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TV highlights, Oct. 5 

MODERN MARVELS: INK
6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)


Given what we do for a living around here, it goes without saying that we’re partial to ink. While some old-timey newsmen seem to have it running in their veins, the truth is, good old black ink was invented by the Chinese sometime around 3000 B.C. That original concoction of powdered charcoal and oil has come a long way since then. Here, join the History Channel as it explores the history of ink, including the development of colored ink, the development of tattooing, soy-based inks and the ultra-high-tech color-shifting ink the U.S. Mint is using to foil a new generation of counterfeiters.


EYES ON THE PRIZE:
1960-1964
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)

Though we’ve made great strides in the area of race, everything isn’t hunky-dory when it comes to black and white. Given that, we’re glad that PBS has decided to take the 1987 documentary series “Eyes on the Prize” out of mothballs and present it for the latest crop of civil rights warriors. Here, in part two, the series tracks some of the most tumultuous years of the civil rights struggle, including the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, and the 1963 March on Washington, culminating in Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech.


SHOOTOUT: NORTH HOLLYWOOD
10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)

On Feb. 28, 1997, Emil Matasareanu and Larry Phillips Jr. walked in the Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, Calif., both carrying automatic assault rifles and swathed head to toe in body armor. Police arrived, and the two men opened fire, drawing on a small arsenal of weapons and armor-piercing bullets to lay siege to over 350 LAPD officers who soon arrived on the scene. Forty-four minutes later, 12 cops and two civilians had been wounded, and both gunmen lay dead. In this special, the History Channel draws on interviews with eyewitnesses and news crew footage to recreate a shootout so violent that it was copied for the heist thriller "Heat."

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