Stories for March 21, 2012
A construction company executive admitted today that he provided gifts, meals and tickets for entertainment events to members of the Sweetwater Union High School District to influence the school board's decisions in granting construction contracts.
California Ag Day brought food, flowers and some horses to the lawns around the state Capitol Wednesday. The annual event showcases the variety of foods and crops produced in the state.
This 10-part series, with renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history. The second episode features two African-American politicians from different generations and opposite backgrounds. John Lewis grew up in a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, while Cory Booker was raised in an affluent, all-white New Jersey suburb. Although both men have devoted their lives to the betterment of African-American people, neither knows much about his own ancestors.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Harry Connick Jr. And Branford Marsalis (Series Premiere)
This 10-part series, with renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history. Their European immigrant ancestors blazed unconventional trails in America, from capturing British ships for the American Revolution to crossing racial barriers in slave-era Louisiana. Generations later, as children growing up in New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis found a deep and abiding friendship through their common love of jazz and of the city itself. In this hour, trace the turbulent and contradictory history of the city of New Orleans through the family stories of these two fascinating men.
The city of San Diego's Ethics Commission is looking at setting new limits on donations by political parties for municipal elections, in response to a Superior Court ruling earlier this year, the panel's executive director said today.
"Kony 2012'' filmmaker Jason Russell was suffering from extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration when he embarked on a bizarre rant in his underwear on a San Diego street corner earlier this month, his family said today.