NEWSGRIDS April 2005

April 29, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Insurgents Unleash 17 Bombs in Iraq, Killing at Least 50 in Attempt to Shake Government + Iraq Attacks Kill at Least 41; 3 GIs Die + 11 Bombs Across Iraq Kill at Least 24 and Wound Scores + Series of Blasts Across Iraq Leave as Many as 41 Dead (LAT Reg) + Zarqawi-Attributed Audiotape Urges Militants to Attack U.S. Troops in Iraq + Car bombs kill 31 in Iraq after Cabinet formation + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + 10 bombs greet new Iraqi cabinet + Bomb attacks show task facing Iraq regime + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunnis barred from top ministries + Assembly approves Shiite-led Cabinet. Divisions quickly surface within historic government + Iraqi Cabinet Approved, Though Divisions Linger (LAT Reg) + Lawmakers Take a Risk in Taking On Their Job (LAT Reg) + An independent judiciary will ensure the success of any future Iraqi government + Iraqi cabinet announced under US pressure

War prisons: Military told Hill of ghost prisoners + Military lawyers a war unto themselves + VIPs at Gitmo got dog-pony show, sez sgt. + Details about fake interrogations + Lynndie England to Plead Guilty in Abu Ghraib Case

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Settlers injure officer after they attack Palestinians + Putin: Abbas can't fight terror with slingshot and stones + Barghouti: Israel's Gaza pullout is partial, won't bring peace + Israel rejects U.S. request to arm Palestinian police + Putin fails to keep his sarcasm veiled

RUSSIA: Pravda: Russia is not selling short-range ballistic missiles to Syria +  Putin tries to calm Israelis on security. Kremlin chief meets Jewish leaders, visits Holocaust memorial + On Visit to Israel, Putin Criticizes Iran's Nuclear Program (LAT Reg) + Putin pledges Russian aid to Palestinians + This time it's personal: justice Chechen-style

EUROPE: Italian data deepen Berlusconi gloom

Britain: Iraq report derails Blair's campaign + Blair's spectacular U-turn leaves unanswered questions + Did Blair mislead us? + The Ten Days + Try the truth next time, Tony + Haunted by history + A creature of ego and self-righteousness + Deceived into voting for invasion

Turkey's premier says political relations can be established with Armenia

Zapatero courting business and US

Austrian AG reviews MP's questioning existence of Nazi gas chambers

ASIA PACIFIC: S. Korea Shows Contested Isles to Press (No Japanese Allowed) (LAT Reg)

China and Taiwan's KMT seal historic rapprochement + Chinese Leader Meets With Taiwan's Opposition + China Tries New Tactic With Taiwan (LAT Reg) + Rival Chinese parties meet, united against one foe

End of the line for Tibetans' life in splendid isolation

Vietnam marks anniversary with eye on the future

Why Japan's 'so sorry' doesn't wash in China

AMERICAS: Mexico City Mayor Emerges Stronger as He Prepares Bid (LAT Reg)

Chilean candidate set to head OAS

America vs. USA

U.S. envoy to Canada needs 're-educating'

Guatemala Develops Plan to Protect Judicial Officials From Attack

Colombian Forces Strengthen Grip on Town Taken From Rebels, as Residents Trickle Back

Venezuela, Cuba Presidents Promote Trade Plan for Regional Integration

Venezuelan President Says He Will Not Return to U.S. Until Americans "liberate" Their Nation

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Negroponte Takes Over Daily Bush Briefings

Shias 'infiltrated by Iran' to control Iraqi police force

Pentagon to no longer allow CIA 'ghost' detainees Click.

Industrial Espionage Becomes Favorite Way to Achieve Quick Gains

Israel, Russia to increase intelligence cooperation

Reports: Berlusconi May Contradict U.S.

Israeli spy master: 'Syrian president could be toppled'

Official Pariah Sudan Valuable to America's War on Terrorism (LAT Reg)

Two 9/11 hijackers used college computers + 9/11 hijackers booked plane tkts from N.J. state college library

Canada: Secret military police unit exposed

Defendants protest innocence in Madrid trial

Washington tangled up in its assessments of the war in Iraq

France holds 'jihad recruiters'

FBI to Help Train Anti-Kidnapping Squad in Trinidad

Papers Released Decades Later Show Intelligence Sometimes Right - and Wrong - on Vietnam

Click.   Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball: A convicted terrorist was providing U.S. officials with very specific information about a terrorist attack three months before 9/11.

Internet posting stirs bin Laden death mystery

Click.  McLaughlin Statement on Curveball

Polish church wants further inquiry into Pope spy

U.S. 'Israel's lawyer' at Camp David

Accused Nazi guard asks U.S. judge to step aside on deportation case

Stanford Univ.: A boost for international studies. $50 million from 2 alumni covers more than half of plan

RIP: Charles Edwin NicklasForeign Service Officer

RIP: Henry W. KempForeign Service Officer

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

EBay leaders to settle lawsuit over IPO shares

Jack Sirard: Turning in tax cheats can earn IRS reward of up to $10 million (SB Reg)

The new face of witness protection

Georgia: Missing Bride Search Called Off +

Babies born to help ill siblings OK in Britain + Details

The "Charitable Choice" Bill that was Recently Passed by the House, and the Issues It Raises

US trade rep puts China on 'watch list' for copyright infringement Click.

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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NASA May Delay Shuttle Launching Until July

Apple to let loose its sleek Tiger system, good at hunting down files + Is new Apple software better than Windows?

New Design Could Transform 1st Bike Ride

Gates to Detroit: Make cars smarter

Backup tapes are backdoor for ID thieves

Duke 'All-optical' Switch Could Advance Light-based Telecommunications

Cassini Captures Swiss-cheese Look Of Saturn Moon

Luca Technologies Confirms Real-time Methane Generation

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

The President Meets the Press in Prime Time

Man Kills Himself in N.C. Newspaper's Parking Lot

Freedom House: Press Liberty Declined Worldwide in 2004

'Jeff Gannon,' Uninvited to WHCA Dinner, Heads to Bill Maher's HBO Show

Tamil Newspaper Columnist and Web Journalist Slain in Sri Lanka

Distracting Visuals Clutter TV Screen; Viewers Less Likely To Retain Content

Bay Area radio show canceled after remarks (SJM Reg)

After sports and action, men baffle TV networks

Today's papers

MILITARY Group Details Air Force Academy Religious Bias (LAT Reg)

Rolling Camera Eyeballs Danger

Spider-Man, Captain America team with Pentagon

Pace Passes Along Combat Lessons to West Point Cadets

The Art of War finds the truth in fiction

Myers Makes Mark in Shadow of Rumsfeld

Amputee GI Sets Example In Iraq

Flag-draped coffin photos released

GI Sentenced to Death for Fatal Attack + Death Sentence for Army Killer Hardly Ensures Execution, Experts Say


Black leaders upset over child's handcuffing

Strange Bedfellows Battle National ID Plan

The Mysterious Death of Marla Ruzicka

San Jose: Judge allows suit by Christian teacher restricted by school from using supplemental Christian material in classes

California Bill to Limit RFID in ID cards

Row over Nazi camp commemoration

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Pathological love for our cars

Take Back The Night, Part II

Quindlen: No equality for women Catholics

Secret Star Trek Pedophilia Connection?

Some Disney fans take it to extremes

The descent of man in an uncivilised world

The hotel at Hitler's hideaway

The Significance of Pope Benedict XV

Blood for pork....

Government spending boosts defense contractors

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Crude Oil Falls Below $50 as Higher Output Boosts Supplies; Gasoline Drops

Rumours on revaluation of Chinese currency renminbi increase

Dell ready to go on India hiring binge

Wynn Las Vegas, World's most expensive casino-resort -- at $2.7 billion -- impresses visitors in a city not shy about going over the top

RIP: William Hanna -- ex-Bechtel engineer

Comcast chooses S.F. ad agency for creative work

Clear Channel Announces Spin-Off Plan

Good Things Happen to Those Who Sit on Their NYSE Seats (LAT Reg) + Could NYSE execs get big merger bonus? + Why Ken Langone's Bid for NYSE Is Strengthening

Asia: Boeing and Airbus' last battlefield

Oracle in Talks to Buy Siebel

Offshoring in Latin America

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

CDC backs 2 repellants to stave off West Nile. Officials encouraging mosquito spray use, especially among Northern Californians

Genetic Mingling Mixes Human, Animal Cells

Yemen Faces Polio Epidemic

For victims of Agent Orange, final battle still being waged


Pioneering stem-cell surgery restores sight

Ophthalmologists Implant Five Patients With Artificial Silicon Retina Microchip

Stem-cell pioneer frustrated by debate

'Boutique' medical care is no solution to system's woes

Medical marijuana works in Canada

Study: No reason to extract wisdom teeth 

Nanobacteria In Clouds Could Spread Disease, Scientists Claim

Patients With Pituitary Gland Tumors Are Often Misdiagnosed

Lower Vaccination Rates Put Children At Risk

A New Study Examines How Shared Pathogens Affect Host Populations

Facelift Alternatives Rid Patients Of Neck 'Wattle' Without The Downtime Of Surgery

Ancient Enzyme Guides Healthy Eating In Mammals

Yale Researchers Identify Molecule For Detecting Parasitic Infection In Humans

Method Shows How Precisely Gene Expression Signals Are Copied DNA Replication

Study Of Unique Reproductive-cell Protein In Mice Could Lead To New Contraceptives For Women And Men

Major Wheat Pathogen Chosen For Genome Sequencing

Genetically Modified Rice In China Benefits Farmers' Health, Study Finds

Study Proposes New Method To Investigate Genetic Hybridization

'Lord God bird,' once thought extinct, spotted in Arkansas swamps

Biting Midge Harbors Livestock Disease Virus

New Test On Tap For Detecting Pesticide-Resistant Mites

Use Of Insecticides Linked To Lasting Neurological Problems For Farmers

Ocean tells the story: Earth is heating up. Human activity, not variables in nature, cited as culprit

Increased volcano monitoring urged in U.S. 

Scientists Confirm Earth's Energy Is Out Of Balance

Sea Level More Variable Than Previously Thought

THE BUSHWORLD...

Negroponte Takes Over Daily Bush Briefings

Wolfowitz holds talks with top Chinese general

Bush tries to revive fortunes

Chalabi named Acting Oil Minister in Iraq

Pentagon to no longer allow CIA 'ghost' detainees Click.

Bush: No Timetable for Withdrawal

Italy and US Disagree on Agent's Death

Social Security: US President defends Social Security means-testing + Bush pushes 'Social Security Plus' + Bush Makes Slight Shift in Approach (LAT Reg) + Many of Bush's allies retreating on private accounts + Key Dem behind W's plan + GOP sets June target for social security draft legislation Click.

The difficulties of distinguishing international law and international politics

Bush's Social Security plan hits middle class, wealthy. For the first time, president backs reducing benefits + Bush's words fail to quell political storms + Bush Recasts Message

Trying to promote Patriot Act, DOJ Says 9/11 Hijackers Linked to Library Use

Students Do Not Share Atty General Gonzales' View on Piracy (LAT Reg)

Vietnam war still divisive presence in the American psyche

Alameda Middle School: Laura Bush gives teachers high marks + Where no one is left behind

Guilty Plea in Travel Expense Case by Bush Administration's Ex-Undersecretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools

Bolton: Ex-Official Describes Dispute With Bolton Over Intelligence+ Two Detail Bolton's Efforts to Punish Dissent+ Click.   Farah Stockman: In citing Sudan dangers, Bolton went beyond CIA + Laura Rozen blogging on Bolton + Agonist Bolton thread + Click.  Stygius: John Bolton & Russia's chemical weapons

N. Korea: North Korean threat worsens. Nation now seen as able to put nuclear warheads on missiles + Concerns grow over N Korea nuclear talks + North Korea: Six-nation meltdown nears + Pentagon: No New North Korean Nuclear Weapon Capability

Iran: Tehran says time running out for nuclear talks with Europe + Iranian Nuclear Talks With European Powers End Without Agreement

Syria, Lebanon: Israeli spy master: 'Syrian president could be toppled' + UN chief says militias in Lebanon still need to be disarmed + Lebanon replaces security chiefs

Other foreign: USA praises Russia's anti-terrorist actions, acknowledges the danger of Chechnya + China and the power game

Rice: Can Rice deal with N. Korea's Kim and the nuclear problem?

Domestic: NRLB Recommends Dismissal of Union Complaint Against Wal-Mart + U.S. Civil Rights Commission Closes Two Regional Offices, Citing Budget Cuts + Treasury to Give Frozen Cuban Funds to Miami Woman

Congress:  Congress approves budget for 2006. Measure would trim Medicaid, clear way for drilling in Alaska + GOP's Budget Deal Cuts Programs, and Taxes (LAT Reg) + Medicaid Cuts Pass + Dems turn down GOP solution on judges. Proposal to limit debate on nominees labeled 'a big wet kiss to the far right' + Democrats Reject Deal on Judges + DeLay Faces Lengthy Inquiry (LAT Reg) + Volcker, Congress Clash Over Oil-for-Food Subpoenas

Democrats: Top Democrat: 'Miracle' needed to win back Senate

GOP: Maher: Grouchy Old Party Needs to Chill Out (LAT Reg) + GOP Leader: Republicans Are United Behind Bush, While Democrats Practice "reactionary Liberalism"

Voting: The 'We're Smart, You're Dumb' Principle (LAT Reg)

OPINIONS:

Krugman: A private obsession

Clouds of War Still Hover Over Vietnam (LAT Reg)

A Very Special Kind of Math (LAT Reg)

Eleanor Clift: News Conference Didn’t Help Bush

Fineman: Has the White House Lost Its Touch?

The Oval: Bush’s Lukewarm Support for DeLay

Patti Davis: Seeking One Good Man (Or Woman)

Bushism of the Day

Has Bush delivered on pledge to expand nation's wetlands?

Andrew Greeley: Don't blame pope for Kerry defeat

Al Gore: Breaking the rules to destroy our courts

Barry Goldwater's Warning

The Thirty Years War: Justin Raimondo

A Useful Whitewash: Alan Bock

Guerrillas vs. the State: William S. Lind

Put the Marx Brothers in Charge: Michael Scheuer

Victory Will Be Blair's Undoing: Peter Oborne

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:   Methodists to reinstate lesbian minister + FarOutFest celebrates gay/lesbian filmmakers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Greek Orthodox Easter Dawns

On opening day of trout season

Mark Morford: scariest Music Video...Ever

Mural captures Crockett history: Artist turns senior center residents' vision into scene of memories (CCT Reg)

Sandia lab puts children at the helm

Saturday. Lathrop pow wow features dancers, drummers

Festival Adds Some Hipness to Riverside (LAT Reg)

Seaside and Gonzales: Local events observe Cinco de Mayo

AmCan stable gives kids with disabilities a chance to saddle up

FarOutFest celebrates gay/lesbian filmmakers

Alex Ross on Jordi Savall

Dream Teams Thrive On Mix Of Old And New Blood

Does 'Hitchhiker's Guide' live up to the book?

Beware Bird Watchers: Rediscovered Woodpecker's Home a Rough Place for Humans

That's it. I'm staying in

Stone: Sightseeing the World From Your Desktop

Rock, Paper, Payoff: Child's Play Wins Auction House an Art Sale

Prof goes on odyssey of religious art

What would you do to beat out Bach?

Paul Haggis's LA epic, "Crash"

Rush & Molloy: De Niro got plot right, target wrong

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Sorrenti's very own film strip

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. endorses Minutemen on border. He parts with Bush on armed volunteers stopping illegal immigrants in Arizona + Gov.'s Border Remark, Part II + Gov. causes immigration stir (SB Reg) + Gov. Praises 'Minuteman' Campaign (LAT Reg) + Brighter budget numbers bring call for school funds. PTA members rally in hopes of getting promised money + PTA pushes for funding (SB Reg) + Bersin Picked for Top Schools Position (LAT Reg) + Schwarzenegger picks San Diego superintendent as education secretary + Gov.'s unpopularity now rules + Democrats teach Gov. and Riordan tough lessons about Sacramento's ways + Gov. scorned by backer over shift on redistricting + In-home caregivers threatened by proposed budget cuts + Paying for his Hollywood ways (OC Reg) + Riordan details reasons for his leaving (SB Reg) + State workers' comp director confirmed (SB Reg)

California to get federal money to battle West Nile (SB Reg)

State adopts tough smog rules + California approves new ozone-level limits (CCT Reg) + Smog Rule Tougher, but It's Symbolic (LAT Reg)

Workers' comp on the mend

2006 races: Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger dims, Lockyer opts out, and Angelides improves (SB Reg) + Lockyer drops out of governor's race. No taste for such a high-profile battle, he says -- opts instead to run for state treasurer (SF Chron) + Lockyer scraps gubernatorial hopes (CCT Reg) + Lockyer drops bid for top job (SB Reg) + In surprise, Lockyer drops out (Oakland Trib) + Lockyer Won't Run for Governor (LAT Reg) + Joe Dunn drops from 2nd race this month (OC Reg)

Legislature: Termed-out legislators roil politics + Lawmakers cut prisons budget plan. Program failures, waste lead Senate panel to reject $100 million of $6.5 billion request + Restoration plan for Angel Island seeks funding + California bill would ban RFID chips in IDs

Stem cell panel: Last pitch to stem cell team. S.F.. first of 4 stops -- decision on site due next Friday + Stem cell HQ pitch enters home stretch + 15 reasons San Francisco is the right city for the stem cell headquarters + Biotech firms eye Mission Bay + What is Mission Bay? + Why stem cell research needs San Francisco

Indian tribes: Casino proliferation worries Bay Area leaders + Casino meeting replays debate (San Pablo) + McCain says inquiry focusing on lobbyist, not on lawmakers + Stiffer rules urged / Panel may reopen Indian Gaming Act

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

San Francisco: Logging protesters win pepper spray case. Jury awards $1 each after third trial over Humboldt incident

Justice Brown puts foot in mouth again (CCT Reg)

Ex-Valley man eyes U.S.-Mexico border as a Minuteman

California suspends corporate registration re: BALCO + BALCO's Conte faces tax troubles (SJM Reg)

Judge upholds stricter diesel rules

Sacramento & north: Folsom man arrested in sex assault of 9-yr-old girl (SB Reg) + Purloined falcon is owner's passion (SB Reg) + Fake licenses net arrest (SB Reg) + Money to Sacramento law enforcement funds for cold cases (SB Reg) + Mormon church leader arraigned for lewd acts with boy under 14 (SB Reg) + Obituary: Earle Simmons loved bringing crooks to justice (SB Reg) + Sutter Health sues union over warnings (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Attack on son, arson is 1 strike. Charles' conviction for gun possession ruled No. 2, not 3 + SF: Gonzalez represents woman suing city in identity theft case, Ex-supervisor helps client wrongly named as fugitive + SOUTH SF: Reward offered in boy's beating + SF: Suspect arrested in 3 carjackings + Facing Third Strike, He Gets a Break (LAT Reg) + Peninsula: Police seek suspect who hit cruiser + Peninsula: testimony continues in coach's molestation trial + Peninsula: flooded businesses, city threaten suits

Alameda: Livermore: 2 similar slayings in 2 weeks. Women lived alone in nearby apartments + Livermore: Woman found dead in home + Oakland A's fan hit by chair files lawsuit + Fremont mom charged in school disruption case + Area trio charged in major meth bust + Not oldies, just goodies + Oakland: Woman injured in baseball fracas sues Texas players + Oakland: Federal charges for 3 after meth sting + De La Fuente Jr. Surrenders on rape charge + Son of Oakland councilman arrested on suspicion of rape (CCT Reg) + Irate Fremont mother shocked with Taser + Baiting the 59th St. vigilante

Santa Clara: San Jose: Judge allows suit by Christian teacher restricted by school from using supplemental Christian material in classes + Teacher's lawsuit moves forward (SJM Reg) + 9 guilty verdicts in tech sting (SJM Reg) + Infamous dad avoids life term (SJM Reg) + Poisoned-dog reward grows (SJM Reg) + Lawyer: 2 police officers unpaid (SJM Reg) + EBay officers agree to pay $3 million + Action Line: Runaround ends with new washer (SJM Reg) + Cops liable in 1997 logging protest (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Defense witness' testimony could shake nanny's case. Hit with new data, he says drugs may have impaired her + San Pablo: Federal charges for 3 after meth sting + Barreto not intoxicated, witness says + San Ramon: Reward possible to find vandals (CCT Reg) + Orinda: Polk allowed to represent herself in murder trial + Barreto defense: You can't prove she was drunk, or on drugs + San Ramon mom accused of embezzling school fundraiser makes court appearance

Marin: Alcohol not a factor in Novato crash + DA wants strict supervision for Ghilotti

Sonoma: Jury begins deliberating fatal shooting case + Split decision in pepper spray case + SR woman denied asylum awarded $87,500

Napa: Showdown over Wal-Mart reaches judge + Napan arrested in Vegas faces 3rd strike in Napa

Solano: Fairfield: Injured Canada geese to be moved to sanctuary today. State investigating whether residents ate birds' meat, eggs + Killer used knife + Crippled geese find refuge + Officers' gunfire justified, DA says

Monterey: Seaside killer J.D. Horne gets multiple life sentences + Getting to know the gang + Ex-teacher gets five years for meth lab

Central Valley: Churches deliver scam alert + Sutter sues over union's postcards + Tire shop employee arrested + Driver who hit woman cleared + No date selected for execution + Stabbing victim fights for life + Foster care sentence delayed+ Atwater man given 10 years for assault + Turlock gets taste of reality on gangs + 'Homeless' rapist paroled to Stockton + Tracy police obtain hybrid vehicle

Central Coast: Heartless burglar swipes Little League’s defibrillator + Several from county arraigned on car theft and other charges + Cops and Courts

Southern California: LA: 6 cops face penalties + LAPD, sheriff to vie for officers + 2 Homestore.com executives face charges in probe + Avila Guilty of Abduction and Murder of Samantha Runnion (LAT Reg) + 6 Officers Facing Discipline in Beating (LAT Reg) + Judge Lifts Court Control Over O.C.'s Jail System (LAT Reg) + Jaramillo Lawyers Drop Probe of Leak (LAT Reg) + It Might Help to Catch Up on News Before Calling Your Bookie (LAT Reg) + What Gives Drivers a License to Kill? (LAT Reg) + San Clemente Woman Found Fatally Shot (LAT Reg) + Man Arrested in Killing of Boy in San Gabriel (LAT Reg) + Former Barstow Fire Official Fined (LAT Reg) + Anaheim: 2 Men Who Were Shot in Apparent Fight Die (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson Prosecutors Won't Rest Case Yet + Ex-wife bashes Jackson aides. Her testimony ends in less than 3 hours + Jackson Jury to See Seized Photos from 1993 search (LAT Reg) + Michael Jackson jury sees books about boys from 1993 probe+ Jackson's Ex-Wife Calls Pop Star a Loving Parent (LAT Reg)

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  

Northern California: Endless winter bodes well for water supply

BART directors unmoved. Angry commuters told fare increase is only solution + Fare hikes, layoffs may be needed to tame BART budget

Langberg: Cities should think carefully before jumping on WiFi bandwagon (SJM Reg)

The Politics of Cynicism

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove begins plans to police itself (SB Reg) + Elk Grove report criticizes Cooper (SB Reg) + Sacramento Unified: Trustees ax jobs, air strategies for deficit (SB Reg) + Yolo revenue may help cut SMUD rates (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Possible lifeline offered to financially troubled Port of Sacramento (SB Reg) + Sacramento fire chief may be set to retire (SB Reg) + Fed bill gives El Dorado region help on asbestos (SB Reg) + Lockyer to fight for Sacramento housing rule (SB Reg) + El Dorado: Waste workers walk out (SB Reg) + Sacramento waste sites down to 4 (SB Reg) + Firms leaving Sacramento, going to Reno for lower overhead (SB Reg) + DHL blasted by labor activists (SB Reg) + SMUD's expansion into PG&E turf is confusing (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: South SF: Flood prevention project causes deluge at businesses + S.F. home to five expensive ZIP codes + 15 reasons San Francisco is the right city for the stem cell headquarters + Biotech firms eye Mission Bay + What is Mission Bay? + Pacifica opens art exhibition + Peninsula: Union puts pressure on hospital rebuild

Alameda: Hayward: 3 firefighters hurt in bridge crash + Hayward: Woman dead in fire; husband in hospital + Pleasanton Mayor Hosterman asked to speak at U.N. conference (CCT Reg) + Altamont windmill, bird issue deadlocks (CCT Reg) + Cherryland: Woman dies in mobile home blaze + Hayward: Parents fight again to save JV sports + Route 238 'mini-loop' still alive + Hayward fire engine crash blocks bridge + Foes may force tweaking of group-home proposal + Rare blood found for boy + First lady praises East Bay kids + Hayward considered for VA clinic + Assemblyman Klehs to host education forum + Bay Area fails air quality tests + Mimi's Cafe may come to Southland Mall area + Foster children need adult bond + Can Ward sell his school vision in Oakland? + Doctors protest at Highland ER

Santa Clara: Atherton homes priciest in U.S. (SJM Reg) + Initiative to tackle world problems (SJM Reg) + Springtime brings model missions (SJM Reg) + War's mines, explosives still kill and maim (SJM Reg) + Two lead campaign fundraising (SJM Reg) + WHO RAISED WHAT (SJM Reg) + Bay Area radio show canceled after remarks (SJM Reg) + Low-priority city services target of cuts (SJM Reg) + Chung: New greeting of hybrid fans (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Shoulder pain tied to sports, not age (SJM Reg) + Palo Alto to try to soften cutbacks (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Ray of comfort in gas price story (SJM Reg) + Clergy group urges rental-car firms to boost wages (SJM Reg) + Park to be dedicated in San Jose (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Pittsburg: Grand opening for senior housing + Wal-Mart to open in Richmond mall (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo payroll gets state scrutiny (CCT Reg) + Alter Walnut Creek plans for building (CCT Reg)

Marin: Marin's median income is $94,410, highest in state + Novato considers broader renovation of city complex + Sausalito planners approve 'green' building + Funding for Angel Island is opposed + Marin nonprofits agree with United Way's status report + 60 years after Dachau + San Rafael: Completing a 9/11 victim's dream

Sonoma: On ROTC, secret bonuses and 10 stories + Grand jury faults disaster planning + Casino proliferation worries Bay Area leaders + Interchange gets go-ahead + Developer woos city with soccer field offer + Garage security cutback studied in attempt to avoid meters + Generations make connection + Marathon man pushes past pain + Biodynamic kids at Waldorf school + Empire Waste Management workers strike in Petaluma + Calpine stock plunges on rumor

Napa: AmCan stable gives kids with disabilities a chance to saddle up + Proposed law protecting county from suits draws ire + 79-year-old Napan launches flight around the globe + City of Napa proposes cutting vital services and adding fluff

Solano: Wal-Mart war looming + Citizens express fears at forum on health care + Former POW shares story with Travis personnel + VCUSD board president backs idea of higher taxes to support education + Workshop to focus on student behavior + Vallejo woman injured in crash + Lillian's Green Thumb Project turns 25

Monterey: Vietnam refugee finds way to repay America + Marina elementary school goes K-6 + Vigil to protest lecture at CSUMB + King City shows off new arenas + Your town + Local events observe Cinco de Mayo

Central Valley: Tehama County: Soldier killed in Afghanistan + 'Crank babies cry out + How's the air? Check the flag + Spill contaminates Dry Creek + Rainfall catches drivers by surprise, snarls roads + New chief for Merced organization + War strains Red Cross funds + Toughest air rules are adopted + MJC to hold graduation ceremonies this evening + NY Times exec to give send-off + Pombo's mailer leads to new rules + College's Measure E committee to meet + Greek Orthodox Easter Dawns + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + OID water plan vital to future use + Stockton: Minor league park, major league atmosphere + Visalia: Pioneering ethanol plant

Central Coast: Supervisor rips library chief over Felton closing + Lowe’s eyeing Lipton factory on Westside + Traffic woes to grow in Pajaro Valley + Aptos pilot overcomes latest hitch + Crops bill finds little support + Watsonville Volunteer Center gets new home + Coast Lines + Supes OK water buyout ballot + News briefs from California's Central Coast

Southern California: Villaraigosa to return $47,000 in questionable funds + Its Ego Bruised, San Diego Asks: 'What Next?' (LAT Reg) + Villaraigosa to Return Florida Donations (LAT Reg) + Another King/Drew Physician Accused of Lying (LAT Reg) + Battered LA Health Department Chief Soldiers On (LAT Reg) + LA Mayor Race: Miami Vice' Meets 'Dumb and Dumber' (LAT Reg) + L.A.'s Rainfall Inches Closer to All-Time Record (LAT Reg) + High Winds Damage Homes as Storm Strikes Dana Point (LAT Reg) + MTA Approves $640-Million Budget for Downtown-to-Westside Rail Line (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County + Best Buy revisions challenged

School days: Alameda Middle School: Laura Bush gives teachers high marks. Reading program at Chipman school singled out + Stanford. Univ. A boost for international studies. $50 million from 2 alumni covers more than half of plan + San Jose: Judge allows suit by Christian teacher restricted by school from using supplemental Christian material in classes + Where no one is left behind + Mt. Diablo payroll gets state scrutiny (CCT Reg) + Sacramento Unified: Trustees ax jobs, air strategies for deficit (SB Reg)+ Trajan: A school that serves all abilities (SB Reg) + Biodynamic kids at Waldorf school + Under NCLB, state tinkers with dropouts (SB Reg) + Assemblyman Klehs to host education forum + Sandia lab puts children at the helm + Getting to know the gang + VCUSD board president backs idea of higher taxes to support education + Workshop to focus on student behavior + The Tyranny of the 'Juvenocracy' + Can Ward sell his school vision in Oakland?


Greek Orthodox Easter Dawns

On opening day of trout season

Mark Morford: scariest Music Video...Ever

Mural captures Crockett history: Artist turns senior center residents' vision into scene of memories (CCT Reg)

Sandia lab puts children at the helm

Saturday. Lathrop pow wow features dancers, drummers

Festival Adds Some Hipness to Riverside (LAT Reg)

Seaside and Gonzales: Local events observe Cinco de Mayo

AmCan stable gives kids with disabilities a chance to saddle up

FarOutFest celebrates gay/lesbian filmmakers

April 28, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Leaders in Iraq Attempt to Engage Insurgents (LAT Reg) + Iraq general killed + Militant Web Site Carries Statement, Video Purportedly Showing the Killing of Six Sudanese Kidnapped in Iraq+ U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,571 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraqi MPs approve partial cabinet + Iraqi Parliament backs partial Cabinet + Baghdad approves cabinet but key posts stay unfilled + Iraqi cabinet list + Three Sunni MPs quit Iraqi alliance + Zebari Named Iraqi Foreign Minister as Assembly Approves Partial Cabinet + Details of new cabinet + Chalabi makes his return + History lost in war-torn Iraq + Saddam Hussein meets lawyer

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. Soldier Among 9 Killed in 2 Attacks (LAT Reg)

MIDDLE EAST: Arab NGOs must move from noble aims to historic achievements

Israel, Palestine: Putin urges Sharon to boost, not pressure Abbas + Abbas to protect truce with 'iron fist' + Israeli-Palestinian peace will be illusory without popular support + Over 15,000 attend anti-pullout rally in West Bank settlement

RUSSIA: Putin's visit to Israel marks milestone for Russian leader + Putin defends missile sales to Syria + Putin plays down Israel arms fear + Russia's oligarch verdict delayed until May 16 + China beats Japan in Russian pipeline race

EUROPE: Berlusconi's remarks put his future in doubt

Blair accused of 'gross deception' as Goldsmith's advice is published + Blair Faces Furor Before Election + Iraq leak jolts Blair + Excerpts From British Attorney General's Memo on Iraq and Blair's Statements + Details

Rewriting Latvian History

CHINA: China bank chiefs hit at Communist party role + Hu commits Chinese companies to invest in Manila + Working-Class Hero? NBA Star Nets China's Proletarian Award (LAT Reg)

AMERICAS:  Mexico’s President clears way for mayor to stand in election + Fox Moves to End Crisis (LAT Reg)

Argentina urged to deal with hold-out bondholders

Canada opposition challenges Martin on tax U-turn

Colombian 'peace community' in name only. Civilians caught in middle of a conflict that's not theirs

MILITARY Pentagon release flag-draped coffin photos

Photos of Soldiers' Coffins Released by Military

Officers Testify GI Who Killed 2 Soldiers Was Not Fit for Duty

Military Disciplines AWOL Soldier (LAT Reg)

Soldier Who Fought Assignment Discharged

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Judge halts hearing, offers Ressam a deal + Judge gives Ressam three months to reconsider cooperating + Court documents from Ressam case

HP to build EU's biometric ID, terror database

Missile lunch at Central California base scrubbed

Man denies taping landmarks for 9/11

Tenet Regrets WMD 'Slam Dunk' Comment

Priest at Vatican Is Called a Spy One killed for spying for US troops in Paktika

Pak agencies nab 44 Indian intelligence agents

China's Communists, Taiwan's KMT to End Hostilities

Italy Opens Its Own Probe of Agent's Slaying in Iraq

Peru ex-spy chief to sue for $20m

'Real Clouseau' tells of spying in Britain

Will a German Crane Be Used By the Mullahs to Make Missiles?

RIP: J

ean McGowan Cobert DIA Intelligence Analyst

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Justices allow lawsuits over pesticide damages

US law targets online 'pirates' of music, movies, 3-yr jail sentence possible

Asylum seeker wins settlement over treatment. Case establishes right of applicants to sue government

The Unmaking of the Mob Men

Portland, FBI Unit to Part Ways

New York Sues Internet Marketer Over 'Spyware'

Prosecutors Cross-Examine Ex-Chief of Tyco

Justices Dubious of U.S. Case on Andersen

Afraid to Go Home, Reaching Out to America (LAT Reg)

Fla. Court Refuses to Hear Limbaugh Appeal

Arab Americans Sue Denny's; Say they were compared to Bin Laden

British Court: in Vitro Embryo for Cure OK

Special report: When to remove a child?

License To Beg?

Florida: Police Release Photo in Search for Abused Girl on the Internet (LAT Reg)

Secret weapon in war on mob: 'short, bald, fat' detective

Xymphora on the Zodiac killer + Cannonfire on the Zodiac

In Public Remarks, Two Supreme Court Justices Defend the Federal Courts' Actions in the Schiavo Case - and One Attacks the Court and His Fellow Justices

Federal Appeals Court Lifts Injunction Keeping Detroit Casinos From Building Permanent Facilities

Chemical Signatures For Bioforensics

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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NASA Considers Another Launch Delay

German astronaut books long stay + NASA takes photo of comet Tempel 1 that it will bash on July 4 + NASA Gives Artificial Gravity A New Spin

Future Computer: Atoms Packed In An 'Egg Carton' Of Light?

Silicon Insider: Taking Jobs to Task

Where will Europe's innovators take satellite navigation?

Fusion Experiment Close, No Cigar

Why HP Is Pruning the Printers

Israel's Tech Giants Challenge Canada

Atomic Energy on The Table At UCLA

Is Apple’s Tiger a Kitten?

Old Star's 'Rebirth' Gives Astronomers Surprises

Harvard Scientists Create High-speed Integrated Nanowire Circuits

Molecular Motors Cooperate In Moving Cellular Cargo, Study Shows

Innovative Fountain Pen Writes On The Nanoscale


Wiretaps in U.S. jump 19 percent in 2004

Ads That Know What You Want

S.F. State plans to discipline protesters re:anti-military rally

Protesters dog ChevronTexaco annual meeting

USCF target of animal rights protest

Groups protest Fresno surveillance policy (CCT Reg)

Fremont CA cops use Taser to subdue parent at school

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Net-illiterate 'failing children'

Growing up de-natured

Last of the outspoken scientists

Arctic Circle

Baby madness

Blood for pork....

Halliburton's Military Meals 'Pretty Unbelievable'

Criminal network smuggles Iraqi fuel through well-organized racket

SAIC settles claims in Texas that it defrauded Air Force

Boeing faces loss of big Army radio contract

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Microsoft Earnings Almost Double as Legal Costs Fall, Network Sales Rise

US economy shows slow growth

Airlines could allow cell phone chatter

World funds suffer

Wellpoint health insurer merger pays off

Plugged in: Americans paid $7 billion last year to call 411 and find a phone number (SB Reg)

Economists Try to Explain Why Bubbles Happen

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%

Accounting Rules in U.S. a Bit Lacking, Europe Says

More Than Half of Tax Returns E-Filed

World's two richest men, Buffett, Gates, help guide Berkshire

Comcast profits up nearly fivefold

Eurozone bonds hit by poll uncertainty

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

We need luck to avoid flu pandemic

More Options To Fight West Nile

FDA/CHIRON Flu Fiasco: Flu shot problem hurts Chiron's quarterly profit + Chiron announces 2005 flu vaccine expectations (CCT Reg) + Chiron has loss from flu shutdown (SJM Reg)


Worldwide cancer rates 'double'

Potentially deadly skin cancer can sometimes be found on youngsters

Scientists find 'key sleep gene'

Pollutant affects sex chromosome

Lilly Halts Child Sepsis Study

Patients Swallow 'Camera-in-a-Pill' To Help Doctors Check For Diseases Of Esophagus

Antibiotic Might Fight HIV-induced Neurological Problems

Specific Behaviors Seen In Infants Can Predict Autism, New Research Shows

Breast Cancer Detector That Uses Electricity Instead Of X-rays Under Study

Molecular Models Advance The Fight Against Malaria

OHSU Study Finds Ginkgo Beneficial For MS Symptoms

Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Risk Of Mother-to-child HIV Transmission

Herbal Medicine May Alter Cell Response To Cancer Therapeutic Agents

Discovery Of A 'Molecular Switch' Could Lead To New Ways Of Treating Infection

Herceptin Combined With Chemotherapy Improves Disease--Free Survival For Patients With Early--Stage Breast Cancer

Lake Tahoe: Quake in lake could cause 30-foot tsunami. Major temblors hit area in 3,000-year cycles

More protection urged for bluefin tuna. Atlantic fish head farther east than thought, study says + Protections for big tuna are criticized (SJM Reg)

'Extinct' woodpecker found alive

Sea Lions With Appetite For Salmon Pose Dilemma

Scientists Take Major Step To Improve River Restoration Efforts

At Least Part Of Climate Change Is Man-made, Bonn Study Shows

Capturing Carbon A Key Benefit Of No-Till Soil Management

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush news conference: SS Cuts For Wealthy Retirees? + Bush to Ask Congress to Adjust Social Security Benefits + Bush to Shift Social Security Focus Away From Private Accounts, Aide Says

Bush sees new technology as solution to energy crunch. No short-term fix for high prices suggested in speech

Bunker-buster bomb plan won't work, study finds + Penetrating nukes could kill millions + Rumsfeld demands cash for 'bunker-busting' nuke

Bush picks David Wilkins as ambassador to Canada

Laura Bush visits transformed Sun Valley school in San Fernando Valley + First lady of the theater in Los Angeles + First Lady Touts Programs for Youths (LAT Reg)

Bolton: The Bolton Logic (LAT Reg) + Bolton's Not Nice. But He's Good (LAT Reg) + Dowd: U.N.leash Woolly Bully Bolton

Iran: EU under pressure as Iran lays down gauntlet

Syria, Lebanon: U.S. to Avoid Confrontation in Lebanon (LAT Reg) + An Islamist Syria is not very probable

Other foreign: Despite the spat, Turkey and the U.S. need each other + USA declines reciprocal relations with Kazakhstan's president + US walks China tightrope

IAEA postpones decision on ElBaradei reappointment after U.S. voices opposition

Rice: US-Russian relations: Lost in translation

Domestic: Food program for poor urged to provide more fruits, vegetables + Food Program Is Due for a Nutrition Update + 'Skill gap' between races stagnant

Social Security: Private accounts could vanish from Social Security bill

Congress: Republican Lawmakers Reach Agreement on $2.6 Trillion U.S. Budget Plan + Democrats reject filibuster compromise + House panel tackles NFL's steroids policy + Bill gives FDA new power over drug safety and ads + Congress sinks into partisan quagmire. Procedural battles take priority over health care, deficit + House passes abortion limits for minors. Taking a girl out of state for the procedure without parents' OK would be federal crime + House reverts to old ethics rules in partisan impasse + DeLay gets legal-fund help from colleagues. Some Republicans received aid from lawmaker's PAC + Bill that lengthens term of enterprise zones held back (CCT Reg) + GOP senator bolts over Medicaid cuts + GOP poised to toughen rules for abortion consent + Rep. Brad Sherman, Congressional loner

OPINIONS:

A Society That Throws the Sick Away (LAT Reg)

$2.5-Million Chart, $250,000 in Art: Ain't Life Grand? (LAT Reg)

House Republicans Suffer Ethics Attack

So Much for 'Political Capital' Congressional Republicans Act More Like Europeans Than Americans

Pentagon between Iraq and a hard place

The Republican Party and the Christian right: sowing the seeds of an American fascist movement

Novak: Senate plots to get rid of doc

Molly Ivins: Dumb Dems let GOP run wild

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  California coalition seeks male-female marriage definition. New ballot push for constitutional amendment + Anglican bishops call moratorium on same-sex blessings + Gates promises more dialogue on gay-rights issues + Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Olson: Cooper Defense to Rely on Precedent, Common Law

KYCY-AM first station to convert to all-podcast format

Mark Morford: What's On Jesus' iPod?

The New Old Journalism

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Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Oakland: Parade, festival will honor heroes of Cinco de Mayo

Oakland: Dance to fill Indian cultural festival

Fremont: Feel free to flit about at butterfly festival

Lathrop: Pow Wow features dancers, drummers

Niles railway chugging along

American Academy of Arts and Sciences chooses fellows in Bay Area (SJM Reg)

Maltese mystery: fact in fiction

Touring Rivera mural marries art and industry

Benicia cited as 'arts destination'

Chris Caen: S.F. drink? Don't call it pisco

New Bugs Bunny film softer, less menacing

A TV Salute to the Designer of Some Memorable Movie Promotions

Brace yourself for a return of 'The Birds'

Preparing for the world's first Hindu theme park

New fiction by Haruki Murakami

Rosie O'Donnell's TV Movie

Rush & Molloy: Cruise's Holmes away from home

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Eviction is a monsterpiece

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day


 

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. hedges on redistricting agenda. He admits it may not be possible to redraw voter boundaries by the 2006 elections + Gov. backs off redistricting + Gov. Relents on Sped-Up Remapping (LAT Reg) + State admits inspection failures re: foster homes, nursing homes, day care centers (SB Reg) San Bernardino: Public workers picket Gov. + San Bernardino: Gov. lays out future plans in scripted setting + Democrats press tax agenda + How to fix the initiative process

Lockyer Drops Run for Governor, will run for State Treasurer (LAT Reg)

Gov.'s polls down 20% since January: Gov's rating drops sharply (SB Reg) + Arnold's popularity ebbing; Democrats push agenda + Arnold's in the tank + Gov.'s popularity ebbs (CCT Reg)+ Daniel Weintraub: What we have here is a failure to communicate (SB Reg) + After Reneging on His Promise to Schools, Schwarzenegger's Marks Slip (LAT Reg)

Riordan: State secretary of education Riordan to step down. Announcement comes as poll finds handling of schools hurting Gov.'s approval ratings + Education Secretary Riordan to quit + CSU students, faculty protest Gov. + Survey suggests school reform support (CCT Reg) + Livermore teachers protest Gov.'s funding + Education quality seen as problem (SJM Reg) + Schools secretary Riordan resigns (SB Reg) + Riordan to Quit Post in Education (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Protest to have prop 98 money restored to schools

Workers comp chief:  Panel sends Hoch nomination to Senate. Gov.'s choice to run workers' comp accused of cutting services and benefits + Panel OKs Appointee to Workers' Comp Post + Workers' comp boss prevails (SB Reg)

How to fix the initiative process

California coalition seeks male-female marriage definition. New ballot push for constitutional amendment

Report: State's uninsured re: health coverage near 16%

State power supply stretched to limit (RP Reg)

State asthma rates soar with pollution

2006 races: Westly explores run for governor

Bay Bridge: Bay span builders told to weld, but test results not yet in + Architect defends Bay Bridge

Stem cell panel, biotech: The final four of biotech (SB Reg) + State's pluses for biotech firms can still outweigh high operating costs Click (OC Reg) +Link to the report here.

Legislature: Silicon Valley tech leaders lobby lawmakers + Bill to allow hemp farming falls two votes short (CCT Reg) + Committee rejects charter school bill (CCT Reg) + Marjie Lundstrom: Measure would light a fire under cops after business ID theft (SB Reg) + Editorial: Cache Creek showdown (SB Reg) + Deal on Cheaper Medicines Unravels (LAT Reg)

Indian tribes: McCain to give casino bill legs (to block Casino in San Pablo) + 2nd Indian casino planned for Cloverdale + Bill Granting Tax Breaks for Tribal Resorts Clears California Panel (LAT Reg) + McCain: More Laws Needed on Tribal Casinos + Senate questions oversight of Indian gambling + Testimony of Ernest L. Stevens, Jr. Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association, Washington, DC Concerning Oversight Hearing on the Regulation of Indian Gaming
HUD cuts off grants to Tulalip Tribes

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

D.A. bugged phone of Jackson's ex-wife

Man Guilty In Runnion Case

BALCO's Conte in trouble with state over taxes. One of his companies has failed to file returns, authorities say

Federal Judge Fern Smith: California ex-cons not required to submit DNA samples

Sacramento FBI chief leaves, fourth in three years + Capital loses its top FBI agent - again (SB Reg)

Pot Laws Pain Some Elders (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Placer County priest abuse case settled + Sacramento Kings case: Man acted in self-defense, lawyer says (CCT Reg) + Wash. man sentenced to death for killing Red Bluff cop + Officer's killer gives apology, gets death (SB Reg) + Loomis: Probe rescues maimed geese (to be fed to elderly at assisted care home) (SB Reg)+ Capital loses its top FBI agent - again (SB Reg) + Placer: Deputies halt getaway, net most wanted man (SB Reg) + Ex-ARC dean is accused of embezzling $50,000 (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Driver arraigned in death of teacher (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Drugs, guns seized in raid; four held (SB Reg) + El Dorado: Meeting about asbestos from roads (SB Reg) + RIP: Laurie Pogue, police dispatcher known for her cool (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: Archer who shot sea lion pleads guilty + Bayview police use cell phones to fight crime + No charges in alleged SFO bomb threat + South City offers reward for leads in attack on schoolboy

Alameda: Berkeley: Rape suspect set to enter plea today + Chinese student still critical after beating + Oakland standoff ends peacefully + Victim identified in fatal shooting + Newark police still seek parolee + Fremont cops use Taser to subdue parent at school + Transient charged with 12 felonies (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Palo Alto police standoff ends (SJM Reg) + Los Gatos police seeking owners of stolen goods (SJM Reg) + San Jose: School aide accused of sex with 17-yr-old student

Contra Costa: D.A. rests case in trial of nanny accused in fatal crash. Only 1 witness testified of smelling liquor on her breath + Teens in court for 1st hearing in police killing. Tense atmosphere in packed courtroom as defense asks to postpone arraignment + Witness: Pack asked me to manipulate testimony + Police subdue man with bean bags + Pair charged in officer's death (CCT Reg) + Unknown vandal gouges Oak Hill memorial + Methamphetamine sting nets three arrests, 28 pounds seized (CCT Reg) + Fake bomb again found at Freedom High School (CCT Reg) + Pack spoke to witnesses (CCT Reg)

Marin: DUI suspected in Novato crash + Tiburon sues couple over 'land grab' + Click. Jim Scanlon: Justice For Sale. Did Judge Smith Ignore Crimes In Divorce Trial? Click. Jim Scanlon: Media Blackout On Father's Felony Child Abuse Charges against daughter of Carol Mardeusz.

Sonoma: Jurors continue to deliberate on Humboldt pepper spray case retrial

Napa: Former Napan sentenced to death for teen murder + Napa State sued over patient suicide + Mother challenges Vets on son's death

Solano: Murder probe moves slowly + 'Daddy' faces charges of pimping for girl, 14 + Skip Thomson may fight tax fraud with air power

Central Valley: Tough on gangs? It depends + Sentence due today in foster care scam + Merced seeks help for trial costs + Ripon teens take cue from cops + Law & Order

Central Coast: Robbery suspect takes plea bargain + Cops And Courts + Police arrest two after man robbed of marijuana + Man suspected in string of recent burglaries in Soquel + Pajaro board agrees to join state lawsuit against testing

Southern California: Administrative charges will be filed in LAPD beating + Fewer kids slain, but cars, abuse still taking toll + Probably 4 different killers loose on Southern California freeways + Recording is fine with Caltrans to catch freeway killers + O.C. Jurors Weigh Fate of Avila (LAT Reg) + Norco: A Quick Death in Disputed Crash? (LAT Reg) + 11 Area Residents Held in Drug Probe (LAT Reg) + Man in Wheelchair Guilty of 3rd Strike (LAT Reg) + Laguna Woods: Surveillance Photos of Bank Robber Released (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson's Ex Praises Pop Star (LAT Reg) + Sealing of Jackson Case Records Upheld (LAT Reg) + Ex-wife praises Jackson + Ex-wife: Jackson manipulated by 'vultures' + Jackson's Ex-Wife Calls Him a Great Father

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:   Sea lion caught, returned to sea

Sacramento & north: SMUD's Folsom annexation veered from plan (SB Reg) + Expert: K Street review breaks anti-secrecy law + Region ranks 7th-worst for smog (SB Reg) + Arden/Carmichael: Area may switch sides (SB Reg) + Elk Grove: Principals take reins at schools Monday (SB Reg) + El Dorado: EID report reveals household water use on rise (SB Reg) + Natomas: Trustees approve charter school (SB Reg) + Placer: Saving Clover Valley is urged (SB Reg) + Citrus Heights: City moving fast on police issue (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Rotary plans haven for ill kids, families (SB Reg) + Capitol Area Development Agency names new boss, Paul Schmidt

San Francisco, San Mateo: Ferry tale -- the dream dies hard. 2 historic boats that plied the bay seek buyer -- anybody + Golden Gate suicide barrier study funds are allocated + Cash for SF city workers if ideas save money + S.F. Golden Gate campus with only 96 students will close in June + Mixed forecast for local air pollution + Abandoned building may get new lease on life + SF school board may consider closing another facility + Peninsula: Gardeners ‘optimistic' council will reconsider ban on leaf blowers + Peninsula: Vineyard owners defend environmental practices + Peninsula: Federal government settles with refugee + Peninsula: Students, parents react to exercise requirements + Chris Caen: S.F. drink? Don't call it pisco

Alameda: Berkeley council votes to raise UC's sewer fees. University contends increase would violate contract + Berkeley council overturns landmarks ruling + Livermore: Bicyclist killed in crash is identified + Oakland: Restaurants raising funds for HIV projects + Air pollution still abysmal in Bay Area + Former foster children still in need + Oakland: Police Review Board may be hamstrung + Fremont mayor: Housing on hillside fated + Union City: Obstacles stall Flight 93 memorial + Airport shuttle fares make up for cheap flights + Catholic Charities chief has wisdom of Solomon + Pombo put on the hot seat re: Endangered Species Act + Jerry Brown enters world of blogging (SJM Reg)

Santa Clara: San Jose Valley Medical Center nurses union approves contract (SJM Reg) + Schools' low marks (SJM Reg) + North San Jose project hits snag (SJM Reg) + Years apart change émigrés forever (SJM Reg) + Herhold: Outsiders who could be S.J. mayor (SJM Reg) + PTAs rally for restoration of school funds (SJM Reg) + Palo Alto lays off 16 to meet budget deficit (SJM Reg) + Concerns raised on S.J. ethics reforms (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Walk of Fame sidewalks locked up (SJM Reg) + VACANT P.A. BUILDING IN LINE FOR NEW LOOK (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Leaders hope 3rd time's a charm re: urban limit line + Crockett seeks way to acquire building (CCT Reg) + Bethel Island district, public to look at spending windfall (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek rally protests GOP changes to filibuster rule (CCT Reg) + Group says foster teens need family (CCT Reg) + + Protesters throng ChevronTexaco (CCT Reg) + Golden Rain Foundation: Residents' rally seeks to foil rule on videos (CCT Reg)

Marin: Furor over Comcast intensifies + Mixed results for air quality in Marin + Nation's health-care bill dies in Assembly committee + San Rafael protesters rally against Bush 'right-wing agenda' + San Anselmo residents could face new tax amid budget crunch + A guide to Marin's dog parks + Full circle closed + Click. Carol Sterritt: Marin County, CA draft counselors advise students.

Sonoma: Red Cross honoring heroes + St. Helena schools clamping down on lies about residency + Around the Empire + 5 hurt in two Napa-Lake area crashes + 2nd Indian casino planned for Cloverdale + Elsie Allen ROTC denied reprieve

Napa: Diagnosed with worst form of skin cancer, Napa mom of two wants to make sure children are educated, protected + Napa city officials detail budget pains + Secret-ballot debate divides panel in Napa

Solano: Vallejoans unwilling to give feds final word on LNG sites + Benicia cited as 'arts destination' + Council OKs housing plan + Damelio awaits word on contracts + Search and rescue team needs help + Benicia plans disaster drill + Evans holds public forums + Local leaders, state debate who will pay the bill for Benicia Bridge+ Nonprofits rolling with the funding punches

Monterey: Monterey: Condo-conversion plan catches residents off guard + Pacific Grove school official faces job review + Singing ambassadors to benefit Salinas library + Bluefin tuna population in trouble, study finds + Panel approves golf club's face-lift + Your Town + Castroville woman killed in accident + Panel OKs Chualar project + CSUMB speaker draws GOP ire + County checking voter fraud + Questions of life, death at symposium

Central Valley: Stockton's new ballpark is centerpiece of ambitious plans to renew downtown + Groups protest Fresno surveillance policy (CCT Reg) + Valley air hits children hardest + Baby's fight for life comes from the heart + Prom planning is detail-oriented + Westly explores run for governor + Mental health needs assessed by counties + Ted E. Bear Is Back + Program teaches safe Net surfing + Guardsman who went AWOL disciplined + Merced County wants all of Castle + Modestans targeted by $1M lottery scam + Study links health care to education + Modesto crash + Search goes on for Mariposa's Grandpa Doug + News & Notes + Around the Region + Patterson council on right track in fixing permit woes

Central Coast: Felton library faces the ax + Parents protest budget at Aptos High + S.C. Schools budget: No salary hikes for administrators + Businesses come to rescue as school funding drops + St. Patrick’s priest answers new calling + County gears up for Cinco de Mayo + Higher water rates divide city and UCSC + First stage of UC growth bill passes panel + Coast Lines

Southern California: L.A. air graded as clearly bad + Hollywood under fire in death of 2nd horse + LA Mayor calling for probe of donation to opponent + Wilson won't run for S.D. seat + Villaraigosa Under Fire for Florida Donations (LAT Reg) + O.C. Expected to Add to Baby-Haven Sites (LAT Reg) + New Outlet for Retro Charms? (LAT Reg) + Infant Deaths High in Antelope Valley (LAT Reg) + Holy Habitat! Bats' Bridge Is Saved (LAT Reg) + Thousand Oaks: Divided Council Ousts City Manager (LAT Reg) + LA Council Creates Schools Panel (LAT Reg) + Kern: Site of Chimp Attack Wins New State Permit (LAT Reg)+ UC Irving Grad Student Dies After Pool Accident (LAT Reg) + News briefs from Southern California + San Diego council leans toward special election

The Rubes in L.A. City Hall Have Swallowed Hollywood's Hard-Luck Story (LAT Reg)

School days: S.F. Golden Gate campus with only 96 students will close in June + S.F. State plans to discipline protesters. 2 groups, 3 students subject of hearing on anti-military rally + LAUSD will train nurses, vet techs + Laura Bush visits transformed Sun Valley school in San Fernando Valley + Berkeley to hold daylong teach-in against torture + History student earns UC Berkeley honor + CSU students, faculty protest Gov. + Education Secretary Riordan to quit + Survey suggests school reform support (CCT Reg) + Committee rejects charter school bill (CCT Reg) + Fake bomb again found at Freedom High School (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton schools pass political conduct rule (CCT Reg) + Livermore: Boy tells school mates of fight against leukemia + Welcome to Dr. John Kimball High + Education quality seen as problem (SJM Reg) + PTAs rally for restoration of school funds (SJM Reg) + Elk Grove: Principals take reins at schools Monday (SB Reg) + Natomas: Trustees approve charter school (SB Reg) + Pacific Grove school official faces job review + After four years, UC regents visit Davis - and get an earful (SB Reg) + Santa Rosa: Elsie Allen ROTC denied reprieve + Opposition to High School Exit Exam Growing (LAT Reg) + Was the 'No Trespassing' Sign at USC Frat House All Greek to Him? (LAT Reg) + LA Council Creates Schools Panel (LAT Reg) + Parents Wary of Dark Side of 'Bat Boy' (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Protest to have prop 98 money restored to schools
The cash incentives keeping weapons out of US classrooms

Oakland: Parade, festival will honor heroes of Cinco de Mayo + Dance to fill Indian cultural festival

Fremont: Feel free to flit about at butterfly festival

Lathrop: Pow Wow features dancers, drummers

Niles railway chugging along

American Academy of Arts and Sciences chooses fellows in Bay Area (SJM Reg)

Maltese mystery: Fact in fiction

Touring Rivera mural marries art and industry

Benicia cited as 'arts destination'

Chris Caen: S.F. drink? Don't call it pisco

April 27, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Member of Iraq’s parliament shot dead by gunmen + Laptop led to arrest of Zarqawi men + Myers: Insurgency same as year ago + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Jaafari completes inclusive list for Iraqi cabinet

MIDDLE EAST: Yemen plans new cultural preservation and development strategy

Israel, Palestine: Settlers vow to stop blockade of Gaza Strip by IDF 'at any cost'

RUSSIA: Putin arrives in Israel + Russia to convene Middle East peace conference + Analysis: A visit for its own sake + Israel rejects Putin's plans to aid Palestinian security forces + Shunning Putin + US balks at Putin's Mideast peace conference plan + Putin Finds Egypt Firmly Allied With US

EUROPE: Blair accused of 'gross deception' as Goldsmith's advice is published + Blair faces new questions on Iraq war + Text: Goldsmith’s advice + For the first time, the legal advice on war we weren't allowed to see

Iraq death car arrives in Italy

AFRICA: Togo opposition candidate self-proclaims president + US blasts Togo poll results + Election riots spark fears of civil war

ASIA PACIFIC: China integrates into the global supply chain

Malaysia's biotech folly

AMERICAS: Top generals sacked in Colombia

Mexico, U.S. hit hurdles on trade (SB Reg)

Canada's business sector hits at tax about-turn + Harper blasts NDP-Liberal deal

Latin America's new Fidel

Colombia's President Sacks Four Army Generals as Fighting Continues

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

AIR AMERICA RADIO INVESTIGATED AFTER BUSH 'GUNSHOTS'

Deal Struck for Timing of Miller, Cooper Supreme Court Appeal

Study: Vast Majority Says News Reporting is Biased

California Senate Advances Bill Easing Limits on Prison Interviews

Military Reporters' Group Writes Rumsfeld, Demands He Lift Press Restrictions

KR's Baghdad Chief Says Journos Remain in Grave Danger

Fiction prize won by 9/11 novel

Ladies Who Write

Podcasting Killed the Radio Star

Media File Motion to Unseal BTK Court Records

Today's papers

LEAKGATES UK Iraq legal opinion leaked

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Subcommittee votes to enhance intelligence info sharing

FBI picks deputy CIO

Judge delays sentencing of Ressam in millennium bomb plot

Man convicted in sting op against missile plotter

Records Show Man in LAX Plot Gave U.S. Key Terrorist Details

Oakland: First U.S. port to check radiation. Every container arriving from overseas is tested

Priest Accused Of Vatican Spying

Harper Collins to publish Reagan's diary

(PDF) Tenet statement on Curveball

(PDF) Explosive magazine design criteria

Peru ex-spy chief to sue for $20m

Pak agencies nab 44 Indian intelligence agents

Mystery ship may track Titan rocket

Syrian Intelligence Still in Lebanon

Thailand demands better intelligence

Why Al Qaeda Conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui's Guilty Plea Probably Won't Save His Life

Moussaoui Tells Judge He Wants to Be Buried in a Muslim Land

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

A Day of Semantics for High Court

Using software to model death row outcomes

U.S. volunteers want to patrol Canada's border

Federal Judge Rules New Anti-Crime Measure Does Not Require Ex-Convicts to Submit DNA Samples

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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UCLA researchers produce fusion in tabletop experiment

World's largest passenger plane makes maiden flight

Yahoo! search gets personal

NASA Funds 'Miracle Polymer'

Nokia offers new range of phones

Put a Tiger in Your Mac

New Crop of Software Startups Growing Up

How the Fed Learned to Love Technology

Old Computers Finding New Uses

College And Government Physicists Collaborate To Create More Stable Gyroscope For Navy

Microscopes At Microscopic Size

Cassini Finds Particles Near Saturn's Moon Enceladus

MILITARY ron Curtain: minefield to greenbelt

Army officer acquitted of raping soldier

Marine hung 'death sign' by bodies, witnesses testify

WARPLANES: Who Has the Best Pilots? 

Buying Billions of Bullets a Year

Instant Messaging and the Modern Major General

Building Your Own Special Explosives

Americas Next Tank and the Laws of Physics

Mini-Missiles Mounted on Mini Warships


Stardom: LoveMusicHateRacism: Brits Protest NAZI Parties

Ad Putting L.A. in Mexico Called Slap in Face (LAT Reg)

RFID on Drugs to Get Big Release

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Matier, Ross: UCSF Center for Gender Equity makes some more equal than others

Motherhood doesn't slow down ABT ballerinas

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Court moves to repossess homes hit 10-year high

World Bank: China ‘should end dollar peg’

Modern Movie Houses Are Sprouting Overseas

ChevronTexaco answers critics at annual meeting (SJM Reg)

Juniper to buy 2 valley start-ups (SJM Reg)

California has edge in biotech scramble (SJM Reg)

Amazon.com Profit Declines 30 Percent

Archbishop criticizes cost of free trade to poor countries

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Smallpox could be sent in mail

Ebola suspected in Equatorial Guinea


Hypnosis could banish hay-fever

Brain stem cells to cure diabetes

Air passengers 'risking health'

Texas A&M Says It Has Cloned a Horse

UK drugs scan system to go nationwide, prevents errors, stops fraud

TV Ads for Drugs Help Boost Prescriptions, Researchers Say

Researchers Discover Molecular Mechanism That Desensitizes Us To Cold

Robotic Arm Could Help Stroke Survivors Regain Range Of Motion

About 70 Percent Of Older Adults Use Alternative Medicine

Actor-Patients' Requests For Medications Boost Prescribing For Depression

Viral Protein Influences Key Cell-signaling Pathway

Fatal Brain Disease Holds Clues To Dementia

Protecting Sacred Sheep

Researchers Make Gains In Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

54 Per Cent Of Air Passengers Experience Significant Reduction In Oxygen Levels

'Fickle' Enzyme Helps Protect, But Also Can Promote Heart Failure

Study Sheds Light On Age-related Changes Of Prion Diseases

NZ parrot receives special care

 Study: Western bluefin tuna nearly extinct 

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush to Host News Conference on Thursday Night

Bush seeks to ease US oil needs + Bush to support expansion of nuclear energy + Bush wants refineries at shut defense bases + Bush Touts Technology to Solve Energy Problems, Admits Being Powerless to Curb Prices

US wants to sell Israel ‘bunker-buster’ bombs

Rumsfeld: Victory is up to Iraqis + Army funding running low, Rumsfeld warns

Bush Nominates Four to Ambassadorships

Bush Attending Second GOP Fundraiser This Year

US (mostly) lets Iraq form its cabinet

Scare Sends Bush Underground

Bush OKs Smut-Stripping Tech from DVDs

BUSH, CONGRESS NOT PROTECTING COUNTRY : 911 PANEL

Bush's bouncer gets around

Bush Taken to Bunker After Airspace Scare

Bolton: Lugar Predicts Committee Will OK Bolton + The right bull for UN china shop + Senate panel digs for more information on Bolton

Syria, Lebanon: Syria has honored its commitments to the United Nations + Assad can no longer pretend that the status quo will suffice + Zooming out, Syrian liberty must be next

Other foreign:  U.S. urges Saudi economic aid for PA

Congress:  Block this budget + Budget Negotiations to Cut Medicaid Falter + Governors Say Medicaid Efforts Misused + Business groups fight pension premium increase + Gore Blasts GOP Bid to Block Filibusters + GOP Retreats On New Ethics Rules + House Passes Bill Making It Illegal to Take Minors Across State Lines for Abortions + Matsui has money in bank for '06 race (SB Reg)

OPINIONS:

Bush attacks small business

The Consequences Of War

Evangelical Bush?

Abdullah-Bush Stroll Strikes Nerve

PART 8: Militarism and failed states

Cannonfire on Gannon

The revolt of America's moderates

Bush hides the truth about terror, torture

DeLay, Abramoff and Israeli Militias

Blood for pork....

India's arms purchases hit a roadblock

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Bay Area: Acts of bias against gays up 7%, anti-violence group says + Panel finds bias at Castro bar. Owner denied entry to black patrons, commission reports + California: Party-line vote on same-sex marriage. Dems advance bill defining couple as 'two persons'

 



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Red wine, white bikes, local roads

Growing a market (SB Reg)

'Temple' doesn't reveal tragedy's hows and whys

African-American genealogy experts host workshop

Emio Greco's dancers move to shed labels

Boot camp no cakewalk for brides-to-be

Gang of Four band are back

African-American genealogy experts host workshop

The legend of Margarita

Ghost town bought for $150,000

Jawbone hints at earliest Britons

Resisting Malraux

Street Art Goes Global, Online

Japanese tradition meets Western musicals

Rush & Molloy: Comics hit gusher: George of Arabia

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Suspending belief Vartan was 'Punk'd'

Art That Saw Past Color

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Future looks bright for solar-powered home subsidies bill + Tax increase proposed for state school funds. As Gov. drops in polls, Democratic leader takes him on + Senate leader Perata: Raise California taxes for kids' education + Perata open to tax for schools (SB Reg) + Fontana: Gov.'s visit draws fire from critics (RP Reg) + Gov. asked to declare salmon disaster + Credit Gov. for fight to keep military bases + Statement from California State University Chancellor in Support of Gov. + Gov. appoints Indian American Sanjay Kumar as judge in Los Angeles + Peter Schrag: Governor's reform agenda: A rush to confusion (SB Reg) + Other view: Nurse shortage means not enough schools for training (SB Reg) + As We See It: Teachers’ union shouldn’t reject all ideas from Gov. + Gov. angers Turks with genocide reference + Gov. Extends Hand of Friendship to South Russia

'06 Ballot Is a Goal for Foes of Gay Marriage (LAT Reg)

State Democrats need women (CCT Reg)

25% of Latino kids lack health plans

State employees union fights over its future (SB Reg)

UC Davis drug study questions advertising

State loses ruling on pesticide smog, federal judge rules (SB Reg)

State Dept Fair Employment & Housing now headquartered Elk Grove (SB Reg)

Feds can't quell growing firestorm about air tanker fleet

Farmer's workers comp rats drop (CCT REg) + Workers comp fix angers many (CCT Reg)

2006 races: Dan Walters: Three-way battle for lieutenant governor meshes with insurance fight (SB Reg) + Matsui has money in bank for '06 race (SB Reg)

Legislature: Panel OKs ID marks on bullets. Police would be able to trace ammo used in crimes in state + Party-line vote on same-sex marriage. Dems advance bill defining couple as 'two persons' + Panel kills universal health insurance + UC growth bill set for Assembly committee hearing

Stem cell panel: Top science group offers stem cell ethics rules. Oversight committees, donor consent sought for emerging, controversial field + Stem Cell Research Standards Offered + Stem cell guidelines get mixed reception (SB Reg) + Group advises standards for stem cell work

Indian tribes: California lawmakers push bill for tribes to issue tax-free bonds + Indian Gaming Jobs Surpass 50,000 + Update: Senate hearing on Indian gaming + Hollywood Park's Future Uncertain

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

State loses ruling on pesticide smog, federal judge rules (SB Reg)

Fired insurance agents accuse CSAA of discrimination. Dispute involves changes to mileage figures on policies

Third federal jury gets Humboldt pepper spray case

Gov. appoints Indian American Sanjay Kumar as judge in Los Angeles

Sacramento & north: Lawyer: Single punch felled banker (SB Reg) + Child abuse deaths plummet (SB Reg) + ARC boosts patrols after campus rape (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: City cops won't be feeling blue about pay - police, union make a deal (SB Reg)+ Girl raped by teens, deputies say (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Man, 22, fatally shot during quarrel (SB Reg) + Yolo judge refuses to block W. Sac anti-gang injunction (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Body at Lands End IDd as S.F. man, 39 + SF: Man, 21, convicted in 7-Eleven slaying+ Middle school locked down after second threat + Court sides with landlords on eviction payouts

Alameda: Berkeley: Accused slasher still awaiting evaluation + Teen's competence for trial in question (CCT Reg) + Lawyer: Slashing suspect troubled + Man shot, killed in North Oakland + Accused street-sweeper thief has brush with law + Fremont: Police lure, capture shooting suspect + Death not sought in double murder +  Shooting suspect re: Pleasanton woman, found in Utah (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Suspect in three rapes charged + Emeryville cops may have thwarted more killing at Amtrak + RIP: Alameda County Judge Vern Moore dies, 'rebelling' to the very end + Pleasanton shooting suspect arrested

Santa Clara: Wendy's diner waives extradition -- will stand trial in San Jose. Held without bail in Las Vegas, suspect denies placing finger + Los Gatos: Cuffed suspect tries to flee in police car + San Jose: Branham teacher's aide suspected of sex with student + Finger case may be weak (SJM Reg) + High school coach on trial for molestation (SJM Reg) + Tips sought in dog poisoning (SJM Reg) + New suit vowed in S.J. theater dispute (SJM Reg) + Medical board upholds ban on fertility doctor (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Microsoft claims deadline (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Antioch: Police officer's death brings murder charge + Richmond: Election violations settled for $7,000 + Bethel Island: Police investigate fatal stabbing + Two charged in officer's slaying (CCT Reg) + Dad: 'I talked to nanny witnesses' (CCT Reg) + $5 million deal struck in fuel spill (CCT Reg) + Attorney will call father to the stand (CCT Reg) + Oakley Campus closes due to 2 alleged bombs (CCT Reg) + Ex-nanny tells police shes as much a victim as kids

Marin: Ex-court officer John Montomgery's travel included trip to Australia + Parolee jailed after chase in San Rafael

Sonoma: Court overturns judgment for ex-Anderson Valley publisher + "Jet ski" murder case set for trial in June + Third federal jury gets Humboldt pepper spray case

Napa: Silverado 12-year-old arrested for bomb threat + Nursing home officials say they didn't endanger patients

Solano: Pipeline firm pleads guilty in marsh spill + Vallejo: Man held in killing of friend / Houseguest buried his host, spent his money, police say + N.Y. will extradite accused murderer + Diesel spill penalty tops $5 million + Vallejo Police Calls + Kidnapper wins sentencing delay + Murder defendant pleads not guilty + Vandals delay testing at Armijo

Monterey: Teens cited for starting fire

Central Valley: Stanislaus DA set to seek another term + Law & Order

Central Coast: Alleged Aptos bank robber claims incompetency + UC moves ahead on water lawsuit against Santa Cruz

Southern California: Stopping freeway killers + Jurors see photos of slain 5-year-old Orange County girl for first time + Harbor Freeway: All of a Sudden, Pow! ... It Was Gunfire' (LAT Reg) + Avila an 'Animal,' Jurors Are Told (LAT Reg) +  Riverside: Body Is Found After Deputies Fail (LAT Reg) + Jaramillo Not Key to O.C. Displays, Witness Testifies (LAT Reg) + A Plea to Laguna Beach Police as Crisis Nears Boiling Point (LAT Reg) + LA: Man, 58, Is Charged With Molesting Boys + Ex-Mattel Official Guilty of Campaign Violations (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson's Mistrial Request Rejected (LAT Reg) + Jackson Feuds May Taint Latest Testimony (LAT) ‘Never shared a home’

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Livermore: Plants, trees bloom in former wasteland

Hopes for recovery amid San Diego's mess

Sacramento & north: County looks at 14 sites for green waste facility (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: City cops won't be feeling blue about pay - police, union make a deal (SB Reg) + Elk Grove officials rethinking skate park plan (SB Reg) + Panel to review K Street Mall proposals (SB Reg) + Open house at remodeled fire station (SB Reg) + Woodland: Meeting today on parks development (SB Reg) + W. Sac photo contest clicks in May 1 (SB Reg) + Editorial: Sacramento, the next San Diego? (SB Reg) + FCC supports sale of KOVR to Viacom (SB Reg) + News in brief from California's North Coast

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Four schools get the ax. Board of Education approves closures to plug budget deficit -- two other campuses survive + Panel finds bias at Castro bar. Owner denied entry to black patrons, commission reports + Bay Area: Acts of bias against gays up 7%, anti-violence group says + SF: Daly seeks fees on new Rincon Hill high-rises. Money would aid existing residents + SF: public works chief appointed city administrator. Mayor chooses Ed Lee to replace Bill Lee, whom he names to airport tourism position + SF: Western Addition School locked down after 911 warning + San Mateo: Coach molested 7 boys, jury told. Defendant worked at San Mateo's Serra High School + SF: Permits revoked for Examiner promotion + Marina District Farmer's Market reopening is stalled + Market Street set for more bike lanes + Around City hall + Peninsula: Testimony begins in coach's molestation trial + Peninsula: Developer to clean up South City ‘brownfield' + Peninsula: No injuries in Palo Alto standoff + Peninsula: Man jailed on charges of false bomb threat + Peninsula: Chemo overdose result of illegible prescription + Capers, coups, scandals and swank + Bay area charities recovering from economic downturn

Alameda: Oakland: First U.S. port to check radiation. Every container arriving from overseas is tested + Livermore OKs redevelopment aid (CCT Reg) + Oakland's port beefs up security (CCT Reg) + Oakland port guarded by radiation detectors + Supes disperse Measure A funds + Young challenge seems aimed at Chan + New director for Catholic Charities + Newark names new fire chief + Fremont: Don't quack up: It's just a duck race + Hayward: County board passes recruiting resolution + Fremont: Demoted principal clings to job + Livermore: Plants, trees bloom in former wasteland + IKEA coming to Dublin — eventually + Bicyclist dies on Mines Road + Livermore looks to retain apartment rental units + Pleasanton to draft vision statement + Alameda County fair finalizes entertainment

Santa Clara: San Jose: Young mountain lion is shot and killed in backyard of home / Police decide against tranquilizer + Mountain lion killed in San Jose (SJM Reg) + Voters support hike in storm drain fees (SJM Reg) Teachers may get layoff reprieve (SJM Reg) + Survey shows support for arts in school (SJM Reg) + Cortese goes online to attack mayor's actions (SJM Reg) + 17 years later, an emotional reunion (SJM Reg) + Warriors' scholarly bent (SJM Reg) + Healthy and happy -- that's San Jose (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Helping is noble, but risky (SJM Reg) + Popular FM morning show still off air (SJM Reg) + Peninsula in Brief (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Crockett residents ponder options (CCT Reg) + Board OKs Martinez office lease (CCT Reg) + San Ramon would prosper from retail area, report says (CCT Reg) + Hercules rail cars may still be issue (CCT Reg) + Supervisors turn down Brentwood firing range (CCT Reg) + Concord: Aircraft's maneuvers stir anxiety (CCT Reg) + Bicyclist dies after falling down cliff (CCT Reg) + Board considers Byron site inappropriate for firing range + Board pushes for restoration of gas tax funds

Marin: Novato man finally receives medal for heroism in Korean War + School closures in Novato on hold + Ex-court officer John Montomgery's travel included trip to Australia + Muir Woods shuttles planned to break gridlock + County warned of worse West Nile threat this year + Novato reaffirms closure of Community House

Sonoma: History to come alive at farm + Low-cost housing fees approved + RP adopts 45-day ban on pot clubs + Oregon Senate approves ban on foie gras + Flu bug did little local damage + SR rejects plan to build higher than 10 stories + Innovation still key to county's future + Historic abodes preserved + Armida picks up La Famiglia wines

Napa: African delegation adds Napa to its HIV/AIDS research trip + More, bigger political signs would be allowed under county plan + It might be May 1, but it's still a Cinco de Mayo fiesta

Solano: Nugget chain demands ban on superstores + Local Business Briefs + VCUSD contract negotiations delay budget announcement + - Cunningham marks last day as Benicia's superintendent + - Report: Two Benicia schools face traffic threat + African delegation attends area forum on HIV/AIDS + Magazine says Jelly Belly's tours are the best

Monterey: Soup kitchen as redevelopment partner + RECREATION TRAIL COULD MAKE WAY FOR SEGWAYS +  Deal may help Marina Heights + Supervisors find accord on general plan + Carmel financial picture brightens + Salinas to cut library hours + Big project interests city + Your Town

Central Valley: San Joaquin bids for VA hospital + Forest industry pines for replanting + Waterford military mom wants answers on benefit + Supervisors redo CEO's office + Council approves shuttle fare hike + Fuss over pub comes to a head + Woman in road hit by vehicle, police say + Turlock City Council: No beer at rugby match + Turlock, Pitman ponder soda sale policy past June + Air districts nationwide scrutinize valley + Senators threaten to flush delta funds +  Mapping the migration of songbirds + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing

Central Coast: Top Scotts Valley school brass quits + Watsonville homes for rent: Smokers need not apply + Workers, growers praise federal AgJobs bill + Metro bus ridership unchanged +Watsonville council agrees: Let there be light at Ramsay Park + UC growth bill set for Assembly committee hearing + Iraq war veterans to share their stories at Cabrillo forum + Hearing postponed for former manager of Watsonville Band + New ocean research will target skates + SLV community will honor library volunteer, conservationsists + Children will fly kites in the air for peace on earth + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Chick blasts tech agency + LA: Candidates clash over attacks +Hahn endorses new effort to keep cross on city seal + LAUSD board gives final OK to teacher pact + LA: Audit of information tech contract + It's Back to Schools for Candidates (LAT Reg) + Supervisor Calls On Health Chief to Quit (LAT Reg) + Jockeying to Take Reins in San Diego (LAT Reg) + LA: Students Wary After School Fights (LAT Reg) + Grace Notes of Caring in a Cold World (LAT Reg) + Next head of LA Teachers Union: Sharp Dresser, but He'll Wear Down Foes (LAT Reg) + Conejo Valley Days Officials Have Their Eyes on the Sky (LAT Reg) + Westminster: Victims' Family: 'We Need Your Help' (LAT Reg) + Resurers learn from Planes, Saving Lives (LAT Reg) + LA: Audit Cites Problems in Awarding of Contracts (LAT Reg) + What's next in San Diego? + San Diego Manager to give full attention to budget now + LA achieving peace in our time with San Francisco (LAT Reg)

School days:

How one school system took on steroids +

SF: Four schools get the ax. Board of Education approves closures to plug budget deficit -- two other campuses survive + SF: Western Addition School locked down after 911 warning + LAUSD board gives final OK to teacher pact + Oakley Campus closes due to 2 alleged bombs (CCT Reg) + Pumping kids up for tests (SB Reg) + Should California allow universities to oversee charter schools? (SB Reg) + Fremont: Demoted principal clings to job + Don't punish teachers for things that are out of their control + This King/Drew, a Magnet School, Is a Robust Success (LAT Reg) + LA: Students Wary After School Fights (LAT Reg) + + Next head of LA Teachers Union: Sharp Dresser, but He'll Wear Down Foes (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana School Board Votes to Pull Charter of Albor School (LAT Reg) + What's the Real Issue at Capo Unified? (LAT Reg)


Red wine, white bikes, local roads

Growing a market (SB Reg)

'Temple' doesn't reveal tragedy's hows and whys

African-American genealogy experts host workshop

Emio Greco's dancers move to shed labels

Boot camp no cakewalk for brides-to-be

April 26, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Zarqawi bolts to slip net + Troops Just Missed Al-Zarqawi + After deaths of 13 trained for support roles in Iraq, others say they lack the skills to protect themselves + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq finally completes Cabinet proposal + Why the long delay in forming a new Iraqi government? + Al-Jaafari Drafts Cabinet List, Moving Closer to Forming Iraqi Government

War prisons: Rumsfeld and Abu Ghraib

MIDDLE EAST: Putin begins historic visit to Egypt + Russian President Putin set to arrive in Israel for historical visit

Israel, Palestine: PA outlines strategy for Gaza control + Anti-pullout forces plan mass rally in Gaza Wed.

RUSSIA: Verdict on oligarch a foregone conclusion. Not even lawyers of Russian oil magnate expecting acquittal + Russia's leading oligarch faces judgment day + Putin's blueprint looks to past glories + Turkey furthers Ukraine's dependence on Russian fuel supplies + Russia to remove military bases from Georgia in 2005

EUROPE: Corruption trial renews pressure on Berlusconi

Iran says UK Rover purchase still possible

Schröder echoes Chirac call for French Yes vote

EU warns on threat of China textiles

Car chase of Prince Harry, Shades Of Di's Death?

Latvia's VEF Bank and Multibanka found themselves in U.S. "black list"

ASIA PACIFIC: China and Indonesia sign trade accord + EU textile export probe angers China + Tourists choose 'The Mummy' over Mao

India benefits from soaring diplomatic status + Storm surrounds key Indian coalition figure

AMERICAS: Brazil Calls for Respect for Venezuelan Sovereignty + Venezuela Takes Steps to Request Extradition of Cuban Militant

Ernesto Cardenal, Poet of Sandinistas, the Soul of a Lost Cause (LAT Reg)

Mexico City Mayor Back at Work (LAT Reg)

Colombia to Ask Rice for Funds to Build New Anti-Narcotics Base

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

US team concludes Saddam had no WMD + Final weapons report finds no Syrian collusion. Probe leaves open possibility Iraq hid some materials there + Group sues WMD panel, seeks transcripts of meetings

Ressam's lawyers cite his help in terror fight + Algerian Convicted in Millennium-Eve Plot to Bomb L.A. Airport Awaits Sentencing Wednesday

Airport Security Enters New Phase

Islamic Scholar Guilty Of Inciting Followers to Join Taliban After 9/11

Spanish al-Qaida suspect denies he knew 9/11 plot

Belgium's spies lose license to kill after drunken agent opens fire

Hungarian Appeals His Prison Sentence

Spying and the Internet

Germany turns a blind eye as Russian spy slips quietly away

Syrian Intelligence Abandons Headquarters

Afghan officers complete counterintelligence course

The spies in the next cube

Nazi Arms Supplier's Heir Pays Reparations

False Flags, Ethnic Bombs and Day X

Nazi 'stain' haunts Austrians. After war, nation recruited ex-followers of Hitler rather than Jews

Physicist, Educator Philip Morrison Dies

John Francis Geary Jr., CIA Officer

Robert Granville, Agent Who Arrested the Rosenbergs, Dies at 89

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Newspapers Find National Ads a Tough Sell

Huffington: Idea to Syndicate 'Post' Content Came from TMS Execs

How much should newspapers give away?

Australia: Nanny makes viewers behave

Becoming Jeff Gannon

'The Flawed Report on Dan Rather': An Exchange

Can Bloggers Invoke the Journalist's Privilege to Protect Confidential Sources Who Leak Trade Secrets? A Suit Filed by Apple Computer Raises the Question

Media Struggles in Uphill Legal Battle to Protect Confidential Sources

Today's papers

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

High Court Rules on Guns, Taxes (LAT Reg)

Justices to Decide if Social Security Can Be Seized (LAT Reg)

Violence Against Judges: Why it Occurs and What We Can Learn from it

Faith 'War' Rages in U.S., Judge Says

Authorities Note Surge in Online Fraud Involving Money Orders

Cost of the finger hoax

No Foul Play In Ga. Tots' Deaths

Chicago: Mob on the ropes after indictment + U.S. didn't have enough to go after DiFronzo + Where the victims were killed or found dead + Fed crackdown may put Outfit on life support

Legalizing law enforcement in the South Texas drug wars

Grounded Air Marshal Reinstated After Filing Lawsuit (LAT Reg)

Trusted in Iraq, Barred From Cuba

DNA Tests on 32-Year-Old Underwear Lead to Arrest of Man Suspected in at Least 25 Rapes

Jurors Watch Video of Skilling Promoting Broadband Unit

Prosecution Concludes Its Case Against Tyco Defendants

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Click to view, state and local

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

THE GOVERNOR: Click

LOCAL NEWS:  Click

SCHOOL NEWS: Click

Cassini scoops complex organics in Titan flyby

Review: Computerized shoe

Intel insider rides to new digital dawn

Why $100 Computers Are on the Way

Hackers Unite at a Conference

Looking at Titan's Atmosphere

Astronomers See Neutron Stars' Hot Spots

MILITARY Soldiers Detail Trauma of GI's Attack on Base

Four Americans Finally Come Home from Vietnam

Following the footsteps of WWII

LEAKGATES  Bush administration hails Moussaoui guilty plea--continues 9/11 cover-up

Click. Tom Flocco: FBI linguist won’t deny intelligence intercepts tied 911 drug money to U.S. election campaigns.


Feds Rethinking RFID Passport

Data protection charges for sale of police data

Stardom: ´´Terrorism in the Hands of Justice`` and IWPR

Sierra Club stands pat on immigration policy. 2nd vote in 2 years on divisive issue, also, 5 neutral directors elected to board

Your Money Under More Scrutiny

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Kids should know dark side of history too

Church Sex Trumps Torture and Murder

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Huddled gay masses, Canada wants you + Vermont Marks Five Years of Civil Unions + China bans gay film festival + Click. Measure to legalize same-sex nuptials in CA clears Assembly panel despite argument that it violates voter ban + Priests, Beware Gay Spaniards

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

'Smart' guy calls the shots for Microsoft + Microsoft hires outsider for CFO + Microsoft’s Matamata money man

Steve Jobs bio discord? (SJM Reg)

Retailers vie for Latina shopper

Good idea buried in Enron's rubble

Internet star Doubleclick lost its focus

Investors turning to homes

IBM buys health consultancy

Startup to offer digital TV, radio shows online for free

Financier's plan to buy NYSE gains traction

Blogs Will Change Your Business

High-Tech Industry's Job Loss

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

False Flags, Ethnic Bombs and Day X

Two cases of flesh-eating disease found in Manitoba


Mind-reading machine knows what you see

Fetal Neuro Cells Create Insulin

Longs shifts on cold-medicine policy (CCT Reg)

Heart study grades Bay Area hospitals on surgery (CCT Reg)

Proposal Would Set Guidelines for Stem Cell Research

Cholesterol drugs all alike, new research says

Girls use steroids too, often for weight control

Major gene screening trial allays fears

`Sugar daddy' syndrome may be spreading AIDS

Dartmouth Researchers Find Where Musical Memories Are Stored In The Brain

Transgenic Cows Resist Mastitis-Causing Bacteria

Molecular Fossils Uncover Link Between Viruses And The Immune System

Preserving Wild Rice And Other Crops

OHSU Researchers Demonstrate How Alzheimer's Disease Impacts Important Brain Cell Function

Scientists Discover How Plants Disarm The Toxic Effects Of Excessive Sunlight

Electroshock Therapy Speeds Improvement In Schizophrenia Patients

Gene Discovery Sheds Light On Brain's 'Wiring' Patterns

Prenatal Sonography Has No Effect On The Intellectual Capacity Of The Developing Child

Psychological Reasoning Begins Earlier Than Had Been Thought, Study Shows

Mouse With Designer Liver Has Enhanced Glucose Tolerance And Improved Insulin Response

Hemodialysis Causes Antioxidant Loss Leading To Long-term Complications

Microarrays As Phenotype

'Promiscuous' Area Of Brain Could Explain Role Of Antidepressants

An Exceptionally Effective Lead-Detection Protein

Researchers Identify Protein Crucial For Survival Of Lyme-disease Bacterium

Carbon Dioxide Role In Past Climate Revealed

Synthetic Pheromone Helps Scientists Sniff Out Biocontrol Bug's Whereabouts

Birds' Brains Reveal Source Of Songs

Low Level Of Extinction During Ice Age Linked To Adaptability

Geologists Find A New Active Fault In Nepal, Potentially Links Climate With Mountain Building

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush With His Gloves Off On Hill, Across Country + Bush Takes Social Security Push to Texas (LAT Reg)

World Terror Attacks Tripled in 2004 by U.S. Count

US and Saudi Arabia seek to calm oil fears + Saudi Arabia confident of joining WTO this year after Bush-Abdullah talks + Bush fails to persuade Saudis to cut oil price + Bush Worried about Saudi Fragilities + Costly Oil a Peril, Bush Tells Saudis (LAT Reg)

Clashes Growing Between Bush and GOP Moderates

Postwar Reconstruction Office Fights Battle for Funding (LAT Reg)

Final weapons report finds no Syrian collusion, Probe leaves open possibility Iraq hid some materials there

Laura Bush to be on the Tonight Show

Clash with Italy: Anger as US troops cleared of shooting Italians in Iraq + Rumsfeld: Probe into Italian killed in Iraq 'incomplete' + Italian Opposition Slams U.S. Report on Iraq Killing

Iran: Rafsanjani set to run for Iran presidency in June elections + Xymphora on AIPAC and Iran threat

Syria, Lebanon: Syrian Troops Leave Lebanon After 29-Year Occupation + Mythology won't work in a world where truth is key to our survival + Can Lebanon spark wider Arab reform? + Don't expect harried Iran to ride to Syria's rescue + Analysis: Syria quits Lebanon + Syrian pullout evokes mixed feelings + Lebanon parade marks Syrian pullout + Lebanon's security chief resigns

Rice: US refocuses attention on Brazil as Rice pays visit

Domestic: Proposal Would Set Guidelines for Stem Cell Research+ Ethics Rules at NIH Should Be Reviewed, Health Secretary Says

Social Security: Senate Finance Committee Opens Social Security Hearing + Democrats Stage Rally for Social Security + Dems Rebuff GOP Pleas on Social Security

Congress: Democrats May Compromise on Judicial Fight + Poll says Americans oppose ending filibusters + Frist Rejects Deals in Filibuster Fight + Drugmakers go furthest to sway Congress+ House and Senate Republicans Work Toward Budget Agreement + Senators to Push Asbestos Bill Despite Opposition From Outside Groups + House Would Make Homeland Security Color-Coded Threat System Optional

DeLay: MAG: LOBBYIST GAVE DELAY STAFF EXPENSIVE GIFTS + Privately Financed Trips: It Didn't Start With Tom DeLay + Ethics Chairman Concedes That GOP Must Change Rules + AP Enterprise: Law Firm Records Detail Frequent Contact Between DeLay, Lobbyist

Democrats: US Democrat Reid turns up the heat on Frist

Voting: Ernest Partridge: What can we the people do about election fraud? Click. + Carter gets it, but will his Electoral Commission

OPINIONS:

On what planet do Bush & Co. live?

No accountability for Abu Ghraib

Thom Hartmann: The frauds of the clergy

Stirling Newberry: Rove's revolution: Bash, break and borrow Click.

The Right's siege mentality

Pierre Tristam: On a mission from God to sow faith Click.

Molly Ivins: The whim of a hat

Molly Ivins: The Nuclear Option and Judicial Activists

Robert Scheer: Fiddling While Crucial Programs Starve

Bush Puts a Criminal on Air Force One

James Wolcot: Party pooper or party snooper?

Trusted in Iraq, Barred From Cuba (LAT Reg)

Christian right goes nuclear

The anatomy of fascism

Does it matter if the Iraq war was legal?

N. Korea, 6, and Bush, 0

Laura Rozen on Bolton



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Vintage cars on tour

Hubble images at Chabot College offer world view

Hayward Historical Museum hopes to attract wider range of visitors

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Colombo confidential in Sri Lanka

The unceasing mysteries of Egypt's antiquities

Explorers prove Peary 1909 polar trek possible

Drunk Monk in New York

Paul Goldberger on Astor Place

Boston Gets High on Cyberarts

Life After Darth

The Cakewalk

Satellites to ascertain Moslem holidays

Experts put date to UK rock art

Stanford Medieval & Modern Thought Text Project

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden (The Leyden Papyrus)

Ancient tombs found in Ethiopia

Mexican Beauty Salma Hayek Selected as Cannes Jurist

China's cheap musical instruments strike a chord in world markets

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The Governor:   Gov. pushes for California emission standards + Gov. to tout reform measures to friendly, invited audience + Gov. proposes teacher 'combat pay'. Idea is to reward educators who work in toughest schools + Gov. Wants to Pay Teachers More to Work at Poorly Performing Schools (LAT Reg) + Gov. drops plan to immediately start collecting more of the assets of Medi-Cal recipients after they die (SB Reg) + Gov. vows to save air tankers + Gov. vows full funding for air tankers, fire engines + Builders, utilities rip Gov.'s solar bill + Gov.'s Bay Bridge plan hits roadblock. Assembly panel strips reference to causeway, financing + Daniel Weintraub: All of the state gas tax is going for transportation (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Speculation, hope and nervousness surround Gov.'s status (SB Reg) + Prisons revamp clears final hurdle (SB Reg) + Assembly OKs Gov.'s Prison Plan + Gov. lauds prison plan, defends administration + Gov. should skip proposed special election + Makers of drugs end initiative campaign. Trade group seeks deal with unions to scuttle 2nd measure + Maria Shriver: Be ready when lights, water go out + Gov. Extends Hand of Friendship to South Russia + Turkish group protests Gov. over Armenian genocide

State gambling study planned (SB Reg)

Garamendi zeros in on workers' comp woes (CCT Reg) + Insurers get heat on rates (SB Reg)

PUC: Public Hearings Start Today on 310 Area Code 'Overlay' Proposal (LAT Reg)

Consortium helps fill quake-coverage gap

State median house $495,400

State getting dubious CD donations. You can't always get what you want when it comes to music won in a court settlement

Legislature: Lawmaker won't fight evictions (SB Reg) + Foes up in arms over bullet ID bill + Plan to lock up cold drugs fails

Stem cell panel: San Francisco grabs lead in stem cell race (SB Reg) + Boost for S.F.'s stem cell bid. Tweaking of system to evaluate cities doesn't alter ranking + Emeryville hopes site tour will lure stem cell facility

Indian tribes: Newberry Springs casino promoters told to stop claiming ties with the Timbisha + State joins group suing Richmond for selling Point Molate to casino developer

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Faith 'War' Rages in U.S., Judge Says

Avila Prosecution Winds Up Case (LAT Reg)

Jackson Travel Agent Testifies (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: 4 sought in sexual assault at American River College (SB Reg) + Diana Griego Erwin: Senseless tragedy raises questions about sports fans and aggression (SB Reg) + Appellate court will convene in Marysville (SB Reg) + Officials investigate bicyclist's death (SB Reg) + Plot suspects won't be tried as adults (SB Reg) + Paying for a free service at assessor's office

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF Probation officer helps paralyzed artist he once tried to steer away from gang life + South SF: Police seeking help in solving attack on boy + San Mateo: 'Crucial' confessions allowed in murder, robbery trial

Alameda: Berkeley: Fraternity charged in pellet shooting + San Leandro day care site burglarized + Hayward; Judge rejects bid for mistrial in 2003 slaying + Fremont: Police arrest five parolees in Mission Valley + Court rules errant report of mayor at police lineups not intentional + State group honors Alameda County defender + Suspect escapes pursuit by police

Santa Clara: Woman in Wendy's case waives extradition to California + P.A. woman involved in teen party arrested on drug charges (SJM Reg) + Chung: Race not only factor in police trial (SJM Reg) + Officials believe recovered body is tugboat operator's (SJM Reg)+ Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Dog poisoning stuns neighbors (SJM Reg) + SJ police kill tree mountain lion (SJM Reg) + Wendy's finger finder lying low in Nevada jail

Contra Costa: Pipe bomb found at Freedom High School (CCT Reg) + State joins group suing Richmond (CCT Reg) + Cocaine not issue in Barreto trial (CCT Reg) + New light shed on slaying of athlete. Court record shows he may have been victim of bad timing + Tape of nanny's questioning after crash played for jurors + Ex-nanny denies drinking in video interview

Marin: Caller threatens Tam High teachers

Sonoma: Man pleads not guilty in death of wife + Around the Empire + Former SR lawyer pleads no contest in embezzlement

Solano: Vallejo: Body found in yard — 2 men are missing + Vallejo: Police believe neighbor killed + Vandals delay testing at Armijo

Monterey: Lone gunman robs bank in Carmel Valley

Central Valley: Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group Sues Fresno (LAT Reg) + Gang graffiti handwriting on the wall to parents + Execution date is just a first step + Law & Order + Chiropractor receives delay in fraud hearing

Central Coast: Brazen ‘bag lady’ robber linked to 9 heists + University faculty asks that charges against ‘Tent U’ activists be dropped + Cops and Courts + S.V. woman faces theft charge

Southern California: Bratton allays Latinos' fears + Copycats Feared in Freeway Shootings (LAT Reg) + Oxnard: Judge Favors Permanent Gang Ban (LAT Reg) + Witness Now Calls Jaramillo Pay 'Fees' (LAT Reg) + 'Disneyland for Cops' Blends Fantasy, Reality (LAT Reg) + Maybe Sign on Car Was Referring to 'Theater of the Absurd' (LAT Reg)+ Widow Files Suit Against Metrolink (LAT Reg) + Anaheim: Pair in Apparent Fight Are Shot, Seriously Hurt (LAT Reg) + Westminster: $10,000 Reward Offered in Women's Slayings (LAT Reg) + Irvine: Man Killed in Shooting at Nightclub Is Identified (LAT Reg) + Jurors see photos of slain 5-year-old girl for first time + Cal Berkeley suspends fraternity

Michael Jackson: Another attorney leaves Jackson team + Jackson's Ex-Wife to Take Stand (LAT Reg) + Agent says she booked Jackson accuser's family on trip to Brazil

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LOCAL NEWS:  Snowy plovers' honeymoon nests

Deeper audits key to watching water districts (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Fatal crash on trip home from church rocks family (SB Reg) + El Dorado, Placer counties reaching top economic rung (SB Reg) + RT weighs higher fares, fewer routes (SB Reg) +American dream comes true for Vietnam refugee (SB Reg) + San Juan to drop proposal to dig into budget reserve (SB Reg) + Citrus: Public meeting set on police plan (SB Reg) + Private-janitor pact is rejected (SB Reg) + Franchisers lose permits (SB Reg) + Editorial: Careful along Fair Oaks (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + Paying for a free service at assessor's office

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF Mayor wants to keep Malcom X Elementary open + SF: Full house for pot club hearing. Former D.A. says he'd advise against any record keeping + Mayor weighs in on debate over school closures + S.F. supervisors discuss pot club laws + Virgin Atlantic lays off workers at S.F. airport + Elderly couple struck by car in the Sunset + Around City Hall + SF hearing examines options for regulating medical marijuana + Peninsula: School rocked by tragic water polo death + Redwood City to celebrate preservation month + Peninsula: shots fired in bar brawl + Peninsula: Onterstate 280 crash victim identified

Alameda: Livermore may lose VA home (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Body may be that of missing skipper + Fremont: Housing plan rejuvenates activists + Supervisor race: Young challenge seems aimed at Chan

Santa Clara: Woman in Wendy's case waives extradition to California + P.A. woman involved in teen party arrested on drug charges (SJM Reg) + Chung: Race not only factor in police trial (SJM Reg) + Officials believe recovered body is tugboat operator's (SJM Reg)+ Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Dog poisoning stuns neighbors (SJM Reg) + SJ police kill tree mountain lion (SJM Reg) + Wendy's finger finder lying low in Nevada jail

Contra Costa: Slain officer praised, will donate organs (CCT Reg) + Councilman Bates, PAC fined $7,000 (CCT Reg) + Fire clears El Cerrito school's bookshelves (CCT Reg) + Port Costa meeting probes sanitation changes (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo school upgrades $17 million over budget + Gunned-down officer was starting family. Declared brain-dead, he's kept on life support to donate organs

Marin: Shooting of deer backed + Marin cities vow to push school funding + San Rafael golf course under new ownership + San Rafael library supporters look for ways to fund repairs + Teen writer honored

Sonoma: Man pleads not guilty in death of wife + Around the Empire + Former SR lawyer pleads no contest in embezzlement

Solano: Non-profit groups vie for money that may disappear + Valero becomes oil player + Jelly Belly named 'best company tour' + Local News Briefs + Deal could open Lynch Canyon for public access

Monterey: History museum plans fall through + Prep sports security will be scrutinized for safety + Snowy plovers' honeymoon nests + Carmel Valley fire district split appears unlikely + Outreach group's stay at risk + Chualar looks for improvement

Central Valley: Few hot job prospects + Wife wants only to be with her love + Woman is found dead on street + What to my wondering eyes should appear + Workers blamed in Turlock cannery fire + Mr. Ousdahl oversaw school construction + Plan to lock up cold drugs fails + Loose hips sink campus dances + $4,900 water fee moves, lights-out plan doesn't + Valley incomes quickly climbing + Graphic pictures frighten parents + Community Briefing + Bigger digs better deal for humans + Crash kills Manteca woman

Central Coast: Santa Cruz’s new reality: More reality TV show producers come calling + S.C. admits gaffe responding to UC records request + Teachers upset with budget boost for Santa Cruz City Schools administration + Watsonville ponders crack down on crowded houses + Giving’s in his blood — 25 gallons worth: Watsonville man honored for blood donations + County land trust to start search for a new director + Coast Lines + County volunteer program creates network of ‘favors’ for community + Fund-raiser will remember a woman of the water + Packard Foundation saves bid for coastal hotel (CCT Reg)

Southern California: Embattled San Diego mayor resigns. Mounting scandals swamping state's second-largest city + Van Nuys hall dedicated after OT finish + Mayor's race remains heated + Under Fire, San Diego Mayor Quits (LAT Reg) + Drew/King: Doctor's Marathon Shifts in Question (LAT Reg) + More World Travelers Using LAX (LAT Reg) + Contrarians at the Gates Go to Some Heights to Make a Point (LAT Reg)+ LA: Mayor candidates Focus on Education (LAT Reg) + Anaheim Girl, 10, Killed and 4 Hurt in Collision (LAT Reg) + Orange: Motorcyclist Loses Control on Freeway, Dies (LAT Reg) + Mustang killed during `Flicka' filming in LA + News briefs from Southern California + The root of San Diego's pension crisis (OC Reg) + San Diego history peppered with untimely exits + Suit goes on over write-in for Frye

School days:

 SF School Threat Reported+ Tracking college no-shows + New principals named in Los Gatos, Saratoga (SJM Reg) + Marin cities vow to push school funding + L.A. Unified to Consider Mandatory College Track (LAT Reg) + Report critical of Santa Rosa schools + University Santa Cruz faculty asks that charges against ‘Tent U’ activists be dropped + Teachers upset with budget boost for Santa Cruz City Schools administration + Program for struggling college students gains momentum + Monterey: Prep sports security will be scrutinized for safety + More men turning to female-dominated field as instructors

Vintage cars on tour

Hubble images at Chabot College offer world view

Hayward Historical Museum hopes to attract wider range of visitors

Niles craftsman has you covered

The Art Institute of California-San Diego Doubles in Size

 

April 25, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Insurgent Violence Escalates In Iraq + Iraqi insurgency far from 'fizzling' + Iraqi attacks kill at least 29 + Sunday: Two bombs kill 15 near mosque in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Allawi's Demands Said to Be Sticking Point in Iraq (LAT Reg) + Sunnis Drop Demand to Include Former Members of Saddam Hussein's Party in Cabinet + New Iraqi cabinet on hold as sectarian tension rises + Iraqis Try Again to Form New Government

War prisons: Group Says US Sent Up to 150 to Possible Torture Sites

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. indicts alleged Afghan drug kingpin

After U.S. Pushes, U.N. Rights Monitor Ousted from Afghanistan (LAT Reg)

MIDDLE EAST: Reform in Egypt is always 'tomorrow'

Israel, Palestine: Abbas mired in struggle + West Bank settlers accused of spreading poison + Hamas: We'll keep our weapons until the end of the occupation + PA demands bilateral decision on withdrawal line + IDF fears Islamic Jihad back in action in W. Bank + Palestinian leader selects 3 post-Arafat security chiefs

RUSSIA: Putin calls democracy Russia's top priority + Putin: Soviet breakup a great 'catastrophe' + Putin in battle for foreign investors + Putin assails 'terrorizing' business + Russian teens find love of country + Political associations of post-Soviet states unable to become opposition to Russia

EUROPE: Brussels expects emergency procedures request against Chinese textiles

Jiri Paroubek named Czech Republic's new prime minister

Blair defiant over Iraq judgment + Clinton backs Blair candidacy + Teflon Prime Minister (LAT Reg)

In Berlusconi cabinet, it's more of the same

Poland's tangled past: Who owns what?

VATICAN: Pontiff signals accessibility, inclusiveness in inaugural Mass. Pope expresses belief that only through Christianity is 'the great potential of human existence truly revealed' + Catholic Church must pay heed to Africa + Benedict Says He Prayed Not to Be Elected + Pope Hails Dialogue with Muslims, Meets Germans

ASIA PACIFIC: China's chichi suburbs

The fall and rise of Saigon

As Thai insurgency spreads, government opens door to dialogue

Dozens Die as Japanese Train Jumps Track and Hits Building

AMERICAS: Politics and law clash in Mexico City + Crowds Protest Prosecution of Mayor (LAT Reg)

Canada: Martin holds firm despite NDP demands

Chavez Halts Military Cooperation With U.S. (LAT Reg)

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Afghan `Drug Lord' With Ties to Taliban, Bin Laden Arrested by U.S. Agents

What's Next For Moussaoui?

Syrian intelligence pulls out of its Lebanese headquarters

RIP: EZER WEIZMAN: 1924_2005. Former Israeli president, peacemaker. Ex-warrior worked with Sadat on first treaty with Arabs

The spies in the next cube

Report details plans for Livermore lab site in Tracy, CA

Northrop bids on Los Alamos contract worth up to $44 billion

Vanunu, For Whom the Bells Toll: Uri Avnery

DART Hits Target, Misses Goal

Jury throws out charges in first Australian "terrorist" trial

Click.   Mossad Illegal Wiretap of Syria

Click.  Cuban Exile History

Click.  FBI Files on Puerto Ricans

Jonestown archive makes play, healing possible (CCT Reg)

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Battle over gay marriage bill with 'awkward' twist to resume + Elton John to 'marry' partner in Windsor wedding + Website of the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence + California Lawmakers Debate 'Gender Neutral Marriage' + Navajo Council Bars Same-Sex Marriage (LAT Reg

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Celebrating brazen, fearless women middle aging

As We See It: Doctors Without Borders brings attention to situations many of us know little about

Jamieson: Microsoft retreating in fear of red state retribution

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by 1991 POWs in Iraq

Supreme Court ponders garnishing social security checks of people owing student loans (LAT Reg)

Supreme Court to Review U.S. Rule on Evidence for Death-Penalty Sentences

Georgia: Bodies Of Missing Toddlers Found

Police on weapon company payrolls + Taser contributes to police families

Outcry of 'stuck kids' goes to court

Chicago: FBI makes arrests in old mob hits

Illinois: Parolees living in state nursing homes

Hidden Price Of Web Coupons

Martha Stewart's night out probed

Man pleads guilty in french fries rage

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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Capsule Brings 3 Astronauts Back to Earth

NASA offers prize for 'space elevator'. Beams of light could propel cargo, humans

Microsoft Gives Details on Windows Release

Apple's Tiger computer debuts (SJM Reg)

Quick downloads just the ticket for spam attacks

NYC Way Down Underground

Nanoparticles Offer New Hope For Detection And Treatment

RHIC Scientists Serve Up 'Perfect' Liquid: New State Of Matter More Remarkable Than Predicted

MILITARY Marines from Iraq sound off about lack of armor and men

Gallipoli: Side by side on the shores of a tragic slaughter + Spirited gathering must have delighted ghosts of Gallipoli ››

Were bombings of Dresden, Hiroshima done to teach Stalin a lesson? Click.

Canada: Sanctuary closed to U.S. deserters

LEAKGATES

Book by Sept. 11 victim is going on tour


Experts Call NSA Spy Agency Practice an Eye-Opener

Freeing China's caged bile bears. Animal activists aim to curtail trade in traditional remedy

Birds are the fall guys of green power

Blood for pork....

Editorial: Most-favored contractor KBR (SB Reg)

Why a black market for gasoline vexes Iraq

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

S.F. buyout specialists to grab up DoubleClick

Sandisk quickly climbs up music charts

Venture funding dips a bit in quarter, but VCs optimistic

Valero Plans to Buy Premcor in $6.9B Deal

Venture investors move away from biotech (SJM Reg)

Option holders in a hurry to sell (SJM Reg)

A Tax Benefit for Big Donors Often Bypasses Idea of Charity

Hybrid car sales sizzling (SJM Reg)

GM Recalling 2 Million Vehicles Over Seat Belt Designs (LAT Reg)

Google to offer targeted ads

More churches entering field of healthcare

The NYSE's Conflict Of Interest Olympics

Adelphia To Pay $715M To Resolve Probe

Microsoft names Chris Liddell new CFO + Gates' business dichotomy

Woman Goes From Basement Candle Making to $10 Million Business

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Healers may be spreading virus. Traditional ways thwarting doctors' Marburg battle

When polio vaccine backfired. Tainted batches killed 10 and paralyzed 164


Improved Scanning Technique Uses Brain as Portal to Thought

Lyme disease, a silent threat (CCT Reg)

Contraceptive sponge is back, but why did it leave?

Los Angeles Festival of Books at UCLA (LAT Reg)

Canine helps along the road to recovery

Kaiser Permanente asks children to turn of TV for a week

IBM to Test Health Care Data Sharing

Nanoparticles Offer New Hope For Detection And Treatment

Boost In Immune Response Fights Common Cold

Mediterranean Diet Leads To Longer Life

New Study Shows Simple Actions Wipe Out Huge Higher Heart Risks For Asian Diabetics

'Termite Guts Can Save The Planet,' Says Nobel Laureate

Early Stage Breast-Cancer Rates Are Rising Sharply As Rates Of Invasive Breast Cancer Are Leveling Off

Fibril Shape Is The Basis Of Prion Strains And Cross-species Prion Infection

Scientists' Pied Piper Approach May Have Found Nemo Faster

Rare Surgery Performed To Remove Pancreas, Prevent Diabetes

Method Holds Promise In Identifying Markers Of Non-metastatic Vs. Metastatic Breast Cancer

Method Holds Promise In Identifying Markers Of Non-metastatic Vs. Metastatic Breast Cancer

Breakthrough For Kids With Epilepsy: Surgery Reduces Seizures And Increases IQ

Researchers Uncover Sequence Of Major Rice Pathogen

A Healthy Internal Clock Keeps Weight Off

Hunt a rhino, save an ecosystem?

Smaller glaciers in key Antarctic area

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Presses Saudis to Produce More Oil + Saudi-U.S. talks focus on peace and oil prices

Bad News in Iraq Pushing U.S. to More Active Political Role, An AP News Analysis

Rice and Cheney Are Said to Push Iraqi Politicians on Stalemate

Bush commission finds there are too many tax breaks

Norm Mineta: What Moves Him? Cars, Trucks, Trains and Planes (LAT Reg)

Bolton: U.N. nominee faces new allegations of verbal abuse + G.O.P. Senator Casts Doubt on U.N. Nominee

Iran: Beyond the bomb, all Iran wants is a little bit of respect

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon Security Chief Resigns as Last Syrians Leave + Security sector transformations are a first step toward better governance + UN's Annan Sends Team to Lebanon to Verify Withdrawal of Syria's Military United Nations

N. Korea: U.S. May Seek UN Help on N. Korean Shipments-Report + US weighs up cutting North Korea nuclear supply + World is taking a harder line on North Korea arms

Other foreign: Between America and Turkey, the sticking point is just Iraq

Rice: Rice Visit to Latin America Aimed at Improving Democratic Rule

Social Security: Bush Gets Personal on Social Security + Medicaid cuts leave states, poor in distress + Social Security debate at stalemate + Study: 50-somethings rely on Social Security (SJM Reg) + More retirees pay the bills with reverse mortgages + Troubles foreseen in Medicare's new rules

Congress: If Senate shuts down, who's to blame? + Frist rallies faithful for Bush's judicial nominees + The Senate, judges, and the filibuster + DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card + Immigration foes demanding action

GOP: Battle Over Benches Spills Across Pews

OPINIONS:

Why should Big Oil get tax breaks?

DeLay's Banana Republic (LAT Reg)

Can the U.S. like the democratic Arabia it has planned?

Turning the corner in Iraq, or entering a blind alley?

Prime Minister Chalabi?: Justin Raimondo

Bush's plan to sabotage nonproliferation

Internet, Polarized Politics Create an Opening for a Third Party (LAT Reg)

A Blue Tinge in the West Between Red and Blue (LAT Reg)

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Military channel reports for duty

Newspapers struggle to avoid their own obit

Letter writer fools Bay papers with various noms de plume (CCT Reg)

JODI RAVE: Indian voices declining within news industry

Hutton Defends Not Firing Albom, Calls That Not 'Appropriate' + Albom, Four Others at Detroit Paper Disciplined

Baltimore 'Sun' Reassigns State House Bureau Chief

2 Journos Fired for Drinking With Subjects of Beer-Pong Story

Syndicate to Offer Excerpts from Huffington's Celeb-Filled Blog

Maine Supreme Court Orders Priest-Abuse Records Released to Papers

Jeff Gannon Exposed, in 'Doonesbury' and New Documents

Domestic Violence Uproar in S.C. After Paper Airs Lawmakers' Comments

Pope Meets the Press But Takes No Questions

ManiaTV sees itself as the Internet MTV

Eastie editors are colonzing L.A. (LAT Reg)

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Bands worth a look have East Bay roots (CCT Reg)

Marin Profile: Astrologer Ruby Holladay charts futures

Hayward: Ukulele enthusiasts string along

Livermore: Peace Monument returns encased in bronze

U.S. park for Lewis and Clark (SJM Reg)

As a Destination, San Juan Hot Springs Has Cooled Off (LAT Reg)

Lucas, Spielberg and summer movies

Disney bows to feng shui

Egyptian Sea Vessel Artifacts Discovered At Pharaonic Port Of Mersa Gawasis Along Red Sea Coast

Egypt to Restore the 'Haunted' Remains of the Baron's Palace (LAT Reg)

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: He seems Tara-fied of publicity

Regan-Kerik: The (TV) plot thickens

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The Governor:  Gov.'s border comments reveal political perils + Gov. Lambasted over Sexist Joke about PMS + Gov. Lambasted Over Sexist Joke + They've All Stepped on Gov.'s Lines (LAT Reg) + Gov. is a lot weaker than he looks + How to avert a train wreck over "citizen initiatives' + Immigration issue puts politicians on hot seat + First Lady of California Maria Shriver Helps Launch Campaign re: Disaster Preparedness + Robb: Gov.'s win skein may be nearing termination

2006 race: McClintock gears up for '06 race (CCT Reg) + McClintock to Run for Lieutenant Governor (LAT reg) + Angelides makes an early pitch on the campaign trail + Nez sends mixed signals about governor + Daniel Weintraub: Westly set to step into spotlight

Analysis: Tax windfall is wild card for budget (SB Reg) + Tax windfall too good to be true, but lawmakers tempted to use it

High-tech CEO wants to redraw district maps (RP Reg)

Rising gas prices put pressure on small businesses (CCT Reg)

New Wave of Oil Drilling + Coast advocates rip energy bill

CalPERS throws its weight against the traditional "plurality-vote" standard in corporate elections (SB Reg) + CalPERS gets choosier about battles (SB Reg)

State pushes back telecom pact (SB Reg)

Care facilities get less review (SB Reg) + California not conducting enough inspections of foster homes, child care centers, facilities for elderly to meet own legal standards

California waste board sponsors tire recycling technology

Fewer homeowners purchasing earthquake insurance

Let homeowners know insurers' claim limits

CalTrans to dig tunnels around Devil's Slide, Highway 1

State battles lucrative bear bile trade

Now you, too, can balance the budget. New Web-based game examines state's finances

Bay Bridge: Caltrans keeps lips sealed re: bad welds

Legislature: Despite hurdles, Perata has solid grip on Senate. Distractions abound as he tries to conquer budget problems + Dan Walters: Warning: Capitol politicians decide who can and can't use a scalpel (SB Reg) The buzz: Vietnamese politico's visit angers lawmaker (SB Reg) + Officials consider timing of high speed rail bond + California Considers Industrial Hemp Bill + California Lawmakers Debate 'Gender Neutral Marriage' + Bill to let schools contract for services is long overdue (SJM Reg) + Drug treatment bill passes first test (CCT Reg)

Indian tribes: Tribes pay out for Pombo's vote + Indians investing, but carefully, in Hollywood (NYT free reg) + Garden Grove Gives Casino Idea Another Spin + Indians shortchanged. Proposed cuts for BIA, civil rights office will hurt Native Americans + Indian voices declining within news industry

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Costly comatose inmates (CCT Reg)

Doctor Loses License After Implanting Wrong Embryos (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Widows of tanker pilots take grief to court (SB Reg) + New Web site maps crime in Davis (SB Reg) + Family law court has online help (SB Reg) + Back-seat driver: Deadly plague has easy cure: Use seat belts (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Body found at base of cliff near golf links + SF: Gunfire kills woman in Western Addition + Foreign exchange student badly beaten + Peninsula:  Menlo Park residents fed up with robberies

Alameda: Oakland: Lowering physical skills barrier to police work + Suspicious Alameda fire quenched + Fremont: Legal threat may stop eviction of school guardian + Crime prevention gets early start Newark leads area gang, drug education program + Ex-Newark priest added to abuse suit + Newark narrows search for fire chief + Oakland: A Lonely Fight Against Lawlessness (LAT Reg) + New police chief for East Bay parks

Santa Clara: Robbers hit markets' bank branches (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Protecting credit rating after ruling (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Wounded Pittsburg officer dies (SJM Reg) + Police officer clings to life after shooting. 2 Antioch teens held after robbery of bank branch at grocery + El Cerrito: Fire in school library deemed suspicious + 2 charged in officer's shooting (CCT Reg) + Second week of testimony to move ahead in nanny trial + San Ramon man dies after fight + UC, lab want whistle-blower retrial

Marin: Superior Court executive retires amid probe

Solano: Solano County bar honors six long-serving lawyers + Police looking for man wanted in suspected abduction attempt + High tech crime fighting feted + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls

Central Valley: Prostitution sting results in 21 arrests + + Origel lawyer wants hearing pushed back

Central Coast: Lone female bank robber strikes again, this time in Scotts Valley

Southern California: LA: 6 years for ex-priest in molestation case + Police search for son of Claremont man found stabbed to death + News briefs from Southern California + Costa Mesa Freeway: Driver Is Shot From Pickup Truck (LAT Reg) + Westminster: Police Seek Clues in Stabbing Deaths (LAT Reg) + O.C.'s Wetlands Are Still at Risk + Celebration marred by violence

Michael Jackson: Mother of Jackson's children allowed to testify

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:   Bald Eagle Sisters help perpetuate species + San Francisco Zoo's Bald Eagle blog

California Salmon Season Opens May 1

Swelling rivers such as the San Joaquin may be pretty, but lethal

Caltrain to raises fares, three stations

Sacramento & north: Sacto landmark hidden by high-rises? (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: What bitterness? Sacramento City officials, police closing in on new contract (SB Reg) + Fair Oaks: Woman killed after car hits pillar (SB Reg) + Orangevale: Man who shot wife ID'd (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Medical marijuana catch-22 for S.F. Proposed rules could unintentionally assist federal prosecution + S.F. gets no satisfaction + A week on the streets + Street ministry lightens up Tenderloin + Bay revelry kicks off boating season + Verdict mixed on London cabs + Taxi driver hits bicyclist + ‘We've been led to expect free parking' + Oh, the glory of payback! + Peninsula:  Consensus difficult for midcoast development + Peninsula:  Tech exec's winery plans worry La Honda neighbors + Peninsula:  Hotel conversion on the horizon + Peninsula:  Drinking ban worries San Bruno homeless

Alameda: New police chief for East Bay parks + Livermore eyes rules for condos (CCT Reg) + Oakland in top 10 for 'green' cities + Oakland: Campaign funding shows outside interest in District 2 council seat + County's budget at 'rock bottom' + Niles Crest plan worries residents + Newark: The giving spirit is in family's blood donations + Pleasanton Lions mark 75th year + Livermore: Peace Monument returns encased in bronze

Santa Clara: Student churn linked to problems (SJM Reg) + Atherton fights CalTrain closure plan (SJM Reg) + Strong legacy for S.J. ethics panel (SJM Reg) + Los Altos to open eco-friendly town hall (SJM Reg) + Kayakers heading south in honor of fallen buddy (SJM Reg) + Crash kills one person on I-280 (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Crumbling roads lead to grumbling (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Parks join S.J. landscape (SJM Reg) + Poll: Fewer homes using fireplace (SJM Reg) + Iron overload diseases put on agenda (SJM Reg) + Many Viet émigrés struggle in U.S.

Contra Costa: West Contra Costa: Campus security conflict deepens (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek has vision for its library (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa preps for Baby Boomers + Clean up Byron Boys' Ranch (CCT Reg) + Bang! Clank! Music to the ears; Symphony's outreach group gets kids hearing music (CCT Reg)

Marin: Superior Court executive retires amid probe + Ex-homeless man is among honorees for mental wellness

Sonoma: Korean music, dance in RP + Oregon bill would ban foie gras production, sale + Santa Rosa: Protest could stop sewer fee increase + Petaluma: Little League's hunt for fields may be ending + Taking sustainable agriculture to next level

Napa: City gathers to christen aquatic center for fallen Marine Phillip West + County leaders face budget dilemmas + Calistoga's acceptance of Mexican ID paying off + LAFCO vote turns ugly

Solano: Solano County bar honors six long-serving lawyers + Police looking for man wanted in suspected abduction attempt + High tech crime fighting feted + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Coast advocates rip energy bill + Developer's assets in question + Big Sur: International Marathon a family affair + Your town

Central Valley: Report details plans for Livermore lab site in Tracy, CA + Tracy: Nuclear lab site plans to grow (SB Reg) + Got an idea to clear the air? Time to speak up+ Diablo Grande safety questioned + Students catch up on math, English + Down Mexico way, with purpose + New bus fleet will help clear Yosemite's air+ New principal knows controversy + State's care facilities rarely inspected+ Tire shop under investigation+ Wave of ID theft pounds valley + Stanislaus: $327,000 homes not exactly mansions + Air district dithering on new pollution rule + A little info can bridge gap between farmers, consumers + News from the San Joaquin Valley + State parks lag behind Central Valley growth

Central Coast: UC says it’s owned water-bill refund + P.V. soldier’s burial site up for court review again + Soquel Creek path ordinance causes dispute + Sandhill plan aims to save habitat + Handicapped parking not a clear-cut issue + Coast Lines + Community forum addresses HIV/AIDS

Southern California: San Diego mayor resigns in midst of federal probe of City Hall + News briefs from Southern California + Tejon Ranch: Small-Town Feel Planned for Big Centennial Development (LAT Reg) + Murrieta May Recall 3 of Its Own (LAT Reg) + Railing against MTA + New policy considered as Burbank settlements soar + Mayor, rival see hurdles on high road + MTA consent decree drives different reactions in L.A. + Rialto pollution threat watched across nation

School days: Campus diversity easier to invoke than to implement + Schools strategist finds niche with "School Finance Elections" book (CCT Reg) + Teacher's lessons rooted in example (CCT Reg) + Berkeley professors to analyze donations (CCT Reg) + College of Marin says school is back on track + Opening of health professions high school in Sacramento + Remembering a Stellar Academy original + 24 Californians perfect on SAT (SJM Reg) + Southern California: School Boundaries Often Lines in the Sand (LAT Reg) + Seniors Hedge College Bets, but Now It's Time to Choose (LAT Reg) + Campuses bypassed with Web + LACCD to install more stalls for women + Stockton: Parent volunteers must be fingerprinted + San Joaquin Valley Head Start under a microscope + California State PTA Hosts 106th Annual Convention in Sacramento


Bands worth a look have East Bay roots (CCT Reg)

Marin Profile: Astrologer Ruby Holladay charts futures

Hayward: Ukulele enthusiasts string along

Livermore: Peace Monument returns encased in bronze

U.S. park for Lewis and Clark (SJM Reg)

As a Destination, San Juan Hot Springs Has Cooled Off (LAT Reg)

April 22, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Car Bomb at Shi'ite Mosque in Baghdad Kills 11 + Iraq Group Threatens to Kill Romania Hostages - TV + Hostile fire suspected in copter crash -- all 11 dead. Craft carrying civilians would be first downed by insurgents during occupation + Islamic Army in Iraq Says It Shot Down Helicopter (Update3) + Video shows Iraq’s copter crash + Iraq Crash Survivor Said Shot on Video + Disillusioned soldier drawn to danger + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,563 + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq +Expert: 1,000 Iraqis Killed Each Month + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Tensions grow as corpses surface. Sunnis, Shiites trade blame over bodies discovered in river + Security costs drain funds for water projects in Iraq + Corruption takes its toll on Iraqi oil industry

MIDDLE EAST: Egypt rejects Israeli plea to act as moderator with Arab states

Israel, Palestine: Sharon aide: Pullout to be postponed by three weeks + Watchdog to probe failure to combat Gaza tunnels + Sharon and Abbas to Meet Soon -Israeli PM's Office + Settlers ignore Gaza countdown + If the settlers want to stay, let them + Official urges Gaza pullout delay. Shift in deference to observance of mourning period

RUSSIA: Putin says Syria missile sale no threat to Israel

EUROPE: Berlusconi pulls back from brink, has new cabinet up his sleeve

EU's Mandelson to seek probe into Chinese textile imports

Jonathan Steele: Don't let Milosevic win

CENTRAL ASIA: Embattled Belarus Leader Visits Ally Russia + Rice buoys Belarus activists. She pledges to help open political system + Condoleezza Rice saw no terrorists in Belarus when she was flying above the country

AFRICA: Asia-Africa to reassert role

Catholicism, Islam Facing Off in Africa

ASIA PACIFIC:  Click. China gambles on the Third World + Hu urges Asia-Africa strategic partnership + Beijing's naked power politics

Japan's Koizumi apologizes for wartime aggression, confirms Hu meeting + Textbook crimes

AMERICAS: Martin vows to fight Chrétien challenge to probe

Brazil offers Ecuador's ex-leader asylum. Near calm returns to nation roiled by protests, rebellion

Venezuela Frees Detained Colombian Soldiers + Venezuela Ends a Military Exchange Program With United States, Says US Embassy

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

9/11 Suspect's Lawyers Seek to Head Off Guilty Plea + Alleged 9/11 Plotter 'Unfit to Plead Guilty' Claim his Lawyers + Timeline in Case of Zacarias Moussaoui + Moussaoui: A window on terror trials + Fresh legal fight over 9/11 plea + Details and documents

British 'Shoebomber' Accomplice Jailed for 13 Years

Al Qaeda, Sept. 11 Suspects Go on Trial in Spain + Sept. 11 Suspects Go on Trial In Madrid + Spain's 9/11 'connection'

United Nations: Few Plaudits for U.N. Human Rights Body Swan Song + Lawyers resign over UN 'whitewash'

NATO ready to consider future Mideast role

Foreign flyover policy scrutinized

Truckers Bristle at 'Anti-Terror' Rules

U.S. says it must end 2 major terror cases because of Ressam

NSA Intel System Over Budget

FBI Investigates Incidents at Hospitals in Boston, Detroit, LA

What is "terrorism" depends on target -Italy judge

Russian missiles may reach terrorists

Serb general set for surrender

China Closing the Tech Gap?

Naval Post Graduate School honors one of its own, James Watkins

Pepe Escobar: It's terror when we say so

Dogs And Robots Share NIST Special Test Arena

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

Florida toughening penalties for child molesters. Bill near passage to impose life sentence or permanent electronic monitoring + NY Sex Offenders May Be Tracked By Satellite

2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds

Supreme Court justices spar on air

San Francisco: Disabled Russian boy, family given asylum (persecuted because has cerebral palsy)

Faulting Judge, Panel Overturns Deportation of Abused Eritrean (LAT Reg)

S. Korea's Hynex chipmaker agrees to plead guilty in price-fixing probe

German Cannibal Faces Retrial on Murder Charge

Police Charge Third Man Over 'The Scream' Theft

WP: Juror’s 74-cent purchase costs her $25,000

Post-9/11 security cuts into Ecstasy

Wendy's lauds bust in finger case

U.S. Grapples with Domestic Violence Problem

Russian missiles may reach terrorists

Sniper's death penalty upheld

Signs may have led to sex offender suicide

Porn swallows 20% of NZ police IT capacity

UK police tackle mounting internet porn caseload

Minutemen could patrol Canadian border

Medtronic to Pay Doctor $1.35 Billion to End Lawsuit Over Spinal Implant Patents

Charter Executives Sentenced in Accounting Schemes

Plaintiff Lawyers in First Vioxx Case Donated $60,000 to Alabama Judge's Campaign

Inmate at Federal 'Supermax' Prison in Colorado Dies After Severe Beating

Microsoft Faces Patent Claim for Image Format

Connecticut Serial Killer Is Mentally Competent to Forgo Death Row Appeals

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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NASA Is Said to Loosen Risk Standards for Shuttle

IBM Offers The 2-for-1 Dual Core Licensing

Moore's Law original issue found

Stardom: OUT FOR GOOGLE'S BLOOD

Solar Sail project triggers creation of intergalactic spaceships

Traveling Geek's Gilded Dream

Space Debris Mitigation: The Case For A Code Of Conduct

Nanomagnets Bend The Rules

MILITARY Virtual Reality 'War' Helps Treat Troops Traumatized by Combat

Iraq-bound unit headed by a woman

Rising Medical Costs Worry Pentagon, Hill

LEAKGATES John Dean: An Update on the Investigation Into the Leak Of CIA Agent Plame's Identity

The Silencing of an FBI Whistleblower + Hearing in FBI Translator's Case Remains Closed

Pro-Israel Group Reportedly Fires Pair


Air Marshal files suit for right to speak out about Homeland Security matters and other agency employees

'Certified' wood catches on in rainforest

ACLU enters marijuana research dispute

VATICAN: Pope condemns Spain gay bill + Pope Says Wants to Serve, Not Be Honored + Pope asks cardinals for support, tested by Spanish gay vote + Pope Benedict XVI's political resume: theocracy and social reaction + Pope's home town witnessed Nazi atrocities against Jews

CONNECT THE DOTS....

6 Wild Horses Sold by U.S. End Up at a Slaughterhouse

State lotteries may gamble on Internet

Blood for pork....

Double Trouble for Halliburton

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Google earnings juiced by ads

$257 fees for $300 in credit

Greenspan Issues Economic Warning to Congress + Second thoughts. Fed chief acknowledges 2001 tax cuts encouraged deficit

Tech industry weighs in on U.S.-China relations + Silicon Valley leaders to lobby lawmakers + Langberg: Fallen tech guru seeks comeback (LAT Reg) + Valley firms start to help Vietnam join tech word (SJM Reg)

Big Board vs. Nasdaq: Let Round 2 Begin

$14.2-Billion Deal Splits Up Allied Domecq

CEOs' No. 1 worry: housing cost for workers (LAT Reg)

Nasdaq, Instinet Seal $1.88 Billion Deal

New accounting for stock options

High-voltage electronic duel on Wall Street

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Flathead: The peculiar genius of Thomas L. Friedman

Oroville's 100-watt FM station still running on people power (SB Reg)

All the News That's Fit to Wiki

An Argument for Writers' Taking Charge

Matt Cooper, Facing Jail, Awaits Appeal to Supreme Court

The Article Page: New Kingpin of Online News?

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Dutch Woman Diagnosed With Mad Cow Disease

4 Yemeni children suffer paralysis in polio outbreak. Disease spreading across Africa; WHO plans vaccine drive

Bird Flu Hits Vietnam Right Where It Hurts (LAT Reg)

Ypres gas in First World War remembered this weekend


Kaiser limits doctors' links to medical firms, sets conflict of interest rules (SB Reg)

Contraceptive Sponge to Return to Market

Day care prevents child cancers

'Little progress' in malaria war + Science shows how malaria 'hides'

Fetal Cell Therapy for Humans with Lou Gehrig's disease?

Astronauts' Children Unlikely To Inherit Cosmic Ray-Induced Genetic Defects

Propensity For Obesity, Diabetes, May Occur In Utero

Adverse Outcomes From Blood Clot Dissolving Therapy For Heart Attack May Be Due To Patient Characteristics, Not Dosing Errors

Depression Linked To Insomnia In HIV Patients

Cardiovascular Risk Factors Higher In 'Heavy' Teens With Insulin Resistance

UCLA Researchers Discover New Method To Generate Human Bone

DA Announces Series Of Changes To The Class Of Marketed Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Standardized Microarrays May Bring Us One Step Closer To Personalized Medical Treatment

Brain Region Recovery Possible In Former Methamphetamine Users

Molecule On Immune Cells Linked To Sexual Transmission Of HIV

Mysterious breed of sea squirt spreading on both coasts

New Research Shows Glaciers Shrinking Quickly in Antarctica

Cave Pharming Yields Big Crops

NASA Study Finds Snow Melt Causes Large Ocean Plant Blooms

Reducing The Smell Of Beef Cattle Manure

 

 

THE BUSHWORLD...

USA Warns N Korea May Be Preparing Nuke Test

Weather forces Bush to cancel Smokies trip to celebrate Earth Day + Bush Urges Congress to Pass Clear Skys proposal

Bush nominates Pace to lead Joint Chiefs

Cheney Vows to Vote to End Judicial Filibusters + Details and documents

Sharon shrugs off U.S. concerns about settlement growth + Sharon vows to defy Bush over expansion of Israeli settlements

US crisis short list: Asia next?

For Bush, home is a Post Office box in Chicago

Bush to speak at conservative Calvin College's commencement

Bushism of the Day

Bolton: Bush Backs His U.N. Nominee, but Powell Warns of Volatility + Powell Discussed Bolton Nomination with Senators + Testimony of U.N. Nominee Is Disputed + Bush, McCain defend U.N. nominee as new allegation surfaces + Why John Bolton? + Laura Rozen blogging on Bolton

Iran: Crash underlines perilous state of Iran’s air fleet

Lebanon, Syria: Lebanon Security Chiefs Step Aside for UN Probe + Putin says Syria missile sale no threat to Israel + Reform hinges on Syria's leader + Christians and the lions: from hostility to outright rejection of Syria + Russia to sell air defense systems to Syria so that Syrian president may sleep well

Other foreign: U.S. Questions Croatia's Handling of Rape Case + Roh Likely to Meet Bush in June + Oman Official: Major Issues Resolved in Free Trade Talks With United States

Rice: Rice: US Military Deters North Korean Nukes, but We Want Sanctions, Too + Rice accused of suppressing terror info

Domestic: Sex Ed: Bush's Say-No Plan Is Failing Our Kids

Congress: If DeLay goes down, who gets his job? + House OKs energy bill laden with tax breaks. Measure seeks to build up domestic oil production + Senate showdown looms on filibusters. Vote on judges may set off constitutional crisis on Capitol Hill + Click. US business worried by Republicans' filibuster plan.+ Amtrak wants reorganization, more funding. Plan could be end of line for some long-distance trains + Massive energy bill shields MTBE makers (SB Reg) + Senate approves extra Humvee spending + Congressional Clout Means Big Bucks for Home

Democrats: The Hayseed vs. Hillary + Dean Warns of 'Danger' in Iraq Pullout + Ted Kennedy's in-law spied on Clintons

GOP: 2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts' Funds + Clinton impeachment was retaliation for Nixon, admits Henry Hyde Click.

Voting: Georgia Governor signs voter photo ID law

OPINIONS:

Morford: George Bush Lies, America Cries

Pete McCloskey: Republicans rebel against D.C. gang (SB Reg)

Soft vs. hard energy path: the political lines harden

Two Recent Books That Attack Neoconservatism: Are They Persuasive?

Destroying America's Soul: Michael Scheuer

Shaking Up Israel's Spy Nest: Justin Raimondo

Ricin Certainties: Andrew Gilligan

Jonathan Chait: Mouthing the GOP's words Click.

Paul Krugman: Passing the buck

Jeffrey Steinburg: GOP Revolt Against Bush-Cheney Insanity

War isn't fought in the headlines

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay rights advocates say Microsoft betrayed them. They say company caved in to church on anti-bias bill + Pope condemns Spain gay bill + Virginia Supreme Court Says Gay Parents Who Adopt Should Be Listed on Birth Certificates



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

The creme de la creme. San Francisco teacher part of 3-man team that wins international baking contest in Paris

Long-awaited Bay Trail bicycle link celebrated

Former Buddhist monk spreads spirituality satirically

A day for Armenians (SB Reg)

ReelWork Film Fest bigger than ever

Cold war-era Soviet submarine joins Maritime Museum attractions in San Diego

A Star Wars Sequel (Except It's Not)

Movie review: 'Interpreter' translates to finely wrought thriller

Vietnam's 'Professor Turtle' Keeps Lake Legend Alive

Tribeca Film Festival

Hong Kong's Chow Seeks to Out-'Hustle' Hollywood

Crusader land in Syria

A Portraitist Whose Canvas Is a Piano

Eskimocentric Writer-Filmmakers on the Upper West Side

Artist Eduardo Paolozzi dies at 81

Shakespeare portrait is a fake

Hollywood's Hayek, Gyllenhaal Join Inuit for Arctic Circle Event on Earth Day

Rush & Molloy: Hearst heirs demand a wealth of info

Lloyd Grove: For sweeps, the dirt on lurid union

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Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. collects millions for election. Both parties prepare for a costly battle, even though November vote isn't certain + Gov. faces spending battle (CCT Reg) + Gov. Seeks More Charter Schools as the Key to Improving Education (LAT Reg) + Two named to state education panel (SB Reg) + Coalition attacks Gov. re: education + Campbell Union School chief sends $19 million bill to Gov. for schools losses from government funding cuts (LAT Reg) + Uncertainty clouds Gov.'s reform measures + Dan Walters: Nurse shortage requires money and focus, not name calling (SB Reg) + Like the Terminator, Sacramento Dems say they're back + Schwarzenegger's Top Ally, Maria, Steps In (LAT Reg) + A rich history of taxing the wealth in California (OC Reg)

Pete McCloskey: Republicans rebel against D.C. gang (SB Reg)

Data broker ChoicePoint Inc, under investigation by fed, state regulators, poised to receive $845,500 contract from AG Lockyer to develop computer system to probe suspected criminals an terrorists (SB Reg)

PUC Endorses Plan to Improve Rail Safety

New tanker crash adds fuel to fire, Congressional, federal probes launched + Crash revives tanker worries re: firefighting ability

Massive energy bill shields MTBE makers (SB Reg) Feds assert LNG controls

Bay Bridge: Grand jury gets weld records

Legislature: Calif. Lawmakers Vote to Ban Internet-Based Hunting + Bill would close San Quentin State Prison + Moratorium dropped from stem cell plan (SB Reg) + Assembly votes to cut time for traffic school

Indian tribes: Oakland: East Bay cities, agencies unite to oppose casino plan. Tribe wants to build 230,000-square-foot facility near airport + Cities, park district, county fight Oakland casino + San Diego: Community leaders, tribal officers meet over issues + Hopland Pomos plan new casino in Cloverdale + Columbine's dream catcher to bring comfort in Red Lake

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LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Federal court overturns killer's death sentence (Riverside) because defense lawyer compared him to Charles Manson

Public records victory upheld (CCT Reg)

Cost to put Scott Peterson on death row: $4.13 million

Prison Guard Group: Rat Trap Triggers Fears About a 'Code of Silence' by Guards (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: R.E. Graswich: Sacramento cops, deputies join forces for combined training academy (SB Reg) + 2 accused of fraud in applications for asylum (SB Reg) + Fairfield official got nephew to lie, witness says (SB Reg) + Trip down a chimney hits snag for burglary suspect (SB Reg) + Standoff at junkyard ends in man's death (SB Reg) + Officials seek ID of remains found near ski resort in '89 (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF D.A. office says principal interfered by allegedly setting up deal for kid suspects to show up for test + SF D.A. clears 5 police officers in fatal shooting. Victim fired first, reached again for gun, report says + SF: 9-month suspension for police officer ogling women with surveillance cameras at airport + S.F. police officer receives nine-month suspension for inappropriate behavior + Peninsula: Alleged notorious shoplifter nabbed

Alameda: Emeryville: Fatal shooting at Amtrak station + Berkeley: Warehouse landlord to pursue evictions + Pleasanton: Woman shot, injured at business park + Oakland: Another 'Riders' juror dismissed from case + Another juror dismissed in 'Riders' trial (CCT Reg) + Grand jury gets weld records + UC disputes jury verdict in wrongful termination case (CCT Reg) + Judge boots 'Riders' juror from retrial + Three men indicted in gun thefts + Oakland: Man stabbed, killed after fight + Suspect flees van full of evidence + Oakland lawyer honored for UPS case + FBI hoping tattoos lead to bomb suspect + UC, lab want suit verdict tossed + Berkeley cops kill pit bull while serving Hayward warrant + Man shot, killed at Emeryville train station + Fremont man gets 18 months in software scam

Santa Clara: Woman who found finger arrested. Police raid Vegas home of Wendy's diner who claimed bowl of chili was tainted + Woman who made finger claim arrested (LAT Reg) + Signs of mental illness noted in man accused of killing girl (LAT Reg) + Chung: Gang life brings grief to all + Action Line: With form, DMV problem solved (LAT Reg)

Contra Costa: Mistrial likely to be sought in nanny trial. Jurors heard restricted testimony on use of cocaine + Richmond: Stolen assault rifle leads to teenager's arrest + Barreto's trial put in peril (CCT Reg) + CHP seeks help in Castro Valley crash + Report slams hygiene at Byron Boys ranch (CCT Reg) + Hayward man sought in ex-colleague's shooting (CCT Reg) + Crockett man tackled by police on bridge sues (CCT Reg) + + Witness blames Concord police in dog's shooting (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael: Public rallies around teen victim of sex assault by teen boys + FBI hopes tattoos will help them find suspect in East Bay bombings + Novato car burglary probe moves to San Rafael storage locker + Cook at county jail remembered fondly + Marin presiding judge Terrence Boren requested court probe of court administration

Sonoma: Hasler found guilty + Guerneville man guilty in woman's slaying

Napa: Lawyer convicted in Napa swindle gets prison

Solano: English to face jury trial -- June date set for drug case + Those bringing civil lawsuits are twice as likely to be denied in Solano courts + A success story gives back + Rowdy teens may be cause of bus crash

Monterey: Tough talk on Tasers

Central Valley: Manteca: Teen dies from gunshot to head + Peterson's final tab $4.13M + Budding gangsters or unfair labeling? + Sheriff gang video up for Emmy + Suspect in police assault case skips court + Law & Order

Central Coast: Burglars turn Soquel into crime hotbed + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Stolen violin turned in to police in West Valley + Police hold man in ticket scam by fake charity + Man who killed 4-year-old son dies in shootout with Westminster police (LAT Reg) + Burbank Man Is Charged in Charity Fraud (LAT Reg) + O.C. Tax Protester Pleads Not Guilty in Tax Case (LAT Reg) + Release of Jaramillo Info Riles O.C. Judge (LAT Reg) + Man Sought in Slaying of Son, Shooting of Wife in Long Beach (LAT Reg) + Death Penalty Is Reversed in 1981 Riverside Murder (LAT Reg) + San Diego: $1,000 fine for disturbing seals upheld + Orange County Sheriff Department, frat house culture (OC Reg)

Michael Jackson: Domestic violence expert won't testify. Key ruling in Jackson case goes to defense + Domestic Violence Expert Can't Testify on Jackson Witness' Behavior, Judge Decides (LAT Reg)

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Wendy's to offer free ice cream this weekend (SJM Reg)

Sacramento & north: Tehama County: Plane crash renews fears over air fleet. Firefighting aircraft grounded in 2002; reinstated last year + Traffic dispute near Arco Arena ends in tragedy (SB Reg) + New or prefab cells may ease county jail crunch (SB Reg) + 3 killed in crash of air tanker (SB Reg) + Sacramento School Trustees favor new policy on labor (SB Reg) + RT takes harder look at time off (SB Reg) + Report rejects Latino deputies' bias claim (SB Reg) + Campaign targets trash on highways (SB Reg) + Oroville's 100-watt FM station still running on people power (SB Reg) + Sacramento child agency seeks volunteers (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + Editorial: A much bigger Roseville? (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Newsom offers plan to regulate pot clubs. Mayor says SF is the only county without oversight + SF: Residents think city's deteriorating, survey says. Infrastructure seen as worsening since Newsom took over + SF: Appeal planned on Laguna Honda suit + Bright future built on pure science + Residents give city C-plus — again + Newsom proposes ‘common sense' rules for pot clubs + One in three ponders moving + More trees, please + Peninsula: Time for a professional assessor + Rule change may allow suicide barrier on Golden Gate Bridge

Alameda: Public protection agencies pan Alameda County cuts (CCT Reg) + Alameda County doubles its solar energy capacity + Show artfully bridges gap between seniors, youth + Oakland adopts European even + Cities, park district, county fight casino + John George psychiatrists out of jobs + Gospel greats sing for U.N. 'Flower Power Day' + Flaming toilet paper spurs school evacuation + Long-awaited Bay Trail bicycle link celebrated + Berkeley: Disability center clears state hurdle (CCT Reg) + Call for instant runoffs may prove costly (CCT Reg) + Berkeley: Unions take aim at Sutter hospital to reduce costs + Instant-runoff voting urged for Alameda County

Santa Clara: SJ: Discord on South Bay transit plans. Councilman who opposes BART link wasn't on panel + SJ: Man leaps through window at YWCA + Despite rescue efforts, local Butterfly species dying + BART debate gets loud + Police group donates to fix memorial (LAT Reg) + Mess disrupts work of YWCA (LAT Reg) + Lessons taught by Passover (LAT Reg) + Palo Alto schools consider hiring pricier food vendor (LAT Reg) + Weimers: SCU name change? No white smoke, yet (LAT Reg) + Palo Alto: Police review role OK'd (LAT Reg) + Parade to honor armed forces (LAT Reg) + Roadshow: Gas-price probes coming up empty (LAT Reg) + Drive to keep libraries open reaches goal (LAT Reg) + Peninsula in Brief (LAT Reg) + Fishing for fun offered to kids, parents (LAT Reg) + Wendy's to offer free ice cream this weekend (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Pittsburg: Big-rig crash sends 5 to the hospital + Big rig smashes home, snarls Pittsburg traffic (CCT Reg) + Belt-tightening looms in Martinez (CCT Reg) + Clear savings in smog report (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek: Comcast, city urged to strike deal (CCT Reg) + Martinez couple lives for recycling (CCT Reg) + Robinson set to join NASA's space return (CCT Reg)

Marin: Novato's all-purpose center closed + Bridge district tries to cut liability + Marin doctor gets Red Cross award for help after tsunami + Dedication ceremony highlights new student plaza at Drake High

Sonoma: JDS to cut 350 jobs in Santa Rosa + Homeless numbers unchanged + SR man killed when pickup flips + RP biodiesel plant draws mixed reaction + Vineyards on forest land debated + SR OKs study on river wastewater discharges + JDS layoffs a blow to the economy + White House looms large in SR politics

Napa: Everything but the smoke and flames appear during east Napa fire drill + Vets Home residents gather to toast Eisenhower Hall + 3 local schools earn state honors + Moskowite says county can do more on Megan's Law + Bill Dodd continues to bully his way through LAFCO

Solano: Seniors share concerns in local survey + Earth Day off to an early start + Benicia: For now, no promotion + Conference offers tips to would-be exporters+ Navy ROTC drill team at Hogan ready for Fairfield meet Saturday+ Man convicted in Guerneville murder+ Fairfield council member to be tried in drug case+ Benicia council, school committee near agreement on joint use plan+ Local News Briefs + Appeals court takes feds to task for wiretap, but upholds conviction of Vallejoan, 3 others

Monterey: MIIS may merge with college in Vermont + Middlebury remains selective institution + Hearings will help determine funding for mental health + Peninsula park district wins award + Naval Post Graduate School honors one of its own, James Watkins

Central Valley: Patterson, let sun shine on permit meeting + Wounded but not broken + School retirees share in bounty + Turlock researching marijuana shop issue+ Area Vets Moved as Vietnam Wall Comes to Ceres+ Mind your manners … and limit the liquor + Cooking and Casting Spells + Caltrans is out to trash valley's litterbug ways+ A Time to Celebrate+ News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing

Central Coast: Santa Cruz does about-face on military honors (LAT Reg) + Parade may heal wounds + As We See It: Are there enough parks? + What’s with all the traffic? + Burglars turn Soquel into crime hotbed + City’s retirement tax targeted + Catholic school gets new principal + ‘Tent U’ group creates wish list + State vetoes P.V. water agency grant + Ducklings survive scary trip to gutter + Kelly-Thompson Ranch turned into kitchen for a day + UCSC group hosts Earth Day festival + Coast Lines + UC cyclists sidetracked by tickets (CCT Reg)

Southern California: Hahn's costly deadline to restore City Hall + Gas prices to ease for L.A. drivers + Mayor's say-so in LAUSD backed + Crash of air tanker raises fears for '05 fire season + Hahn's tepid plan + Villaraigosa on School Bandwagon (LAT Reg) + Costa Mesa: Owner and Customers of Deli Find Its Closure Unappetizing (LAT Reg) + Boyle Heights Steamed by Antonio (LAT Reg) + Harassment Focus of Fire Dept. Probe (LAT Reg) + Moorpark: Her Old Bones Have Rested Long Enough (LAT Reg) + LAS: 1,000 Gather to Address Outbreak of Gang Violence at Jefferson High (LAT Reg) + Longbeach: New HMO Option for Area Seniors (LAT Reg) + OC: Church Window Cleaning, in Its Highest Form (LAT Reg) + Ousted Teen Baseball Fan Throws Ump Quite a Comeback Pitch (LAT Reg) + Discovering Millions of Ways to Hype Disney's 50th (LAT Reg) + San Diego life science startups

School days: Oakland School district angers workers -- again. Social Security numbers given to insurance sellers as employees must prove dependents are eligible for benefits + Woodland Hills: Champs swap thinking caps for rally caps + LA Community College District to debut top job finalists + Aspiring news anchors get the scoop at Ohlone + Sacramento School Trustees favor new policy on labor (SB Reg) + Campbell Union School chief sends $19 million bill to Gov. for schools losses from government funding cuts (LAT Reg) + MIIS may merge with college in Vermont + Middlebury remains selective institution + Gov. Seeks More Charter Schools as the Key to Improving Education (LAT Reg) + $2-Million Gift to UC Irvine Will Fund Center for Persian Studies and Culture (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: State probe says district failed boy + President Bush honors Chino Hills freshman


Vacaville: A rare opportunity--Buck mansion gardens open for benefit

The creme de la creme. San Francisco teacher  wins international baking contest in Paris

Long-awaited Bay Trail bicycle link celebrated

Former Buddhist monk spreads spirituality satirically

A day for Armenians (SB Reg)

ReelWork Film Fest bigger than ever

April 21, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
11 Dead, 6 U.S., In Copter Shoot + Militants Say Downed Iraq Helicopter + 6 Contractors Among 11 Killed in Iraq Shoot down + Two US Soldiers Killed in Blast West of Baghdad + Australian killed in Baghdad + Massacre at Iraq Football Stadium: 19 Dead + Mystery over gruesome discovery + 50 found dead in river, Iraq's president says. No details given -- mass kidnap had been called a hoax + Garbage Workers and Make-Believe Iraqis + Horror Glimpsed From the Inside of a Humvee in Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq -- 1,561 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Talabani Now Says New Iraq Govt Unlikely Today + Allawi 'Escapes Assassination Attempt' + US Troops Control Price of Gas in Iraq at Gunpoint + Senate Backs Funds to Build Huge Baghdad Embassy + Turkish Army Criticizes US Over Kurdish Rebels, Warns Over Kirkuk + Hopes fade for deal on Iraqi cabinet

War prisons: UN rights panel rejects Cuban bid for Guantanamo probe

AFGHANISTAN: Insurgents killed in battle in southeastern Afghanistan + US Suspends Afghan Opium War After Disastrous Attack on Farmers + Taliban Leaders to Join Peace Process + The Party's Over for Afghan NGOs + Afghan Minister: Aid Groups Practically Another Govt

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Israeli Military Approves Delaying Gaza Withdrawal as Blast Wounds + Jerusalem's Armenians want Israeli recognition of 'genocide' + Source: Disengagement will be delayed 3 weeks + Israel, PA negotiating meeting between Sharon and Abbas + PA 'better prepared' for pullout than Sharon + PM: I can resist more pullout pressure

RUSSIA: Putin: We Will Go Ahead With Syrian Missile Deal + Development of Arctic areas to bring trillions dollars of profit to Russia + Gorbachev demands Putin be protected from his own team + NATO trumpets ties with Russia, eyes wider fields

EUROPE: Reinvigorated, Blair sets out his stall for historic third term

Italy's prime minister steps down, but he pledges comeback + Berlusconi musters allies, confident of forming new government Friday + Five public grievances that could spell end for Italy's great survivor

Who noticed? Belarus needs the 'evil' tag + Rice Seeks Political 'Change' in Belarus + Russia, U.S. Clash Over Belarus 'Dictator'

Coming storm in Kosovo

EU to launch its own web domain

Zapatero Steps Up

CENTRAL ASIA: Nick Middleton: The deadly legacy of Soviet weapons in central Asia

VATICAN: From new pontiff, a vow of openness + Cardinals offer new view of Benedict. Still an enforcer? U.S. prelates play down stern image + Church Chat: Despite Vow, Some Cardinals Tell Press About Conclave + From "grand inquisitor" to pope: Benedict XVI to head crusade vs. secularism, democracy + Pope Gets E-Mailed Up + New Pope Keeps Vatican Hierarchy Intact + Pope Benedict Signals Continuity with John Paul + The surge to victory: Cardinal's deft steps + Benedict XVI: Ratzinger's positions on issues facing the Catholic Church + Stardom: The RAT In The VAT + Christian Europe RIP

AFRICA: UN body fails to condemn Sudan + A new conflict simmers in Sudan

Ivorian weapons pullback starts

ASIA PACIFIC: Power Plays in Asia

News Analysis: In China, protests recall a manipulative era

Seoul frowns on inviting Security Council to talks

Japan softens tone and calls for talks

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Reach Agreement

AMERICAS:  Mexico charges capital's mayor

Ecuadoran president forced to leave + President ousted in wake of protests. Special session of Congress votes to remove Gutierrez + Ex-Ecuador leader granted asylum in Brazil +  Police Search for the 'crazy' Ex-President

Peasants make own peace with Colombian rebels.  + Unarmed Indigenous Guard Facing a New Test in Colombian Rebel Siege + Colombian Police Recover 12 Bullet-Ridden Bodies

Embattled Canadian Leader to Address Canadians in Rare Nationally Televised Speech + Xymphora on Canadian corruption

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Negroponte Confirmed by U.S. Senate as First National Intelligence Chief

CIA veteran quietly named to new intelligence job

Boltonized Intelligence

US Demands Passenger Lists for Overflights

EU satellite project could improve accuracy

UC to remain manager of lab

Moussaoui ruled fit to enter guilty plea + The Case Against Moussaoui: He Acted Like the 9-11 Hijackers

Marin County, CA: Terrorism supporter' to speak Saturday

New spotlight on Peoples Temple (SJM Reg)

US $1 billion giant radio telescope

Man unearths MoD secrets at rubbish dump

Argentine dirty war killer sentenced to 640 years in jail by Spanish court

Verkhovna Rada refused to give security blanket to Soviet spy Suvorov

Vanunu boycotts Knesset panel session after travel restrictions are extended

In rare move, U.S. deports Cuban accused of spying

Trying to Purge Romania's Communist Past

BfV intelligence agency unmasks foreign 'spies'

Latvian court leaves verdict to Soviet KGB veteran in force

A troubled triangle: Iran, India and Pakistan

U.S. offers $10M for Canadian terror suspects

Law of the Sea opponents hurt U.S. security

Saudi Arabia: Police, insurgents killed in Makka clash

Growing up in the Nazi era

Commander Seeks Alternate Uses for ICBMs

UK: Terrorist 'aided abduction plot'

British 'Shoebomber' Accomplice Awaits Sentence

Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights

THAILAND: Arab Terrorists Offer Advice

RUSSIA: Guns and Money in Grozny

COUNTER-TERRORISM: Getting Inside al Qaeda

INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS: Soldiers Shut Out the CIA

SUBMARINES: Top Secret Tasks Revealed

HOW LOW
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Murder, Suicide Rates Up in Parts of U.S. -Study

Rogue Internet Pharmacies Targeted

Border-Watch Group to Stop Patrols

Juror's big yawn costs him big fine

Religious Profiling Sparks Federal Lawsuit

Scaring ex-cons 'seems to be working'

London eyed amnesty in Pitcairn sex case

Congress confuses file sharing with manslaughter

Behind Bextra's Fall

An honest city lawyer, honest!

Two Former Merrill Executives Sentenced to Prison in Enron Barge Scheme

Judge Sets 2006 Trial for Enron Founder Lay

Taser Welcomes Arizona Law

Missing D.A.: Did He Commit Suicide, Like His Brother Before Him?

Jury Reaches Verdict in Puerto Rico Death Penalty Trial

Scrushy Defense Opens After Judge Refuses to End Fraud Trial

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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MILITARY Army Hits Back in Verbal War Over New Troop Carrier in Iraq

GI guilty of killing comrades in Kuwaiti grenade attack

Hybrid Could Fill Humvee's Boots

NAVAL AVIATION: Depopulating the Carrier Task Force

WHO WINS: Tanker Crews Flying Combat Missions

Mary Seacole 1805-1881

LEAKGATES  2 Senior AIPAC Officials Under Probe Are Ousted + AIPAC sacks two over spy scandal

ACLU Files Emergency Motion in Sibel Edmonds Case + Whistle-Blower Argument Closed

Britain: trial finds no evidence of "ricin plot" Another Iraq war lie exposed


Talk of voodoo in Union dispute sparks outrage

March marks Armenian genocide (CCT Reg)

Play censors don't reflect Turlock community standards

Civilian Casualty Numbers Matter: Marla Ruzicka

New London play fetes U.S. activist killed trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza

We Ain't No Biocolonialists

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Baltimore 'Sun' Considers Governor's Complaints

Carnegie Study: Young Adults Are 'Abandoning' Papers

Criticism Continues Over 'Time' Cover Story on Ann Coulter

Juror Buys Paper, Judge Declares Mistrial

Radio host Jesse Thorn tries to establish an alternative to creeping NPR-speak

U.S.-Owned TV Station Says It Canceled Series After Syrians Tried to Control Content

Today's papers

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mark Morford: 14 Thoughts For The New Pope

The HOLLYWOOD novel

Far Apart but Intensely Connected

The Infinite Library Online

Elders of Zion and Other Global Domination Theories

Lenore Skenazy: Why Kirstie Alley will live longer than me

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Stocks in U.S. Jump, Lifting S&P 500, Dow to Biggest Rallies Since 2003 + Stocks Up in Mexico, Argentina, Chile

Greenspan: China to Move on Currency + Fed Chief: Fix Fat Deficit Or Else

NYSE makes first move toward computerized trading. Purchase of electronic network would revolutionize investing + NYSE applies quick fix, merger with Archipelago Holdings to expand its capabilities + NYSE turning up more dirt + Archipelago Chief Putnam a Rebel Who Thinks Big

Inflation's Strength Raises Concerns

MCI could quit home services

Revenue hits $1 billion at eBay

Workers in Their Mid-20s Face Their Own Crises

Oil market 'well balanced' says Qatari minister

Time Warner, Comcast agree to joint deal for bankrupt Adelphia

US should lift foreign ownership limits on airlines: United CEO

Chrysler compacts to be made in China for U.S.

Google's Profit Surges Almost Sixfold; Sales Soar on Overseas Advertising

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Dutch confirm first case of vCJD + Canadian Conservatives seek status in U.S. mad-cow case re: closing off Canada border

Web diary of a health worker trying to halt Angola's killer virus

Myanmar 'used chemicals' on rebels

Deadly virus samples remain in U.S. only


On-the-spot cervical cancer test

Extreme Exertion, Emotion Can Spark Repeat Heart Attacks

Scientists Add Clout in NIH Fight

FDA tells companies to review safety data on epilepsy drugs. Agency responds to charge that Neurontin raises suicide risk if used for other ailments

AP: 1 in 5 Teens Abused Prescription Drugs

Amish Community Builds Mental Health Home

Baby hormone stops cancer

Rice fungus genome mapped at last

Psychiatrist to patients: Heal thyself

For Initial Treatment Of Moderate To Severe Major Depression, Cognitive Therapy And Medication May Be Equally Effective

Russian scientists develop anticancer medicines on the base of insect immune system

Human Cells Filmed Instantly Messaging For First Time

Brain Scans Reveal How Gene May Boost Schizophrenia Risk

Once-a-month Injectable Medication Helps Treat Alcohol Dependence

Researchers Study Radiation Blockers While Conducting Nuclear Imaging Of Iodine Uptake In Mouse Tissues

Chronic Fatigue Patients Show Lower Response To Placebos

Ovary Removal Elevates Risk For Parkinson's Disease And Parkinsonism

FDA Approves New Oral Rinse To Help Treat Gingivitis

Chronic Migraine Patients May Find Relief In Botox Therapy

Carrots Of Color: Pallette Of Phytochemicals Provided Through Texas Research

Genetic Diversity Predicts Susceptibility To A Deadly Emerging Disease

Restless Legs Syndrome Has Complex Genetic Involvement

Fatness, Despite Fitness, Is Linked With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Electric Toothbrushes May Be Better At Fighting Plaque, Gum Disease

San Fernando, Northridge Quakes May Be Maximum

Amazon Ants Use 'Torture Rack' to Kill Prey

Invasive Roly-polys Might Actually Help The Soil, Study Reveals

Rare bacteria clusters. Yellowstone find could unlock clues to early Mars life

Now Age 3, Former Conjoined Twins Carl and Clarence Still Catching Up

Shuttle launch put back to 22 May + Flying in the front seats

Honda Offers First Retail Natural Gas Vehicle and Home Refueling Machine

Google Launches Personal History Feature + Why Google Is Like Wal-Mart

Berkeley conference: Technology's tools in developing world

Hijacked on Information Superhighway

Tech giants explore 'hybrid' DVDs

Theorists dazzled by 'perfect' liquid

Army of zombies invades China

Now Scientists Think You'd Be 'Roasted' In A Black Hole

NASA's Spitzer Marks Beginning Of New Age Of Planetary Science

Get Ready For Next Generation Surround Sound

World's Largest Interferometer With Moving Optical Telescopes On Track

Spintronic Materials Show Their First Move

Telescope detects possible asteroid belt

Model predicts hurricane activity

THE BUSHWORLD...

Negroponte Confirmed by U.S. Senate as First National Intelligence Chief

WAR COST USA OVER $300,000,000,000.00

Germany to join U.S.-led missile project

Pentagon Refusing to Provide Israel With Some Technologies for Fighter Jet

Bush, Abbas Expected to Meet Mid-May

Bolton: Stubborn White House Sticks With Bolton + Woman accuses Bolton of harassment + Bush Voices Support; Democrats Say Nominee Is Weakened + Anti-Bolton thread + Ivins: The abysmal ambassador + Madsen: Was Bolton behind death of State Department official?

Chief White-Collar Prosecutor Resigns From Justice Department

Cracks appear in antitax strongholds

Poll: 53% Say Iraq War Not Worth It

Bush Downplays Chinese Threat to US Hegemony + US trade nominee vows China trade review

United Nations: Walkouts add to heat on Annan + Annan Exoneration Claim Too Hasty: U.S.

Iran: Sharon urges pressure on Iran + Cooling it on Tehran

Syria, Lebanon: 'What's next?' Lebanon must now ask + Five dynamics to keep your eye on in Lebanon + 'Iron man' helps reshape Lebanon

Other foreign: Jordan Quashes Unions, Critics of US + Israel Fears Regional War in 2006 + Here's what the U.S. must do to earn Turkish liking + General: U.S. Seeks Relations With Libya

Rice: Rice meets with Belarus opposition + Rice Announces Presidential Run by Mistake + Can Rice speak Russian? + Rice expressed her concern over Russian media shortly after she arrived in Moscow + Rice Cites Yukos In Moscow Talks + Rice protests arms to Venezuela

Domestic: Districts and Teachers' Union Sue Over Bush Law + Educator: Flexibility isn't solution to No Child law (SB Reg) + EPA Mercury Rule to Achieve Cuts With Few Direct Controls

Social Security: Grassley: Partisan plan is 'a start'

Congress: House Approves $8 Billion Energy Bill + Senate Backs $81 Billion War Spending Bill + Three judges are flash points in Senate clash + Senate Seeks to End Funding for Cisneros Investigator + GOP's DeLay Inquiry Offer Rebuffed + Dems reject GOP offer on DeLay probe. Head of ethics panel says he'll guarantee inquiry if standoff on new rules is ended + Boxer criticizes guest worker plan. Move signifies political shift to tighter borders + Activists seek ethics probe for Pombo (CCT Reg) + GOP Presses Fight On Filibusters + Key section of energy bill 'BS,' House chairman says + House approves energy bill, allowing ANWR drilling + Showdown Nears Over Bush Judicial Nominees + Specter Pushes Stem Cell Research With New Perspective + House Approves Measure to Encourage Wind Power on Federal Land + Senate Panel Investigating Lobbyists Subpoenas Records From GOP Activist's Group + Senate Scrap Over Judges Is Frist's Fight + House Ready to Pass Energy Bill

Democrats: Dem Chairman Dean Mimics 'Drug-Snorting Rush Limbaugh' At Event + Daily News Exclusive: Dems try to kill Clinton probe + Swiftboating Hillary

GOP: Sen. Jeffords Won't Seek a 4th Term

OPINIONS:

The New American Militarism: Bacevich/Engelhardt

An 'Un-Christian' Bunch of Christians?

Let the slowdown begin...

The normalization of war

President Bush renews the warning signals to Syria and Hezbollah

Resounding Success: Minutemen Have Made a Difference on the Border and in Washington

Opening ANWR to development could lead to 'Exxon Valdez' type of disaster, activist claims

Democrats: Neither leaders nor opposers, but appeasers

Lessons from Mexico on the nuclear option and the one-party state

Eastern European 'revolutions', US imperial ambitions; double standards

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Conn. approves gay civil unions + Stories that make you see red +  Stranger in a Badland + Spain paves way for gay marriage + Washington State Senate rejects gay civil rights bill + Let Gays Be Gay...and American



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Muir's writings reveal the real Yosemite

Berkeley City Council refuses to repair fountain in park. Fountain designed by Julia Moran, Bernard Maybeck

20th Century Fox: Mentor learns as much as she taught

Swinging into Sonoma

Livermore's ultimate librarian

San Francisco International Film Festival

Link a Sausage Sandwich to a California red blend

Web Exclusive: Upton Sinclair's California

Heirloom tomato varieties inspire passionate gardeners

Zion I livin’ true at the Catalyst this weekend

Professional Cameras, Made for the Amateur. Go Ahead, Say Cheese

Unforgettable sights define train ride up California coast (SB Reg)

Poet on streets of San Francisco: Happy to Feed 'Em a Line

Imagining the book at the Alexandria Library

Ancient necropolis found in Egypt

Bellow on Bellow

Hilton Als on “The Pillowman”

Michael Shapiro on a Korean monster movie

Hard questions about abolitionist John Brown

Is 'Laocoon' a Michelangelo forgery?

In Paris, Wagner's love story in the video age

Music Theory online

Hollywood's new and ambitious moguls

Clue to earliest American may lie in Suffolk grave

Nicole calls in a Scripture doctor

Celeb rep snaps at his kind

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop Word of the day

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Click. Abigail Kramer: Desperate military recruiters and a growing opposition square off in local California schools.

State justices refuse PETA a hearing on the life of cows

Cough syrup no defense. Supreme Court upholds loss of license of girl, 16

Appeals court: All citizens have right to access public information re: pay of public employees

Death is no equalizer + Other view: Reconciling victim and criminal

California cities try again for Microsoft damages

Sacramento & north: Man near death after post-Kings game fight (SB Reg) + Inmate wields blog in deportation fight (SB Reg) + Facts are fine, reverend says, but kids need more to shun gang life (SB Reg) + Four students suspended after pair shot by pellet gun (SB Reg) + Boy hurt during pistol play (SB Reg) + Inmate held in Easter slaying (SB Reg) + Two Tahoe schools vandalized (SB Reg) + Obituary: John Rivera founded W. Sac's venerable Club Pheasant (SB Reg) + Stewart Title hit with fine (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: $6 million verdict for 4 victims in church trial. 3 men, 1 woman get roughly $1.5 million each for years of abuse by San Jose priest + Blast suspect known for tattoos. Animal rights activist sought in attacks at biotech, beauty firms + SF: Inquiry into failure to report sexual assault. School official may face discipline for not notifying police + Redwood City: Warrant is issued for ex-Billionaire Boy + Peninsula; Humane society celebrates major victory, man to serve time for neglecting dog + Peninsula: Nanny delays Peninsula: Plea in child-abuse homicide case + P: Grand jury concerned about Burlingame nursing home + Abuse award may set standard (SJM Reg)

Alameda: Fremont: Alarm policy alarms industry + Coroner: Livermore woman killed + School attack highlights resource officer cutbacks + Fremont on route of police pursuit + Union City man arrested in attack + Police say attacks on Fremont family not hate crimes + Parolee arrested after hot pursuit + Nanny's former employer testifies during trial + Coroner: NUMMI worker was victim of homicide + Homicide ruled in death of Livermore woman (CCT Reg) + Fremont: Jury convicts child molester + Pombo, Lofgren continue to jab + Dublin mayor fights to reduce pollution

Santa Clara: XIANA FAIRCHILD CASE: Trial for slaying suspect. 7-year-old girl was kidnapped, killed +  Suspect to be tried in Xiana's death (CCT Reg) + Trial set in girl's kidnap, slaying (SJM Reg) + Anderson to answer for Xiana

Santa Clara: Authorities hope tattoos lead to activist wanted in bombings (SJM Reg) + Police hunt for physician who fled before conviction (SJM Reg) + + Palo Alto: Reward in slaying jumps to $300,000 + For cop, probe opens a rift (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: Police recover assault weapon + I-680 plane crash suit moves ahead (CCT Reg) + Deputies recover firearms, stolen property in Rodeo (CCT Reg)

Marin: Teenager says man groped her at bus stop in Terra Linda

Sonoma: Anxious Hasler awaits verdict + 3 hurt in head-on crash. Monte Rio man arrested
 
Hasler Guilty Of Murder

Solano: Anderson to answer for Xiana + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Salinas: Driver leaves scene after striking pole + MPC teacher investigated

Central Valley: Stockton: Jury near deliberations in murder trial + San Joaquin County OKs Head Start funds + Crash into police car ends pursuit+ Law & Order + Cold Cases: Murder suspect not found until he was dead + Bank photo of alleged forger lacks name

Central Coast: Amnesty sought for arrested students + Chase ends in gunfire, two arrests + Bomb scare shuts down post office + Victim’s family weeps during closing remarks in murder trial

Southern California: Eleven LA firefighters disciplined for alleged harassment of blacks, women + Seizing cars for illegal street racing in LA + Judge bars some recordings from trial of San Diego councilmen + Probe: Chimp cage not locked + Bulletproof vest company settles lawsuit + Man claims police beat him for use of cell camera + No Charges Filed in Chimps' Attack (LAT Reg) + Keeping an Eagle Eye on Golfing Clubs (LAT Reg) + Missing Records Stalled Jaramillo Probe (LAT Reg) + Thousand Oaks City Hall Is Focus of Probe Request (LAT Reg) + Man Is Sought in the Fatal Stabbing of Waiter in Fairfax District (LAT Reg) + Orange Agrees to Settle With Ex-Official (LAT Reg) + 2 Gang Members Get Death Penalty for 4 Murders Committed in 2000 (LAT Reg) + 2 Hospitalized After Santa Ana Ammonia Leak + LA: Taunting Note Left After Theft of Exhibit Fetus (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: Local group aims to foil Minute Men

Michael Jackson: Judge Refuses to Allow Jackson Prosecutors to Call Expert on Battered Women + Ex-guard tells of order to detain teen accuser. Neverland's policy required adults to escort kids, he says + Jackson defense turns focus to Neverland security logs + Potential defense witness in Jackson case arrested in New Jersey + Accuser Couldn't Leave Neverland (LAT Reg)

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Núñez: No partial deals with Gov. re: ballot initiatives (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Núñez says he wants a deal with Gov. (SB Reg) + Gov., Nuñez Retreat From Daring Statements (LAT Reg) +  Solar power angling for a cool image (SB Reg) + Gov. apologizes for border comment + Gov.: Border remarks a 'screw-up' (CCT Reg) + Protesters accuse governor of breaking promises to protect injured workers in workers comp system reforms + Panel Tries to Stop Gov.'s Cigars + Gov. and Senator Katherine Laforge Share Views + Click. Jason Rabinowitz: Arnold's lies enough to make you lose your lunch. + Arnie loses his hero status with voters after string of gaffes

State officials losing fight over energy bill. House would give U.S. more power in offshore drilling, natural gas storage sites

Panel discusses fixing initiative process. State's voters like system and would fight to keep it

Tough rules on smog may get tougher

Over next 30 years, state to add 12.5 million residents

Actor/director Reiner launches public preschool tax initiative + Marjie Lundstrom: Driven but controlled, kids' advocate Reiner focuses on results (SB Reg)

State faces the challenge of aging gracefully (CCT Reg)

Medi-Cal 'churning' costs state (SB Reg)

CalPERS red-flags 5 firms as bad actors (SB Reg) + CalPERS adjusts payment formula (SB Reg)

Tax amnesty program beating forecast

Legislature: Worries over transit village bill (CCT Reg) + Bill on sex-assault (to eliminate 10-year statute limitations) clears first hurdle + Bill addresses crops, bio-contamination + House quarrels on gas additive cleanup costs (SB Reg)

Bay Bridge: Chunks of bridge to be cut to check. Feds conduct most extensive tests on alleged faulty welds + Caltrans says bridge weld problems unlikely (CCT Reg) + Feds to send hunks of bridge to lab for testing

Indian tribes: Lytton Band of Pomo tribe, Doctor's Hospital, San Pablo, consider deal (CCT Reg) + Serving the urban tribe + Woodland gets $478,00) from Rumsey band of Wintun Indians (SB Reg) + Group wants Lockyer investigated. Attorney general accused of being bought by casinos + N. County Indian band eyes pact for gaming in Barstow + AIM gets involved in California tribal dispute. Takes side of "disenrolled" family + Plymouth council halts casino talks with tribe + Mayor, councilman duel on casino road
Click.  Five East Bay agencies join forces to challenge the proposed casino near Oakland Airport

School days: Click. Dana Nichols: Smog costing schools millions in absences. Service workers, UC reach contract agreement + Oakland: Schools' chief presents his plan. Hisses, boos greet financial recovery recommendations + UC Berkeley literature specialist honored for teaching + Districts and Teachers' Union Sue Over Bush Law + Record 50,000 in-state freshmen accepted into UC system for fall + Cal group calls for affirmative action + Oakland: Ward decides not to borrow $11 million more + Union City: No bones about it: Green is in at Logan + 'Tough times' end for New Haven + Union City teachers win health coverage + Educators get facts on school funding + Four Tracy campuses to undergo inspection + Campus protests against higher fees spread (SJM Reg) + Protesters say school losing human focus (SJM Reg) + Activists move tents from Santa Cruz campus + Cal State officials enlist high schools where no remedial math, English + Educator: Flexibility isn't solution to No Child law (SB Reg) + Rio Americano grad is nation's best teacher (SB Reg) + Six schools get HP grants (SB Reg) + Will school boards back union-only contractors for building projects? (SB Reg) + Young Poets Have Plenty to Slam (LAT Reg) +  LAUSD won't back school bond without controls


 

Muir's writings reveal the real Yosemite

Berkeley City Council refuses to repair fountain in park. Fountain designed by Julia Moran, Bernard Maybeck

20th Century Fox: Mentor learns as much as she taught

Swinging into Sonoma

Livermore's ultimate librarian

San Francisco International Film Festival

Link a Sausage Sandwich to a California red blend

Web Exclusive: Upton Sinclair's California

Heirloom tomato varieties inspire passionate gardeners

Zion I livin’ true at the Catalyst this weekend

Professional Cameras, Made for the Amateur. Go Ahead, Say Cheese

Unforgettable sights define train ride up California coast (SB Reg)

Poet on streets of San Francisco: Happy to Feed 'Em a Line

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Gray whales make bay stop + Caltrain to discuss fares, service cuts + Earth Day turns over new leaf in cities + Labor aims at school projects (SB Reg) + Editorial: The Greyhound leaves town (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Air tanker crashes in Northern California + Roseville homes harness the sun (SB Reg) + Tick, tock -- time to be wary of insect parasite (SB Reg) + Diana Griego Erwin: Internet can be a gateway for teenagers to society's darkest corners (SB Reg) + SMUD fields questions about Yolo annexation (SB Reg) + Protester has hands nailed to a board outside Capitol (SB Reg) + Sacto Cops to run in desert relay + Sacto child agency seeks volunteers + Civic Sacto standouts honored (SB Reg) + Editorial: Don Casimere, a Tough act to follow

San Francisco, San Mateo: New pope an old pal to Levada. SF visit: Ratzinger 'happy as a clam,' archbishop recalls + Hotel Vitale failed by ordinary design at special location. Approval process contributes to dull architecture + SF debates mandate for health benefits. Proposal would require employers to provide insurance + SF: Homeless move in at supportive units. 40 apartments are first step in mayor's housing program + Financial District landmark is sold + SF: 2 permits suspended for Mission Rock club + S.F.'s decorum debacle + San Francisco celebrates marijuana + SF: Rents rise slowly + As population falls in SF+ Little funding for preventing Bay pollution + School mourns athlete's death + Peninsula: Toxic substances advisory group to oversee cleanup + Peninsula: Bay Meadows art transferred + Peninsula in Brief (SJM Reg) + Editorial: The next assessor

Alameda: Berkeley: Pact clears the way for disabled center + Amid shortfall, Berkeley drops fountain fixes + Unions take aim at Sutter over costs + Instant-runoff voting urged for Alameda County + Mental health workers discuss spending priorities + Newark: PFLAG to honor those working for safer communities + Niles watering hole sinks in red tape + Masonic Home fire forces evacuation + Pleasanton plans public restroom + Workshop talks of San Ramon's future + Wind energy project whips by county board + Alameda Co. reframes 'big box' law (CCT Reg) + AC Transit considers all-night service to S.F. + Editorial: Vote Kakishiba in Oakland

Santa Clara: San Pablo: Hunger strike protests anti-immigrant vigilantes + Activist campaigns and terrorism concerns give illegal-immigration issue fresh urgency (SJM Reg) + Claims flying in wake of vote (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Contra Costa budget process likely to come with an ax + Blaze destroys Richmond pallet works (CCT Reg) + Sheriff not square with budget (CCT Reg) + Orinda woman sent back to jail (CCT Reg) + Activists seek ethics probe for Pombo (CCT Reg) + Dublin council OKs builders' fee (CCT Reg) + Parolee suspected of DUI held after Tri-Valley chase (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael: Boy, 6, falls from second-story balcony + Supervisors hear gripes about cops + Board of Supervisors honors 49 volunteers and interns + RIP: Ursula McCarthy -- community leader + 'Terrorism supporter' to speak Saturday + National Park Service chief pays visit to Limantour Beach

Sonoma: Assisted suicide, Schiavo provoke debate in forum + Railroad Square plan on fast track + Windsor: Speed limit raised 5 mph on 7 streets + 160 community volunteers honored + County planner OKs Sebastopol water-ski lake + SR weighs wastewater shift to river

Napa: Cartoonist Tom Beland draws on home and love for inspiration + Napans react to speedy election of 265th pontiff + Napa leaves 30 jobs vacant in budget move + Hot-air balloons may launch from several sites, county says

Solano: AmCan school ranked among state's top 192 + Old ferries' days may be numbered + Big firms argue over valuations, resulting taxes + - Local News Briefs + Area residents are winners on lottery show +  Local Business Briefs + The sweet scent of success + Unemployment figures down in Solano County

Monterey: Longtime residents lament Boronda's closing + Agreement includes gag order + Agreement between the MPUSD board and Superintendent Daniel Callahan + Cal Am files to limit protesters + Massive upgrades at new Boranda school + Your Town + Teens kick butts in Dare to Care prelude

Central Valley: Survey: Traffic got you fed up? + Patterson missing-permit scandal will take time to sort out + Riverbank call center sold, outsourcing to India by MCI + Gas Prices: Nobody Wins+ Governor apologizes for border comment+ Community spirit behind rally for letters to troops+ Modesto public works director moving to Asia + United Stand to Make World a Safe Haven + Animals in chipper OK, say legislators+ Gardening pros are being hit hard+ Check-crisis fallout Topic A in Patterson+ Turlock school founder, advocate for disabled dies + Turlock deal is too good to be true+ News & Notes+ Around the Region + Roadside memorials are a tacky way to honor the dead

Central Coast: Protesters hit streets to decry education budget cuts + Bill addresses crops, bio-contamination + UC, union reach tentative deal + Beach Flats safety lies in citizens hands, police say + State Sen. Joe Simitian says education bill helps parents + Study: Organic farm workers receive little financial benefit + Coast Lines + As We See It: Sheriff Noren was his own man + News briefs from California's Central Coast + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Lower quake danger in San Fernando Valley + Hahn boosts budget 10% + Hahn defends new education stance + Outside spending ends campaign limits + Panel delays dump discussion + Central American trade pact react mixed + Hahn's Budget Proposal Paints Rosy Fiscal Picture (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana Makes Deal for Soccer Academy (LAT Reg) + Riverside Group Plans to 'Close' Ariz.-Mexico Border (LAT Reg) + O.C. to Focus on Kids' Lack of Insurance (LAT Reg) + Unions' Donations Lift Cap on Spending (LAT Reg) + Compton's Mayor Wins a 2nd Term (LAT Reg) + Foes of March Base Cargo Plans Give Up (LAT Reg) + Councilman Seeks Scrutiny of Settlement (LAT Reg) + Decision to Retry Rogers Delayed Until May 19 (LAT Reg)

April 15, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Bombs rock Iraq as top Sunni cleric calls for amnesty + Iraq rebels threaten to kill 60 Shi’ite hostages + Renewed attacks kill 19, injure 60. Interior minister sees no early end to insurgent violence + Twin Car Bombs Kill 18 in Iraq + Gains in Iraq, but no 'tipping point' + Mosul stalked by suicide bombers + Wave of attacks raise the fear level in Iraq + Ordinary Iraqis bear brunt of war + Several mass graves found in southern Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,548 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

War prisons: Ex-Guantanamo Prisoner Unaware of Sept. 11 Attacks + Rights group says governments accepting weak assurances against foreign torture Click.

MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia and France shower each other with praise

Abdullah, Chirac Agree on Major Issues

Israel, Palestine: Israel broke cease-fire, Abbas says. Fatal shooting of militant in West Bank is 'serious violation,' Palestinian leader says + Islamic Jihad says won't take part in upcoming PA ballot + Wolfensohn named as special envoy for pullout + Sharon mulls new pullout post-Gaza: aides + Jewish extremists gearing up for a fight, Israeli officials say

In modernizing Qatar, U.S. universities are being welcomed

RUSSIA: Putin to cut the Russian political system, leaving minimum number of parties + Vladimir Putin: Janus Look

EUROPE: Ukraine? What About UK Democracy? Rod Liddle

Camilla slips into her role

Peres lands in Paris ahead of meeting with French president

USA comes into confrontation with 'Old Europe' as Ukraine sets to join NATO

Cornered Berlusconi Battles to Resolve Govt Chaos

Basque Region's President Seeks Strong Mandate to Negotiate More Autonomy From Spain

AFRICA: Personality of the Week: Olusegun Obasanjo

Catholicism stirs cultural challenge in Africa

ASIA PACIFIC: China Pushing and Scripting Anti-Japanese Protests + China moves to contain anti-Japan rage

CENTRAL ASIA: Massive landslides to sweep away spent nuclear fuel depositories in Kyrgyzstan

AMERICAS: Officials have yet to charge Mexico City mayor + Mexico City mayor awaits arrest as possible pardon floated

Rights group protest cut-off of the investigation of Pinochet-era crimes

Soviet-Era Debt Bogs Down Cuba-Russia Ties

Gun battle in Haitian Slum Leaves at Least Five Dead as U.N. Security Council Visits

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Negroponte's mission impossible

Paying the Price for Getting It Right: Ray McGovern

Attempt at Psychological Warfare Is Disarmingly Amusing (LAT Reg)

United Nations: Annan: U.S. and U.K. share blame for illicit oil funds

US urged to drop opposition to re-appointment of IAEA head Click.

Amid renovation, America's spooks are utterly clueless

Xymphora on Israeli influence on U.S. policy

Kingdom in Bid to Use Islamic Satellite for Moon Sighting

No. 2 Intelligence Nominee Testifies on Privacy Rules

FBI, CIA Proposals To Retool Called 'Business as Usual'

Congress Aims to Thwart Identity Theft

U.S. to Unseal Evidence in Failed China Spy Case

Tracking Terrorists: Interview with Aaron Weisburd

Al-Qaeda's worst nightmare

A Terror Suspect With Connections

Can the Spy Agencies Dig Out?

Multiple identities that hid an al-Qaeda sleeper agent

Poison plot turns into political blame game

Technology makes transnational conflict monitoring faster than ever

Space Station Experiment Will Chase Earthquakes

A Robot For Building Planes

AP NewsBreak: Airport Screeners Perform Poorly, Reports Will Reveal

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Aussies prey on tsunami children

Breakthrough in notorious Cape Cod murder?

World's biggest traffickers have links with New Zealand + Drug trade: Long arm of billion dollar drugs business reaches NZ + Drug trade: How the Poles and the King Cobras cooked up a drug deal + Drug trade: Ice lab in the steamy Pacific

Mack White: Undercover stripper

Prisoners 'aware' in executions

GSK investors bring Paxil lawsuit

Bizarre Cesarean kidnapping increase

Eric Rudolph's legacy + They Didn't Catch Rudolph, but They Stopped Him Cold + ATF: Rudolph's Craftiness Handed Investigators Key Forensic Evidence

Bill allows divorces for pregnant women

Suit presses feds to use alternative fuel vehicles + More:

Dynegy Settles UC Shareholder Lawsuit

U.S. Brings Big Tax Fraud Case Against Owner of Georgetown Eateries

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Court sets hearing on parole dispute (SB Reg)

San Francisco: Suit presses feds to use alternative fuel vehicles

Prisons need greater scrutiny

Editorial: Misguided recall of Judge McMaster, Sacramento Superior (SB Reg)

Report Picks Santa Ana for Court (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: DA to laud courageous victims for testifying against criminals (SB Reg) + Girl, 9, sexually assaulted in Folsom (SB Reg) + 209 human teeth found in trash (SB Reg) + Roseville: Man reportedly grabs girl after asking for directions (SB Reg) + Rotund robber sought in armed heists (SB Reg) + City OKs spectator ban at illegal races (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: 146 area fugitives caught in dragnet + Belmont: Wrongful death suit in ecstasy fatality + Milpitas: 25 prisoners brawl in county lockup + SF: Transmitter leads police to stolen ATM + News in brief from the San Francisco Bay area

Alameda: Oakland, landlord near settlement (CCT Reg) + Oakland may settle with property owner + Cal fraternity investigated in BB gun affair Call raised for justice for crime victims + + Man gets three years in counterfeiting con + Police: Woman caught smuggling meth at airport + Voodoo therapist facing tax charges + Counties at odds over pot arrest Medical cannabis workers arrested (SJM Reg) + Taser shock victim's family seeks $30 million + Abalone poacher fined, loses car + Man pleads guilty in 1994 gun smuggling + Berkeley artists ordered out today

Santa Clara: Santa Clara County DA to decide on charges in jail fracas (SJM Reg) + Girls get life for murdering grandparents (SJM Reg) + Woman not sure it's her fingertip (SJM Reg) + Woman now says finger in chili not hers. She lost digit to leopard kept outside her home in Nevada + P.A. family robbed in home invasion + 3rd teen arrested in slaying (SJM Reg) + Inmate groups clash at Elmwood (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Trial opens in drug slaying that happened on Morgan Territory Road (CCT Reg) + Two high school students charged in man's slaying (CCT Reg) + Jury seated in ex-nanny's Danville hit-and-run case

Marin: 36-hour standoff ends with suicide + San Anselmo thief leaves clothes, takes beer + Bail upped for Novato burglary suspects

Sonoma: County taped inmate-attorney calls + Fault found with camp

Monterey: Salinas: Child Molester Skips Court, Flees (LAT Reg)

Central Valley: Witnesses say they saw suspect run from car+ Law & Order+ Lawyer wants to give case back+ Police name couple in murder-suicide

Central Coast: Gang member pleads innocent in murder case + Second chance offered to Watsonville High’s serial truants + Hahn blasted for blunder on stem cell bid + Valley police station unveiled + District to reconsider cuts in City of Angels program

Southern California: Parents of boy murdered in baseball bat death want punishment + Ballplayer, 13, Faces Murder Charge (LAT Reg) + Freeway Shootings Spur More Patrols (LAT Reg) + Former Trash Exec Portrayed as Victim (LAT Reg) + Endangered Pelican May Have Been Mutilated (LAT Reg) + Mexico Returns Suspect in 2000 Slaying (LAT Reg) + LA County Names Head of Probation Department (LAT Reg) + LA: Man at Bus Stop Is Injured by Stray Gunfire (LAT Reg)<

Michael Jackson: Jackson judge threatens to close court + Boy's Mother Calls Neverland Den of Booze and Porn + In Furious Cross-Examination, Jackson Accuser's Mother Admits Lies in Previous Suit

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Education sides poised for battle (CCT Reg) + Gov.'s top political aide, Patricia Clarey. She Can't Play by the Rules (LAT Reg) + California redistricting plan draws fire + Dan Walters: Anti-democratic gerrymander could be trashed before 2010 (SB Reg) + State says health care at prisons 'in a crisis'. Poor facilities, bad doctors prompt push for private providers or court takeover

FBI widens Perata probe, seeks legislative records (CCT Reg)

Child support pay switch pitfalls (CCT Reg)

Caltrans commemorates workers (SB Reg)

Garamendi pushes new Homeowner Bill of Rights

Study Sees Shift in ER Care (LAT Reg)

Bridges: Attorney general joins Bay Bridge welding probe + Other new bridge, the Benicia Bridge, has familiar ills (CCT Reg) + Perata bridge bill would spread wealth statewide

Initiatives: Abortion initiative shifts vote climate. Special election would no longer belong to governor + Labor says initiative good to go (SB Reg) + Prescription drug initiative poised to qualify for ballot (SJM Reg)

Charter school scandal: Charter school accused of misusing $25 million. State superintendent wants charges filed against executives + Audit slams school firm (SB Reg) + Charter School Offenses Alleged

2006 race: Westly toughens his message (SB Reg) + Former eBay exec weighs gubernatorial bid (SJM Reg)

Legislature: Lawmakers push for more dams

Stem cell panel: Emeryville excels at the undoable

Indian Tribes: Former Cabazon tribal police and fire employees threaten to sue + Tribe may owe IRS for resort

LOCAL NEWS:   San Francisco. Falcons generate Internet hoopla. Busy online forum, Webcam on chicks on PG&E building

BART leaves pay raises out of preliminary budget. Transit management says system faces $51 million deficit

Should Municipalities Get in the Wi-Fi Business?

Truckers feel diesel squeeze (SJM Reg)

Sacramento & north: Sheldon residents fuming over fees (SB Reg)+ Obituary: Auto dealer collapses at civic event (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Two teens help save a life in Belize fire and, as thanks, get hassled (SB Reg) + Shifting gears on Orangevale Avenue Bridge (SB Reg) + Groundbreaking for two fire stations (SB Reg) + Local teens are youth award finalists (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Teng, officiator at S.F. same-sex nuptials, quits (CCT Reg) + SFO detector sniffs out traces of explosives. Passenger steps in booth and is hit with puffs of air + Muni proposes reducing service to trim deficit. Board of Supervisors to have final say on frequency of lines + Embattled S.F. official Teng quits. Assessor blames office's bureaucracy, family life's stresses + SF Mayor appoints 5 commissioners + Fire chief praised for disciplinary actions. Panel comments after she responds to on-duty drinking

Alameda: Pleasanton: Candidates zero in on general plan (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Helping youngsters stand tall. Prescott Circus Theatre mixes fun, lessons on success in life + Supervisors ask department heads to join budget process (CCT Reg)+ Cannabis centers have friends, foes + Little Bobby Hutton held as role model for African Americans + San Leandro Safeway to get an extreme makeover + Berkeley seeks budget cuts input + Alta Bates earns top environmental award + Union City officials defend fire chief + Hundreds of service workers strike at UC campuses + Thrift store to raise money for Save The Children fund + Port's billboard plan pushing forward + Another top Fremont city employee quits + Pleasanton residents can delete 'e-waste' + Supervisor claws way into crab limit debate + Valley builders craft relationships on Capitol Hill + Superstore shares its beauty at Dublins Hacienda Crossings

Santa Clara: Protesters pack East Side school board meeting (SJM Reg) + Unclaimed funds await governor, others (SJM Reg) + Love, war, camels: Old film a hit again (SJM Reg) + Chung: Honoring an unheroic looking hero (SJM Reg) + Study surveys human intestines (SJM Reg) + Walking for a cure (SJM Reg) + A look at gender bias in science (SJM Reg) + 3 tapped for water control board (SJM Reg) + Weimers: CEOs lament lack of creative ideas (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Man dies after being ejected from pickup in Interstate 580 accident (CCT Reg) + Richmond chem spill 'no danger' (CCT Reg) + Hercules: Rail agency to probe parked tank cars (CCT Reg) + Agencies to use security grants for radio center (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek gets new holiday tree (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa County facing $50-$60 million budget deficit + Community Services Dept undergoes reorganization

Marin: RIP: Jim Scanlon + Armed guard stationed at toll booths + Death row can't be moved, report says + New flap emerges in retirement of Marin court boss John Montgomery + Marin City turning offices into clinics + Ross housing association founder dies + Earnings surge at Bank of Marin

Sonoma: Inspectors keep pest at bay + Gurney resigns as police chief + Quirky crafts store perseveres + Delay-plagued sports complex ties up land + Restoring fire service on tap + Proposal would ban backyard pot gardens + 15-story high-rises in SR?

Napa: As grapes stay on the vine longer, tensions linger between grapegrowers and vintners + Piner's may wear the union label + Tax relief for some Napans

Solano: Benicia school jobs not cut -- yet (CCT Reg) + Report to focus on fairground traffic + Safety concerns prompt action re: Benicia education + Good health report a head-scratcher + 3 injured in 4-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 + Blessing of the fleet set + Workshop for behavioral problems set + Agriculture commissioner won't seek another term + Supervisors show support for biotech industry, the 'Silicon Valley' of future + 9-Year-Old Hangs Himself on Rope Swing (LAT Reg)

Monterey: Shopping hub might be on the block + District honors Parent Patrol + New Fort Ord trails 'best we've built' + Cruise ship dumping ban sought again + Your town + Marina project on tight schedule

Central Valley: Stanislaus, 3 neighbors in top eight + High marks for new chancellor + City may farm out park care+ County backs bill to shift tax funds+ Suspected pipe bombs yield surprise+ Regulator tells crowd air laws benefit farmers+ TID gives up power guarantee+ Bush says border law too harsh+ Report on dairy air delayed until May 6+ UC Merced plans child care center+ Marketing, with a twist+ Van broadsided on Ninth+ High School Reunions+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + Pombo's seeming conflicts of interest endanger wildlife + Plenty going on for folks in Tracy + Manteca Fire Department prepares for fire season

Central Coast: Strike shuts UCSC + Sierra Club wants change in Coastal Commission + Special-needs youth get to spend a ‘Day in the Sky’ + Ship-waste measure sets sail again + Chamber welcomes Sentinel to Pajaro Valley + Congress OKs tax relief for Felton Grove + Panetta series features ABC, CNN journalists + Coast Lines

Southern California: Deadly freeway debris + People leaving LA county in droves + Villaraigosa brings campaign to Valley + Mogul Yields Beach Access to Public (LAT Reg) + Inland Empire Is True to Its Name (LAT Reg) + Hertzberg Throws His Support to Villaraigosa (LAT Reg) + State OKs Homes for Mesa at Bolsa Chica Wetlands (LAT Reg) + 2 Killed When Debris Strikes Van (LAT Reg) + MTA Ordered to Expand Its Fleet of Rapid Buses (LAT Reg) + Hahn's Staffers Grilled Over Failed Bid for Stem Cell Site (LAT Reg) + Housing Help for Needy in L.A. +L.A. Harbor Ports to Get $6.7 Million for Security (LAT Reg) + 3 Hurt in Brawl at Jefferson High (LAT Reg) + Big-Rig Falls Onto Train Near Colton (LAT Reg) + News briefs from Southern California

School days: Cal's new leader greets challenges (CCT Reg) + San Francisco: Schools chief decides against advising board. Her opinions don't help debate, they fan flames, she says + Berkeley campus open house planned for Saturday + Petition for charter school withdrawn in Manteca. Golden State's plan called 'unsound' for students; 2 districts set to vote next month + Williams a good choice for Yosemite Community College District + Cal fraternity investigated in BB gun affair CSUEB remedial program lauded + Union City: Strike averted, Tentative settlement reached at 11th hour + Livermore Catholic school gets approval + Fremont crowd insists American H.S. principal keep job + Teacher recruitment fair comes to Dublin + Workers strike at UC campuses (SJM Reg) + Napa VUSD budget lean, facing more cuts + Commission to help chart LAUSD's future + Groups at Chico State Warned (LAT Reg) + School Panel Defers Cutbacks (LAT Reg) + Handful score perfect 2,400 on new SAT + New classroom concern: Violent parents


Drug boosts dieting weight loss

UCSF study links drinking, heart disease

Whale-dolphin hybrid has baby wholphin

First Clone of Champion Racehorse Revealed

Switch 'controls cancer spread'

No patient rush to 'concierge' practices

Being Too Clean Could Be Hazardous To Your Health And The Environment

British Asian Women Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer Than All Other Women

The Chemistry Of Popcorn

The New Glycemic Index Diet

Digestion Suggestions: Eating Your Way to GI Health

Smoking Doubles Risk Of Degenerative Eye Condition

Prostate Cancer Therapy - Study Suggests New Molecular Screening Theory

Researcher Sheds Light On Ghostwriting In Medical Journals

Ibuprofen May Lower Risk Of Parkinson's Disease

Cancer Research Could Lead To Improved Detection Methods

Shutting Down The HIV Assembly Line

To Boost Efficiency, Hospitals Borrow Principles From Factory Floor

New Treatment For Hereditary Breast Cancer

Volunteers Use Plants And Flowers That Are Just What The Doctor Ordered

Lack Of Vigorous Activity Linked To Functional Decline In Older Adults With Arthritis

New shuttle tank ready for lift-off

Soyuz blasts off on ISS mission

Battle against spam shifts to "containment"

Fantastic Spastic Elastic Plastic

Linux Distribution Tames Chaos

Future Spacecraft to Carry 'Black Boxes'

Getting viruses out of cell phones

Purdue Miniature Cooling Device Will Have Military, Computer Uses

Scientists Aboard Drilling Vessel Recover Rocks From Earth's Crust Far Below Seafloor

Cassini Captures New Views Of Haze-Enshrouded World

Funnel Vision: Student Storm Chasers Seek Tornadoes

Homeowners Left Vulnerable To Leafcutter Ant Excavations

Fatter Pigs Due To Cooling

THE BUSHWORLD...

U.S. presses Sudan to act on Darfur. Call for West to join monitoring force

Bush backs off passports for border travel

'No Child' probe hits roadblock. Bush staff shielded from interviews on commentator's hiring

Smearing Dems as anti-faith: Frist set to use religious stage on judicial issue Click. + Senate Leader Urged to Withdraw from Telecast + Senate Democratic Leader Accused GOP Leader of 'radical Republican' Politics

Bush panel vows revamp of tax code

Wary Bush avoids sending e-mails. He fears capital's investigation culture infringes on private life

Bushes report gross income of $784,219

Republicans Protest Bush Cut to Anti-Drug Program

Negroponte gets committee's nod. Intelligence chief nominee now faces vote by full Senate

Rumsfeld Assured US Will Keep Kyrgyz Base

Gonzales: CIA Leak Probe Moving Forward

Bolton: Bolton Faces New Allegations That He Tried to Fire Analysts + Laura Rozen blogging on Bolton

Iran: Can Iran be thwarted?

Syria, Lebanon: Opposition Candidate Named Lebanon PM + U.A.E. tycoon unveils plans for Lebanon + Lebanon and the world will be watching to see if Mikati can rise to the task + Lebanon's president appoints new moderate pro-Syrian PM + Old Rivalries Reignite Power Struggle in Lebanon + New Lebanon PM vows to foster unity as wartime foes meet

Other foreign: Jordan falls from grace in Washington

Rice: Rice: US May Ask UN to Stop Iran 'Nukes' + Rice Discusses Poor Economic Conditions With Palestinian Finance Minister + Rice Says Reform Is Mandatory for a Troubled United Nations

Domestic: Bush's medicaid plan spurs gop revolt + States Yearn to Collect Online Sales Taxes + EPA Gets More Time to Address Haze Over National Parks + Inspector General to Review Anonymous Charges Against Acting FDA Chief + Amtrak's High Speed Trains Brought to a Stop

Social Security: Bush may compromise on Social Security

Congress: Emotional call for internment memorials. Bakersfield Republican bucks the White House + Congressmen address MEK convention + Senate Confirms New NASA Head + Republicans reject tougher ethics rules + Senate votes to ban disguised government video news releases Click. + Senate Agrees to Votes on Immigration Measures + US Lawmakers Condemn EU Arms Sales to China

GOP: Red-State Rebellion

Voting: Cannonfire on vote fraud

OPINIONS:

Cashing in on the Bush Doctrine: Justin Raimondo

Support the Troops, Not Their Actions: Joshua Frank

Paul Krugman: The medical money pit

Can Bush and Rice really be turning Washington all warm and fuzzy?

MILITARY  Guardsman in "stop-loss" case leaving for Afghanistan

The day World War II came to Canada's shores

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Outbreak of deadly Marburg virus baffles health experts

Cocking fighting suspected in spread of lethal bird flu


Controversial Terror Database Matrix Shuts Down

ChoicePoint Wins Menace Award

Rumors Roll On Despite Apple Suit

Big Brother wants to get even bigger

Story of an FOIA request

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mark Morford: Is Safeway Sucking Your Soul?

42 Years Later, She's Desperately Seeking Bill (LAT Reg)

Fashionism

Jonathan Franzen on a family vacation

Stardom: PISSED at My ISP

Loud and Clear: NRA Members Praise Those Who Work for Gun Rights

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Wall St slides to lowest since US election

G7 officials say world can adapt to higher oil prices

Wendy's Has Its Hands Full With the Tale of the Finger in the Chili

New North Coast Container Port to Rival Vancouver for Asian-Pacific Trade

Wal-Mart store's closing sends message to workers, union says. Labor, giant retailer in a fierce battle north of the border

Film panels try to lure work

Medianews Group and Yahoo! Hotjobs enter into resale and distribution agreement

Google to give more stock to employee teams

James Surowiecki on the dollar’s destiny

Estonian Economic Miracle: A Model For Developing Countries

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Court Nullifies Oregon's Gay Marriages + Top U.S. General Defends Military's Policy on Gays

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Hitchhiker's guide in your pocket

Israel clears officer of killing journalist who had white flag

Joint Chiefs Chairman Myers Tells ASNE Journos Play a Role in War on Terror

Rice Defends Bolton Nomination at ASNE

Journalists Face Attacks in North Mexico

FOIA Suits Filed After IRS, Education Dept. Won't Release Records

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

At Sibley, a deep look into the past is open to all (CCT Reg)

Oakland Chabot space center to hold celebration

Savoring a golden time

Sacramento: Festival to focus on Asian culture (SB Reg)

Group aims to bring pandas to Oakland

Oakland: Event to honor role model, first Black Panther

Alameda County's annual ceremony to memorialize slain children

Restored Los Altos Hills estate opens to public (SJM Reg)

Community to celebrate Ramas birth

Fashionism

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Hunting for a shipwreck legend

Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School

Joan of Arc

Taking the slow train to Jerusalem

Temple Mount relics saved from garbage

Remains of Roman rabbit recovered

Pentecostalism luring away Latino Catholics

Holiday Destination: Afghanistan's Bamiyan

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 14, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Twin car bombs kill 18 in Iraq + Deadly car bombs explode in Baghdad + Fierce clashes erupt in Iraq + Muqtada al Sadr, a renegade who won't back down + U.S. toll - 1,547 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Kurds comfortable at head of table + In Fallujah, U.S. Envoy Greeted by Complaints + The Birth of a Nation in Northern Iraq

War prisons: Canada complicit in torture of deportees: rights group + Guantanamo Detainee Suing U.S. to Get Video of Alleged Torture + Guantanamo Bosnians cry 'torture' + Court unseals Passaro papers: Tenet, Gonzales on witness list + Court Order Blocks U.S. Government From Moving Guantanamo Detainee Without Prior Notice

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan president seeks to cement security ties to U.S. Karzai, Rumsfeld mum on establishing U.S. bases

MIDDLE EAST: Abdullah, Chirac Stress Strong Ties

Israel, Palestine: PA chief orders consolidation of Palestinian security services + Mofaz to IDF: Gather guns of settlers before pullout + Unsettled by expansion plans + Hard-liners lose trust in Sharon after Bush talk + Abbas accuses Israel of violating truce after troops kill militant

RUSSIA: Russian businessmen were in a talkative mood in London + Russia rejects Siemens bid for defense firm + Ukraine's Tymoshenko on Russia's wanted list

EUROPE: EU May Link Rights to China Arms Sales

Georgian army ousts Russian military men, expects US forces to arrive instead

Chirac Makes TV Appeal Urging French to Vote in Favor of European Constitution

For a Pax Europeana

AFRICA: Mercenaries 'fuel W African wars'

The Growing Continent of Christians

ASIA PACIFIC: Festering grievances split China, Japan + Naval clash looms in row with China

Villagers riot over China factories' pollution

Pakistan Covers Its Bets on the US

India still fighting to ‘save the girl child’

AMERICAS: Jail time to boost presidential hopes of Mexican leftist leader

Venezuela Issues Extradition Request for "Terrorist" in U.S. + Chavez Frias calls for creation of military strategy unique to Venezuela + Otaiza defends need to prepare Venezuela psychologically for possible war + US Senator meets with Venezuela's Chavez to improve relations + Chavez creates new loyal reserve

Colombia Poses Dilemma for U.S. War on Terrorism

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Surveillance Works Both Ways

Using Advanced Physics to Find Concealed Weapons (NYT Reg)

United Nations: Texan indicted in UN oil-for-food probe + India Intensifies Efforts to Enter UN Security Council

Spies should stay out in the cold

Britain still hub for Islamic militants

Fulton T. Armstrong on relevant intelligence analysis

Brazilian Police Accuse Banker of Crimes

OSS CEO, Former Spy and Intelligence Reformer, Provides Core Questions to Ask Negroponte

N.C. federal judge Malcolm Howard named to secret spy court

Senate moves to meet White House funding request for intelligence director

The Americans in Spain

RIP: James Wesley Featherstone II CIA Analyst

The al-Qaeda plot to poison Britain

Click. Duncan Campbell: The Ricin Ring that never was.

Click. George Smith: The UK terror trial. Evil foiled or more mendacity?

Pakistanis in Spain terror charge

German Police Raid Suspected Islamist Networks

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Angolans slow in Marburg fight: WHO

Lost flu strains: Feds at a loss on how flu strain got to labs + No Infection Seen From Lab Test Kits With Lethal Flu Strain + Scientists React to Flu Virus Shipments + Flu Debacle Sheds Light on Byzantine Path + Flu Virus Debacle Sheds Light on Archaic Shipping System

The Heroic Vaccine Doctor Who Wasn't Jonas Salk

Smallpox Attack Possible, Bioterrorism Expert Says

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Federal judge strikes down FDA ban on ephedra + Details, documents

U.S. Marshall's dragnet captures 10,000 fugitives + Details, documents

Bomber Rudolph Offers Guilty Pleas, and Defiance

The buzz on the border

Judicial activism by whom?

Our Imperial Judiciary's Problems Transcend Partisanship

$21.9m award OK'd in Holocaust lawsuit

Daily News Exclusive: Mob's bitter pill

Lilly Wins Court Ruling Blocking Generic Forms of Top-Selling Drug Zyprexa

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Authorities Find No Link Between Finger Found in Food, Woman Who Lost Digit in Animal Attack

Gov. appoints new Contra Costa judge Charles "Ben" Burch + Gov. appoints new Solano judge D. Scott Daniels

Experts: San Quenin prison is a health hazard + Prison Clinics Called Dirty, Deadly (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: House votes approval of Matsui federal courthouse + Envoy to Paris heading home to Bay Area. He served during stormy times for U.S.- French ties + Yuba City: Court order fails to end fight over fund transfer (SB Reg) + Yuba: No foul play in death of activist (SB Reg) + Marjie Lundstrom: After car breaks down, Iraq vet wages new battle -- with dealer (SB Reg) + Coroner: Taser wasn't a factor in man's death in Sacramento County jail (SB Reg) + Davis: Petition demands hate crime penalties (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Fire leads police to indoor pot farm + Pacifica: Taser victim's family sues city, police + Redwood City: Mistrial declared in road rage murder case + Alleged spam firm told to stop (SB Reg) + Arraignment for bridge shooting suspect delayed + Judge tosses part of Christian group's suit against law school

Alameda: Oakland Diocese, priest found liable for molestation. $2 million sex-abuse verdict for two brothers + Hayward: Lifeguards who abused rabbit are sentenced. Two men taped illegal firecracker to animal's back + Berkeley: County worker linked to slashing resigns + Jury: Stolen parts shipped from Mexico to East Bay (SJM Reg) + East Bay Regional Parks police chief calls it a career (CCT Reg) + Berkeley slashing trial faces holdups + Duo that tried to blast bunny gets jail time + Perata prosecutor now judge + Diocese must pay for abuse + Reforming sex offenders + Hayward: Sketch of shooting suspect out + Barreto jury pool whittled down + Dublin residents get their pride going with committee meeting

Santa Clara: Chili-finger woman drops legal claims, fires lawyer / Police investigating if digit's DNA same as leopard victim's + New twist in finger fiasco (SJM Reg) + Two charged in gang slaying sparked by baseball cap (SJM Reg) + Mtn. View police offer reward for tips in teen's fatal shooting (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Assessor warns of 'misleading' letter re: having property taxes reduced + Gov. appoints new Contra Costa judge Charles "Ben" Burch + Pittsburg: 2 men arrested in carjacking + No contest plea in rabbit abuse + Couple arrested in Benicia drug investigation (CCT Reg) + Church abuse victims get millions (CCT Reg) + Lafayette business owner held after weapons found (CCT Reg) + Martinez Men plead not guilty in pit bull attack + Jury screening begins in (nanny) hit-and-run trial + Family of welder files suit for death in pipeline blast (CCT Reg)

Marin: Novato burglary raid nets 4 suspects, huge pile of property + Police in standoff with Forest Knolls man + Cop in Vacaville named Sausalito's new police chief

Sonoma: Sonoma Catholic Diocese notices jury awards $2 million in priest abuse + Hasler testimony ends + North Coast pepper spray trial begins again

Solano: Drive-up window? + Benician joins Superior Court bench + - Vallejo Police Calls + Mysterious powder proves no threat

Monterey: A dogged investigator uses DNA to identify remains of a man who fell into the surf off Monterey in 1983 + Salinas: Ice cream vendors become easy targets + Child molester sought by police + Carmel group sues over Pebble Beach project

Central Valley: Husband kills self, wife in Oakdale + Modesto police arrest parolee after standoff + Gag order expanded to cover all + Law & Order

Central Coast: Victim’s parents beg for closure + Santa Cruz prostitute sting keeps police busy + Boulder Creek man’s bail raised + Sodomy charges on Santa Cruz man dropped after bizarre incident + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Palmdale: Moment of rage of boy killing boy with baseball bat + LAPD trains in pursuit techniques + Pacoima: Gunman sketching released + Flashlight futility + Ballplayer, 13, Allegedly Kills Boy With Bat at Palmdale Park (LAT Reg) + Ex-King/Drew Hospital Trainee Charged With Murder (LAT Reg) + LAPD Shows 2 Ways to End Pursuits of Fleeing Cars (LAT Reg) + OC: Trash Exec's Trial Finally Begins (LAT Reg) + O.C. Ordered to Pay Lawyer in Fees Case (LAT Reg) + Motorist Killed in Harbor Freeway Shooting (LAT Reg) + Woman Found Dead in Manhattan Beach Fire (LAT Reg) + Studio City: Jury Votes Execution for Murderer of 4 in Family (LAT Reg) + La Habra: Relative Sought in Killing of Couple (LAT Reg) + LA: Child Shot in Mother's Arms Near School (LAT Reg)+ Placentia: Coach Charged With Having Sex With Player (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County + Former King/Drew employee charged in Imperial County murder

Michael Jackson: Mother Details Fear, Intimidation by Jackson Aides + Jackson accuser's mother testifies. She pleads Fifth Amendment, offers account of singer licking her son's head + Jackson Accuser's Mother Testifies (LAT Reg)

 

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. announces training plan for nurses. $90 million to help community colleges offer more classes to ease the shortage + A political remedy for nurse shortage? (SB Reg) + About-face for Gov. on parole reforms (SB Reg) + Closing prison's revolving door + The Gov. Owes Schools an Apology -- and $2 Billion (LAT Reg) + Gov.'s rally not picture perfect (CCT Reg) + Lunch-break controversy takes new turn (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Gas tax isn't keeping up with population, road use (SB Reg) + The un-savage sword of Conan + Gov. receives no royalties from Terminator slots + Click. Is Arnold in trouble?

Firm that manages state student loans faulted. Review cites over-budgeting, contract problems

FBI taking hard look at Perata ties to card rooms. State senator's staff, lawyers for clubs have been interviewed, sources say

Nonprofit consumer group that is one of Gov.'s biggest critics gets $200,000 in legal settlement approved by AG Lockyer (who may run for Gov. next year) (SB Reg)

Westly slams Gov. in prelude to -- to what? Political buzz points to possible run for Gov. in 2006 + Westly to test the water for '06 (SB Reg)

California treasurer Angelides vows to take on Schwarzenegger

Alameda County registrar to oversee state's elections. He'll supervise the transition to electronic voting

$750 million refund for state from energy crisis gets federal OK (SB Reg) + California asks 9th Circuit court to order power refunds because fed regulators failed to protect consumers (LAT Reg)

New education council lacks valley voices

State is missing link between agriculture, school nutrition

Click. Guy McCarthy: California's top geology cop faces Inland.

Legislature: Democratic plans address autism, health care for kids + Healthy kids focus of town hall meeting (SB Reg) + Bid to control rates for workers' comp (SB Reg) + Eminent domain bill withdrawn

Bay Bridge: Inspection turns up no faulty welds. Probe follows claims of slipshod work on new bay span + Preliminary tests show bridge welds OK (CCT Reg) + Perata pitches bridge construction bill + Foul fumes went unchecked

Stem cell panel: San Jose and L.A. unable to overturn stem cell decision. Panel upholds their elimination as new institute's home base + Stem-cell bid: How S.J. lost (SJM Reg) + LA stem cell bungle + The conflict over conflicts + Cities on all sides grouse about stem cell bidding + Lagging cities dispute scores for stem cell bids

Indian tribes: Indian gaming leaders tout benefits of tribal casinos + Tribe may owe IRS for resort + FBI taking hard look at Perata ties to card rooms + Ernie Stevens, Jr., Re-Elected to Chairmanship of the Natl Indian Gaming Association; Lyn 'Nay' Valbuena Re-Elected as NIGA Secretary + Tribal Council Defends Aid to Shooter's Family: 'They Have a Double Burden'

LOCAL NEWS:   Endangered falcons hatched atop San Francisco building

Report: Bay Area's needs threaten Tuolomne + Tuolumne makes top 10 list of U.S. threatened rivers (CCT Reg)

Sacramento & north: SMUD puzzle: Who pays to annex Yolo? (SB Reg) + Roseville office sites sold (SB Reg) + Roseville wins OK to build a municipal power plant (SB Reg) + Fund to pay boy's funeral expenses (SB Reg) + Maloofs pay surprise $12 million on loan (SB Reg) + Linda: Flickering tradition (SB Reg) + Proposed law aims at street race fans (SB Reg) + St. Francis teacher killed in collision (SB Reg) + Sierra gravel roads may bite the dust (kick up cancerous dust) + Folsom has tough choice with dam road + 'New Urbanist' approach breathing new life into Rancho Cordova

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF ethics panel to rule on Net campaign ads + SF: Doyle Drive crash sends 6 to hospital + SF: Planning director says department is swamped by backlog of permits + Redwood City: Historic site gets old-fashioned ice cream store

Alameda: Alameda County fears budget revolt (CCT Reg) + Bum bridge snarls 880 + Oldest Oaklander, Alma Grigsby, dies at 108 + Caravan supports child health care + Tax help for poor, low-income + New Haven talks hit homestretch + San Leandro: Expansion of small park finally looms on horizon + Castro Valley: Meeting on sewer service charge hike + San Leandro to hold cleanup day + Livermore rolls into action to draw films + Lathrop library is new page for county + Danville: District workers OK new benefit contract

Santa Clara: S.J. ballpark talk concerns groups (SJM Reg) + Make room on road for cricket moms (SJM Reg) + Former E. Palo Alto mayor prepares her grandson's eulogy (SJM Reg) + Stem-cell bid: How S.J. lost (SJM Reg) + Becoming social scientists (SJM Reg) + Teachers union OKs larger classes (SJM Reg) + Cupertino middle school being readied for fall opening (SJM Reg) + Castro Valley man dies in Sunnyvale crash (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Ideas for next odd job spill forth (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Latino students win scholarships (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Tree messy, but city wants it (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: County workers comp claims fall (CCT Reg) + Hercules downplays danger of tank cars (CCT Reg) + San Ramon OKs Old Ranch II plan (CCT Reg) + Old Ranch II gets the green light + Man wants to exorcise Mt. Diablo (CCT Reg) + For Concord foster mother, caring for kids is way of life (CCT Reg)

Marin: Scathing report on San Quentin + Funds for 101 work, bridge rail get nod + Ex-Marin retirement czar seeks pension deal + Tragedy revisits Novato family + Funding for Hamilton wetland project advances + Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz publicist dies

Sonoma: Tolay deal nears approval + Bodega Bay landmark Lucas Wharf in escrow + Ukiah: Two schools may soon require uniforms + Funds OK'd for Steele Lane project + SR board tentatively OKs giving land for SRJC garage + PD photo editor Metzger dies at 56 + Investigation of head-on crash on Highway 12 + SR school board OKs bonuses

Napa: Nursing home resident, thought to be mute, talks your ear off + County picks new mental health chief + Browns Valley residents critical of housing project + Napa worker hurt at construction site + Napa marsh restoration clears hurdle

Solano: 555 Vallejo freshmen held back + Swing claims life of boy, 9 + Right-to-die bill won Evans' nod + Tax crush under way + Area leaders make pitch for more state cash + Local News Briefs

Monterey: Maldonado confirms he'll mull run for state post + Bridge gets state windfall + Your Town + Marina 'Villages' hearing begins

Central Valley: Modesto schools need a classier dress code + Raising a howl over proposed pet ordinance + Fans brave cold for hot tickets + Families rally for healthy kids + Turlock school contracts OK'd + TID says Tuolumne won't be hurt + Valley lawmakers float dam proposals + Busy season for Special Olympics + UC Merced plans child care center + Valley ignored on education council + Learning the moves + Tuolumne tax for fire costs seems doomed + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + Tracy to crack down on downtown signs + San Joaquin County awaits word on e-voting + News from the San Joaquin Valley

Central Coast: As We See It: Santa Cruz in urgent need of new utility tax + UC activists plan tent city + Watsonville roads weighed down by growth + Physician opening county’s first ‘retainer’ practice + Pot co-op’s pleas fall on deaf ears at City Hall + Watsonville water deal in the works + Heavy winds send things flying in Pajaro + B.C. dam project could cost $750K + U.N. Association hosts fund-raiser + Coast Lines

Southern California: Mayor's runoff troubles mounting + San Fernando Valley lawmakers paid kin + Northridge neighbors to battle Wal-Mart + King/Drew's Ties to Medical School Grow More Uncertain (LAT Reg) + LA Mayor Renews His Focus on Crime + Fatal Crash Ends Border Patrol Chase East of Joshua Tree (LAT Reg) + Lakewood: Indians and Pakistanis Get Together for Cricket (LAT Reg) + Leisure World: Casting Call Seeks Age Before Beauty (LAT Reg) + Villaraigosa Takes Campaign East (LAT Reg) + Gift to O.C. Hospital Sets a Record (LAT Reg) + Hahn Asks Ethics Panel to Plug Disclosure Loophole (LAT Reg) + Riverside County Agency Director Named City Manager (LAT Reg) + Checks ($8 million ) to buy Soka site disappear in delivery + San Diego: Helping homeless adds to cost of homes + Two killed by debris on Golden State Freeway>

School days: New SAT format prompts more questions than answers. Students unsure what scores mean for college hopes + Chico: Tough new Greek life rules at university. President lays down the law for the fall + Berkeley: UC inauguration lets professors show their colors. Academic gowns offer a touch of the Middle Ages + LA teachers split on new pact + Fewer students admitted to CSU (SJM Reg) + Reform of state's high school steroids rules has its skeptics (SJM Reg) + Dublin schools cut aides budget (CCT Reg) + UCD: Today's strike won't hurt operations (SB Reg) + CSUS to honor three on faculty (SB Reg) + UCD hires police chief -- first woman in post (SB Reg) + Oakland: Ward's policies get state forum Locals to reform state schools. Gov. taps locals for schools reform + CSUEB program prompts raves + Something fishy at Poet-Christian School + Brothers: principals for a day + Tracy trustees give third high school the OK + New administrator at Monte Vista + Parents Use Newfound Clout to Demand School Improvements (LAT Reg) + Officials Push for Committee to Find Fixes for L.A. Unified (LAT Reg) + Modesto Jr. College president to lead district + New education council lacks valley voices + UC activists plan tent city + 555 Vallejo freshmen held back + City College unveils stem cell training program + California Charter School Misspent Millions on Relatives' Salaries, Side Businesses, Audit Says


Study suggests mild asthmatics could get relief with less medicine. Research challenges typical treatment of daily steroid doses

Particles Could Affect Entire Earth

Too much water during exercise riskier than dehydration, study says. Endurance athletes have fallen ill, died after diluting blood

Study describes how HIV beats body's defenses. Virus moves in as T-cells drop protein shields

Surprise OK for 2nd company's silicone implant

NPR : The Virtual Sights and Sounds of Schizophrenia

The glow of fireflies helps Moscow scientists control microbe contamination

Hearing Loss: A Preventable Problem

Human Genome Study Showed Hepatitis-C Drug Positive Results

Scientists Develop New Color-coded Test For Protein Folding

Exercise Variety - Not Intensity - Appears To Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

New Study Explains Process Leading To Many Proteins From One Gene

Where's Waldo's DNA? New NIST SRM Joins Search

Clinical Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's May Be Delayed, Says Major Clinical Trial

Premature Ejaculation: It's Not All In Your Head

Less Cognitive Impairment Seen In Women Taking Drug For Osteoporosis

Scientist Urges Dormant Eggs to Life to Test Evolution

Shelled Eggs Inside Female Dinosaur Offer Glimpse at Creature's Reproductive Biology

'Dead Zone' Area In Gulf Could Be Increasing, Researchers Say

Comcast Broadband Customers Nationwide Having Service Problems

Big-Ticket Software Gets a Trim

Russia and US space cooperation: Who pays the bill?

Russian hackers recognized best in the world

Point-contact Spectroscopy Deepens Mystery Of Heavy-fermion Superconductors

Scientists Track Collision Of Powerful Stellar Winds

New Image Of Earth, Seen Through Gamma-Ray Eyes

NASA Researchers Use Imaging Radar To Detect Coastal Pollution

NASA Study Finds Soot May Be Changing The Arctic Environment

Researchers Find New Giant Amphibian Fossils In Africa

Toxic Flame Retardant Accumulates In Dolphins

Liverpool Scientist Discovers New Layer Of The Earth

Rain Brings Flowers And Toxic Plants To West Texas Ranges

Study Indicates Thirsty Plants Keep Deserts' Subsurface Dry

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush: Iraq Part of Democratic Revolution

Bush Administration Introduces Plan to Overhaul Amtrak

Bush Administration Says Diplomatic Lobbying of China on Currency Is Working

Bush not so sure about passports

Bush to tap outgoing World Bank head to aid Palestinian reforms + U.S. sending envoys to bolster PA's Abbas

Rumsfeld: US to Meet Pakistan’s Defense Needs + Rumsfeld to confer with Kyrgyz leaders + Rumsfeld Told U.S. Won't Lose Kyrgyz Base

Nondenial Denial: IRS Denies Withholding Documents It Refuses to Release

Negroponte: Senate Committee Approves Nomination of John Negroponte as Intelligence Chief +  Negroponte role in covert war revealed + Cables Show Central Negroponte Role in 80's Covert War Against Nicaragua

Bolton: William Clay Ford Jr. profile + Senator Asks U.N. Nominee to Explain His Security Requests + Jason Vest: Wanted: Complete Asshole for U.N. Ambassador

Judiciary Committee approves Bush nominee Thomas Griffith for D.C. Circuit court

With One Dissent, Senate Panel Approves E.P.A. Nominee + Demo Senator Carper puts hold on nomination

Iran: US may get tough on Iran + U.S. doubts Tehran nukes are imminent

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanese factions unite + Lebanon's Pro-Syria Political Coalition in Disarray

Other foreign: Texas Businessman Indicted in Iraq Oil-for-Food Program+ US Slams Cuba on Human Rights

Congress: Congress passes bankruptcy reform bill + Key Features of Bankruptcy Legislation + Republican group seeks to scrap proposed $20 billion Medicaid cut + Congress talks of ID theft crackdown. Powerful senator warns industry of tighter regulation + Majority leader sorry for slurring Schiavo judges. He urges House panel to look at jurist 'activism' + House OKs repeal of estate tax -- fate in Senate uncertain + Political Payrolls Include Families + Democrats Could Insist on War Spending Debate

Democrats: Electability is puzzle for Hillary in '08 race + Josh Marshall: It's true. Targeting DeLay is just the start

GOP: GOP fears it's losing Frist v. Reid + Gingrich, Sounding Like a Candidate at ASNE, Predicts Strong Hillary Run in '08

Voting: FEC dismisses Nader, Swift Boat complaints

OPINIONS:

Washington doublespeak on Amtrak + The train is leaving the station

The Hammer gets hammered + DeLay claims he's sorry but the apology rings hollow

Detainees? What Detainees?: William Fisher

Why Make an Enemy of Russia?: William Pfaff

Just a family operation

Arab Spring Not Quite in the Air: Peyman Pejman

Six sensible Senators needed to save democracy

The delusional world of social conservatives

Questioning Bush's Motives on Federal Education Law

Time to reassess Iraqi transition timetable

MILITARY  Out of Iran tragedy is born U.S. Special Operations Command

Army Completes New Probe of Tillman's Death, but Won't Release Results

Finding a qualified veterans service officer + VA moves to tighten training requirements for service officers

Diary: Soldier wrote about killing buddies

Simulated games for soldiers to experience war in Iraq before they go

Horatio Nelson's crew laid to rest in Egypt

US military fails to lure non-citizens

Marine seeks swift court-martial

Army sergeant plots with wife to kill Navy sailor

Senate OKs Guard, Reserve pay bill

A New Call to Arms: Military Health Care


LexisNexis May Have Had Earlier Breach Never Reported to the Public

Greek court lifts ban on Jesus cartoon book

Dutch Airline in Showdown With US Over Snooping on Passenger List, Plane Reroute

CONNECT THE DOTS....

America's finest rivers awash with raw sewage

What would Honest Abe say?

Yellowstone National Park Plans Changes to Wildlife Policy After Bear Deaths

Blood for pork....

Billions for Contractors and Bases: Aaron Glantz

Prosecutor Pledges Crackdown on Defense Procurement Fraud

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

China overtakes Japan as third largest exporter

Financial leaders to keep poor nations waiting on debt relief

EU to apply 'safety clauses' on Chinese textiles within weeks: Chirac

Siebel opts for a new CEO after disappointing year

Six-month SEC delay expected for option rules (SJM Reg)

Legislation would clarify VC disclosure rules (SJM Reg)

No pension crisis for US corporate bosses

The invisible hand preventing an energy crisis

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Oregon Supreme Court Nullifies Gay Marriage Licenses + No longer a sure sell: Gay businesses struggle to stand out (SB Reg) + Connecticut House Votes To Allow Gay Unions

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Murdoch: Newspapers Must Stop Fearing Web + Murdoch embraces the net + Text of Murdoch's speech

Gore's TV Seeks Canadian Insights

From your lips to millions of ears via podcasting

Newsrooms poll finds growth in minority hiring steady, slow (SJM Reg)

Apple Decision a Threat to Journalists

'Desperate Housewives' Causes Another Breakup

Keller, Bronstein, Abrams Discuss Plame Case and Shield Law

Bush to ASNE: Access Must Be Balanced with Security + A Less Than Friendly ASNE Intro for Bush, But Plenty of Jokes from the President

Businessman Sues AP After He Ends Up on Terror Lists

The Pope blog

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

People's cellist (SJM Reg)

The things my mother taught me about painted ladies

Santa Cruz: Fee Waybill and the Tubes bring back the outrageous stage antics of the 1970s

Man wants to exorcise Mt. Diablo (CCT Reg)

Bronze Age perfume 'discovered'

La Scala Backer Puts Financing in Jeopardy

Archiving Early America

Daily Life in Ancient China

Upton Sinclair, John Bunyan - 'And Then Comes the Muckrake Man'

The Kabuki Story

Do the locomotive

Touching or creepy?

Portrait show gets inside Hitler's head

Aging Rockers Thrive in Turbulent Music Industry

Taking on the slow, sunny charm of Margarita Island

Rush & Molloy: Princess Steph may be royally stiffed

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Designer rants get pretty ugly

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 13, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Insurgents Hit Fuel-Supply Convoy in Iraq + US hostage in Iraq pleads for troop pullout amid flare-up + A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq + 224th Engr. Bn. soldier killed by sniper in Iraq + Iowa Guard soldier killed by sniper in Iraq + West Burlington soldier killed in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: New president, prime minister must confront huge problems. Rumsfeld urges Baghdad leaders to get government in place + New leaders advised to reject wide purge + Iraqi refugees in mortal fear at home can't get entry into United States + Baghdad's Blast Walls Protect, Annoy (LAT Reg) + In Mosul, a Battle 'Beyond Ruthless' + Dim Prospects for Justice in Iraq + Pentagon Trips to Iraq Continue + Rumsfeld Warns Iraqi Govt Not to Purge US Allies + Rumsfeld Tells Iraq to Be Quick (LAT Reg)

War prisons: Interrogator Says U.S. Approved Handling of Detainee Who Died

AFGHANISTAN: Rumsfeld visits U.S. troops in Afghanistan + US mercenaries spill blood over Afghan opium

MIDDLE EAST: Abdullah arrives in France for two-day official visit

Israel, Palestine: Disengagement panel head says evacuation law needs altering + Police chief on 'secret' visit to Jordan + What Sharon forgot to tell the Jews

Foreign Laborers in UAE Struggle to Escape Poverty

EUROPE: Bulgaria, Romania OK'd for 2007 EU entry

Schröder aide sees no quick end to China ban

Ukraine experiencing sweeping authority redistribution

POPE: Germany's Ratzinger to the fore as Vatican opens pope's crypt to pilgrims + High-tech conclave will keep out spies + Pope's tomb opens to the public + Top Cardinal's New Book Calls for Europe to Return to Its Christian Roots

AFRICA: Sudan gets $4.5 billion in aid

Qathafi receives Uganda president on completing African Union institutions and structures

ASIA PACIFIC: Pepe Escobar: Rouge justice

China's fury doesn't wash, but why the froth? + Tussle over UN seats is a shadow play

Beijing's Losing Hand on Casinos (LAT Reg)

Japan to Pursue Drilling in Disputed Area (LAT Reg)

Australia: Howard seeks compromise over Asia pact + Vaile snipes at China's role in iron ore negotiations + Malaysia and Indonesia the region's odd couple + Canberra's slavish support for US brings short-term pay-offs in Asia

AMERICAS:

Seniors Rally Around Mayor of Mexico City (LAT Reg)

Argentina's Nestor Takes On the World (LAT Reg)

U.N. Security Council in Haiti to Assess Work of Peacekeepers Amid Sporadic Violence

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Editor's Note: For Negroponte, Bolton news see Bush section.

Chertoff: Homeland Security Must Be Full Partner in Intel Community

Loose Lips Let Slip Agent's Name at Hearing

3 men indicted in plot against finance centers. Scheme to attack institutions on East Coast led to heightened terror alert last summer

Bribes saved bin Laden, German says. In interview, top spy official tells of near capture in Tora Bora

Federal Judge Marilyn Patel rejects San Francisco man's suit that he was drugged with LSD by the CIA'S MKULTRA agent Feldman

United Nations: UN Security Council Expansion Thrown into Disarray – Again: Thalif Deen + UN General Assembly adopts convention to try to stop nuclear terrorism + Forum Deplores Defamation of Religions (LAT Reg)

Huge award details how bank aided Nazis

National security not a case of sitting on defense

Ricin cases: Britain: Ricin plotter jailed for murder + Trials reveal Europe-wide plot + Mystery still surrounds killer + Four Acquitted in Ricin Trial + Profile: true identity a mystery + Bungled police raid + Vital witness + London and Washington used plot to strengthen Iraq war push

Contradictory U.S., British nuke proliferation policies lead other states to earn respect by having nukes

Xymphora on vote fraud, mysterious deaths

Venezuelan Arrested for '01 Air Force Hacks

Exposing Incompetent Incumbents

FUEL MADE FROM PLUTONIUM ARRIVES IN U.S.

PART 7: History lesson for the 'war on terror'

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Justices defend court's independence

Army Reservist Charged in Mex Border Detention + Holding 7 illegals

Rudolph Pleads Guilty to Abortion Clinic Blast in Alabama + Rudolph a terrorist from a movement that's on the decline + It's the Wilderness Years for Militias + Statement of Eric Robert Rudolph

Principal Fired for Failing to Report Sex Assault Case

Recording, movie industries ready new attack on piracy. College students using ultra-high-speed Net will be prosecuted

Fifteen NYSE Traders Indicted + News Analysis: NYSE scandal holds good news, too

Sex Offender Link Feared in Florida Girl's Disappearance

Canada: Ex-soldier pleads guilty to child porn charges

White supremacist who led continental network shot dead

Woman Who Claims She Found Finger in Chili Says She Won't Sue Wendy's; Police Check Leopard Attack Link

Nurse Charged With Fraud, Altering a Drug After Allegedly Giving Unauthorized Flu Shots

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Supreme Court blocks Internet release of files on accused priests

Uproar over parole rules (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Redding tax resister receives six-year sentence + Missing girl no runaway, family says (SB Reg) + Killer's ad for pen pal pulled (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Phony bail check bounces a fraud suspect back into jail, police say (SB Reg) + Registered sex offender arrested on suspicion of child annoyance (SB Reg) + Musician who fled faces sexual abuse charges (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Federal Judge Marilyn Patel rejects San Francisco man's suit that he was drugged with LSD by the CIA'S MKULTRA agent Feldman+ D.A. demotes head criminal prosecutor Paul Cummins. 33-year veteran reassigned to job overseeing 2 people + Stop drinking in the firehouses+ Peninsula: Taser victim's family sues city for $30M + Peninsula: arson suspect arrested + Peninsula: Deal offered to alleged DMV fondler

Alameda: Ex-altar boys ask diocese for $27 million. Church lawyer says up to $800,000 is more realistic + Showstopper needed + Oakland Diocese case goes to jury (CCT Reg) + County worker resigns over slashing incident (CCT Reg)+ Former Pleasanton police officer sues city + Defendant: Gang boss killed teen + Alameda County voting chief Brad Clark to take state post as chief elections overseer + Newark man charged in fatal crash + 5-year-old's testimony (man beat foster child) challenged + + Man hospitalized in E. Oakland drive-by + Priest abuse victims want $27 million + Oakland man guilty of killing, setting shop fire

Santa Clara: Tax lawyer sentenced for evading taxes + Finger suit dropped (SJM Reg) + Estate administrator ripped off widow, DA charges (SJM Reg) + Tax resister receives six-year sentence (SJM Reg) + Calls to immigration hotline surge (SJM Reg) + Credit freeze can halt ID theft (SJM Reg) + Man's family sues over Taser death (SJM Reg) + Herhold: Witness offers differing view of jail death (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Sprint says it'll stop billing closed account (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Walnut creek: Man held in weapons scare. Residents evacuated, military called after mortar shells found + Concord: Owner of pit bulls charged in mauling + Orinda burglar's leap eludes police (CCT Reg) + Richmond police chief plans hires, promotions (CCT Reg)

Marin: Superior Court Clerk John Montgomery quit last month, about same time Linda Lau quit. Montgomery approved employment contracts totaling $674,022 over 3 years to Lau

Sonoma: Hasler says he panicked after truck hit woman + Bodega Bay skipper avoids jail in fish case + Petaluma: Man sentenced in party shooting + Turning kids away from 'la vida loca'

Napa: Former Napan convicted of murder

Solano: Fairfield: Sex offender held in slaying of girlfriend + Fairfield police identify victim, suspect in death + Murder suspect returns to hospital

Monterey: Couple acquitted of starving relative + Salinas Valley prison guards investigated for abuse

Central Valley: Arraignment delayed so judge can be challenged Drivers rethink red-light behavior + Puppy reunited with owner; dognapping suspect arrested + Turlock pursues help on lawsuits + Law & Order

Central Coast: Murder defendant takes the stand

Southern California: Smaller flashlights for LAPD + Palmdale: Boy held in baseball bat killing + La Habra couple found dead in home + That Fascia's Familiar...(LAT Reg) + Dana Point: Ruling Backs Condo Owners (LAT Reg) + Attacks at Jail Called Unprovoked (LAT Reg) + Avila's Family Supports Him on the Stand (LAT Reg) + Officers' Blood Brings a Sea of Blue (LAT Reg) + 14 Arrested in Fontana Drug Gang Probe (LAT Reg) + Chief Orders Smaller Flashlights (LAT Reg) + Isla Vista Patrol Officers Have to Stomach Some Strange Stories (LAT Reg) + LA County Settles Suit Over Boy's Care (LAT Reg) + LA: Rapist Gets Life for 4 Attacks (LAT Reg) + Deputy Suffers Cut in Boating Death Probe (LAT Reg) + Laguna Beach: Pellet Gun Shooters Hit Businesses, Vehicles (LAT Reg) + Mom's Killing Prompts Forum in Riverside (LAT Reg) + La Habra: Officers Enter Home, Find Slain Couple (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Updated: Sobbing and Sarcastic, Mother of Jackson's Accuser Takes Stand + Jackson Accuser's Mom: 'Don't Judge Me!' + Jackson Accuser's Mother Pleads the Fifth + Accuser's stepdad wanted cash + Changes in Jackson Accuser Described (LAT Reg)

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor: Teachers put governor in the corner (SB Reg) + Gov. has sober plan to cap spending (SB Reg) + Democrats Divided on Negotiating With Gov. (LAT Reg) McPeak explains 'mock' report on Bay Bridge overruns, fails to explain non-disclosure

Alameda County voting chief Brad Clark to take state post as chief elections overseer

Workers comp rates continue to climb

Cap-to-Cap mission hears nonpartisan pleas (SB Reg)

Peter Schrag: In California's future, the confusing X factors (SB Reg)

Will state pension plan critics support revisions?

Pension funds urged to sue AIG. State treasurer calls for corporate reform after stock price falls + CalPERS may hit AIG with lawsuit (SB Reg)

Abortion initiative allies to turn in 950,000 names (CCT Reg)

2 state rivers among nation's 10 most threatened

Report: Need for housing clashes with natural resources

Tame wildfire costs, analyst says

California's history of highway innovation

Dan Walters: Media, politicians exploit gas angst in a fact-free environment (SB Reg)

Legislature: Aided-suicide bill passes first hurdle + Prison reform delay criticized + Assisted suicide bill passes initial test (SB Reg) + Assisted-suicide bill prompts emotional testimony (SJM Reg) + Denham withdraws legislation on deliberate HIV transmission + Assembly bill aims to protect massage therapy patients + San Joaquin River bill passes first test + Bill targets drug costs (RP Reg) + Measure to help seasonal lifeguards

Stem cell panel: LA stem cell bid bungled + S.F. leads race to be stem cell home base. San Jose, L.A. plan to challenge their disqualifications + Emeryville a finalist for stem cell office (CCT Reg) + Capital fights for stem cell headquarters (SB Reg) + San Jose out of stem-cell running (SJM Reg) + Emeryville makes cut for stem cell institute + San Francisco makes cut for stem cell headquarters + Stem Cell HQ Won't Be in L.A. (LAT Reg) + San Diego in running for stem cell institute

Indian tribes: Judge restricts new D-Q board (SB Reg) + Tribes Seek State Law Granting Tax Breaks to Expand Resorts (LAT Reg) + Statewide Ban on Indian Mascots Is Considered (LAT Reg)

LOCAL NEWS:   Petaluma area cheese maker turns brie into gold

BART unhappy over federal funding to fight terrorism. $7 million to be split among systems

Bay Area to receive $122 million for transportation projects

Sacramento & north: Folsom traffic may get a break (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + Alliance wades into affordable housing battle (SB Reg) + W. Sac tells riverbank campers: Move - or we'll move you out (SB Reg) + Rough on the range (SB Reg) + Bob Shallit: Another Del Webb community in works (SB Reg) + Beer giant foams at biotech rice plan (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF garment workers protest layoffs + Funding found for Golden Gate bridge barrier study = $1.6 million in federal cash pledged for suicide-prevention work + Happy days go up in smoke for S.F. pot club + Sierra Club revisits immigration battle. Board candidates, initiative challenge club's neutral stance + 35 left homeless by Belmont blaze + Supes' president rakes builders' chief. Board resolution condemns remarks about woman, gays + Senior escort program revived. Private donor steps in with $100,000 to save slashed service + Animal rights group to end Petco boycott + Developers may preserve old theater in Western Addition + Bank accounts -- a leg up for low-income San Franciscans + St. Francis frowning on S.F. + United steeped in tense labor discussions + Harding Theater solution proves elusive + Central Gossip Agency + Peninsula: Better pensions cause bond talk + Peninsula: Supes endorse gay-marriage bill

Alameda: Pleasanton honors Mayor Kinney (CCT Reg) + Livermore increases affordable unit rules (CCT Reg) + Homemade plane crashes in Hayward + Fremont: Auto body worker dies when lift breaks + Engine problem blamed for Hayward plane crash (CCT Reg) + Alameda County sheriff OKs security grant funds plan + Livermore: New Catholic high school receives first land approval + Oracle may sell 4 buildings + Livermore ups affordable housing + Nissen leaves behind legacy in Livermore + Supes ponder base closures + Newark: Groups celebrated for volunteerism + Panel's purpose: child welfare + Union City loses appeal, hires chief + Regional road projects to receive federal, state funds + Oaklanders find trash-can upgrade foul and stinky + Troubled liquor store strikes deal with Oakland + Oaklanders rank education their No. 1 concern + + Airport shuttles face fee increase

Santa Clara: Palo Alto libraries add laptops (SJM Reg) + Four new ramps set to open (SJM Reg) + Trauma center approval expected (SJM Reg) + + S.J. working on pact with Cirque du Soleil (SJM Reg) + Seed money sown for garden (SJM Reg) + Cupertino mall to add theater complex (SJM Reg) + Tobacco grant money shrinks (SJM Reg) + S.J. council OKs new race course (SJM Reg) + San Jose names new airport boss (SJM Reg) + S.J. deputy city manager finalist in Arlington, Texas (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Clint had no role in Hwy. 17 work (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Antioch to continue funding baseball project (CCT Reg) + Hercules refines 'live-work' idea (CCT Reg) + Urban limit line takes baby steps (CCT Reg) + Alamo champs of child safety honored (CCT Reg) + Alamo Panel to review zoning requests (CCT Reg) + San Ramon fire causes $200,000 in damage

Marin: Liberatore at Large: Alarm sounds in tiny Two Rock + Ross, water district differ over parking for Phoenix Lake + County supports ban on military use of sonar (SB Reg) + Fairfax church members offer a blessing of taxes (SB Reg) + Free, last-minute tax help available + Superior Court Clerk John Montgomery quit last month, about same time Linda Lau quit. Montgomery approved employment contracts totaling $674,022 over 3 years to Lau

Sonoma: Moose Lodge on the move + SR council delays public speeches at meetings + Cotati resists outsourcing of police force + Interim city manager for RP chosen

Napa: Public golf course at Kennedy Park faces water and financial hazards + Supervisors square off with general plan + Brewster's fearless leader passes on

Solano: City hears crosswalk criticisms + Benicia has big stake in Valero tax dispute + Local Business Briefs + Poetic justice + Richmond official to take over AmCan planning + Benicia school talks snag again + BUSD may decide on preliminary pink slips + County acts on property deals + Area GOP group meets Thursday

Monterey: Golf course seawall request goes to Coastal Commission + Dental donation gives teen reason to smile

Central Valley: Subsidized housing in demand + Two die as boat overturns in cold San Luis Reservoir + SF pipeline could slow Tuolumne to a trickle + Accordion's tune fit her right + Sylvan OKs school boundaries + Gag order is legal, but is it fair if one side discusses the issue? + Board accepts money for plan + Inspiring math teachers brings Stan St. professor top CSU honor + Vietnam veteran to confront The Wall + Bill for assisted suicide OK'd by Assembly panel + Tuolumne placed on 'threatened' list

Central Coast: Scrubbed hotel plan on ballot + Budget woes expand in Santa Cruz + Watsonville City Council approves airport runway change to pave way for development + Trial train ride in May aims to woo residents + Prices at California’s pumps soar dramatically + Queer Youth Awards focus on classrooms + City salutes hoops team, best recyclers + Local Briefs + Retiring deputies leaving room for new promotions + Bright future for Redman House

Southern California: Reversible lanes good idea? + Hahn hits Villaraigosa on clemency letter + Hahn hits Villaraigosa on clemency letter + News briefs from San Diego County + Latino L.A. mayor hopeful reaches out and Blacks listen + Villaraigosa Holds a Large, Diverse Lead (LAT Reg) + LA County Health Chief Is Rebuked + Jews Target Caterpillar Shareholder Effort (LAT Reg) + Santa Clara River in Danger, Group Says (LAT Reg) + Miffed Angel Fans Wear Displeasure Over Name (LAT Reg) + Now Fire Dept. Seeks Funds (LAT Reg) + City to Move Endangered Shrimp From LA Airport to Preserve (LAT Reg) + LA Ethics Panel Levies Fines for Political Money Laundering (LAT Reg) + Hahn Again Raises Drug-Dealer Issue of 2001 Race to Attack Rival (LAT Reg) + Pandering at Patients' Expense (LAT Reg) + The Hundred Years War, L.A.-Style (LAT Reg) + Rural fees for state fire aid assailed + New High Tech San Bernardino Airport -- Lighter Than Air

School days: Students try to decipher new SAT scores + Protesters converge on San Francisco school board + Castroa Valley youth civil rights leader wins honor + UC balks at bill allowing Cal State to offer doctorates (CCT Reg) + 2 San Juan Unified Schools tops in Science Olympiad (SB Reg) + Elk Grove school district officially biggest (SB Reg) + College of Marin employees protest wage freeze (SB Reg) + Los Altos charter school gets boost (SJM Reg) + San Leandro teachers consider 'work to rule'. Honk if you support teachers, students ask + Bill would put hangman's noose around charter schools + L.A. Schools Chief Told to Draft Policy on Dropouts (LAT Reg) + Chapman Trustee, Wife Fund Dodge College Film-School Chair (LAT Reg) + States plug away with NCLB


Geographic Society Is Seeking a Genealogy of Humankind

Panel upholds breast implant rule. FDA advisors vote to keep partial ban on silicone devices + Second implant maker to take aim at ban

Study Cites Risk of Compound in Plastic Bottles

Statistics on disease prevalence often inflated + Number in podiatrist's warning on foot pain invented by ad executive

'Eat Right' Enzyme Directs Healthy Eating

Lenore Skenazy: In world of autism, ignorance hurts

Combined jabs 'do not protect children from deadly diseases'

Stem Cells Give Horses a Hoof Up

Billions In Cost Estimated For Firefighter Injuries

Teens Believe Oral Sex Is Safer, More Acceptable To Peers

Medical Researchers Say Statins, Other Cholesterol-Depleting Agents Affect Hypertension

Muscle DNA Damage Initiates Physical Aging

Researchers Discover Largest 'Gene Deserts'; Find New Clues To Ancestral Chromosome Fusion

Brain Activity Prior To Treatment Flags Vulnerability To Antidepressant Side Effects

Chemical Library Aids In Developing Drug System For Nerve Damage

Against the Grain: Finding Silent Celiac Disease

Terms of Impairment: Underperformer or Adult ADHD?

Aspirin Is Safer Than Warfarin And Just As Effective For Treating Blocked Arteries In The Brain

Clinical Research Network Launches New Trial For Treatment Of Liver Disease

Researchers Show Parents Give Unattractive Children Less Attention

Researchers Maintain Stem Cells Without Contaminated Animal Feeder Layers

Strawberry Latent Ringspot Virus Found In North America

At The Molecular Level, The Predator Is The Prey

Atlantic Current Shutdown Could Disrupt Ocean Food Chain

Research Shows Overfishing Of Sharks Key Factor In Coral Reef Decline

Shuttle on schedule for May launch + Russian Soyuz Ready to Take Off for ISS + Russian, US spacewalk

Laptop design can be a pain in the posture

Tufts Warns 106,000 Alumni, Donors of Security Breach

'Desk Skiving' Popular With Workers

Era Of Galaxy And Black Hole Growth Spurt Discovered

Solar Sail Technology Could Use Sun's Energy For Future Space Missions

Tiny Porphyrin Tubes Developed By Sandia May Lead To New Nanodevices

THE BUSHWORLD...

Saudi Crown Prince to meet Bush on April 25

U.S. "will risk" Middle East reforms

Karzai to Ask Bush for Security Deal

Rumsfeld in Pakistan as U.S. Consulate Stays Shut

Editorial: The borders were marked in Texas + Bush is from Mars, Sharon from Venu

Bush hosts Presidents Cup captains

Bush Talk to Troops, Recalls Fall of Baghdad (LAT Reg)

Three Amigos in Rome

DeLay Apologizes for Rhetoric in Schiavo Case; White House Explains Bush-DeLay Ties

Bolton: U.N. pick portrayed as a bully. Bolton was abusive boss, ex- official says + Senate committee delays vote on Bolton + Rice Defends UN Nominee from Bully Accusation + Bush's UN choice scorched, still alive + Did Cheney threaten Chafee over Bolton vote?

Negroponte: Nominee Vows Tighter Control of Intelligence + Task ahead: how to be a spy czar + Negroponte: No More Deceptive Intel + Cables Show Central Negroponte Role in 80's Covert War Against Nicaragua

Stephen Johnson: EPA nominee gets panel OK but faces hurdle + Details

Iran: U.S. Resists Sharon's Push for Tougher Action on Iran + Sharon Asks U.S. to Pressure Iran to Give Up Its Nuclear Program + Sharon: Israel does not have plans to attack Iran + Iran Denies Smuggling Uranium from Monitored Site

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon Govt Talks Fail, Pro-Syria PM Resigns + Turkey boosts ties with Syria in defiance of U.S. + Assad's view of Sezar's visit is a measure of Syria's isolation + Thirty years on society turns to face its past + Lebanese PM quits again; report: most Iranian troops out of Lebanon + Karami in seclusion, impasse persists + Think-tank sounds caution on Lebanon + Political vacuum in Lebanon

Other foreign: Arab League Says Israel Ignores Bush on Settlements

Rice: Rice Deputy Follows Up Rumsfeld Iraq Visit

Domestic: States plug away with NCLB + Drilling where antelope play + Is the EPA Lowballing the Mercury Risk? (LAT Reg)

Social Security: Bush urged to focus on Soc. Sec. solvency + Harder to swallow. Prices for seniors' brand-name drugs rising fast, study finds + Lawmakers weigh slowing growth scale for Social Security

Congress: House Votes to Terminate the Estate Tax + Senators promise crackdown on data brokers + House GOP pushes to kill the estate tax + Filibuster war not lost for Democrats (CCT Reg) + Senate Talks May Lead to Compromise on Estate Tax + Judicial Nominee Wm Meyers Under Scrutiny (LAT Reg) + 6 Votes of Separation Over Filibuster (LAT Reg) + Bill would expand veterans' health services + House Committees Advance Slimmed-Down $8 Billion Energy Tax Package + AP Enterprise: Lawmakers Hire Spouses, Children, Pay Them From Political Donations + Senate Approves Compensating U.S. Employees Activated in Guard, Reserve

Democrats: Democrats to go after DeLay. Sullied GOP leader seen as fodder in bid to retake House

GOP: DeLay likens GOP contract to Magna Carta + Fineman: A Dark-Horse Republican to the Rescue? + GIULIANI REPORT: PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FROM CANADA A TERRORIST THREAT + BERNARD KERIK BREAKS SILENCE, RUDY KNEW 'GOOD AND BAD'

OPINIONS:

An Iraqi Potemkin Village: Justin Raimondo

Mark Morford: Earth To Humankind: Back Off

Semper Fraud, Senator Roberts: Scott Ritter

Bush Is Right to Hold Sharon's Feet to the Fire

A Palestinian Prison State?

Say You Want a Revolution (LAT Reg)

Don't be fooled by the spin on Iraq

Democracy seems to be creeping forward in Iraq, if not in the wider Arab world

Bush's Mideast silence

Greetings From Mexistan

Negroponte & Bolton: Beating the Democrats?

Rumsfeld's mission to Baghdad: keeping Saddam's secret police in power

DeLay's answer for his crimes: Blame Dems

Sharpton caught looting his campaign

Bush's nukes

MILITARY US MILITARY REPORTS IMPROVED ANTI-IED CAPABILITY

Bill would expand veterans' health services

UK army death probe outcome 'fixed'

US military pilot arrested for Ecstasy smuggling

The Battle of Stalingrad


LexisNexis Executive Says There May Have Been Another Data Breach at Company + LexisNexis now admits 300,000 records hacked

Secret Service Visits Art Show, Demands Names, Numbers of Artists

Harvard Deans Vow to Stop Antiwar Protests

War Games and War Names

Online freedom of speech act introduced in the House

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Catholic women still press for ordination + Tune in to last gasps of patriarchy in Rome

The return of God

Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps

Can Toddlers Understand What's Really Going On?

Wis. Governor Rejects Cat-Hunting Idea

Blood for pork....

Auditors Questioned $212.3 Million in Charges From KBR

New Iraq-US rice deal

Air Force Promises to Provide More Oversight for Cargo Plane Purchases

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

IMF urges China to rein in booming economy

Siebel Systems says CEO Lawrie out, names Shaheen as new CEO

Now taxes really can bug you (online)

Levi Strauss halts slide with profit in 1st quarter. Higher sales credited for boosting earnings to $47.3 million

Deal Mania

At 50, McDonald's Wants a Facelift

Apple Earnings Outpace Wall Street Estimates as IPod Sales Continue to Rise

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Flu strain sent world-wide: Scientists rush to destroy flu strain + U.S. Tracking Dangerous Flu Strain Sent to Labs + US downplays danger of lethal flu virus + Company Thought Flu Virus Was 'Innocuous' + Deadly flu virus alert + Most Fearsome Germs Require Higher Safety Precautions Than Pandemic Flu Virus

Pushing back polio

The Black Plague and its descendants

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Queer Youth Awards focus on classrooms + Sacramento protest day for gay rights (SB Reg) + Repeal the Gay Ban + New Networks Seek Gay, Lesbian Audiences

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Italian Journalist: US Lied

World view of TV's next big thing

Murdoch: Newspapers Must Stop Fearing Web

Daily Kos Swings for the Fences

Follow the money (re: propaganda websites)

'Matt and Judy Show': Cooper and Miller on the Plame Case

Sudan Writer Says West Should Read More Arab Books

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Roll of a lifetime

MoMA to Receive Its Largest Cash Gift

New bread museum in Portugal is a hit with the public

`Star Wars Revelations' a sophisticated fan film

Duchovny Film Takes 'X-Files' Star Back to Roots

Shades of Jazz Age: Fitzgerald's Long Island

Are California wines too heady?

A Menagerie of Cryptozoology, i.e. animals that don't exist

The East Yorkshire Mystery Files

Egyptian historians do not want Tut's mystery to be finally unveiled

Rare pendant found in Shropshire

Cyprus ring found in Chesire

Britain may have to give up oldest living Bible

Young Seamus Heaney

Madame Bovary, in Court and Cab

Dorothy Parker Closes

Rush & Molloy: Joan homes in on Kennedy Cape estate

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: A saga they can put down

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 12, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. Troops Raid Suspected Insurgent Group Near Iraq's Border With Syria+ Big U.S.-Iraqi sweep reels in 65 suspects  + Militants kill one, injure 3 in Baghdad + U.S. Troops Raid Iraqi Smuggling Ring + 20 Iraqis Killed by US Air Attack in Western Iraq + Marine Base Attacked in Iraq; New Tactics in Play + With Zarqawi Elusive, US, Iraqi Forces Hunt Another Alleged Insurgency Leader + U.S. Contractor Kidnapped in Iraq; His Identity, That of Firm Withheld (LAT Reg) + Iraq insurgents fail to brew chemical arms + Poland: Troops should leave Iraq by 2006 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Absent Allawi May Be Biding His Time (LAT Reg)

Rumsfeld in Iraq: Rumsfeld: Don't Politicize Iraq Military + Rumsfeld Warns Iraq Against Purges, Corruption

MIDDLE EAST: Muslim leaders say democratic reform is inevitable, but disagree on U.S. role

Israel, Palestine: Gaza evacuees to get large land plots + Israel 'to keep some settlements' + Israel asks Egypt for Gaza help

RUSSIA: Putin rules out third run in office + Oil booms, but investors flee Russia + Russia Looks to Make IT its 'Next Natural Resource'

EUROPE: Fight over drilling in the Artic + In Ulster, 'Troubles' now for the Chinese outsiders + Small parties hope to make big splash in Britain's election + Berlin and Moscow Cross 'T's, Dot 'I's and Count Billions + New Pope to Face Enormous Financial Issues

AFRICA: Sudan seeks $2.6 billion aid package

ASIA PACIFIC: Comrade Akash tells the BBC why he is fighting Nepal's army

China: Villagers Riot After 2 Elderly Protesters Die (LAT Reg) + China Builds a Smaller, Stronger Military + Rift Over China Aid Bank Application + China: Religious Repression of Uighur Muslims + The race to woo a waking giant + In Ulster, 'Troubles' now for the outsiders + Boycott of Japanese goods brewing in China is part of larger crisis + Chinese leader opposes Council seat for Japan

KRYGYZSTAN: Revolution, Interrupted: Author Tom Bissell on Kyrgyzstan

AMERICAS: Scientist shoots to jumpstart Mexican tech revolution (SJM Reg) + Embattled Mexico Mayor Warns of Blow to Democracy + Mexico's coup against leftist leader threats institutional stability

Militant Cuban Exile to Apply for Asylum in U.S. (LAT Reg)

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

3 UK men charged with plotting terror attack on financial building in NYC, New Jersey, D.C.

Sandia leader taking on UC, favors Lockheed

Wayne Madsen: Spy agency disruption reaches Fort Meade.

Man Arrested in Bomb Scare at Capitol

Does laptop recovered in Vacaville, CA, contain French atomic secrets?

Man's Claims May Be a Look at Dark Side of War on Terror (LAT Reg)

Egypt: 30 Held in Investigation of Bazaar Bombing (LAT Reg) + Religious extremist behind  bombing

Omaha to Get Terror War Think Tank

US Warns Philippines South Could Become 'New Afghanistan'

Hezbollah flies unmanned aircraft over Israel

Media 'hoaxed' on Maori spy claim

Senators May Have Named CIA Operative

Cuban Militant Wants U.S. Asylum

New Zealand: Claim paper set up over spy story

Sri Lankan intelligence shakeup

More Spies, Worse Intelligence?

Analysis: Senate cuts funds for intel HQ

Senators vow to finish investigation into faulty intelligence

Corporate espionage could wipe you out!

PLANTS LOSE TRACK OF NUCLEAR WASTE

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

LexisNexis ID theft case gets worse

Feds indict 15 NYSE stock specialists

Wisconsin May Take a Shot at Eliminating Stray Cats

Vehicle donations to charities plunge after change in federal tax law (SB Reg)

Music group to sue students over downloads

Testing Copyright Limits (LAT Reg)

Death Penalty Turnaround in New York today (LAT Reg)

German SWAT Teams Rescue Kids Held Hostage

Teen killers, now spared death sentences, remain in need of rehabilitation

Copyright Reform to Free Orphans?

O'Hara vs. Hynes, the case vs. the lawless D.A.

Furor in the Brooklyn Courts

Merck Says Plaintiff in First Scheduled Vioxx Trial Lied, Moves to Dismiss Case

Union Files Charges With the National Labor Relations Board Against Wal-Mart

Appellate Court Lifts Injunction Against Amazon.com

Judge Likely to Dismiss Perjury Counts Against Scrushy

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

San Diego: Court affirms prison ban on nude photos

Vegas loan company probed for profit promises on pay-day loans, check cashing

When it comes to elder abuse, it's all in the family

Editorial: Hospitals Going Beyond debt collection (SB Reg)

Gov. picks two judges for Santa Clara Superior: Mark Pierce, Derek Woodhouse (SJM Reg)

RIP: Wakefield Taylor, former appeals judge, dies at 93

Sacramento & north: Ukiah: Accused UCSF doctor found dead + Chilling find in El Dorado H.S. students' arrests (SB Reg) + Capital fugitive arrested in Africa (SB Reg) + Suspects in Florin car killing arrested (SB Reg) + Diana Griego Erwin: Open your eyes to the warning signs of school violence - and get help (SB Reg) + Yolo defender challenges limits on Broderick Boys (SB Reg) + 96-pound stash of pot seized (SB Reg) + Conflicting visa news has local firms worried (SB Reg) + FBI joins search for missing Citrus Heights teenager (SB Reg) + Teen killed in Woodland-area crash (SB Reg) + Editorial: Good for Galt (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Man faces 30 years for sex with girl

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Julie Lee pleads not guilty to charges She also resigns post overseeing city housing board + REDWOOD CITY Father guilty of 3 murders -- drove off coastal cliff Foster City man killed pregnant wife, daughter in suicide attempt + Hunters Point killing called result of running clash between gangs + SF: Syringes can be sold without prescription + SF: Mail thief sentenced to 2 years in prison + Deputy S.F. fire chief opts to retire He let colleague drive despite alcohol smell + Man who triggered priest abuse suits testifies (SJM Reg) + Former Shelley fundraiser pleads not guilty to charges + Lee resigns from Housing Authority + Deputy fire chief retires amid allegations

Alameda: Dublin: 2 Oakland: men charged in bank heist + Ex-Pleasanton officer files suit against city (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Diocese leaders detail sex abuse policies (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Police chief seeks more involvement (CCT Reg) + Alameda man charged in federal court with owing $3 million taxes (CCT Reg) + Feds subpoena union documents re: welders + Berkeley expects new meters to weather vandals + East Oakland shooting leaves Hayward man, 20, dead + Man, 25, charged in killing of mom's former boyfriend + Judge fines abalone poacher $5,000, revokes privileges + Pleasanton: Stalking suspect kills himself

Santa Clara: San Jose: D.A. calls case worse than King beating Defense says 2 Palo Alto officers acted reasonably in use of pepper spray, batons + Medical data thefts spur worry (SJM Reg) + Verdict in crash off cliff: murder (SJM Reg) + Questions linger over S.J. man's slaying (SJM Reg) + Remark in P.A. police trial draws groans (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Consumers should complain to FTC (SJM Reg) + San Jose: Animal Rights activist in court for theft charges

Contra Costa: Jury will hear of (Nanny) Barreto's DUI record (CCT Reg) + Richmond: Claim blames police union (CCT Reg) + Lawyers weed out potential jurors in Nanny case

Marin: Last of 3 gun theft suspects arrested

Sonoma: Vallejo man to be tried for murder in wife's death Woman was held and drowned, pathologist says + Fearing for life, deputy fires at suspect's car + Husband to be tried in jet ski death + Society has gone soft on drunken drivers

Napa: Driver involved in fatal crash goes to court

Solano: Judge says Easterling to face trial + Second murder suspect pleads not guilty + - Woman's body found in Fairfield; man arrested + Benicia Police Calls + + Does laptop recovered in Vacaville contain French atomic secrets?

Monterey: Seaside officer faces theft charge + Jury deliberates former MPC quarterback's case + Ice cream vendors robbed in Salinas

Central Valley: Gun sales suspect known to cops+ Gag order legal, but is it fair?+ Law & Order + Ripon 'suicide by cop' try fails + Police reveal confession in Turlock theft

Central Coast: Police release sketches in Capitola rape + Trial set for molest suspect + Cops and Courts

Southern California: San Fernando Valley violent crime down 35 percent + Pacoima: Family evening turned into shattered dreams as dad slain + LA: Police seeking background on victim shot in car + La Habra: Two officers shot during traffic stop + Vista: Man arrested after molesting boy in home invasion + Avila Defense (Samantha Runnion) Puts on Alibi Witnesses (LAT Reg) + LA: another Indictment Is Expected in PR Billing Probe (LAT Reg) + Bail Bondsman Gets 3 Years in Corruption Case (LAT Reg) + Dana Point Commissioner Arrested in Drunk Driving Case (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Stepdad of Jackson Accuser Says Family Harassed + MOTHER OF JACKSON ACCUSER DOES NOT WANT TO TESTIFY TO WELFARE FRAUD + Woman Testifies Jackson Begged to Sleep With Boy (LAT Reg)

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Pension reforms focus of governor's San Diego trip + Gov. hits the road to promote his agenda + Gov. has three special election proposals, winner may be proposal to increase competitiveness of congressional, legislative elections + Gov. says pension overhaul still top of his agenda + Teachers Association ready to fight Gov. with $60 million war chest re: his expected special election ballot in November + Teachers union goes after Gov. (CCT Reg) + Parole overhaul scrapped (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Not only Gov. at risk, but also notion of reform (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Did pension gambit set stage for solid reforms? (SB Reg) + Initiatives: Handle With Care (LAT Reg)

Controller Westly expects $2 billion from tax amnesty (SB Reg) + Tax amnesty may set record (SJM Reg) + Adviser is protective of amnesty funds (CCT Reg)+ Tax amnesty windfall may go to transportation

Angelides not looking so dumb now

Tax board weighs collection limits re: taxes due decades ago (SB Reg)

Education Advisory Panel members named (SJM Reg) + A 2nd Schools Panel Is Named (LAT Reg)

Bay Bridge: New round of sparring on bridge. Gov. spurns plan proposed by Bay Area legislators + Bridging the funding gap + Bay Bridge jockeying taking toll + Perata bond proposal runs into trouble

Legislature: Assisted suicide bill up for first vote today (CCT Reg) + Legislation lays foundation for prison reform (CCT Reg) + Livermore council OKs first steps toward Catholic high school (CCT Reg) + Prison consolidation bill clears Senate + State lawmakers approve election bills (more likely to count write-ins) + Bill takes on violent video games + Vallejo, Fairfield schools too mum about dangers? + Bill aims to alert parents prior to abortion

Stem cell panel: Richmond makes bid for stem cell institute (CCT Reg)

Indian tribes: Mesa Grande tribe's accounts under scrutiny by BIA + Florez sponsors bill for tax-exempt bonds for construction projects by Indian tribes + Monteau: NIGC should stand up for the tribes + Tribe disbands police, fire. Cabazon Band says it wants to focus money on its newly expanded resort casino.

LOCAL NEWS:   Group aims to bring pandas to Oakland

Sacramento & north: Sacramento Chamber takes case to D.C. (SB Reg) + El Dorado complex sells for $51.4 million (SB Reg) + Roseville deal set to protect habitat (SB Reg) + West Sacramento: Meeting to discuss mental services (SB Reg) + Input sought on Yolo libraries (SB Reg) + Placer County: Environmentalists, builders agree to pact

San Francisco:, San Mateo: SF: Supes expected to OK law spotlighting campaign funders + SF: NBC to pay $103,000 for sidewalk ad caper + St. Luke's could face merger + Virgin America's launch date uncertain + Geary corridor transit plans begin + Around City Hall

Alameda: Oakland: A's fans rally behind new owner Optimism for new stadium as era of Lew Wolff begins + Oakland: Weekday, late-night transbay bus plans + Fans trapped between Raiders, debts (CCT Reg) + Alameda County Sheriff holds up security funds (CCT Reg) + Port's billboard plan in motion + Nonprofit starts panda pursuit with fund-raiser + Free tax help for poor, low income + Oakland is the new face of AIDS + County turns eye to child welfare + Experimental plane makes emergency landing near Hayward Airport + Fremont parade needs money floaters + Newark forum chides U.S. on Iraq. Stark criticizes policy on weapons sales + Supervisors vote to allocate $3 million in Measure A funds + Dublin receives peace pole from sister city in Ireland + Vote due on plan for Old Ranch

Santa Clara: San Jose: Toddler dies after being found in pool + S.J. mom Playboy cover girl (SJM Reg) + Air rescue 'dummy' drops in on golf links (SJM Reg) + School finance chief leaves (SJM Reg) + Council votes 5-4 to halt `granny unit' construction (SJM Reg) + Writer/gas jockey finds full-service takers at $3.69 (SJM Reg) + Grant to research computer security (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Martinez: Cyclist critical after 70-foot fall + Wal-Mart to update study for Antioch (CCT Reg)

Marin: Last of 3 gun theft suspects arrested

Sonoma: Vallejo man to be tried for murder in wife's death Woman was held and drowned, pathologist says + Fearing for life, deputy fires at suspect's car + Husband to be tried in jet ski death + Society has gone soft on drunken drivers

Napa: Driver involved in fatal crash goes to court

Solano: Judge says Easterling to face trial + Second murder suspect pleads not guilty + - Woman's body found in Fairfield; man arrested + Benicia Police Calls + + Does laptop recovered in Vacaville contain French atomic secrets?

Monterey: Seaside officer faces theft charge + Jury deliberates former MPC quarterback's case + Ice cream vendors robbed in Salinas

Central Valley: Ceres family's legacy lost to fire + YCCD director finalists queried+ Tomatoes tossed at river plan+ Maddux makeover+ JC grades guarantee grads a slot+ Police reveal confession in Turlock theft+ Hometown girl puts her stamp on Hilmar post+ Expert says Ballico was hit by tornado+ Plan B options studied for druggists+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Setting it Straight+ Community Briefing + City heartlessly prepares to ban medical marijuana outlets

Central Coast: Downtown Santa Cruz New Leaf store branching out + As We See It: Park settlement fair on both sides + Santa Cruz faces more bad news on budget front + RIP: betty Murphy: 1936-2005 Former Watsonville mayor ‘didn’t back down’ + Breeding program prepares young birds to live on their own + Immigrant advocates denounce license bill + County verifies hotel petition signatures + S.C. County’s coast falls in marine study area+ N.Y. trip an all-time high for school drama club + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Magic Johnson endorses Villaraigosa for L.A. mayor + San Diego: 9 sites mulled to replace Linbergh Field + LA: More DWP fallout + LA: Will nod from Magic do the trick? + LA: Without a plan on Valley Village developments + Another Fatal Failure at King/Drew (LAT Reg) + LA: North County Real Estate Projects on the Rise Again (LAT Reg) + LA: Public Transit Ridership Rises as Gas Prices Soar (LAT Reg) + Commuters Railroaded by Gas Prices (LAT Reg) + Kern County May Bar Southland Sludge (LAT Reg) + O.C. Sheriff to Run for a 3rd Term

School days: Cal gets online security contract (CCT Reg) + Revised charter school raising worries. HomeSmartKids group is seeking to reconstitute + Richmond day cares abruptly shut down (CCT Reg) + New Tracy high school looks likely + Life on athletic scholarship can be the real test (SJM Reg) + Myths about athletic scholarships (SJM Reg) + Education Advisory Panel members named (SJM Reg) + LAUSD pins hopes on small learning communities + Ackerman: SFUSD's bond accounting improved + SAT Scores Touch Off a New Spring Fever (LAT Reg) + LA: Romer's Plan for Troubled Schools OKd (LAT Reg) + Education Department weighing national student database

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Jews, Mormons agree to study proxy baptism

To Rule the Earth...

Fitting Islam into Catholic worldview

The Oprah Society

Who Wants to Move to Ground Zero?

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

U.S. trade gap reaches all-time high

Fed concerned about US inflation pressures

Genentech's profit up 61%

Deal may ease American business travel to India and outsourcing jobs

India's pitches to Silicon Valley (SJM Reg)

Sale Casts MGM in Supporting Role

'Extreme Textiles' Come of Age

AFL-CIO targets "excessive" CEO pay (LAT Reg)

Keeping New Mexican Peppers Hot In The World Market

The Ultra Rich

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

WHO urges 18 labs to destroy pandemic flu strain

Officials Recruiting Help With Marburg Virus + Deadly virus, anger take hold in Angola

Boston's role in biosafety


Gene Therapy For Retinal Diseases Advances With New Viral And Capsule Mechanisms To Place Genes Directly In Eye

A history of breast enhancement shown in patent drawings + FDA Silicone Implant Ban Is Debated + FDA Panel: Inamed Implants Safe Short Term

Study: Cloned meat, milk nearly the same

Study Finds U.S. Black Women Lag on Cancer Tests

FDA issues warning on drug use by elderly

Mayo Clinic Study Shows Advanced Prostate Cancer Previously Considered Inoperable May Be Operable, Curable

New Research On Multiple vs. Single Births May Offer New Approaches For Infertility

Neuroscientists Locate 'Imaginary' Colors

Insulin-sensitizing Drug Cut Diabetes Risk

Novel Therapy Tested In Mice Could Chase Away Cat Allergies

More Exhaust Inhaled By Kids Inside School Buses Than By Others In The Area, Says Study

Study Shows Common Painkillers Combined With Acid-Reducing Drugs More Cost-Effective, Safer For Managing Arthritis In High-Risk Patients

Teen Tooth Trauma Prevalent In Ontario

Cryoablation Treatment Helps Diminish Pain Of Bone Cancer

Dietary Protein And Bone Health Revisited

Test to spot if cancer has spread

NICHD Launches Project To Treat Infant Asphyxia In Lower Income Countries

Onion Compound May Help Fight Osteoporosis

Creating New Foods And More From Agricultural Products

Scientists Unravel Midwest Tornado Formation

Plant Doctors Target Sudden Oak Death

Study Of Energy And Health In Africa Focuses Spotlight On Charcoal And Forest Management

U.N. Gets Aggressive With India to Save Endangered Tigers

UC Berkeley, Universities, industry to fight hacker threat 5-year, $19 million project intended to boost cybersecurity

Apple Releasing A 'Tiger'

Walking Human-Shaped Robot on Sale

Stardom: Is This A SPOOF??

Notebook Mouse Roundup

Browsers Get Ready for Graphics Boost

The Coming Chip Revolution

Technology in Extreme Places: Underwater

Google and the Coming Search Wars, Revisited

Look Out for Giant Triangles in Space

The New Game of Tag

Pioneer In Artificial-Intelligence Software Devises New Theory Of Cognition

Santa Cruz To Lead Ambitious Multidisciplinary Research Project On Wireless Communication Networks

NASA Study Finds Earth's Auroras Are Not Mirror Images

Deep Impact Cruises Along To Commentary Collision

THE BUSHWORLD...

RUMSFELD: U.S. HAS NO EXIT STRATEGY FROM IRAQ

Bush Says Trained Iraqi Troops Now Outnumber U.S.

Bush thanks soldiers for serving in Iraq

US Slams Iraqi Amnesty Plan

Sharon in Washington for Cheney meeting

Sharon meeting: Bush hails Sharon's resolve to leave Gaza 2 leaders at odds on West Bank, but let that rest for now + Bush, Sharon Clash Openly (LAT Reg) + Sharon Warns of 'Civil War' in Israel + Invited to Bush Ranch, Sharon Beds at Hotel

Bolton: Bolton Appears Headed for Approval Despite Accusation He Abused Intelligence Officials + Bolton's Fitness for UN Post Challenged at Hearing (Update4) + Bolton hearings updates, comments + What Could Make Republicans Vote Against Bolton? + Bolton Called A 'Kiss-Up' + Bolton expected to win OK as U.N. ambassador Democrats express doubts, but Republicans have enough votes + U.N. Nominee, Democrats Lock Horns on His Record

Negroponte: Negroponte Vows Intelligence Revamp, Shuns Torture + Confirmation Hearing Begins for Intelligence Nominee + Negroponte says he'll reform spy agencies + APFN: Stop Negroponte

N. Korea: New U.S. Point Man on N. Korea Sees Hope (LAT Reg)

Iran: Iran to promote tourist potential on CNN + PM Sharon: Iran being allowed to continue nuclear program

Lebanon, Syria: Lebanon Leaders Delay Cabinet Formation

Other foreign: Coexisting with a Rising China?: Ivan Eland + India, China and Russia to create new alliance to challenge USA's supremacy

Domestic: 15 states accused of Medicaid funds abuse. California official denies 'accounting gimmicks' charge + A Policy Showdown in Prairie Wetlands + Sapped by What They'd Sown + Griffin: Shuttle Can Fix Hubble + Administration Backs off Cutting Payments to Farmers

Social Security: AARP: Drug Costs Jump 7.1 Percent in 2004 + The Social Security Crisis Gets Personal (LAT Reg) + Lawmakers weigh slowing growth scale for Social Security

Congress: Senate panel nears OK for new NASA chief + House Dems want ethics rules GOP changed + DeLay fundraising plied special interests + Immigration Issues Seek a Ride on Iraq Bill + Sen. Leahy Says Asbestos Bill Proposal Close + DeLay under fire: What's at stake + Two Conservative Groups Oppose Changing Filibuster Rules Over Blocked Judges + DeLay Advises Fellow Republicans to Blame Democrats if Asked About Ethics

Democrats: Clinton finds his surrogate family + Clinton foundation puts forth plan to assist children with HIV + Clinton bats for Hillary + Clinton lashes out at gay Republican + Party's gotta fight back, sez Hillary + Editorials: Hillary says Dems need security blanket

GOP: Conservatives ponder judicial impeachment + Bush Made Inroads Among Jewish Voters, Study Shows (LAT Reg) + Mary Matalin on Mary Cheney...

OPINIONS:

WMD Doomsday Distractions: Alan Reynolds

Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

How Many Divisions Does the Pope Have?

Religion now more a part of GOP politics - Talk of faith is nearly omnipresent Click.

Sam Parry: Liberals, bullies or whipping boys?

Jim Maynard: Gays, blacks, and the GOP's sucker play Click.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Protecting Paris Hilton's inheritance Click.

Rushdie Says Bush Policies Help Islamic Terrorism

Onward Christian Soldiers . . . toward a theocratic judiciary

In Contempt of Courts

How Tom DeLay sells his votes for campaign cash

Bush backs his crooked buddies

Bolton's past coming back to haunt him

US appears to have fought war for oil and lost it

Models of occupation

MILITARY  Pentagon's long list of bases to close

Fort Hunter Liggett: 3 12-mile course helps get soldiers ready for Iraq. Simulation gives troops taste of insurgents' tactics + Reserves train in convoy attack

Revamped USAF wing's mission solid (CCT Reg)

Trial Opens for Sergeant Accused of Killing 2 Officers

Army Preparing to Close Camp Doha, Shift Operations to Other Kuwait Bases

The Myths of Pearl Harbor

Children in Combat

Blood for pork....

$122 Million Withheld in Halliburton Cost Claims (LAT Reg)

More taxpayer rip-offs from Bush & Cheney's cronies at Halliburton


Data Broker LexisNexis Says Potential Theft Affected 310,000 People, 10 Times More Than Initial Count

Los Angeles cardinal among those who miss Law Mass + Cardinal Law Is Snubbed (LAT Reg)

Georgia: High School to Pay Student Informers (LAT Reg)

Time to Oppose the Draft Is Now: Kevin Zeese

Convictions of museum officials spark debate over artistic freedom in Russia

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay portrayal tests limits in India + Groups hold pro and anti gay days + Bill: Gay GOPer 'self-loathing'

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

What Can Bloggers Do That Reporters Can't?

Trend-Setting Publisher Judith Regan Plans Move to Hollywood

Public broadcasting chief gets replaced

NBC's 'Revelations' joins the push for more Christianity on the tube

India, China: A clash of cultures re: the press

Iran rejects Ottawa's demand for Kazemi probe

Investigative Journalism Proves Life-Threatening in Mexico (LAT Reg)

Jail (or Worse) for Journalists: Aaron Glantz

Nominees Announced for First-Ever Newspaper-Site Webby Award

AP, 8 California Papers File Amicus Brief in Apple Lawsuit

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Benicia: Singer teaches all that jazz (CCT Reg)

San Ramon: Dealer tries his hand at poker school (CCT Reg)

Weimers: Silicon Valley comes alive with music (SJM Reg)

Deeper Into the Donners (LAT Reg)

Why not quit the Directors Guild

New PBS 'Mystery!' series not your mother's Miss Marple

Kennedys disagree on sale of Cape house

Looking for a Saint

Hilton Als on Jane Alexander

Tad Friend on the Lonely Planet guides

The strange music of Harry Partch

Nadine Gordimer

A range of Russian theater takes stage

New enemy menaces Hadrian's wall

Archaeologist Uncovers Flexible Armor in Colonial Trash Pit

Andrea Dworkin: The Times obituary

Botswana Woos Rich Tourists with 'Africa-Lite'

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Book war: To Hil & back

Rush & Molloy

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 12, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. Troops Raid Suspected Insurgent Group Near Iraq's Border With Syria+ Big U.S.-Iraqi sweep reels in 65 suspects  + Militants kill one, injure 3 in Baghdad + U.S. Troops Raid Iraqi Smuggling Ring + 20 Iraqis Killed by US Air Attack in Western Iraq + Marine Base Attacked in Iraq; New Tactics in Play + With Zarqawi Elusive, US, Iraqi Forces Hunt Another Alleged Insurgency Leader + U.S. Contractor Kidnapped in Iraq; His Identity, That of Firm Withheld (LAT Reg) + Iraq insurgents fail to brew chemical arms + Poland: Troops should leave Iraq by 2006 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Absent Allawi May Be Biding His Time (LAT Reg)

Rumsfeld in Iraq: Rumsfeld: Don't Politicize Iraq Military + Rumsfeld Warns Iraq Against Purges, Corruption

MIDDLE EAST: Muslim leaders say democratic reform is inevitable, but disagree on U.S. role

Israel, Palestine: Gaza evacuees to get large land plots + Israel 'to keep some settlements' + Israel asks Egypt for Gaza help

RUSSIA: Putin rules out third run in office + Oil booms, but investors flee Russia + Russia Looks to Make IT its 'Next Natural Resource'

EUROPE: Fight over drilling in the Artic + In Ulster, 'Troubles' now for the Chinese outsiders + Small parties hope to make big splash in Britain's election + Berlin and Moscow Cross 'T's, Dot 'I's and Count Billions + New Pope to Face Enormous Financial Issues

AFRICA: Sudan seeks $2.6 billion aid package

ASIA PACIFIC: Comrade Akash tells the BBC why he is fighting Nepal's army

China: Villagers Riot After 2 Elderly Protesters Die (LAT Reg) + China Builds a Smaller, Stronger Military + Rift Over China Aid Bank Application + China: Religious Repression of Uighur Muslims + The race to woo a waking giant + In Ulster, 'Troubles' now for the outsiders + Boycott of Japanese goods brewing in China is part of larger crisis + Chinese leader opposes Council seat for Japan

KRYGYZSTAN: Revolution, Interrupted: Author Tom Bissell on Kyrgyzstan

AMERICAS: Scientist shoots to jumpstart Mexican tech revolution (SJM Reg) + Embattled Mexico Mayor Warns of Blow to Democracy + Mexico's coup against leftist leader threats institutional stability

Militant Cuban Exile to Apply for Asylum in U.S. (LAT Reg)

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

3 UK men charged with plotting terror attack on financial building in NYC, New Jersey, D.C.

Sandia leader taking on UC, favors Lockheed

Wayne Madsen: Spy agency disruption reaches Fort Meade.

Man Arrested in Bomb Scare at Capitol

Does laptop recovered in Vacaville, CA, contain French atomic secrets?

Man's Claims May Be a Look at Dark Side of War on Terror (LAT Reg)

Egypt: 30 Held in Investigation of Bazaar Bombing (LAT Reg) + Religious extremist behind  bombing

Omaha to Get Terror War Think Tank

US Warns Philippines South Could Become 'New Afghanistan'

Hezbollah flies unmanned aircraft over Israel

Media 'hoaxed' on Maori spy claim

Senators May Have Named CIA Operative

Cuban Militant Wants U.S. Asylum

New Zealand: Claim paper set up over spy story

Sri Lankan intelligence shakeup

More Spies, Worse Intelligence?

Analysis: Senate cuts funds for intel HQ

Senators vow to finish investigation into faulty intelligence

Corporate espionage could wipe you out!

PLANTS LOSE TRACK OF NUCLEAR WASTE

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

LexisNexis ID theft case gets worse

Feds indict 15 NYSE stock specialists

Wisconsin May Take a Shot at Eliminating Stray Cats

Vehicle donations to charities plunge after change in federal tax law (SB Reg)

Music group to sue students over downloads

Testing Copyright Limits (LAT Reg)

Death Penalty Turnaround in New York today (LAT Reg)

German SWAT Teams Rescue Kids Held Hostage

Teen killers, now spared death sentences, remain in need of rehabilitation

Copyright Reform to Free Orphans?

O'Hara vs. Hynes, the case vs. the lawless D.A.

Furor in the Brooklyn Courts

Merck Says Plaintiff in First Scheduled Vioxx Trial Lied, Moves to Dismiss Case

Union Files Charges With the National Labor Relations Board Against Wal-Mart

Appellate Court Lifts Injunction Against Amazon.com

Judge Likely to Dismiss Perjury Counts Against Scrushy

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

San Diego: Court affirms prison ban on nude photos

Vegas loan company probed for profit promises on pay-day loans, check cashing

When it comes to elder abuse, it's all in the family

Editorial: Hospitals Going Beyond debt collection (SB Reg)

Gov. picks two judges for Santa Clara Superior: Mark Pierce, Derek Woodhouse (SJM Reg)

RIP: Wakefield Taylor, former appeals judge, dies at 93

Sacramento & north: Ukiah: Accused UCSF doctor found dead + Chilling find in El Dorado H.S. students' arrests (SB Reg) + Capital fugitive arrested in Africa (SB Reg) + Suspects in Florin car killing arrested (SB Reg) + Diana Griego Erwin: Open your eyes to the warning signs of school violence - and get help (SB Reg) + Yolo defender challenges limits on Broderick Boys (SB Reg) + 96-pound stash of pot seized (SB Reg) + Conflicting visa news has local firms worried (SB Reg) + FBI joins search for missing Citrus Heights teenager (SB Reg) + Teen killed in Woodland-area crash (SB Reg) + Editorial: Good for Galt (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Man faces 30 years for sex with girl

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Julie Lee pleads not guilty to charges She also resigns post overseeing city housing board + REDWOOD CITY Father guilty of 3 murders -- drove off coastal cliff Foster City man killed pregnant wife, daughter in suicide attempt + Hunters Point killing called result of running clash between gangs + SF: Syringes can be sold without prescription + SF: Mail thief sentenced to 2 years in prison + Deputy S.F. fire chief opts to retire He let colleague drive despite alcohol smell + Man who triggered priest abuse suits testifies (SJM Reg) + Former Shelley fundraiser pleads not guilty to charges + Lee resigns from Housing Authority + Deputy fire chief retires amid allegations

Alameda: Dublin: 2 Oakland: men charged in bank heist + Ex-Pleasanton officer files suit against city (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Diocese leaders detail sex abuse policies (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Police chief seeks more involvement (CCT Reg) + Alameda man charged in federal court with owing $3 million taxes (CCT Reg) + Feds subpoena union documents re: welders + Berkeley expects new meters to weather vandals + East Oakland shooting leaves Hayward man, 20, dead + Man, 25, charged in killing of mom's former boyfriend + Judge fines abalone poacher $5,000, revokes privileges + Pleasanton: Stalking suspect kills himself

Santa Clara: San Jose: D.A. calls case worse than King beating Defense says 2 Palo Alto officers acted reasonably in use of pepper spray, batons + Medical data thefts spur worry (SJM Reg) + Verdict in crash off cliff: murder (SJM Reg) + Questions linger over S.J. man's slaying (SJM Reg) + Remark in P.A. police trial draws groans (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Consumers should complain to FTC (SJM Reg) + San Jose: Animal Rights activist in court for theft charges

Contra Costa: Jury will hear of (Nanny) Barreto's DUI record (CCT Reg) + Richmond: Claim blames police union (CCT Reg) + Lawyers weed out potential jurors in Nanny case

Marin: Last of 3 gun theft suspects arrested

Sonoma: Vallejo man to be tried for murder in wife's death Woman was held and drowned, pathologist says + Fearing for life, deputy fires at suspect's car + Husband to be tried in jet ski death + Society has gone soft on drunken drivers

Napa: Driver involved in fatal crash goes to court

Solano: Judge says Easterling to face trial + Second murder suspect pleads not guilty + - Woman's body found in Fairfield; man arrested + Benicia Police Calls + + Does laptop recovered in Vacaville contain French atomic secrets?

Monterey: Seaside officer faces theft charge + Jury deliberates former MPC quarterback's case + Ice cream vendors robbed in Salinas

Central Valley: Gun sales suspect known to cops+ Gag order legal, but is it fair?+ Law & Order + Ripon 'suicide by cop' try fails + Police reveal confession in Turlock theft

Central Coast: Police release sketches in Capitola rape + Trial set for molest suspect + Cops and Courts

Southern California: San Fernando Valley violent crime down 35 percent + Pacoima: Family evening turned into shattered dreams as dad slain + LA: Police seeking background on victim shot in car + La Habra: Two officers shot during traffic stop + Vista: Man arrested after molesting boy in home invasion + Avila Defense (Samantha Runnion) Puts on Alibi Witnesses (LAT Reg) + LA: another Indictment Is Expected in PR Billing Probe (LAT Reg) + Bail Bondsman Gets 3 Years in Corruption Case (LAT Reg) + Dana Point Commissioner Arrested in Drunk Driving Case (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Stepdad of Jackson Accuser Says Family Harassed + MOTHER OF JACKSON ACCUSER DOES NOT WANT TO TESTIFY TO WELFARE FRAUD + Woman Testifies Jackson Begged to Sleep With Boy (LAT Reg)

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Pension reforms focus of governor's San Diego trip + Gov. hits the road to promote his agenda + Gov. has three special election proposals, winner may be proposal to increase competitiveness of congressional, legislative elections + Gov. says pension overhaul still top of his agenda + Teachers Association ready to fight Gov. with $60 million war chest re: his expected special election ballot in November + Teachers union goes after Gov. (CCT Reg) + Parole overhaul scrapped (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Not only Gov. at risk, but also notion of reform (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Did pension gambit set stage for solid reforms? (SB Reg) + Initiatives: Handle With Care (LAT Reg)

Controller Westly expects $2 billion from tax amnesty (SB Reg) + Tax amnesty may set record (SJM Reg) + Adviser is protective of amnesty funds (CCT Reg)+ Tax amnesty windfall may go to transportation

Angelides not looking so dumb now

Tax board weighs collection limits re: taxes due decades ago (SB Reg)

Education Advisory Panel members named (SJM Reg) + A 2nd Schools Panel Is Named (LAT Reg)

Bay Bridge: New round of sparring on bridge. Gov. spurns plan proposed by Bay Area legislators + Bridging the funding gap + Bay Bridge jockeying taking toll + Perata bond proposal runs into trouble

Legislature: Assisted suicide bill up for first vote today (CCT Reg) + Legislation lays foundation for prison reform (CCT Reg) + Livermore council OKs first steps toward Catholic high school (CCT Reg) + Prison consolidation bill clears Senate + State lawmakers approve election bills (more likely to count write-ins) + Bill takes on violent video games + Vallejo, Fairfield schools too mum about dangers? + Bill aims to alert parents prior to abortion

Stem cell panel: Richmond makes bid for stem cell institute (CCT Reg)

Indian tribes: Mesa Grande tribe's accounts under scrutiny by BIA + Florez sponsors bill for tax-exempt bonds for construction projects by Indian tribes + Monteau: NIGC should stand up for the tribes + Tribe disbands police, fire. Cabazon Band says it wants to focus money on its newly expanded resort casino.

LOCAL NEWS:   Group aims to bring pandas to Oakland

Sacramento & north: Sacramento Chamber takes case to D.C. (SB Reg) + El Dorado complex sells for $51.4 million (SB Reg) + Roseville deal set to protect habitat (SB Reg) + West Sacramento: Meeting to discuss mental services (SB Reg) + Input sought on Yolo libraries (SB Reg) + Placer County: Environmentalists, builders agree to pact

San Francisco:, San Mateo: SF: Supes expected to OK law spotlighting campaign funders + SF: NBC to pay $103,000 for sidewalk ad caper + St. Luke's could face merger + Virgin America's launch date uncertain + Geary corridor transit plans begin + Around City Hall

Alameda: Oakland: A's fans rally behind new owner Optimism for new stadium as era of Lew Wolff begins + Oakland: Weekday, late-night transbay bus plans + Fans trapped between Raiders, debts (CCT Reg) + Alameda County Sheriff holds up security funds (CCT Reg) + Port's billboard plan in motion + Nonprofit starts panda pursuit with fund-raiser + Free tax help for poor, low income + Oakland is the new face of AIDS + County turns eye to child welfare + Experimental plane makes emergency landing near Hayward Airport + Fremont parade needs money floaters + Newark forum chides U.S. on Iraq. Stark criticizes policy on weapons sales + Supervisors vote to allocate $3 million in Measure A funds + Dublin receives peace pole from sister city in Ireland + Vote due on plan for Old Ranch

Santa Clara: San Jose: Toddler dies after being found in pool + S.J. mom Playboy cover girl (SJM Reg) + Air rescue 'dummy' drops in on golf links (SJM Reg) + School finance chief leaves (SJM Reg) + Council votes 5-4 to halt `granny unit' construction (SJM Reg) + Writer/gas jockey finds full-service takers at $3.69 (SJM Reg) + Grant to research computer security (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Martinez: Cyclist critical after 70-foot fall + Wal-Mart to update study for Antioch (CCT Reg)

Marin: Last of 3 gun theft suspects arrested

Sonoma: Vallejo man to be tried for murder in wife's death Woman was held and drowned, pathologist says + Fearing for life, deputy fires at suspect's car + Husband to be tried in jet ski death + Society has gone soft on drunken drivers

Napa: Driver involved in fatal crash goes to court

Solano: Judge says Easterling to face trial + Second murder suspect pleads not guilty + - Woman's body found in Fairfield; man arrested + Benicia Police Calls + + Does laptop recovered in Vacaville contain French atomic secrets?

Monterey: Seaside officer faces theft charge + Jury deliberates former MPC quarterback's case + Ice cream vendors robbed in Salinas

Central Valley: Ceres family's legacy lost to fire + YCCD director finalists queried+ Tomatoes tossed at river plan+ Maddux makeover+ JC grades guarantee grads a slot+ Police reveal confession in Turlock theft+ Hometown girl puts her stamp on Hilmar post+ Expert says Ballico was hit by tornado+ Plan B options studied for druggists+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Setting it Straight+ Community Briefing + City heartlessly prepares to ban medical marijuana outlets

Central Coast: Downtown Santa Cruz New Leaf store branching out + As We See It: Park settlement fair on both sides + Santa Cruz faces more bad news on budget front + RIP: betty Murphy: 1936-2005 Former Watsonville mayor ‘didn’t back down’ + Breeding program prepares young birds to live on their own + Immigrant advocates denounce license bill + County verifies hotel petition signatures + S.C. County’s coast falls in marine study area+ N.Y. trip an all-time high for school drama club + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Magic Johnson endorses Villaraigosa for L.A. mayor + San Diego: 9 sites mulled to replace Linbergh Field + LA: More DWP fallout + LA: Will nod from Magic do the trick? + LA: Without a plan on Valley Village developments + Another Fatal Failure at King/Drew (LAT Reg) + LA: North County Real Estate Projects on the Rise Again (LAT Reg) + LA: Public Transit Ridership Rises as Gas Prices Soar (LAT Reg) + Commuters Railroaded by Gas Prices (LAT Reg) + Kern County May Bar Southland Sludge (LAT Reg) + O.C. Sheriff to Run for a 3rd Term

School days: Cal gets online security contract (CCT Reg) + Revised charter school raising worries. HomeSmartKids group is seeking to reconstitute + Richmond day cares abruptly shut down (CCT Reg) + New Tracy high school looks likely + Life on athletic scholarship can be the real test (SJM Reg) + Myths about athletic scholarships (SJM Reg) + Education Advisory Panel members named (SJM Reg) + LAUSD pins hopes on small learning communities + Ackerman: SFUSD's bond accounting improved + SAT Scores Touch Off a New Spring Fever (LAT Reg) + LA: Romer's Plan for Troubled Schools OKd (LAT Reg) + Education Department weighing national student database

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Jews, Mormons agree to study proxy baptism

To Rule the Earth...

Fitting Islam into Catholic worldview

The Oprah Society

Who Wants to Move to Ground Zero?

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

U.S. trade gap reaches all-time high

Fed concerned about US inflation pressures

Genentech's profit up 61%

Deal may ease American business travel to India and outsourcing jobs

India's pitches to Silicon Valley (SJM Reg)

Sale Casts MGM in Supporting Role

'Extreme Textiles' Come of Age

AFL-CIO targets "excessive" CEO pay (LAT Reg)

Keeping New Mexican Peppers Hot In The World Market

The Ultra Rich

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

WHO urges 18 labs to destroy pandemic flu strain

Officials Recruiting Help With Marburg Virus + Deadly virus, anger take hold in Angola

Boston's role in biosafety

Gene Therapy For Retinal Diseases Advances With New Viral And Capsule Mechanisms To Place Genes Directly In Eye

A history of breast enhancement shown in patent drawings + FDA Silicone Implant Ban Is Debated + FDA Panel: Inamed Implants Safe Short Term

Study: Cloned meat, milk nearly the same

Study Finds U.S. Black Women Lag on Cancer Tests

FDA issues warning on drug use by elderly

Mayo Clinic Study Shows Advanced Prostate Cancer Previously Considered Inoperable May Be Operable, Curable

New Research On Multiple vs. Single Births May Offer New Approaches For Infertility

Neuroscientists Locate 'Imaginary' Colors

Insulin-sensitizing Drug Cut Diabetes Risk

Novel Therapy Tested In Mice Could Chase Away Cat Allergies

More Exhaust Inhaled By Kids Inside School Buses Than By Others In The Area, Says Study

Study Shows Common Painkillers Combined With Acid-Reducing Drugs More Cost-Effective, Safer For Managing Arthritis In High-Risk Patients

Teen Tooth Trauma Prevalent In Ontario

Cryoablation Treatment Helps Diminish Pain Of Bone Cancer

Dietary Protein And Bone Health Revisited

Test to spot if cancer has spread

NICHD Launches Project To Treat Infant Asphyxia In Lower Income Countries

Onion Compound May Help Fight Osteoporosis

Creating New Foods And More From Agricultural Products

Scientists Unravel Midwest Tornado Formation

Plant Doctors Target Sudden Oak Death

Study Of Energy And Health In Africa Focuses Spotlight On Charcoal And Forest Management

U.N. Gets Aggressive With India to Save Endangered Tigers

UC Berkeley, Universities, industry to fight hacker threat 5-year, $19 million project intended to boost cybersecurity

Apple Releasing A 'Tiger'

Walking Human-Shaped Robot on Sale

Stardom: Is This A SPOOF??

Notebook Mouse Roundup

Browsers Get Ready for Graphics Boost

The Coming Chip Revolution

Technology in Extreme Places: Underwater

Google and the Coming Search Wars, Revisited

Look Out for Giant Triangles in Space

The New Game of Tag

Pioneer In Artificial-Intelligence Software Devises New Theory Of Cognition

Santa Cruz To Lead Ambitious Multidisciplinary Research Project On Wireless Communication Networks

NASA Study Finds Earth's Auroras Are Not Mirror Images

Deep Impact Cruises Along To Commentary Collision

THE BUSHWORLD...

RUMSFELD: U.S. HAS NO EXIT STRATEGY FROM IRAQ

Bush Says Trained Iraqi Troops Now Outnumber U.S.

Bush thanks soldiers for serving in Iraq

US Slams Iraqi Amnesty Plan

Sharon in Washington for Cheney meeting

Sharon meeting: Bush hails Sharon's resolve to leave Gaza 2 leaders at odds on West Bank, but let that rest for now + Bush, Sharon Clash Openly (LAT Reg) + Sharon Warns of 'Civil War' in Israel + Invited to Bush Ranch, Sharon Beds at Hotel

Bolton: Bolton Appears Headed for Approval Despite Accusation He Abused Intelligence Officials + Bolton's Fitness for UN Post Challenged at Hearing (Update4) + Bolton hearings updates, comments + What Could Make Republicans Vote Against Bolton? + Bolton Called A 'Kiss-Up' + Bolton expected to win OK as U.N. ambassador Democrats express doubts, but Republicans have enough votes + U.N. Nominee, Democrats Lock Horns on His Record

Negroponte: Negroponte Vows Intelligence Revamp, Shuns Torture + Confirmation Hearing Begins for Intelligence Nominee + Negroponte says he'll reform spy agencies + APFN: Stop Negroponte

N. Korea: New U.S. Point Man on N. Korea Sees Hope (LAT Reg)

Iran: Iran to promote tourist potential on CNN + PM Sharon: Iran being allowed to continue nuclear program

Lebanon, Syria: Lebanon Leaders Delay Cabinet Formation

Other foreign: Coexisting with a Rising China?: Ivan Eland + India, China and Russia to create new alliance to challenge USA's supremacy

Domestic: 15 states accused of Medicaid funds abuse. California official denies 'accounting gimmicks' charge + A Policy Showdown in Prairie Wetlands + Sapped by What They'd Sown + Griffin: Shuttle Can Fix Hubble + Administration Backs off Cutting Payments to Farmers

Social Security: AARP: Drug Costs Jump 7.1 Percent in 2004 + The Social Security Crisis Gets Personal (LAT Reg) + Lawmakers weigh slowing growth scale for Social Security

Congress: Senate panel nears OK for new NASA chief + House Dems want ethics rules GOP changed + DeLay fundraising plied special interests + Immigration Issues Seek a Ride on Iraq Bill + Sen. Leahy Says Asbestos Bill Proposal Close + DeLay under fire: What's at stake + Two Conservative Groups Oppose Changing Filibuster Rules Over Blocked Judges + DeLay Advises Fellow Republicans to Blame Democrats if Asked About Ethics

Democrats: Clinton finds his surrogate family + Clinton foundation puts forth plan to assist children with HIV + Clinton bats for Hillary + Clinton lashes out at gay Republican + Party's gotta fight back, sez Hillary + Editorials: Hillary says Dems need security blanket

GOP: Conservatives ponder judicial impeachment + Bush Made Inroads Among Jewish Voters, Study Shows (LAT Reg) + Mary Matalin on Mary Cheney...

OPINIONS:

WMD Doomsday Distractions: Alan Reynolds

Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

How Many Divisions Does the Pope Have?

Religion now more a part of GOP politics - Talk of faith is nearly omnipresent Click.

Sam Parry: Liberals, bullies or whipping boys?

Jim Maynard: Gays, blacks, and the GOP's sucker play Click.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Protecting Paris Hilton's inheritance Click.

Rushdie Says Bush Policies Help Islamic Terrorism

Onward Christian Soldiers . . . toward a theocratic judiciary

In Contempt of Courts

How Tom DeLay sells his votes for campaign cash

Bush backs his crooked buddies

Bolton's past coming back to haunt him

US appears to have fought war for oil and lost it

Models of occupation

MILITARY  Pentagon's long list of bases to close

Fort Hunter Liggett: 3 12-mile course helps get soldiers ready for Iraq. Simulation gives troops taste of insurgents' tactics + Reserves train in convoy attack

Revamped USAF wing's mission solid (CCT Reg)

Trial Opens for Sergeant Accused of Killing 2 Officers

Army Preparing to Close Camp Doha, Shift Operations to Other Kuwait Bases

The Myths of Pearl Harbor

Children in Combat

Blood for pork....

$122 Million Withheld in Halliburton Cost Claims (LAT Reg)

More taxpayer rip-offs from Bush & Cheney's cronies at Halliburton

Data Broker LexisNexis Says Potential Theft Affected 310,000 People, 10 Times More Than Initial Count

Los Angeles cardinal among those who miss Law Mass + Cardinal Law Is Snubbed (LAT Reg)

Georgia: High School to Pay Student Informers (LAT Reg)

Time to Oppose the Draft Is Now: Kevin Zeese

Convictions of museum officials spark debate over artistic freedom in Russia

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay portrayal tests limits in India + Groups hold pro and anti gay days + Bill: Gay GOPer 'self-loathing'

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

What Can Bloggers Do That Reporters Can't?

Trend-Setting Publisher Judith Regan Plans Move to Hollywood

Public broadcasting chief gets replaced

NBC's 'Revelations' joins the push for more Christianity on the tube

India, China: A clash of cultures re: the press

Iran rejects Ottawa's demand for Kazemi probe

Investigative Journalism Proves Life-Threatening in Mexico (LAT Reg)

Jail (or Worse) for Journalists: Aaron Glantz

Nominees Announced for First-Ever Newspaper-Site Webby Award

AP, 8 California Papers File Amicus Brief in Apple Lawsuit

Today's papers


Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Benicia: Singer teaches all that jazz (CCT Reg)

San Ramon: Dealer tries his hand at poker school (CCT Reg)

Weimers: Silicon Valley comes alive with music (SJM Reg)

Deeper Into the Donners (LAT Reg)

Why not quit the Directors Guild

New PBS 'Mystery!' series not your mother's Miss Marple

Kennedys disagree on sale of Cape house

Looking for a Saint

Hilton Als on Jane Alexander

Tad Friend on the Lonely Planet guides

The strange music of Harry Partch

Nadine Gordimer

A range of Russian theater takes stage

New enemy menaces Hadrian's wall

Archaeologist Uncovers Flexible Armor in Colonial Trash Pit

Andrea Dworkin: The Times obituary

Botswana Woos Rich Tourists with 'Africa-Lite'

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Book war: To Hil & back

Rush & Molloy

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 11, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
American Abducted in Baghdad Area; Car Bombs Target U.S. Forces + U.S. + and Iraqi Forces Launch Big Baghdad Raid + Two Car Bomb Blasts in West Iraq -Witnesses + Bombings rock Iraq as new government nears + Toll in Iraq + Followers of cleric al-Sadr demand U.S. pullout + Fallujah sees limited progress toward rebuilding + US and Iraq Lock Up 17,000, Most Held Without Charges + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Iraq president seeks to extend amnesty. But Talabani says al Qaeda and other foreigners excluded + Saddam May Avoid Noose in Deal With Insurgents + Stop Killing Iraqis, Nationalists Warn Religious Fanatics + Iraqi Authorities Arrest Saddam's Nephew + Millions Said Going to Waste in Iraq Utilities + Iraq's Allawi Agrees His Bloc Will Join Govt + New Iraqi president opposed to Saddam death sentence + Hamas in Palestinian politics: Inclusion at what price? + Abbas likely to disarm militants?

AFGHANISTAN: The boy singers of Kabul + Hard times for Afghanistan’s drug smugglers + US Airstrike Kills 12 Taliban in Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: Beyond the democracy debate: a time for decisions + Army to Disarm West Bank Settlers Before Summer Withdrawal as Officials Predict Violence + House of Saud re-embraces totalitarianism

Israel, Palestine: Israel blocks Jews at disputed holy site. Show of force keeps rally from hilltop sacred to Muslims + Jewish settlers move to Gaza Strip to disrupt plan + 10,000 Promised for Jerusalem Protest, Less Than 100 Arrive, 31 Arrested + Ex-Mossad Head Says Israel Risks Religious Coup + PM: Settlement blocs to stay ours in any final deal + Hezbollah flies surveillance aircraft over northern Israel + Hamas chief held in Jerusalem

RUSSIA: Lawyer for former Yukos boss calls Germany 'Kremlin accomplice' + Putin admits Russia's mistake in responsibility to pay entire debt of all post-Soviet states + General of the Russian Federal Security Bureau and his wife assassinated in Moscow + Russia pursues improvement of investment climate, leaves its power industry closed + Indigenous Russians united vs. oil, gas production

EUROPE: Britain's rich criticized for taking EU farm subsidies

Britain: opposition to Iraq war led to Labor vote-rigging in 2004 elections

Schröder attacks far right at Buchenwald memorial

CENTRAL ASIA: Kyrgyzstan accepts Akayev resignation, sets presidential poll date

ASIA PACIFIC: Protests strain ties between Asia's 2 big powers. Japan wants formal apology from China after demonstrations + The Chinese-Japanese Cold War

India, China Agree to Form Partnership + As China meets India, hints of a global shift + The energy ties that bind India, China

AMERICAS: Summary: Central America pact raises fears

Brazilian Army Worries Foreign Powers May Eye Amazon

Colombia Militia Threatens to End Talks (LAT Reg)

PRI Candidate Ahead in Colima Governor's Race (LAT Reg)

Chilean, Mexican vie for OAS leadership role

Trouble South of the Border: Justin Raimondo

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Intelligence Director Expected to Land Easy Confirmation for Ambiguous Job

AL QAEDA SOUGHT NUKES: IAEA CHIEF

Satellite lifted into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Man with suitcases captured at Capitol

Sandy Berger's Scissors: Michael Scheuer

Smoking Rockets: Gordon Prather

How bin Laden Made a Deal With Zarqawi

Two Suspected Terrorists Arrested in Balochistan, Cache of Weapons Seized

Terror Alert Over Briton's Flying Lessons

Germany considers ban on Hezbollah

Judge rubbishes story SIS spied on Maori

US voices Philippines terror fears

Negroponte and the CIA's eclipse + Intelligence Chief Is Urged to Assert Powers Quickly

Enigma Messages from Concentration Camps

Senators Eye Undersea Cable Sale Security

Allies too spying on US, says American centre

At least 90 countries trying to steal U.S. secrets

American Human Intelligence and Anti-Iranian Rebels

The Beast That Feeds on Boxes: Bureaucracy

RIP: Walter John Butler Sr. CIA Officer

Post Reporter Chalmers Roberts Dies; Integral to Printing Pentagon Papers

The Spying Game

The Genius and the Bomb

Brazil accuses U.S. firm of spying

Had shot at killing terror big

Witness Says He Urged Holy War Without Encouragement From Defendant

LEAKGATES  Who Forged the Niger Documents?

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Families ignore warning by caring for victims. Cultural ramifications hinder race to contain killer virus + Fear, Ignorance Fuel Marburg Outbreak in Angola + Marburg toll tops 200 + Angola May Shut Isolation Ward Over Virus

SARS schools Asia on bird flu

Fifty years ago, polio vaccine launched a scientific era

Mad-cow suit seeks $7-bil

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Nationwide Alert Issued for South Carolina Ex-Convict; Accused of Two Killings, Rape

Pensions pulled into divorces (CCT Reg)

Reports: AIG's Greenberg May Take Fifth in Case

Atty Judy Clarke handles high-profile deals

DNA undercuts verdict in infamous Iowa case

One Man's Convictions Launched a Border Crusade (LAT Reg)

Stopping witness intimidation

Microsoft pays Gateway to go away

Click. Albuquerque FBI Says No More Polygraph

You made your bed, Martha, so sleep in it, judge sez

Genovese boss: I'm penniless

Greenberg Will Decline to Answer Questions in AIG Probe; Buffett Testifies

Judge Calls Written Testimony of Philip Morris CEO 'self Serving'

Global Crossing, Three Former Executives Settle SEC Charges

Andy Rooney Takes Stand at Fraud Trial, Gets Lecture From Judge

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Last stop for many clergy sex offenders is Oakland

Sacramento & north: Back-seat driver: CHP: You can drive 55, and other real road rules (SB Reg)+ Coroner tells what killed boy in tent (SB Reg) + Woman shot dead in home (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Suspect in shooting of toll-taker arrested. Man, 42, was wanted on traffic warrants; victim 'doing well' + Lee due in court today + Unused property behind $500K controversy + Middle school students arrested for bomb scare + So. City man falls victim to scam + Woman to be evaluated for lewd-acts trial

Alameda: Pleasanton: Parolee kills himself while under siege + Sentimental items stolen from Sunol park (CCT Reg) + Silent tack is sensible for diocese, expert says (CCT Reg) + Waste firm to pay hefty fine

Santa Clara: Woman who found finger upset by police scrutiny (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Reader suggests going to governor (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Report scams to police (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: Manslaughter charge follows fatal crash

Marin: Man charged with attempted murder in Golden Gate bridge shooting + Video cops at Marin schools

Solano: Vallejo Police Calls + Corrections officers flinch at growing criticism + U.N.I.O.N. focuses on terrible' treatment of inmates

Monterey: Man's 1995 slaying still unsolved + Woman accused of shooting at husband

Central Valley: Speedy murder trial not standard + Methamphetamine seducing young + Law & Order

Southern California: Neighbor of LA City Council president shot to death + La Brea: Antichrist Sent Him, Armed Man Tells Brea Couple (LAT Reg) + Huntington Beach: Driver Shoots Himself After Police Standoft (LAT Reg) ++ Pacoima: Man Is Shot to Death in SUV (LAT Reg) + OC: Pedestrian Is Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson Prosecution Hits Another Snag + Jackson prosecutors present mother of boy who got 1990s settlement + Tearful Jackson asked that boy sleep in his bed

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Reality check for Gov. on ambitious proposals + On the road to not having a special fall election + SFC Editorial: No need for special election in Nov. + Tactical Retreat on Pensions Is Definitely the Right Move (LAT Reg) + Drug firms rally to halt initiative for state discount (CCT Reg) + State's housing crunch, environmental laws make problems difficult to solve + Arnold's misadventure + Gov.'s politics costing him unity he once worked to achieve

Phil Angelides: The man who would be governor (SB Reg)

Gas costs pumping government agencies' budgets dry

RIP: Claire Dedrick, led effort to preserve coastline (SJM Reg)

Bandwidth Woes statewide

Legislature: State to weigh assisted suicide bill + The buzz: Speaker's aide turns sour on BlackBerrys (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Assembly Speaker Núñez seeks a highflying public image (SB Reg) + Campaign gift follows Perata aid + Bill tackles ailing parole system + Leno bill: Allow locals to raise their own vehicle license fees + Legislators to Take Up End-of-Life Measure (LAT Reg)

Stem cell panel: The $3 Billion Bet. One man's scientific mission. Housing developer leads California's research effort

Indian tribes: A Rift Among History's Voiceless + Palm Springs tribe wants to reduce some of endangered bighorn sheep's protective habitat + Lawsuit Pits Tribe Against U.S. and Endangered Bighorn Sheep (LAT Reg) + Indian services starved for cash / Mental health care still falls short, workers say

LOCAL NEWS:   Enjoy the chance to watch migrating butterflies flutter by

League comes of age: As women's group turns 70, it changes with times but sticks with mission (CCT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Love thy city, Galt teens are urged (SB Reg) + Skate parks struggle to balance use with safety (SB Reg) + Stepping into the past (SB Reg) + Rwanda's leader seeks area ties, aid (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: He's focusing fiercely to make sure this new restaurant is a winner (SB Reg) + Bob Shallit: Sullivan eyes more auto sites in Placer (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + Forest Service buys private Sierra land

San Francisco, San Mateo: High prices drive interest in public transit + Cable car shuts down for street repairs + BART ridership rates rise with fuel costs + Redwood City budget nearly $40 million off + U2 frontman at Saks: sharp and pro-Bono

Alameda: Oakland: Temple's serenity shattered. Leadership battle divides Cambodian Buddhist congregation + Sibley wildlife travel corridor starts camp plan on rocky path (CCT Reg) + Chabot eases stargazing for wheelchair users (CCT Reg) + Man who was wrongfully convicted of murder draws attention to death row + Oakland pot club review finds few issues + Not much sun shines on port meeting + Ethics questions arise for House committee chairman Pombo + Work to begin on market site + Work to begin on market site + San Leandro studies buying a motel for affordable housing + Berkeley aims to eliminate waste by 2020 + Oakland: Mandela market keeps black farmers thriving + Discussion set today on Bernal plans + Cities league wants hybrid pension

Santa Clara: Body found in car that plunged into Almaden Lake in SJ (SJM Reg) + Military presence unsettles schools (SJM Reg) + Butterflies bloom after heavy rains (SJM Reg) + Theater group seeks top dog (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Census will survey valley creativity (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Proportional expansion of urban limit line sought (CCT Reg) + Planned D.A. building is welcomed (CCT Reg) + Fire tragedy inspires action in Richmond (CCT Reg)

Marin: Video cops at Marin schools + Fairfax church prays for our taxes + Kids learn healthy eating by tending garden + 17-year Inverness utility district president dies at 81

Sonoma: Acorns more than food + Success of Sierra Club 'population policy' vote doubted + Community calendar + The tale of the blessing on the wall + Surviving in Berlin bunker in the shadow of Hitler

Napa: Napa: House deck collapses at birthday party -- 11 hurt

Solano: Here comes Miss Solano + Finding a cleaner path + City official's son conquers addiction in Montana rehab

Monterey: Traffic light coming at Ryan Ranch entrance + Military protests water rate + Project envisions day of kindness around county + Ex-Congressman (Asia Foundation) to speak about foreign policy + Your town + Junkyard owners seek permits

Central Valley: Stanislaus County eyeing budget scalpel +

Central Valley: Stanislaus County eyeing budget scalpel + Buildings made of bales stir curiosity + Dream Flows On + Finalist changes mind on YCCD + One-of-a-kind course keeps 'em spinning + Going slow on fire break law + Walk Of Remembrance + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + News from the San Joaquin Valley + News from the San Joaquin Valley

Central Coast: UC unions preparing to picket as planned + Fee hikes for season passes diminish number of visitors to Seacliff State Beach + S.C. fans embrace political comedian Bill Maher + Solemn stance against war in Iraq + Task Force chooses marine-area for study today + UC Santa Cruz marks anniversary with weekend of celebrations + Nob Hill in Watsonville plans to add coffee shop, enlarge deli

Southern California: All eyes on the San Fernando valley (SB Reg) + Valley voters likely to decide next L.A. mayor + Deadline for ballots Tuesday + Bitter buzz of mayor's race + Homeless receive blessings at Valley shelter + Villaraigosa's ambition alienates some + Warning shot (Controller Chick) + L.A. Out of the Picture as Stars Back Candidates + + A giant thermometer has put little Baker, Calif., on the map + A Real-World King/Drew (LAT Reg) + News briefs from Southern California + 4,100-acre fire near Cal-Arizona border 95 percent contained

School days: San Francisco: School closing list gets mixed reaction. Hunters Point fights for Malcolm X; De Avila is resigned + School surveys finally to start (CCT Reg) + Superintendent to leave Alameda school district+ Community colleges as a global village + Cal High (San Ramon) excels at competition + Plans Target Troubled L.A. Schools (LAT Reg) + Kindergarten or "kindgergrid" + American Universities Fall Behind in Programming + Bullying Among Sixth Graders A Daily Occurrence, UCLA Study Finds

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Wages Lagging Behind Prices

Gas bonanza shakes dust from Western towns

Save the pay phone - a suddenly endangered species

Langberg: Silicon Valley works hard to keep its edge (SJM Reg) + Profits up, hiring mixed (SJM Reg)

eBay consignment stores popping up

Perks entice "travel nurses" (FB Reg)

"Flex" cars, rented by the hour

The Price of a Dollar

Tech Job Cuts Hit Five-Quarter High

Dot-Com Ads Make a Comeback

As exports boom, China risks global backlash

Keeping up with the Abramoviches


Hang in There: The 25-Year Wait for Immortality

Women Speak at FDA Breast-Implant Hearing + Breast Implants, Bextra and Fair Disclosure + Silicone Breast Implants Get Doctors' Backing at U.S. FDA Panel Hearing

METH REPLACES MARIJUANA AS TEENS' HIGH OF CHOICE

Whooping cough cases on the rise (CCT Reg)

Medical miracle - instant contact (SB Reg)

Dr. Bill Elliott: Aspirin's effects can be baffling

'Gray's Anatomy' is back after major surgery

Five-person team facilitates end-of-life wishes at Dominican Hospital

Scientists wire quadriplegic's brain to computer

Clouds May Harbor Nanobacteria

Bionic Suit Offers Wearers Super Strength

Mobiles do not cause tumors, scientists find

Biochemists Discover Structure Of Major Piece Of Telomerase, An Enzyme That Plays Key Role In Cancer

Chemical Decoy Shows Promise For Slowing Alzheimer's

Mayo Clinic Researchers Scan Tumors Of The Prostate For More Effective, Targeted Radiotherapy Treatment

Researcher Takes Stem Cell Research Another Step

Common Medication To Prevent Heart Attacks & Stroke Is Cost-Effective When Given Long-Term

A New Role For A Protein Involved In Energy Metabolism

A Regulatory Network Analysis Of Phenotypic Plasticity In Yeast

Scientists Identify Molecule That Regulates Well-known Tumor Suppressor

A Small RNA That Neutralizes A Protein Linked To Tumor Development

Temple University Researchers Develop New Targeted Cancer Therapy

First Real-time View Of Developing Neurons Reveals Surprises, Say Stanford Researchers

Tumor Individuality Useful For Guiding Rational Chemotherapeutic Decisions

Researcher Investigates Effects Of Psychoactive Drugs On Children And Adolescents.

Unraveling The Mystery Of Modern Potatoes' Origins

Researchers Unlock Mechanism Creating Jigsaw Puzzle-Like Plant Cells

Hardy Oats Stand The Cold

New System Allows Efficient, Earth-Friendly Use Of Hog Waste

Explosions In Space May Have Initiated Ancient Extinction On Earth

Giant Iceberg B-15A Edges Past Floating Ice Pier

Spyware threatens to pierce Vatican walls

I.B.M. Hopes to Profit by Making Patents Available Free

Nasa extends Mars rover lifespan

UC Berkeley engineer's dream job lands award for descents to Mars

Stardom: BURNOUT JUNKIE

Green light for tests on really big telescope designs

Sanyo, IBM develop ThinkPad fuel cell

Drilling Through the Earth's Crust

National Lab Researchers Develop Impurity-free Process For Powder Injection Molding Of Titanium Components

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, Sharon meeting: Bush Says Removal of Israeli Outposts Key to Peace (Update3) + Bush and Israeli Leader Begin Meeting at Crawford Ranch + Bush Asks Sharon Not to Expand Settlement + Bush, Sharon News Conference Text

Talabani predicts US exit in two years + US plans retreat from Iraq as Pentagon claims progress

Bush needs farm support for trade accord

Chinese begin to worry U.S. militarily

Bush's Neglect of Consensus May Be Kindling Fiery Senate Showdown (LAT Reg)

Iraq Troop Reductions by Next Year?

Bush lobbying effort skirts law; Admin has spent at least $2.2 million so far Click.

Ex-'WSJ' Scribe Gets Hang of New Job as Bush Speechwriter

What's on President Bush's iPod? 'My Sharona' and More

Bolton: Bolton Pledges to Help Strengthen U.N. + A sample of Bolton's comments + Bolton's Tough Style, Record Face Scrutiny + Thread about attempt to block Bolton + Democrats Question Bolton's Fitness to Represent US at UN + The Spawn Of Cheney

Iran: U.S. aims to spend money in Iran to promote Democracy + Iran won't stop enriching uranium + Michael T. Klare: Oil, geopolitics, and the coming war with Iran Click. + Another Round of EU-Iran Talks Start April 10 - Will Iran Be Referred To The UN Security Council?

Syria, Lebanon: Hezbollah seeks legitimacy + Syria Completes Lebanon Troop Pullout + Hizbullah will emerge a political winner + Cosmetic change does not a revolution make

North Korea: North Korea ends offer to halt nuclear program. Officials tell U.S. expert arms freeze might be possible + US says no deadline, concessions for North Korea

Social Security: Trade Groups Join Bush on Social Security + Social Security rehab died first under Clinton. Lewinsky scandal, impeachment ended his overhaul attempt

Congress: 2 in GOP Take Aim at DeLay + McCain Sees 'Slippery Slope' in Filibuster Ban + Democrats Seek to Block Bolton as UN Ambassador + Inquiry on Lobbyist Casts a Shadow in Congress + Spending Bill For Military Is Ripe For the Stuffing + Bill to Make Disaster Grants Tax-Free Hits Snag in Senate

Democrats: John Kerry tries out a new whine + Bill Clinton Foundation Donates $10 Million For AIDS Treatment + JOHN EDWARDS UNLOADS + PUBLISHER FIGHT OVER 'HILLARY IN THE RAW + Stop Hillary

GOP: N.Y. GOP mounts 'STOP HILLARY' effort + Another day, another 'Stop Hillary' movement by Republicans

OPINIONS:

France: What's Not for a Neocon to Love?

Can the GOP keep the puppets under control?

RINO questions DeLay but rabid right wing stands firm behind him

U.N. still too much a boys' club

U.S. an empire builder in spite of itself

Bush rewards his failures

Iraq: is the tide turning?

MILITARY Groups provide homes for disabled Iraq vets

Military recruitment suffering backlash (Opt out forms ignored)

Cleanups plague military, civilians after bases close

A crusader for victims of soldier rape

Who will fight wildfires if National Guard's on duty overseas?

Pentagon's New Basing Strategy

Navy Investigating Death of Midshipman

Doctors 'learn conflict medicine'


Archivist vows records he obtained via FOI from FBI will remain open and online

SCIENTIST CALLS FOR WORLD DNA DATA BASE

Relax – Your Records Are Too Boring to Interest the FBI

Cardinal Law Celebrates Mass Despite Protests + U.S. Victims of Abuse Slam Vatican Over Cardinal Law + Cardinal disgraced in sex-abuse scandal plays prominent role in papal funeral rites

Passports won't plug leak in our border

UK: Spy helicopter tracks people

Constant monitoring of people within 15 years

Monitor collar that tracks your dog's social life

Israel recognizes 'new Schindler'

Legislation Restricting Insurance Companies Use of 'black Box' Data Wins Approval in North Dakota

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Pacific Currents: Contract marriages assailed as sanctioned prostitution

Relativity Speaking, Einstein Was a Slacker (LAT Reg)

On the state of modern dating

Chimps have plenty to teach people

Technosexuals

Africa, Islam and the next pope

Rev. Andrew Greeley: Cardinals' conclave votes should be made public

Blood for pork....

Missing Man's Family Files Suit Against Contractor

Kuwaiti MPs oppose foreign hand in mega oil project

Russia and USA ardently compete for export of arms

Pentagon Auditors Question Nearly $122 Million on Halliburton Iraq Contracts

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Folksy grandma battles gay marriage. As religious right musters in Central Valley California, Jody Hutchens emerges as an unlikely leader + Jamieson: Who will stand up for gay rights? Anyone? + Lutherans Propose Possible Gay Clergy Path + Onus is on educators to protect students from anti-gay bullying

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Racy Afghan TV show hits a raw nerve

Incoming ASNE Prez Says Papers' Best Bet is to 'Unleash the Watchdogs'

Albom Column Suspended While 'Freep' Investigates

As Reporters Wait for Word of New Pope, Officials Worry About Vatican Spying

Web Giants Go With Different Angles in Competition for News Audience (LAT Reg)

Open-Access Journals Flourish

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Jerry Garcia's widow to show documentary

Crazed Collector fills need on chintz china

Iraq refugee camp drama wins film award

Women building a motorcycle shaped to fit

Beyond the wounds of a classic taboo

U.S. Author Finds Key to Creativity in Matisse

Alex Ross on Harry Partch

Joan Acocella on Sybille Bedford

Extreme Vision

Editing Saul Bellow

A preview of the court of King Charles

RIP: Feminist Andrea Dworkin dies

Jonathan Jones visits the Mona Lisa's new home

Kylie to top bill at Glastonbury

Harvard Film Archive: (The 60s)

The East India Company. Asia 1600-1834

Women Make Movies

A choice situation

Seagal still 'Under Siege'

D.C. lives in fear of 'Nannies'-gate

The world power players

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 8, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Changeover to Iraqi forces seen as rushed in Mosul + Four children killed in Baghdad explosion + An Old U.S. Foe Mahdi Al-Sadr Rises Again in Iraq + Al-Sadr Followers Hold Protest Marches on Eve of Big Demonstration Against Foreigners in Iraq + Iraqi Convoy Drivers Face Huge Risks + 11 bodies found in Ramadi + Awad: Iraqi Oil workers will defend the country's oil + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: New president moves to draw in Sunnis + Thorny issues loom for Iraq leaders + Iraq's Red-Line Democracy + Iraq's President Expects Constitution by August + Iraq's new PM promises 'clean' technocrat government + New puppet government takes shape in Iraq + Ceremonial gaffe mars appointment of Iraqi Prime Minister + Talabani Offers Amnesty to Insurgents

War prisons: Abu Ghraib Officers Claimed They Were Scapegoats (LAT Reg) + U.S. Says Detained Iraqi Women Were Not Held Hostage + Navy police replacing Army guards at Gitmo + Detainee's Right to Be at Trial Questioned

AFGHANISTAN: Rape of Afghanistan's forests bodes disaster + Revival of the Taliban + US to 'Loan' $35 Million for Telecom Boost in Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: Jordan's king swears in reform Cabinet

Israel, Palestine: Israel won't tear down Gaza homes + PA warns against Al-Aqsa attack + Report: Hezbollah to drop arms if Israel quits Shebaa Farms + Police, IDF set up HQ in charge of elite units involved in pullout + Iraq's new PM promises 'clean' technocrat government + Israel Goes Extremist: Justin Raimondo + EU Protest Gives Hope to Palestinians on Death Row + Israeli police guard Temple Mount

Scores dead as Yemen army seizes rebel outposts, militants assault town

Mubarak intensifies efforts for comprehensive reconciliation in Sudan

Syria is ready to join the international economy

EUROPE:  Feminist party threatens to unseat Swedish premier

Brown and Blair in secret pact

U.S. Rules Out EU Accord on Aircraft Subsidies, Calls for Further Talks

POPE: A Huge Throng Gives Waves of Applause to a Beloved Pope + Catholicism challenged in Brazil + Andrew Greeley: Election of a pope shows the church's humanity + Katsav: Handshakes were a matter of being polite + John Roughan: Was it John Paul we loved, or the big story? + 'Suspicious' plane intercepted en-route to Rome + Catholic Church needs liberalized dogma + The Swiss Guard + Pope John Paul II: Bad for the church but good for the world? + Prince's Mugabe handshake gaffe + Not in my name

ASIA PACIFIC: What about the 750 million Chinese who aren't getting rich?

Pakistan, India span an old gap. Kashmiris cross rebuilt Peace Bridge destroyed in battle half-century ago + Why a bus ride in Kashmir is the latest clarion call of people power

Chinese Man Freed After His 'Murdered' Wife Shows Up (LAT Reg)

Pirates mock Malacca Strait security

Beijing bravado hides growing internal strain

Kyrgyzstan's Clan War: Leon Hadar

AMERICAS: Mexico Presidential Hopeful Resigned to Jail + Mexico City mayor announces bid for presidency + Mexico City mayor stripped of immunity + Mexican Leftist's Bid for Presidency at Risk (LAT Reg) + Saving Mexico by Ruining It (LAT Reg)

U.S. seeks to keep Ortega from Nicaraguan presidency (CCT Reg)

U.S. offers to ease Ecuador crisis

Colombia Will Not Try US Troops for Cocaine Smuggling


Berkeley: Critical film to be shown on Bush nominee Negroponte

School hires detective to infiltrate drug scene

Dr. Theresa Whitehurst: Beware Monster.com (military recruiting tool for kids)

Dalai Lama's wildlife campaign

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

C.I.A. Chief Orders 'Curveball' Review

US unready for rising threat of 'moles'

Chief quitting, is TSA being dismantled?

Los Alamos lab bid rivals may join forces (CCT Reg)

Report: Unknown Group Claims Cairo Bombing + Egypt edgy after deadly Cairo blast, unknown Islamist group claims attack

SPACE OPERATIONS: SATCOM Shortage

COUNTER-TERRORISM: Never Play Tag With a Bedouin Tracker

PART 6: Outsourcing public security

Intelligence fear: Moles in U.S. system

Russia Pursues Turkmen Riches, with Mixed Results

The voices of intelligence

Spain's Ex-Spy Chief Busy Finding Hotel Rooms Now

Bigger phishes ready to spawn

RIP: Walter John Butler Sr. CIA Officer

China's Canadian adventure

Georgia Senator Concerned by Lack of Spies

Rumsfeld Memo on Intelligence Criticized

Italian Jets Intercept Rome Bound Plane

N. Korean Army manual warns of U.S. psychological tactics

Allies pour millions into drones

New Jersey Brought to Near-Standstill During Terror Drill

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

U.N.: Angola virus is not controlled yet

CDC Critical of Army's Nerve Agent Plan

Swiss Biotechnology Company Reaches Settlement Over Unapproved Corn

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Eric Rudolph to plead guilty to Atlanta bombing

Convicted spammer sentenced to 9 years + In depth

Were police close to saving abducted Fla. girl?

Del., Md. shootings leave 2 dead, 4 hurt

Coach Shot at Texas High School

Miami: Ex-Raider shot by police recovering

Migrant Posed for Minutemen Photograph

Child nabbed for printing $1 bills

Washington State Supreme Court strikes down grandparent visitation law

Abused ex-foster children and Washington state settle suit

Microsoft Hunts Child Pornography

The Supreme Court Considers Legislation on Prisoners' Religious Requests

A Proposed Bill to Ban Male Circumcision: The Clash of Gender, Religion, and the Protection of Children

$29m payout for woman belittled by Wall Street boss

Defense: Former Philadelphia Treasurer Only Following Instructions of Mayor in Payoff Case

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

California Justices suggest state's sentencing law OK despite new rulings from Supreme Court (SB Reg)

Wendy Duffy named to Court of Appeal + Gov. names Morris Beatus to be Alameda County judge

Sacramento & north: Help sought in finding missing Citrus Heights teen (SB Reg) + El Dorado: 2 teens face new charges in plot (SB Reg) + Inmate in torture case kills self (SB Reg) + Mickel explains why he killed Red Bluff police officer (SB Reg) + Man who stole body parts competent for sentencing (SB Reg) + Citrus Heights: 4 women charged in alleged shoplifting-robbery ring (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco City attorney puts spotlight on abuse of adults. Elderly, dependent populations at risk in financial ploys + SF: Suit against Mission Housing Development nonprofit dismissed + Criminal charges against S.F. official. Sources say Shelley fund-raiser accused of diverting grant funds + Julie Lee rose quickly as political power broker -- and fell just as fast

Alameda: Berkeley: Accessory charge in slashing. County employee allegedly was driver + Gov. names Morris Beatus to be Alameda County judge + Bellflower pleads insanity in slaying of Livermore teenager + DNA match may solve rape in '95 (CCT Reg) + Soccer coach's lawyer has witness trouble (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Police search home of woman who found finger + San Jose: Ex-employee wins suit over firing because he filed workers comp claim + Police mum on Wendy's inquiry + Lawyer withdraws request for bail hearing in Harms case + Witnesses give version of deadly S.J. shooting (SJM Reg) + Waste firm fined $849,500 (SJM Reg) + Charges include Saratoga man (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: What may look like gouging isn't (SJM Reg) + Action Line: RV on street prompts complaint (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Martinez: Jury to be picked in trial of nanny + Drug charge, plea to cocaine possession precedes nanny's trial (CCT Reg) + San Ramon: Parolee shoots self as standoff ends (CCT Reg) + Richmond set to hire investigator of police (CCT Reg) + Concord: Not guilty plea in pimping, drug charges

Sonoma: RP police probe threat against boy + Sonoma County supervisors appoint new public defender

Solano: Lawsuit opposes development. Critics say project violates plan for scenic Lagoon Valley + Vallejo: Homeless couple accused in killing + Teenager detained after hit and run + Homeless couple are arrested in woman's trailer death + Man sentenced for killing neighbor

Monterey: Wendy Duffy named to Court of Appeal + Vehicles burglarized in Monterey + Girlfriend: Insult catalyst for fight

Central Valley: Former officer is given jail time + Lathrop church statue stolen + Law & Order + Stockton: Bellflower pleads insanity in slaying + San Joaquin gets new D.A., public defender

Central Coast: Aptos embezzler up to old tricks, investigator says + Cops and Courts)

Southern California: San Diego Officer Denies Molesting 2 Teens (LAT Reg) + Indio: Family of Woman Killed in Crash Files Suit (LAT Reg) + Woodland: Ex-Attorney Charged With Embezzling (LAT Reg) + Prominent gene scientist faces new abuse accusation

Michael Jackson: Jackson lawyer grills prosecution witness on tabloid deals + Stranger in a strange land + Guard Says Boy Abused by Jackson (LAT Reg) + Jackson Maid Testified She Used 'Media Broker' + Jackson Fondled Macaulay Culkin, Cook Says

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Does failure breed failure? + Gov. now incredible shrinking governor (OC Reg) + Santa Rosa protesters jeer Gov. + A show of political muscle in Santa Rosa + Gov.'s challenge to nursing order denied by court + California's first lady and her mom on 'Oprah' (SB Reg)

Gov. quits pension reform: Gov. gives up on overhaul of public pensions. Police, firefighters had applied pressure + Gov.'s ballot retreat may help Dems + Pensions too heavy for Gov. to lift (CCT Reg) + Gov. retreats on pensions (SB Reg) + Arnold backs down+ Analysis: Gov.'s critics revel in one more concession (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Schwarzenegger backs down on pensions, clouding 'year of reform' (SB Reg) + Gov. won't back pension plan initiative (SJM Reg) + Gov. Drops Pension Revamp (LAT Reg) + Pension Reform, Take 2 (LAT Reg) + Pension move disarms critics, but new rallying cry may arise (SJM Reg) + Governor won't reshape pensions, Modesto Bee

Military bases; State goes on offense in defending military assets. Gov.'s task force seeks to limit 2005 base closures + Panel outlines base strategies + Gov.'s Group Vows to Fight Base Closings in State (LAT Reg)

State Reaps $3 Billion in Overdue Taxes (LAT Reg)

CalSTRS pension won't block LA security guards from organizing union (SB Reg)

Bigger Jackpot Is Seen as a Revenue-Boosting Lure (LAT Reg)

Bay Bridge: Bay span work curtailed by Gov. -- more feds called in + Scrutiny halts bridge work + Defects Alleged in Bay Bridge (LAT Reg)

Legislature: Legislature pushed to rethink redistricting + Bill to identify petitioners' motive + Politics or policy re: new gas plan? Stem cell panel: Stem cell panel OKs anti-conflict rules (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Indians' Wish List: Big-City Sites for Casinos + West Contra Costa: Costly casino study in the cards + Tribal group says mansion sits on ancient burial site + The Byrne Report: Suing Station

LOCAL NEWS:    Feds restrict West Coast salmon season after weak Chinook runs

More than 3,000 Kaiser patients are at risk for hepatitis

Guard only thought of one thing -- the kids

Sacramento & north: R.E. Graswich: Fire Department buzzing about the chief who investigates mischief (SB Reg) + Energetic volunteer, 69, keeps aid center bustling in W. Sac (SB Reg) + Longtime administrator named president of ARC (SB Reg) + Lassen will rely more on fire in managing forests (SB Reg) + Funnel clouds form briefly amid storms (SB Reg) + Elk Grove woman dies in crash (SB Reg) + Bicyclist killed by truck identified (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: Criminal charges against S.F. official. Sources say Shelley fund-raiser accused of diverting grant funds + Julie Lee rose quickly as political power broker -- and fell just as fast +The cost of a scandal + Mayor gets tough on Fire Dept.'s 'dirty little secret'. Chief moves to fire battalion officer in on-job drinking case + SF: City will rule on tax appeals. Millions at stake as companies try to cut assessments + SF: Muni sends out layoff notices to 200 drivers. Cuts are part of plan to trim agency's $57 million deficit + Social Security office to remain open in Western Addition + News in brief from the San Francisco Bay Area

Alameda: Oakland: Couple to keep fighting for their neighborhood. 59th Street residents had considered selling their house + Fremont: BART hearing to look at Warm Springs extension project + Oakland: Candidate's finances are looking good + Ward: Schools' budget plan on the way + Worker arraigned in slashing case + Missing tugboat driver identified + East Bay officials haggle over antiterrorism funds + RIP: Former Berkeley council member Margaret Breland + The maestro-zingers of Fremont + Stark to award medal to Mission San Jose student + Transportation committee passes Vasco Road bill

Santa Clara: Extension to BART gets boost. San Jose project may receive U.S. funds + Oakland: Dominican Catholic church profiles suspect priests + Shorter BART route to S.J. to be studied (SJM Reg) + Push to elect mayor in Mtn. View (SJM Reg) + San Jose Medical Group patients warned of security breach + A mobile home park that doesn't look like one (SJM Reg) + Caltrain cuts draw protesters from Bellarmine (SJM Reg) + Groups protest federal ID and license bill (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: E. Palo Alto: Waste storage firm agrees to settlement + San Ramon gets disaster prep course + City foils Contra Costa power bid (CCT Reg) + San Ramon practices for the next Big One (CCT Reg)

Marin: Famed scientist: Don't shoot West Marin deer + Property tax bills soar 8 percent to $524 million + Larkspur Landing development scaled back + Lewis Johnston, WWII pilot and historian, dies at 83 + Powell joins lineup for Marin Speaker Series

Sonoma: SR protesters jeer Gov. + Commercial salmon season cut + Air crash kills 3 business leaders + Teen skier hones skills in quest for Olympics + City Briefs + Pursuing Eco-Life + Solar panels to help ease homeless shelter's costs + City considers aid to first-time home buyers + 'Brenda Starr' creator dies in Penngrove at 98 + Sonoma activist Dorene Musilli dies + Plea to next pope to curb abuse, aid victims + A final farewell

Napa: Once a man and wife, two women talk about transformation at NVC + Former Mondavi vineyard in Carneros sold + East Napa residents join Planning Commission + NVUSD board rejects change to break policy + Recreation, land-use top lake residents' wish list for general plan + Napan's close encounter with John Paul II

Solano: Tribal group says mansion sits on ancient burial site + Vacaville reporter pays respects to pope while on trip in Europe + County government center dedication ceremony Saturday

Monterey: Marina: Not sold on cell tower + Salinas: Sell new school, panel says + Lincoln closure talks upset parents + AMBAG makes desalination grant list + Water project moves ahead

Central Valley: Valley pays its respects + Modesto fans go, well, Nuts+ Taser-related deaths hot topic + Gators far from home+ How much was that doggie in the store worth? $1,500 + Stars Prepare for the STAR+ The show's over, but dream lives on + Price rises for Manteca ballpark + Turlock awaits imaging center + MJC hopes to attract next class Saturday + Modesto group calls from Italy+ High School Reunions+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ News from the San Joaquin Valley

Central Coast: Envisioning what Santa Cruz should look like in 2020 + Temple ships shrine to Japan to make it shine + $822,000 -- County home prices push to new records + Methadone clinic may open in Watsonville + Error could cost schools thousands + Neighbors fret propane tanks’ proposed move + Famous alumni join Saturday’s basketball parade + Watsonville development celebrates more residents + Chamber ad draws criticism + Rail-line purchase plans keep moving + Elderly Aptos woman missing since Sunday + Pontiff’s Monterey visit becomes historical footnote + Coast Lines

Southern California: L.A. controller blasts public works' record-keeping + Hahn trailing runoff rival in fundraising + Torched pub may not return + Chick critical of city agency + News briefs from Southern California + Hahn Trails Villaraigosa in the Race for Money (LAT Reg) + Some Barbershop Advice for the Mayor (LAT Reg) + Playa Vista ball fields to become wetlands (LAT Reg) + A Mammoth Find in Moorpark (LAT Reg) + Santa Paula Hospital to Be Resuscitated (LAT Reg) + There's a Sticky Situation Afoot With This Location Film Shoot (LAT Reg) + LA Public Works Audit Finds Some Problems (LAT Reg) + 4 Candidates in 2001 L.A. Mayor's Race to Pay Fines (LAT Reg) + 2 Mayoral Camps Focus on L.A. Crime (LAT Reg) + UCLA Hospital Mishap Releases Mercury (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: Derail Evacuees Allowed Back Into Their Homes + Westside Candidates Raise Election Funds (LAT Reg) + Security talks may go secret (OC Reg)

School days: 'No Child' standards eased for some states. Relief given to those with stricter systems + Berkeley: Cal chancellor warns of diversity crisis. Birgeneau blames Prop. 209 for decline + Challenge at UC Berkeley + Salinas: Sell new school, panel says+ Santa Rosa: Votes taken in secret to be recast + Piedmont students sample a world of differences + Birgeneau fights for Cal's 'soul' + Contra Costa Community college teachers to take pay cut + Sacramento school board to discuss trustee vote + College of Marin reaches out to Hispanics + Spending mistakes costly for Monterey district (SJM Reg) + LA School District's Inspector General Resigns His Post (LAT Reg) + UCLA Professors Challenge Cost of Textbooks (LAT Reg) + School hires detective to infiltrate drug scene


HIV drug called OK in pregnancy. Nevirapine works, experts say; African study called flawed

Cells That Go Back in Time

New labeling rules for Motrin, Advil after deaths of girls (SJM Reg)

Cure for cancers 'in five years'

Pain sufferers still have tried-and-true drugs

Kaiser warns of hepatitis

FDA Warns on Painkillers; Bextra Pulled + Pulling Bextra Unlikely to Spark a Drug Scramble

Grown-Up Gratitude From a 9-Year-Old (Pain Sensitive) (LAT Reg)

Scientists expose malaria 'mask'

10 brain surgeries give patient unusual perspective

Marijuana Fights Heart Disease

Russian scientists develop liquid magnet to fight cancer

Desert Plant May Help Treat Insidious Tropical Diseases

Multi-center Study Shows Direct Link Between Residential Radon Exposure And Lung Cancer

Walnuts' Secret Defense Explored

VUMC Researchers Find Drug-resistant Bacteria MRSA To Be A Growing Threat

Highly Adaptable Genome In Gut Bacterium Key To Intestinal Health

Medicinal Compound Gets New Life As Fungicide

Does Lupus Discriminate?

Brain Imaging Studies Investigate Pain Reduction By Hypnosis

Treatment Of Cardiac Lesions Without Anesthetic

Physicists Find Patterns Within Seemingly Random Events Of Physiological Systems

How A Latent Virus Eludes Immune Defenses

Pregnancy Complications Related To Low Levels Of Anti--Clotting Proteins

Students Probe Blood Vessels And Heart Cell Signals

Antiretroviral Therapy May Prevent Excess Risk Of Some Cancers In People With HIV

Reducing Hostility In Young Coronary Artery Disease Patients Is Important Piece Of Rehabilitation, Suggests Mayo Clinic Proceedings Study

Invasive Pneumonia And Antibiotic Resistance Decreased After Childhood Vaccine Introduced

Chemists Identify Key Gene In Development Of Type 1 Diabetes

Species damned to oblivion in Laos

FLY BRAINS MANIPULATED BY REMOTE CONTROL

USDA Mobile Lab Helps Contain Exotic Pests

Company Or A Snack? Letting Pregnant Sows Choose

Shuttle Crew Seeks Assurance Before Flight + Discovery Crew Prefers Rescue to Flying Repaired Craft Home

Google Intros Q&A Service

Networking nodes share data

Teen's Firefox Web browser lights fire under Microsoft

Talk on Your Mobile Without Uttering a Word

Tiny Robot Swarm - Fiction no Longer

Alert over fake Windows update

Europe has lander goal for Mars

Membraneless Fuel Cell Is Tiny, Versatile

Superglue Of Planet Formation: Sticky Ice

Dropping Nano-anchor

Scientists Grow Thermoelectric Cobaltate Thin Films On Silicon

NJIT Chemists Modify Carbon Nanotubes Using Microwaves

Improving Plastics With Corn

THE BUSHWORLD...

Poll: Bush, Congress approval slumping

RUDE IN ROME: BUSH BOOED

Bush, Sharon to meet as Israel prepares for Gaza withdrawal + Bush to tell Sharon: There can be no settlement expansion + Peres meets Cheney + Rice: settlement activity ought to stop; Abul-Gheit: Olmert statements not positive

Washington cool on UN's planned overhaul

Rumsfeld criticizes Zapatero for selling Spanish weapons to Venezuela

EPA Scraps Controversial Pesticide Testing Program

The empire shifts. China's power result in U.S. push toward India

Bolton: Senate Democrats hope to block confirmation of U.N. ambassador + Bolton wanted CIA analyst removed over Cuba critique + US Ambassador Leaves Controversial Legacy in Afghanistan + Bolton faces tough hearing, Senators say

DeLay attacks judiciary during trip to Vatican City + In depth

Navy ex-leader tapped to replace Wolfowitz

AG Gonzales: Justice Dept. Defends Value of Military Trials + Bush Seeks to Put 'Unlawful' Military Trials Back on Track + Gonzales: Being on Terror Watch List Not Sufficient to Deny Gun Purchase + Gonzales recuses himself from Enron case

Republican Congressman Slams Richard Perle

Iran: Is Iran Next?: Alan Bock

Syria: US designs on Syria's Kurds + Lebanese figures stress unified track and joint destiny with Syria + Al-Hayat: Kharazi warns against vacuum in Lebanon + UN Calls for Probe Into Death of Hariri

Domestic: U.S. Postal Service wants 2 cent rate hike + U.S. Poet Laureate Gets Second Term (LAT Reg) + White House Forced To Negotiate Changes To No Child Left Behind

Congress: Hastert and DeLay: Odd Couple Philosophically, Politically in Step + Senate Panel OKs War Spending + DoD Lobbies Congress for Money to Encourage Enlistment + China currency peg trade issues heating up in Congress

Democrats: Kerry Recuperating From Knee Surgery (LAT Reg)

OPINIONS:

It Was Only a Matter of Time for DeLay (LAT Reg)

Neo-cons move on but the tough stance stays

The Economic Tsunami: Coming Sooner Than You Think

Helen Thomas: Buck doesn't stop at the President's desk

Introduction to American stupid speak

William Fisher: Listen Up, Karen Hughes

God's Shock Troops: the Religious Right and US Foreign Policy

USA determined to restrain Russia's growing power at all costs

Time to drop The Hammer?

Mel Martinez: Stupid is as stupid does

Dick Morris: Sandy Berger rolls over for Bill and Hill

We are rewriting the history of communism's collapse

Krugman: What's going on in America?

MILITARY  Army May Shorten Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan (LAT Reg)

Soldier objects to juror in grenade case

Guardsman seeks Supreme Court injunction

Improper armor blamed for soldier's death

Soldier Tries to Bring Iraq Family to U.S.

Pentagon to Stress Foreign Languages

Service demographics offer snapshot of USAF

Guardsman in Iraq Tells Local Paper Armor for Vehicles Still Inadequate

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mark Morford: I Can See Your House From Here

Pageant prompts debate on meaning of disability

Stardom: Paying The Price

US men turn to games over music

Blood for pork....

US oil group ChevronTexaco to build refinery in Nigeria

IRAQ BECOMING FREE FRAUD ZONE

Arms for the Poor: Lockheed, Pakistan, and India

US Growers Again Sell Rice to Iraq

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

ChevronTexaco's CEO banking on peak oil situation

Bankruptcy reform hits women hard

Stock buyback binge poised to hit record (SB Reg)

Time Warner, Comcast reportedly agree to buy Adelphia

Get Used to High Gas Prices, U.S. Says

Detective's plea puts Microsoft to work

A Jerusalem revolution in the works

Onassis wants it all as she fights for family fortune

U.S. oil drillers' strategy: today ANWR, tomorrow the coastlines?

India's goal: Industry beyond high-tech

Oil for dollars, and dollars for the US deficit

Busy suburban farmers markets helping growers stay in business

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Activists give Feinstein a 'brick' for saying gay marriage issue cost Democrats the Presidential election + Gay GI who got Purple Heart wants to serve openly + Is Philly the birthplace of gay rights?

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

GM pulls ads from Los Angeles Times over editorial coverage

Fired 'NYT' Foreign Correspondent Angrily Denies Charges

AP Asks Judge to Dismiss Navy SEALs' Lawsuit Over Iraq Photos

'L.A. Times' Asks Reporter Not to Comment on His Role in GM Ad Pullout

'Gannon' Appears at National Press Club, Draws Heat

Pundit Payola, Now in Boston

A fuzzy picture

Adrift in a World Without Anchors (LAT Reg)

Fighting For The Op-Edisphere

CAMERAMAN WITH CBS CREDENTIALS HELD BY U.S. MILITARY IN IRAQ

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Livermore: Senior citizens, start your walkers! Retirement community excited about big race

Sonoma: Two mystery writers share their secrets

Oakland Museum: Mercy, mercy: Exhibit probes Gaye's pain

Animal-loving artists show off creativity

Weimers: Moffett museum back, thanks to volunteers (SJM Reg)

Jules Vilmer: Femme City + Murder, Ink

'Star Trek' Bit Players Cling On (LAT Reg) + At a Movie Theater Not So Far, Far Away (LAT Reg)

RIP: Dale Messick -- cartoonist who drew Brenda Starr

Diller recounts a life of travail and triumph in autobiography

Steamboy’ a thrilling new step for anime

Ancient mammoth fossil may be of ancestor of La Brea Tar Pit beasts

Under the mummy's shroud + They're Not in O.C. to Unwind (LAT Reg)

Rare wild native plants

Treasures of Frida Kahlo's wardrobe uncovered after 50 years

Tiberias dig unearths very rare marble floor

Your guide to the world's best hike

New France - New Horizons On French Soil in America

Mini pigs and dwarfish horses all the rage in Moscow

The 2004 Bordeaux: classic ... uneven ... flattering, tasters say

Irish Writer Tastes Success with Vampire Saga

Salinger, "Esmé," Squalor

Rush & Molloy: Ted in a kilt? Now that's a braveheart>

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Times' Iraq bureau grief

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Word of the day



April 7, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Ethnic tensions in Kirkuk dangerously high + US Accelerates Security Shift in Iraq + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Jaafari Named as Iraqi PM, President Sworn In + Talabani goes from rebel to Iraq president + A tenuous leadership deal in Iraq + Iraq gets Kurd president in milestone vote + New leaders square up to US military + Gains and Risks in Iraq

MIDDLE EAST: At Least Two Killed In Cairo Blast + Egyptian judges threaten to disrupt elections unless reforms are implemented + Egypt's grim catalogue of tourist attacks

Israel, Palestine: Militants Fire Rocket Into Israel Despite Truce + Mofaz: Israel won't ignore Qassam strike on Sderot + PM: Most settlers will agree to go under Gaza disengagement

Improve the lot of refugees and level with them

RUSSIA: World Bank cracks down on Russian economic program + Revolutions Speed Russia's Disintegration

EUROPE: Monaco mourns Prince Rainier, as PM rejects fresh money laundering charges

Ukrainian leader seeks `partnership' with U.S.

POPE: Ailing pope considered resigning in 2000, Vatican says before funeral + Anti-aircraft missiles, marksmen: Rome smothered under security blanket + In His Will, John Paul Reflected on His Life + Elaborate set of rituals will mark burial + Chicago priest's mission swept away by Vatican's whirlwind of change + Andrew Greeley: What laity wants in new pope, church + An Alternative to Embalming for the Pontiff (LAT Reg) + Mystery Cardinal Will Never Be Able to Join Peers (LAT Reg) + Notorious U.S. Cardinal Law Honored + Mystery surrounds John Paul's final hours + Nostradomus: Next Pope will be assassinated + Text of Will

UNITED NATIONS: Annan Says Human Rights Body Harming Credibility of UN, Urges Reform

AFRICA: Peace Accord Reached in Ivory Coast Conflict (LAT Reg)

ASIA PACIFIC: 2 militants killed in attack on eve of trans-Kashmir service + Kashmiris Cross Ceasefire Line Raising Peace Hopes

India talks up axis against China

EU follows US to hem in Chinese textiles

Americans alienate Indonesia

AMERICAS: Brazil's Soldiers Learn to Love the Jungle

Mexico's Obrador impeachment politics. Blocking the Left for president?

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Chinese intelligence role in Latin America is eyed

Father trying to find cause of death of Mike Spann

A Failure of More Than Intelligence

NYC teens held in suicide bomb plot

East Africa Embassy Bomb Suspect's Mother Waits for Word of Son

Threat Is Seen at Nuclear Reactors (LAT Reg)

Tunisian Acquitted of Terrorism Charges (LAT Reg)

Netherlands: Teen Not Guilty in Alleged Militant Plot (LAT Reg)

Israel claims it has dismantled Hizbullah cell

Russian military seeks wider power against hijackers

Nuke plants vulnerable to terrorist attack

Iranian MEK to conduct convention in Washington in April

Terror Suspect Gets Minimum Conviction

Who Forged the Niger Documents?

Ability To Detect Explosives Boosted One Thousand-fold By New Device

MILITARY  Army falls short of recruiting goals by 6 percent

U.S. court upholds extending enlistments

U.S. court panel hears Navy abortion case

CDS to alter the way military works + Military to stage Arctic exercise

Judge Lets U.S. Troops Get Voluntary Anthrax Shots


Hearing No Evil: Rosy Visions of the PATRIOT Act

ChoicePoint Top Big Brother Pick

Estonian Neo-Nazis regret Hitler's defeat in WWII

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Sheriff Releases Some of His Report on Deadly Courthouse Rampage

Mississippi Seeks to Pursue WorldCom Claims in State Court

40 Years for Plot to Murder Judge + Hale gets max

Federal judges urge Congress to provide more protection

Fugitive Case Confounds Texas Town

New York customers file class-action suit against eBay

More than 200 lawyers challenging U.S. over detainees

Rilya Wilson case: Cellmate says Graham killed girl to end her 'suffering'

Fewer slip past Mexican border + Border family's strange encounters with illegal crossers

Gunman Shoots Texas H.S. Football Coach

Red Lake Massacre Foretold

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Coastal agency structure debated. Justices ponder whether power of appointed commissioners violates state law

Juries deciding 160 cases of child abuse, rejecting Catholic diocese awards

'New' parole model applies to few

An A-List Turnout Does Cochran Justice (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Child abuser commits suicide in jail (SB Reg) + Woman held in bold gang slaying (SB Reg) + Intense turn in Red Bluff murder trial (SB Reg) + El Dorado: Two teens suspected of school-attack plot (SB Reg) + Hagginwood resident shoots man in alleged break-in attempt (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: 2 prisoners named in arrest warrants for death of transgender woman + SF: Officer accused of misconduct a second time. Domestic violence call mishandled, new charges say + Police in shootings off patrol for 10 days + Boy arrested for molestation at popular chain restaurant + Defense rests without police testimony

Alameda: Mental health worker charged in accessory to slashing surrenders + Jury-bias outcome lifts load off DA + Man, 51, is found fatally stabbed at apartment + Residents light candles for fallen Fremont Marine + INS let Ohlone interpreter stay, but Americans rolled out welcome mat + Union City: Robbers strike twice--again + Standoff ends with suspect hit with nonlethal round + D.A. praises decision on Quatman (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton: Council urges land sale to allow senior housing (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: San Jose: Feds raid mover -- complaints on Web + SJ police probe latest killing (SJM Reg) + Murder suspect may return to area (SJM Reg) + Civic leader's grandson killed (SJM Reg) + Defense wraps up P.A. officers' case (SJM Reg) + Man shot dead, woman wounded during S.J. brawl (SJM Reg) + Weimers: It's tacky to ticket in hospital lots (SJM Reg) + Action Line: How to recognize recruitment scam (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: San Ramon: Long standoff ended by police SWAT team + Nannetti murder suspect enters insanity plea (CCT Reg) + Armed man holds officers at bay (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael suspect surrenders to cops re: slashing attack in Berkeley

Sonoma: Mechanical failure ruled out in lake deaths + Teens confront pimp at sentencing

Solano: Update: Police arrest homeless pair in woman's death + No charges filed against councilman Dan Smith for battery +

Monterey: Suspected bank robber caught in Salinas + Mall shooting suspect under arrest

Central Valley: Valley Wide, not ValleyWide, was hit by burglars; say what? + Law & Order

Central Coast: Reward offered in rape, slaying + Cops and Courts + + Two caught in S.C. with stolen mail, drugs + Police give out annual awards

Southern California: Mission Viejo: Chase ends in 2 deaths + Tiny Town of Vernon Is Focus of Inquiry (LAT Reg) + Woman's Killing Has Riverside on Guard (LAT Reg) + Arrest in Woman's Killing Brings Relief, but Then Come the Shocks (LAT Reg) + OC: Retaliation, Harassment Trial Goes to the Jury (LAT Reg) + Anaheim Police Provide Details of Shooting (LAT Reg) + Proposed LAPD Immigrant Policy Change Raises Fears (LAT Reg) + 2 Arrested After Gun Exchange in Library (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Guard Testifies He Saw Jackson Sex Acts

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. backs off pension privatization plan + Gov. re: pension privatization plan (SB Reg) + Battle over union dues being spent for political campaigns (SB Reg) + Alameda County: Educators, parents unite against Gov.'s budget + Self-Proclaimed Governor of the People Is Fading as Lord of the Polls (LAT Reg) + Senate Rejects Gov.'s Choice for Teachers Pension Board to Protest Firing of 4 Nominees (LAT Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Surge in state's corporate taxes could be fleeting (SB Reg) + Editorial: Why is Gov.'s solar plan catching heat (SB Reg) + PUC nominee dropped

Poizner will seek insurance commissioner post + Investor won't seek PUC job (SB Reg) + Investments thwart Poizner's political goal (SJM Reg)

Pombo's windmill ties raise ethics questions (CCT Reg) + Rep. With Wind Farm Ties Denies Power Play (LAT Reg)

State teachers pension fund trustee ousted

Bay Bridge: Another bridge shocker + Better Bay Bridge oversight urged + Lawmakers want own probe of bridge welds. FBI is investigating charges of faulty work being hidden + Injury record questioned + Angry calls for more investigations + Welding fumes lead to workers' comp claims + Oakland Tribune Special Report

Legislature: Committee approves universal health care proposal + Initiative petitions bill clears panel + Builders could get a leg up at BART + Marjie Lundstrom: In this case, choosing the right words makes all the difference (SB Reg)

Stem cell panel: Stem-cell business ties draw attention (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Indians denounce Feinstein casino bill + Hesperia casino inches closer + Council defers casino decision / City will work with the Chemehuevi Tribe too

LOCAL NEWS:  Korematsu memorial scheduled

Sacramento & north: Annexing Yolo doable, SMUD says (SB Reg) + Spanish radio gets racier, but few listeners complain (SB Reg) + Boom's a bust for assessor (SB Reg) + Diana Griego Erwin: A broken connection, a lingering concern, as paths of two lives part (SB Reg) + Placer Parkway study expands (SB Reg) + Teen bicyclist struck, killed (SB Reg) + Sacramento City parks panel to hold first meeting (SB Reg) + Citrus Heights: Apartment fire displaces several families (SB Reg) + County wants 100-year-olds for party (SB Reg) + Teichert picks Sacramento site (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: S.F. Fire Dept. faces new alcohol inquiry. Deputy chief let battalion leader working while allegedly drunk + Mayor boosts plans for city's children + Taxi cab riders in S.F. to get smart 'passenger' in back + Good-bye, S.F., Hello, Hayward + Retiring city clerk has fond memories serving Milpitas + Officials: Off-leash dogs are out of control + Hospital merger talk raises fears of changes at St. Luke's + Treasure Island development raises transit questions + Around City Hall + Mayor's office to return money to neighborhood groups + News in brief from the San Francisco Bay area 

Alameda: Berkeley firefighters vent roof of home ablaze in the hills + Oakland: Family holds hope for missing skipper. Search suspended for tugboat pilot in waters off port + Berkeley: Parking machines to take credit cards + Oakland: Interim police chief at town hall meeting + Port tug worker lost in sinking + Field in Oakland council election narrows + Herbicide approval irks activists + Hard-to-reach home in hills destroyed by blaze + San Leandro Creek the star of annual Watershed Festival + Korematsu memorial scheduled + Four to get Firefighters Random Acts awards + Pombo faces ethical queries re: ties to wind farms + Pleasanton passes housing project + Pleasanton wont participate in affordable housing project + Castro Valley library receives $13.9 million + Albany commission to study social, economic justice (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Unions on defensive in salaries disclosure

Santa Clara: Decorum back on Palo Alto City Council agenda (SJM Reg) + Charter high school given green light (SJM Reg) + Write-in campaign announced (SJM Reg) + + Roadshow: Hwy. 87 becomes no-merge zone (SJM Reg) + Experts to explore ideas on war and peace (SJM Reg) + Popular Rose Garden gas station may reopen (SJM Reg) + Teacher's illness inspires friends to walk for a cure (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Walnut Creek: Ground to break for new skate park + Judge green lights Alamo YMCA + Judge lets Alamo YMCA site proceed (CCT Reg) + New skepticism over Dublin development (CCT Reg) + Debate swirls on mixed-use plan for Crow Canyon (CCT Reg)

Marin: Fairfax cuts hours at Town Hall + City bids farewell to Pickleweed center + Supporters gather to plan farm, community garden + County honors eight health 'heroes'

Sonoma: Rancho Cotati High School students protest gay rights + State water official halts logging plan for Humboldt + RP: The rowdy party city + Windsor: Neighbors object to development plan

Napa: Legality of LAFCO board appointment questioned + Yountville unveils water plan + Block calls for advisory groups on Latinos, business + Another meeting on winter break + Copia's departing leader reflects on 'rocky' early years + Changing of the guard on city boards

Solano: Benicia seeks new blood for planners (CCT Reg) + VFD exceeds its overtime budget + Body of man found along Lake Herman Road is ID'd + VCUSD administrators recommend early enrollment + Groups to unveil M.I. monument + Fatal crash on I-505 + Bartee may join City Council + CHP to hold child car seat workshop April 16 + Lobdell again rejected by Planning Commission

Monterey: Salinas: Steinbeck hometown libraries won't shut.  $500,000 raised to keep 3 facilities open part-time + Carmel city clerk 'czarina' moving on + Carmel firehouse will get earthquake retrofit + Your Town + AT&T Pro-Am, Bill Murray donate to Rally Salinas + Toxic plume threatens project

Central Valley: World officially goes Nuts tonight + News from the San Joaquin Valley + Tracy to look deeper into church's move + College district trims candidates + 'Star Wars' screening to benefit arts center + Eagles set to fly into Calaveras for show+ One inspection down, 25 to go in Stanislaus County+ $40,000 in Latino scholarship fund+ Autopsy on Delhi man scheduled for today + One of 'Three Wishes' may come true today+ Ceres expanding bus service to west + University working to put bucks in its seats + Report: FBI probes bridge allegations+ News & Notes+ Around the Region+ Community Briefing + All agree, Claribel best option for rerouting 108

Central Coast: Del Monte Cafe ready to reopen + Sumatran quake shakes up tsunami-relief mission + Freedom man worries about island house + ‘They’re out here thick’ + S.C. nurse off to aid tsunami victims + Happy Valley students hold fund-raiser for tech supplies + Big Basin: Oldest state park a top campground in U.S. + Scenic bike ride benefits schools + Coast Lines

Southern California: Villaraigosa raises more than $650,000 in month + Abandoned desert mines pose danger to drivers + News briefs from San Diego County + (SJM Reg) Unlike Rival, Hahn Won't Release Calendar (LAT Reg) + King/Drew Med School Under Fire (LAT Reg) + Tower Vote Continues Ballot Trend (LAT Reg) + Hollywood Home Reveals Glimpse of L.A. History (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana Offers Land in Court Bid (LAT Reg) + Costa Mesa Gives Job Center More Time (LAT Reg) + 9 Moorpark Farmworkers Rushed to Hospital After Pesticide Causes Breathing Difficulties (LAT Reg) + MTA Streamlines Application Process for Student Transit Pass (LAT Reg) +  Signaling That Peace Is Probably Not Just Around the Corner (LAT Reg) + Public Ventura Safety Funds Fight Settled (LAT Reg) + Armenians Will Hold a Majority on Glendale Council (LAT Reg) + Villaraigosa Brings in $653,000 Since May 8 (LAT Reg) + Head-On Mission Viejo Collision Kills 2 (LAT Reg) + Evacuees Kept Out as Derail Cleanup Goes On + Former LA Judge Pleads to Embezzling From Clients (LAT Reg)

School days:  In Berkeley, fine dining starts early. Pilot program serves gourmet breakfasts in elementary school + Monterey District overspends by $3 million + Newark: Lawyers to dissect strike policy + Charter looks at Manteca, Livermore + Tracy Unified hires district spokesperson + Construction at Cal High begins + LAUSD may close popular 'boot camp' + UC, CSU agree to share student data for evaluation + Berkeley, teachers, talk budget (CCT Reg) + Brakes put on closing of schools in Novato + Mill Valley names new principals for two schools + The left and the right take center stage at political fair (CCT Reg) + Kindergarten cramming: Schools pushing kids beyond naps, crackers (SB Reg) + Grant Union H.S. District alleges sickout as 28 teachers are absent (SB Reg) + Burbank teacher wins grant for physics (SB Reg) + San Juan plans for shrinkage (SB Reg) + Fremont Union H.S. District purges 200-plus students for lack of residency (SB Reg) + Opposing view: Make the exit exam one among several measures of skills (SB Reg) + Parents want charter school in Mtn. View (SJM Reg) + Parochial schools turn page to pope + Napa VUSD's after-school centers face budget woes + Public schools seek to lure home-schooled + MPs call for radical reform of UK university science

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

New York Stock Exchange Names Marshall Carter as Chairman, Replacing Reed

AOL Launches Internet Phone Service

Wanted: CEO, no Ivy required

Stanford business school showcases ‘cool' products

Novak: 404 reporting costly nightmare to corporations

Purcell declares Morgan Stanley battle over

HP's $58,000-a-Day Interim CFO

World Bank decision on Laos: A damning indictment

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Taiwan Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef Imposed Over Mad-Cow Disease

Sony patents real life Matrix

New Technology For Navigating Without GPS

Lessig: A War Against the Freedom to Innovate

Cable and Tech Bigwigs Make Nice

Can a New Disposable Battery Change Your Life? Parts of It, Maybe

Web Browser Forensics

Hi-Tech's New Day

Get Mapping How You Want It

Do You Yagoohoogle?

Quasiparticle Behavior In Bose Quantum Liquids

Increasing Charge Mobility In Single Molecular Organic Crystals

Theories Of High-temperature Superconductivity Violate Pauli Principle

NASA Hopes for Best, Plans for Worst

THE BUSHWORLD...

Gonzales Argues Against Expiration Date on Patriot Act (LAT Reg)

Confirmation of EPA, FDA Heads Stalled (LAT Reg)

Bush Nominee for U.N. Post Faces Hurdles

Bush Plans $1.8 Billion in Aid to Sudan

Bush seeks to circumvent court ruling on Gitmo detainees + Bush Administration Seeks to Overturn Ruling That Military Commission Procedures Are Unlawful

Domestic: Top U.S. regulator of energy quitting. FERC chairman faced confirmation trouble in Senate + Toxic Tailings May Be Hauled Off From Near Colorado River + Gas-thirsty cars imperil U.S., conservative ex-officials warn. They urge higher mileage, different fuels, more hybrids + U.S. to require car tire pressure systems + Report Assails U.S. Border Commissioner in Charge of Water Issues + House Bill Would Force Action Against Undervalued Chinese Currency

Social Security: Viguerie's army attacks Social Security

Congress: Advocate: Intervention (as in Shiavo case) OK in some cases + Social Security benefits for more Cuban immigrants being sought + A 3rd DeLay Trip to Moscow Under Scrutiny + 2 more months of daylight-saving time?

Democrats: Howard Dean activists say no to Kerry, yes to Obama + Lisa Pease: Present at the creation again

GOP: Rockefeller Republicans relegated to silence + After Schiavo, GOP's Push on End-of-Life Issues Fades (LAT Reg) + Martinez: Schiavo memo was from my office

OPINIONS:

The judges made them do it

Carlson: In Bushworld, the Truth Hurts (LAT Reg)

Max Boot: The Friend We Betrayed (Chalabi) (LAT Reg)

Faking Civil Society: Engelhardt/Schell

Who's Better Off? Ron Paul

Hear No Evil: Julian Sanchez

Iraqi Govt's Future With US Military: Aaron Glantz

Bush's Facade of Respect for the Pope

Huffington: Bushes in the hood

Right-wing US senators target federal judges

The politics of debt

Richard Cohen: The Iraq deception

Blood for pork....

Businesses focus on the positive insisting conditions are improving

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Hardship follows children after foster care

On the Chesapeake, Asian Oyster Stirs Debate

Christopher Caen: A different kind of opening day

Stardom: The Sound of the Streets

Narcissists: If you love one, a new book offers help

How Much Is Your Pet's Life Worth? (Seattle Times, free reg)

Ex-Rome chief rabbi one of only two living people in pope's will

Plagiarism of scientific ideas viewed as concept recognition

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  California domestic partner ruling may hurt Leno's fight for same-sex marriage + Kansas: Amendment fight may go to courts

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

The Need for Feed(s)

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Ebony Fashion Fair to grace Oakland

Music rises from Tri-Valley through ages

Marin Weekend: A dance of alternate reality

Florida's mission statement

Young filmmaker "living" large

'Brenda Starr' Creator Dies at 98

Sex in the Stone Age

Borges: Garden of Forking Paths - Author Homepage

Search for the Maya Underworld

Sagalassos: City in the Clouds

Pompeii: In Vesuvius' Shadow

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Brad's Jolie good time

Rush & Molloy: Sofia and Tyrese's film 'Four' play

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day


Vaccine appears to pre-empt cervical cancer

Analysis Of Human Genome To Predict The Development Of Illnesses

Perilous Staph Is Creeping Onto the Streets

Roots of compassion seen in toothless fossil.  'Old man' was cared for by peers, scientists believe

Top scientists press for more stem cells

Pfizer Takes Painkiller Bextra Off Market

Panel: AIDS study in Africa OK despite violations

Man loses foot to bacteria (SB Reg)

Hospital is pioneering ways to stop infections like pope's (SB Reg)

Smithsonian identifies new threat to rice fields in U.S.

Put Culture In Your Life AND Reduce Bad Breath: Eat Yoghurt!

Case Study Finds Methods Used To Assess Corneas For Transplants May Be Improved

Childhood Deficits In The Cerebellum May Be Linked To Adult Alcoholism

Crucial Roles In Drosophila Development For Little-Known Protein

Deficiency Of Growth Hormone And IGF-1 Reduces Cancer And Kidney Disease, But Creates Other Problems

DNA With Three Base Pairs - A Step Towards Expanding The Genetic Code

'Speaker's Cramp', A New Type Of Involuntary Mouth-Lip-muscle Movement

Insight Into Natural Cholesterol Control Suggests Novel Cholesterol-lowering Therapy

White Collar Proteins Help Fungi Do It In The Dark

New Class Of Tuberculosis-Fighting Antibiotics Suggested By Biochemical-Pathway Study

New Winter Hulless Barley Has High Protein

Histamine, Anxiety And Alcoholism

New Study Shows How Very Low-carb Diets Take Off The Pounds

From Gene Discovery To Preventing Eye Disease

Frozen Fly Eggs Thawed, Reared To Adulthood

Bacterium Tapped To Battle Fire Blight Disease In Tree Fruit

Beef Feeding Research Studies Pasture vs. Grain

April 6, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S., Iraqi Forces Break Up Rebel Camp (LAT Reg) + U.S. toll in Iraq: 1,542 + Iraq insurgency has killed 6,000 civilians + US troops hinder Iraq's stabilization, claim MPs + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Iraq MPs elect Kurd president in democratic milestone + Iraqis agree on key posts + Power Struggles Stall Iraqi Provincial Councils (LAT Reg) + Foreign Fighters Convicted of Opposing US in Iraq + Baqubah's Destroyed Sanitation System Brings Disfiguring Parasite + Turkey welcomes Talabani's election

War prisons: White House Has Tightly Restricted Oversight of C.I.A. Detentions

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. Copter Crash Kills 16 (4 Americans) in Afghanistan + Drugs, Bases, and Jails: The Afghan Spring

MIDDLE EAST: Arabs must push for democracy, report says. Delayed critique says U.S., Israel hinder effort

Jordan's Abdullah picks new premier and demands fresh Cabinet

Israel, Palestine: Israeli Censorship Chief to Become Top Military Spokeswoman + Fifty Palestinian, Israeli mayors plan to hold meeting in Jericho + Russia confirms Putin trip to Israel, PA + Hezbollah not pressing for Palestinian attacks + Israeli settlers look for deal on withdrawal

RUSSIA: Russian revolutions funded by the West

EUROPE: Adams calls for IRA to end violence for sake of N. Ireland settlement

Tech companies back EU in Microsoft battle (SJM Reg)

Judge overrules Brussels ban on vitamins

Yushchenko's Gambit: Justin Raimondo

Bullet-riddled body of child casts shadow over Turkey's EU aspirations

Berlusconi suffers local election wipeout

POPE: Developments in Vatican City + Tribute to Pope Continues; Conclave to Start April 18 + Crowds, security challenge Rome + No Path to Rome Too Steep For These Polish Pilgrims + Pope's will 'to be released today' + Slick PR operation accompanies Pope's passing + Downsizing the papacy? + Back-Bench U.S. Cardinals (LAT Reg) + Castro Honors 'Friend' John Paul (LAT Reg) + China's official Catholics cautiously mourn pope's passing. Though tolerating church, Beijing holds reins on clergy, flock + Vatican says pontiff not embalmed + Pope John Paul II: a political obituary

ASIA PACIFIC: China seeks to reassure Japan over boycott calls + Japanese History Textbook Draws Ire of S. Korea, China (LAT Reg)

CENTRAL ASIA: Democracy is not about to sweep Central Asia

AMERICAS: Canada, carmakers sign tough emissions pact. Deal could force adoption of similar stringent rules for vehicles sold in U.S.

Light Shines on State Called Brazil's Heart of Darkness (LAT Reg)

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

CIA, Senators Question Why Some Information Now Emerging on Iraq Intelligence Mistakes

U.S. Banks, Government Team Up to Fight Terrorism

Women, Whiskey Make Vanunu's Legal Limbo Livable

Texas school reviews Los Alamos bid (CCT Reg)

Saudis seize militant hideout

Australia: 'Young dreamer' acquitted of terror

I spy with my little eye

Intelligence Critique Fatigue

Poet Laureate's Prized Words

NORAD would have died without Canada's help, says MND

The Berger wrist slap

New Special Forces unit will spy on the terrorists

Germany Acquits Suspect of Terror Charges

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

New Studies Suggest Airborne SARS Transmission Is Possible

Pentagon Found Too Slow on Anthrax Alarm

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Florida bill allows residents to open fire whenever they see threat

Supremacist Hale Sentenced to 40 Years to attempting to kill federal judge + Raw Data: U.S. v. Hale FindLaw pdf

U.S. files charges in online Schiavo threat

Potential Jurors Complete Questionnaires in Eric Rudolph Trial

On border, Minutemen volunteers keep sleepy eyes sharp + Migrants Vow To Defy Minutemen

Identity thieves' new ploy: 'pharming' (SJM Reg)

Florida Couple Invokes Geneva Conventions to Save Grapefruit Tree From State

White Cops Win $2.2M Suit

Court says former Yahoo exec not liable in auction of Nazi items

New Tech Targets Tax Cheats

Drunk? Your Car Will '86' You

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Ex-prosecutor Quatman lied on jury bias, judge finds. Jews not kept off murder trial panel as alleged, he rules + Quatman claims of injustice 'not true' (CCT Reg)

Atty J. Tony Serra pleads guilty in tax case, faces 16 months

Sex offender list puts parents on spot (SB Reg)

9th Circuit reinstates bias suit against Raley's (SB Reg)

Editorial: New parole model? Not exactly (SB Reg)

Supreme Court decision opens door for Caltrans suit

Famous — and infamous — at Cochran's funeral

Whose Child Is This? Custody dispute detailed

Priest molestation trial could set tone for settlements

Agency proposes listing sturgeon as threatened

Sacramento & north: Red Bluff cop's killer convicted -- as own attorney, he confessed (SB Reg) + Father guilty of girl's torture (SB Reg) + DA won't charge teacher re: molestations + Armed-robbery suspect nabbed in Citrus Heights (SB Reg) + Capital homicide suspect is slain by FBI (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Mateo: Man murdered family by driving car over cliff, trial prosecutor argues + Why is SF's crime lab resisting scrutiny by defense attorneys? + Editorial: Fajitagate's not over + S.F. police panel wants inquiry into Taser safety + Carjacking attack in the Castro + Jurors deliberating Rapoza's fate

Alameda: Oakland eases its ban on herbicides + Oakland: Dredger sinks -- man missing in estuary + Port subject to ethics probe + Seminar to help African Americans invest wisely + Supervisors allocate Measure A money + Pleasanton: Health group needs clinic space + Albany's traffic-calming measures will be monitored (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Inmate warned he'd kill himself (SJM Reg)+ Convicted molester Ronald James Fox suicided in jail (SJM Reg)+ Cameras to catch curfew violators (SJM Reg) + Lasting trauma of priest abuse alleged (SJM Reg) + Man faces cruelty charge (SJM Reg) + Los Altos Public defender announces retirement (SJM Reg) + Drug death marked by event (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Police evacuate San Ramon neighborhood during standoff + Hesitation stalled calls on pit bulls (CCT Reg) + Police tie ongoing dispute to (Narcisse) killing (CCT Reg)

Marin: Novato cops investigate phone calls to father of slain teen

Sonoma: Clear Lake drownings spark criminal probe + An accident - or murder? + Man to stand trial in Glen Ellen killing + DUI suspect arrested 7 times before

Solano: Body at trailer of jailed killing suspect + Police ID body in trailer

Monterey: Players' brawl focus of trial + Man guilty in convenience store death

Central Valley: Marcus Wesson's wife testifies at murder trial + Law & Order

Central Coast: Arroyo Grande man who shot cats pleads no contest + + Cops and Courts + Convict testifies murder victim was violent gang member

Southern California: Judge sets hearing on African Pentecostal church plans + Pursuit of alleged drunken driver in OC ends in crash; two killed + San Diego DA feuds with city attorney re: who will prosecute misdemeanors + LAPD Slow to Switch Flashlights (LAT Reg) + Former Oakland A's Pitcher Jailed in Hit-Run (LAT Reg) + Riverside Agency Tries to Help Seniors Avoid Sting of Scam Artists (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Man Is Jailed in Deaths of Two Wives 31 Years Apart (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson defense tries to undermine fondling claim + Report Discounted That Jackson Jurors May Have Been Mocking Witness

 

 

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Thousands protest at governor's benefit. Raucous S.F. rally at his fund-raiser for ballot measures + Unions stage protest + Gov.'s housing proposal cuts local influence (CCT Reg) + Gov.'s plan would limit public's ability to challenge local housing projects or establish growth boundaries (SJM Reg) + Gov. trying to end prostate cancer aid for low income men - again (SB Reg)

Audit finds lax monitoring of grant funds. State parks department rebuked for lack of controls in oversight

Protect the coast

A fat and lazy state

Peter Schrag: Is Florida the new California? Forget about it (SB Reg)

Legislature: Dems urge shift from gas tax, to raising sales, excise tax to boost transportation + New plan to pay for Bay Bridge. Assembly Dems call for $10 billion bond, cut in gasoline taxes + Gimmick-based budgeting + Bipartisan prison plan advances+ State prison reform compromise advances + Dems offer transportation funding bill + $10 billion bond may help pay for bay bridge + Legislator floats plan to open lakes (CCT Reg) + Dan Walters: Democrats jump on gas-price hysteria with tax-swap scheme (SB Reg) + Plan to Lower Gas Tax Floated (LAT Reg) + Signature gatherer disclosure sought (SJM Reg) + Gov.'s measure to rein in registered lobbyists working as political consultants, stalled (SJM Reg) +Bill to sue restaurants for selling fat foods, causing obesity

Stem Cell panel: Only full disclosure can assure unbiased decisions for research+ Stem cell agency gets science chief (SB Reg) + Editorial: Unmask the reviewers (SB Reg)

Indian tribes:

McCain blasts tribe over bill allowing San Pablo casino. Bush likely to support Feinstein proposal to derail pact with governor + Contra Costa supervisors oppose urban gambling+ Bill confronting San Pablo casino draws fire in Senate + Senators rethink tribal dues (CCT Reg)

LOCAL NEWS:   As sales of state's wines jump, prices moving out of the cellar (SB Reg)

Caltrain budget hearing set (SJM Reg)

Sacramento & north: Mall, theater chain reach accord (SB Reg) + Yolo board slams PG&E (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Live like a comedy superstar in Granite Bay (SB Reg) + West Sac mayor rolls out plan for free Wi-Fi (SB Reg) + Second victim ID'd in Hwy. 20 crash (SB Reg) + Bicyclist killed at U.S. 50 onramp (SB Reg) + W. Sac role pivotal in plans for port (SB Reg) + Bob Shallit: Target's site purchase on 65th puzzling (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF Water recreation site may have sewage problem + SF: Bike race wins waiver by a whisker. On 6-5 vote, supervisors approve fee break for police services + SF: Supes kill increase in condo conversions. Daly-led opposition on the board defeats Mayor Newsom-backed measure 6-4 + Judge rules environmental impact report inadequate for Transbay Terminal project + Opinion: Back to Laguna Honda + Around City Hall + New cable show: When media attack

Alameda: Oakland eases its ban on herbicides + Oakland: Dredger sinks -- man missing in estuary + Port subject to ethics probe + Seminar to help African Americans invest wisely + Supervisors allocate Measure A money + Pleasanton: Health group needs clinic space + Albany's traffic-calming measures will be monitored (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Supervisors offer 6% raise to nurses + 463 teacher pink slips withdrawn (SJM Reg) + Early peek at Coyote report (SJM Reg) + Lasting trauma of priest abuse alleged + Greater reach for funky station (SJM Reg) + Champion of Holocaust hero to be saluted (SJM Reg) + Pumping up downtown (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Cirque's next S.J. site is where? (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Funding BART link stirs questions (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Microsoft settlement forms online (SJM Reg) + Willow Glen fire forum set Saturday (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Contra Costa supervisors oppose urban gambling + Planned Alamo YMCA gets boost in ruling + Pittsburgh Church damaged in kitchen electrical fire+ Moving urban-limit lines gains support in Contra Costa + Supervisors weigh in on casinos (CCT Reg) + San Pablo bolsters its police force (CCT Reg) + Cities back growth; voters will choose (CCT Reg)

Marin: Marin considers new power source + The Village at Corte Madera gets $10 million makeover + Mill Valley tries to protect its land + San Rafael 2nd-unit meeting attracts curious crowd

Sonoma: Landmark grapevines get a trim + SR cracks down on pot clubs + Mendocino supervisors drop pot tax plan + Supervisors hear arguments for fees on new homes + SR Council 'working hard' at diversity + State water board delays decision on Humboldt logging + Santa Rosa prepares for 'mid-rises' downtown

Napa: Mayor Techel looks toward future of 'opportunities' + County lowers ag fees, may do so again + 17 vie for 2 slots on Napa Planning Commission + All-time high for state wine shipments + Vintage High 'labor of love' destroyed in fire + Calistoga goes after Comcast over lost FM radio service + Democrats' new transportation plan could boost Highway 12

Solano: Benicia council nixes planner again (CCT Reg) + Unity Plaza to become King Plaza + Is Bay Bridge safe? + Local Business Briefs + Miller says Mideast trip provided valuable data + County gives developer more time + Local News Briefs

Monterey: Carmel's hotel tax can't muster votes + UC takeover of NPS among scenarios being explored + DLI 'roadmap' emphasizes language skills + Salinas Council lets Eagles play late + County delays vote on measure to boost land-use enforcement + Your Town + Salinas library workers seek relief + Deficit: Salinas school closed before it opened

Central Valley: Modesto council: No new stores for pot + Official visits to assess request for aid + Alliances for political survival+ Students' character honored + Stanislaus taking applications for Section 8 rent assistance + Oakdale council agrees Claribel a viable option+ Sing Out Loud, Strong + County health survey takes hit + Oakdale tower's face-lift coming + Turlock board to appoint successor + Republican confirms run for Congress + High-speed train vote may be derailed again + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + Setting It Straight + News in brief from the San Joaquin Valley + Extending pot moratorium buys Modesto time

Central Coast: Santa Cruz: Mom renews fight over burial of soldier + Students protesting military recruiters disrupt UCSC job fair + Freedom mom keeps up fight for soldier’s remains + Forums seek ways to put health foods in schools + Sales tax would lower prices at gas pump + Supervisors deny home near Nisene Marks + Watsonville’s KPIG oinks its way to S.F. listeners + Boats pose threat to otters in Moss Landing harbor channel + State invests in S.C. desalination plan + Coast Lines + As We See It: Coastal Commission worth keeping

Southern California: Possible sweetheart deal is focus of investigation of Mayor Hahn's Asian trip + Hahn, Villaraigosa tout endorsements as runoff draws near + Chick holds payment for airport police study + 2 councilmen in trouble in early count in Glendale + LA eyes housing limit + Three ramps at 101-405 set to close + 3 King/Drew Deaths Blamed on Lapses (LAT Reg) + Near the Rails, on the Edge (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana Tower Has Early Lead (LAT Reg) + A New Life for Pasadena's Arroyo Seco (LAT Reg) + LA City Council, Airport Clash Over Policing (LAT Reg) + Parks Backs Villaraigosa, Attacks Hahn (LAT Reg) + Hoisting Huntington Beach City's History + Air Team Puts West Nile Virus in Sights (LAT Reg) + San Bernadino Supervisors Vote to Buy Private Prison (LAT Reg)

School days: LAUSD lawyer quitting + Honda Robot Helps Teach in Classrooms + San Francisco: Board removes 4 schools from possible closure list. Concerned parents, students, teachers overflow meeting + Investing in preschool will pay off in long run + Cal dean heads to eastern school + Oakland teachers, District battle over new contract + Lack of funding forces art classes to be creative + Harvard loses top political scientist + Livermore: Boards hear charter school plan (CCT Reg) + CSUS president backs bill for Latino college grants (SB Reg) + Pilot program offers new approach to autism teaching + Vallejo schools focus on budge


Mending Migraines

Injectable drug shows promise in treating alcoholism in men

Pig cells go the distance for diabetic

Lung Cancer In Focus

New mission to ISS to study regeneration of tissues with worms' help

UK: NHS could refuse patients who will not mend ways

Nano-Probes Allow An Inside Look At Cell Nuclei

Research Suggests Possible Blood Test For Multiple Sclerosis

Rise In Dramatic Intestinal Birth Defect Probed

Touching Molecules With Your Bare Hands: New Way Of Interacting With The Unseen World Of Proteins, DNA

Cure No Quick Fix For Cancer Survivors On Long Road To Recovery

Building a Bone Bank: Saving Up for the Adult Years

Raise Your Consciousness, Lower Your Blood Pressure

Orchestra Pit No Danger To Hearing

Undiagnosed Anemia Common With Chronic Illness

Using Molecular Technique, Researcher Identify Hospital Pool Bacterial Pathogen

Lice Join Ticks As Possible Disease Carriers

Agricultural Tool Recruited To Help Fight Malaria And Other Diseases

Use Of Potentially Inappropriate Medications Among Elderly Common

Domesticated Pig's Wild Origin Mapped

Understanding Rye And Rice May Help Farmers Improve Wheat

Butterflies know where they are going, scientists reveal

The Chimp Genome Reveals A Retroviral Invasion In Primate Evolution

Even small debris could doom shuttle flight + Space Shuttle Discovery Rollout Delayed by Crack in Tank Foam

The Evolution of Web Search

Dual-processor chip could revolutionize PCs

Windmills in the Sky

Smile, You're on Liquid Camera

IBM Debuts Light Laptop

Underwater Bot Roams the Seas

VLT FLAMES Finds Hints Of Helium-Richest Stars Ever Seen

Understanding Turbulence In The Fast Lane -- Mach 10 And Beyond

Mathematician Untangles Legendary Problem

Planet (or Is It?) Found Orbiting Star

THE BUSHWORLD...

Afghanistan Likely to Have Permanent US Military

Bush, former President's view Pope's body + A closer embrace: Washington and the Vatican + A pope of peace and Bush's war

Israeli official acknowledges U.S. rift + Rice: U.S. will help to rebuild Gaza

Bush retreats on building new nukes

US Moves to Create a Beachhead in Space

Senators Murray, Clinton to Block Crawford Confirmation at FDA Over Plan B

Florida Senator Blocks Vote on Nominee to Head EPA + More

Bolton: GOP senator Lincoln Chafee may oppose UN choice

AG Gonzales: Patriot Act Is Called Vital + White House willing to scale back Patriot Act / Safeguards against abuse could be added as anti-terror law comes up for renewal + Expansion of IG investigation of Patriot Act abuse

Iran: The myth of an Israeli strike

Syria: Lebanese Find Jobs as Syrian Workers Flee + Lebanese Grow Fearful as Bombings Persist

Other foreign: Guarding Pakistan's nuclear estate

Education Connecticut to sue U.S. over cost of Bush's school testing law

Social Security: Medicare administrator won't rule out video news releases + Bush escalates propaganda war on Social Security + Bush Accounts Could Eventually Replace Traditional Social Security Checks, Report Suggests + Administration Holds Radio Day to Push Social Security Overhaul

Congress: Yushchenko Asks Congress for Economic Aid + Lobbyists allegedly paid for DeLay trip to Russia. If true, arrangement could have violated House ethics rules + Senate Votes to Cut U.S. Share of U.N. Peacekeeping + E.P.A. Nominee Gets an Earful From Committee Democrats + Coburn fighting to keep medical practice + Frist eyes compromise to forgo filibuster ban

Democrats: Democrats accuse GOP of trying to undermine judiciary + A governor critiques Kerry's bid

GOP: GOP Pounces on Byrd Link to Liberal Group "Moveon"

Voting: At least 30,000 overseas votes not counted in Presidential election

OPINIONS:

Mark Morford: Where Are The Good Christians?

Kuttner: A stealthy spreading tax hike

Warped Advice Blights American Intervention

The Limitations of a Dialogue of Civilizations

Why Bush Looks So Relieved

Sieg Heil!

Bush wants Patriot Act abuses expanded

Dubya's secret tax hike

MILITARY  US troops to expand their antinarcotics role

UK Panel: US Troops Too Heavy-Handed

Pentagon's "stop-loss" policy on trial

General decries perceived problems with military staffing

LEAKGATES  Washington's darkest secret -- the "Mole" next to Bin Laden


U.S. to Require Passports at Border Entry Points

Another data breech incident at University of California + Cal laptop security put under microscope

Beijing enforces the party line re: Internet message boards

Who says student activism is dead?

UK Drops ID Card Plans

Prof's Lawyer Blasts 'Nazi Standard' in Review

Court: Man Can Disparage Company on Web

Blood for pork....

Pentagon and Halliburton Resolve Dispute (LAT Reg)

Businesses focus on the positive insisting conditions are improving

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Greenspan Wants Portfolio Size Limits re: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack, not just more regulation

World Bank warns on potential dollar losses by developing countries

ChevronTexaco Chief No Stranger to Risk

Safeway to spend a bundle on new image

As China sews, few US mills left

IBM, breaking tech ranks, will expense options (SJM Reg)

Failure all too familiar in biotech industry

SEC's Donaldson Wins Passage of Stock-Trading Rule Opposed by Mutual Funds + More

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Pageant says woman not disabled enough

Caring for parents who didn't take care of you

Young Girl Drives Dying Mom Miles, Seeking Help

Second Life Teaches Life Lessons

Stardom: AGAIN

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  California NAACP group backs gay marriage + San Francisco's gay community torn by mixed feelings over late pope

The Pen Is Mightier....

San Francisco loses MTV's awards show to Miami

Jennings Vows to Continue ABC Broadcast Despite Cancer

Web exclusive: Why can't the Chronicle be more like the New York Times?

Controversy Grows Over AP's Pulitzer Win for Iraq Photos - anti-American?

Calame Sought Assurances Before Taking 'NYT' Job

40 Years Later, 'Lawrence Journal-World' and Nebraska J-Students Look Back at 'In Cold Blood'

New 'Ms. Wheelchair' Crowned After Dispute Over Newspaper Photo

N.C. Supreme Court Sides with Newspaper on 911-Tapes Case

Plame Case, All Over But the Jailing?

US Troops Wound CBS Journalist in Iraq

Judge Orders Reporter Released Early From Criminal Contempt Sentence

Helen Thomas: Fleischer forgets he gave spin, not facts Click.

Radio reporter shot on U.S.-Mexico border

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Filmmakers Lucas, Cameron Tout New 3D Films

RIP: Saul Bellow, Who Breathed Life Into American Novel, Dies at 89

Meet the new Chevy Chase, jazz-playing humanitarian

Theater: Reinventing the world

Paglia deconstructs poems she labels "best"

The Culture of Camellias: The Phelps Memorial Collection of Garden Books

Rush & Molloy: Suit: Brando coulda been an offender

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: '80s spin is over the Hill's

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Word of the day

April 5, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Abu Ghraib prison attacked again. Suicide bomber on tractor injures 5 Iraqi civilians + Abu Ghraib Attack 'Highly Sophisticated' + Zarqawi Said to Be Behind Abu Ghraib Raid + U.S. and Iraqi Troops Battle Dozens of Insurgents in remote marshlands east of Baghdad + Four GIs killed in attacks across Iraq, military said Tuesday + Iraqi General Kidnapped in Baghdad + Iraqi Officials Say Insurgency Has Killed 6,000 Civilians + Combat Forces in Northern Iraq Bristle at New Command's Focus on Rules + UK Troops Hope to Hand Over Control of Some Areas to Iraqis + U.S. Drones Crowding the Skies to Help Fight Insurgents + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Kurdish Leader Talabani to Be Named Iraq President + Iraqi assembly speaker says tough job is his duty + Kirkuk Oil Wealth Fuels Prosperity + A gentleman's agreement in Iraq + Compromise or time-bomb? + Talabani to be new president of Iraq + Iraq assembly elects its first speaker

War prisons: Abu Ghraib Probe Suggests CIA Role in Iraqi Deaths + MPs demand answers over 'torture intelligence'

MIDDLE EAST: Activists Say Egypt's Police Abuse Those They Serve

Israel Palestine: Israel Reassures U.S. on West Bank Settlement Plan + Sharon holds pullout talks with settlers as Israeli shot in Gaza + Lawlessness Has Abbas Going After the Law (LAT Reg) + Islamic Jihad: Truce With Israel Ends if al-Aqsa Mosque Is Attacked + Sharon to Meet Settlers on Possible Relocation to Beachfront Land in Israel + Sharon Defies International Objections by Allowing 3,500 New Homes on West Bank + The Wild,Wild West Bank + Palestinian militants defy disarmament + Settlers express 'cautious optimism'  + Graves of Rabin and Widow Are Desecrated (LAT Reg)

EUROPE:  Blair calls election for May 5

EU stalls on trade pact with Syria

Moldova Retains Pro-West Leader (LAT Reg)

Kyrgystan Parliament Promises to Protect Akayev, but Not His Assets + U.S. Project Democracy Was `Coup-Coup'd' in Kyrgyzstan

China lobbies EU over arms embargo

ASIA PACIFIC: China Mines Slapdash, Scary and Hugely Profitable

North Korea: Market forces have female faces

AMERICAS: 11 Police Officers Arrested in Rio Slayings (LAT Reg)

MILITARY  Uniform rules irk combat forces

Army, Marine recruiters shift focus to wary parents

Military recruiters fortifying their outposts at high school (LAT Reg)

The story of Sgt. Smith's last hours

Congressional demand to ignore military bases as spot for new regional San Diego airport causes heat

More Empty Rhetoric for Vets: Ron Paul

RAF Man Faces Court Martial for Causing Fatal Crash in Iraq

Army Already Redesigning Stryker Vehicle Over Safety Complaints

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

The Bureaucratic Buffet to fix intelligence: Ivan Eland

Explosives workers not checked

2 States Seek Weak Links in Emergency Plans (LAT Reg)

'Confused' Venezuelan admits flying to UK with grenade

Report: Federal Government Issued a Record Number of Classification Decisions in 2004

Al Qaeda: Up to 18 militants killed in three-day gunbattle in Saudi Arabia + U.S. Raises Reward for Suspect in '93 Attack (LAT Reg)

United Nations: Annan Tells Staff of His 'Pain' from UN Inquiries + Oil-for-food scandal: Washington's preemptive strike on the UN + UN sets Darfur trials in motion

Guarding Pakistan's nuclear estate + A swipe at 'enlightened' Musharraf

Hungarian Ericsson Spy Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

‘US spy’ killed in Miranshah

Arabic news outlet accuses Iran of recruiting spies in Iraq

The Art of Intelligence

National space-control policy

US plays $16 million 'war game' + Anti-Terror Drills Focus on Patient Care

Purported al-Qaida Video Shows Beheading

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Company helps kids lose weight with a new video game system

Mitchell: What's a mother to do when son gets motorcycle?

Arianna Huffington: Gangs lure more at-risk kids than ever

Asking teens about suicide does more good than harm: study

Blood for pork....

Iraq expo attracts large crowds of exhibitors and participants

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Border Watchers Capture Their Prey -- the Media + Border Patrol volunteers trip sensors + Border volunteers disruptive, feds say

Florida Law Expands Right to Kill in Self-Defense

Shipping line pleads guilty to dumping waste

Civil rights lawyer John McTernan dead at 94

Supreme Court's latest age discrimination ruling is a mixed result (SB Reg)

'Liars,' Libel and Liability. Supreme Court refuses to take up key 1st Amendment case (LAT Reg)

Patriot Act used in Portland lawyer investigation, attorney general says

Commute to work is hell, Martha cries to the court

China leads death list as number of executions around the world soars

Narcowars vs. Civil Rights

Understanding Biological Foundation Of Human Behavior Critical To Improving Laws

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Supreme Court to decide Coastal Commission's fate

Domestic partner rights validated

San Francisco: Court rules against hospitals in payment-lien dispute

State High Court Backs Clean Water Standards re: Los Angeles, Burbank lawsuit (LAT Reg)

RIP: Dr. Boyd Stephens -- medical examiner

California official accuses title insurance firms of kickbacks

Stanford Law Students Prevail Again in High Court

AG Lockyer accepts donation from casino he opposed

Sacramento & north: Enforcing fare play (SB Reg) + 2 shot; SUV hits SMUD pole, cuts power (SB Reg) + Uncle is arrested in death of baby (SB Reg) + Editorial: New flow standard needed for the American River (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF police officer charged with misconduct re: failing to arrest for TRO violation + Details on death of man in custody still hazy

Alameda: Church leaders testify in brothers' abuse trial. Bishop emeritus says allegations weren't fully investigated + Oakland: 3 local men charged in carjacking slaying + Bishop: We missed signs of sex abuse + 'Riders' case will pass to jurors today + 'Riders' abused people's trust, lawyer argues (CCT Reg) + Diocese leaders admit not checking records (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Dead county jail inmate identified (SJM Reg) + Man snatched rock-throwing boy (SJM Reg) + Caution urged on Taser use (SJM Reg) + Officer defends 2 cops' actions (SJM Reg) + Hells Angels' rights violated, court rules (SJM Reg) + Inmate found hanged in cell is apparent suicide (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Martinez: Nanny's hit-run trial will begin Thursday + Larger jury pool sought in hit-run + Concord murder defendant has testimony disallowed (CCT Reg)

Marin: Top court official Clerk John Montgomery resigns abruptly + Belvedere extends 2nd-unit ban + Tiny monuments to be saved + Grateful Dead's 'trustee' Rush dies

Sonoma: 5 charged in Petaluma home invasion; $10,000 stolen + SR spat turns into knife attack

Solano: Fairfield: Man accused of killing his mom + Murder suspect pleads not guilty + Police ID body found, don't release name yet + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Mystery of man's death finally solved

Central Valley: Coroner says Ceres Marine shot 11 times + Autopsy set today in Taser subduing + Discrimination case can move to court + Robbery puts info on loans in peril + Peterson costs climb to $3.83M + News from the San Joaquin Valley + It's up to us to keep our kids from becoming Shredders

Central Coast: Santa Barbara: Former fugitive pleads not guilty in boy's murder + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Suit claims sexual harassment by Marlon Brando + LA police use video expert to review wild motorcycle chase + OC: Conviction in arson, murder case + LA: Chinese men allegedly smuggled to U.S. detained+ Documents Sought in Corruption Probe of LA Mayor (LAT Reg) + ID of Officer in Wild Chase Eludes LAPD (LAT Reg) + Anaheim Officers Kill 1, Wound 1 in Pickup (LAT Reg) + Man Is Sentenced in 1983 Slaying (LAT Reg) + Studio City Motel Owner Found Guilty (LAT Reg) + Chinese Smuggled Into Port Arrested (LAT Reg) + Suit Filed Against Brando's Estate (LAT Reg) + Driver Fleeing Police Hits Car, Killing Man (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana: 2 Men Who Were Shot and Killed Are Identified (LAT Reg) + Inland police happy with stun guns

Michael Jackson: Maid's son testifies to 3 incidents of fondling. Jackson paid him $2 million in 1994 settlement + Witness to alleged Jackson molestation pleads poor memory + Maid's Son Testifies Jackson Molested Him (LAT Reg) + Battle for Jackson team + Ex-Maid Testifies She Found Jackson Showering With Little Boy

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Unions expect thousands to protest outside governor's fundraiser + Nurses to protest governor's fundraiser + Arnold's foes are growing louder + Rightward tilting could cost Gov. support (CCT Reg) + Gov's top adviser re: "reorganization", Paul Miner, leaving administration + 'Team Arnold' to lose political adviser Miner (CCT Reg) + Dan Walters: Gov.'s fumbles improve foes' odds of winning the game (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Choices come into focus in online budget simulation (SB Reg) + Government by Referendum: Schwarzenegger Chooses Demogogy To Impose Shultz's Fascist Agenda + Tax amnesty brings state $3.4 billion (SJM Reg) + Windfall to State May Be Fleeting (LAT Reg) + Corporate tax proceeds from amnesty/ Windfall for state - but maybe not (SB Reg)

State water officials consider $2 surcharge for homes (CCT Reg)

Coastal panel's future on trial (CCT Reg) + Coastal panel's power in high court's hands (SB Reg)

Ex-state senator Burton regrets workers' comp reform + Workers' comp plan critics cry foul (SB Reg)

Drug firms pull initiative to cap attorney fees (SB Reg)

Study: Obese, inactive residents cost state $21.7 billion yearly

CALFED report criticized

Legislature: Assembly to hear campaign finance reform bills (CCT Reg) + Democrats to unveil roadway funds plan (SB Reg) + Bill spotlights natural asbestos (SB Reg) + Bills Target Pharmacists Who Say 'No' (LAT Reg) + Railroads slam anti-pollution bill + Voter reform bill introduced, proof of citizenship required

Indian tribes: Indian gambling debate comes to Capitol Hill. Lytton band to make its case for San Pablo slots + Shed some light on a bad deal + Tribe says sheep habitat designation derails development plans Lockyer accepts donation from casino he opposed + San Pablo OKs cops for casino work (CCT Reg) + New Opponents to San Pablo Casino Emerge. U.S. Department of the Interior Shows Support for Feinstein Bill; Contra Costa County Expected to Follow Suit

LOCAL NEWS:   Yosemite: New paths, markers highlight waterfalls, former Indian village

Growth foreseen for ocean fish-farming

Traffic? Commute by sky Aerial tram transit considered

Piedmont: Horse rubdowns benefit animal and therapist (CCT Reg)

Californians can sign up to become organ donors online (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Construction postponed on Roseville I-80 offramp (SB Reg) + Sacto Chief to report on police staffing + Motorcyclist in Placer wreck identified (SB Reg) + Two area rice firms to merge (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Builders rise to defend their friend at City Hall. Panel delays vote amid criticism of the mayor's choice + Belmont officer injured in collision + Supervisor abuzz about helicopter noise from news choppers + Policy group urges city hiring reform + Parking expert eyes Redwood City issues + Daly City seeks creative ways to manage crowding

Alameda: Oakland: City attorney warns against ending ban on herbicide use + Berkeley: 99 years of selling sounds downtown drawing to a close. Tupper & Reed owner opts to focus on Santa Rosa store + Alameda-to -S.F. ferry funds in peril + Berkeley lines up for healthy kids push + Newark man dies of crash injuries + Fremont: Extreme makeover for Kennedy H.S. theater + Newark: Stark among those to speak on global conflicts at symposium + Newark schools' leaders to leave + Two banks hit within 25 minutes + Truck rolls into home in the hills + Oakland considers herbicide fire prevention (CCT Reg) + A match made in Oakland - Anne Gust profile (SB Reg)+ Oakland official Nancy Nadel voices opposition to asbestos legislation (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: San Jose BART backers brace for another fight. Feds' proposed rule on transit funding 'isn't a done deal' + Open space push to coast (SJM Reg) + Anti-gang plan goes to council (SJM Reg) + Bill seeks apology for deportations (SJM Reg) + Weimers: 'West Wing' coming to San Jose (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Orinda: Benefactor delivering fishing boats to Sri Lankan village + Blackhawk Chorus cleared to perform in Vatican City + Fire damages Pittsburg church (CCT Reg) + San Pablo OKs cops for casino work (CCT Reg) + San Pablo Avenue to gain ADA upgrades (CCT Reg) + Martinez to defer part of cost of moving two county offices (CCT Reg)

Marin: Top court official Clerk John Montgomery resigns abruptly + Belvedere extends 2nd-unit ban + Tiny monuments to be saved + Grateful Dead's 'trustee' Rush dies

Sonoma: SR considers pot club limits + SR boy, 11, alerts mom to blaze + Petaluma council OKs stricter parking rules + It's a long way to go for a movie + Reggae musician died in Eel River + On the road - again + 2 die at Clear Lake despite rescue try

Napa: Growers prepare to cast ballots on sharpshooter 'tax'

Solano: City tackles overspending + Woman uses cell phone to escape I-80 crash site + Vallejo transit expands + CHP dispatchers protest schedules + Benicia-Martinez bridge project gets pricier + AmCan Council to consider funding water usage study + Sunshine ordinance still debated

Monterey: Growth foreseen for ocean fish-farming + Labeling law for fish goes into effect + MPUSD approves school leases + Oldtown developer gets deadline + Salinas residents flooded out + Labeling law for fish goes into effect + Salmon miss coming-out party + Your town + Carmel voters to decide hotel tax + Monterey County Vote a Victory for Pro-Growth Advocates (LAT Reg)

Central Valley: Medical pot moratorium on agenda + Snow delivers wealth of water + Patterson to consider builder post + 'Three Wishes' more like 500 in bucolic Sonora + Despite heavy press, flu influence was minor+ Gotcha! 'Naked karaoke' at Merced club a prank+ Sylvan trustees fighting roundabouts+ TID's river efforts earn honors + P Modesto bracing for huge shortfall+ BUDGET: Modesto might have to raise taxes to fix 'mess'+ Around the region+ News & Notes+ Extending pot moratorium buys city time + San Joaquin health statistics bottom out

Central Coast: Two seriously injured in head-on crash near Watsonville (SJM Reg) + Little job growth in Santa Cruz (SJM Reg) + City shuts marijuana co-op + China squeezes P.V. apple farms + Developer gives new life to S.V.’s Skypark vision + Recreation panel OKs skatepark lights + Catholic community gathers to remember Pope John Paul II + Growth in Watsonville depends on status of airport runway + Power cable for ocean seen as boon to research +Coastal farming preserved + Coast Lines

Southern California: Parks backs Villaraigosa's City Hall bid + Revenge of the potholes + Parks to Back Hahn's Rival (LAT Reg) + Airport Contracts Extended (LAT Reg) + O.C. Crash Kills 3 After Wedding (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: 300 Evacuate in Another Derailment (LAT Reg) + Costa Mesa: Reconsidering Job Center's Closure (LAT Reg) + Riverside: Homeland Security Center Sought for March Military Base (LAT Reg) + LA: 3 Police Union Officials Face Ethics Charges (LAT Reg) + Congressional demand to ignore military bases as spot for new regional San Diego airport causes heat + Questions raised about nonprofit's activities -- Fabian Nunez is consultant

School days: Study puts Oakland: dropout rate at 52%. Mayor decries crisis -- district questions research accuracy + San Francisco: Board to discuss closing of schools + Oakland: Science teacher wins award of $10,000 + Drop in U.S. student visas by foreigners. Decline after 9/11 curbs called threat to education, economy and security + UC service workers threaten to strike + Hearing set for boy cited for lollipop-licking on bus + Program offers girls equation for success in science + Vice principal at Piedmont moves up + Chabot explores new ways of instruction + Cal debate team a record success + San Pablo joins schools review team (CCT Reg) + Livermore school board hears from new charter school (CCT Reg) + Sacramento-region districts will lose $3.4 million in federal money aimed at needy students (SB Reg) + Let CSU give doctorates in certain specialties + Support for school uniforms diminishes in San Joaquin District

MILITARY  Uniform rules irk combat forces

Army, Marine recruiters shift focus to wary parents + Military recruiters fortifying their outposts at high school (LAT Reg)

The story of Sgt. Smith's last hours

Congressional demand to ignore military bases as spot for new regional San Diego airport causes heat

More Empty Rhetoric for Vets: Ron Paul

RAF Man Faces Court Martial for Causing Fatal Crash in Iraq

Army Already Redesigning Stryker Vehicle Over Safety Complaints

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

President Bush's order on Pandemic Influenza

Bioterror Plans Inadequate, GAO Says


Gene therapy runs into roadblocks

Doctors banning taping of births

Zinc shown to sharpen teenagers' mental skills

Student Identifies Electrical Changes Preceding Heart Failure

Sperm- Not So Mobile

Heart Repair Gets New Muscle

Some Brain Cells 'Change Channels'

Maximizing The Anti-Cancer Power Of Broccoli

Researchers Find A Mutation In LRRK2 Gene Causes Parkinson's Disease In Several North American And European Families

Contaminated Corn Can Create Risks For The Unborn

Yeast Finding Links Processes In Heart Disease And Cancer

Vitamin E May Not Prevent Cancer Or Cardiovascular Events, But May Increase Risk For Heart Failure

Acupuncture Relieves Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Diagnostic Test For Range Of Blood Disorders On The Horizon

Internal Fat's Role In Type 2 Diabetes Probed

The bionic eye that could help blind people see faces again

Fossil Records Show Biodiversity Comes And Goes

Lion Returns To Zoo After Unique Medical Procedure

Scientists Discover How Fish Evolved To Float At Different Sea Depths

POPE: Andrew Greeley: Who might be next? Here's one guess + '81 Shooter Requests Prison Leave to Attend Funeral (LAT Reg) + Skolnick: Balanced view of popes + Pope's place in history 'enlarged' to try to control future + Queen told Charles to delay wedding + Chief rabbis to skip pope's funeral due to Passover preparations + It's as if the Reformation had never happened + The limits of autocracy + The Pope Who Revived the Office of the Inquisition: an American Catholic on the Papacy of John Paul II + Italian Anti-Terror Forces Prepare for Pope's Funeral


Google to archive video clips, "video blogging" + Google incorporates satellite maps

Where Are All The Cool Cars?

Understanding Turbulence In The Fast Lane -- Mach 10 And Beyond

Researchers Deploy Robot On Frozen Lake In Preparation For Antarctic Expedition

Computer Program Helps Farmers Make Decisions About Pastureland

CU-Boulder Researchers Pioneer New Technique To Free Seismologists From 'Tyranny Of Earthquakes'

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop New Software To Detect Viruses In Cell Phones And Other Embedded Systems

Tiny drives set for space boost

THE BUSHWORLD...

Two Former Presidents and Rice to Join Bush at Pope's Funeral

Bush: Social Security Future's Bleak + Bush Says Social Security Trust Fund a Fiction + Bush Touts Private Accounts at Home of Social Security Trust Fund (LAT Reg)

Gallup: Bush Approval Rating Lowest Ever for 2nd-Term Prez at this Point

Bush says he'll pressure Israel to halt settlement expansion

Officials urge renewal of Patriot Act + Gonzales to Endorse Patriot Act 'Modifications' (LAT Reg) + FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday asked lawmakers to expand bureau’s ability to obtain records without first asking a judge

Bush fund raiser to become U.S. ambassador to Canada: reports

US 'very comfortable' with Lamy as possible WTO head

After the charm, Rice's man talks tough on trade

Bush backs Ukraine in bid to join NATO

Iran: US and Iran Oppose Plan for Nuclear Moratorium

Syria, Lebanon: Wartime Feel Returns to Lebanon: Marianne Stigset + Will the Kissinger Legacy Again Kill Lebanon?

Domestic: U.S. to tighten border controls by 2008 + Drug firms launch $10 million ad campaign + IRS Chief Says Tax Abuse Rampant At Nonprofits, Charities + Yucca Mountain E-Mails May Jeopardize Project, Officials Fear (LAT Reg)

Social Security: Illegals subsidize Social Security + New Medicare law to clawback billions from the states + Drug Companies Develop Clearinghouse to Aid Uninsured

Congress: Far-flung Voyagers could be lost in space budget shift + Asbestos Bill on Its Way, U.S. Senate's Frist Says + Nadel calls on Feinstein to kill asbestos trust bill + Congress back from vacation + Congressman calls for criminalizing TV indecency + Radical Surgery Is Urged for Medical Malpractice (LAT Reg) + Senate Votes to Lift Family Planning Restrictions, but Hurdles Remain

Democrats: GOP Dream: Shut Out Hillary by Appointing Hubby to Supreme Court + Centrist Dems Push 'Muscular Internationalism'

GOP: More tough talk about pulverizing the judiciary + Cornyn suggests 'political decisions' may be a factor in recent incidents at courthouses Click.

OPINIONS:

After reported intelligence failures: Whom do we believe now?

Robert Scheer: Bush threw us a "curveball"

The Teetering Empire: Scott Horton

The freedom bell is not ringing as loudly as Bush thinks

Doug Thompson: When honesty is no longer the preferred policy

Paul Krugman: An academic question

Bolton Nominated to Destroy UN

Original axis of evil: Colonial empires

America's new circus diplomacy and the Muslim world

Cannonfire: Vote fraud, the invisible story

LEAKGATES 

Report says 9/11 evacuation slower than expected

9-11: Why the Buildings Fell Down


Hunting by remote control draws fire from all quarters

Columbia University: Latest Mideast Battleground

What Search Sites Know About You

High-Tech Passports Coming; Complaints Already In

The Grassroots Resistance to the Patriot Act

Bunker film 'is too kind to Nazis'

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Greenspan: Oil Prices Strain Energy Markets

Pfizer Forecasts 6 Percent Decline in Profit for 2005

CHEVRONTEXACO: Firm dates to state's early oil days + Behind the buyout: Reserves big factor + A Changing Landscape Is Driving Oil Mergers (LAT Reg)

Savings bond revamp

Sempra shareholders vote against board on governance issues

Wal-Mart Woos Media as It Tries to Polish Image

Immigrant investor program falls short of expectations (SB Reg)

His pay has Semel saying `Yahoo!' (SJM Reg)

Pakistan awards third Islamic banking license

Who Controls Companies?

China's banks face tough times from foreign competition

Eisner Heir: Disney Boss' Son Follows Into Show Business With 'Sahara'

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:   First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Says He's Falsely Accused of Suggested Jesus Was Homosexual + Navratilova Gay Credit Card Battle Heats Up

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Peter Jennings Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Gore's new media venture seeks to blend TV, Internet. Former VP says his Current network gives viewers a voice

Networks placing new faith in religious shows

In Diverse Pulitzer List, Only 2 Prizes for Iraq Coverage + Iraq War Loomed Large Among Pulitzer Photo Winners, Finalists

Feminist Schultz Thrilled to Win Commentary Prize

Wife Plans to Shoot Hunter Thompson's Ashes From Cannon in August

Iraq Reality Show Features Captured Insurgents

Amazon buys on-demand publishing firm

Blogs and the Law

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Sky-watchers await solar eclipse on Friday (SJM Reg)

Painted ladies (butterflies) flutter through central valley

Missing Napa cat has a few tales to tell

Grave markers of Napa's Chinese laborers hard to find at Tulocay

Napa County trying to track burial plots of early Berryessa pioneers

Hetch Hetch: After the fall (LAT Reg) + Parting the waters of what once was (LAT Reg)

Corinne West follows road less traveled

Get a taste of farm living on a California family ranch

Climber Has a Dream as Lofty as Yosemite's Peaks (LAT Reg)

Whole family gets into the act for Circo Hermanos Caballero

Alameda day of art planned

Experts find 41 saltworks in ancient Maya

Mona Lisa's smile seen in a new light

Story Nights Attract New Yorkers Like Moths to Flame

Art Experts, Deconstructed (LAT Reg)

Nancy Franklin on “Fat Actress”

Sasha Frere-Jones on Slint

Natural Magick

Nature Helps Create Religious Adults

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Lohan & Slater: One for the ages

Rush & Molloy: Denzel & Co. hail 'Caesar' longevity

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 4, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Prisoners Clash With Guards at Detention Facility in Southern Iraq; Suicide Bomber Blows Up Near Abu Ghraib + Suicide bomber injures 4 near Abu Ghraib + 44 Americans injured in Abu Ghraib+ Major Prison Break Fails + Resistance begins to slow, but attacks are still fierce + U.S. Soldier and Marine Killed in Iraq Blasts (LAT Reg) + 'Beyond the DropZone' + 5,000 Brits Leave Iraq to Hunt for bin Laden in Afghanistan + Iraqi Unit Falls From Grace in Tragic Misstep + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: Iraq's assembly speaker is a Sunni with U.S. ties. Shiite and Kurd selected to serve as his deputies + Iraq ends rancor to fill assembly post + A gentleman's agreement in Iraq + Compromise or time-bomb? + Al-Hosni is the speaker of the Iraqi parliament + Iraqi blogger on martial law

War prisons: UN Torture Envoy Confident of Visit to Guantanamo + Prisoners riot at US-run camp in southern Iraq: ICRC + Whitewashing Rumsfeld

MIDDLE EAST: Izzat Saad el-Sayyed: Egypt launches initiatives on Afro-Asian strategic partnership

Israel, Palestine: Sharon braces for showdown with settlers + Shin Bet foils bombing attack at Latrun museum + Israel Plans to Dump Garbage From Tel Aviv in a Landfill on Palestinian Land, Prompting Protests

RUSSIA: Russia official warns against infighting + Hackers allegedly steal Russian Central Bank's database + The great fortune of Russia's only female billionaire grows still

EUROPE: Kyrgyz president signs resignation deal + Fervor Dies Down in Bishkek (LAT Reg)

Uzbekistan torture trail

Balkans revisited

Yushchenko's challenges

Petulant Prince Charles

POPE: Pope's detailed plans in action + Global South as growing force in Catholic Church + Pope John Paul, the Church and the Jews + Daily News Exclusive: Beloved nurse is with him near end + Radical Brazilian cardinal leads succession race + Family noted for embalming popes not involved this time + Cardinals drop hints on Pope’s successor + Interest Groups Will Use the Papal Interregnum to Press for Church Changes + Stardom: The Pope's Very Special Relationship With Fatima + French flag tribute to Pope sparks left-wing anger

AFRICA: Ivorian summit as war fears grow

A test of good intentions in a Kenyan village

Mugabe rejects call for rerun and jokes of '20 more years'

ASIA PACIFIC: Mob Ends a Mixed Marathon in Pakistan (LAT Reg)

We're no threat, but true friends: China to India

Korea opens dark chapter of history

AMERICAS:  Police held over Brazil killings

Biography of Salvador Allende

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

U.S. military not conducting spy flights over Iran: Rumsfeld

Major Antiterrorism Exercise Begins Today

Daily Intelligence Briefings Are Vague, Officials Say

Seven Al-Qaeda suspects killed in marathon Saudi gun battle + Gun battles continue in Saudi Arabia + Saudi analysts say insurgency still alive + Saudi, Yemen swap prisoners + Saudi reformists' trial adjourned

Study: Al-Qaeda Recruits Well-Educated Professionals

Zarqawi Driven by Emotion, Ex-Cellmates Say + Al-Zarqawi not Osama fave: report

AQ Khan, Mehmood had met Osama Click.

Pope John Paul II CIA Files Published

Indonesian Deal With Australia Seen as Yielding Security Boost (LAT Reg)

Spying As a Business

Since Customs and Immigration split, nation less secure?

Stasi moles in Vatican spread lies to help Bulgarians

Warning against increased espionage activity in Norway

Ex-govt worker probed over spying

Half-Century Later, a New Look at Argentine-Nazi Ties

The globe-trotting life of a real double agent

Thatcher is refused US visa over coup plot conviction

The Curse of Conventional Wisdom

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Crude Futures Top $58 a Barrel; Analyst Says Market Is 'unstable'

ChevronTexaco buying Unocal

Chevron executive defends high fuel prices and profits (LAT Reg)

All Together Now—Blame Enron!

Restaurant once owned by Petersons for sale on eBay

Yahoo raises profile with Hollywood push

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Top Court: Creditors Can't Grab IRAs

High Court to Decide State Immunity Bankruptcy Case

Border group reports illegal immigrants + A Roadblock, Not a Barrier for Migrants + US has no time for Minutemen on Mexican border

Video System Aids Order in the Court (LAT Reg)

Centre to tackle net pedophiles

U.S. tracks immigrants with device

The Most Dangerous Gang in America

Attorney Says Judge Should Remove Herself From Wittig Retrial

inquiry Into Fannie Mae's Accounting Also Looking at off-Balance Sheet Trusts

Stopping Banks from Hiding Human Rights Abusers' Money: A Recent Settlement by Riggs Bank Highlights the Issue

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Marijuana case stars at meeting

Tougher law urged on HIV infection (SB Reg)

First Month, Last Month, Lost Deposit

Sacramento & north: 1 dead, 5 hurt in fight at party (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: A fake gun and a real knife throw coach a life-threatening curveball (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: South San Francisco: Man dies after police use a 'body wrap' + Christian group's suit against Hastings moves ahead + Child molester transferred out of Redwood City

Alameda: Tow-truck driver proposes safety law + Probe: Advocacy group misused funds + Lee helps ex-cons clear their records + Jury selection begins in nanny trial + Shoe video voyeurs invade women's privacy undetected + Pleasanton woman wards off intruder + Accused contractor may have left US

Santa Clara: Landlady moves in; fixing begins (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: Gunshot victim dies in medical center + Nanny hit-and-run trial to begin (CCT Reg) + With trial starting, couple reflects on loss (CCT Reg)

Sonoma: Petaluma man shot in the leg

Solano: Vallejo: Fugitive sought in fatal shooting + Dead woman inside of Easterling trailer + Area Blockbuster locations subject to settlement terms regarding 'no late fee' promo + Man arrested after mother found dead + Two Sunday morning police pursuits lead to six arrests + Vacaville prison has long, storied history + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Kidnapped man jumps from car

Central Valley: Fresno: Poisoning Is Suspected in Woman's Death (LAT Reg)

Central Coast: Police, security can’t enforce stop signs in the Capitola Mall parking lot + Car salesman gets taken for ride + Cops And Courts

Southern California: Hahn's Anti-Gang Plan Has Its Skeptics (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana: Teenage Boy Is Shot to Death During Party (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Witness Says Jackson Molested Him During 1990 Tickling Game + House manager says he saw drunk boys at Neverland + Jackson's private side uncovered in trial + 'God' on his side, Jackson tells fans + Milking Michael’s misery + Daily News Exclusive: Jacko could beat it to Brando paradise

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. taking hits in his PR war with Dems. Some in GOP are nervous over strategy + Gov.'s pension reform sends mixed message (CCT Reg) + Despite GOP tilt, firefighters and police battle Gov. over pension plan (SJM Reg) + Foes to razz Gov. as he's putting on the Ritz Unions to rally against Gov. on Tuesday + Public safety workers oppose pension plans + Dan Walters: Flacks for both sides of political war try to frame media coverage (SB Reg) + Gov. fails people of color on fairness level + Gov. Is on Right Track in Seeking a Spending Cap (LAT Reg) + The buzz: Dual call to arms: Sign on either dotted line (SB Reg)

Momentum growing to change California Environmental Quality Act + Loosening grip of the CEQA law

Unions debate political role

Western Governors Announce Support for Massive Project to Improve Power Grid

Legislature: Lawmaker wants to delay high-speed rail bond vote + Bill would shift control over bridge project (CCT Reg) + Torrico to stall rail bond? Bullet train may be stalled

Indian tribes: Indian casino resort issues on the table + Casino is refinanced to pay off tribal loan; Cuts may affect Campo members

LOCAL NEWS:   Tahoe bear killings cause outcry

More cities seeing WiFi zones as destinations (LAT Reg)

Experts fear bad wildfire season in West

Sacramento & north: A home for Locke's legacy (SB Reg) + Back-seat driver: Annoyed at rough road? Send Caltrans an e-mail (SB Reg) + Folsom Lake Yacht Club launches sailing season (SB Reg) + Bishop on mend after transplant (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + On the move: Valmores new leader of My Sister's House (SB Reg) + Editorial: The stealth economy and Yuba base closure (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Gated homes in the Tenderloin. Residents make their city cul-de-sac a place where doors can be open + Redwood City seeks to update general policy plan

Alameda: Delays on $35 million center for disabled. Preservation fight could derail project backed by officials + The time has come for new A's ballpark + Mayor's nuptials not an Oakland first + Berkeley student co-op seeks to repair reputation + Oakland: Parks nonprofit hopes gala will raise its profile + Oakland: Emerson elementary school finally gets its own library + Little Leaguer returns after accident + Girls Inc. event covers teen health + Island station a rugged getaway + Fremont forum to focus on sexual assault + Back in the swing of things + County OKs needle program + Union City: Design changes, funding to delay Flight 93 memorial + Spees to lead county GOP + Torlakson bill urges double fines on Vasco Road + 'Chilling' public service announcement to air re: Vasco Road + New Danville trails postponed by rain

Santa Clara: Mayor wants stem cell institute in San Jose (SJM Reg) + Whistle-blower hotline nears approval in S.J. (SJM Reg) + Surgery puts pair on speaking terms + Developers' role in reports criticized (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Chefs' 24-hour fast to aid hungry (SJM Reg) + Rodriguez: The road to recovery (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Work on Hwy. 101 Trimble exit (SJM Reg) + A special tip for frustrated FasTrak user (SJM Reg) + Neighbors are quiet about late-landing jet (SJM Reg) + Newark man, 20, injured while apparently racing (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Uncertainty over staffing analysis worries unions (CCT Reg) + Enlarging Keller landfill rankles neighbors (CCT Reg)

Marin: Liberatore at Large: Marin man is 'lion tamer' of Jackson media circus + Weekend fires disrupt Marin Services for Women clients + Nonprofits join forces for benefit + Fair housing advocate to be honored + Public can say goodbye to Pickleweed center

Sonoma: Petaluma targets parking woes + Bodega Bay pedestrian trail plans looking up + SR board diversity drops from 2003 + Fire district may get tender + SR rally honors Cesar Chavez

Napa: Buyers race to buy new homes at Sheveland Ranch + Union endorsements get mixed results in election + Firm buys Napa's touchscreen machine maker

Solano: New owner of Starr Mansion plans restoration + A lifetime of helping others + Local Business Briefs + Local News Briefs + - CMF employees compile history, find time capsule in the process + Supervisors to revisit large-scale dairy debate

Monterey: Hundreds turn out to save Salinas libraries + Carrying on Chavez's work + School sites sought + Rummage, bake sale to benefit schools + Your Town + Nobody knows from where it flows + Military briefs

Central Valley: Heroism on Wheels + Stockton's bishop remembers pope's 'quick, wonderful mind' + Riverbank park's tide still rising+ Modestan is grateful for chance handshake+ MJC student union nearing completion + Oakdale rodeo stands by sponsor + Keeping libraries open goal in Steinbeck's hometown + Bee journalists win honors in news contests + Coma-proof Love: Mother stays by daughter's side+ Around the region + News & Notes+ News from the San Joaquin Valley + Group wants lower water standards along San Joaquin River

Central Coast: UC service employees set strike date + Downtown S.C. businesses describe long, laborious permit process + Masses for pope will take place in county all week + Library system faces another deficit + Coast Lines + News briefs from California's Central Coast

Southern California: Ports Duke It Out for Ship Traffic + New planner key to how L.A. grows + No Rest for the Elected (LAT Reg) + LACMA Director to Resign Her Post (LAT Reg) + Burbank's Face Lift Isn't Painless (LAT Reg) + Toxic Seepage Worries Norco (LAT Reg) + Decision That Haunts Hahn (LAT Reg) + Won't Get Fooled Again

School days: Peralta recruiter under scrutiny + Teachers fear increasing violence (CCT Reg) + A Lucrative Brand of Tutoring Grows Unchecked + Newark Board examine strike policy + Mission student studies stress, wins award + Party-hearty ways die hard at Chico State (SB Reg) + High schools 'dropout factories' + Bold teachers take tutoring by storm (SJM Reg) + Web lets schools offer more courses (SJM Reg) + UC Reduces Its Low-SAT Acceptances (LAT Reg)

CONNECT THE DOTS....

A tale of two Jackies

Digital bliss: Soon-to-be-married couple get help wiring their love nest (SJM Reg)

When The Web Was New

Seattle mothers band together to keep the punk spirit alive

Stardom: Masturbating My Brain to Tainted Love

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Angola Marburg death toll climbs

San Diego: Change in weather renews West Nile fight

Biotechnology and the Unpleasant Alternatives (Slate reg)

Biologists Discover Why 10 Percent Of Europeans Are Safe From HIV Infection


Patching up genes the next big step

A Nano Drug's Giant Promise

Re-teaching sleep through therapy

Viagra 'stops pregnancy disorder'

Arthritis drug link to infections

Gene causes 'problem pregnancies'

Hope for new arthritis treatment

Quick kidney failure test 'found'

'Gene-Editing' Cuts Out Diseased DNA

Study on teens and oral sex holds surprises

Child Care May Affect Entire Community's Risks Of Infection

Genes For Alcohol Consumption Identified

Scientists Develop Technology That Uses MRI To Visualize Gene Expression In Living Animals

Inflammatory Condition Doubles Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Chemists Identify Immune System Mechanism For Methamphetamine Binges

Tracking Antimicrobial Resistant Organisms

Sciatica Pain Study Seeks Volunteers

Cooperation Is Key--A New Way Of Looking At MicroRNA And How It Controls Gene Expression

Growing Your Own Replacement Teeth? Not Science Fiction!

Newly Discovered Pathway Might Help In Design Of Cancer Drugs

Research Reveals Functions Of Harmful Shellfish Pathogens

Determining The Fate Of Cells In The Human Body

Brain Research To Help In Fight Against Cardiovascular Disease

Fixing Of The Lumbar Column Aided By Simple Radiological Techniques

NASA Turns to Mexican Lake for Clues to Alien Life

Ocean Ecosystems Plagued By Agricultural Runoff

Hitachi's new technology for disk drives

Scientists push to keep scouting Mars. Rovers' 90-day mission, now in its 15th month, could last 1,000 days if NASA agrees

Digital convergence with Internet on the way

S.F. firm develops software to improve mental agility

New search engines narrowing their focus + Blinkx carves out new search niche (SJM Reg)

'Body talk' could control mobiles

Big Blue's blunder

MIT team's project creates laptops for developing world

Where Sony went wrong

What a Little Moon Dust Can Do

Cousteau Sub Mimics Great White

Mars: 'Hourglass' Shaped Craters Filled Traces Of Glacier

UK Experts Develop Super-realistic Animation System

Post-Tsunami Thailand Yields Lessons For Coastal Construction

In Solution, Tiny Magnetic Wires Scatter Light

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush: U.S. to bear burden of Iraq costs

U.S. Launches China Trade Investigation

Ukraine: Bush Welcomes Ukraine's Yushchenko to White House + Bush, Ukraine Chief Launch 'Strategic Partnership' + Ukraine's Yushchenko Gets Pledges on WTO Bid, Trade

Bush Presents Medal of Honor for Iraq War Valor

Bush to Show Gratitude at Pope's Funeral

Bush Hasn't Won All of Pope's Flock (LAT Reg)

Support grows for beefing up U.S. forces. Some see situations where volunteers may not be enough

As U.S. Trip Looms, Sharon Vows Settlement Growth + U.S. seeks explanation on settlement expansion

Bolton: 66 former officials line up behind Bolton + Did Bolton Try to Intimidate Spies?

Iran: Iran Cash Linked to Hezbollah Attacks on Israel + Iran hopes for EU nuclear accord

Syria, Lebanon: Bush Warns Against Delaying Lebanese Elections + Syria to leave Lebanon before elections. All Syrian forces will be gone by April 30, U.N. says + Missing in Syria: Lebanese prisoners

Domestic: Some at NASA Say Its Culture Is Changing, but Others Say Problems Still Run Deep + NASA hasn't learned its lessons on safety, some employees say

Social Security: Still stuck on Social Security. Congress leaders wonder if any bill can pass this year + Democrats hit road in Social Security war + Ad campaign targets Bush Social Security plan + GOP stalwarts wary on Social Security + A Sly Charm Offensive

Congress: Senate Primed for Filibuster Showdown + How much is a missile defense system worth? Democrats: Dem's new message -- the party of a less intrusive government + Democrats Are Lost in the Shuffle While GOP Holds All the Cards (LAT Reg) + Clinton and Kerry launch unlikely crusade for religious freedom at work

GOP: DeLay's support slides on his home turf + Embattled on ethics, DeLay sticks to tough talk + Really rich Guliani

OPINIONS:

Juan Cole: Wesley Clark conference call

Land of the not-so-free

John Paul II, Peacemaker: Justin Raimondo

Does Freedom Prevent Terrorism?: James Payne

The Costs of Hyping Terrorism: Paul Robinson

Silencing the opposition

Tenet's Pack of Lies: Gordon Prather

Activism and the disabled

Bush camp flies too close to the sun

MILITARY Recruiting our high school students: From video war games to signing up for the Army

Sergeants Advise Fellow Female GIs to Put Plans for Starting Family on Hold

Convicted GI haunted by decision

Disabled Veterans Again Seek End to System of Pay Offsets

Army death squads roam tsunami coast

Five U.S. soldiers accused of smuggling cocaine in Colombia

Eliminating the Air Force + The Grunts Stick it to the Air Force

Nick Turse on U.S. military weaponry of the near future


San Francisco tries to register bloggers

High-tech U.S. passport containing chips may be risky, critics say

Humane Society Targeting Canadian Seafood to Try to Stop Seal Hunt

Student Tracker Proposed

Big Brother Watches, and Security Companies Profit

A Shameful Little Secret

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Kansans set to vote on gay marriage + Rainbow Sash Movement (Gay) Catholics Remember Pope John Paul II + Dutch gays couples divorce at about the same rate as heterosexuals + Court Upholds California's Gay Partnership Law

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Gore TV Network to Launch in August, GOOGLE.COM Tie-In

Memo to Bob Iger: News Still Matters (LAT Reg)

Video Shills for Literary Stars

'She' TV Gives Voice to Arab Women

Pulitzer Prizes Announced; 'LAT,' 'WSJ' Each Win 2

Judith Miller Visits the Atomic Testing Museum

How the Terri Schiavo Story Became All News, All the Time

Turmoil at Ms. Magazine

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Pulitzers Given in 14 Journalism and Seven Arts Categories + Pulitzer Jury Recommendations by Category for 2005

Muralists bring faded carnivals to life

Tempers snap as tourists flock to Death Valley (SJM Reg)

Rebellion Made Fall of Muti Inevitable

Chinese families bless ancestors at cemetery

Ancient Christian Sect Mourns Pope in Iraq

U.S. and Israel acting to preserve ancient rock drawing in south

The Digital Unicorn

John Cassidy on Jeffrey Sachs

Hilton Als on Neil LaBute

Broadway's hot shows

Danes Fete Fairy Tale Great Hans Christian Andersen

One Man. 10 Plays. 100 Years

Keren Ann and Nouvelle Vague Lead the French Music Invasion

Glastonbury tickets sell out in record time

Rush & Molloy: Homophobia claims dog Scientology

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Suit claims Billboard's bias was off the charts

Howard Kissel: Et tu, Denzel?

King Tut Liked Red Wine

Maya Angelou's remedy of hope

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

April 1, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
At least 12 Iraqis, GI killed in attacks. Fewer deaths this year on holiest day for Shiites + U.S. Soldier, 12 Iraqis Die in Violence Wave (LAT Reg) + The toll --1,532 + Iraqis Urged to Join Security Forces + Italy, Bulgaria, Ukraine Advance Iraq Pullout Plans + Police Chief Killed in Town North of Baghdad + Iraqi Row With Jordan Bares Deep Antipathy (LAT Reg) + Second Unmanned Predator Aircraft in Three Days Crashes in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Occupation: U.S. denies U.N. claim Iraqis malnourished + Iraq War Is Blamed for Starvation + Anger After Iraqi Govt Admits Torturing, Killing Suspects + Iraqi Government Extends Emergency State 30 Days + Armed Neighborhood Militias Spring Up as Ethnic Tensions Worsen + Outdated Iraqi stock exchange rising slowly but steadily

War prisons: Sentences Reduced for 3 Americans Jailed in Afghanistan re: freelance hunt for terrorists (LAT Reg) + US Soldiers Told to 'Beat the F**k Out of' Detainees + Why We'll Never See the Second Round of Abu Ghraib Photos + 38 Gitmo Detainees Freed as Not 'Enemy Combatants'

ISRAEL, PALESTINE:: Israel's High Court Loosens Strictures on Conversions (LAT Reg) + Sharon, Netanyahu decide to let up on rivalry 'for sake of Likud' + Will Hamas become the camel in the Palestinian tent?

EUROPE: Pepe Escobar: What kind of revolution is this (Kyrgyzstan)?

Russian monument to honor Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt

AP Interview: Poisoned Ukrainian President Says Investigators Closing in on Culprits

POPE: Cardinal holds key to papal election + Politics of Papacy + Cultural agenda to shape successor + The Next Pope Will Be No Carbon Copy of John Paul II

AFRICA:  Rwandan rebels, in Rome, say they'll stop attacking

Voters flock to Zimbabwe polls. Ballot watchdogs say 1 in 4 were turned away + Skepticism Greets Zimbabwe Vote, but Little Violence Seen (LAT Reg)

 ICC Prosecutor to Ask UN for Darfur Suspect List + Sudan condemns UN Darfur resolution

ASIA PACIFIC: Former prime minister, hundreds of activists freed in Nepal

Pakistan approaches boiling point

AMERICAS: At OAS, Venezuela's draft of rights charter irks U.S. Chavez wants no family to have to spend more than 25% of income on housing. Bush disagrees.

UN troops prepare for Haiti crackdown

DEA supervisor exposes cover-up of U.S. agents' role in mass murder in Mexico

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

WMD REPORT: Intelligence Analysts Whiffed on a 'Curveball' + Spies called flat wrong on Iraq's weapons. Report includes 74 recommendations to improve intelligence collection, analysis + Spy Agencies Called 'Dead Wrong' in Prewar Analyses on Iraqi Arms + Powell's doubts on Weapons Were Dismissed + Report: Bureaucratic wars hurt spy effort + How Bitterness Tainted Links With the CIA (NYT Reg) + FBI Told It Has 'Long Way to Go' (LAT Reg) + What other inquiries found (LAT Reg) + Spooks and the Art of the Dissenting Footnote (LAT Reg) + Intelligence Commission Quotes + Report: Al-Qaeda's Bio Weapons + Report: Big Gaps Remain in Intelligence on al-Qaeda + American spies + After 14-Month Inquiry, Many Questions Remain + White House Gets a Pass + Informing a Nation in a Readable Style

Algerian to Be Sentenced in LAX Millennium Bomb Plot (LAT Reg)

Xymphora on intelligence forgeries

Asylum sought for Cuban militant

Spain arrests 12 tied to train bombings

Assassin Agca: Others helped in 1981 Pope shooting

Lockheed returns to race for Los Alamos Lab deal

CIA has no place at NYU

FBI Search Former Home of Terry Nichols

Judge refuses request for FBI records on 1996 Flight 800 crash (terrorist attack data?)

NASA/Ames shake-up's fallout (SJM Reg) + NASA/AMES RESEARCH CENTER AT A GLANCE (SJM Reg)

Al-Qaeda as Middle-Class Revolt: Brendan O'Neill

DARPA Builds a Chatter Machine

Vanunu still not free from Israel's clutches

World's leading countries struggle to be the first to use nuclear power in space

Berger Will Plead Guilty To Taking Classified Paper

Palestinian W. Bank Intelligence Chief Quits

Traitors, spies and democrats

Israel honors Egyptian spies 50 years after fiasco

Iran summons Egypt envoy over verdict in ‘spy’ case

Pentagon Blamed for Lack of Postwar Planning in Iraq

Panel Urges Melding of Operations at Intelligence Agencies

RIP: Nancy Lowry Ostrosky CIA Personnel Administrator

American citizen captured in Iraq designated "enemy combatant"

Failed secret plot to trap Nazi spy amid fears for D-Day plans

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Judge tells EPA to regulate dumping ballast water containing non-native species from ships

Female brokers at Smith Barney file suit re: sex discrimination

Ex-Cisco manager charged with insider trading

Killer poet tells of life on the run

FBI launches probe into Delphi books

N.M. Law Gives Antifreeze Bite to Keep Dogs at Bay (LAT Reg)

A brain tumor can't break an apartment lease

Heinz will, estate papers released

Are Time-Pressured Exams on Law, Such as the LSAT, Fair and Useful?

Putting Federal Judges In an Unfair Pressure Cooker In the Terri Schiavo Case

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

Modesto judge declares State's 2002 minority voting rights law unconstitutional

Sacramento & north: Auburn family protests parole hearing change + Stolen pit bull found and woman arrested (SB Reg) + Prostitution sting nets 30; no underage girls arrested (SB Reg) + Man sought in downtown sex assault (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Arrest made in fatal shooting in Mission. Victim targeted after fight with suspect's associates, police say + Jury's not-guilty verdict came as shock to fajita-fight defense lawyer + Parking fine hikes raise fear of assaults on police

Alameda: Extra damages denied in payroll case vs. Oakland + Group calls for state to probe jury scandal + Alleged prostitute, 15, accomplices busted + Alameda teacher distributed child porn, police say (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: No print match yet for finger found in chili. Tests to be done for preservatives; DNA may reveal race, sex + Gangs blamed for S.J. crime surge (SJM Reg) + Judge: S.J. failed to prove blight (SJM Reg) + Man's family to rally for open review in police shooting (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Roadblock on rebate? (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa:  Prostitution suspect admits robbing banks

Marin: Time runs out for ex-Fairfax fugitive

Sonoma: Santa Rosa: Man, 58, charged in 4 bank robberies + 5 arrests in Petaluma home invasion + Lake County school official accused of stealing from estate

Solano: Chase leads to crash on quiet street + Deputies perform safety drill at courthouse

Monterey: Anti-gang effort united

Central Valley: Laci's family changes death suit + Police conduct focus of protest + Farmers told to watch out for equipment, ID thieves+ Law & Order

Central Coast: Cops and Courts + State blackballs UCSC preschool teacher

Southern California:  City, county take aim at scam artists + Santa Clarita sweep nets weapons, more + Orange County deputies seeking to arrest illegal immigrants + California police officer (Riverside) pleads guilty to child sex charges + LAPD revising policy, will check suspected felons immigration records + Sex Offenders Not Welcome, LA Neighbors Say + Man Gets 5 Years in Terrorism Hoax (LAT Reg) + Dana Point Official Says Councilman Tried to Manipulate Him (LAT Reg) + Three Gunmen Invade Home in Mission Viejo (LAT Reg) + Medicare Fraud Scheme Alleged (LAT Reg) + Ex-Officer Guilty of Child-Sex, Porn Charges (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: The Ruling in the Michael Jackson Case Allowing Testimony About Past Molestation Allegations: Why It Was Wrong on the Law, and Unfair to the Defendant, Yet May End Up Hurting the Prosecution More

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. wants to reorganize state's tech operations + Costly special elections take big bite out of lean budgets. A November ballot could force S.F. to trim clinic outreach + Critics see abuse in Gov's "emergencies" + Benefits Plan Puts Gov. on Defense (LAT Reg) + Gov. in accord on prison changes (SB Reg) + Analyst: Revamping state prison system to save in long term + Prison reform costly at first + Victims' Rights Group Blasts Prison Rehab Plan (LAT Reg) + Ending gridlock requires compromise + Schools' retiree health benefits portend education-funds disaster +  Dirty dancing towards a special election + Video news-release debate (SB Reg) + Arnold's a centrist -- who knew? + Where Is the Gov. With Asian Americans? + Cesar Chavez Day faces elimination in Gov.'s new budget plan

The "Minute Men": Posse headed for wrong roundup (LAT Reg) +  Border hoppers (NYT Reg) + The Minute Men (RP Reg) + Increased border enforcement fails to deter illegal crossings

Bay Bridge: Span cost jumps to $6.2 billion. $300 million added price tag since August as political battles continue + Delay costing $400,000 a day + West span challenges (CCT Reg) 

State doesn't expect blackouts this summer

Two new easy state loans for home buyers

National Guard raises capital, eyebrows (CCT Reg)

California Clean Energy Fund (created as part of PG&E bankruptcy settlement) hires three venture firms to manage its money (SB Reg)

Legislature: Assembly condemns killings in Darfur, advises no retirement fund investments in Sudan + O'Connell: Perata is failing to lead (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Contra Costa Supervisors move to oppose tribes' opening casinos + Report: Tribal grants not properly tracked +  Supervisors may try to keep casinos out of West Contra Costa County (CCT Reg) + Center of Scandal. Senate panel targets Tiguas, lobbyist + Pombo: Reservation shopping threatens tribal values and rights + Tribe plans resort near Yuma

LOCAL NEWS:   Bodega Bay anglers ready for salmon season + Prime fishing on Napa River

Once-plentiful date trees dwindle in agricultural crisis

Monterey: Great white shark swims free, too big for aquarium

Sacramento & north: Poll finds tepid arena support for Sacramento Kings Arena (SB Reg) + Close watch on fire agency (SB Reg) + Water prospects grow with snows (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Capital visitors to D.C. to seek cabbie who befriended councilman (SB Reg) + When governor went for a spin, Charlie Bovey was at the wheel (SB Reg) + Glenn County man dies of W. Nile virus (SB Reg) + Garbage collectors to strike over alleged harassment (SB Reg) + Folsom woman dies from injuries in crash (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Pot smokers unite in 'hemp-friendly city'. Group seeking to legalize leaf gathers for annual event + Conflagration in Pacific Heights + Fleets will compete for the Alcatraz concession + 'Speaking Up for Kids' + New hot line set up for outage claims + SF Police overtime assessed. Fong notes an error in grand jury report + SF Care Not Cash plan ruled legal on appeal + Supes ponder plan for greater access for sport on sidewalks + Condo-conversion plan moves ahead + Around City Hall + Daly City fights Brown Act bill + Grand jury to SamTrans: collect your debts + Menlo Park's elected officials like to talk + Chris Cain: Don't count out Broadway just yet + S.F. debates funding for-profit bike race (SB Reg)

Alameda:  Berkeley: Radioactivity fears have some calling for Bevatron preservation. Lawrence lab wants to demolish facility to free up space + Suit for botched cop pay tossed + Berkeleyans fret over particle accelerator's demise + Mayor Jerry Brown wed? Who'd have thunk it + New owners Wolff, Fisher could change the ballgame in Oakland + OakPAC endorses Kernighan for council + Livermore Trails plan questioned + Fremont explores possible new utility tax + Money swap to break I-238 bottleneck + New generation of wind farms arises + Zone 7 Water Agency sees rate hike as likely in Livermore (CCT Reg) + Downtown Livermore getting a makeover (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: San Jose tidal gates open, salt ponds to mix with ocean for first time in 60 years + S.J. quits ballpark talks on cannery site (SJM Reg) + S.J. salt ponds opened to bay (SJM Reg) + With shelter closing, homeless back on streets (SJM Reg) + Assessor asks state to aid fight on reviews (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Time for better environment (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: The nastiest commute in the Bay Area. Travel for workers in Contra Costa averages 32 minutes + Contra Costa Supervisors move to oppose tribes' opening casinos + Lesher mansion has $9 million price tag + Construction work at 680-4 interchange, Concord + Mt. Diablo parents raising funds for music, librarians + Supervisors may try to keep casinos out of West County (CCT Reg) + Firefighters to use flashy PT Cruisers (CCT Reg) + Benicia-Martinez Bridge cost may rise (CCT Reg) + State: Richmond Councilman can pursue funds for park (CCT Reg)

Marin: Sales tax goes up today to pay for transportation + Marin seeks cheaper electricity + State backs Marin desalination project + Economist tells business leaders to get ready for retirees + Mill Valley kids protest doggy droppings near play yard + Growth plans spark worry in Larkspur

Sonoma: Red abalone season opens + Voter-approved hikes up sales tax in county as high as 8% + A different question about

Napa: Cook-off showcases culinary talents of Napa's youngest chefs + Napa revives ties to troubled nation + Residents offer ideas for Napa budget + Crowd of 100 offers ideas for future of Napa County + COPIA collapse raises speculation re: use + Massive farmworker housing for Pipe land? + Church zoning at risk as City looks for more housing

Solano: Pete Rey remembered at viewing + Vallejo veteran recalls Iwo Jima landing + Local Business Briefs + Cesar Chavez remembered by activists + Solano workers' commutes rank among worst in nation + FIRST 5 Solano team out to promote community awareness + Benicia mayor may nominate rejected finance candidate again

Monterey: Aquarium's shark released + Shark was a cash cow for aquarium + Interim superintendent eyes modernization projects + Your Town + Quarry gets to build open pit + Power lost in part of Salinas + General plan still divisive

Central Valley: Caring for injured officer is family's 'only choice' + Stanislaus schools chief to retire + Organic mowers go on the lam + 'Hardest work' still in fields despite gains made by UFW+ Chávez bust to adorn park+ Turlock affirms plan to expand southeast + Latino business leader saluted by UC Merced+ Valley reports air quality inching up+ Agenda: Turlock to lose board member + '3 strikes' protesters+ Schiavo making living will popular + News & Notes+ Around the Region + City council's diversity best improved at polls + CalFed financing proposal does customers no good

Central Coast: Curtain falls on the Fox in Watsonville + Coast Commercial Bank CEO resigns + Pilot, passenger avoid injury in minor wreck in Watsonville + Witness describes toll of latest Indonesian tsunami + Social Security debate hits local airwaves

Southern California: Political gifts of Mayor Hahn + Border fiasco + Cop scandal to cost L.A. $70 million + Pact splits UTLA leaders + LAX security a sore spot + Voters hear from candidates + No-fire course begins + Moorpark voting records under scrutiny by DOJ + Villaraigosa Outlines Plans to Fight Terror (LAT Reg) + Ventura County: Hispanic Fund Nears $1 Million + Seabees Welcomed Back From Stint in Iraq (LAT Reg) + Garden Grove RV Park Residents Told to Leave (LAT Reg)

School days: Colleges wooing students with rec centers + Stanford: Applicants' success rate is lowest ever + Cal, Stanford business and law schools near top + Parent‘s Tip - Understanding exams + Merage, the UCI Donor, Makes It His Business to Help Others (LAT Reg) + Higher-education foundations facing new scrutiny


Biolaser Lights Up Stem Cells + Johns Hopkins Begins Human Trials With Donor Adult Stem Cells To Repair Muscle Damaged From Heart Attack

Protein Sequence From Neanderthal Extracted And Sequenced

FCA: End-of-Life Choices: Feeding Tubes and Ventilators

Less risky aneurysm surgery only spottily available

Drug combo effective for nerve pain

Skin Cells Contribute to Air Pollution

Anti-aging Enzyme's Secrets Revealed

Treating Depression Helps Slow Physical Decline In Older Adults

Neuronal Death And Processing Of Tau Protein In Alzheimer's Disease

Simple Blood Test May Help To Predict Cardiovascular Risk In Older Women

New Technique For Improved Straightening Of Crooked Nose

Cardiac Deaths Peak In Sleep Hours For Patients With Sleep Apnea

Earlier Use Of Prostate Cancer Vaccines Urged By Hopkins Scientists

 Liposome Finding Implies Electrical Effect On Cell Development

Questions About Origin Of African Mammals, Univ. Florida study

Fossilized Armadillo-like animal fed on clusters of insects

Right Blend Of Microbes And Plants Can Clean Up Toxic Spills

'Burton' Barley Fends Off Aphids

Iron Exporter Revealed That May Explain Common Human Disorder

Foxes Transformed Vegetation On Aleutian Islands From Lush Grassland To Tundra

Google Doubles E-Mail Space

Voice tech aids astronauts

Can-do robot, at your service (SB Reg)

How the Celtic Tiger Became the World's Software Export Champ

Vintage Computers Turn Dust Into Dollars

Forty Years of Moore's Law

Carnegie Mellon Detection System Finds Life In Atacama Desert; Mars May Be Future Site For Rover-based Technology

Engineers Study Whether Plasmonics, 'Light On A Wire,' Is Circuitry Wave Of Future

Newly Patented System Fights Corrosion

Paint On The Wall TV Screens? Case Chemist To Design Chemical Building Blocks For Such Potential Use

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, Commission `trod a well-worn path'

Loyalists Picked for Pentagon Posts (LAT Reg)

DeLay slammed for threatening judiciary after Shiavo death

Iran: Ukraine Leader Confirms Missile Sales to Iran + Iran sees fight coming

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon PM Delays Resignation + Syria and the New Axis of Evil

Other foreign: Wolfowitz confirmed as World Bank chief + Canada, EU warn U.S. of tariffs + Ukraine's Yushchenko Takes Westward Drive to U.S. + N. Korea Demands Disarmament Talks (LAT Reg) + New Delhi Twist: India Rebuffs US Jet Sale Offer + Trade war: US vs. the rest of the world

Domestic: Mineta touts Amtrak overhaul (SB Reg)

Social Security: Medicare payments to doctors up 15% in 2004. Unexpected jump in costs spurs Bush to raise premiums + Dems: Social Security is vital to women + Old Women Out in the Cold

Congress: House steroid panel sets new target: NFL / NBA, NCAA and others also likely to be scrutinized + Schiavo case: DeLay blames judicial system, promises new legislation / Sen. Kennedy calls Republican leader's words 'reprehensible'

Voting: Ohio Group says chance of exit polls being so wrong in '04 vote is one-in-959,000 Click.

OPINIONS:

Oh, That Politicization (LAT Reg)

Getting Religion, Republican Style (LAT Reg)

Who's Afraid of John Bolton?: Scott Horton

No Credibility Left: Joshua Frank

Getting Withdrawal Done: Alan Bock

Iraq Outcome Won't Endorse US Intrusion

Sam Parry: Terri Schiavo and the right-wing machine Click.

Molly Ivins: Oil for food is small potatoes

A new chairman of the Joint Chiefs must stand up to Rumsfeld

Battle For World Order

The WMD Scandal that Wasn’t

Rick Byrne: Pensions a "lifetime promise"

Helen Thomas: Screened audiences, fake news promote Bush agenda Click.

MILITARY U.S. Military Dismisses Convicted Soldier

National Guard officers used to help with fundraising

Russian draft collects 'bums, real scum'

Soldiers eyed in cocaine probe

All 9 U.S. Dead Recovered in Albania Plane Crash

GIs Accused of Raping Iraqi Women Escape Prosecution

LEAKGATES FBI at Crossroads in AIPAC Probe

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Flu Pandemic Coming, U.S. Not Prepared

Of birds and men + The Flu and You + A Vaccine Solution?

West Nile defense (SJM Reg)

WHO plays down fears of Angola epidemic

Defensins Neutralize Anthrax Toxin


UC Berkeley Student Senate Bars Military Recruiters

Shots fired during seal hunt clash

FEC Eyes Bloggers' Political Ties

Censoring Science: IMAX and Evolution

IVF clinics may tag embryos

Singapore fair puts brides on display

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Welcome to the Silicon Valley, Mr. Hurd (SJM Reg) + Why Fiorina wasn't the right man for the HP CEO post

'Star Wars' toys coming out in force

J.C. Penney May Get an Offer

Intel accepts Japan fair-trade order, disagrees on facts

Small AT&T fee will reap big bucks

Disparate groups agree on need for alternative to oil dependency

Fewest IPOs Since 2003

Paris Club creditors adamant to Russia's requests for debt discount

CONNECT THE DOTS....

St. Boniface sanctuary in San Francisco

A new breed of missionary

Gadflies who take job seriously

Finding love in cyberspace

Stardom: I'm Not in an APRIL FOOL Mood

Cannonfire: In Honor of April Fools

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Maine Passes Gay Bias Law (LAT Reg) + More Sex, Please

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Lifetime names new chief for women's programming

Slain Canadian Journalist Was Tortured in Iran, Doctor Says (LAT Reg)

With Pope Dying, Vatican Press Office Adapts to Communication Age

Heinz Died With $423 Million, According to Docs Released in Papers' Suit

Today's papers



Vincent van Gogh, The Painter on his Way to Work Enlarge
 

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

A Persian New Year party in LA

Ray Charles museum planned for L.A. site

In wine country, savoring a hint of Africa (LAT Reg)

Berkeley: UC folklorist Dundes dies while teaching. His scholarship helped to create an academic discipline

Visitors guides go online with browse and search access (SB Reg)

Hawaiians take hula seriously

Brother, group trying to save Andy Warhol's childhood home

Irish Road to Progress Jams at Ancient Hill

USU Jack London Book Collection

The Japanese Gallery of Psychiatric Art

Movie review "Sin City": Slick and Brutal Hyper-Noir Makes Pulp Into Wax

Edgar Allan Poe - Poe and the 'Rue Morgue'

Literary Landscapes

New Production Strays Far From Tennessee

Ancient Egyptian boats found

Dark Corners

Fractured Leg Bone Not The End Of Tutankhamen Mystery

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