Before last Friday, Minamisanriku was a lively port at the heart of the mountainous Miyagi prefecture, with a population of about 17,000. But the earthquake struck just 80km from the town, and the resulting tsunami devastated the town, leaving much of the population unaccounted for.
Riverside, California and Sendai, Japan, the largest city in the area hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami, have been sister cities since 1957 and have maintained close cultural ties since then exchanging students, baseball teams and museum exhibits. We speak with Riverside mayor Ron Loveridge about how the city is responding to the tragedy.
Japan is bracing for a third possible explosion at its troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Two hydrogen explosions have already rocked the plant, injuring several workers. Water levels dropped severely at another reactor, completely exposing the fuel rods and raising the threat of a meltdown, which happens when the fuel pellets get so hot, they burn through the containment structures.
One thousand troops from Saudi Arabia, and backed by other Gulf nations, have reportedly been invited by Bahrain today to protect the government from pro-democracy demonstrators.
Army Private Bradley Manning could face life in prison for allegedly leaking government documents to the web site, Wikileaks. We delve into the details of his detention and case.
Henry Shukman recently visited Chernobyl, Ukraine — site of the world’s worst nuclear accident. Though it’s one of the most toxic sites on earth, it’s teeming with wildlife. See a slideshow from his trip.
We first spoke with Donzell Mintz when he was a teenager, before he was sentenced to three years behind bars. Fresh out of prison, he’s working at a cafe that trains young ex-offenders.14 Comments | more »
Joan Parker, longtime philanthropist and the widow of mystery writer Robert B. Parker, died last Tuesday. Joan was the inspiration for the character loved by Robert’s protagonist, detective Spenser.4 Comments | more »
The sequester budget cuts mean lower reimbursements for chemotherapy drugs for Medicare patients — a change that’s forcing some cancer clinics to turn away patients, in order to make ends meet.4 Comments | more »