Stories for November 12, 2010
In 2009 a team of marine archeologists, carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the remote Italian island of Ventotene, made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient Roman ships were found in pristine condition, each one fully laden with exotic goods. "Lost Ships Of Rome" follows the team as they explore the sites in detail, salvage artifacts and piece together the history of the ships and why they were lost at Ventotene 2,000 years ago.
A Google search for "Carnival Splendor" returns more than 6,000 articles from news organizations around the world. The phrase "cholera in Haiti" turns up fewer than 900 articles. Even some of the people aboard the stranded ship this week wondered if their story merited all the attention.
Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs -could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back -- from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West.
At Mobile's Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, the excitement is contagious when ROADSHOW experts discover a highly desirable Confederate army belt buckle; an archive of letters and documents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt bought at an estate sale for $5; and a beautiful circa 1850 Virginia painted chest, estimated to be worth $60,000.
Private Felix Longoria died fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because "the whites wouldn’t like it." The incident created deep divisions in Three Rivers, tensions that last even today — but it also helped launch the Mexican American civil rights movement, elect John Kennedy to the White House, and lead Lyndon Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century.
Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is.
A new study says Immigration and Customs Enforcement wastes resources by targeting the wrong people for deportation.
Landscape contractor Roger Cook and plant expert Carrie Kelly discuss different types of groundcover. Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor a new product that makes it easier to mark and cut openings for electrical outlets in wallboard. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner warm up her cold living room by installing new hydronic baseboard heaters.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will call the new legislature into special session on December 6th, the day new lawmakers are sworn in.
What if your whole meal could be cooked in just one pot? That’s exactly what we’ve cooked up for you today at "Everyday Food." Lucinda starts with easy paella, a dish that people assume is complicated and expensive, but we make it simple and affordable with just as much flavor and flair. Sarah shows viewers today's "Must Have": the dutch oven, a thick pot that goes from stove top to oven. It's perfect for slow-cooking a meal of chicken and dumplings.
How is our region doing in taking care of the estimated 50,000 recent vets that call San Diego home? We discuss the challenges new veterans face as they begin the transition back to civilian life. Plus, hear an update on the difficult month Camp Pendleton-based Marines have had in Afghanistan.
Will a rooftop park be key to raising the necessary funding to pay for a proposed $700 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center? We discuss the details of architect Curtis Fentress' plan to make the convention center the largest on the West Coast. Plus, we give an update on the latest plans to cut the city's budget deficit. Why is the city moving forward with several costly downtown-development projects when it is facing a $70 million deficit?
Should Interstate 5 be expanded by four to MORE lanes, or is there a better solution to traffic problems plaguing the freeway on a daily basis? We discuss the options that will be considered by the California Department of Transportation as the agency works to decide what plan is best for the future of our region.
Science fiction films are having resurgence in Mexico and two new ones -- "Seres Genesis" and "Depositarios" -- will be showcased as part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival's Cinema en tu Idioma (opening Novenber 12 at UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center). You can listen to my radio feature or read the extended review.