Terrorism in Times Square; The Future of Aerospace in SoCal
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After announcing that NASA would phase out the space shuttle program, President Obama visited Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, headquartered in Hawthorne. Will Musk's Falcon 9 bring aerospace leadership back to Southern California? We talk with him and others. Also, the cost of not standing up to be counted. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the failed bombing of Times Square led to speedy arrests in the US and Pakistan. It's also raised many questions about how the incident came about, how it's been handled and what it means for the future.
Banner image: Liftoff of the Falcon 1 RazakSAT mission, from the SpaceX launch site on Omelek Island, US Army Kwajalein Atoll, in the Central Pacific, on 14 July 2009 at 03:35 UTC.
Lessons from Failed Car Bombing in New York ()
Faisal Shahzad reportedly has admitted that he was the would-be bomber of Times Square on Saturday night. He was arrested on Monday night, interrogated and then read his Miranda rights. But he has waived his right to a speedy arraignment.
- James Gordon Meek: Washington Correspondent, New York Daily News
- Ahmed Rashid: Lahore-based Paskistani journalist
- Brian Jenkins: Senior Advisor, President of RAND
- Massimo Calabresi: White House Correspondent, Time magazine
Governor Drops Support for Off-shore Drilling ()
Citing the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Schwarzenegger has cancelled what’s called the Tranquillon Ridge Plan, which would have allowed new drilling from a rig offshore from Santa Barbara. But that was only part of the deal. Linda Krop is Chief Counsel at the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara.
- Linda Krop: Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center
The Future of Aerospace in Southern California ()
America’s Space Shuttle program will come to a halt in September, and the US will rely on other countries to get astronauts to the International Space Station. President Obama calls that an opportunity for American entrepreneurs. SpaceX is headquartered in Hawthorne, and the entrepreneur behind it is Elon Musk. We speak with Musk and others.
Low Census Returns Costly to California ()
The US Census helps to determine how much money comes from Washington to fund state and federal programs. It also determines how many seats a state gets in Congress. In the City of Los Angeles, just 68% of the residents have returned their forms, compared to 72% nationwide. In Malibu and Avalon, the return rate is even worse. Rick Orlov is City Hall Bureau Chief for the LA Daily News.
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