Stories for February 1, 2012
Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug. Right now, the California state budget might feel like both.
A financing mechanism to raise money for expanding the San Diego Convention Center is on uncertain legal ground, the city attorney said today.
The Democratic leader of the California State Senate says he thinks his party can win enough seats this year to reach a two-thirds supermajority. That’s the margin required to raise taxes and place measures on ballots.
Something exciting is always happening at NASA, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In this final episode from Houston, Texas, host Mark L. Walberg experiences this excitement firsthand when he is joined by appraiser Gary Piattoni at the Houston Space Center for a briefing on NASA collectibles. Highlights include a magical collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustreware; a gold charm that once belonged to Lucille Ball; and a romantic English Regency rosewood settee that makes the appraiser swoon as he declares an estimated value of $9,500.
The second California snow survey of the year found a little more snow on the ground—but not enough to make up for the dry conditions so far this season. Hydrologists are reporting some of the lowest snow measurements on record.
In Eugene, Oregon, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Kathleen Bailey head to the picturesque King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wineglasses and decanters. Highlights include: a playful pair of beautifully preserved tin toys: a ca. 1938 Marx car and a battery powered dump truck; a circa 1861 Civil War cavalry guidon that may have been used in the Battle of Shiloh; and the “guardian of Venice,” a 1960 jeweled gold moretto valued at $40,000 to $60,000.
Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This program tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary and egotistical, Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.
When 19th century British novelist Charles Dickens was 45 years old and married with nine children, he met Nelly Ternan, an 18-year-old actress with whom he fell hopelessly in love. Thus began an ongoing clandestine relationship that he kept secret for the rest of his life. This program reveals how this very public figure kept his private life secret via Byzantine financial arrangements, meticulously planned railway journeys, networks of safe-houses and the burning of personal papers and private letters. Ultimately, the strain of his double life resulted in a premature death for the highly gifted yet deeply troubled artist.
The city has become the latest of many nationwide to pass land use laws meant to promote food production in urban areas.