Stories for May 6, 2011
Behind the strike that killed Osama bin Laden was one of the U.S. military's best-kept secrets: a covert campaign that officials have credited with taking out thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. A six-month investigation by FRONTLINE has gone inside the military’s “kill/capture” operations to discover new evidence of the program’s impact—and its costs. FRONTLINE tells the story from the perspective of Afghan civilians, U.S. troops and the Taliban militants they are pursuing.
"Soundtrack For A Revolution" tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music — the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. This documentary is a blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images and contemporary performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and The Roots.
With NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Biloxi, Mississippi as a backdrop, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett to explore the world of vintage space toys. Highlights include a 1943 National League signed baseball; a circa 1770 sword used in the Revolutionary War; and a beautifully preserved 1811 silk-on-silk embroidery, made in Philadelphia and taken from an English print valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
City leaders today announced a tentative 15-year agreement with municipal employee unions to reform health care, possibly saving San Diego's cash-strapped government more than $700 million over the next 25 years.
This haunting film about a film examines a classic Nazi propaganda film used by historians for decades to provide insight into the realities of life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. The recent discovery of a second reel in an East German archive has thrown the veracity and intent of the Ghetto footage into question.
The cruiser USS Lake Champlain will return to Naval Station San Diego today from a seven-month deployment.
Anyone who drives up the coast on Interstate 5 knows the freeway will be virtually impassible in 10 years if something isn't done. The question is what? There was an outcry when CALTRANS announced plans to expand I-5 by 6 lanes.
In 2008 VoiceofSanDiego.org discovered a shockingly self serving bonus scheme at a San Diego city agency, the Southeastern Economic Development Corporation. This week, more than 3 years after the story broke, California's Attorney General has charged two top members of SEDC with felony embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds.
Marvel Comics' "Thor" (opening May 6 throughout San Diego) is the latest superhero to arrive on the big screen. But the buzz about the film may do little to create new fans for the original comic books. I talk with some local comic book dealers about how these Hollywood blockbusters affect their business.