Stories for July 18, 2012
A protein studied as a potential treatment for cardiovascular disease could actually trigger heart failure, according to a study released today by the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Doctors at Scripps Health say recent federal recommendations against using the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer are misleading and potentially dangerous.
History Detectives: Rogue Book; Betty Page Slide; Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece; Hollywood Sign
Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters. Then, can Eduardo Pagan link a chunk of molten metal to the B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945? Did HISTORY DETECTIVES find a slide of Bettie Page, "Queen of Pinups," that somehow escaped the censorship of the 1950s? Finally, a six-foot metal bar tells the story behind the original iconic Hollywood sign.
Wes Cowan hunts for the identity of a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols, still in the original case. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down the story behind an old 78rpm, distributed by K.K.K. Records, containing songs titled “The Bright Fiery Cross” and “The Jolly Old Klansman.” And Eduardo Pagán tries to prove that James Jamerson, a bass player whose bass line drove the Motown sound, owned a battered Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will display — but only if inductee Jamerson really owned it.
The University of California is promising to freeze tuition for the coming academic year if Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax measure is approved. But measure’s failure could lead to a 20 percent mid-year increase.
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans still occupy most of Western Europe; the Allies can't agree on a plan or timetable to dislodge them. American troops, including Charles Mann of Luverne, are now ashore in North Africa. At Kasserine Pass, Erwin Rommel's seasoned veterans quickly overwhelm the poorly led and ill-equipped Americans, but after George Patton assumes command, the Americans begin to beat back the Germans.
A dispute over allowing a Buddhist group to build on its property in Bonsall is scheduled to go before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors next week, documents made available today showed.
THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.
Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Take a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.