Stories for January 13, 2012
A participant in one of the U.S.' "Trusted Traveler" programs was caught this week trying to cross the border with $1 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in his car.
A team of experts dissect the largest animals on the planet to uncover their evolutionary secrets in this series. In each episode, veterinary scientist Mark Evans, comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg, biologist Simon Watt and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explore the anatomy of a distinct giant predator to reveal how it works. In the first episode, the scientists examine a sperm whale that stranded and died on Pegwell Bay, Kent, England.
This biography of one of the most charismatic and contradictory American leaders of the 19th century takes viewers on a journey from Custer’s memorable charge at Gettysburg, which turned the tide of the battle, to his lonely, untimely death on the windswept plains of the West. Along the way, viewers learn how, time and time again, the supremely ambitious son of a blacksmith ricocheted from triumph to disaster, from battlefield heroism to impetuous escapade.
The city of San Diego's contribution to its pension system in the next fiscal year will be $25.3 million less than expected, providing some wiggle room in budget planning, the mayor's office announced today.
It’s been almost a year since a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, leaving the country’s once-popular energy program in shambles. In response, Germany decided to abandon nuclear energy entirely. Should the U.S. follow suit? FRONTLINE correspondent Miles O’Brien examines the implications of the Fukushima accident for U.S. nuclear safety, and asks how this disaster will affect the future of nuclear energy around the world.
Host Mark Walberg steps right up to the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida, where appraisers Noel Barrett and Nicholas Lowry amaze and astound with displays of circus toys and posters. Back at the Tampa Convention Center, appraisers juggle an array of treasures, including a 1750s classic black walnut Philadelphia dressing table; a 1900s Tabriz carpet woven in the classical style of the late 16th and early 17th centuries; and a painting by acclaimed 19th-century marine artist James E. Buttersworth that could draw $80,000 to $100,000 at auction.
The FBI has declared the San Diego region a "high-intensity child prostitution area." The second annual Bi-national Forum to Address Human Trafficking in Chula Vista Thursday aimed to improve collaboration between agencies on both sides of the border to combat the illegal practice.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Eric Silver at the Philbrook Museum of Art to look at seemingly everyday housewares, appliances and electronics that were transformed into stunning functional art by 20th- century industrial designers. Highlights include an 1826 English gadget cane, equipped with both a pistol and a telescope; a vibrant 1931 Oscar Mayer in-store display; and a circa 1600 Ming Dynasty cast bronze guardian figure, valued at $70,000-$100,000.
Five people -- including the ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District -- are scheduled to be arraigned today in what prosecutors call the largest public corruption case of its kind in San Diego County.
San Diegans raised over $200,000 to aid the devastated country of Haiti. Two years later, the donations have slowed as more recent disasters take precedence.