Power Players

  • Modern day Monuments Men: FBI Art Crime Team founder talks about real-life treasure hunting

    Pierre Thomas, Richard Coolidge, and Alexandra Dukakis at Power Players12 days ago

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    What do Monuments Men, Indiana Jones and James Bond have in common? All of them face villains who, among other offenses, are guilty of stealing prized pieces of art and artifacts. And in a striking comparison to these heroic treasure hunt stories popularized by movies, there is a real-life group of detectives working within the U.S. government today to restore lost and stolen art: Meet the FBI Art Crime Team.

    “You’re not going to do the same type of investigation that you would for a Monet as you would do for a Chevrolet,” former FBI senior investigator Robert Wittman, who founded the Art Crime Team, told “Power Players.”

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  • Why child seats are required when you're going 50 mph, but not when you're going 500 mph

    David Kerley, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players20 days ago

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    As the summer season has kicked into high gear, so too have Americans’ travel plans.

    And as people prepare to make their way to their favorite Fourth of July destinations, former National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman sat down with “Power Players” to warn travelers about some of the biggest threats to travel safety.

    The most glaring shortcoming in enforced travel safety, Hersman said, is that the use of child seats on airplanes is not required – and has even been discouraged in some cases – by airlines.

    “We restrain our laptops, we restrain the coffee tops, but we don't restrain the most precious cargo on the airplane and that's our children,” said Hersman.

    “It’s amazing when you look back 25, 35 years … things have completely changed when it comes to automobiles. All states have requirements for child passengers to be restrained,” Hersman said. “But yet the things that we take for granted when we're traveling 50 miles per hour, we aren't translating those to when we're traveling 250 miles per hour.”

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