Factories deserve protection, too

Are old factories worth preserving? Many Americans recognize the historical value of battlefields, churches and houses where George Washington slept, but how about a run-down pumping station? "Save Our History: America's Most Endangered 2002" (9 p.m., today, History) highlights threatened, one-of-a-kind treasures.

The Hackensack Water Works, located in Oradell, N.J., houses steam, hydraulic and electric equipment that provided clean water for more than a century. Considered a technological wonder at the end of the 19th century, it faced demolition in the 1990s until concerned citizens organized to save it as vital example of America's industrial history.

"Save Our History" also chronicles efforts to preserve historic neighborhoods from "McMansion" invasions; Washington, D.C.'s Victorian-era St. Elizabeth's Hospital; Indiana's historic bridges; Maryland's Skipjack Fleet; Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater and other one-of-a-kind sites.

� The bizarre cartoon "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" returns to the "Adult Swim" (10 p.m. Sunday, Cartoon Network) animated series. For the uninitiated, Harvey is a former super-hero who has settled down as a lawyer who only handles cases involving other cartoon characters. In Sunday's episode, Scooby and Shaggy (from "Scooby Doo") find themselves in a legal jam after a cop pulls over Shaggy's smoke-filled van and suspects that the giggling duo is under the influence. Next Sunday, Harvey will defend Yogi Bear and Boo Boo from charges of eco-terrorism. On July 28, he will look into allegations that Fred Flintstone's "construction business" may be mob-related. Originally titled "The Sopranstones," that episode has been renamed "The Dabba Don." I can't wait. Like other "Adult Swim" fare, including "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" and "The Brak Show," "Harvey Birdman" is a brazenly original and hilarious combination of knowing references, silly situations and surreal non sequiturs.

Today's other highlights

� Cars compete in NASCAR action at the Pepsi 400 (6 p.m., Fox). Broadcast live from Daytona International Speedway.

� A divorced man (Albert Brooks) moves in with mom (Debbie Reynolds) in the 1996 comedy "Mother" (7 p.m., NBC).

� Roger Moore stars in the 1983 James Bond thriller "Octopussy" (7 p.m., ABC).

� Ordinary folks leave their hum-drum routines to pursue thrills on the second season of the reality series "Dream Chasers" (7 p.m., Saturday, A&E;).

Sunday's other highlights

� Repeat reports scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Overweight pilgrims flock to a North Carolina city dubbed "the Lourdes of Lard;" a mysterious hotel fire; the crash-prone Osprey aircraft.

� A rich socialite (Rene Russo) finds fulfillment raising gorillas in the 1997 comedy "Buddy" (6 p.m., ABC).

� A noble but inexperienced lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) defends a man (Samuel L. Jackson) on trial for killing his daughter's attackers in the 1996 adaptation of John Grisham's novel "A Time To Kill" (8 p.m., CBS).

� The three hour, globe-spanning documentary "Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs" (7 p.m., TLC) shows how similar structures were built by ancient societies in Egypt, Sudan, China, Mexico, Peru and Indonesia.

� A rich man's heirs are implicated in his murder on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m., NBC)

� The two-part, four-hour documentary "Endgame in Ireland" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) methodically chronicles the 20-year effort to replace the violent struggle in Northern Ireland with a political process. An exhaustive history, in all senses of the word.

� A San Diego man stands trial for attempted rape on "Crime & Punishment" (9 p.m., NBC).


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