Stories for July 19, 2011
Discoveries abound at the Spokane Convention Center as well, including a circa 1900 Louis XIV-style clock, made in France and acquired by the owner's grandfather, who owned a silver mine in Montana; a beautifully preserved 19th-century silk Heriz rug; and an heirloom desk and chair used at the United States House of Representatives from 1857 to 1873. Rarely found together — with the desks being far scarcer than the chairs — the matched pair prompts appraiser Brian Witherell of Witherell's Americana Auctions to estimate the set's combined valued at $40,000.
In the space of just four minutes, at a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean called Midway, the entire course of World War II was changed. On June 4, 1942 – just six months after Pearl Harbor – the massed forces of the U.S. and Japanese fleets met for a decisive showdown. Thanks to both sides’ use of a relatively new piece of technology – the aircraft carrier – this battle would be decided without the ships of either fleet ever coming within sight of each other. At Midway, America’s carrier pilots destroyed Japan’s best ships and killed nearly four thousand men – the cream of Japan’s naval elite.
San Diegans broke up into small groups today at a public meeting sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Davis to try and address the U.S.'s budget woes.
America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Can the Japanese characters carved into this cane unlock the mystery of a family’s past in a World War II relocation camp? Can "History Detectives" trace this unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution era ancestor? And is this drawing of huge, eight pound gold nuggets genuine or another example of Gold Rush hype?
Woman tells ABC News her sister seemed happy with mansion owner Jonah Schaknai.
At the Spokane Convention Center, appraisers brighten at the sight of such enchanting finds as a collection of pottery by 20th-century master ceramicists Otto and Gertrude Natzler; a moving landscape painting by early 20th-century artist — and sometime Alaskan gold prospector — Sydney Laurence; and an heirloom Waltham railroad pocket watch with a rare winding mechanism and diamond end stone, valued at $4,000 to $6,000.
Builders project that $300 million in local, state and federal revenue would also be lost during the project's life.
The number of Mortgage Default notices hit a four-year low in California during the second quarter of last year.
At Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Walnut Street bridge — one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world — ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks at carved wooden folk-art walking canes. Highlights include an heirloom 18th-century Chippendale tall chest; a unique piece of presidential memorabilia: an “8-ball” presented to Harry Truman in 1948 by the Los Angeles Press Club; and a pristine Lionel train set, circa 1930, valued at $2,500 to $3,000.
Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on opening night of the Met’s 2007-08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo. They are joined by Ludovic Tézier as Enrico and Kwangchul Youn as Raimondo. Patrick Summers, the Music Director of Houston Grand Opera, conducts.
When a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped, the Ministry of Justice wants Zen to get the hostage back alive at any cost. But these kidnappers don’t seem to be playing by the rules, since they kill the lawyer who shows up with a ransom payment from the family. In kidnapping-plagued Italy, it’s illegal to pay a ransom, and Zen must skirt this issue while dealing with the bickering relatives, who seem ready to forget about their captive kinsman.
“What is a taco, anyway?” muses Rick over an upscale lobster taco at his white tablecloth restaurant, Topolobampo. “Is it crispy or soft? Grilled or griddled? Street food or taquería fare? Fast food or fine dining?” The answer is, “all of the above … and a whole lot more.” And to prove it, Rick heads to Mexico City, for a non-stop taco trek.
With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization — and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production — FRONTLINE and The Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market. Is the federal government now moving to shut it down? Also this hour, New Yorker writer and surgeon Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, New Jersey, who actually seeks out the community’s sickest — and most expensive — patients.
A disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful and beautiful female prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer. The plot thickens when it appears that the victim was trying to inform on a previously unknown group called the Cabal, with conspirators at the highest levels of Italian society.
Constantly shadowed by the towering heights of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, all above 12,000 feet, Joseph partakes of Swiss mountain culture at local street fairs and festivals. He gets to take part in a cheese-making demonstration and run with the goats through the streets of Wengen, a car-free mountain town. To get an up-close experience with the peaks he hikes to the Gleckstein, a mountain hut for climbers, and literally tops off his adventure with a train journey to the highest train station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch.
Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a state fair classic, Cornell Barbecued Chicken, and serves it with a side of Syracuse Salt Potatoes. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of bottled barbecue sauce. Finally, Julia Collin Davison brings a Midwest favorite home and uncovers the secrets to making perfect Jucy Lucy Burgers.
The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a plan to pay about $70 million to keep its redevelopment agencies. The vote came as opponents filed a lawsuit to overturn the new state law requiring the payment.
The trial of a 14-year old San Diego resident hired as a killer by the drug cartels begins in Cuernavaca, Mexico.