Stories for January 27, 2012
The California Supreme Court says the State Senate maps drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission will be used in this year’s elections – even if a Republican referendum challenging those maps qualifies for the November ballot.
If you ever thought you couldn’t bake because it requires precision, you are not alone. On this episode of SIMPLY MING, Ming shows how grasping one small but important rule can allow viewers to bake countless desserts with just a few ingredients in quantities you can eyeball. Joining Ming, fabulous Boston baker, Joanne Chang, proves you don’t need recipes to make amazing desserts on the fly. Joanne Chang is chef-owner of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang.
She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She was "adopted" by Indian chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia, and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.
Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Beth Szescila for a tour of Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas, the extraordinary museum and gardens that once were home to famed philanthropist and antiques collector Ima Hogg. Following in Miss Ima's footsteps, modern-day collectors arrive at the Reliant Center with impressive finds, including an early 19th-century box desk made by a renowned supplier to the British royal family; a valuable collection of lithographed orange crate labels; and a 1959 replica of artist Edith Parson's early 19th-century Turtle Baby bronze sculpture, valued at $35,000 to $40,000.
The trial of Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich comes to an end; Doug Manchester presents his vision for the San Diego waterfront in the pages of the U-T. The city reaches agreement with six unions on retiree health benefits, and the funding for an expanded convention center comes up for a vote.
In Eugene, Oregon, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Jeffrey Schrader at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, site of the former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, to discuss the history and current values of World War I uniforms. Highlights include: a circa 1800 New England Chippendale chest-on-chest; an 1846 map of Western America; and an early 20th-century Russian presentation sword from the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, purchased by the owner for $500, and valued between $75,000 and $100,000.
Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across San Diego County this morning to count the region's homeless.
It took artist Leonard Knight almost 30 years to build a colorful mountain out of adobe and paint in the middle of the Imperial Valley desert. It’s called Salvation Mountain and it draws thousands of tourists to the area. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone finds out why a monument to religious salvation, now needs its own savior.