- Newsmaker: Trial of Dog Mauling Death in Hands of the Jury
Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of San Francisco-s dog-mauling death. Marjorie Knoller is charged with second-degree murder, husband Robert Noel with involuntary manslaughter, after their two 120-pound dogs killed their neighbor, Dianne Whipple. Jaxon Van Derbeken, who-s been covering the trial for the San Francisco Chronicle since it was moved to Los Angeles, has an update on the highly charged case.
- Reporter-s Notebook: Earliest Maya Wall Painting Found in Guatemala An exhausted archeologist searching for shade near an ancient pyramid in Guatemala turned his flashlight on a tunnel dug by looters and discovered a master work from an ancient civilization. William Saturno, of Harvard-s Peabody Museum, will spend the next 5 years on a grant from the National Geographic Society, studying his discovery and the Mayans responsible for it.
High Speed Media and Mayan Murals
Todd Gitlin tried to write books and articles about happy-talk news, corporate mergers, celebrity culture and other aspects of a world saturated with media until he realized he was missing the forest for the trees. The result is a new book, Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives. Gitlin is a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University. The modern-day Marshall McLuhan shares his thoughts on coping with all those media, which we might not want to live with, but just can-t seem to live without.