Stories for July 15, 2011
Could this propeller be from a World War II drone, the prototype for the assault drones the U.S. uses today in Afghanistan and Iraq? This inscribed, wooden club appears to be a gift to Teddy Roosevelt. Who gave him this club, and why? If Clara Barton wrote this letter, why was she concerned about the life of the soldier she mentions? Find out the answers to these questions in this episode of "History Detectives."
The murder acquittal of Caylee Anthony’s mom Casey has led to not just one new bill in the California legislature – but two. They share the same basic goal: to get parents to report missing or dead children immediately.
From Andrea Andermann comes a visually and musically spectacular production of Verdi’s "Rigoletto," filmed last September on breathtaking locations in and around the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the places and hours specified in the libretto. Starring tenor Plàcido Domingo in the traditionally baritone role of 16th-century court jester Rigoletto, Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda, Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile, the production is directed by Marco Bellocchio, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Details emerging from the strange case of a woman found bound and nude and hanging by the neck from a balcony at an historic Coronado mansion will not be made public, detectives said today.
At the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, appraisers hog tie some lively treasures, including a collection of memorabilia from a 1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets concert in Liverpool, England; a quintessential Texas painting of bluebonnets by noted artist Robert Wood; and four unusual Chinese porcelain panels that tell the story of the seasonal rice harvest, valued at $40,000 to $60,000.
Chattanooga, Tennessee’s AT&T Field — home of the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team — is the backdrop for "Antique Roadshow’s" look at collecting minor league baseball memorabilia. Highlights include a 19th-century military over-the-shoulder saxophone; an heirloom Confederate soldier’s sword; and a collection of movie marketing memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.
Minority groups in San Diego are uniting to make sure they’re recognized in the city’s redistricting process.