Stories for November 8, 2010
Little has been written on the Korean War and even less on trench warfare and the desperate battles fought for control of isolated outposts that marked its closing months. For the very first time, a documentary film, "Hold At All Costs," examines one specific battle; the epic attack and defense of Outpost Harry, where American, Greek and South Korean soldiers fought and died against incredible odds to hold a vital position from massive Chinese barrage.
The VA has begun to pay new benefits for Agent Orange related diseases. Three new diseases are added to the VA's list of herbicide linked health conditions.
"Lost And Found: The Legacy Of The USS Lagarto" recounts the discovery of a WWII U.S. Navy submarine, the first found since the war ended. Missing for more than 60 years, Lagarto and her crew of 86 men vanished during war patrol in the Pacific in 1945. Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, who discovered an unknown sunken German U-Boat near New Jersey described in the best-seller "Shadow Divers," take viewers to the final resting spot of the American sub at the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand.
In the sixth and final episode, emotions run high as the circus season winds down. Many members of the cast and crew won’t be going back to Big Apple next season — some are heading to Europe; others are still trying to figure out what’s next. Some of the younger performers who have grown up in the circus consider leaving circus life. The night before the final shows, the crew puts on a traditional spoof called “Midnight Clowns” for the performers. The laughter is infectious and the partings bittersweet.
In the fifth episode, Big Apple’s founder and its newly installed artistic director embark on their annual trip to the renowned Monte Carlo circus festival — a kind of international circus family reunion — to scout fresh talent. Back in the U.S., the performers and the crew put on two shows a day and travel from Georgia to New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. The Anastasinis, an eighth-generation circus family, wonder if their young sons will be content to carry on the family legacy.
The Pentagon released the names today of two Camp Pendleton-based Marines who were killed in combat last week in Afghanistan.
In the fourth episode, squeeze into a tiny lot at New York’s Lincoln Center with the entire Big Apple Circus — tent, trailers, performers, crew and animals. It’s the holiday season and shows are packed, but snow and ice are collecting on the big top and the hoses that run water to the trailers are frozen solid. A beloved miniature pony dies suddenly from colic. Cast and crew are sick and exhausted, but the show goes on. Some members of the Big Apple family — a crewman, a trapeze artist, even the artistic director — contemplate leaving the circus world behind.
In episode three, traveling by trailer caravan, the circus arrives in Virginia and pitches the tent for its first tour stop. On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and there’s a mad scramble to rework the show. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular is diagnosed with cancer and must relinquish his act. Lackluster ticket sales only ratchet up the pressure.
The federal government removed nearly 132 pounds of spent nuclear fuel from an undisclosed facility in San Diego in August and September, it was announced today.
In the second episode, feel the tension mount as rivalries and romances blossom and the circus’ first dress rehearsal approaches. The show is nowhere near ready. Despite constant rehearsals, the Flying Neves trapeze members can’t pull themselves together, and there’s talk in the office about cutting the act. Meanwhile, Glen, the newbie clown, is having a hard time taking direction and he’s petrified he’ll soon be fired. The fate of the show — and of more than a few performers — hangs in the balance.
The slave ship Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766, but the ship would never make it to Cape Town, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom. "Slave Ship Mutiny" tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians and slave descendants to discover the full story of this dramatic historical event. They want to learn what happened on the Meermin, how the slaves were able to overpower their captors, and why the ship ended up wrecked on a wild, windswept beach 200 miles east of Cape Town.
Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit? In "The Confessions," FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Va., woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques -- including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation -- that led each of the "Norfolk Four" to confess, despite a lack of evidence linking them to the crime.
Nine games into the football season, the San Diego Chargers have finally won a game on the road. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.
The movement towards buying locally-produced fresh food is inspiring the menus of many San Diego restaurants. On this month's Food Hour, we'll hear how San Diego growers and restaurant chefs are teaming up to create great new recipes.
What options does the San Diego Unified School District have to cut its projected $142 million budget deficit for next year? We talk to Superintendent Bill Kowba and school board president Richard Barrera about how the defeat of Proposition J will affect the district. And, we find out what options the board will consider as it begins the difficult task of cutting its deficit.
Local election results in San Diego's North County included a shift of power in Escondido, a new mayor in Encinitas, a new board for troubled Mira Costa Community College and a familiar name on the County Board of Supervisors.
There’s good news for budding entrepreneurs at Southern California universities. The Department of Energy has awarded a new $1 million grant to the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.
As part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge in New Orleans recently created a security zone around the collapsed rig, the legal equivalent of taking yellow police tape and draping it around the watery crime scene.
Like all Southern California freeways, I-5 can be a parking lot at times. State highway officials plan to change that by adding more lanes between San Diego and Oceanside. Caltrans laid out the plan at a hearing in Solana Beach Monday.
A California judge has struck down a part of "Jessica's Law" that prevented sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a playground. But the ruling won't affect all San Diego County sex offenders.
A campaign designed to raise awareness about hepatitis B hits the campus of UCSD today. The liver disease disproportionately affects Asians.