Stories for March 28, 2013
History Detectives: Carson Family Secrets; Yakima Canutt's Saddle; Tumbling Tumbleweeds; Modoc Basket
The history detectives investigate four stories from the American West. Did a biography of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson once belong to members of his family? Then, from the rodeo to Hollywood, a saddle tells the story of Yakima Canutt, who made life safer for movie stunt artists. What is the meaning behind the mysterious inscription on sheet music of the popular western song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”? Finally, did a pivotal character in the Modoc Indian wars weave this basket?
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a look at vintage electric signs. Other highlights include a baseball bat used by Mickey Mantle; art pottery from Cincinnati’s very own Rookwood Pottery; and works by locally born and world-renowned artist Edward Henry Potthast, valued at $41,000-$63,000.
After noticing that most of the lifeguards at the public pools used by Latino and African-American kids were white, the Phoenix aquatics department decided to try to recruit minorities.
Finally, the pictures of people camping out in the cold outside the Supreme Court, so they could get in to hear the oral arguments on marriage equality, brought back memories for me.
More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways since January from an algae bloom called red tide, just as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal from the endangered species list.
"Seeds Of Resiliency" introduces diverse individuals who have survived tragedies and traumas, and overcome mental and physical challenges, and now use their experiences to affect change and help others. Each thrives today because they refused to give up their struggle, even when all hope seemed lost. These compelling, uplifting and inspirational portraits attest to the strength of the human spirit and the power of positive thinking and action. Profiles include: a professional wheelchair athlete, Holocaust survivors, a homeless counselor, refugees from war-torn countries and a terminally ill cancer advocate.
A Philadelphia doctor who performed abortions is on trial for murder. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies who the prosecutor says were born alive. District Attorney R. Seth Williams laid out the case in disturbing detail in a grand jury report last year.
In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland (“The Farmer’s Wife,” “Country Boys”) creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
Poke into the obscure corners of the Federal Communications Commission's website, and you can find one of the deepest disclosures in campaign finance.
Chummy and PC Noakes meet with new challenges as they settle back into life in Poplar. Fred is in high spirits when his pregnant daughter, Dolly, and her young son, Anthony, arrive to stay with him. Jenny’s own jubilation comes in the form of potential love interest. The winds of change are blowing through Poplar, as old buildings are demolished to make new way for new flats, a situation that reaches crisis point when the convent comes under threat.
The billboard in Washington, D.C.'s Metro stopped me in my tracks on the way to work: "Love Your Patooty."
On Cynthia’s district rounds, she administers daily insulin to a man who consistently belittles his wife, Annie. A visit from Annie’s son and support from Cynthia help Annie gain confidence and start to change her life. Jenny witnesses persecution of a different kind when she looks after a black mother-to-be who is subjected to racial prejudice from neighbors. Funded by the success of the Summer Fete, Nonnatus House takes ownership of a scooter to help with rounds. Fred teaches the midwives to ride — with amusing and unforeseen results.
Standing in front of mothers whose children have died in shootings, President Obama said Thursday at the White House that if the nation fails to toughen its gun laws, "shame on us."
Deadly microbes like Salmonella and E. coli can lurk on the surface of spinach, lettuce and other fresh foods. But many more benign microbes also flourish there, living lives of quiet obscurity, much like the tiny Whos in Dr. Seuss's Whoville. Until now.
Retirement ads are everywhere these days. The Villages lures retirees to come live, love and golf in Florida. USAA offers financial counsel to retiring military personnel. Hollywood stars such as Pat Boone and Tommy Lee Jones dole out all kinds of retirement advice in 30-second sermonettes on television and the Internet.
Now he can catch up with his bills. Pedro Quezada of New Jersey claimed the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball multistate lottery on Tuesday. Instead of taking the $338 million dollar prize in installments, he opted for a one-time lump sum payment of $211 million, which is the third-largest single cash prize the lottery has ever awarded.
Residents evacuated from their homes on Puget Sound's scenic Whidbey Island are waiting for a green light from geologists and engineers after a large landslide knocked a house off its foundation and threatened to damage several others.
Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, three photos of "what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic" and other evidence when they searched the Newtown, Conn., home of killer Adam Lanza, according to records released Thursday.
A smartphone app that allows you to see how other consumers rate your medical group and health plan? Check.
The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.
On a recent morning, just south of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle, about a dozen people are lined up outside a restaurant waiting for its lunchtime opening.
The Louisville Cardinals are among the teams dominating at this year's Men's Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, which resumes Thursday night. The team credits harassing, active defense for its wins.