Stories for August 3, 2012
By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war. In the Pacific, American progress has been slow and costly, with each island more fiercely defended than the last. In Europe, no one is prepared for the massive counterattack Hitler launches on December 16 in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxemburg. Tom Galloway of Mobile, Burnett Miller of Sacramento and Ray Leopold of Waterbury are among the Americans caught up in the Battle of the Bulge.
The number of farmer’s markets in California has risen substantially.
Principals and vice principals have reached an employment contract agreement with the San Diego Unified School District similar to a deal for teachers and police officers, the district announced today.
An audit of California’s 560 “special funds” finds no more hidden assets. The audit comes after $54-million dollars in surplus parks funds were discovered in two separate special funds accounts.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow out-of-work teachers to collect unemployment while they’re training in high-demand subject areas.
Our pickers head to the Brimfield, Massachusetts, home of the largest outdoor market in the world, for the first of a two-part series in Brimfield. In this episode, the pickers struggle to find the right items to sell at Cowan's Auction in Cincinnati, Ohio. As part of the challenge this week, the pickers are teamed up and tasked with finding art glass among the market’s 6000 vendors. Off-screen host Mark L. Walberg describes some notable picks, including examples of Bohemian art glass, a vintage scale and a handmade dollhouse.
By September 1944, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory in Europe. "Militarily," General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells the press, "this war is over." But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war itself — that generals make plans, plans go wrong and soldiers die.
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 — D-Day — a million and a half Allied troops embark on the invasion of France. In the Pacific, the long climb from island to island toward the Japanese homeland is underway, but the enemy seems increasingly determined to defend to the death every piece of territory they hold. Back at home, Americans try to go about their normal lives, but on doorsteps all across the country, dreaded telegrams from the War Department begin arriving at a rate inconceivable just one year earlier.