOING TO THE HOUSE ACROSS THE WAY,
WHAT KIND OF AID ADMINISTERED THE PRESIDENT, HELD THE PRESIDENT'S HAND AND BELIEVED HE
WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO DIE KNOWING HE HAD A FRIEND.
AND THAT JUST MOVED ME BEYOND. >> >>PEGGY: THROUGH HIS PERSPECTIVE, THAT
WAS THOSE FINAL SORT OF KIND MOMENTS. >> >>HERSHEY FELDER: THAT A 23 YEAR OLD WOULD
THINK OF THIS. I WAS JUST SO AMAZED HOW HE HAD THE PRESENCE
OF MIND, AND THE NOBILITY. THIS GUY WAS 90 YEARS OLD AND TOLD THE STORY
ONCE IN HIS LIFE. >> >>PEGGY: LET'S LISTEN TO A CLIP FROM AN
AMERICAN STORY. >> >>: MY DEER COUNTRY, MY BELOVED PEOPLE,
I FONDLY HOPE I FERVENTLY PRAY, THAT THIS MIGHTY SCOURGE OF WAR IS FINALLY PASSED.
WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL, WITH FIRMNESS IN THE RIGHT AS GOD GIVES
US TO SEE THE RIGHT, LET US STRIVE TO FINISH THE WORK, TO BIND THE NATION, TO CARE FOR
HIM, WHO BORN THE BATTLE AND FOR HIS WIDOW. >> >>PEGGY: SOMETHING THAT STRIKES ME ABOUT
THAT CLIP IS THERE WAS MUSIC. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S QUITE A BIT OF MUSIC
IN THIS PERFORM BS. WHAT TYPES OF MUSIC?
>> >>AMITA SHARMA: >> >>HERSHEY FELDER: IT'S SIM PHONIC AND PLAYED
LIVE. PROCESSED THROUGH MY OWN SENSE OF COMPOSITION
SO MUCH LIKE IN THE WAY HISTORICAL COMPOSERS WOULD TAKE THEMES OF THEIR COUNTRY.
THIS IS WHAT I DID OR TRIED TO DO HERE, AND PRODUCE A SCORE UNDERNEATH.
WE ALSO HAVE SOME SINGING IN IT, BECAUSE THERE ARE MO MS THAT REQUIRE SINGING.
EVERYBODY SANG, SO IT BECOMES THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL, AND THINGS LIKE THE GETIES BRG ADDRESS
ARE COMPLETELY UNDER SCORED. IT'S ALL DRIVEN BY WHAT'S HAPPENING AND JUST
ABOUT ALL OF IT IS BASED ON WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
>> >>PEGGY: THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE PLAYED A HISTORICAL FIGURE, YOU'VE DONE A
PLAY ON GERSHWIN, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE HISTORICAL CHARACTER THAT'S SO ATTRACTIVE TO YOU?
>> >>HERSHEY FELDER: I THINK IT'S A NOTION THAT REAL PEOPLE FIND THEMSELVES IN REAL SITUATIONS
AND THEY RISE TO THE OCCASION. MOST OF THE PEOPLE I PLAY BEFORE THEY WERE
IONS. THEY WERE REAL PEOPLE AND THAT REAL PEOPLE
CAN BE GREAT. AND THIS MAN WHO HISTORY DOESN'T REALLY KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT WAS A GREAT COMFORT TO AMERICA'S GREATEST PRESIDENT OR WHEN WAS PERCEIVED AS
AMERICA'S GREATEST PRESIDENT. THAT TO ME IS A FASCINATING THING.
THERE ARE SO MANY KAWGS IN THE WHEEL THAT MAKE UP WHAT THE WHEEL DOES AND THAT'S VERY
TOUCHING TO ME AND SO THE CHARACTERS AS I LOOK BACK ON THEM ALL REPRESENT SOMETHING
IN THEIR DAY THAT WAS MUCH PART OF A MUCH GREATER WHOLE AND I'M QUITE TOUCHED BY THAT.
>> >>PEGGY: I WANT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT HERSHEY FELDER'S AN AMERICAN STORY RUNS THROUGH
FEBRUARYハ3 AT THE BIRCH NORTH PARK THEATER. >> >>PEGGY: TONIGHT IN PUBLIC SQUARE OUR STORY
ABOUT SAN DIEGO MAYOR BOB FILNER'S SUPPORT OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN THE COUNTY
PROMPTED THIS COMMENT BY THE KIND GARDNER'S COLLECTIVE:
ALSO FROM OUR WEB, WE HEARD FROM MANY OF YOU ABOUT THE DEATH OF HUELL HOWSER, PUBLIC TV'S
FOLKSY ICON WHO BROUGHT US SO MANY INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT CALIFORNIA.
HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US HERE AT KPBS AND THERE WILL BE A SUNSET MEMORIAL FOR HUELL
HOWSER IN LOS ANGELES AT THE GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY ON TUESDAY.
YOU CAN COMMENT ON THIS STORY OR ANY OTHER KPBS STORIES BY FOLLOWING US ON TWITTER, LIKING
US ON FACEBOOK, OR E MAIL US AT PUBLIC SQUARE@KPBS.ORG. >> >>DWANE: THERE ARE FROST AND FREEZE WATCHES
AND WARNINGS AROUND THE COUNTY TONIGHT. THE COAST IS GOING TO BE THE WARMEST SPOT
TOMORROW, PARTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD IN THE INLAND VALLIES WITH OVER
NIGHT TEMPERATURES IN THE 30S. IN THE MOUNTAINS IT WILL BE IN THE 30S, IN
THE DAY TIME DROPPING DOWN INTO THE 20S AT NIGHT.
THE DESERT WILL ALSO HAVE VERY COLD NIGHTS WARMING INTO THE 50S DURING THE DAY.
TONIGHT'S STORIES ARE ON OUR WEBSITE, KPBS.ORG/EVENING EDITION.
THANKS FOR JOINING US. YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.