Stories for November 13, 2012
Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. His far-reaching influence — as agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and billionaire philanthropist — has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. He and everyone from Yoko Ono and Cher, Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd, Stephen Spielberg and Barry Diller, David Crosby and Neil Young, Elton John and Rahm Emanuel illuminate his rich and riveting story.
California's first cap and trade auction to reduce greenhouse gas pollution is set to take place Wednesday but it faces a new challenge.
Students are celebrating the decision by the California State University Board of Trustees to postpone action on a proposal to increase fees.
Compromise is suddenly the watchword in Washington, as negotiations over taxes, spending and entitlements begin in advance of another self-imposed deadline, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff."
Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. See vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance.
Homemade dressings far outshine any store-bought varieties, and Martha will show you how easy it is to make your own. She starts the lesson with a delicious shallot vinaigrette prepared two ways: whisked directly in the bottom of a salad bowl and shaken in a small jar. She also makes a creamy blue cheese dressing — just the thing for drizzling onto a wedge of iceberg lettuce. And you can make your own mayonnaise, too. Follow Martha’s step-by-step instructions, then use it to prepare the most delectable BLT.
California begins a controversial experiment to curb climate change on Wednesday: The state will start rationing the amount of greenhouse gases companies can emit.
Although the story so far is of a personal failing, it's possible that the widening sex scandal surrounding retired Gen. David Petraeus will begin to affect the military's reputation as a whole.
The FBI review of sensitive email messages between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell has been raising big questions about Big Brother.
A few years ago, while working on another story, reporter Tony Dokoupil stumbled across the fact that, in the 1970s and '80s, his father, Anthony Dokoupil, had been a big-time marijuana smuggler.
Food banks in New York and New Jersey were already hard-pressed to meet the demands of families struggling with a bad economy. Add to that a natural disaster and the upcoming holidays, and they're looking at a whole new set of challenges.
Many people keep cremated remains in an urn on the mantle or scatter their loved one's ashes over a sacred place.
In the final episode, Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefines the business of show business as "Cats," "Les Misérables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon" become international blockbusters. James Lapine lures Stephen Sondheim off-Broadway to develop "Sunday in the Park With George," while Jerry Herman’s crowd-pleasing "La Cage aux Folles" has two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on Broadway. Highlights include home movies of Jonathan Larson working as a waiter before leaving his job to create "Rent," and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of "Wicked" in rehearsal and opening on Broadway.
In the fifth episode, "West Side Story" not only brings nontraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushers in a new breed of director/choreographer who insists on performers who can dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins’ last original musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," closes after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway has changed forever. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and Vietnam usher in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theater in daring new directions with innovative productions like "Hair," the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music.
While smoking a cigarette, texting on her cellphone and declining to talk to the reporters there to watch, Cleveland's Shena Hardin this morning served Day 1 of her 2-day court-ordered punishment for repeatedly driving up on a sidewalk to pass by a stopped school bus:
In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.
The largest hospice program in San Diego County may lay off hundreds of employees to cope with financial problems because it may have violated Medicare regulations.
The sordid story surrounding the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus continues to grow. This morning there's word that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for "inappropriate communications" with the woman who kicked off the chain of events that led to the uncovering of the extramarital affair Petraeus was having (with a different woman) and his resignation.
Hurricane Sandy left a long trail of destruction across the New Jersey shoreline. And it did a lot more than just flood houses.
It's an old problem and an old code -- "don't snitch." And it exists everywhere.
In February 1932, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt was plotting a run for the White House. And in northeast Pennsylvania, the Morris Run Coal Co. had just finished drilling a 5,385-foot-deep gas well on a farm owned by Mr. W.J. Butters.
In Washington scandals, the question is usually what the White House knew.