Stories for August 19, 2011
The new California political maps recently adopted by a citizens’ commission have state lawmakers playing a game of musical chairs. In the case of the legislature’s only married couple, it’s more like a game of musical houses.
Unemployment is up and job creation is down in California. And one economist says things may get worse this month.
Tests of air samples taken from areas where people reported a "fuel-like" odor Wednesday have not indicated what the smell might have been or where it originated.
Californians are giving up their cigarettes, a flocking to water pipes. A new study reveals a significant rise in hookah smoking.
Veteran FRONTLINE producer Helen Whitney explores how the spiritual lives of believers — and unbelievers — have been challenged in the wake of September 11. The two-hour special also examines how Americans are coping with difficult questions of good and evil, God's culpability and the potential for darkness within religion itself.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill. As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill—who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole—joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America.
Voters To Decide Oceanside Rent Control Measure.
FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims’ relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values, and the meaning of being American. Also in this hour: Adam Davidson of NPR’s “Planet Money” returns to Haiti to meet a man with an unlikely plan to help turn around his country’s economy through tourism.
The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. “Better This World” follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under a revolutionary activist. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and an entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. This film goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The program features interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9-11 Memorial.
A group calling itself "Equality Nine" is holding a protest today at the San Diego County Courthouse. They were arrested one year ago, shortly after a federal court ruled Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. They say the charges are bogus.