Stories for September 26, 2011
The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0—the worst ever recorded in Japan. Amazingly, amateur and professional photographers captured it all on video, including remarkable tales of human survival, as ordinary citizens became heroes in a drama they never could have imagined. Their stories provide lessons on how we should all act in the face of life-threatening disasters. This unique program was originally produced and broadcast in Japan by NHK, Japan's public broadcaster.
Over the weekend of June 24-26, 2011, more than 400 California citizens traveled to Torrance for a citizens’ dialogue on the critical issues facing the state, including legislative representation, taxation, whether local governments should have more autonomy and control over public services, and the initiative process. The citizens, who represented a scientific, random sample of the entire state, participated in California’s first statewide “Deliberative Poll.” MacNeil-Lehrer Productions' BY THE PEOPLE: "What's Next California?" documents this unprecedented event bringing Californians into the conversation about whether California's governance can be improved, and if so, how.
America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. In this episode: What can a Club Continental business card tell us about California's prohibition-era underground? Then, did gangs use this shotgun in the Chicago St. Valentine's Day massacre that shocked the nation? And why is FDR on the guest list for a High Society Circus during the depths of the Depression?
In a personal tour led by President Calderon, "Mexico: The Royal Tour" goes beyond the headlines to journey deep inside Mexico and offer viewers access to extraordinary locations, landmarks and cultural experiences. It's a a fast-paced, non-stop adventure through Mexico's iconic spots as well as experiences that aren't found in any guidebook, but are still accessible to travelers. The ultimate tour of Mexico begins in Los Pinos, the Mexican White House, where the President will engage Peter Greenberg in a revealing no-holds-barred interview about his history in office and the future of Mexico.
Pacific Beach has become a hotspot for the college drinking crowd. For most PB residents, the party is out of control. Pacific Beach has 18 times the amount of crime compared to the city average, according to a report conducted by the Pacific Beach Planning Group. Pacific Beach community members are calling for regulations on bars but the requests are not being welcomed by business owners.
Last year's class of California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to avoid immunization requirements, a development that concerns state health officials.