Stories for June 17, 2011
This six-part series weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world. In the fifth episode, it seems the Civil War will never end. One-hundred Union soldiers desert daily and hundreds more die of disease. Opposition to the war begins to spread. Some Northerners resent fighting to free black slaves; others are furious with Abraham Lincoln for the devastating Union casualties. Weighed down by the criticism, Abraham is desperately anxious. Mary Lincoln, worried about her husband, spends money compulsively, plunging herself into terrible debt.
Bryant Park provided a picturesque setting for a secret performance by UK pop legends Squeeze on a warm summer night. The groundbreaking band played hits spanning their career, including “Is That Love,” “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)” and “Tempted,” in celebration of their latest album, "Spot the Difference," which features new recordings of Squeeze classics.
Weapons seized during statewide sweep. It nets nearly three times as many seized during the last sweep in 2007.
At rallies against the nation's longest war in San Diego and elsewhere, critics say Obama Administration's shift in approach is too little, and far too late.
"Antiques Roadshow" visits the Wichita Art Museum’s collection of Art Nouveau works by glassmaker Frederick Carder, co-founder of the Steuben Glass Company. Discoveries include a 1920s Buddy “L” toy sand and gravel truck; a 19th-century bronze sculpture by British artist Edward Onslow Ford; and an 18th-century surveyor’s compass, made by one of the finest clockmakers in the Virginia colonies, valued at $20,000 to $25,000.
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Gary Piattoni shed some light on the Wichita-based Coleman Company and the appeal of its iconic recreational and military lanterns and stoves. At the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, one lucky guest gets a big surprise when her set of 1914 and 1915 Cracker Jack baseball cards is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $40,000.
It's been a busy week in Sacramento. On Wednesday, state Democrats passed a proposed budget heavy on one-time fixes and budget gimmicks. The next day, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the Democrats' budget because "it continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars of new debt." In a separate, but related story, lawmakers passed legislation to eliminate state funding for local redevelopment agencies. We discuss the latest news coming out of Sacramento, and explain what these actions will mean for local schools and other state agencies.
What have we learned from the recent arrest and release of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon? Hank Rhon was arrested on June 4, after Mexican soldiers found a cache of 88 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and a gas grenade at his Tijuana compound. Hank Rhon was released by federal and state judges earlier this week after a 10-day detainment. We discuss the allegations against Hank Rhon, and how his arrest could affect the politics of Baja California.