In this edition of Perspective...
This week the accused gunman in the tragic Colorado movie theater massacre appeared in court, where his lawyers said they believe he is mentally ill. It was a little over three weeks ago that police say James Holmes killed 12 people and shot 58 more, and now we're discovering that Holmes' psychiatrist voiced serious concerns weeks before the shooting. So could it all have been prevented? Here's ABC's Mark Greenblatt.
We now turn to Africa, where Medical teams are scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of Ebola, the highly contagious and often fatal virus with no known treatment or vaccine. American specialists have been deployed to Uganda to try and stop this regional emergency from spreading into a global pandemic. ABC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Richard Besser accompanied them on their mission.
Putting a Man on Mars
This week, an historic achievement in space travel. NASA's rover, Curiosity, touched down on Mars in what scientists call a miracle of engineering. So how much more complicated would it be to land a *human* on Mars? One billionaire says he plans on doing it as early at 2025. ABC's David Wright has the details.
A little bit of suspicion always seems to pop up every time someone beats a big-time world record. Despite reinvigorated testing efforts, every Olympic games is haunted by past doping scandals and the 20-12 games are no exception. So how clean are the athletes of the London games? ABC's Bill Weir reports it depends on who you ask.
A cautionary tale about an indiscretion involving the modern phenomenon known as sexting. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, one in every five teenage girls say they've sent nude or semi-nude images of themselves or posted them online. In the case of one fourteen year old, those images spread far beyond their intended audience. Here's ABC's Terry Moran.
The United Bates of America
They have enough children to fill the lineup of *two* baseball teams. The Bates family raises 19 kids in the hills of Tennessee, but recently traveled to New York City and experienced the mayhem of Times Square. ABC's Juju Chang went along for the ride.
The Percy Jackson book series has taken the world by storm. It's a modern tale based on Greek Mythology, including summer retreats to a camp for young demi-gods called "Camp Half-Blood.". Back in the real world, some bookstore owners have taken it upon themselves to model summer camps on the book series as part of an effort to reinvigorate young readers imaginations. ABC's Cheri Preston explains.
Earlier this week, America lost one of its great composers. Marvin Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness and died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 68. ABC News Entertainment Correspondent Bill Diehl looks back at the composer's life and work.
Host: Aaron Katersky
Producer: Colin Tipton