At a time when suicide bombers seem particularly determined to create panic across Pakistan, Zeeshan Shafqat and Muhammad Usman are feeling the pressure. They are both freshmen at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. Their own school was hit with two bombs. More than at any time in their young lives, they are now living with uncertainty about school, jobs, family and their own safety .Also in the show: A son surprises his father at the end of his life.
his will be a big weekend for cycling enthusiasts - the final push in this year's Tour de France. Many fans make regular stops at the Fat Cyclist blog for news about their sport. Elden Nelson started the blog a few years back. It was funny and personal. But when his wife was battling breast cancer, he knew he either had to stop blogging, or write about the experience. Elden talks to Dick Gordon about how he's managed to raise so much money to fight cancer, and his once-in-a-lifetime ride with Lance and Team Radio Shack.
Laura Milkins moved to Mexico City earlier this year. Her plan was to walk the entire length of the city, a little bit each day. Not only would she walk, she would invite strangers to walk with her and tell her their stories. Laura had no idea that she'd be walking straight into an outbreak of swine flu.
Laszlo Hirka grew up in communist Hungary. One day he saw his first American magazine. Laszlo was captivated, and started having dreams of a new life in the U.S. Years later, he evaded authorities, jumped over barbed wire fences and eventually found his way to America.
Nancy Weigle's sister-in-law had planned one of those perfect homegrown Martha Stewart weddings in Ireland. But Nancy knew things weren't going to be picture-perfect as soon as she and her husband were given their assignment: to pick up the wedding cake in three different freezers across Dublin, assemble it and pick up the bride to bring her to the chapel.
Incidents of road rage increase in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of the summer. Paula wrote in about her husband, Greg. On the way out of town for a much-needed vacation, Greg and Paula encountered an aggressive driver who nearly drove them off the road. Greg normally keeps his cool - he spends a lot of time on the road driving large loads. In this case he didn't: before too long, both cars had pulled over and Greg had the guy in a headlock. Also in this episode, HIV/AIDS is spreading across the American South, particularly among the African American population. This week, the Black AIDS Institute issued a report criticizing the federal government for not doing more to help.African American woman are the most vulnerable to infection. DeVondia Roseborough found out she was HIV-positive in December 2003.
Foreclosures are up nearly 60% from springtime last year, pushing people to get creative with how they buy and sell their homes. Sherry Crosslin and Jerry Stussman took a novel route: they swapped houses. Also in this episode: is there a shoplifting season?
Despite oocupational hazards like an explosion that blasted Garry Eiden 20 feet through the air, he loves working in the oil industry. But it was never something Garry wanted any of his children to do. Yet one of his sons, Tug, fell in love with the oil fields as a toddler. Also on the show: the beauty of a barn.
When the last restaurant Daniel Giddens worked for closed, he got tired of looking for another job. He took unemployment and posted his resume on Monster.com. Before long, companies offering him bookkeeping work at home got in touch, and then some started sending checks. Dan knew it looked a little shady, but he was curious to see what would happen, so he took one of the checks to the bank and cashed it. Also on the show: a year without plastic.
Joanne Dobbs' American mother and German father moved the family to Germany in 1937. Thinking they'd found a good escape from the Great Depression, they went into the hotel business with family. Then the war began.