Stories for July 3, 2012
70 California state parks were set to be closed this holiday due to budget cuts, but most are still open, at least for now. Non-profit organizations have jumped in to help many, but the state parks director says public funding is crucial.
Making a pilgrimage to Mecca, birthplace of the prophet Muhammad is one of the five pillars of the Muslim faith. In this program, a group of young Muslims leave their homes and families to take the journey of a lifetime, bound for Saudi Arabia on their first pilgrimage to Mecca. This compelling documentary traces the history and message of Islam as it follows these young pilgrims, exploring their lives and beliefs as well as the beautiful and historic mosques where they worship.
Standard industry and city practices require employees to have no more access to alter the overall computer system than what they need to do their limited jobs, such as reviewing plans or charging fees, according to an audit of development services’ computer system.
Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division.
John Thaw stars as this most unlikely detective in the massively popular, award-winning television series of murder mysteries. In these episodes, John Barie, a serial rapist and Satanist, escapes from a mental hospital and demands that his therapist be turned over to him. A master of disguise, Barrie sets up an elaborate and deadly battle of wits with Morse.
The INSPECTOR MORSE television series, starring the late John Thaw, turns 25 in 2012. To commemorate this event, "Inspector Morse's Oxford" looks at the creation of the Morse novels and the television adaptation. It is a three-fold celebration — an investigation into the work of author Colin Dexter, a look at the television production team, and a showcase of the beauty, history and tradition of Oxford itself, the setting for the popular Morse stories.
A pair of comics-based movies from both Marvel and DC will be bookending Comic-Con this year: "The Amazing Spider-Man" opens July 3 and "The Dark Knight Rises" opens July 20. "The Amazing Spider-Man" reminds me a lot of "Let Me In" (the American remake of the exquisite Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In") -- neither one's a bad movie yet both are rather unnecessary.
High temperatures, dry conditions and the likelihood small fires could become larger prompted officials at Cleveland National Forest to announce elevated fire restrictions Monday.
Parents don’t have to be able to pay for pricey summer camps to make sure their kids don’t lose academic ground from June to September.
A measure that would have allowed state regulators to reject increases in health insurance premiums has fallen just short of qualifying for the November ballot.