NEWSGRIDS JUNE 2005

June 30, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S.-Led Forces Detain Suspected Militants in Anbar province + Gunmen Rampage Through Samarra (LAT Reg) + Continued attacks in Iraq + AP ENTERPRISE: Foreigners Responsible for Most Suicide Attacks in Iraq + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + U.S. toll - 1,743 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: (NYT) New separatist push in south. Shiites seeking autonomous region around Basra + Air Quality an Overlooked Casualty of War (LAT Reg) + Iraqi Forms Group for Insurgents (LAT Reg)

War prisons: Detainee's testimony supports Guantanamo, prison commander tells House (LAT Reg) + Children, too, are abused in U.S. prisons + Army advances officers linked to Abu Ghraib

AFGHANISTAN: 16 bodies from U.S. copter crash found in Afghanistan, 7 unaccounted for, may be captured + Nightmare rescue mission + Fact file: Chinook + What now for the Taleban? +  "Lucky shot" by RPG brought down chopper: General + (NYT) Afghans fear Taliban is regaining strength. Sharp increase in attacks, abductions, violent protests against government + Canadian troops head to Afghanistan + What now for the Taleban?

MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia protests a bridge linking between UAE, Qatar

Israel, Palestine: Israel: Gaza Is a 'Closed Military Zone' + PM: Radical gangs trying to terrorize Israeli society + PM: We must stop rampage using all means

Egypt-Israel sign $2.5 billion gas deal

RUSSIA: Russia jails liberal MP's killers + Russia is inundated with oil + Chinese and Russian Leaders Seek to Strengthen Ties, Trade Relations

BRITAIN: Eight Years in Power, Blair Looks Weary but Insists He Still Has Energy and Vigor + Blair opposes EU's directive to outlaw up to 5,000 vitamins

CENTRAL ASIA: Russia plays Uzbekistan blame game

AFRICA: Sudan frees Islamist leader

DR Congo violence at poll delays

ASIA PACIFIC: Defense the best attack for India

AMERICAS: (WaPo) Canada plans tough rules on drug sales to U.S.

Mexican Postage Stamp Pushes Racial Envelope (LAT Reg) + Mexico cracks down on organized crime + Mexican Authorities Hold 39 Kidnapping Victims for Alleged Gang Ties + Mexico Says Cultural Misunderstanding Behind Conflict Over Stamp of Black Comics Character

Central American Leaders Discuss Special Forces to Deal With Drugs, Gangs, Terrorism

UN troops kill six in Haiti raid

Mexico's Zapatista Rebels Say They'll Enter Peaceful Leftist Alliance

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Bush Endorses the Creation of a New National Security Service + Q&A: How May Overhaul Affect Spy Agencies? + (WaPo) Spy chief gets big say over FBI budget, hiring

Wednesday: Bush rushed to safety after airspace alert + Another Private Plane Scare Sends Washington Into a Panic

Italy summons U.S. ambassador over CIA-led kidnapping of terrorist in Milan + CIA veterans say Italian official knew of covert plan + Italy denies prior knowledge of imam's kidnapping + Berlusconi calls in US envoy over 'CIA kidnap' of imam

LA 8, Charged With Aiding Terrorists. Lives of Worry, Sadness, 'Why?'

Lawrence Livermore Lab names head of nonproliferation, arms control, international security

Two Iraqi brothers arrested as they try to illegally walk over Mexican border at Tijuana

Lodi terror cases: Relatives of Lodi men summoned in terror probe

Take a peek at what Scotland's spies did in war>

Click. Note on History of TEMPEST

Click. Garrett Jones: It's a cultural thing: Thoughts on a troubled CIA, part one

Danilov Loses Last Appeal in Spy Case + Russian Court Reduces Prison Term for Scientist Jailed on Spy Charges

Armenian Citizen Convicted Of Spying For Azerbaijan

Downer plays down absence from secret forum

Chinese defector details country's espionage agenda

Cold War Soviet spy granny dies in Great Britain + KGB spy dies

Crisis led RCMP to share its secrets

Defector warns Canada about spies

U.S. Won't Cede Control of Internet's Key Computers + US will not release ultimate control over the "root" -- the file that contains the master list of authorized registries

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Willie Brown to help settle Castro St. club dispute + Spain OKs Gay Marriage, Defying Opponents + A gay Bolivian activist leads the march to demand legal rights + Jerusalem gay pride parade halted after three participants stabbed + Ripples of Change in Indian Film

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

America's New Laws: Health Care, Drug Abuse and Sex Offenders

Activist Tries a Grab for Justice Souter's Property (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson Vacations in Bahrain

Pennsylvania: Mother Pleads Guilty in Son's Fatal Infection (LAT Reg)

EEOC Sues Ex-Boeing Unit (LAT Reg)

Feds target Internet pirates, seize $50 million in stolen movies, games

Spanish law to rule out sexism

Attorney General Says No Physical Evidence That U.S. Teen Murdered in Aruba

Cellphone gifts lure children for sex

DuPont to Pay $10 Million in Settlement With Rhode Island Over Lead Paint

The Anti-Spam Litigation Shop

Trial Rescheduled in Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Against Robert Blake

California's Troubled Prison Health System Getting Federal Oversight

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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Space shuttle 'go for launch' on July 13

Discovery Shuttle to nose forward and fly bottom up to dock the International Space Station

NASA set for a crash with comet

Life Detection Instrument Passes Key Test On Road To Mars

NASA's Cassini Reveals Lake-Like Feature On Titan

Size Matters: Friction, Adhesion Change On Atomic Level

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Chris Caen: Hanging out on conspiracy corner in San Francisco

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Fed Bumps Interest Rates Higher, Signals More Increases in Borrowing Costs to Come

Bank of America to Buy MBNA for $35 Billion, Reshape Credit Card Industry

Buy a share of a farmer's crop

Mortgage lending face-off re: inquiries on racial bias

SEC Reaffirms Independent Fund Oversight (LAT Reg) + In Rule Reversal, SEC to Let Firms Promote Stocks, Bonds Before IPOs (LAT Reg)

Dot-com survivor booming after bust (CCT Reg)

Boeing Names 3M Chief McNerney as New CEO

Disney Incoming CEO, CFO Get Stock Option Grants

Daily Forex Commentary

Should China buy WalMart?

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Mad Cow Case Is 1st Born in U.S. to Have Disease (LAT Reg) + U.S. mad cow was found at Champion Pet Foods plant + Beef safety at stake at UC Davis (SJM Reg)

Bird flu: An ill wind from the East

New Chem-bio Sensors Offer Simultaneous Monitoring

Blood for pork....

The 100 Billion Dollar Deal

MILITARY 

For First Time in Months, Army Meets Its Recruiting Goal + Army Chief of Staff Says Service May Have Trouble Getting Enough Recruits Next Year

Camp Pendleton: Recruits Get a Sense of 'Semper Fi' (MB Reg)

New command eases U.S. fears

Divorce rate rising faster than Iraq deployments

LEAKGATES 

Blair 'Astonished' by Coverage of Memos

New York Times: Blair admits authenticity of the Downing Street Memo


Patriot Act Used To Clear Homeless From Train Station In New Jersey?

Why your personal information is worth so much to marketers

US tries to stamp 'secure' on passports

The Pen Is Mightier....

Time Inc says will hand over papers in Plame case + (WaPo) Judge set to send reporters to jail + Pearlstine Defends Decision on Cooper: Journos Are Not "Above the Law"

Years After Giant Flop, Online Media Take Hold

Three suspects held in 2004 killing of Baja newspaper editor, panel says

'USA Today' Has The Scoop on Woodward's 'Deep Throat' Book

Should journalists be worried by a police raid at Indymedia?

Western publishers in China

Today's papers


Cows Milk Benefits of Stem Cells

Panel: Radiation harmful at any level

(SFC) Ambitious AIDS treatment goal won't be met. But U.N. program's director 'thrilled' with results so far

The Hope of a Vaccine for Malaria (LAT Reg)

Panel backs tougher hepatitis B guidelines for newborns

Breast cancer surgery side effects cut

Safety of egg donation 'unclear'

Potato health benefits discovered

Britain: Abortion time limit cut rejected

'I am a nurse, but still missed my eight heart attacks'

Dolly Cloner Tackles Disease

Researchers Pioneer New Gene Therapy Technique Using Natural Repair Process

Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe For Women With Menopause and Cancer Survivors

Three Reasons Not To Believe In An Autism Epidemic

Low Birth Weight Of A Baby Entails Risks For The Baby's Father

'Vicious Cycle' Of Protein Formation Involved In Parkinson's Disease

UT Southwestern Lead Site For Study Of A New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

Oregon Study Confirms Health Benefits Of Cobblestone Walking For Older Adults

Brain Scan Study Of Smokers Reveals Signature Of Craving

Genetic On-off Switches Pinpointed In Human Genome

Fox Chase Study Shows That Weakened T-cell Receptor Signals Change T-cell Lineage

Costly Breeding Programs For Endangered Species Pay Off

Warmer Air May Cause Increased Antarctic Sea Ice Cover

Researchers study tallest man-made tsunami

Repackaging time

Salmon Survival, Cleaner Hydropower Focus Of ORNL Research

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush's Iraq Speech Fails to Bolster U.S. Approval Rating, Zogby Poll Says

Bush lays out his Africa agenda + Bush proposes anti-malaria campaign in Africa

U.S. freezes assets of two Syrian officials + (AJ) Two Syrian officials face US sanctions

Anti-Europeanism flourishes on U.S. right

Bush: Kyoto Climate Treaty Would Have 'wrecked' U.S. Economy

Clear signs of movement from Washington towards London

U.S. Won't Cede Control of Internet's Key Computers + US will not release ultimate control over the "root" -- the file that contains the master list of authorized registries

POLL: 42% SAY BUSH SHOULD BE IMPEACHED IF HE LIED ABOUT IRAQ WAR

New U.S. ambassador to Canada presents credentials

Administration: Terrorism Insurance Program Should Not Be Extended

Iran: Ex-Hostages Say Iran Leader-Elect a Captor + Hostage Roeder: "Ahmadinejad Threatened to Kidnap My Son"

Syria, Lebanon: UN Security Council condemns guerrillas' 'attack on Israel' + US officials: Syrian agents in Lebanon + UN inspectors set to return to Lebanon + Lebanese bank chief sues Syria official + Damascus calls al-Atasi Forum to stop activities

Social Security: House Republicans Considering Reducing Social Security Benefits Promised to Well-off Retirees of Future

Congress: House Committee Backs Cafta; Senate Prepares to Vote + (SFC) House rejects cuts in Amtrak funding. Some warned trims might lead to shutdown + House Moves Quickly to Fill Deficit in Veterans Health Care + (SFC) Second steroid testing bill OKd. House committees now expected to forge joint measure to regulate pro athletes + Prisoner Details Bogus Tax-Return Scheme + Friendly Pa. senators at odds in stem cell debate + House Votes Against Relaxing Cuban Travel Restrictions, Trade Embargo + Senate adds $1.5B for medical care at VA + The lobbyists' scandal: The secret world of Washington

GOP: Rep. Howard Berman attacking term limits for Presidency + Conservative Groups Seek Confirmation of Two Bush Judicial Nominees

OPINIONS:

(SFC) Is Bush consistent or doing an about-face? Some see his evolving reasons for war in stark contrast, others in shades of gray

Molly Ivins: U.S. has 'killed more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein ever did'

We denigrate Canada's health care system, but can't improve upon it

Greg Mitchell: President Urges Patience on War -- but it's LBJ, in 1965

World Socialist: The New York Times closes ranks with Bush on Iraq war

Pravda: Africa needs DDT, not "blah, blah, blah"

Helen Thomas: Rove crosses line with attack on liberals

Bob Herbert: Dangerous incompetence

Xymphora: Larry Franklin, lone nut

Distractions of the age of Bush

Larry Chin: T

Turd Blossom's 9/11 stink bomb takes out dazed neoliberals, misses everything and everyone else

Symbols, slogans and spin

The Bush Carnicería (meat market)

Rove's 9/11 political game: Strategy or insanity?

Iran steps back to the future

Meria Heller: Trashing the Constitution in the name of 'terrorism'

Main Street to Democrats: No compromise with GOP plans for Social Security

Stephen Pizzo: Bush's Big Gambit

Cannonfire: Echoes of the Plame case

Stay the Crooked Course: Ray McGovern

Gonzocons Erase History: Martin Kelly

 



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

40 surf one wave to break surfing record

'He's God's angel', the unofficial saint to some in Mexico

Bay Area native crafting space vehicle

RIP: Edna Kimbro, expert on adobes (SJM Reg)

Taking on the Ironman: Ten Santa Cruz women cast aside doubts, prepare for Ironman Austria

New Pajaro Valley exhibit celebrates the human form

Counting humpbacks

Shakespeare in the Park

Tarantino: King of Thieves

When Jesus came to Surrey

Village of the damned

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Unknown Impressionist Masterpieces

Rush & Molloy

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown

Out of the 'Groove'

Martha the dumpling diva

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov.'s bid brings budget impasse + Gov.'s workforce is growing again. Despite his talk of curbing spending, state set to add 11,000 jobs over 2 years + Spending Limit Flaw: Gov. Would Get Upper Hand (LAT Reg) + Gov. backs 405 freeway project car pool lane + Gov. Calls Nov. 8 Election to Fill Assembly Seat (El Segundo) (LAT Reg) + Fil-Am's donation puts Gov. under fire

(SFC) Feinstein popular with state voters. Poll finds 56% back senator for re-election

State Lottery Sales Reach Record High (LAT Reg)

Energy generators sue to stop vote on re-regulation

Assessors: New State Board of Equalization rule won't halt tax 'sham' of for-profit operators of low income housing unfairly winning property tax exemptions by teaming up with "shell" nonprofit groups (SJM Reg)

Caltrans again has designs on Bay Bridge tower + Panel approves bridge safety audit + Security a top concern for tower design

Alameda County judge won't fine Assemblyman Guy Houston for failure to answer questions re: business dealings, but threatens future penalties

Legislature: Assembly panel OKs new oversight law on dog ownership -- breed specific regulations + Assembly committee rejects rate-regulation bill, sides with insurers + Democrats floating a new budget (CCT Reg) + Senate committee OKs redistricting plan (CCT Reg) + Workers comp. Wait and see (SB Reg) + Senate Committee okays redistricting plan. GOP wants changes + Bill asks insurance companies to guide consumers (RP Reg)

State budget: Budget deadline going, going...(SJM Reg) + Some Republicans needed to give final OK to state budget + State budgeteers to miss deadline again + Standoff on State Budget Continues (LAT Reg) ++ Democrats floating a new budget (CCT Reg) + Demos to try again on budget (SJM Reg) + Democrats take second stab at state budget

Stem cell panel: Oversight is critical for confidence in stem cell research

Indian tribes: Senate Panel votes against casino in San Pablo, supports Sen. Feinstein's view. Senators want tribe to undergo rigorous state, U.S. approval + San Pablo gaming dealt blow in D.C. (CCT Reg) + Measure to restrict casinos to Indian land moves along + Revenue sharing pact for LaPosta tribe set + (Oak Trib) Casino foes get boost in Senate + Anti-casino bill moves forward + Senator seeking change to Indian gaming act. McCain, head of Indian Affairs Committee, wants more federal regulation + Martin Schram: Pork, perks and boondoggles + Caltrans to collect road data near state Indian rancherias + Pechanga reaches out with PowWow + Senator seeking change to Indian gaming act. McCain, head of Indian Affairs Committee, wants more federal regulation + Some tribes would back halt to off-reservation gambling

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

In salmon case, court upholds pesticide ban. EPA loses appeal, is ordered to consult fisheries experts

Timber, cattle interests sue state over salmon aid (CCT Reg)

Prison Smoking Ban Likely to Bring a Pack of Changes

Free man (conviction overturned after serving 20 year for child molest) fights to prove innocence

Union accuses almond plant, Blue Diamond Almond Growers (SJM Reg)

Plaintiff's argued Wednesday that state's new contract to buy hepatitis C medication from major drug company should be disclosed as a public government record

Inmates inspire family, friends at Vacaville prison graduation

Sacramento & north: Diocese to pay $35 million to 33 claiming sex abuse. Settlement reached just minutes before the start of first trial + Diocese settles sex-abuse claims for $35 million (SJM Reg) + For victims, accord to help with healing (SJM Reg) + Hamlin trial: Wife Says Death plot was fiction (SJM Reg) + School district in door-to-door fraud damage control (SJM Reg) + Yuba: Victims of '86 Flood Finally Get Payday (LAT Reg) + Law enforcement on NAACP agenda (SJM Reg) + Man sought in downtown robberies (SJM Reg) + Davis: Police to host Internet safety workshop (SJM Reg) + Tree planting planned for Tahoe forest (SJM Reg) + El Dorado: Sister pickets to protest delay in '71 Betty Marie Cloer slaying case (Philip Arthur Thompson is accused) (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Report of trouble in elder care system. Probe of how gang overran apartment of woman, 84 + RIP: Robbie Ingle -- civil servant devoted to S.F., Chief Clerk of Workers Comp Board + SoMa residents ‘smoke' pot club in legal battle + Two charged in connection with Daly City pot bust + So. S.F.: Boys & Girls Club trial postponed + Defendant in San Bruno stabbing goes to state hospital + Belmont police lose suspect who caused school lockdown

Alameda: 9 arrested in Lake Merritt thefts (CCT Reg) + intends to get tough on fireworks + S.F. man convicted for threats via e-mail + W. Oakland activist's suit tossed + Fremont man arrested in Internet piracy crackdown + Cherryland: Pot club worker dodges bullets + Fremont man charged in home-loan case + 9 charged in hazard waste sting

Santa Clara: San Jose: No plea bargains in finger-in-chili case + No deals in chili-finger trial, prosecutor says (SJM Reg) + Man faces charges in Menlo Park shooting (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Judge refuses to dismiss suit filed by family of woman killed by cop (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: San Ramon: Woman's manslaughter conviction for shooting abusive husband upheld + Conviction is upheld in man's killing (CCT Reg) + County rejects Hells Angels' claim (CCT Reg) + Testimony begins in new Kish trial (CCT Reg)

Marin: Novato man gets prison, must pay $1.3 million for scam + San Rafael firm files suit over breach of data security + Dog, cops not this man's best friends

Sonoma: Diocese settles suits for $7.3 million + Local Catholics express relief over abuse settlements + Around the Empire + Mendocino man jailed in shooting of rival

Napa: St. Helena neighbors take aim at proposed Boys & Girls Club

Solano: Fairfield: Teenager shot during late-night drive-by attack outside party + Jury selection in murder retrial under way

Monterey: Man suspected of stalking teen + Barbershop owner suspect in molestation + Court translators poised to go on strike, Court reporters negotiate

Central Valley: Law & Order (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Inmates walk early at County Jail + Cops and Courts + Police nab man sought in killing + Santa Cruz police give motorists a ‘brake’: Crosswalk sting nets 12 citations

Southern California: Marina Del Ray: Separate Police Shootings Kill 1 Man, Wound 2 (LAT Reg) + Actor's Daughter Is Dead, Cause Unknown (LAT Reg) + LA: Illicit Fake Guns Barred From Ice Cream Trucks (LAT Reg) + Motion Picture Bootlegger Convicted (LAT Reg) + Willis film may jeopardize trial?

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:    73-year-old woman fights off would-be dognapper

Hope Flying High Again: Mutilated Pelican Freed (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Maps can't keep pace with Elk Grove's growth (SJM Reg) + Family's 'pioneer' dies in Florida crash (SJM Reg) + Fisherman's Lake buffer still has snag: Paying for it (SJM Reg) + Rancho Cordova: Fireworks in park - not in parkway (SJM Reg) + Marysville: Developers are told not to fell large trees (SJM Reg) + Hwy. 50 crash leaves Oregon girl dead (SJM Reg) + Stockton, AMR sue each other

San Francisco, San Mateo: BART'S Peninsula line falls short of hopes. Competition from cheaper Baby Bullet trains could be hurting ridership on extension + Bay Area: Union reacts negatively to BART's new offer. Health benefits cut, up to 4% raise spread over the next 4 years + BART offers modest raises + BART talks are way off track + SF: Political fight looms over pot clubs. Discord among supes over how far city should go in limiting dispensaries + SF: Mayor's budget plan roils in committee + SAN MATEO. Hit-run crash sends big rig into bedroom + Dr. Barry S. Levin - organ transplant specialist + Mayor unveils plan for 24-hour shelters + SF: Police officers' overtime pay hits ‘unbelievable' $15 million + Willie Brown to help settle Castro St. club dispute + Chronicle, unions in talks -- no strike vote scheduled + S.F. considers cable TV deal + Powerboat slams into Hunter's Point pier + Supervisors approve San Mateo county budget + Grand jury: San Mateo County adult services need improvement + SF: Sweatshop crackdown

Alameda: Medical center adopts a balanced budget + Supervisors approve fines for false alarms + Grand jury gives Santa Rita jail OK Oakland: (SFC) Oakland: Council panel cuts 'sideshow' penalties + (Oak Trib) Anti-sideshow law advances + Who will run show at the Fox Theater? + Norine Smith, activist, dies at 67 Berkeley: Berkeley: Samaritan has his leg broken. Cal athlete run over by men annoying a female friend + Berkeley: Fire destroys warehouse used by Berkeley Rep + Berkeley: Council approves $128 million budget + Berkeley approves big budget cuts + South County: Dublin holds forum on Heritage Center (CCT Reg) + Fremont acts on bicycle lane job + New twist in saga of Route 84 + New lab boss to head security + Dublin residents sound off on park

Santa Clara: Wildfire destroys S.J. home and shed (SJM Reg) + San Jose now 10th largest city in US (SJM Reg) + Herhold: Numbers aren't the only thing we can be proud of (SJM Reg) + Top 10 San Jose attractions (SJM Reg) + Health plan for children expands (SJM Reg) + Bioterrorism drill tests Santa Clara County (SJM Reg) + Symphony ends year on rosy note (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: How to avoid Hwy. 152 horror on Friday drive to L.A. (SJM Reg) + Forum looks at impact of real ID law (SJM Reg) + M.H., Gilroy face budget deficits + Valley group urges Japanese redress

Contra Costa: Concord: Family shelters need to raise $700,000. 2 facilities provide emergency aid for parents, children + Board saves services for developmentally disabled (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek: Plans for land sours promise (CCT Reg) + 'Richmond: `Gospel caravan' to share message of nonviolence (CCT Reg) + Alamo YMCA design, landscape plans OK'd (CCT Reg) + Homeland Security allows Richmond's 4th fireworks (CCT Reg) + Firefighter trainees get shot at the real thing on Vasco Road in Byron + San Ramon Council takes aim at city center + Contra Costa County targets structural woes in budget

Marin: Corte Madera: Town saluted for housing plan. U.S. recognizes program to build affordable homes + Rough road to glory for Corte Madera + Tentative COM budget has little 'wiggle room' + Agency extends warning period against COM + Sausalito bans pot clubs for another 10 months + Small signs can't form one big one, San Anselmo says + The birth of a fair

Sonoma: Ft. Bragg barbecue to import salmon + Don Head gave bureaucrats a good name + Express delivery + United Way shifts focus to prevention + Man drowns after car plunges into Noyo River + Fire damages house near Two Rock

Napa: Work begins on Bay Ridge path in south Napa hills + Dey lays off 107 workers + Quirky teacher has lasting impact on students

Solano: Fairfield: Council OKs putting half-cent tax on ballot + Making Highway 113 a toll road? + Third time a charm for county tax for roads? + Church hosts youth summit + Damelio won't lay off school district nurses, counselors after all + Girl hospitalized after going on ride at Marine World + Grand jury strongly recommends oversight of child welfare agency + Late into the night, Benicia officials come up with two-year spending plan + Benicia schools to consider thin budget for next year + Public gives input on proposed Benicia business development

Monterey: Court translators poised to go on strike, Court reporters negotiate + Forest plan hit by appeals + Monterey County Plans Hefty Fines for Littering (LAT Reg) + City of Monterey documents go digital + Carmel Valley B&B approved over protests + P.G. heads into 'e-government' + Counting humpbacks + Panel OKs housing tract + Your Town + Preparing for wave of future

Central Valley: Camp Pendleton: Recruits Get a Sense of 'Semper Fi' (MB Reg) + Assistant sheriff is only candidate so far + Hot holiday weekend ahead (MB Reg) + Physics teachers back in lab class (MB Reg) + Habitat expense far from shrimpy (MB Reg) + A Lighter Shade of Pale (MB Reg) + Ceres schools OK risky $75M budget (MB Reg) + B-52 fails to reach Atwater (MB Reg) + Air district to hold workshop on new project pollution rule (MB Reg) + Arts Center Grows (MB Reg) + Herbicide donation just ducky (MB Reg) + Screams of children mix with smoke (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Community Briefing (MB Reg) + Tulare County: State reports first case of West Nile this year (MB Reg)

Central Coast: NPR without the attitude — or radio + Boxer Carina Moreno to lead Watsonville’s Independence Day Parade + P.V. students will have easier time protecting personal info from military recruiters + Metro workers extend contract + Santa Cruz’s proposed utility tax draws opposition + Filmmaker showcases roots in comedy filmed in Watsonville + ‘Healthy future’ for siblings involved in kidney transplant + Cal-Am acknowledges water monitoring error + Coast Lines

Southern California: Gov. backs 405 freeway project car pool lane + LAUSD parcel tax raising support, opposition already + Chick: Airports lag on changes + Her City Hall fans bid goodbye to Miscikowski + LA: World Press Fits Villaraigosa Into the Big Picture (LAT Reg) + LA: Ethics Reform Elusive + LA: Audit Chides Airports (LAT Reg) + LA: U.S. Agency Hands Head Start Provider a Victory (LAT Reg) + LA: DWP Purchases Natural Gas Reserves (LAT Reg) + LA: Mayor-Elect Greets New Job With Gift for School Program (LAT Reg) + LA: Hahn Supports Port Task Force's Plan (LAT Reg) + LA: City Has Until July 22 to Sign Dump Extension + LA: Mayor says anti-terror funding a priority + Nurses at UCI Protest Suspensions (LAT Reg) + Riverside: Meth Measure Wouldn't Burden Shoppers With Providing Data (LAT Reg) + Groups rally for mosque restoration in Mojave desert (CCT Reg) + Court Blocks Rural O.C. Development (LAT Reg) + Anaheim: Water Service to 100 Is Cut After Main Breaks (LAT Reg) + San Diego economic indicators down + San Diego: Bay cleanup plan stalls; report to be released + San Diego: Aguirre reassures mobile-home residents

School days: San Francisco: Schools' budget crafters must sharpen pencils. New 1% cut in funds sent to campuses must be figured in + Oakland: UC's top moneyman goes to Dartmouth + San Mateo High school district's budget picture clear + Livermore schools budget to rebound (CCT Reg) + Manteca: District approves diversity panel + Manteca: Board members may face recall + Livermore schools approve positive budget proposal + Ex-SJS president Clark dies at 95 + Ceres schools OK risky $75M budget


40 surf one wave to break surfing record

'He's God's angel', the unofficial saint to some in Mexico

Bay Area native crafting space vehicle

RIP: Edna Kimbro, expert on adobes (SJM Reg)

Taking on the Ironman: Ten Santa Cruz women cast aside doubts, prepare for Ironman Austria

New Pajaro Valley exhibit celebrates the human form

Counting humpbacks

June 29, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Attacks Kill 4 Civilians, Wound 23 People + Two pilots killed in US copter crash in Iraq + U.S. hurls Operation Sword at foe + Sunnis will nab Zarqawi when 'ready' + Push for autonomy develops in Iraqi south + Two US female soldiers found killed + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraqi government: In an effort to stanch violence, Iraqi Shiite hints at a broader role for Sunnis + New Iraqi party to give political face to 'resistance' + Iraq demands reduction of oil payments to UN + Israeli vs. Israeli in Gaza + Political Gains for Hamas in West Bank + Al-Thawra: Syria pumps Euphrates waters to Iraq

AFGHANISTAN: All 17 US troops in Afghan crash believed dead + Afghanistan Violence Rising, More Troops to Be Sent Before September Polls + Afghan Copter Recovery Delayed

MIDDLE EAST: Abul-Gheit to Le Figaro: Egypt rejects imposition of foreign ideas

Sharon to visit France in July and meet President Chirac

Israel, Palestine: Police move in on settler protest + Jewish settlers spark Gaza violence + Soldier dies in Hezbollah attack on Har Dov posts + Sharon: Gov't must take 'every measure' to end extremists' acts + (AJ) Hizb Allah, Israeli army exchange fire + (AJ) Hizb Allah chief: We will keep our arms

RUSSIA: Russia pulls out from border agreement with Estonia over post-WWII 'occupation claims' + Russia comes into serious crisis with its WTO membership talks+ The threat of orange revolutions is irrelevant to Russia

EUROPE: Blair Versus Chirac (LAT Reg)

Key Quotes From AP Interview With British Prime Minister Tony Blair + Idealistic Brown lays into European farm subsidies

For farmers in France, no unity on subsidies + Once again, a French finance aide is under fire

EU unveils draft rules for talks on Turkey

Gerhard Schroeder, the Great Manipulator

Hundreds of Would-Be Immigrants Arrive on Tiny Island South of Sicily

CENTRAL ASIA: Azerbaijan Opposition Leader Seeks Voting Overhaul Before November Polls

AFRICA: Belgium finds two guilty in Rwanda genocide case

Ivory Coast foes rework disarmament timetable

ASIA PACIFIC: China's two-pronged offensive

Arroyo's Spouse Leaves The Philippines

AMERICAS: Cuba and Venezuela to build oil alliance

Mexican Voting May Extend Into U.S. + Zapatista rebels seek political solution to resistance

A Dozen Members of Colombia's Navy Accused of Drug Trafficking

Canada to ban bulk export of Rx drugs

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Do DNA tests to prove ancestry work?

Cruise's war of the words

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

FBI Sees No Terror Threat for July 4

Bush Tells FBI to Form National Security Division in Intelligence Overhaul

New Office to Oversee Intelligence Abroad + White House to Endorse WMD Panel's Changes + New National Spy Office Created; CIA Analysis Demoted

Italy asks Interpol to help find CIA suspects Milan Mystery: Did Italy Have Role in Kidnapping Case?

CIA Opposes 9-11 Panel's Recommendation to transfer CIA's control of covert military operations to the Pentagon

Immigration charges against the Los Angeles 8 (Palestinians) where terror charges failed

U.S. passport system stumbles in major test + Report Says Information Gaps Helped Criminals Obtain Passports

Thefts Of Small Planes Spark Security Concerns At Airports

Possible cuts to Lab's Laser could cut confidence in nuclear stockpile (LAT Reg)

Lodi terror case: Lodi Islamic leader fired for U.S. criticism + Relatives of Lodi men accused of terror ties must go before grand jury

Insults fly on newly released Nixon tapes

'I lived with a suicide bomber'

Saudi Kingdom Issues New List of Terrorists Ex-German spy chief admits taking bribes + Saudi arms-deal trial opens in Germany

Armenian Citizen Convicted Of Spying For Azerbaijan + Yerevan Court Sentenced Azeri Spy to 12 Years of Imprisonment

N. Korea Reportedly Cuts Int'l Phone Lines

Hearing on Security Clearance Backlog Sparks Promises of Action

(WaPo) Why The FBI Can't Be Reformed

Two thefts of small planes renew security concerns

Is black-market baby formula financing terror?

Two Arraigned on Terrorism Charges

Russian military, politicians handled Beslan siege poorly

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: UFW, farmworkers clash over gay marriage + Badlands Confidential + California's High Court Lets Domestic Partner Law Stand + Lesbian supermodel dead in bath

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US fines loom for offshore account holders

Princess Diana's stories: Can you legally say anything you want about the dead?

AMD vs. Intel suit could air dirty laundry (SJM Reg)

Roadshow reaches Russia: Envoy explains diplomatic immunity (SJM Reg)

Slavery and the Courts 1740-1860

Prisoner Details Tax Fraud Scheme Worth Millions

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Net Pioneer Wants New Internet

Norwegian Puts Wood to Google

Make Way for Cheap Windows for Latin America

The Zen of Technology Design

Possible Lake Found on Titan

Making RFID Devices More Mindful

Dan Farber: The root of Sun's strategy

Indian craft to deploy moon experiments

India's renaissance relies on $100 PC

NASA's Deep Impact Craft Observes Major Comet 'Outburst'

University Of Pittsburgh Gets Wired For Speed With Apple Xserve G5 Cluster

Research: Florida Getting Better At Protecting Homes From Hurricanes

UF, Nine Other Universities Complete Ultrahigh-speed Data Network

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

SEC, in Parting Act by Donaldson, Adopts Fund Board Rule Rejected by Court

Oracle Profit Rises as Ellison Takeovers Spur Software Sales; Shares Gain

How small is small? SBA holds hearings to decide (SB Reg)

Radiology work shifts to overnight, overseas

Chicago's sales tax to hit 9 percent Friday

Daily Forex Commentary

MILITARY Army expects rosy recruiting numbers for June

Army Hands Out New Award for Any Soldier Who Performs Satisfactorily in Combat

General Says Parents Should Let Their Sons and Daughters Join the Military

Marine Corp's Troubled Osprey Aircraft Passes Another Round of Testing, Military Says

Pilot who saved Buckingham Palace dies

New Russian Night Hunter chopper flies at 5-meter altitudes

EU's quest: A leaner and meaner military

Final Draft? High Comedy on the Army-Recruitment Front

Situation at VA even worse than normal

Reforms Needed to Protect Military Against Insurance Fraud, Auditors Say


UK: New measures to protect antisocial behavior witnesses

Credit Chief Slams Free Reports

Election law crackdown on bloggers should wait, feds told

ChoicePoint overhaul completed

As Live8 pushes G-8, who benefits? + Moscow to join Live 8 line-up for Saturday

It's no secret: Antiwar lobby has been ineffective

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Judge Reluctantly Delays Ordering Reporters to Jail + (NYT) The Jailing of Judith Miller + 'Curiouser and Curiouser': Federal Judge Grants Delay to Miller, Cooper

The Price of an Interview (LAT Reg)

Daystar Television Network Has God on Its Side (LAT Reg)

Deep Throat attorney spent three years working on story + Deep Throat attorney becomes part of story

Turmoil Again at KPFA After Six Years of Peace

10 overseas writers we should be reading

No stopping the press in India

Nancy Franklin on imperial TV

Reporter shot to death in Iraq

Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

WHO says fear of global bird flu pandemic easing

U.S. officials confirm second mad cow case originated in Texas


The Promise Of A Tetracycline Antibiotic For Treating Osteoarthritis

Mental Processing Is Continuous, Not Like A Computer

Autism in women largely undiagnosed

German identifies cerebral penis control center

The pleasure lab

Protein Synthesis Can Be Controlled By Light, Opening Way For New Scientific, Medical Applications

A Vaccine Approach To Treating Parkinson's Disease

DNA Constraints Control Structure Of Attached Macromolecules

WHO Launches Project To Minimize Risks Of Radon

Relatively Few US Adults Report Having A Healthy Lifestyle

Implanted stem cells survive 16 months

Researchers Confirm Increasing Risk For Heart Failure In Aging U.S. Population

Mayo Clinic Finds Kidney Disease Associated With 'Benign' Prostate Obstruction

Groundbreaking Study Helps Explain Why Preemie Brains Improve Over Time

Study Shows How Sleep Improves Memory

Special Scalpel Reduces Blood Loss, Facial Nerve Trauma In Salivary Surgery

Saturated Fats Combined With Genetic Trait Implicated In Development Of Type 2 Diabetes

Study Ties Risk Of Problem Gambling With Proximity To Casinos And Other Gambling Opportunities

Aging Eye More Susceptible To Serious Damage, Scientists Report

Functional MRI Enables Noninvasive Evaluation Of Epilepsy Patients

$5.1 Billion Would Save 6 Million Children, Study Says

Female butterflies go for sparkle -- not size -- when choosing to mate

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush OKs Shake-Up of Spy Agencies + Bush Tells FBI to Form National Security Division in Intelligence Overhaul + Bush endorses most intelligence panel changes

Bush pledges Africa aid

US threatens fines over doing business with Iran nuclear agency

In Gift To Industry, Gonzales Requests One-Tenth Of Tobacco Penalty

U.S. Capitol, White House Evacuated - Briefly

Bush TV speech: (LAT) As War Shifts, So Does the Message + LA Times Editorial: Presidential Disconnect (LAT Reg) + Conflict recast as line in sand to terrorists + Pravda: George Bush at Fort Bragg: nothing new + Capitol Hill Blue: The Big Lie + Debka: What makes Bush upbeat about Iraq? + Ian Williams: Bush's mission implausible + Michael Goodwin: W's war pleas in last throes? + Osama Made Me Do It + (Australian) Twisted pitch buys breathing space + Career-low TV audience for Bush

Iran: Iran's Ahmadinejad looks to export 'new Islamic revolution' + High revenues give Ahmadinejad a chance to fulfill pledge to poor + Is God really on Hizbullah's side? + Ahmadinejad may end up being the clerics' bane + Haaretz Editorial: Facing the reality in Tehran + Why the US and Iran love to hate each other

Syria, Lebanon: Syrian opposition forum rejects order to disband + Syria sets sights on tourism to revitalize moribund economy + Reforming the judiciary will protect Lebanese citizens from predators + Nabih Berri reelected speaker of Lebanese parliament + Berri's aims for measured results in an effective parliament + Lebanon permits Palestinians to work; Abbas thanks Lahoud, Miqati

N. Korea: China 'fails' test over North Korea + U.S. military says can defeat nuclear-armed N. Korea

Other foreign: US and India conclude 10-year defense plan + Sugar lobby seeking to bar Bush trade deal + U.S. struggles on China-war planning + Military strategy 'defensive,' Chinese envoy insists

Domestic: Review Board: EPA Downplayed Potential Risks of Chemical Used for Teflon + Government Scientist Denies Falsifying Yucca Mountain Data

Social Security: House Republicans Pledge Vote by Fall on Social Security Personal Accounts

Congress: Senate moves toward final vote on CAFTA + House Committee Seeks to Limit Fundraising, Spending Activities of Outside Political Groups+ House Rejects Large Cut in Amtrak Subsidies + Senate Votes to Block Pesticide Tests on Humans + (LAT) Energy Bill Passes Senate With Bipartisan Support + Bill would block immigration of foreigners who are in gangs (though not convicted of crime) + House Votes to Let Elderly Woman Stay in Her National Park Home in Colorado

Democrats: Hillary Clinton's Odds For Winning White House Set At 5-1 Young Democrats to converge on S.F. + Bill's big help-Hil E-mail bid

GOP: GOP Looking for a Way to Fund Human Stem Cell Research Without Destroying Embryos + Coins of the Realm

Obituary: 'Win' Adams had long military career, worked with Reagan (SB Reg)

OPINIONS:

Jack Miles: Only Death Will Win (LAT Reg)

Wm Kowinski: The Great Malls of China (LAT Reg)

Robert Parry: War or impeachment

The long and the short: What's going on in Iraq is obscure to outsiders and Iraqis alike

Revolutions, geopolitics and oil pipelines

Why withdrawal is possible

Immoral Relativism: Tom Engelhardt

A Defeat Bred in Deceit: Paul Craig Roberts

US Terror Policies Backfire: Haider Rizvi

Bush's Iranian Twin: Jim Lobe



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Journals of the Continental Congress

The Quixote in the Web

Medieval Spanish Poetry

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-39

Shells from the deep bring delight to a village

New Roman find in Britain could turn history on its head

Are some diamonds long-dead sea creatures?

Simon Callow on the thrill of kabuki

Confessions of a cut and paste writer

Homage to Orwell: India's opium state plans park at author's 'home'

Sarcophagus dating back to Ramses reign discovered in Saqqara

The real Billy the Kid

Model, bounty hunter, addict - the story of Domino Harvey

William goes wireless: Shakespeare's hi-tech home town

Serving up some bling

Rush & Molloy: 'Video Vixen' memoir star-studded

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Widow warns Dash to skip the Dirty work

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The Governor:  Gov. falling from favor with many voters + Only 39% in poll would vote for governor again + Poll: Gov. would lose in '06 (SB Reg) + Dems offer redistricting plan to counter Gov.'s plan. GOP says it leaves Legislature with too much power + Democrats offer redistricting plan (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Senate's redistricting scheme is even worse than status quo (SB Reg) + GOP leaders pan Democratic redistricting plan + Democrats say redistricting plan could lead compromise + Industry lobbyist to run clean-air board. Gov.: She'll balance economy, environment + Industry Lobbyist Named to Air Board (LAT Reg) + Battle looms over choice of lobbyist as state air regulator + Air board appointee facing criticism (SB Reg) + Gov. Announces Appointments + Stanislaus County Sheriff to retire and become state's public safety liaison + Sidelined superhero Gov. can still save the day on the 405 freeway fix to ease traffic between San Fernando Valley and Westside

Senate committee to consider Sen. Feinstein's anti-meth proposal

Tsunami warnings to get big shake - up + Tsunami alert errors reviewed (SB Reg)

California family giving long-term test drive to hydrogen car (CTT Reg)

Calpine selling oil and gas assets for $1.05 billion

CalPERS weight real estate investments in China

Bay Bridge: As meter runs, state ready to solicit Bay Bridge bids -- again Bay Bridge deal builds hope of repairing political divisions (MB Reg)

Legislature: Migden's cosmetics bill OKd by health committee. Chemicals would be cataloged online + Yee's Jet fuel tax bill delayed two years + Stores behind new cold medicine bill + Bill to monitor body toxins advances in the Assembly + Assembly panel kills bill to inform public on data breaches (SB Reg) + San Jose backs state dog bill (SJM Reg) + (PDF) Read the Senate Bill text (SJM Reg) + Panel to weigh pesticide bill (SJM Reg) + Gay marriage bill backers seeking revival in Senate + Legislature mulls sex offender bills (OC Reg)

Indian tribes: Tribes grilled on casino income. Senator asks about lack of disclosure + McCain takes aim at off-reservation gambling + Some tribes would back halt to off-reservation gambling + The Gimme-Five Game + Feds buying Trinity water for Klamath again + Lytton Casino Bill Advances in D.C.

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Judge refuses to toss California's suit vs. Bush administration over federal abortion law that threatens the state with huge financial penalties if it discriminates against health providers who do not perform abortions or make abortion referrals

Daystar Television Network Has God on Its Side (LAT Reg)

CardSystems Solutions to receive subpoenas from California Atty General for violating data security

Lodi terror case: Lodi Islamic leader fired for U.S. criticism + Relatives of Lodi men accused of terror ties must go before grand jury

Rep. Cunningham: San Diego: Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham Receives Subpoena (LAT Reg) + Pentagon ends contract with MZM tied to Cunningham + Bitterness expressed at owner at center of Cunningham controversy + Subpoena served on Cunningham + Cunningham's silence erodes benefit of doubt

Sacramento & north: Catholic Diocese of Sacramento to pay $35 million to 33 alleged victims (SB Reg) + Jury in child-abuse case (Weili Kao) hears woman's story on tape (SB Reg) +  Sacramento: Man shot to death is identified + Sacramento: `Idol' star Corey Clark calls citation for domestic violence 'huge misunderstanding' (SB Reg) + Body found in Lake Natoma an apparent suicide (SB Reg) + Children find skeletal remains along Sacramento river (SB Reg) + Violence outside Lodi club raises concerns for soon-to-be owners

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Twice-stolen SUV is returned to owner + Redwood City: Couple held to answer for alleged child endangerment for leaving child on sidewalk +Peninsula Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Alameda: Oakland: Fireworks violations to spark large fines + Oakland: Jury convicts man in jealous assault + Oakland: Man, 22, charged in April shooting death + Pleasanton police to send decoys to liquor stores + Fireworks sales blast off in Dublin + False alarm no longer fine in Alameda County + Fremont man charged in home-loan case

Santa Clara: Couple in chili finger case to enter plea + San Jose: Child sexual predator Dean Arthur Swartzmiller used many aliases + Judge rejects motion to dismiss Tran civil lawsuit (SJM Reg) + Palo Alto Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + DA probes overbooking allegations re: U.S. Grand Prix (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Testimony begins in new Kish murder trial (CTT Reg) + Richmond calls in reinforcements (CTT Reg)

Sonoma: No clues from crash victims' autopsies

Napa: Napa man arrested for cybersex crimes, molestation

Solano: Sentencing delayed in kidnapping case + Trial date pending for woman charged in police chase

Monterey: Arrests made in robberies

Central Valley: Man who caused crash had suspended license (MB Reg) + Truck driver to plead guilty in Highway 99 deaths (MB Reg) + Fresno: Ex-former CPS County Employee Gets 1 Year in Sex Case (LAT Reg) + Jury recommends death for Marcus Wesson in killings of nine children

Central Coast: S.C. gets tougher on rowdy parties + Watsonville police train for emergency response + District conducts ‘mass casualty’ drills + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Judge Blasts Pace of Body Donor to UCLA Case (LAT Reg) + 24 Freeway Shootings Share Similar Traits but Seem to Be Unrelated (LAT Reg) + >+ San Diego: Las Vegas prosecutor challenged by defense in San Diego corruption case


School days: San Francisco Board of Education approves budget with major cuts. $22.5 million deficit eliminated -- busing, special education, nutrition take hits + LAUSD proposes 'parcel tax' + UC officials oppose CSU doctorate plans + San Fernando Valley students take Senate floor in Sacramento + Glendale school board taps reserve for budget gap + LA Board of Education OKs $6.6 Billion Provisional Budget (LAT Reg) + National Accrediting agency extends warning period against College of Marin + West Contra Costa schools save band, athletics in budget (CTT Reg) + Grand jury again takes Alameda county schools chief to task + Pleasanton parents speak out on late start of school + Study disputes grad rates + Peter Schrag: Education: It's not the answer to everything (SJM Reg) + USCS ends four year employee hiring freeze + UCSC professor awarded energy grants + San Francisco's Superintendent Ackerman. Against all enemies + Ackerman's $400,000 spin machine + New panel to study LA schools (LAT Reg)



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LOCAL NEWS: 

14 from Bay Area up for peace prize. They're selected to be among the '1,000 Women for Nobel'

The grunion, a fish known for leaving water to spawn is back in San Francisco Bay. Missing since 1850s (CTT Reg)

BART unions choose July 6 for strike

Sacramento & north: Many favor a new dam near Auburn (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Disabled win break on RT fees (SB Reg) + Sacramento Council approves compromise on Fisherman's Lake buffer (SB Reg) + Council approves 24 changes to Sacramento's zoning codes + Nuns to do Mother Teresa's work in Sacramento (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Bob Shallit: Safeway developer, contractor go to court (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Victim in head-on collision dies + Interim county officer named in Yolo (SB Reg) + Nevada City: Hunt continues for boat-accident victim (SB Reg) + Long-term prosperity seen for Sacramento area (SB Reg) + New bus washing system in Lodi cleans more than just buses + Utility report gives insight into Lodi's power buying strategy

San Francisco, San Mateo: Bay Area: More pit bull attacks in S.F. and Oakland + 5 hurt in SF house fire + SF: Supes reject 'deal' on office space. $4.4 million expense seen as too lofty amid budget cuts + San Mateo: No one hurt after 18-wheeler crashes into apartment building + Bay Area. BART strike deadline set for next week. 2 unions say they'll walk Wednesday if deal not reached + SF: Board of Education approves budget with major cuts. $22.5 million deficit eliminated -- busing, special education, nutrition take hits SF: Supervisor, his allies go on attack over campaign ad lawsuit. Sandoval sued over mailers, may have to pay legal fees + Commuters gird for possible BART strike + SF: Supervisor, his allies go on attack over campaign ad lawsuit. Sandoval sued over mailers, may have to pay legal fees + SF: Mission florist to close doors after 101 years + SF: Another pit bull attack sign of ‘a numbers game' + SF: Supervisors draft pot club legislation + SF: Marina berthing fees go up + Supes balk at mayor's leasing plan re: 8 story building on So. Van Ness + P.J. Corkery: Lucas, St. Anthony feed multitudes + Young Democrats to converge on S.F. + City punts on cable contract

Alameda: Supervisors vote 3 to 1 to remain with Diebold (CTT Reg) + Grand jury again takes Alameda county schools chief to task + 366 homeless shelter zoning sites incite debate + Operators vie for medical marijuana + House OKs Lee's Haiti measure + Firefighters preparing for summer fire season Oakland: Oakland: Couple die in fire in motor home, trailer + Oakland: City jail reprieve rejected + Union bid to block jail closure fails (CTT Reg) + Judge denies plea to keep jail open + Closure of Oakland Independent Support Center leaves homeless helpless + Oakland: Costco store proposal gets an OK. New store would be built on 15 acres of former Army base + Oakland: Leo Edgerly Sr., deacon, dies at 81 + Dad, son hospitalized after E. Oakland house fire + Oakland holds car repair class Berkeley: Berkeley: Memorial slated for local musician + Alta Bates finding delayed + Berkeley: Iranian Americans Target Elections in Downtown Protest South County: Hayward: Tate found guilty in severe beating + Livermore residents save fountain (CTT Reg) + Hikers find Livermore pilot's plane (CTT Reg) + Livermore: New study proposed on Pardee project + Lizzie Fountain saved: Petitions keep park alive + Pleasanton: Veteran producer named to run CTV (Tri-Valley Community TV) + Pleasanton parents speak out on late start of school + Fremont: Electronic signs advise drivers to slow down + Newark Pararansit service raises fares + Summer school in full swing + Coffee shop stays afloat with crepes

Santa Clara: San Jose: City Council agrees to probe of mayor + San Jose backs state dog bill (SJM Reg) + (PDF) Read the Senate Bill text (SJM Reg) + Firefighter suffers heat exhaustion during house fire (SJM Reg) + Dilapidated P.A. hotel torn down (SJM Reg) + Living wage laws given mixed review (SJM Reg) + Lax management found in P.A. utility worker scandal (SJM Reg) + Fitness workouts for Fido (SJM Reg) + Council votes to give group new chance to run Northside Community Center (SJM Reg) + City to closely monitor audited Northside Community group (SJM Reg) + Fisher: Los Altos' secret of success with leaf-blower ban (SJM Reg) + El Camino hospital workers rally for pay (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Photo faux pas with Mineta article (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: $11 million cut from budget. Supervisors trim much less than had been proposed Concord: San Jose manager takes post in parks + East Bay predicted to lead region in economic gains + Senior finds fault with county housing (CTT Reg) + City of San Pablo set for fiscal surplus (CTT Reg) + West Contra Costa schools save band, athletics in budget (CTT Reg) + Pleasant Hill: Police find drug lab after pursuit (CTT Reg) + Walnut Creek: I-680 grass fire slows commute (CTT Reg)

Marin: Planning Commission shake-up + $6.5 million buys water Marin might never use + Supervisors back tentative budget + Novato approves $30 million budget plan + Some Bolinas residents scoff at plans for new cell phone tower + Veteran of Pearl Harbor dies at 82 + National Accrediting agency extends warning period against College of Marin + Nation bill to move death row fails in committee + San Rafael Corporate Center sold + San Rafael sales tax gets closer to ballot

Sonoma: Pit bulls flood shelters after series of attacks + New fire station for southwest SR + Windsor winery plan picks up support + Abalone diver dies off Sonoma coast + SR approves $600,000 in pay, benefit hikes for managers + Fireworks sales spark concern + SR nears passenger-rail housing goal, vies for grant + Petaluma commissioner who resigned in protest reconsiders decision

Napa: Napa Valley College cracking down on cheaters + Solano-Napa bus service starts slow + 21 lucky locals get to help plan county's future

Solano: Vallejo: Park, state examine numbness on ride + Benicia: Sailors feeling lucky to be alive in strait mishap. They capsized right in path of oil tanker + Region sets torrid pace for growth + Gravestone's here - where's the plot? + In Benicia, budget isn't a done deal + Vigil for crash victim promotes peace + Mall neighbors happy with noise accord + Woman, 99, makes dream come true by singing at Rivercats baseball game + County supervisors approve $769 million spending plan + Development of business park is subject of Benicia meeting + County passes budget, cuts welfare funding + Jury: Pollution risk persists for Suisun marsh + Sharon Tucker's legacy + County names new agricultural commissioner from Calaveras

Monterey: Monterey Council hires controversial city manager + Historian Edna Kimbro dies + Patrons read sadness in new Salinas library hours + Full-grown man still enjoys his toys + Staff reorganization approved + Your Town + Girl seriously injured in fall from balcony

Central Valley: Camp Pendleton: Young Men to Marines (MB Reg) + Farm income nears $2 billion for Stanislaus + Weidman leaving for state job (MB Reg) + Teacher pay lags, unions say (MB Reg) + Garbage fee hike gets OK (MB Reg) + Manteca gives OK for fireworks (MB Reg) + Arts Center Grows (MB Reg) + 'Healthy' try for bigger air board (MB Reg)+ Emanuel Expansion (MB Reg) + 2 schools get technology grants (MB Reg) + Merced County medians to close (MB Reg) + County commits $1.4M to programs for elderly (MB Reg) + Flyover to commemorate Castle's first B-52 landing (MB Reg) + Edna Stewart, longtime Patterson educator (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Community Briefing (MB Reg) + Tracy eatery to open doors Thursday + Stanislaus should rethink excessive health benefits (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Metro tires going bust Unkempt nail salons spark state legislation + Community shattered by loss of area historian + UFW, farmworkers clash over gay marriage + USCS ends four year employee hiring freeze + Aviation Way will relocate to make way for new commercial building + Seminar helps with mud, manure madness + Scotts Valley high school lands new principal + Coastlines + Computer glitch disrupts DMV + UCSC professor awarded energy grants

Southern California: LA: Antonio, MTA push for relief on 405 gridlock + LAUSD proposes 'parcel tax' + LA: Who's who list set for inauguration + LA: Deadline on BFI contract drawn out three weeks + Mexicans laud Mexican law that allows Mexicans in America to vote + LA: Battles raging on county pensions + Sidelined superhero Gov. can still save the day on the 405 freeway fix to ease traffic between San Fernando Valley and Westside + LA: Inauguration Is the Place for Politicians to Be Seen (LAT Reg) + Gold Medalist 's $100,000 Donation puts Westside Jewish Community Center Pool Back in the Swim (LAT Reg) + LA: Landfill Contract OK Delayed (LAT Reg) + LA: Anticipating red ink, supervisors protect public health funding by separating it from hospital system finances (LAT Reg) + LA: Gas Leak Scare Causes Delays for Red Line Subway Riders (LAT Reg) + Law Firms' LAX Pacts Extended (LAT Reg) + LA Board of Education OKs $6.6 Billion Provisional Budget (LAT Reg) + New panel to study LA schools (LAT Reg) + LA: Hahn Looks Forward, and Back + LA: Hahn gets City Hall send-off + LA: One more yawn, and Hahn is gone + Hahn Looks Forward, and Back (LAT Reg) + Patt Morrison: We've Already Got the Oddities; Now All We Need Is a Place to Put Them (LAT Reg) + Glendale school board taps reserve for budget gap + Finally, the San Fernando Valley Receives Some Attention From Hollywood (LAT Reg)+ Disneyland Closes Ride After Guest Gets Sick (LAT Reg) + Ventura County Pension Case Draws Scrutiny (LAT Reg) + Riverside County: Buying Cold Pills? Fill Out This Form (LAT Reg) + Riverside: New Funds for Assessor, Public Defender's Office (LAT Reg) + Pomona lawmakers are the latest to increase their pay by creating development boards (LAT Reg) + Palm Springs Area: Brush Fire Contained After Burning 200 Acres (LAT Reg) + Newport Beach: The Case of the Disappearing Dune (LAT Reg) + Costa Mesa: Triangle Square Is on a Losing Streak (LAT Reg) + OC: Search Continues for Missing Woman + OC: County warns of another crisis (OT Reg) + San Diego: Mayor Murphy's quiet goodbye

Rep. Cunningham: Look in Left column under Law.

School days: Look in left column near bottom.

June 28, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Car Bombs Kill Lawmaker, U.S. Soldier

Iraqi journalist shot, US forces accused

Progress in Iraq comes amid struggle to survive

Triangle of Death Clan Chief Caught Between U.S. Military and Insurgents

U.S. death toll + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: A Tenuous Grip on Sovereignty (LAT Reg) + Iraqi PM plans for security in two years + Iraq needs $15bn to fix water supply + Syrian delegation is in Baghdad today + Mubarak, Allawi discuss regional developments

War prisons: East Bay Rep. Tauscher satisfied with conditions at Guantanamo. But she fears U.S. is sending suspects to other countries + Russian ex-Guantanamo inmate tells of Koran abuse + Russian Guantanamo prisoner sues USA + U.S. suspected of keeping secret prisoners on warships

AFGHANISTAN: Chinook Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan + (AP) U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes During Afghan Counterterror Operations; Fate of Those Aboard Unknown

MIDDLE EAST: Nour looks to indict Mubarak's regime at trial

Israel, Palestine: The Fresh New Face of Israeli Settlers' Defiance of Pullout from Gaza -- young detainees + Sharon vows to stop 'wild behavior' of pullout foes + PA urges Islamic Jihad to commit to truce + Halutz: Hesder yeshivas that encourage refusal risk closure + Psychologists to help soldiers cope with pullout + Sharon vows to stamp out 'wild' settlers

RUSSIA: Russia To Submit Tax Amnesty Bill + USA to import 50 million tons of crude from Russia a year

EUROPE:  Schröder plans punitive tax on Germany's wealthy

Taittinger heirs to sell champagne company

AFRICA: Moroccan woman on trial for 'personal views'

UN envoy wants 'comprehensive' picture of Zimbabwe

Libyan opposition rejects foreign military support to topple Qathafi

ASIA PACIFIC: Re-Arrests Ordered in Pakistan Rape Case

India's Labor Problems + To sell or not to sell in India

'Cheater' Arroyo faces people's wrath

AMERICAS: Mexico: Raids Free 44 Abductees Said to Have Crime Links

Andes Drug War Fails to Dent U.S. Supply (LAT Reg)

Mexican Lawmakers Debate Absentee Voting Proposal for Millions of Migrants in U.S.

South America's Mining Wars Heat Up

Colombian troops hit back at rebels

Mexico's Fox 'enthusiastically Welcomes' Zapatista Rebels' Shift Toward Politics

Blood for pork....

U.S. official says U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was irresponsible for giving out contracts acted irresponsibly in giving contract to Halliburton subsidiary + Audit questions $1.4b in Halliburton bills

LEAKGATES  (WaPo) Iraq memos stress British war doubts. Despite Blair's public support for U.S. push to eliminate Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction, others saw disaster afoot

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Mad cow finding divides investors (SB Reg) + Australia beef backs U.S. in new mad cow case + New Case of Mad Cow Brings Talk of National ID System

UN experts call for urgent flu testing of migratory birds in China

FDA/CHIRON Flu Fiasco: Flu vaccine uncertainty has doctors placing many orders

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Experts Say National Security Threats Are Not Clear in Cnooc Bid for Unocal

White House to Ask C.I.A., not the Pentagon, to Manage All Human Spying

US Grapples with Intense Chinese 'Spying'

Bioterror report on milk concerns feds

Lodi terror case: Lodi men's lawyers say evidence being withheld. But U.S. judge says prosecutors are providing data + Judge Limits Disclosure of Evidence in Lodi Case (LAT Reg) + Lodi mosque leaders fire imam

Kenya: 2 Suspects Acquitted in 2002 Al Qaeda Attacks (LAT Reg)

Ex-Russian nuclear minister held in Switzerland on U.S. indictment

Saudi Issues New List of 36 Most-Wanted Terror Suspects

Britain’s KGB Granny Dies

Yerevan Court Sentenced Azeri Spy to 12 Years of Imprisonment

Taiwan to fingerprint visitors from mainland China

Surviving a Nuclear Attack on Washington, D.C.

U.S. Plans to Defend Against Engineered Bioattack

Bogus Analysis Led to Terror Alert in Dec. 2003

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

Jury Acquits Scrushy On All Counts+ Timeline of case against former HealthSouth CEO Scrushy + Verdict won't hinder Sarbanes-Oxley + After Acquittal, Scrushy Faces SEC Civil Charges

A Supreme Court conversation

Broadband Fight Heads to Congress

Supreme Court decision won't stop downloads, fans say + Grokster decision has industry listening + A bleak future for digital entertainment? + Grokster Loss Sucks for Tech + Hollywood wins big on file sharing

Supreme Court refuses to revive lawsuit that accused Dynegy, Duke Energy and other power companies of fixing electricity prices in California in 2000-01

Supreme Court to decide anti-abortion group racketeering lawsuit re: shut down of clinics

Daniel Weintraub: Court: OK to take from the poor, give to the rich (SB Reg)

Langberg: Court shows wisdom in guarding intellectual property (SJM Reg)

AMD Files Antitrust Suit Against Intel

U.S. seeks $14 bln in tobacco case

Drug firm, Massachusetts General Hospital fight over royalties

Status of High-Profile Corporate Scandals

Major Church-State Issues Pending in Courts

Prosecutor: Man Convicted in Vermont's First Capital Trial in Decades Should Be Executed

Prosecutors Want Ebbers Life Sentence

Canada: Engineering officer guilty in massive child porn bust

Curator charged as 30,000 books are 'lost' by French national library

Woman Sues Applebee's Over Claim of Fingertip in Salad

Former Newsday Publisher Who Served on Education Board Charged in Child Pornography Case

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NASA Chief Says He's Confident of July Shuttle Launch Despite Safety Questions + (LAT) Shuttle deemed 'safe to fly'. 3 debris issues still unsolved, but major improvements made

France edges out Japan to win futuristic nuclear project designed to emulate power of the sun

Disney Digital 3D to debut this year

Conference for time travelers at MIT

Honda to Supply Crash Test Data on Window Stickers

Super calculators make maths super-easy

Fall Mobile Phone Preview

Will Jetmakers Always Have Paris?

Hubble Captures Outburst From Comet Targeted By Deep Impact

1001 Hawaiian Nights Dedicated To The Cool And The Far Away

Adsorbent Materials For The Storage Of Hydrogen

CONNECT THE DOTS....

P. J. Corkery in San Francisco: Family pride and the family dog

As Stakes Rise, More Parents Are Directing Rage at Coaches

Two big zoos battle bad publicity after animal deaths

STARDOM: RECYCLING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

USDA fails to find cause of tiger attack on Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

U.S. Stocks Have Biggest Rally in Five Weeks as Oil Falls; Wal-Mart Gains

Microsoft chief warns about US deficit

Snow says oil prices hurting economy-CNBC

GM hits target with car bargain

Disney Is Expected to Appoint Miramax Chief (LAT Reg)

Consumer Data Firm ChoicePoint Wins IRS Contract to process its files (5 year, $20 million deal) (LAT Reg)

Toyota to Raise Global Output 40% Next Year (LAT Reg)

Morgan Alum's Return Possible (LAT Reg)

Royal Dutch/Shell investors agree landmark unification

Citigroup fined almost 14 mln pounds by British watchdog over bond trades

Candy industry's new target is fitness market (MB Reg)

Advanced Life Sciences Sets Terms for $58.5 Million IPO

At $US 300, Google puts market logic to the test

Daily Forex Commentary

MILITARY  NATO deactivates Striking Fleet Atlantic command

After combat, sailor redraws battle lines

VA patient's death triggers policy review

Japanese emperor pays unscheduled visit in Saipan to mourn Koreans

British Royal Navy chooses not to take sides in Battle of Trafalger + Trafalgar: Two centuries on + Adam Nicolson: Celebrating Trafalgar is obscene + Briefing: the battle of Trafalgar + Pictures from the fleet review at Spithead + Trafalgar remembered

Marines Instructor Could Face Court-Martial in Young Recruit's Death

Jack Turner collection - WWI

Air Force Taps Religious Tolerance Adviser

Save Walter Reed Medical Center from the Scrapheap


McCartney to top Live8 bill after demand + Rockers deaf to realities

Bloggers Fighting Government Regulations at hearing. FEC wants to extend some campaign finance rules to Internet fund raising

Hard-to-Get Policy Briefings For Congress Are Now Online Click

New Zealand government takes over Islamic school

Clarke defends ID cards as rebellion looms + Surveillance creep + Blair defends ID cards after plan is dismissed as 'dog's dinner'

Minorities Empathize After Paris Boutique Clashes With Oprah, Say Retail Profiling Still Common


Stanford uses non-FDA approved ~Berlin Heart' to save baby

Viagra to Warn on Vision Loss (LAT Reg) + Pfizer: Viagra Doesn't Cause Blindness + Glaxo Resumes Paxil CR Sales 4 Months After FDA Seizure (LAT Reg)

Experts Disagree Over Annual Physicals

Israeli woman gives birth after ovary transplant

Bugs thrive amid arsenic, clue to life on other planets? (SJM Reg)

The birth of posh maternity wards (CCT Reg)

Social Network's Healing Power Is Borne Out in Poorer Nations

Optomap scanner give doctors a bird's eye view of retina + Retina can reveal early stages of disorders and diseases

Early experience, not genes, shapes child abusers

Tai Chi Can Reduce Falls In Older People, Says New Research

fMRI found helpful with brain surgery

New Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator Hones Surgeons' Skills, Improves Patient Safety

Diabetics With High Blood Pressure Benefit From 'Water Pills'

Cancer Drug Slows Poxvirus In Mice

Vascular Disease Most Common Cause Of Male Erectile Dysfunction

Experimental Vaccine Protects Nonhuman Primates From Lassa Fever

Cancer Related Gene P53 Not Regulated As Indicated By Previous Tissue Culture Research

Jefferson Neurosurgeons, Radiation Oncologists Wrap Radiation Around Spine For Cancer Pain Relief

Study Shows Increased Risk Of Common Infections In Diabetic Patients

Guidelines Help Parents Decide What's Best To Feed Baby

Textbook Explanation Of mRNA Translation May Need Rethinking

Study Finds Possible Mechanism For Link Between Sleep Disturbances And Metabolic Syndrome

Doctors back ban on white coats to fight superbugs

New, Winter-Hardy Pea Variety Now Available

New Catfish Species Discovered

Genome Study Of Beneficial Microbe May Help Boost Plant Health

Clammers, an Independent Lot, Are at Red Tide's Mercy

Scientist excited about new ‘easy-care’ sheep

Secrets of the Dinosaurs

Growth Secrets Of Alaska's Mysterious Field Of Lakes

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, in Speech, Will Say U.S. Sacrifices in Iraq Ensure `Future Security' + Bush takes up war on the home front + Bush Seeks Support For Iraq War On TV Tonight + Bush pressing his case on Iraq as doubts rise + Broadcasters Will Provide Mixed Billing for Bush Speech (LAT Reg) + Poll points to increasing doubts on war's progress, Bush's reasons

Attacks Needn't End Before Pullout, Rumsfeld Says (LAT Reg) + Pentagon stresses political action in Iraq

Iraq President Talabani denies Iraq role in US talks with rebels

Bush boosts German hopes for UN seat

Saudi-US Relations Fruitful: Abdullah

White House to Ask C.I.A., not the Pentagon, to Manage All Human Spying

North American security plan unveiled

US to produce deadly isotope

AP Interview: Defector Who Counseled Bush Calls for Pressing North Korea on Human Rights

Churches Join to Urge Bush to Provide Aid to Africa

Gallup: Majority of Public Wants Bush to be Flexible on Supreme Court Nominee

Iran: Tehran's 'Populist' Leader Clashes With the People (LAT Reg) + Russia wants to build more nuke reactors for Iran +Israel Ambassador Ayalon: Iran's nuclear plan under new leader must be stopped + Revisiting the Iranian revolution + Exiled Iranian dissident group that courted neocons is on verge of disintegration + Iranian court orders man to be blinded

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon's first post-Syrian parliament re-elects pro-Damascus speaker + Lahoud: Enemies of Lebanon behind acts of assassination

Other foreign: China blames U.S. for scuttled arms deal

Rice: Condoleezza Rice Joins Pep Rally for Olympic Bid + Condi Wimps Out

Congress: Frist, Reid Talk Potential Court Nominees + House Funding for Millennium Challenge Is Less Than Bush Wants + Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Energy Bill + Exponential Enrons Ahead + Congress modifies FCC ruling on faxes + Senators weigh Gulf of Mexico oil inventory + Senate Republicans Say They Will Boost Spending on Veterans Programs + Nunn: Terrorists winning nuclear race

Democrats: Hillary’s Enemies

GOP: Ex-presidents Bush, Clinton play golf

Voting: Latino growth not reflected at polls. Study finds community cast 6% of ballots in 2004 vote -- GOP made big inroads + Investigation Feature: Ohio Funds Scandal Probes Are Leading to Bush/Cheney Election Theft

OPINIONS:

Robert Scheer: Iranian Revolution Is Thriving in Iraq (LAT Reg)

Dialogue will go further than brute strength in tackling Iraq's insurgency

Patrick Seale: Washington now faces a no-win situation in Iraq

Molly Ivins: Batten down the hatches

Helen Thomas: Congress wastes time on flag burning

Robert Parry: Baiting, not debating

Xymphora: New and improved Unocal

Michael T. Klare: Saudi oil bombshell

Bush mired in quagmire with no escape route

(Wash Times) Iran, September 11 and the CIA

John F. Kerry: The Speech the President Should Give

Patrick Cockburn: Iraq, a bloody mess

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay marriage may get OK in Canada + A Loss, in New Jersey, for Proponents of Same-Sex Marriage + Gay baiting Hillary

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Court Upholds Contempt Charges Against Journos in Wen Ho Lee Case

Time Inc. considers revealing source in Plame probe to keep Cooper out of jail

(SFC) Protecting sources: Reporters face jail after court declines to step in. 1st Amendment issue remains unsettled in case where CIA agent's ID was divulged+ And a get out of jail key (LAT Reg) + As Jail Looms, Judy Miller Launches Web Site

'Bee' Worried: Can't Verify 43 Sources in Erwin's Columns

Spanish-Language Publisher to Launch New Free Papers in October

How to Change Newspaper 'Culture'

AARP's Jabs at Actor Sly Stallone's New Magazine Are Not Exactly Sly

Giving Up the 'Glorious Ego Trip' -- A Novelist Turns to Biography (LAT Reg)

The loser in Iran was the Western media

Kermit Roosevelt Jr.'s. law novel

Berkeley: Unlicensed radio station holds open house + Liberation Radio ordered off the air

Today's papers



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Hollywood welcomes 'Worlds' invasion + Spielberg's Best—and Darkest—in Years + Where Scientology and 'War of the Worlds' Meet

San Jose: Both indie and high art benefit as they intersect (SJM Reg)

Alameda County Fair schedule

Movies. Original concept? Sorry we'll pass (LAT Reg)

Process to Beatify John Paul II Opens, Clerics Take Oath of Secrecy

Exhibit Shows Influence of Hiroshige on French, American Artists

Historian, Novelist Shelby Foote Dies at 88; Became Known to Millions Through 'The Civil War'

Revival of prehistoric field research in Lebanon

The Poet Weldon Kees Vanishes

Freelance Intellectual Takes a Walkabout

Umberto Eco on Memory and Comic Books

Picasso sketch draws big bucks + My tender Pablo, by Picasso's secret lover

The Joseph Heller Archive

Suit vs. Crowe to fly

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Cheney EKG? Media pulse quickening

Rush & Molloy: Eve after snake who posted sex tape

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. blocks extra car lane fix for 405, San Diego Freeway into San Fernando Valley + Dan Walters: With state gridlocked, ad hoc regionalism may be only escape (SB Reg) + Gov. calls special election to replace deceased Assemblyman Mike Gordon (coastal LA district) + Parties prepare strategies for race to replace Gordon + Results can pale next to Gov.'s splashy pledges regarding Indian tribes + Deal? Or stand and fight

Poll: 59% say state's lost its way (SB Reg) + Californians: State on wrong path (SJM Reg)

State senator Joe Dunn (D. Garden Grove) seeks probe of Guard surveillance unit. Gov. has no comment (SJM Reg)

Angelides brings campaign to Santa Cruz

Protecting rare species will have $1 billion impact across California

Should Californians be concerned about parched San Joaquin River (LAT Reg)

Bay Bridge: An overdue deal to bridge the bay + Editorial: Bay Bridge compromise (SB Reg)

Legislature: Speier may scale back pit bull legislation + Singer Abdul testifies she backs bill for cleaner nail salons + Dems' redistricting plan based on political panel + Assembly panel OK's license bill for illegal immigrants to get California driver's license State panel to vote on biomonitor legislation re: chemicals in volunteer subjects' bodies + Immigrant license bill under Republican fire

Indian tribes: Hayworth still pushes to extend Indian exception for labor law + Results can pale next to splashy pledges

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

California Supreme: Credit Card Agreements Can't Block Class Action Suits

Gary L. Taylor Resigns as U.S. District Judge, located in District covering Orange County (LAT Reg)

Experts unsure on lawyer's suit re: seal at 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, San Francisco

Abuses alleged at Atascadero state hospital

Beginning Friday, drivers must turn on headlights when continuously using windshield wipers in rain, fog or show - $96 fine

Sacramento & north: Sacramento clergy abuse trial set to start (SB Reg) + Clues sought in fatal '04 shooting of Marissa Krog (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Man shot dead after melee (SB Reg) + Shasta Laker Man Who Fell Asleep While Babysitting Held on Suspicion of Child Endangerment (LAT Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Francisco: Gang case findings withheld. City cautious on takeover of elderly woman's apartment + Ex-U.S. Wireless Corp. (San Ramon) exec and counsel Dave Klarman to pay $3.9 million for swindling corporation into bankruptcy + Daly City neighborhood shocked by drug bust for mass-producing marijuana + Redwood City: Cisneros family mourns loss of teen daughter + Cisnero victim's family frustrated with law enforcement+ Daly City: Police searching for suspects in home invasion + Death of pregnant Evelyn Hernandez absent from the media (SB Reg)

Alameda: Oakland: Lafayette mayor's son pleads not guilty to dousing ballplayer Giambi with beer + Oakland: Shooting victim Leadrew Smith dies after several days in hospital + Tri-Cities remain vigilant against illegal fireworks + Oldest juvenile in CYA, convicted of murder, denied parole at age 33 via loophole + Police unions take Oakland's side in lawsuit re: keeping police pay records secret

Santa Clara: Sunnyvale couple found guilty of identity theft connected to $1 million real estate scam (SJM Reg) + Fatal U.S. dog attacks by breed in U.S. + San Jose Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Peninsula Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Concord: License suspension for pilot, mechanic who crashed in Concord, hurting Danville girl + Richmond: Police use new fund to protect witnesses. Police hope new funding will help close homicide cases + Pittsburg: Police probe killing of homeless man + Latest shootings add to rising homicide count in Richmond + San Ramon avoids library suit + Pinole: Rail victim wins punitive damages (CCT Reg) + Newly licensed driver suspected of DUI in Orinda crash; 3 hurt (CCT Reg) + Witnesses keep silent in Richmond killings

Marin: Details released in Canal motel slaying

Sonoma: Petaluma: 'Date rape' drug seized, man arrested + Santa Rosa: Criminal charges unlikely in pit bull attack on girl, 8 + RP man injured in pit bull attack + Humane Society swamped by pit bull sterilizations + Lake County grand jury slams public defender + Sonoma substitute teacher pleads not guilty re: sending naked pictures over Internet to girl to seduce her + Gang member violated probation, faces prison +SR man held after picking up gallons of date-rape drug

Napa: Elder abuse case against Napa home moving slowly + Simpson: Sheriff's office did sloppy job on murder case + Safeguarding against elder abuse+ Dentist charged with murder taps new lawyer Colin Cooper + Wal-Mart trial hinges on AmCan approval + Report eyes overcrowding, deaths at county jail

Solano: Drug user wastes last opportunity at rehabilitation + Wal-Mart, opposition clash in courtroom + Family vigilant in pursuit of Vallejo teacher's killers + Teen shot in Fairfield in stable condition + Cause of double fatality still unknown

Monterey: Reward offered on otter killers. $2,500 for tips that help catch shooters of protected species + Driver in fatal crash gets misdemeanor + Complaints about hotels prompt DA investigation + Badger habits, habitat + Fumigator protests fine for dead cat + Three men rob Community Bank in Seaside

Central Valley: Lots of legal snaps, cracklee (MB Reg) + 2 arrests made in Sunday shooting (MB Reg) + San Joaquin County Fair ends with triple shooting + Law & Order + Lawyer urges jury to spare murderer Wesson

Central Coast: Police: Slaying was over gang turf + Cops And Courts

Southern California: LA Sheriff Baca blasts parents in wake of slaying of anti-gang deputy + Gangs, Crime and Dreams Live in Hawaiian Gardens Where Deputy Died (LAT Reg) + Supreme Cout opinion split over ruling's weight on LA seal + B.I.G. case: Informant links Perez, night of rapper's death + Former LA police officer linked to B.I.G. murder + Unfit O.C. Sheriff's Reservist Was Reinstated, faults Corona (LAT Reg) + Bakersfield: Convicted Killer Jimmy Lee Smith Is Sent Back to Prison (LAT Reg) + OC's Nick Jensen, Local Foe of Taxes Is Guilty (LAT Reg) + Gary L. Taylor Resigns as U.S. District Judge, located in Orange County (LAT Reg) + B.I.G. case: Rogue Officer Named in Trial (LAT Reg) + LA Valley College Guard Shoots Man on Campus (LAT Reg) + Azuza: Two Men Found Shot to Death at Residence (LAT Reg) + Disney to Pay Author $400,00 Proceeds From "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Sales (LAT Reg) + Further claims filed in deadly Glendale commuter train crash (CCT Reg) + Vista: Girl's soccer coach to face trial for molest + Man found guilty of Oceanside murder + San Diego: Prosecutors preview closing arguments against councilmen

Hollywood welcomes 'Worlds' invasion

San Jose: Both indie and high art benefit as they intersect (SJM Reg)

Alameda County Fair schedule

Movies. Original concept? Sorry we'll pass (LAT Reg)

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LOCAL NEWS:   Experts: Steer clear of beached sea lions

Grand Canyon Home to Endangered California Condor

Sacramento & north: UC Davis study cites asbestos impact (SB Reg) + Asbestos raises red flags in places in state other than El Dorado County (SB Reg) + Folsom dam road reopener looks iffy (SB Reg) + Rancho Cordova: Fireworks dispute defused - parkway plan dropped (SB Reg) + Big change for little Herald district (SB Reg) + Lincoln passed over on All-America list (SB Reg) + Auburn: Pre-Fourth intentional burns set (SB Reg) + El Dorado: trash trouble blamed on labor (SB Reg) + Obituary: Yolo prosecutor was expert on child abduction (SB Reg) + Lodi chamber warns members of swindle

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Mayor gives up on voluntary salary donations + San Francisco: Urban design that's smart, practical. Visitacion complex shows how to add new homes to old cities + SFUSD board to vote tonight on budget proposal + San Francisco: School Board voting tonight on final budget. 'Surprise' cuts may include athletics and funds sent to schools on per-student basis + San Francisco: Infrastructure funding debated. Mayor's plan to pump money into parks, roads isn't a done deal + San Francisco: Newsom backs sweatshop labor ban. Ordinance is part of plan to stop abuse of workers + SF: Supervisor Sandoval claims financial attack + San Francisco: Foes of wharf project ask state for review + Giants fans talking ‘crazy' + Imagine the wharf without fishing boats. Outcry over proposed increase in berth fees + San Mateo County budget news is actually good + Rising health care costs crimp San Mateo County's budget + State pulls plug to build San Mateo parole site near 2 schools + San Bruno Casino Artichoke Joe's seeks extension of city tax break + Belmont: Councilmember proposes hillside plan in wake of Supreme Court decision + Weimers: Sky-high drinks at sky-high prices $80 to $650 at SF's Sir Francis Drake Hotel (SJM Reg)

Alameda: No major developments in BART contract talks + Oakland: 3 new FasTrak lanes seem to improve flow. Bay Bridge toll plaza experiences few delays on first day + Bay Bridge gets on a faster track + Berkeley: Unlicensed radio station holds open house + Rumors of Dellums run for Oakland Mayor create a stir + Alameda beachgoers warned about rash of redness + County weighs voting options + Advocate records medical marijuana radio ads + Liberation Radio ordered off the air + Port is poised to award deal for airport roads + Costco has eyes for West Oakland site + BART strike still possible + Budget could shelve some Berkeley fire engines each day + Volleyball players come home winners + Berkeleyan dies in single-vehicle crash + Library promoting new Spanish materials + Audit: EBMUD has been shorted + Budget rises for Fox revival + 'Baldy' 6-foot cypress returns to Berkeley roots + Theater group holds Dublin youth camp + Dublin's mayor nominated to serve on county fair board + Fremont parade returns to old grounds + County considers new e-voting + Fremont library hours trimmed further + Holy Redeemer welcomes mom as pastor + Landmark bowling alley faces uncertain fate + Livermore raising garbage fees + Alameda County fair extends support to military + Voting system needs $6 million upgrade

Santa Clara: San Jose: Security scare holds up flights + Valley hosts meeting with Vietnam officials (SJM Reg) + State senator seeks probe of Guard surveillance unit (SJM Reg) + Mountain View Councilman Perry takes on political elite in campaign to bring BART to San Jose (SJM Reg) + About Greg Perry (SJM Reg) + Strain of aging in a strange land (SJM Reg) + Langberg: Court shows wisdom in guarding intellectual property (SJM Reg) + Latino voting power trails population rise (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Bridge tolls could be worse (SJM Reg) + Both indie and high art benefit as they intersect (SJM Reg) + Mountain View Whisman district taps team-builder for chief (SJM Reg) + Cassidy: With child in school, time too fast (SJM Reg) + Menlo Park: Council reviews building rules (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Pursue tax collector for property tax refund (SJM Reg) + Common-sense behavior when around dogs (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Forum for San Ramon city center plan (CCT Reg) + Pinole approves a budget billed as road to recovery (CCT Reg)+ Concord boy tastes sweet success

Marin: San Rafael Corporate Center sold + San Rafael sales tax gets closer to ballot + State panel to vote on biomonitor legislation + Worker's comp patients in limbo + Public is invited to comment on county transit + Small Mill Valley teen heads to world games in France + Valuables, database stolen from theater company

Sonoma: Neighbors divided over creek side trail between Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa + RP set to OK new city manager

Napa: Schools top grand jury concerns + Supervisors scrutinize county budget, set priorities + Grand jury: Circle Oaks development ban should stay + New performing arts venues in Napa County are getting top dollar for renting out their spaces + A very exclusive performing arts venue + Vintage pool plans on hold; area residents seek expansion + How successful is redevelopment?

Solano: Fairfield supervisors continue budget talks today + Fairfield council to vote on sales tax measure + A tale of two cities: Dixon and Davis + City to consider measure to quiet business's parties + Bethel graduate dies in SoCal crash

Monterey: Reward offered in otter killings + Seaside council expected to hire city manager today + County eyes roadside cleanup + Tenants forced out by blaze + Two men die in Big Sur crash + Your Town + Budget issue in Marina

Central Valley: Modesto girl doing well after heart transplant (MB Reg) + Split call on religious displays (MB Reg) + If wipers on, shed light on road, too (MB Reg)+ Aphids' goop a dirty drizzle from ash trees (MB Reg) + Ceres Council: Manager terminated (MB Reg) + Beat of a Different Drum (MB Reg) + Tin Cup changes face opposition (MB Reg) + Tardy approvals delay Prescott expansion (MB Reg) + Raffle winner claims his house (MB Reg) + Modesto public access makes plea (MB Reg) + Turlock swears in four new officers (MB Reg) + Report addresses Merced harassment issue (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Community Briefing (MB Reg) + Tracy Unified budget looks rosy + News from the San Joaquin Valley + Dairy cows branded top smog hogs + Stockton: Proposed San Joaquin air rules target development

Central Coast: Build in the city, pay a new fee + Watsonville ‘gakko’ links young Japanese to their culture + Watsonville annexation bid screeches to a halt + Angelides brings campaign to Santa Cruz + New Elder day health facility opens in Watsonville + Technology grant less than P. V. schools expected + Coastlines + Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to Send Seeds to Iraq (LAT Reg) + As We See It: Santa Cruz is moving forward with talks, plans for dealing with issue of water scarcity + News briefs from California's Central Coast

Southern California: LA County Might Outsource King/Drew Hospital + LA: Ahmanson debate isn't over + LA and Glendale school districts get $7 million in tech grants from feds + Van Nuys food pantry avoids closing + City coughs up cash to defend LAX plan + NTSB probing crash of Cessna on Sunday + LA Councilman Zine advocates fixing LAPD station at 77th St + Lancaster: Wildfire burns near reserve of poppies + Villaraigosa Sets a Style: 'Hands-On' (LAT Reg) + LAPD 77th Division Jail's Weak Points (LAT Reg) + Long Beach Aquarium Shouldn't Serve Fish, PETA Says (LAT Reg) + Laguna Weighs Slide Recovery Funding Options (LAT Reg) + Last Call for Downtown L.A. Watering Hole (LAT Reg) + Aftershock of June 16 Quake Shakes Yucaipa (LAT Reg) + Anaheim Strikes Out Again in the Name Game (LAT Reg) + Woodland Council Hopes Street's Name "Dog Gone Alley" Draws Visitors (LAT Reg) + Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors to Restore LA supply (LAT Reg) + Johnny Carson estate giving $5 million to Norfolk hospital + Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham has options to cover legal costs + Ceradyne (Irvine) Gets $75.5 Million Army Order + + S.D. council disregards Aguirre on labor pacts + SD: Pension and police plans get council OK + SD: Rider, the contrarian candidate

School days: San Francisco USD board to vote tonight on budget proposal + San Francisco School Board voting tonight on final budget. 'Surprise' cuts may include athletics and funds sent to schools on per-student basis + LA: Ahmanson debate isn't over + LA and Glendale school districts get $7 million in tech grants from feds + Sun Valley's Poly High. 9th-Grade Class Gets 'A' for Effort + Pay-Raise Showdown in Victorville (LAT Reg) + Big change for little Herald district (SB Reg) + Tracy Unified budget looks rosy + Mountain View Whisman district taps team-builder for chief (SJM Reg) + Cassidy: With child in school, time too fast (SJM Reg)

June 27, 2004

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. Helicopter Crashes North of Baghdad, Killing Two + (UK Guardian) Insurgents kill 33 in Mosul bomb blitz + (NYT) 38 killed in wave of suicide blasts, Scores injured by 4 explosions in northern Iraq city + Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles counter IEDs, ambushes + US General: We Know Zarqawi's Whereabouts + From Insurgent Attacks to Internet Connections, a Look at Iraq by the Numbers + U.S. and Iraqi teachers shaping recruits into commando forces + Along the Syria-Iraq Border, Victory is Fleeting + Safer Vehicles for Soldiers: A Tale of Delays and Glitches + General's 'Common Sense' Rules on Wallet-Size Cards + (Beirut Daily Star) Rumsfeld admits U.S. officials met insurgents + (Aljazeera) Rumsfeld says US, Iraq fighters talked + (ABC) Iraq Insurgents Deny Contact With US + Mapping Casualties in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Baghdad airport reopens + Iraq VP says other nations pressing for delay of Saddam trial

War prisons: Abu Ghraib expanded as violence sweeps Iraq + 17 Former Guantanamo Inmates Freed in Pakistan, Six Claim Quran Was Desecrated + Jails expanded across Iraq as insurgency grows + No hearings at Guantanamo despite Supreme Court order to do so a year ago + U.S. Military to Expand Lockups in Iraq to Hold 16,000 Detainees

Doug Wood hostage fallout: How Doug Wood felt like a traitor + Wood 'may lose eyesight' + Wood offends usual suspects + Wood interview just didn't rate

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban melt away as U.S. troops push into a stronghold in Afghanistan + Hi-tech SAS troops take on Taliban + Afghan election on track despite security worries

MIDDLE EAST: Jordan to tackle corruption amid Cabinet reshuffle

Russia and Poland seek restored relevance in the new Middle East

Israel, Palestine: Settlers declare protest outpost on Katif ruins + The dawn of refusal + In Latest Salvo of Color War, Tens of Thousands Protest Israel's Gaza Withdrawal + Condemning Israel's wartime economy

Libyan exiles call for united front

Protesters clash with police in Cairo

Syrian human rights activist acquitted

Jordan river may dry up

RUSSIA: Stalin's Resort Home in Georgian Black Sea Region Sold for $10 Million + Putin to abolish inheritance tax

EUROPE: French Interior Minister Says EU Enlargement Should Be Suspended + Turkey stands firm on EU conditions

'Bavarian pit bull' aims to be German foreign minister + Schroeder Asks Germany's Parliament for Vote of Confidence in Step Toward Early Elections

Zapatero's Spain + Spanish prosecutor argues for legal rather than military means to fight terror

Socialists win Bulgaria election

US congressman Dreier, with anti-gay voting record to be Euan Blair's mentor

Eradicating Hunger In Scotland

CENTRAL ASIA: Powers swirl around Uzbekistan

AFRICA: Zimbabwe's secret famine + UN to probe Mugabe demolition drive

Sudan: al-Bashir received the draft of the interim constitution

Libyan opposition conference wants Qathafi out

ASIA PACIFIC: The full scale of tsunami's devastation revealed

Appetite for energy fuels China's fears + Burger wars in China + Tibetan nun's tale of torture reveals Chinese brutality

Funding Agreement Signed for New Airport in Bangalore, India's IT Hub

Arroyo apologizes for 'lapse' in election call

AMERICAS: USAID unfolds "Plan Jamaica"

Brazil Urges Countries to Use WTO Rules to Battle Drug Giants Over Anti-AIDS Medications

Venezuela Hopes US $300 Million in Trade Deals With U.S. Firms Emerge From Meeting

Colombia: FARC Retreats to Foreign Bases

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

USDA's message on mad cow raises critical questions

Mad Cow Case Prompts Limited Reaction in Markets

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Justice abused terror-fighting tools, report says

(UK Independent) Politicians demand inquiry into CIA operations in Italy + (NYT) Trial not likely for alleged CIA agents (CCT Reg) + (Boston Globe) Alleged CIA target tied to Iraq group + (World Socialist) Italy seeks arrest of 13 CIA agents for abduction of Egyptian cleric + Body & Soul Blog: Kidnapping in Italy

Possible N Korea-Iran cruise missile link

Debka: Indictments sought against two sacked AIPAC officers

Spielberg project leaves Mossad cold

Shock over Deep Throat. Acting FBI director under Nixon says revenge drove Felt

Lodi terror cases: Some see Adil Khan as a peacemaker, others describe him as clever politician

Military Eyes XM Satellite Radio for Homeland Security

Did AIPAC lobbyists and Pentagon analyst pass secrets

Terror-Proof the Nation's Skyscrapers

Kennedy assassination revisited. A key revealed

China's Latest 'Threat' + Beijing devoted to weakening 'enemy' U.S., defector says + Australia recognizes China's progress + Chinese dragon awakens + Thefts of U.S. technology boost China's weaponry

New Zealand: 2 Israelis Were Secret Agents + Israel apologizes over NZ spy case, relations resume + New Zealand and Israel End Passport Battle

Relatives fear for woman 'seized by Mugabe's agents'

US couple accused in classified documents case acquitted of espionage counts

pies implicated in Munir death

NYC: Commish urges more intelligence training for police

Saudi Says Its U.S. Ambassador Remains in Post

Secret agents of change

Book Review. The Saudi royals and Al Qaeda

Counter terrorism: Making “Come As You Are” Work

Daily Kos threat: Exploring the Plame investigation

The UK as a world power

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Review of San Francisco Gay Pride parade+ Gay rights focus of San Francisco Pride parade. + Gay-friendly church (Metropolitan Community Church) opens in San Mateo + Epilogue for 'Stella' author: a messy divorce

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(NYT) Supreme Court: 10 Commandments Barred at Courts but Not on Government Land + Details, opinion

(NYT) Supreme Court Declines to Hear Reporters' Appeal in Leak Case

(NYT) Supreme Court rules File-Sharing Networks Can Be Held Liable + (Forbes) The Post-Grokster Era Begins + LimeWire, BitTorrent and BearShare...Oh My! + Commentary: Don't Scapegoat Grokster

(AP) Supreme Court: Cops can't be sued for restraining orders + Details, opinion

(Wired) Supreme Court: Cable Firms Can Block ISPs + Details, opinion

High court agrees to review gas-fixing case

High court rules against death row inmate

Rehnquist Throws Down The Gavel, But Not The Towel

Slate's Supreme Court nominee shortlist

Suspect Admits B.T.K. Killings and Recounts Grisly Details

Former Manson follower `Squeaky' Fromme up for parole

DOJ proposes forcing anyone even remotely connected with publishing erotic images online to keep elaborate files on true identities in images for 7 years

AP Centerpiece: Opponents Ready Their Arguments in First Vioxx Trial

Daily News Exclusive: Her mob dream sours

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Panel Concludes NASA Fails to Meet Toughest Safety Recommendations for Return to Space

Software knight Kapor takes up new quest

MIT Physicists Create New Form Of Matter

Betting on firing a bullet into a comet. What will happen next?

Google Unveils Video Viewing Software

Machines mimic life at Chicago’s NextFest

Smart home dream could be for all

Microsoft makes web feeds easier

AMD chip faster, costlier

Not quite nanotech, but still really small

Sun Micro takes risk in freely sharing Java source code

Software firewall all you really need

Lawrence Livermore Lab awaits supercomputer + Livermore ranks tops in teraflops

A peek inside Volkswagen's R&D lab (SJM Reg)

Plug-in hybrid car would run on venture capital

Cosmic neutrino background

Teacher's Little Helpers: Robots Attend UCSD Nursery School In Research Study

New Magnetic Techniques For Microstructural Characterization Of Steels

'Apollo Program' For Hydrogen Energy Needed, Stanford Researcher Says

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Why Scientologists Hate Psychiatrists

Mark Morford: Porn Stars In My Underwear

In world of drug ads, there's a pill for every ill (SB Reg)

Boomers make 50 nifty

The Next Billy Graham? Religion Experts Say There Won't Be One

Taking the ridicule out of schools

Cannonfire: Why you aren't going to the movies tonight

An encounter with Italian police on the way to Bilderberg 2004

Gates to Fund Millions in Global Health Research, From Better Bananas to Less Perishable Vaccines

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OPEC production increases are a drop in the bucket of global demand

Google Shares Jump Above $300 After More Than Tripling Since August IPO

China refuses to bow to EU and US pressure over currency reform

Malaysia's new Islamic financial index to tap Gulf wealth

Parmalat chief faces trial Higher airline fares seen as inevitable

Profile: Travelcity CEO Michelle Peluso

As EBay Marks 10 Years Online, It Tries to Pacify Unhappy Users (LAT Reg)

Israeli High-Tech Outsourcer Taps Into Ultra-Orthodox Talent Pool (LAT Reg)

Sugar Exporters Stung by 39% curb in Guaranteed EU prices (LAT Reg)

Facing Young Workers' High Job Expectations (LAT Reg)

Adelphia Offers Creditors $9.7 Billion

Marriage costs, the second time around (CCT Reg)

WTO Rules in Favor of U.S. in Chip Dispute With South Korea

China COSCO IPO to Raise Nearly $1.22 Billion Thursday


UK: Fears that ethnic minorities 'targeted by ID cards'

Posting prostitution offenders' pictures on the Internet. A tangled web of sex, technology, and civil liberties

Pakistan hears gang rape case appeal

LA: Muslim women breaching the Wall at Prayer

Library study tracks how often Patriot Act is used (CCT Reg)

Israeli Military Court Convicts Soldier in Fatal Shooting of British Activist

Anti-terror tactics chill US campuses

Feds team up with cities to expand spy cameras

Britain plans to sell personal information to raise money

MILITARY U.S. sailors and Marines join seven-nation exercises

Special unit of Russian aviation uses cement particles and acids to change weather

Military kids share special bond at summer camp

Japan emperor visits WWII island Saipan

Company deals with shock after fragging allegations

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

New Carrier Will be Full of Robots

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Miller/Cooper Case Returns To Federal Judge + Supreme Court Will Not Hear Miller/Cooper Case + Sulzberger, Miller, and Time Inc. Respond to Supreme Court Setback + Joseph Wilson Responds to Decision in Plame Case + (SFC) The Press Battles to Protect Its Sources

French answer to Google library

Seniors pen ultimate reality series

Web site makes government reports available

The Novel. Online history

Newspaper Executive Ordered to Pay $5.1 Million to Former Employer

Today's papers


Frozen eggs allow women to put motherhood on ice

Womb's messages to baby signal a win

Protection from injury re: ear pain during plane take off and landing

Insurers Weigh Surgery Risks re: Obesity (LAT Reg)

Amish gene pool. Cutting edge of gene research

Pushing Breast-Feeding for Even the Tiniest Preemies

Bristol-Myers, Baylor College Launching $40 Million Pediatric AIDS Initiative

FAQ: What's Up With Stem Cells?

Fading smile temperature monitor could save babies

The world's healthiest foods

New Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator Hones Surgeons' Skills, Improves Patient Safety

The Age of Autism: HHS eyes Amish study

Gene Changes Linked To Deficient Immune Suppression In Multiple Sclerosis

Study Links Race To Risk Of Advanced Colorectal Cancer, Death

'Laser Tweezers' Reveal Microscopic Mechanical Properties Of Blood Clots

Depression Common In People With Chronic Cough

A Step Forward In Stem Cell Research + Breakthrough Study Finds Adult Stem Cells

Bad Outcomes Related To, But Not Caused By, Misdosing Of Clotbusters In Heart Attack Patients

Antibiotics Help Combat Dangerous Tropical Disease

Polls Finds Many Americans Believe Cancer Myths

Arsenic - Not The Same For Everyone

Children With Maple Syrup Urine Disease Celebrate One-Year Post-Transplant -- Kids No Longer Have Life-Threatening Disease

Early Stage Breast-cancer Rates Are Rising As Incidence Of Invasive Cases Are Leveling

Online Analytical Toolbox For Cancer And Other Biomedical Research

Gene Testing Doesn't Increase Anxiety, Depression In Children Of People With Alzheimer's

From A Few Wild Ancestors, A Citrus Cornucopia

Deep Sea Algae Connect Ancient Climate, Carbon Dioxide And Vegetation

A Sugar That's Not So Sweet For Insect Pests

Acidifying Soil Helps Plant Remove Cadmium, Zinc Metals

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Says Iran's Nuclear Arms Goal Is `Unacceptable,' Questions Election + US and Europe stand firm on Iran nuclear program after elections

China: Bush expects review of China oil bid + CNOOC Invites a U.S. Security Review of Unocal Bid, Chairman's Letter Says  + CNOOC Wages Public Relations, Lobbying Battle for Unocal + Chinese Oil Giant Ready for Scrutiny in Washington

U.S. Has Plans to Again Make Own Plutonium

(WaPo) White House preps for high court showdown, Jurists, activists believe Rehnquist is ready to leave

Schroeder asks Bush to back Germany for UN seat + Bush Urges Schroeder on Iran Nuke Program + (Spiegel) Germany's 'Lame Duck' Goes to Washington

Bush calls freedom from torture 'inalienable human right'

Groups: W abusing detain law

U.S. Canada, Mexico Pledge to Tighten Security, Expand Trading Partnership

(WaPo) Rumsfeld confirms talks with insurgent leaders. Defense secretary suggests violence may last for years + (Guardian) Iraq insurgency could last a decade, admits Rumsfeld+ Iraqi Prime Minister Says Two Years 'more Than Enough' to Secure His Country

(Aljizeera) US targets suspected WMD firms doing business with N. Korea, Syria, Iran + (Pravda) Russian economy to suffer because of Bush's targeting 'rogue states'

(Haaretz) Israel, U.S. draft agreement for openness, equality in arms deals, end crisis over Israeli sales to China, open up U.S. market to Israeli defense industries + (Al Jazeera) Israel said to scrap China arms deal

Bush says it's the "contract of the century". Caspian Sea Pipeline Has Its Origins in Turbulent Waters

Personal stories add fuel to stem cell debate

Georgia hunts men linked to Bush grenade incident + Person who threw grenade at Bush not Bulgarian

Bush Aide Named Top Transportation Official

Iran: (UK Independent) No need for ties with Washington, says Iran's hardline new President + (UK Times) Europe loses bargaining chip in negotiations as new leader plays down trade links + (UK Times: Miners prepare to hunt for Iranian riches + (UK Times) Contradictory signals from Iran, few of them hopeful + (UK Independent) US says elections were 'flawed from the start' + (Beirut Daily Star) Iran slams door on U.S. dialogue + (Asia Times) Iran: The living fossils' vengeance+ (Asia Times) The ayatollah's new reign + (Al Jazeera) US urged to develop new Iran strategy + (NYT) Iran's new leader backs atomic path. But conservative president-elect says he'll continue nuclear talks with Europeans + Israeli Ambassador: Iran Must Be Stopped in Pursuing Nuclear Program + Iran's wealthy get the jitters + Debka: Tehran's riposte to Washington on their nuclear disputes, Lebanon, Syria, Khuzestan + Wing and a prayer + Ali Shah's last stand

Syria, Lebanon: Sanyoura is Lebanon's new prime minister + Al-Assad, Mubarak discuss conditions in the region, Lebanon + CNN: Lahoud: Syrian troops completely back home

Other foreign: US asks Japan to extend Iraq deployment + India calls for big increase in US IT visas + OPIC: Offers it should’ve refused? (U.S. agency dealing with Mafia)

Rice: Rice warns against settlement expansion in Israel

Domestic: New Wild West: The price of Bush's drive for energy + UC scientist says ethanol uses more energy than it makes. A lot of fossil fuels go into producing the gas substitute + Medicare won't cover some anxiety drugs + Official: U.S. Virgin Islands Fails to Meet Standards for Receiving U.S. Government School Funds + Federal Grant to Fund Census of Michigan Farm Workers

Social Security: Medicare prescription drug law—countdown to 2006 + Another nightmarish GOP plan for Social Security privatization

Congress:  Roseville Congressman Doolittle wants to run House Republican Conference (SB Reg) + Republicans back Randy Duke Cunningham + IL Sen. Barack Obama: 'Cannot Swallow Whole The View Of Lincoln As The Great Emancipator + House Votes for Coin Commemorating Little Rock School Desegregation

GOP: Chuck Hagel has a shot at the Presidency

OPINIONS:

Gary Younge: The tipping point

Linda Minor: Part one - is Condoleezza Rice a patsy? + Linda Minor: Who "created" Condi Rice?

The Vanishing Mirage of Saudi Oil (LAT Reg)

Bush's Bad Idea for Los Alamos (LAT Reg)

The illogical behind "intelligent design" (LAT Reg)

The GOP's a Toyota, Dems Are All GM (LAT Reg)

Chinese bid for Unocal exposes U.S. policy

Biden's BS on Iraq: Justin Raimondo

A Scolding From Miss Rice: Pat Buchanan

Condi's Empty Ultimatum: Eric Margolis

Ambassador Bolton's Agenda: Gordon Prather

Dick Cheney, Meet Reality

Is Dick Cheney the New 'Baghdad Bob'?

Ackerman: Yellow Peril Seeks Black Gold

Donald Fell case: Bush administration attempts to impose death penalty on Vermont

Xymphora: The Buhriz massacre

Want To Become Bush's Next Ambassador?

LEAKGATES

General admits to secret air war

Sibel Edmonds–an appeal to the Internet community



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

San Francisco: Presidio's walls speak of past. From officer's quarters to Officers Club, building dates over 200 years

Monterey Jazz Festival: Neville Brothers fire up festival's finale +Blues Festival packed

River Enthusiasts Eager to Go With the Fast Flow (LAT Reg)

When humans are away, the cat and pals will play (CCT Reg)

Niles' (Fremont, CA) film festival pays tribute to lost art form

SF Symphony launching education program in Fresno

Paramount bedazzles Oakland theatergoers

Marin County Fair: 60 years and growing + Loads of fun, fireworks and music

AP Interview: 'Devil's Advocate' in John Paul II Beatification Pledges Objectivity

RIP Paul Winchell: Longtime voice of Tigger also was ventriloquist, inventor

Surprises and Big Sales at London Art Auctions

Wimbledon. Serve, volley, disillusion in SW19

Chet Helms, Summer of Love's father and Janis Joplin's promoter dies at 62 + Obituary: Chet Helms

Hollywood crisis as summer hits dry up

Goths, chavs and Hell's Kitchen for Shakespeare

Europe on 600ccs a Day

Is Umberto Eco's new novel about memory really postmodern?

Bad News, Christopher Columbus

Tough life of Titicaca islanders

Written language of the Maya shocks scientists with its brutality

A new Sappho poem

The World of Jack London

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mutiny over Brando auction bounty

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

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The Governor:   Gov. Meets Netanyahu in Los Angeles + Gov. and Netanyahu meet for breakfast + Hasta la vista, Bibi + Gov. announces new plan to fix valley woes + Gov. 's Solar Plan Is Generating Opposition + Unions have blunted bids to curb political spending (SB Reg) + Gov., Democrats Exploring Truce + Second state of Gov.'s political reforms + Results can pale next to splashy pledges + A proposed initiative ending Prop 13 protection for COMMERCIAL property would cost LA $26 million annually to implement + Drug measure attracts big bucks (SB Reg) + 2 drug giants donate $12 million re: ballot initiative campaign (FB Reg) + Let’s “Put the Kids First” + Public education: Lofty goals or just disappointment? + Credit, not blame due to Gov. + Gov. mortgaging future + Lost Bay Bridge time taking toll (CCT Reg) + (Oak Trib) Gov. looking lot like Gray + Passion fuels 'anti-Arnold' consultant Gale Kaufman (SB Reg) + As champion of opportunity, expect Gov. to win (SJM Reg) + Elite and Hip Hop make up new GOP set (OC Reg)

Atty General Lockyer leads hike into Verdugo mountains

California teacher credential panel backlogged

Go Easy on the Liquefied Natural Gas

Unclaimed assets worth $800 million annually to state coffers

Minimum wage proposal hits snag

Profile: Joseph Turner of Save Our State.  Street-Fighter Mentality on Illegal Immigration (LAT Reg)

The buzz: Westly's blog called 'the real thing' by staff (SB Reg)

Legislature: It's back: effort to license illegal-immigrant drivers + Lawmaker seeks end to juvenile translators (CCT Reg) + Dan Walters: An example of why state Legislature is a dysfunctional mess (SB Reg) + Best foot forward: Bill would hike health standards for pedicures, manicures (SB Reg) + Heavy resistance to bill to prohibit child translators

Indian tribes: Indian casinos seeing slower revenue rise (SB Reg) + Humboldt's Yurok Tribe Agrees To Casino Pact + Indian gaming alliance pushing its issues + Casino waste worries workers, neighbors + Lobbyists, Clients Undeterred by Scandal + Senate committee tackles suicide among American Indians

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Allstate to pay premium credits to 250,000 California customers re: wildfire losses

A court win for the coastline

Officials: Parole sweeps continuing (CCT Reg)

Editorial: Report on Wasco prison death answers little (SB Reg)

Priest warns California scandal hardly over

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove man slain after leaving Lodi club (SB Reg) + Medical fraud case vs. two Redding physicians in limbo (SB Reg) + Ex-aide to U.S. judge admits stealing (SB Reg) + Sacramento Sheriff officer awarded $95,000 for wrongful transfer (SB Reg) + Elk Grove resident killed outside Lodi club + Lodi women learn their legal rights

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Supervisors to review police audit + Daly  City: 2 busted outside elaborate home pot farm + Redwood City: Teen driver arrested after fatal accident + SF: Police identify victim of fatal shooting of teenager in Ingleside

Alameda: Oakland: Teen father of 2 killed on busy street + Nuestra Famlia gang continues to thrive as its leaders remain in Dublin jail (CCT Reg) + UC, lab pay in full award to fired tech (CCT Reg) + Oakland jail staff sues over closure (CCT Reg) +  Parolee (convicted sex offender) drops litigation against neighbors (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Cops suspect drugs in slaying + San Leandro: Shooting victim hated trouble + Gunman robs Shell station in Pleasanton

Santa Clara:  Santa Clara: Jail teacher hopes past won't hinder future (CCT Reg) + Lead surfaces in 17-year-old case of attorney Gretchen Burford''s homicide (CCT Reg)

Contra Costa: No leads in slayings of 2 Richmond men + North Richmond: Puzzling death of Novato woman Mouk Tso + Richmond seeks federal help tracking sex offenders (CCT Reg) + Diamond Bar: Man accused in ex-girlfriend's stabbing death + Pleasant Hill hacker gets four months (CCT Reg) + Concord man sentenced to life for killing his drug dealer (CCT Reg) + Woman's body found near Goodrick, Parr intersection (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael woman found dead in motel in Canal area

Sonoma: 1996 murderer may get new trial + Geyserville: Police searching for robbery suspects + Familiarity breeds success, Steve Freitas, Windsor's new police chief

Solano: Vallejo: 9-1-1: This better be an emergency + Benicia: Man knocks at door, then assaults girl + Boy hurt in brawl at Vacaville dance + Two teens shot; Hispanic man sought + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls + Vacaville: Chief Word says he has few regrets of leaving Oakland

Monterey: Federal efforts fail to contain Nuestra Familia prison gang + Man shot twice in East Salinas apartment lot

Central Valley: Wesson fails to fire attorneys; his sentencing hearing begins (CCT Reg) + New Stanislaus DA must display versatility (MB Reg) + Modesto: Shots lead to chase (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Police urge ‘safe and sane’ Fourth + Cops and Courts

Southern California: LAPD SWAT finds suspect in mulch + Man Arrested in Protest Against Priest Sex Offenders During Mass at Cathedral (LAT Reg) + Stanton: Man Shot Dead After Fight Outside Bar (LAT Reg) + L.A. County deputy fatally shot on duty (CCT Reg) + Grand jury indicts Palm Springs lawyer re: kickbacks from plaintiffs' law firms (CCT Reg) + Alleged confession hits B.I.G. wrongful death trial (CCT Reg) + Red Cross says Southern California blood supply critically short (SJM Reg)


San Francisco: Presidio's walls speak of past. From officer's quarters to Officers Club, building dates over 200 years + River Enthusiasts Eager to Go With the Fast Flow (LAT Reg) + Niles' (Fremont, CA) film festival pays tribute to lost art form + SF Symphony launching education program in Fresno + Paramount bedazzles Oakland theatergoers  + Marin County Fair: 60 years + Loads of fun

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LOCAL NEWS:   Bay Area. Planning urged for BART strike set for Friday, July 1 + BART managers riding on worker pay increases

Sacramento & north: Trukee: No injuries in 4.8 earthquake + Roseville Congressman Doolittle wants to run House Republican Conference (SB Reg) + Bob Shallit: Roseville project aims to blend retail, homes (SB Reg) + Schoolyard fights have moved off campus and into cyberspace at Loretto H.S. (SB Reg) + Fire burns 10 acres near river parkway (SB Reg) + Fisherman's Lake battle ties up city (SB Reg) + Placer: Court says no to projects in Martis Valley (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Bay Area legislators disclose finances + SF working to improve academic achievement + SF: New luxury hotel, St. Regis, at 3rd & Mission to open in November + Investors like hotels' outlook + Bay Bridge: Minimal delays on first day of FasTrak change + How to order FasTrak + Burlingame: Poll results encouraging to San Mateo Community College bond supporters + Proposed housing law  re: renovation draws fire in Menlo Park again + Burlingame: Case of disappearing sprinkler law? + San Bruno: Senior housing with the works + Devastating crashes in San Mateo County + Gay-friendly church (Metropolitan Community Church) opens in San Mateo + Chip Johnson: Pit bull threat, time to get clear + San Francisco: Presidio's walls speak of past. From officer's quarters to Officers Club, building dates over 200 years + Youth's mission (Milpitas Youth Form) becomes political + Hetch Hetchy Reclaimed: Water questions are always flowing (SB Reg)

Alameda: City of Alameda: Warning issued for Crown Beach Oakland: Budget rises for Fox revival + Oakland City Council: Videos heat up sideshow debate +  Montclair returns Percy the Pug as doggie mayor + Livermore Lab ranks tops in teraflops + Oakland: City Hall plaza will get improvements + County voting system needs $6 million upgrade + Dublin trustees OK bonus for school chief (CCT Reg) + Irvington complex awaits homeless families + Rep. Stark's meeting on Web + Two votes needed for Pardee plan? + Fire chars grass near 580 off-ramp + County preps for mosquito swarms + Fireworks laws can be tricky

Santa Clara:  San Jose: Woman recovering from pit bull attack + What if a tsunami hit our coast? (SJM Reg) + S.J. council carefully plans probe into Norcal deal (SJM Reg) + Police cite fireworks dangers (SJM Reg) + Stagnant swimming pools targeted in mosquito abatement (SJM Reg) + Annual statement of rights draws thousands of marchers (SJM Reg) + Amateur radio fans test waves (SJM Reg) + Christian church for Iranians opens new home (SJM Reg)+ An anything-but-average film (SJM Reg) + Business owners bemoan anarchist demonstration (SJM Reg) + New bridge FasTrak lanes may have slow start (SJM Reg) + Traffic's grim side: at the scene of a fatality (SJM Reg) + It's time for state to study possible carpool lane dangers (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Hong Kong TV to film its view of S.J. culture (SJM Reg) + Government Watch, times, dates, meetings (SJM Reg) + West Nile Facts (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Kensington's paths lead to bureaucratic thicket (CCT Reg) + County to adopt no acronym policy at board meetings + Tauscher's job is to tell us the truth on war (CCT Reg) + Bridge compromise (CCT Reg) + Antioch eyes downtown for boost (CCT Reg)

Marin: Marin County Fair: 60 years and growing + Loads of fun, fireworks and music at county fair + San Rafael: Honoring those homeless persons who died on the streets + Catholic Charities moving to St. Vincent's property + Marin's online poker billionaire + Lucas unveils Presidio center + Quentin challenge could get support + Novato cancer benefit raises optimism + County advised to outsource mental health services + Dr. Tom Gross: Seeing advantages of coordinated EMS program + San Anselmo looks at new tax  

Sonoma: 1996 murderer may get new trial + Geyserville: Police searching for robbery suspects + Familiarity breeds success, Steve Freitas, Windsor's new police chief

Napa: Small performing arts groups in the Napa Valley are finding themselves priced out of local venues + Hard lessons for Napa Valley Repertory Theater + Wherefore art thou, Shakespeare? Festival cost too much to continue + Dreamweavers, Napa Valley Rep find strength in collaboration + Struggle for control at Napa Community Bank + NVUSD may limit student vacation days + A slow course toward end of building ban at Circle Oaks

Solano: Here's to a busy year for Solano grand jury + Area offers myriad choices for July 4 festivities + Come for the cat, stay for the books + 'Hams' will be ready + Blood donor's gift is life - 12 gallons of it

Monterey: Blues Festival packed + Neville Brothers fire up festival's finale + Dia de la Familia wildly popular + Laguna Seca Race finds hotels poised for profits + The dark side of art in Carmel

Central Valley: An Approaching Political Storm in Stanislaus County (MB Reg) + Relay for cancer nets $500,000 + Stanislaus County explores options to add to Fink Road landfill's life (MB Reg) + Stanislaus St. president embracing campus (MB Reg) + Growth in Oakdale:  Homes, homes on the range (MB Reg) + Patient encourages living donors (MB Reg) + Miss Stanislaus is happy with state pageant result (MB Reg) + Manteca: Diversity to be focus of new council + Top enforcer quits water board post (SB Reg) + Little bird signifies huge step in reviving valley wildlife (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Desal plant on tap + Inn at Rispin is around the corner + Getting what they deserve: Pajaro migrant families relocate to better housing thanks to county, nonprofit + Group readies for life-changing aid trip + Genevieve Bookwalter: Street Smarts + Capitola mayor’s son defends beach stand against merchants + Local Digest +  Coast Lines

Southern California: Latinos, Flexing Political Muscle, Come of Age in L.A. + LA: Villaraigosa Faces a Triple Challenge + LA: MTA's Snoble gets graded + Wilshire citizen's panel: Little Chance Here of a Voting Bloc Party (LAT Reg) + LA: A New Power Couple (LAT Reg) + A proposed initiative ending Prop 13 protection for COMMERCIAL property would cost LA $26 million annually to implement + Millions could go toward new LAUSD garage + LA: Trash plan skepticism + Going the Distance for School Choice (LAT Reg) + LA County Increases Aid to the Homeless (LAT Reg) + Legal Costs Mounting for LAX Proposal (LAT Reg) + Westwood VA Reviews Death of Mental Patient (LAT Reg) + Fullerton: Minor league baseball (LAT Reg) + San Diego: 2 Lead in San Diego Mayoral Contest -- Frye, Sanders (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County + Milder Winds Help Slow Spread of Mojave Desert Fires (LAT Reg)

School days: UK Chancellor backs camp for would-be teenage entrepreneurs + Report: States nationwide inflate graduation rates + San Francisco working to improve academic achievement + Millions could go toward new LAUSD garage + Going the Distance for School Choice (LAT Reg) + Dublin trustees OK bonus for school chief (CCT Reg) + Gates helps 6 graduates fund college +  Schoolyard fights have moved off campus and into cyberspace at Loretto H.S. (SB Reg) + Stanislaus St. president embracing campus (MB Reg) + At Caltech, brilliance knows no gender limits + Schools fight for diplomas vs. dropouts

June 23, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Blasts Kill at Least 20 People in Baghdad; 50 Wounded in Explosions + 4 car bombs within minutes kill 15 in central Baghdad + Baghdad bombings kill 38 + Baghdad reels from bombings + Fresh Attacks Add to Misery in Baghdad (LAT Reg) + Deadly Bomb Spree Rocks Baghdad. 38 dead in 12 hours + Leading fugitive Saudi militant killed in Iraq + A US patrol gains trust in a Baghdad district + 'New militant threat' from Iraq + Monthly Tally of Car Bombings in Iraq + Looted Art Said Used to Fund Terrorists + Iraq violence shifting Arab media + U.S. toll - 1,728 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq rebuilding fails to deliver + Four Arab states appoint ambassadors to Baghdad + Saddam's palaces to be converted into cultural centers+ Iraqi Labor Leader Calls for Immediate Withdrawal of U.S. Troops

War prisons: UN investigators say U.S. stalling on prison visits + Schiff bill would tighten Guantanamo detainee rules + The New York Times' Joseph Lelyveld: another "liberal" defense of torture + Rewarding the commander, despite Abu Ghraib

AFGHANISTAN: Toll Rises in South Afghan Fighting (LAT Reg)

MIDDLE EAST: Qatar national bank opens branch for Islamic banking

Israel, Palestine: World powers urge Israel to ease checkpoints + Security forces preparing to raid Gush Katif hotel + Mofaz: PA may get security control of Bethlehem next week + Steinitz wants Knesset okay for Egyptian troops on Gaza border + Anglicans May Target Firms Seen as Anti-Palestinian (LAT Reg)

EUROPE: Can Europe be a superpower?

Blair calls for 'urgent' EU reform + Schröder's challenger backs Blair + 'EU must modernize or fail' + On the spot: a cool but polite rejection + Brown call for realism

G8 foreign ministers converge in London + Amnesty: G8 'Still Selling Weapons to Worst Regimes' + EU Governments Agree on Overhaul of Tariff Breaks for Poor Countries

Prince William Graduates From University

AFRICA: U.N. Seeks Food Aid for Africa's Sahel Area, Senegal (LAT Reg)

ASIA PACIFIC: Whaling Panel Rejects Japan's Hunt Plan (LAT Reg)

AMERICAS: Health Ministry: Canada to Announce Soon a Proposal That Will Restrict Internet Pharmacy Prescription Drug Trade

Many in Brazil See Their Amazon as a Jungle of Foreign Intrigue (LAT Reg) + Bitter divide over plan to wall in Rio's slums

Colombia: Bill Aims to Lure Warlords to Disarm (LAT Reg)

Security Council OKs More Troops for Haiti (LAT Reg)

U.S. Baseball Game in Cuba Halted by Authorities (LAT Reg)

Venezuelan Lawmakers Propose Allowing Abortion in Cases of Rape

Mexican Environment Secretary Resigns to Seek Presidency + Despite Alert, Mexico Rebels Rule Out Plans to Attack, Hint at Big Changes + Mexican Steel Maker: Government to Drop Tax Charges Against Officials

Without greater UN help, Haiti will soon collapse

Cuba to Spend Less Than Two-Thirds of What It Planned to This Year on American Farm Goods, Official Says

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Report criticizing CIA may stay sealed

Iraq creating jihadists, says CIA

UCSC to oversee NASA Airborne Sensor Facility

Monterey Institute of International Studies, elite college near agreement

Robot guards to patrol shops and offices

Confidential Data From Japanese Nuclear Plants Ends Up on Internet

More charges filed against Minn. terror suspect

Disease Vector Risk Assessment Profiles From the Navy

AAAS Expert Proposes 'Layered Defense' To Protect Against Smuggled Nuclear Materials

Ruthless 'MI5' conman faces life + How they fell for his stories

FBI: Risk of economic espionage directed at Permian Basin increasing

Official with Chinese embassy in France on "Li Li case" + Chinese girl student freed in France

Arab intelligence services under scrutiny

Chinese relations not damaged over Chen row, Vaile says

U.S.: Syrian Operatives Still in Lebanon

World Events Keep Cuba off U.S. Radar Screen

Senator Renews Inquiry Into Feith Intel Shop

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Trial Testimony About Klan Leaves Town Divided (LAT Reg)

Power of "Meth Caucus" Grows (LAT Reg)

Tate's Lawyer Says Witness Has Recanted (LAT Reg)

Pit bulls at top of fatal attacks. 20-year study finds kids under 14 suffer 42% of bite injuries -- 3 of 4 involve family pet

Plodding Scrushy jury hits snag, starts over

'Last Don' from NYC mafia gets life

Lawsuit Challenges Dell's $280 Million Incentives Package in N.C.

Ex-Klansman Gets 60 Years for 1964 Murders

Former Guard Pleads Guilty in Arson at Md. Housing Development

Behind the prison looking glass

The Terri Schiavo Case: The Autopsy Report Vindicates Michael Schiavo, But Governor Jeb Bush Re-Investigates Him Anyway

Judge Refuses to Release Lionel Tate on Bond in Pizza Robbery Case

Washington officials looking for local molestation victims of California suspect

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Software piracy 'seen as normal'

Report gloomy on U.S. space program

The Making And Breaking Of Microtubules

NASA's Hubble Chases Unruly Planet

NASA Announces Spectacular Day Of The Comet

Research Offers Clues About Buckyball Behavior In Natural Environments

Beaten by Google. 'Being early is being wrong,' says the man who founded Excite

CONNECT THE DOTS....

24/7, Teens Get the Message on Cell Phones

Rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan

China has better image than U.S.

AP Interview: Shanghai Bishop Seeking to Heal Division Between Rome, Beijing

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Oil Touches Record $60 a Barrel as Fuel Demand Seen Straining Refineries

Chevron May Raise Unocal Bid After $18 Billion CNOOC Offer, Investors Say + Chinese Oil Firm Bids for Unocal Causing Intense Political Debate + Chinese oil firm trumps Chevron bid for Unocal + Energy-Security Fears Unwarranted in CNOOC's Bid for Unocal

`Dual-use' exports highlight tension within U.S.-China trade policy

Greenspan Says Tariffs on Chinese Products Would Harm Consumers and Not Protect U.S. Jobs + Greenspan: China currency revamp wouldn't help U.S. manufacturers

Lure of Products Leads Drug Firms to Biotechs (LAT Reg)

EBay bids for harmony + eBay still scrappy (SJM Reg) + Plenty of bids for eBay's turf (SJM Reg) + Text: Meg Whitman on eBay growth (SJM Reg)

SEC's fund rule, revisited

Silicon Insider: Social Entrepreneurs

GE to Reorganize Into Six Units

'Majority Rules' in Board Elections Seems Simple but Is Not

WTO Dispute Panel Finds Japan's Import Barriers to U.S. Apples Illegal

A new bottom line? Latest fight over accounting rules

Dollar hegemony against sovereign credit

MILITARY VA Tells Lawmakers It Needs $1 Billion More for Health Care

Air Force clears academy of overt religious bias. Report recommends further scrutiny of several incidents + Obfuscating Intolerance

Royal Navy and French warships foil Caribbean drug runners

Ecuador Refuses to Sign Immunity Pact for U.S. Forces

LEAKGATES 

Michael Smith: The Real News in the Downing Street Memos (LAT Reg)

Couple's website kept Downing Street issue percolating

How some of 9/11's 2,749 lost lives might have been saved

The Real News In The Memos


Pentagon to gather data on students. Opponents contend move may illegally bypass privacy laws

S.F. professor fears Hindu retaliation. Militants threaten rape over investigations of caste tension, she says

Yahoo Closes Chat Rooms Over Sex Content

Naked Censorship? + The No Sex Porn Queen + The Porn King

Beware the Google Threat

The Great Live 8 Debate

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Public Broadcasting names Republican as President + Public Broadcasters Face 'the Fight of Our Lives' + Public TV and radio fear cuts in funding

Internet Access at Libraries Better Than Ever - but Often Rationed

How the Web changes your reading habits | csmonitor.com

Film Critics Shut Out of 'War of Worlds"'-- a 'N.Y. Times' Poem in Response

E&P on First Reports from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Besieged Mexican Press Demand: 'Not One More'

History of the Novel.

Today's papers

Blood for pork....

Favors And Payouts

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay Pride Month culminates with annual S.F. parade + San Mateo County supervisors back bill opposing gay discrimination + Jerusalem municipality bars annual gay pride parade

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Kansas: 51-Year-Old May Be First West Nile Victim of Year


World's First Bionic Man Moves Artificial Arm With Mind

Study: Genetic profile helps pregnancy (SJM Reg)

Young stroke victim miraculously survives (SJM Reg)

FDA advisers debating artificial heart

More sue for access to Amgen drug, an experimental Parkinson's medicine (LAT Reg)

Sperm Injection on Rise in Europe Clinics

New Drug Shows Promise in Type 1 Diabetes

Cells used on disease that destroys brain

Human skin stem cells grown into tissue

WHO seeks to raise radon awareness

New Report Suggests Infertility Could Be Affecting More Men Than Women

Young Athletes' Post-concussion Migraine May Signal Greater Neurocognitive Impairment

Oral Rinse Predictor Of Marrow Transplant Effectiveness, Indicates Whether Infection Will Develop

Arthritis: What Wnt Wrong?

Study Finds Parking Lot Sealcoat May Be Major Source Of PAHs

Stem Cells Grown In Lab Mirror Normal Developmental Steps

Jack Kilby — US physicist who invented the microchip

A Rare-Earth Approach To Tracking Erosion

Great Plains Farmers Are Diversifying

THE BUSHWORLD...

Iraq prime minister meets with White House + Abizaid disputes Cheney's insurgency claim

Top commander says insurgency still strong

British Troops Out of Iraq as 'Quickly as Possible'

Rumsfeld Won't Set Iraq Pullout Timeline + Rumsfeld: US not losing Iraq war

W's energetic speech

Africa's Neocon Ally, Paul Wolfowitz (LAT Reg)

Bush loses support among women, poll says (SB Reg)

Push is on for a woman in White House

Al Hayat: US engages dialogue solely with legal Islamist movements, US official

Bolton: Republicans press Bush to turn over Bolton documents

Iran: Divisive last day for Iran's presidential runoff campaign + Rare Look Inside Iran's Nuclear Power Plant + Blix: Iran years away from nuclear weapons + Reformists look to Rafsanjani to block 'Iranian Taliban' + In Iran election, a Robin Hood

Iranian Blogger Returns From Exile for Vote (LAT Reg)

Syria, Lebanon: Foreign press, ambassadors visit Syrian-Iraqi borders to inspect claims + Syrian foreign minister speech at Brussels conference on Iraq + Lebanon enemies seek to destabilize situation, Lahoud

N. Korea: U.S. wants China to pressure N. Korea

Rice: Rice Plays Dual Role in Middle East

Domestic: U.S. may develop tsunami warning system

Social Security: Tapping Surplus in Social Security Draws Skepticism (LAT Reg) + GOP wants Social Security surplus in private accounts. Conservatives see it as only way to save the centerpiece of Bush's domestic policy + Republicans Hope to Outflank Democrats on Social Security Before Elections

Congress: VA Tells Lawmakers It Needs $1 Billion More for Health Care + Senate Dems want consult on court pick + Stark: GOP draping flag over real issues + Prognosis uncertain on federal deal for hospitals + Required pollution limits derailed in Senate. Bush's plan for voluntary efforts survives challenge + Senate refuses to block offshore oil inventory + Bob Byrd & The Klan: There's More to the Story + California Congressman Acknowledges 'poor Judgment' in Relationship With Contractor + House Rescinds Proposed Cut in Federal Support of Public Broadcasting

Abramoff: Lobbyist Abramoff Accused of Swindling Tribal Clients + Lobbyist Abramoff, rabbit talk of tricking the Cosmos + How a Lobbyist and a Former Tom DeLay Aide Ripped Off Clients and Padded Their Pockets

Democrats: Dems say Rove should apologize or resign + Pelosi Declares Afghanistan War 'Over' + Mother Jones: Why the Democrats will keep losing + The Truth About Hillary? A reader's guide to the salacious new book

GOP:   GOP using flag-burning issue + AP Interview: Mass. Governor Says Wife's Health Is Key Factor as He Weighs Possible Presidential Bid

Voting: Ohio Voting Problems Confirmed, But Bush Still Would Have Won

OPINIONS:

Max Boot: Why the Rebels Will Lose (LAT Reg)

Unite or disrupt, it's up to Bush

Margaret Carlson: Quiet, Please -- Ethics Skirters at Work: Margaret Carlson

Brian Cloughley: Destroy the unbelievers. Bush resorts to the Nixon playbook

Novak: Biden's power play going bust

David Corn: Rove-ing from the truth

Robert Herbert: Cruel and Unusual (re: Jeb Bush)

Molly Ivins: Super Senate Sweep?

Xymphora: The Cheney doctrine and Iraq

Why the Middle East is turning to Asia

Revolution without bullets or ballots

Pepe Escobar: Iraq, the new Afghanistan

Life Begins at 'Want a Cigarette?'

Karl Rove, Traitor

Bush a Casualty of His Own War: Leon Hadar

IDF 'Getting Away With Murder': K. Stapp

The Rights of the Accused: Jacob Hornberger

The War Before the War: Kevin Zeese

Plan Colombia up for a vote



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

California: Downtown Mill Valley transforms into gourmet feast this weekend + Mattel plans open auditions to find star of Barbie musical + Cue the overture -- it's opening night at the Hollywood Bowl + Alameda County Fair tries to keep up with the times, starts Friday + It takes a lot of heart to help steer this fair competition + With skill and style beyond her years, Pleasanton teen on course for golf glory + One of a Kind: For Santa Cruz clown/juggler/artist Iman Lizarazu, there are no limits to the creative spirit

Exercising Dogs' Herd Mentality (LAT Reg)

Los Altos: History buffs trying to save street stories (SJM Reg)

Is Tom Cruising Into Hollywood's Age Gap?

Capture the Medieval Castle in Carcassonne

Ooparts

Images of the American Civil War

The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

The American Colony in Jerusalem

The sculptures which Lord Elgin left behind are cleaned

Woody Allen: 'Nothing Pleases Me More than Being Thought of as a European Filmmaker'

'War' is hell for Cruise press pack

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov. seeks parties' compromise on new budget + Gov.'s cooperation call faces big test over budget + Protest greets Arnold + 500-plus protesters shout at Arnold, friends + Protestors picket Arnold in Menlo Park + Schwarzenegger out to protect image + It's Time to Drop the Curtain on Sacramento's Bad Theater of Budgeting (LAT Reg) + Schwarzenegger feels effect of plunge in popularity (CCT Reg) + Gov.'s PACs that accept contributions over $5,600 win in court + Many voters frustrated over tenure for teachers + Protests weigh on Gov. (SJM Reg) + Field Poll: Union dues initiative drawing early support. 57% back measure to trim political power of public employee unions + Union dues measure leads in early poll (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: A sudden comity in heated Sacramento battles (SB Reg) + Parts of Gov.'s ambitious plan to create Cabinet-level energy czar are unconstitutional, advises Legislature's legal counsel (LAT Reg) + Sad fate of thoughtful attempt at reform (LAT Reg)

State's National Guard probe begins (CCT Reg)

State's Hospital Funding Revamped Into "Managed Care" + Care providers blast Medi-Cal funding deal + Health deal could cost public hospitals + $18.4 billion Medi-Cal deal draws fire (SB Reg)

How Calif Helped Pay for Sex Offenders' Viagra + California helped pay for 137 sex offenders’ Viagra

Senate Denies States Authority on LNG Gas Terminals (LAT Reg)

Mega Millions fails to draw mega crowds

Violations at funeral homes rarely draw harsh penalties (SB Reg)

Federal Hearing in Sacramento on planned special ed rules (SB Reg)

Step 25: It's retirement for tax chief after a quarter-century (SB Reg)

Boaters split over fee hike (SB Reg)

Western lawmakers stack the deck by pushing for changes in environmental law re: water (SB Reg)

Calif justices say Coastal Commission legal

Gambling commission agrees to narrow measure that would allow it to conduct more business behind closed doors

Stem cell institute: Stem cell researchers hold meetings in San Francisco: Discussions to focus on cloning report from South Korea + Editorial: In closed-door deal with Senate, leaders of $3 billion stem cell institute have proposed some revision to their weak policies on conflicts of interest, open meeting and public access to internal document (SB Reg) + Stuart Leavenworth: Nearly an internal coup against stem cell czar (SB Reg) + Stem cell institute's changes to conflict policy aren't enough (MB Reg)

Indian tribes: Lobbyist Abramoff Accused of Swindling Tribal Clients + Senate Panel: Former Lobbyist, Partner Pocketed $6.5M From Tribe + Testimony: Tribe unwitting contributor to Reed + Senators Hear of a Wink-Wink Lobbyist Move + Gambling commission narrows closed-session bill

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Supreme Court rules against California farmers in water use case

Supreme Court to review whether Elizabeth Loftus, can be found liable for invasion of privacy in her analysis of repressed memory case (LAT Reg)

AutoZone Accused of Dumping in California. State and 3 Counties Sue (LAT Reg)

Makeup for bartenders before appeals court

Calif justices say Coastal Commission legal

Sacramento & north: El Dorado couple indicted by federal grand jury in pot case (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Verdict due in alleged gang rape (SB Reg) + Coroner sketch could give name to number (SB Reg) + Sacramento detective's sex bias case goes to jurors (SB Reg) + UC Davis student in fake-ID ring admits he had kid porn (SB Reg) + Galt: Pair held in violent stolen-car chase (SB Reg) + Suspect sought in Yuba slaying (SB Reg) + Four accused of music theft via UC Davis connection (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: 3 S.F. pot clubs raided in probe of organized crime. Medical marijuana dispensaries used as front for money laundering, authorities say + SF: Grand jury hunt for bomb fugitive finds Fifth. Witnesses win reprieves, invoke rights at hearing + Lawsuit filed to toss San Francisco school chief's raise. Insufficient notice of special meeting that approved $26,000 pay increase alleged + SF: No charges against fire chief for battering husband, D.A. says + Fire chief avoids charges from abuse allegations+ SF: Bystander takes bullet in road-rage on Embarcadero + SF: Piano dealer accused of ripping off clients + Federal agents raid marijuana clubs + Man says 62-year-old woman stole his piano + Peninsula: On the road to prison

Alameda: Man pleads no contest to vehicular manslaughter in his partner's killing at Altamont Pass (CCT Reg) + Tot safe after car she's in is stolen + Transgender case: Defendant told police one thing, testified another + Transgender case: Jury hears taped police interview + Oakland jail closure will affect Santa Rita facility + Men get 6 years in Union City robbery + Fremont: Job applicants allegedly swipe wallet at interview + Oakland: 2 teens convicted in fatal shooting + Oakland: Towing firm told to stop leaking oil

Santa Clara: Man accused of serial molestation delays plea (CCT Reg) + Possible molest victims urged to come forward (CCT Reg) + San Jose: Boys' underwear found in bedroom of molester + Benefactor became molest suspect (SJM Reg) + Aftermath: Effect of sex abuse lingers, but many victims recover (SJM Reg) + Teens killed in crash suspected in auto thefts (SJM Reg)+ Sunnyvale: Traffic light vandals sought by officers (SJM Reg) + Santa Clara D.A. says case of murder of Gretchen Burford, attorney in 1988, is solved + San Jose Police Blotter

Contra Costa: Noted injury attorney Michael Alderson dies (CCT Reg) + No emergency, but Richmond fights violence + Richmond: Father's conviction upheld over shooting

Marin: San Rafael shooting suspect arrested + Suspect pleads not guilty to vandalism at San Marin High

Sonoma: Pit bull attacks girl in her Santa Rosa yard. Third mauling in Bay Area in a month amid calls to crack down on the breed + Loose pit bull mauls 8-year-old SR girl + Court overturns murder conviction of Santa Rosa woman + County judge Elaine Rushing arrested in DUI case + Deputy, Coast Guard officer injured when arrested mental patient + Michigan educator hired to oversee SR gang prevention + Fears, anger over SR shooting at graduation party

Napa: Napa woman gets two years in prison for abducting son

Solano: Fairfield: Girl, 3, found safe after minivan stolen + Fairfield boy safe after ride in stolen van + Intoxication halts graduation cruise + Agencies counsel prisoners on rights, responsibilities regarding child-support payments + Judge nixes 'gang' prosecution effort in school attack + Man cleared of assault, robbery charges

Central Valley: Stanislaus: DA drops bombshell: He's quitting in July (MB Reg) + Origel won't contest felony + Pair miss out on bounty, but provide scare + Hughson firefighter faces trial in molestation + Bee readers help catch 'most wanted' man + Fresno: Judge in Wesson Trial Delays Penalty Phase + $8M checks case closed + Law & Order

Central Coast: Senior group suffers second burglary of ’05 + Police do minor park cleanup + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Clue-dropping duo admit bank holdup + Did housekeeper steal from stars? + Saugas Woman's Suit Targets Health-Card Company (LAT Reg) + Girl, 13, Reportedly Abducted in Mexico, Is Found Unharmed in Riverside (LAT Reg) + County to Fight Water Cleanup Rules (LAT Reg) + Twist in B.I.G. Lawsuit (LAT Reg) + Garden Grove: Police Blame Racing for 7-Car Crash (LAT Reg) + Anaheim: 400 Workers Evacuated in White Powder Scare (LAT Reg) + Yucca Valley: Deputy Dies After His Cruiser Flips (LAT Reg) + LA: Actor Tom Sizemore Tried to Fake Drug Test, 2 Testify (LAT Reg) + OC: Woman Charged Over Fabricating Rape Case (LAT Reg) + Mission Viejo: Brush Fire Prompts Arson Investigation + Shakur bodyguard on stand + San Diego: Activists questioned on arson lecture + California prisoner indicted in 2001 Verdi death

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's Passport 'Lost' by District Attorney Sneddon

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:   Wildfire burns Mojave desert community

5 camps in Yosemite won't open this year. They're snowed in - 12 feet at May Lake

Three BART unions authorize strike on July 1 if contract talks fail + Transit system proposes to freeze wages for 4 years

Big year for state's tornadoes (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Sacramento Metro Fire chief, three others quit, slam board over micromanagement (SB Reg) + Sacramento County challenges "unique" public school (SB Reg) + Charity Loaves and Fishes puts stakes down (SB Reg) + $6.6 million to aid region's homeless (SB Reg) + Talk of Auburn dam is revived (SB Reg) + Lodi mayor cools to idea of a 'million Muslim march' + Lodi mayor eyes county supervisor seat

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Police Department plans to add officers + UCSF plan to house its staff at Mission Bay+ Federal agents raid marijuana clubs+ Supervisors: Busts highlight need for regulation + SF: Mid-Market plan: Gentrification or revitalization?+ School chief's pay faces legal challenge+ Redwood City: Sequoia school district takes conservative budget approach+ Redwood City: Dog bite does not lead to long-term injuries + Big biotech coming to Brisbane? + San Mateo County supervisors back bill opposing gay discrimination + Phasing out Colma mobile homes + Belmont woman saved by smoke alarm + Heart transplant recipient thanks widow of man who gave him life. Pittsburg police officer was slain while on duty + Chris Caen: Heat and magic of a Chinatown evening

Alameda: Big expectations greet Wayanses, to build movie studio on Oakland Army Base (12 month deadline) + Oakland: Cop union denounces call for OT probe + Why auditor wants Oakland police pay inquiry + Oakland: Overtime report is criticized. Police union chief welcomes probe + 'Uptown' building project gets more Oakland cash + County postpones talk about costs to run jail + Oakland: Asbestos lawsuit involving GE opens + Oakland compels contractors to disclose slave -trade ties + San Leandro: Bay Fair Mall gets anticipated home store + Stark: GOP draping flag over real issues + County kicks off healthy-living effort + Dublin leaders consider adding to historic site (CCT Reg) + Oakland: Mural brings grads back for more + Fremont: Caltrans decision could kill Route 84 + Fremont eases rules for hillside + Two - car crash on Dumbarton Bridge + MTC is offering $15 credit for early FasTrak sign-ups + Supervisors to revise budget later + Oakland jail closure will affect Santa Rita facility + Pleasanton: Couple in uphill battle for ridgetop home + Hayward: Tennyson High mourns death of popular student + Hayward: Hillside houses likely to replace quarry + Newark: School trustees have spat, then unite + Livermore: Baer gets a bum rap in new film + Dublin council OKs cemetery resolution + Fluoride-free waters on tap + Towing charges headed higher + New fee planned on alcohol sales in unincorporated areas + Pleasanton City Council backs Bernal park plans + Pleasanton: School trustees delay start of senior project requirement

Santa Clara: China to honor writer Iris Chang (SJM Reg) + County budget avoids layoffs (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Good news to temper usual complaints (SJM Reg) + Downtown San Jose to get new men's store + Herhold: Hayward man a 9/11 pawn + Beloved Mountain View school secretary remembered with quilt (SJM Reg) + Tiny house symbolizes efforts to end homelessness (SJM Reg) + Downtown tour changes some minds (SJM Reg) + Open-space status sought for 17-acre site in Santa Clara (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond police get $2 million (CCT Reg) + 'Contra Costa for Every Generation' launches aging-friendly plan to improve services for seniors (CCT Reg) + Developers seek shift of Antioch limit line (CCT Reg) + Richmond fire staffing to get boost (CCT Reg) + Richmond proffers a half-cent tax hike (CCT Reg) + West County school board likely to cut jobs, electives (CCT Reg) + Vorderbrueggen: LAFCO has final say re: controlling growth + No emergency, but Richmond fights violence + Richmond: $2 million OKd to battle crime. State of emergency proposal defeated after heated debate + Walnut Creek: A map to pipeline safety

Marin: Deadly plunge in West Marin + Elk rescue: Good deed or bad decision? + Group secures $150,000 for housing + Service set for noted Belvedere philanthropist + Reed sports fields + County awards housing vouchers for projects + 4-year bridge district director dies + Passions run high over San Marin coach's fate

Sonoma: Windsor: Top posts filled by familiar faces + Codding weighs 3 plans for mall + Sonoma-Marin fair + Frank Riggs cools his heels in Arizona

Napa: Wine adds $9.5 billion to Napa economy + Napa avoids layoffs by cutting expenses in other areas + Land Stewards defend 'fair payment' act

Solano: Open government ordinance wins Benicia council support (CCT Reg) + Panel rejects assisted living facility proposal + Workshop targets quickly growing senior population + Zoning-ordinance package returns to Dixon Council

Monterey: Monterey Institute of International Studies, elite college near agreement + County planning director to quit + Residents support road-fix sales tax + Lifeguards in training + CSU-Monterey Bay wants to expand its international reach + Your Town + Woman badly injured in two-car crash + Rally Salinas getting near goal

Central Valley: Stanislaus: DA drops bombshell: He's quitting in July (MB Reg) + Urban sprawl seen as a health issue (MB Reg) + Barely passing college prep (MB Reg) + Mega Millions tickets are going fast (MB Reg) + Hope is running out in Ripon (MB Reg) + Patterson may get distribution centers (MB Reg) + Stan State leaders in transition (MB Reg) + Yosemite lowdown both good and bad (MB Reg) + 30 in running for civil grand jury (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Community Briefing (MB Reg) + San Joaquin County may adopt tighter ice cream vendor rules + Tracy leaders scope out future

Central Coast: Dreams of Winning Big in Mega Lottery + Study looks at Pajaro Valley water + New pact seeks to stabilize homeless + Survey: Public schools are not making grade + Group to improve college completion + Exotic animals to headline fair + City prepares to take care of weeds + Good News for Cancer Patient + UCSC to oversee NASA Airborne Sensor Facility + Church bible school offers lessons, fun for kids + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Motorists in minor fix can dial #399 next month + LA: City panel neutral on renewal of landfill + L.A. low in foreclosures + Re-reversal of LA budget fortune + Should LA schools charge nonprofits for use of facilities + Loan OK'd to bring EQ3 outlet to Burbank + LA: Council gives OK to study of ads on city vehicles + Up to 9 Homes Burn; More Threatened (LAT Reg) + Villaraigosa Plans LA Budget Cuts (LAT Reg) + Anticipating Exposure, Legislator Tom Umberg Admits Affair (LAT Reg) + A 'Mexican Window' Into the LA's Past (LAT Reg) + Catalina Eagle Hopes Grounded (LAT Reg) + Senator Rebukes Getty Trust for Lavish Executive Expenditures (LAT Reg) + Future of San Juan Petting Farm Again in Doubt + OC: Woman Guilty of Murdering Her Boyfriend (LAT Reg) + LA: County to Fight Water Cleanup Rules (LAT Reg) + Laguna Tackles Steep Repair Bill (LAT Reg) + Anaheim: Bicyclist Hit and Killed While Crossing Katella (LAT Reg) + Pomona: Teen Collapses, Dies Before Soccer Practice (LAT Reg) + The 'Chicken Little' Problem re: LA County Budget (LAT Reg) + OC: State says leveling dunes is illegal (OC Reg) + San Diego: Mobile home owners and neighbors collide + Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham Sold Home -- and Could Pay Dearly

School days: School Reform Desired Nationwide (LAT Reg) + State High Education Reforms Urged re: More College Instructors (LAT Reg) + UC Faculty Rejects National Merit Scholarship Program + + West County school board likely to cut jobs, electives (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton teachers to get 3% raise (CCT Reg) + College - education rates look bleak for California + Race, region play role in college-going rates + + Pleasanton: School trustees delay start of senior project requirement + Lawsuit filed to toss San Francisco school chief's raise. Insufficient notice of special meeting that approved $26,000 pay increase alleged + Sacramento County challenges "unique" public school (SB Reg) + Redwood City: Sequoia school district takes conservative budget approach + Federal Hearing in Sacramento on planned special ed rules (SB Reg) + As We See It: Standardized tests flunk fairness test + Monterey Institute of International Studies, elite college near agreement + + CSU-Monterey Bay wants to expand its international reach


Downtown Mill Valley transforms into gourmet feast this weekend

Mattel plans open auditions to find star of Barbie musical

Cue the overture -- it's opening night at the Hollywood Bowl

Exercising Dogs' Herd Mentality (LAT Reg)

Alameda County Fair tries to keep up with the times, starts Friday + It takes a lot of heart to help steer this fair competition

With skill and style beyond her years, Pleasanton teen on course for golf glory

One of a Kind: For Santa Cruz clown/juggler/artist Iman Lizarazu, there are no limits to the creative spirit

Los Altos: History buffs trying to save street stories (SJM Reg)

June 22, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Four Car Bombings in Iraq Leave 23 Dead + U.S. troops swim against sea of Iraqi munitions + 'Enemy on enemy' fire signals split among insurgents in Iraq + Retired general estimates 20,000 militants are in Iraq + US military's views of the situation in Iraq + Insurgent Spies Overrun Iraq's Security Services + Filipino hostage freed as international forum meets on Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,724 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports + A Glance at Iraqi Civilians and Security Forces Killed on June 22 + 3 US Soldiers Killed in Combat West of Baghdad

Iraq government: Iraq Wins Wide Support, Help From International Community + Cash must have saved Wood, says cellmate + EU, U.S. rally world backing for 'inclusive' Iraq + Islamic Development Bank offers $500m loan to Iraq + US calls for Iraq reconstruction help + UN pledges a 'new Iraq' as the carnage continues

War prisons: Wiki Reviews Guantanamo Docs

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. bombardment kills 76 militants in Afghanistan + Karzai Asks Musharraf for Border Help

MIDDLE EAST: On the three Saudi reformers imprisonment + Saudi Arabia rejects Rice's criticism

Israel, Palestine: IAF missiles target Qassam rocket launchers in Gaza Strip + Israel mulls overland links between Gaza, West Bank + Violent incidents put dampener on talks + IDF: Islamic Jihad men not off limits + Assassinations resume after Ezra + Sharon is not doing enough to take the gun out of Palestinian politics + Abbas seeks international help after Sharon brush-off + Jerusalem's future banging on residents' doors + Sharon's conditions makes for a failed summit with Abbas

RUSSIA: Petrodollars to ruin Russian economy despite high oil prices

EUROPE: Blair steps up campaign against "old Europe" + Brown to EU: 'Reform or stagnate'

For Serbs, a slow road back to Kosovo

Why Zapatero Won't Compromise

Day release for Italy's most famous 'political prisoner'

AFRICA: Human Rights Watch attacks Algerian justice system and calls for investigation of over 6,000 disappearances

South Africa's Mbeki picks woman to be his deputy

Strings on 'aid' have strangled African nations

ASIA PACIFIC: Filipinos answer anti-corruption call. Cell phone ring tone taking aim at country's president

Bones of Japan-North Korea discontent

AMERICAS:

Mission to Nicaragua a failure, new OAS chief says

Venezuelan Court Rules Spain's Extradition Request for Guatemalan Ex-Leader Is Insufficient

Bribes-For-Votes Scandal Washes Over Brazilian Politics - but Is It for Real?

Mexico Wants U.S. Market Certification to Manufacturer Airplanes, Related Parts + Indians, Activists Appeal for Peace Following Alert by Mexico's Zapatista Rebels + Officials: Voting System for Mexicans Abroad Could Be in Place for 2006 Presidential Elections

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

US Survey: 'High Risk' of WMD Attack in Decade

U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in United Arab Emirates; Pilot Killed + US releases few details on fatal spy plane crash

Lodi terror cases: Dad, son plead not guilty to lying about terror camp. Statements to FBI involuntary, attorney says + A 'Million Muslim March' for Lodi? (SB Reg) + Lodi men plead not guilty to terror-related charges + Hayats plead not guilty

Acquitted Sept. 11 suspect expelled from Germany

Mexico Links Detained Man to Sept. 11 Terror Groups

US rejects Hicks health complaints

W. Va. Man Indicted in Spy Probe

House Votes to Get Back to Spying Basics

Chinese Defector Breaks Down, Fears Return to China + Chinese asylum seeker given interim Australia visa

Respite limited for turned spy

Start of espionage trial of Greenfield truck driver delayed until Aug. 22

First Charges Filed in Israel's Mass Industrial Espionage Case

Polish opposition calls on PM to resign in spy row

AIPAC can place you by the elbow of the president

China Showing Bigger Interest in U.S.

Australia: Bank Was Aware of Credit Fraud

Cool, calm look needed at the 'Chinese spy' threat in Canada

Italy Convicts 10 Ex-Nazis for Massacre

CIA describes Iraq as terrorist laboratory

China advances missile program

Arms trade 'undermines efforts to relieve debt'

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

San Jose: Accused Child Molester Thought to Have Victimized Thousands Enters No Plea During Calif. Court Appearance

U.S. indicts two Brazilians in nun's murder

Former Attorneys General File Court Brief Seeking New Sentence for Convict

Illegal hirer amnesty?

Study: Molestation widespread

Seattle: Fatal standoff spotlights child support + Angry dad fanned flames for years + Shooting strikes chord for activists + Psychologists assess officers

Man, mutilated in sexual attack as boy, dies in motorcycle wreck

Judge: Microsoft remains unrepentant

Leaders of Polygamist Mormon Splinter Group Banned From Selling Group's Assets

Jury Convicts Woman Accused of Smuggling Immigrants Aboard Cargo Ships

Texas Group in Search for Missing Ala. Teen Claims 70 Percent Success Rate in 450 Searches

RadioShack Stores to Ensure Wheelchair Users Can Access Interactive Electronic Displays

BTK Suspect Calls TV Station, Complains About Attorneys, Says Wife Is Considering Divorce

Arizona Boot Camp Counselor Gets 4 Months in Jail for Role in Boy's Dehydration Death

Kids in legal gray area when gay couples split

Montana aims to fix public defender system

UK: Millionaire brothel madam to lose her fortune

The Case of the Half-Million Dollar Typo: The Supreme Court Traps Property Owners in a Catch-22

Patent Office Questions More NTP Patents

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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Solar Sail Launch Attempt Fails in Russia + Hope still alive for Cosmos 1 solar sail ship: project director

Livermore supercomputer BlueGene/L system from IBM ranked as world's fastest

HP to use AMD chip in business notebooks (SJM Reg)

JACK KILBY: 1923-2005. Nobel Prize winner's research sparked the digital revolution

No Wings? No Chutes? No Problem

Appliances Wipe Out Blackouts

Dial R for Radio on Your Cell

PayPal Is One Tough Nut for Google

NASA Announces Spectacular Day Of The Comet

NASA Successfully Demonstrates Innovative Nanosatellite System

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Stardom: The HEAT is ON! Portugal Burns And Bakes

Charles Secrett: We are killing the planet. That is not an exaggeration

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Chinese firm CNOOC considering bid for Unocal + Chinese bid for Maytag

Women's share of IT jobs plunges (SJM Reg)

Cisco to up China's share of outsourcing (SJM Reg)

New venture firm plans to invest in tech startups

U.S. airlines must reveal where aircraft were built

Cola Wars: Deal With EU Restricts Coca-Cola Sales Practices in Europe

Medtronic Gets Warning Letter From FDA

Generics Unlikely to Benefit From Pfizer Patent Ruling

Tackling the Chinese puzzle

Muslim Nations Plan to Set Up Islamic Bank

MILITARY Pentagon: Climate of religious intolerance persists at the U.S. Air Force Academy + Air Force Academy Chaplain Resigns

The game of their lives. Biofeedback through video helps returning troops fight post-traumatic stress disorder

U.S. wars and post-traumatic stress disorder

Captain convicted in connection with abuse of recruits

The world's navies celebrate Trafalgar + Interactive feature about Trafalgar

Naval Academy and U. of Haifa join forces

Japanese have wide perception gap about US military in Okinawa

LEAKGATES 

Proof Of Deception, Not Intention

Fixed Is Fixed

Nuremburg trial type indictments?


IRS, Social Security Loosened Privacy Rules For Thousands Of FBI Terror Requests

CardSystems' Data Left Unsecured

Protests Escalate at Bio Confab

World Expo Envisions Eco-Utopia

Denied on catching whales, Japan seeks to add seals to the catch for scientific research

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Reporters Press McClellan on Secret CIA Report on Iraq

FCC Threatens Berkeley Liberation Radio

E! Entertainment Pulling the Plug on Howard Stern

New book about Hillary Clinton criticized for unnamed sources

The Washington Post and the Downing Street memo

Collegiate Journos Lose Lawsuit Against School Dean

Miller/Cooper Case Reaches Supreme Court Thursday; White House Has No Comment

Fry, Martha!

Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Assuring The Supply Of Vaccines

Anthrax Inhibitors Identified By Burnham Team


Stem Cells Grown In Lab Mirror Normal Developmental Steps

Gene test could tell if conception possible in 40s

Antibiotics fail to help bronchitis patients

Lots of folic acid could help aging memories

U.N.: Fight Against AIDS Faces Multibillion-Dollar Funding Shortfall

Fight isn't over, but polio on brink of eradication

Indian HIV drug gets tentative nod in US

Inner Structure Of Cells Behaves Much As Molten Glass

Enzyme Family Plays Role In Alzheimer's: University Of Toronto Study

Imprinting Disorders And Assisted Reproduction Techniques -- World's Largest Study Results Are Reassuring

Damage To Sperm DNA Affects Older Men's Chances Of Fathering Children

Thalidomide Treatment Proves Better Than Conventional Chemotherapy For Multiple Myeloma

Radiofrequency Ablation Is Effective Long-term Treatment For Kidney Tumors

New Magnetic Herding Technique Proposed To Manipulate The Very Small

FDA to rule that meat, milk from cloned animals is safe

AP Exclusive: Merck Researchers Pushed for Safer, Reformulated Vioxx in 2000

The mystery of the 200,000 missing salmon

Picking The Perfect Ear Of Corn -- For More Than 6,000 Years

Researchers Find Resistance To Soybean Fungus

K-State Professor Studies How Landscape Dynamics Affect Extinction Risk For Migratory Songbirds

New USGS Oil & Gas Assessment Of Central North Slope, Alaska

Virginia Tech Fisheries Department Releases Cultivated Mussels At Nature Conservancy Site

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush tempers economic rosiness in outreach effort

Bush calls for building more nuclear power plants

Bush Administration Decides to Provide 50,000 Metric Tons of Food to North Korea

Vietnam's Premier Gets VIP Treatment + Bush promise a coup for Vietnam's PM

Bush Won't Allow Independent Probe of Gitmo Gulag

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington next month: 'Indians are bastards anyway' + There's plenty on the table

China hopes to launch new round of textile talks with US

Americans Discussing Future Trade, State of Commerce With Cubans

U.S. lawmaker says Afghan heroin hitting suburbs

Bush pressed to meet Africa aid challenge

White House interviews candidates for Rehnquist post, official says

Wolfowitz won't discuss critical British memos

Saudi-U.S. human ties are fraying in post-9/11 world

Judge pulls the plug on Bush and helps threatened salmon back

Bolton: Bush pressing ahead with fight on U.N. nominee. But some in GOP doubt he'll succeed in pressuring Dems + Time to Bolt (LAT Reg) + Send Bolton Where? (LAT Reg) + The 5-Minute Briefing: The John Bolton imbroglio

Iran: Rafsanjani makes last-ditch effort to sway voters + Iranian oil ministry slams presidential candidate + Election reveals fundamentalists' renewed strength in Iran + Iran vote a sham or a signal? + Reformists look to Rafsanjani to block 'Iranian Taliban' + Iranian Internet censorship among world's strictest

Syria, Lebanon: Syria chides activists over EU pact comments + A unique view of Beirut from 300 meters up + Here's why George Hawi went off so cheaply + Lebanese opposition demands the expansion of international investigations of assassinations + Planted car bomb in Beirut kills onetime Syrian ally. Opposition leaders blame Damascus for another assassination

Rice: Rice's push for Arab reform resonates with activists + 'Knock it off,' Rice tells Syria + Rice accuses Syria of destabilizing Lebanon, following the assassination of Hawi

Domestic: Small Business Administration holding hearings to determine what constitutes a small business + Bush eases land use for ranchers

Social Security: House GOP Crafts Social Security Bill + Bill would create accounts with surplus + Democrats see Social Security ‘bait and switch’ + W.House pressures Democrats on Social Security

Congress: US Senate Rejects Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits + House approves flag-burning amendment + Hillary Will Oppose flag burning amendment + Airlines, Workers Ask Congress for Time on Pensions + Lobbyists showing Congress the world + Energy bill would offer incentives, not necessarily cheaper gas + Tax breaks pad Senate energy bill + Senate refuses to block offshore oil inventory + Push for equality in gay immigration. House bill addresses problems of same-sex, bi-national couples + Budget endangers long Amtrak routes. House panel's bill would end service on California Zephyr + Rep: Stark takes swipe at Republican's real estate deal + Senate agrees to give regulators power on liquefied natural gas + Senate refuses to kill inventory of offshore oil and gas resources + Senate stumbles in effort to limit emissions

Lobbyist Abramoff Defrauded Indians, Senate Witnesses Say+ 'Pocketed $6.5M + Spending on Tribe's Account

Democrats: At a Polarizing Time, Democrats Betting on Unity + Florida Democratic Party confronts a financial crisis + Poll: Nelson would defeat Harris for U.S. Senate in Florida + Book hits Hillary with sex slur + Hillary rivals seize on book that starts the muck-raking

GOP: Romney considers running for president + Gov. Bush Eschews Stem Cells + Republicans take aim at their small-screen enemies

Voting: Political Parties Still Sniping Over 2004 Ohio Elections

OPINIONS:

Mark Morford: Downing Street Is For Liars

Steve Lopez: Let's Send 'Dog' to Retrieve Bin Laden (LAT Reg)

Prewar hubris, postwar impatience

Learn from Hitler's mistake

Secret payoffs for Republican favors

Cannonfire: Wake up and smell the fraud

Molly Ivins: Don't Dismiss Downing Street

The Economics of Terrorism: Scott Horton

The Other War We're Losing: William Lind

Beginning of the End?: Katrina vanden Heuvel

Blood for pork....

Pentagon Shields Halliburton From U.N. Probe

Guantanamo facilities contracts

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Push for equality in gay immigration. House bill addresses problems of same-sex, bi-national couples + Churches face exile over
gay issues + Kids in legal gray area when gay couples split + SF: Leather crowd cracks the whip. An alley of kinky discipline beckons the curious at gay pride fest



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Mercury, Venus and Saturn to appear in rare grouping

UC Berkeley student writes winning children's book

Pint-Size, but Grand on Piano

AFI's top 100 movie quotes

S.F. sex conference tackles reigning 'moral panic': marriage

Telegrams from Hughes to Hepburn up for auction

At risk, rock art, Shackleton's hut and all of Iraq

Hunter-gatherers face extinction on India island

Today in literature

The Sedlec Ossuary

The Walt Whitman Archive

Rush & Molloy: Snub a pocketbook issue to Oprah

'Shot heard 'round world'

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov. courts Silicon Valley. Protests expected + Protesters to gather outside fund-raiser + Gov. To Attend Major Fundraiser In Menlo Park + Budget rhetoric hot as deadline nears. Gov., Democrats even disagree about how far apart they are on a spending blueprint + Budget in apparent stalemate (SB Reg) + Voters cool toward 2 of 3 ballot initiatives + As Popularity Ebbs, Gov. Reaches Out + Why Did Gov. Fall So Far So Fast? + Gov. seeks compromise + Santa Cruz editorial: A compromise would be wise + As ratings plunge, Gov. admits part in stalemate + Tepid support humbles Gov. (SJM Reg) + No tough talk as measures trail (SB Reg) + Gov.'s new role: The Conciliator (CCT Reg) + 'Everyday' Californians protest Gov.'s gala (CCT Reg) + Patt Morrison: Blindly Fighting for the Right to Lose. State GOP's Purity Test if Political Suicide (LAT Reg) + (WaPo) Voters oppose two of Gov.'s measures + Gov. Appoints Twelve to the Mental Health Services + Latino leaders oppose special election + CNA Launches www.StopArnold.us to Keep Pressure on Gov.

California joins Mega Millions lottery today -- jackpots could reach $500 million + State's move to join Mega Millions sparks debate

California, off they go; can't afford a home, you know

U.S. follows state's lead on data-theft notification (SB Reg)

State could see more wind-power turbines (SB Reg)

Machado won't take on Pombo (SB Reg)

State Controller Westly Announces Run For Governor

Stem cell institute: California's role in global effort to advance stem-cell research + San Francisco draws biggest stem cell names for conference

Legislature: Bill allows local governments to make flexible rules on dog behavior + State senator shepherds breed-specific bill + Drivers may pay more registration fees under new state bill + State bill to prohibit radio-frequency tech from being used to track people (LAT Reg) + Where Credit Is Due (re notification to consumers of credit card theft) (LAT Reg)

Indian tribes: Papers: Lobbyist, Partner Bilked Tribes + The National Indian Gaming Association Addresses the Abramoff Investigation + Santa Barbara County wants progress on Chumash agreement + Chemehuevi moving ahead + Chumash land deal on hold
 

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Fatal Shooting at State Prison Deemed Justified (LAT Reg)

Senators want 'Chad' (Stockton youth prison) locked up

Poor mental health care cited in CIM stabbing

State courts win, for now (No forum shopping for SF's San Remo residential Hotel's owners who want to convert it to tourist accommodation (SB Reg)

Bob Shallit: Big law office loses key litigator to rival (SB Reg)

UPS loses ruling on contract workers (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: R.E. Graswich: Canned firefighter threatens to expose pattern of sins by higher-ups (SB Reg) + Elk Grove: Apparently, jail apparel suits him well (SB Reg) + Firefighter will be tried for contact with Lodi boy

San Francisco, San Mateo: One for Muni, one for me -- cash counter nabbed for alleged thievery + SF: Judge rules against officers involved in shooting of girl Disciplinary case can go forward in '98 death of teen + South SF: Police say jealousy led to murder-suicide + SF: Judge orders PG&E to repave streets + Two parole offices may merge in San Mateo + Daly City man pleads not guilty in son's death + So. SF: Supes call for report on in-custody death + South City mourns young couple

Alameda: Hayward: Teenager charged in fatal stabbing + Oakland: Teen shot dead near his home. Family suspects killer followed victim after dispute + Oakland: Violence hits home for coach. Man who consoled others loses his son + Oakland: 26-year-old ambushed, gunned down + Two men guilty of Oakland murder + $50,000 reward offered in Castro Valley Jane Doe case + Parole denied for Chowchilla kidnapper + Transgender case: Testimony heard from first trial

Santa Clara: Sunnyvale: Trickster is trifling with traffic. Police on lookout for culprit skilled in resetting signals + San Jose: Instructor accused of bilking college + Ex-faculty member arrested in fraud (SJM Reg) + Palo Alto: Police prepare for anarchists on the march (CCT Reg) + Schwartzmiller appears in court (SJM Reg) + Police ID trio in suspected murder-suicide (SJM Reg) + Seat belt use rises after police crackdown (SJM Reg) + Police gear up for anarchy march (SJM Reg) + Deputies won't be charged in death, prosecutors say (SJM Reg) + Auto-theft sting snares 22 suspects (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Suspect arrested in killing at Iron Triangle (CCT Reg) + Richmond votes against state of emergency + Rewards offered for Richmond homicides

Marin: San Rafael: Police offer new details as shooting victim recovers + Suspect in shooting is arraigned +

Sonoma: SR shooting investigation continues + Suspected Charlie Brown vandal caught red-faced

Solano: S.F. police officer kills self after facing rape charges

Monterey: Two arrested in 'chop shop' ring

Central Valley: Ripon: Missing woman believed dead + Police release Modestan in shooting + Law & Order

Central Coast: Neighbors unaware of chop shop operation in Watsonville + Suspects arraigned in ‘Honda Express’ case + Parolee may be linked to three thefts + Cops and Courts

Southern California: CHP investigating shooting on LA freeway (CCT Reg) + LA: Architecture School Loses Bid to Buy Santa Fe Freight Dept (LAT Reg) + Rapper's Family's Suit Goes to Trial vs. LA + LA judge sentences stalker of Mel Gibson to three years in prison



Waterhouse, Magic Circle

Mercury, Venus and Saturn to appear in rare grouping

UC Berkeley student writes winning children's book

Pint-Size, but Grand on Piano

AFI's top 100 movie quotes

Telegrams from Hughes to Hepburn up for auction

Telegrams from Hughes to Hepburn up for auction

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Big snowpack keeps Yosemite's high country campgrounds closed for summer

Experts' Heads Shake After Last Week's Cluster of Quakes (LAT Reg)

Lodi terror cases: Dad, son plead not guilty to lying about terror camp. Statements to FBI involuntary, attorney says + A 'Million Muslim March' for Lodi? (SB Reg) + Lodi men plead not guilty to terror-related charges + Hayats plead not guilty

Sacramento & north: July 4 shows light a fuse between County official and Rancho Cordova (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Carpool lane options unveiled (SB Reg) + Leader's protecting his wolf-hybrid pack (SB Reg) + W. Sac panel to review soaring costs for school (SB Reg) + Davis council's comments favor Covell Village project (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Suburban water board settles with ex-manager (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Victim of fiery truck collision identified (SB Reg) + Folsom dam project costs may triple (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Crew discouraged hospital trip, wife says, Man waited 16 hours before 2nd call to 911 -- died the next day + Bay Area: Unions, management far apart in BART talks. Workers to vote today on whether to authorize strike + SF: Supervisors vote to cap height of hotel. 40-foot restriction at Embarcadero -- mayor's veto possible + SF Board of Supervisors roundup + SF: Nurses pact ready for vote. Plan would raise pay, offer higher signing bonus + SF: Protesters rip plan to cut health benefits + SF: Residents win key battle over controversial hotel + SF: City needs more nurses, stat! + Redwood City: Two dogs put down after girl is bitten + Redwood City: Firefighters ‘stand down' from duties, focus on safety + San Mateo: Early childhood development leader hired + San Mateo Supervisors to reorganize Planning and Building Division + San Mateo: Task force forming in North Shoreview neighborhood + San Francisco: Helicopter mosquito treatment begins in San Bruno field

Alameda: Oakland: Council holds off on budget over jail, City hopes to make a deal with county on housing inmates + Berkeley: Young women win broadcasting award + Opposition to mall on Albany waterfront (CCT Reg) + Activist coalition in Sunol seeks time to plan future + Politicos buzzing about possible Dellums run for 2006 Oakland Mayor + Budget approval dooms Oakland city jail + Pot club planning return to business + Alameda County budget deliberations near end + County pot dispensary limits formalized; permits out soon + San Leandro city manager gets extension + Oakland passes budget, shuts city jail + Friends remember Hayward student + Island names new city manager + New tow fees approved for unincorporated areas + Pleasanton: Rose Hotel offers nights rest for vets + Pleasanton: CHP still looking into fatal accident + Dublin council approves budget + Fremont: Empty freight cars derail near NUMMI + Relay for Life hits the blocks in Newark + + New Haven schools to consider new hires + Fremont: Search for new principal near end + Pioneer African-American surgeon Claude Organ dies + Bond money is face-lifting for Chabot College + 'Wildfire' TV show gallops into Fremont

Santa Clara: San Jose sets stage for long-term growth (CCT Reg) + Cambrian Park shopping center to get makeover (SJM Reg) + Passenger dies 11 days after crash (SJM Reg) + S.J. OKs second downtown (SJM Reg) + 'Kitty season' hits animal shelter hard (SJM Reg) + S.J. avoids layoffs, for now (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Long-awaited airport traffic relief (SJM Reg) + Estefan headed to Arkansas (SJM Reg) + Upcoming Earle appearance draws protests, ticket sales (SJM Reg) + Showing their mettle (SJM Reg) + Council OKs big growth (SJM Reg) + Results of voting weeks away on mosquito control measures (SJM Reg) + Chung: We should talk about getting old (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Don't take annual events for granted (SJM Reg) + Council OKs report on police complaints (SJM Reg) + S.J. arts funding increases for first time since 2001-02 (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Supervisors to pay a $1 fine for using bureaucratic lingo +Richmond votes against state of emergency + Rewards offered for Richmond homicides + Concord to aid day labor program (CCT Reg) + Alien species infest waters of Bay, Delta (CCT Reg) + Martinez mayor urges downtown plan + Supervisors draft new budget (CCT Reg) + Emotions boil in Richmond + Richmond weighs state of emergency (CCT Reg) + San Ramon set to open new center

Marin: Novato board won't say if San Marin coach was terminated + Marin: Districts adopt 'tight' budgets + Marin creek's fragile salmon get extra help + Comcast relents on FM service + Public employees protest at Civic Center re: contract talks + Racetrack drives dollars to Marin + People sought for transit advisory panel + Retiring county official to stay as parks and open space director + Novato girl's flying disc invention wins contest + San Rafael approves $65 million budget + San Rafael teachers accept pay hike

Sonoma: Fair adds a few thrills to the mix + Lake County OKs law banning unneutered pets + Public has high hopes for Railroad Square project + Temporary ban on medical pot clubs in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County extended to 10 1/2 months

Napa: Supervisors split on restaurant grades + County winery weddings not on the fast track + Newborn left at fire station + City may put $200,000 toward River Trail + Napa avoids layoffs by cutting expenses in other areas

Solano: Better rules needed for Taser use, grand jury says + Grand jury rips Muggs deal + Benicia hammering out details of open meetings measure + Public comment on parking plan extended + Animals perish in hot cars, too

Monterey: Great white dies in transit + County, ambulance firm reach agreement + Seaside officials defend choice of city manager + Second phase of Prunedale bypass coming + Former Herald owner dies + Recycled field + Water-project funding OK'd + Your Town + Seaside's manager choice has controversial past + Defense bill has millions for local projects, Rep Farr says + Water measure on ballot

Central Valley: She's the queen of Turlock (MB Reg) + Having puppies? County: Pay up (MB Reg) + Girl 'made sense' of life, parents say (MB Reg) + Eggs-tracted from death's door: Ducks splash free (MB Reg) + Budget slices up county fire fund (MB Reg) + Landowners say MID too low on price (MB Reg) + Disability advocate will run for council (MB Reg) + Alcohol test bill rejected (MB Reg) + Turlock schools OKs $100M budget (MB Reg) + Oakdale Council vacancy (MB Reg) + Mosquito warning issued for Livingston region (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Community Briefing + Around the Region (MB Reg) + News from the San Joaquin Valley

Central Coast: County crop values soar + Local skaters celebrate sport + Watsonville, county strike deal on land annexation + Home from Iraq, Marine set to donate kidney to sister + Ordinance will force trash sorting in Santa Cruz County + St. Patrick’s Church to hold annual festival this weekend + Santa Cruz care-center workers to rally for union representation + Group spends $8,500 toward Felton water buyout push + Coastlines

Southern California: State gives LA County three weeks to fix foster care (SJM Reg) + Restoring public trust in LA Dept Water & Power + LA School District: Fees for nonprofits tabled + LA: When a housing bureaucrat errs, victims get punished + DWP tentatively OKs 3.8% water rate hike + LA Police board OKs merger proposal + LA: Government legal costs cut in half + LA: Sunshine pact renewal recommended + VA center options ordered + San Bernardino Supervisors Each Deny Memo Leak (LAT Reg) + LA: MTA will install video screens on buses (LAT Reg) + O.C. Will Renovate Facilities in La Colonia (LAT Reg) + LA: Herb Wesson to Run for Ludlow's Seat on Council (LAT Reg) + Long Beach: Fire Guts Popular Sports Bar (LAT Reg) + LA: City Panel OKs Renewing Sunshine Dump Contract (LAT Reg) + Citation for Foster Care Agency to Stand (LAT Reg) + LA: Hahn's Harbor Pollution Plan Faces an Uncertain Future (LAT Reg) + Pickup Flips on I-15 Killing 3 Corona Teens (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino Supervisors Approve County's New Budget (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: Public Safety Gets a Boost in County Budget (LAT Reg) + Santa Ana OKs 3 High-Rise Residential Towers (LAT Reg) + LA: Water Rate Increase Lower Than Proposed (LAT Reg) + Riverside County's Property Tax System Will Be Analyzed (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County + News briefs from Southern California + Border crossing doubles lane for pre-screened motorists from Mexico + San Diego City Attorney Aguirre is target of claim by union

School days: Running the schools with board members selected by mayors + Seniors help kids compute future + LA School District: Fees for nonprofits tabled + UC faculty to vote on National Merit Scholars Program + Pleasanton school board approves three-year delay on senior project (CCT Reg) + Profiles of UC admissions director (CCT Reg) + Marin: Districts adopt 'tight' budgets + San Rafael teachers accept pay hike + State Official Asks Compton Community College Board to Resign (LAT Reg) + Cal expects enrollment bump in fall + UC prof honored for teaching work + Tracy Unified cleared of violations + New Haven schools to consider new hires + Fremont: Search for new principal near end + Bond money is face-lifting for Chabot College + W. Sac panel to review soaring costs for school (SB Reg) + Peter Schrag: Failing the political litmus test at Hayward State (SB Reg) + Turlock schools OKs $100M budget (MB Reg) + Lodi school trustees pass $224 million budget

June 21, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Complex insurgent attacks on Iraqi forces kill dozens + 2nd wave of U.S. offensive in Anbar province draws Sunnis' ire + Marines win Iraq desert battle, war far from over + Al-Qaida Announces Iraqi Suicide Squad + American soldier, scores of Iraqis killed + Training Iraqi police cadets, one trip to Mideast at a time + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq +Orders of battle +Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: US enlists other nations help to steer Iraqi government + U.S. Said Delaying Saddam Interrogations

AFGHANISTAN: Al Qaeda Sends Reinforcements

MIDDLE EAST: Kingdom to Forge Ahead With Reforms, Says Turki

Mubarak: Gaza withdrawal should be followed by further pullouts

Israel, Palestine: Sharon, Abbas hold Jerusalem summit + Palestinians Call First Sharon-Abbas Meeting in Four Months `Difficult' + PM Sharon proposes handing Bethlehem and Qalqilyah to PA + IDF to resume targeted killings of senior Islamic Jihad militants + Female suicide bomber nabbed at Erez + Gloom at end of Jerusalem summit

RUSSIA: Jittery Russia Counts Down to Putin Departure Date+ Russia to write off the debt of the world

EUROPE: Waiting for Gordon Brown + Blair says EU rebate 'has to go'

What Must Europe Do to Effectively ‘Engage’ Hamas?

'Lame duck' Schroeder waddles towards early election

CENTRAL ASIA: Kyrgyzstan to question ex-president

AFRICA: Zimbabwe Government Extends Crackdown, Begins Destroying Urban Vegetable Gardens

Bitter harvest: How EU sugar subsidies devastate Africa + Penny Sweet: How our taxes stop the poor making a living

Fighting erupts in eastern Sudan

ASIA PACIFIC: China's inequities energize New Left + Firms face tough ethical decisions in China +

Foreign auto parts makers zooming into China

US steps on Japan's toes

Taiwan Sends Frigates to Disputed Islands

AMERICAS:

Federal troops sweeping through Tijuana

Pinochet hospitalized but conscious

Mexican Soldiers Become Cartel Hit Men

Chavez Fires Intelligence Chief After Blunders

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Federal report says 16 foreign construction workers with fake documents got into nuclear weapons plant (CCT Reg)

CIA Loses Another War + CIA loses out on bill after Pentagon ally protests

Lodi terror case: Lodi case points to new style of jihadist training + Hayat visited Pakistan to memorize Koran, return to U.S. with bride, family says + Dueling petitions regarding Lodi imams being circulated + Case against Hayats will fizzle out, just like others

Religious visas endanger America’s security

Indonesia:  Inept Terrorists Chased by Inept Cops

FBI describes top domestic terror threats

May27,2005 : A flicker away from a blackout

Terror task forces given thumbs up

Acquitted Terrorism Suspect Returns to Morocco

Pakistan had prepared a nuke-tipped missile during Kargil

Chinese asylum seeker given interim Australia visa + Chinese Defector Presents 'New Evidence' in Australia Spy Network

Canada on alert for Chinese spies

U.S. Military Spy Chief to Retire on Jan. 1

Lawyers for Russian Scientist Danilov Appeal Espionage Sentence in Strasbourg Court

Israeli Police: Evidence for 1st indictment in Trojan Horse affair

+ Hackers score big by thinking small, experts say + Finance Ministry: Trojan Horse affair hasn’t upset economy + Prank inquiry finds cyber-spying

Russians hold Franz, the MI6 rock agent

Cracking the code

Russia's spies creep out of the cold

Former Spies Changing Their Image Through Books

Former Taliban Spy for U.S. Pleads Guilty to Fraud

The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism: Book Review

Larry Collins, 75; Bestselling Coauthor of Books Blending History and Suspense

CIA Pilot Buried 53 Years After Downing

FBI Chief Won't Mandate Terror Expertise + FBI Hiring Not Based on Mideast, Terror Expertise

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

High court tosses death sentence over poor defense

Atty General Gonzales proposes minimum prison sentences

Seattle: Child support behind shooting + Victim angered over custody issues + Courthouse slaying is last act of angry man

Biologist accused of capturing underage sea lions

Authorities Charge 24 in New England Drug Ring

Questions Haunt Friends of Alabama Teen Missing in Aruba

Judge Orders FTC Lawsuit Against AmeriDebt to Trial

Taxpayers Overbilled for Chiropractic Work, Report Says

Former Klan Leader Found Guilty of Manslaughter in 1964 Slayings of Three Civil Rights Workers

How the SEC finds and punishes financial frauds

Are Accounts of Consensual Sex a Violation of Privacy Rights? The Lawsuit Against the Blogger "Washingtonienne"

SEC Must Reconsider Mutual-Fund Independence Rule Over Costs, Court Says

U.S. court : Demanjuk 'removable'

Baby deaths expert faces mothers he helped jail

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

THE GOVERNOR and LOCAL and SCHOOL NEWS Click

Solar Sail Spacecraft Launched From Russian Submarine

Software Lets Bloggers Post via Cellphone

Google may challenge PayPal + Google CEO Says Company Won't Compete Directly With PayPal Service

X-43A flight going into record book

Applied Minds Think Remarkably

Nightingales to sing at the International Space Station

NASA's Spitzer Captures Echo Of Dead Star's Rumblings

USGS Creates Framework For National Volcano Early Warning System

New Map Of Daily Probability Of Earthquake Shaking In California

Ancient Floods On Mars: Where Iani Chaos Opens Into Ares Vallis

MSN gambles on local searches

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mark Morford: Is Coldplay the New Jesus?

Neanderthal love

Marijuana-flavored candy blasted

Garbage bins no match for bears in Issaquah Highlands

Paul Krassner: Groucho, Ann and Bob

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Housing market tumble forecast - by next year

Hazards of option ARMs

Oil prices catch fire once again

VC pair put their Tunisia ties to work (SJM Reg)

Moment of truth for Symantec chief (SJM Reg)

Former PeopleSoft co-president takes new job (SJM Reg)

Outsourcing Deal With IBM Leads to NiSource Layoffs

Judges Reduces Punitive Damages for DaimlerChrysler in Lawsuit

Report Highlights Debate About Peak in Global Oil Production Deregulation and pension bankruptcies

MILITARY Pentagon's plans for high-tech warplanes and ships in a tailspin?

Picture-perfect killers

Potential Wars in the Next Ten Years

Why You Can’t Tell Who Was The Best Fighter Pilot Ever 

The Car Bomb is King in Iraq

New 30mm Cannon for AC-130 + The Best Self-Propelled Howitzer 

Empty the Magazine, Turn and Run

Bill lets sex-offending soldiers avoid registry

Jury can't agree on sentence for Marine

First woman Vice-Admiral takes over

Pentagon Refuses Requests to Test for Toxic Chemical, GAO Says


This summer, America revisits civil rights era

Defying promise, government buys passengers' data (CCT Reg)

ACLU says Bush is restricting science in name of security

Canceled Baseball Game Latest in History of Harassment for Cuban Dissident Family Rush Limbaugh plumbs new depth of perversion; releases Gitmo T-shirt line

A Fresh Look at the Horrors of Nagasaki

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Row erupts over Chinese flu drug use

UK: Outbreak of lethal superbug at second hospital kills 23

The building of biotech


Bay savings, medical saviors. Oakland hospital takes on clear-cut cases of sick older kids

Dr. Tom Gross: Lessons learned during internship still help today

How does gender affect contamination?

CDC: Meningitis vaccine urged for college freshmen

Safer surgery: New procedure corrects defect that misshapes babies' heads

Brain areas shut off during female orgasm

Stem cell transplant succeeds in curing kidney failure in rats

Fertility Study Looks At Ovulation's Intricate Workings

Special 'Sting' Operation Could Guard Grocery Goods From Buggy Pests

New Magnetic Herding Technique Proposed To Manipulate The Very Small

Restoring Flow To All Blocked Areas Of The Heart Improves 5-year Survival Rate, Study Says

Violent Boys In Unsafe Conditions Less Prone To Depression

Patients May Want To Skip That Cup Of Coffee Before Undergoing PET/CT Scans

Models Predict Poultry Pathogen Behavior

Univ. of Oregon Experts Create Online Resource-  Green Chemistry

Study Confirms Intensive Treatment Of Diabetic Patients Significantly Reduces Heart Disease

Early Function Of Specialized Neurons Marks 'First Light' In Retinal Maturation

Diabetes, Hypertension And Obesity Negatively Effect Joint Replacement Outcomes

African HIV Subtypes Identified In Minnesota Population

Research Zeros In On Likely Genes For Bipolar Disorder And Finds Link With Thyroid Condition

Long-haul Flights, Length Of Time Under Anesthesia Increase Risk Of Developing Blood Clots

Fine Tuning Drug Levels In Neuroblastoma Patients Is Effective

Study Shows Importance Of Exposure Age For Hanford Nuclear Workers' Cancer Risk

Research Shows Women's Weight Gain Brings Loss Of Income, Job Prestige

Assessing The Amazon River's Sensitivity To Deforestation

Siberian Tigers Hang Tough

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, Vietnamese Prime Minister Talk Trade; Bush Says He'll Visit Hanoi Next Year

Bush issues warning on peril of releasing Gitmo prisoners

Pentagon cuts back on weapons to Israel

Bush intervenes in terror dispute in South Asia

Bush Renews Call for Federal Anti-Gay Amendment

Editorial: Doctored science, Part II

Sen. Durbin Apologizes for Gitmo Remarks

Bolton: Frist Says Republicans Will Seek Final Vote on Bolton Nomination to the UN +  (WaPo) Senate again refuses to confirm Bolton. U.N. nominee loses ground since first vote -- recess appointment possible + Intricacies of recess appointment of Bolton

Iran:  (WaPo) Reformers line up behind Rafsanjani for Iran presidency.3 newspapers closed amid accusations of rigged voting + Text messaging craze hits Iran; authorities threatening to prosecute cellphone addicts who insult candidates + Bitter Dispute Between Iran's Supreme Leader and Loser in Iranian Election Intensifies

Syria, Lebanon: Arrests follow Beirut assassination + Arab press reaction to Lebanon vote + Security chief quizzed by al-Hariri inquiry + Al-Hariri woos vanquished rivals + Lebanese columnist killed in car bomb + Anti-Syrian sweep in Lebanon + Hariri opposition bloc to control Lebanese parliament + Lebanese minister of justice: Hawi's assassination made by remote- controlled explosion + Lebanese communist party accuses Israel of killing Hawi

Rice: (WaPo) Rice presses for Mideast democracy. U.S. no longer seeks stability at expense of liberty, she says + Rice: 'Saudis Not Singled Out for Questioning in the US’ + Condi Pleas with Mubarak for Fair Elections + Rice calls to democratic change in the region, criticizes Saudi Arabia + Rice calls for free elections in Egypt, meets opposition figures + Rice's call on Syria to change its policy in the region

Congress: Two immigration plans take shape in Senate + House Passes $409 Billion in Defense Spending + Senate stumbles in effort to limit emissions

Democrats: Florida Democratic Party Faces IRS Lien; $900,000 Shortage + Klein's new low in Hillary bashing + Clinton Calls For Change at Guantanamo

Voting: Advocates see gains in rolling back felon voting laws

OPINIONS:

Bush's hostile hints to U.N.

Ex-hostage regrets criticism of Bush. Alamo man, back in his native Australia, says it's 'bloody good' to see family again

Bush advisor working for big oil all along (MB Reg)

Marie Cocco: Bush administration subverts truth

Stardom: Voices Against Bush From Around The World

Doppelganger Bush?

(WaPo) How Cheney fooled himself

Molly Ivins: Dismissing Downing Street

TomGram: Why the memo matters

Disconnected from reality

Bev Conover: Fanning the flames of impeachment

Bush's politics of fear. Part 4: Maintaining US hegemony  

Pravda: O sama bin Laden remains elusive because of USA's "care for other states' sovereignty"

Bush Ignores Reality, Sticks to Rosy Fantasy on Iraq

Osama: 'Got him! (sort of)'

The pawns who pay as powers play

Pakistan's lethal exports

Pepe Escobar: The axis of lesser evil

US strategy in Iraq: Is it working?

What Is Bush's Agenda in Iraq?: Paul C. Roberts

Where Is Accountability?: Sibel Edmonds

America Awakes: Ivan Eland

Lessons of the First Gulf War: Murray Rothbard

Blood for pork....

France and US probe Halliburton

USA urges India to buy American weapons

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  U.S., Canadian Anglicans meet on gay issue + A woman of integrity and Louis Sheldon's color-coding (or the camps) + US Anglicans bless 'sacred' gay unions + Washington man unicycling to collect gay marriage stories + Is San Francisco still a gay Mecca?

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

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Public Television's Mystery Mann

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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Famous or not, artists are using social networking sites to find fans

Lodi: Jessie's Grove Winery is home to 116-year-old grape vines

Indian Wells California Announces Summer Oasis Spectacular

Art Experts Search for Da Vinci Painting

Eyewitness to History

35 photos of Abraham Lincoln

Documentia X - the 1980s

Search on for secret of Greek sea battle

Stonehenge Druids mark wrong Solstice

Cho: Politically armed comedian is on the attack in 'Assassin' tour

If you go down to the woods today

As he likes it

Set Phasers on “Zaftig”

Hilton Als on Anton Chekhov

In Love with Jane Austin

Life and music of Dinah Washington

Sherry Lansing: Hollywood's leading lady

Summer's most dynamic duos

Rush & Molloy: Jack is hot to plot film's sex scenes

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Support for Gov. plunging, poll finds. Special election, budget unpopular among Californians + Schwarzenegger's Approval Rating Falls to New Low, Poll Finds + Stumping Gov. loses support (SJM Reg) + Gov. blowing the Latino vote for GOP – again + Gov.: 'My Political Life Is Fit for a Reality Show' + Gov.: I'm Still Enjoying the Battle + Gov. donor tied to firm in elder-neglect cases (CCT Reg) + Democrat shortfall $6.4 billion + George Passantino: How to keep pension promises on the way to solvency

State education official hosts OC meeting (OC Reg)

Nov. Special Election Electricity regulation initiative on ballot + Energy earns spot on ballot (SB Reg) Field Poll: Special election turns off voters (SB Reg)

Machado won't run against Pombo

Big jump in state's high-paid workers. Nearly 2,000 earn more than $132,000 after raises, overtime

UCLA report hints at coming recession (CCT Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: UCLA says economy is rising on a housing bubble (SB Reg)

Readiness for tsunamis is criticized (SB Reg)

Highway 99 is on the road to interstate designation

Fight looms over state biomonitoring efforts

Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham: Stark purchases satirical ad to jab at GOP congressman. Grand jury, FBI probe sale of home to lobbyist + Rep. Cunningham hit with subpoena + Official's Office Is Subpoenaed -- but Not for 2003 Home Sale (LAT Reg) + Cunningham mum on home deal + Issa defends Cunningham - Embattled lawmaker turns away requests for interviews

Stem cell institute: Stem cell funds launch gold rush (CCT Reg)

Legislature: Editorial: Support SB 523 re: bicycling (SB Reg) + State officials better not lie + Bill offering tax breaks for sports, entertainment centers faces vote

Indian tribes: Pombo eyes Indian gaming law + Tribe aims to remove treatment plant from sacred Topock Maze area (LAT Reg) + Pechanga, state to settle slot dispute + Firm says House lawyers OK'd payments for congressional travel + Pombo eyes Indian gaming law. Tracy congressman wants to make 1988 act more restrictive + U.S. judge rules county can't tax tribe's hotel + Chemehuevi moving ahead

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

California privacy law that prevents banks from sharing personal information with affiliated companies overturned in part by 9th Circuit because it conflicts with federal law + State's banking data law in doubt (SB Reg)

Hotel owners lose before high court. Justices turn down challenge to San Francisco's fee for converting rooms to tourist use

Kaiser fined $200,000 for posting patient data on Web

High court justice to leave bench June 30. Janice Rogers Brown to move to federal appeals court in D.C.

Court upholds state sentencing system. Judges can tack on years based on data juries never heard

Memory, Pain and the Truth (LAT Reg)

Sacramento & north: Sacramento: Teens convicted of aiding boy's killing (SB Reg) + In prison as murderer, he is now priest (SB Reg) + Bank patron chases down, helps nab robbery suspects (SB Reg) + A woman in a hurry allegedly killed bicyclist (SB Reg) + Trust fund set for family of crash victim (SB Reg) + Lodi: Firefighter ordered to stand trial on sex charges + Lodi man gets 55 years to life for kidnapping, rape + Lodi: Two murder suspects sentenced, third to withdraw guilty plea

San Francisco, San Mateo:  SF: Hot line a matter of life or death for the elderly. Focus on seniors makes crisis service only one of its kind + So. SF: Triple shooting appears to be murder-suicide + SF: Fire chief’s husband is taking it all back. He plans to recant saying she struck him on the head + Domestic abuse claim retracted against fire chief  + SF:  Victim in shooting outside bar called 'the sweetest kid'. He was innocent bystander of gang violence, police say + SF: Ex-schools official guilty of fraud, gets 4 years. Consultant oversaw construction account + Victim of random shooting remembered + Litigious owners under one roof

Alameda: Castro Valley: $50,000 reward in Jane Doe killing + Gripes growing at Livermore airport (CCT Reg) + Albany: Waterfront project poll slammed (CCT Reg) + Montclair man shot leaving his home (CCT Reg) + Ohio man robbed in Pleasanton (CCT Reg) + Alcohol is suspected in deadly Altamont crash (CCT Reg) + Araujo case: Trauma, asphyxia caused death + Lawyer: Intent of Sudan aid not illicit + Teens in brutal robbery accept plea deal + Cops study toddler's fall + DUI investigated in Altamont fatal crash

Santa Clara: Sunnyvale traffic signal prankster on the loose + SJ: EPA fines landlord in lead paint case + West Valley College instructor arrested + Sex suspect Frederick Everts said to confess, told police of incident with 3-yr-old (SJM Reg) + City hall suit may force top S.J. officials to testify (SJM Reg) + Complaints against S.J. police up (SJM Reg) + Drug offender option rapped (SJM Reg) + San Jose Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond bloodshed takes life of 14-year- old + This madness has got to end'. After 8 slayings in 2 weeks, Richmond considers declaring a state of emergency

Marin: San Rafael streets closed during manhunt + Sutter goes to court over seismic retrofit + Marin City: Two men arrested in boy's shooting + San Rafael teachers accept pay hike + Marin: Charges delayed for flooding suspect

Sonoma: SR shooting may be tied to dispute + Man pleads guilty in taxi driver murder

Napa: Napa State patients charged with attempted murder + Remembering Elizabeth Posey; a mother looks back + Murder suspect to change counsel over 'difference of opinion'

Solano: Vacaville: Suspended SF officer shot and killed self + Detective facing rape charges kills himself + Vacaville: Pot plants worth $117 million seized + Vallejo: Man arrested in attack on girlfriend + Sheriff struggles with suicides in county jail + Court to set hearing date for defendant in 2 murders

Monterey: Auto sting snares 22 suspects + Local robocop + Tire slashing work of bored youth, police say + Man faces murder charge in Soledad + Suit over cooling plant settled

Central Valley: Ex-caseworker sentenced to 10 months +  + New cameras eye Modesto red runners (MB Reg) + an arrested in hatchet attack on pit bull + Nesler Gets 25 Years to Life for Killing Man (LAT Reg) + Tulare: Dairyman Faces Possible $15-Million Federal Fine

Central Coast: Chop shop sting yields 22 arrests + Neighbors talking tough on burglaries, street drugs + Cops And Courts

Southern California: Suspects Chafing in Ankle Monitors (LAT Reg) + B.I.G. lawsuit witnesses fear retaliation + Lawyers for Rapper's Kin Outline Case (LAT Reg) + Mead Valley: GPS to Keep Tabs on Sex Offender (LAT Reg) + Adelanto: 2 Teenagers Arrested Where Mosque Burned (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Pension Board Officials Enter Not Guilty Pleas (LAT Reg) + LA: Tunisian to Be Deported Over Sham Marriage + Van Nuys: Idaho Man Charged in Connection With Chase (LAT Reg) + Ludlow not a shoo-in with unions + Valley pools open for first day of summer + Court gives OK for church to build in Sylmar + ACLU wanting review on officers + San Diego County Grand Jury recommends changes in jail, detention security + Oceanside man severs Minuteman ties + Minuteman cancellation triggers free speech grumbles + Two Escondido officials angry about Mexican consulate's presence at fair + San Diego: Council closes in on $2.3 billion budget

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Quakes unusual, not extraordinary

Creatures get ocean property at zoo

Lodi terror case: Lodi case points to new style of jihadist training + Hayat visited Pakistan to memorize Koran, return to U.S. with bride, family says + Dueling petitions regarding Lodi imams being circulated + Case against Hayats will fizzle out, just like others

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove, local community services district clash again (SB Reg) + Sowing a food approach that's closer to home (SB Reg) + A Public Works force (SB Reg) + Editorial: Tick, tick tick Sacramento County has pension time bomb (SB Reg) + Sierra Nevada under threat + Lodi City Council knee deep in water questions + Galt may analyze Wal-Mart's effect on economy

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: City leaders push dog laws with some bite. Fatal mauling spurs plan to crack down on vicious breeds + Local restrictions coming for dog owners + SF: Residence hotel razing plan protested + San Mateo: Parents protest transfer of liquor license + Grieving family waits for answers re: death of son in So. SF police custody + Redwood City: Building on lagoon bank debate heads for commission

Alameda:  Oakland: City's plan to close jail draws protests + Oakland jail decision infuriates supervisor (CCT Reg) + County fumes over Oakland jail closure + Dust off the bike - oil spikes again + Teen cancer survivor lobbies for Medicaid + Oakland looks to right old wrongs over slave trade + Girl's personal struggles earn her media award + County considers raising impound fee on towed cars + Fremont: School board braces for short fall + Dutra amasses Mt. Eden property + Council calls off talk on Pacific Commons + Make way for Washington overpass + Ohlone board member prepares for juggling act + Newark schools weigh new budget + Fremont takes up city planning issues + Ex-Fremont priest new bishop of Honolulu + Eden hospital pioneers East Bay neuroscience + Livermore: Coalition makes case for pilots + Pleasanton teen dies in crash on Foothill + County weighs dinging owners for false alarms + Dublin seeks teens for board + Court blocks layoffs of psychiatrists in Alameda's locked psych hospital + Supervisors comments raise officials hackles + \Pleasanton: Funding projects on city's agenda + Dublin saunas help people detoxify

Santa Clara: Altamont trains slow for track fix (CCT Reg) + Moms feted like royalty (SJM Reg) + Moment of truth for Symantec chief (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: $2.29 a gallon may soon seem like a bargain (SJM Reg) + LeAnn Rimes out on tour after resting vocal cord (SJM Reg) + Utility fee hikes, layoffs OK'd in Palo Alto budget (SJM Reg) + Cassidy: Hear the one about the columnist? (SJM Reg) + Hospital gives garments a redesign (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: 'This madness has got to end'. After 8 slayings in 2 weeks, Richmond considers declaring a state of emergency + The Delta:  $2 million project to analyze the diminution of delta smelt. The sharp drop-off indicates a decline in estuary's health + Say what? Board set to 86 acronymic lingo (CCT Reg) + Pinole finances are fine -- for now (CCT Reg) + Grand jury: Scale back county perks (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael Bd. of Education: $6.5 million loan plans approved + Novato girl's flying disc invention wins contest + People sought for transit advisory panel + Water pipeline project could soon die + Water pipeline project could soon die + Housing lottery reopens July 9 + Work begins to bring fish back to creek + Novato businessman's funds fueling NASCAR team

Sonoma: For sale: Lake Pillsbury Resort + Economic blow feared if state housing market falters + Summer school enrollment hits record + Sonoma County bracing again for budget cuts + Trash pick-up to cost more in Petaluma + Petaluma Council lets meter deadline pass + Sonoma Coast State Beach more attractive with new watershed acreage

Napa: Baby girl abandoned at a Napa fire station + First Christian is among Napa's largest churches + Weddings at wineries may be topic of study

Solano: Commission says more time needed for parking study + AmCan committee seeking members + Jobless rate falls in county + Conservation group urges more landfill studies + Travis making preparations for arrival of C-17 IIIs

Monterey: Water measure on ballot + Seaside's manager choice has controversial past + Campaign 2006 has already begun + No big-box policy in new plan + Your Town + It's all good, and bad, for budget + Monterey will allow big boxes — for now

Central Valley: Cheese plant's fight raising hackles (MB Reg) + Modesto schools extend contract (MB Reg) +  Doctors In Training (MB Reg) + Modesto school board meetings on TV at last, so tune in (MB Reg) + Study projects Sierra growth will skyrocket (MB Reg)+ 2 local soldiers hurt in Iraq (MB Reg) + Lottery game to increase payouts (MB Reg)+ Summer is early for some (MB Reg) + Stan State program helping indigent (MB Reg) + 7-year-old girl hit, killed in street by truck (MB Reg)+ MID seeking funds to study pollutants in wells (MB Reg) + Modesto mayor OK after sign collapses (MB Reg) + Boy Scouts recognize Modesto lawyer (MB Reg) + Consultant interim head of 7-school Stanislaus Union district (MB Reg) + Proposal to slash, burn fire service (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg)+ Around the Region (MB Reg)+ Law & Order (MB Reg)  It's no time for Stanislaus supes to give themselves a pay raise (MB Reg)

Central Coast: As We See It: Supervisors should approve measure requiring more recycling by county residents and businesses  + From Big Ben to the Giant Dipper + Supervisors approve law enforcement budgets + Farr tries again with oceans management bill  + Miniature carnation grower Barr dies

Southern California: Hot Home Sales Fill Counties' Coffers + Pollution Task Force to Meet for Last Time on L.A. Port Compton College to Lose Stamp of Approval (LAT Reg) + Huntington Beach: High-Tech Lifeguard HQ Is a Hit (LAT Reg) + LA: Labor Group Sets July 18 Election for Chief's Post (LAT Reg) + O.C. Wants Pension Fund Gap Validated (LAT Reg) + If Pharaoh Is Linked to Quakes, Remain in Denial (LAT Reg) + Ethics Commission Accuses Zine of Campaign Violations (LAT Reg) + "Legendary" Long Beach sports bar destroyed in fire _ LA: The new dream team + Higher tritium levels found at Santa Susana facility + San Diego: Aguirre says architects of underfund plan broke law + News briefs from San Diego County

School days: Fewer older students at community colleges (CCT Reg) + Concern over special-education changes + San Rafael Bd. of Education: $6.5 million loan plans approved + San Rafael teachers accept pay hike + CDC: Meningitis vaccine urged for college freshmen + Fremont: School board braces for short fall + Dutra amasses Mt. Eden property + Ohlone board member prepares for juggling act + Researchers expose naked truth of sex education + Stan State program helping indigent (MB Reg) + Consultant interim head of 7-school Stanislaus Union district (MB Reg) + UC eyes greener solutions + Borrowing the Future (LAT Reg) + Some Scholars Take Slow Road to Graduation (LAT Reg) + Compton College to Lose Stamp of Approval (LAT Reg)



Andrew Wyeth, Christina's world

Famous or not, artists are using social networking sites to find fans

Lodi: Jessie's Grove Winery is home to 116-year-old grape vines

Indian Wells California Announces Summer Oasis Spectacular

June 17, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
U.S. jets drop 500 lb bombs in Iraq operation in near Syrian border + U.S. launches Operation Spear + 5 Marines, U.S. sailor killed in attacks west of Baghdad + U.S., Iraqi forces continue search for guerrilla fighters + Qaeda's Zawahri says peaceful reform impossible + Al-Qaeda number two calls for jihad, slams attacks on Egyptian women + Oil tanker boarded by pirates off Basra + Pirates the latest security threat to the Persian Gulf + Who are the suicide bombers? Pakistan's answer + The streets of Tikrit: For gunners, only a split second to make life-or-death choice + U.S. toll - 1,713 + Orders of battle Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Accord on Sunni involvement in constitution. Compromise ends weeks of stalemate on makeup of panel + Agreement on Iraqi constitutional committee reached + Comment: Polly Toynbee

War prisons: Gitmo Blues (LAT Reg)

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan defense minister says al-Qaida regrouping + Canadians Train the Afghan National Army

EUROPE: Germany's Bundeswehr Steps out on the Global Stage

British Opposition to EU Budget Proposal Drives Summit to Brink of Collapse + EU budget summit ends in failure + Constitution woes thwart EU

Turkey losing enthusiasm for joining European Union. Many citizens think member nations are biased against them

William to follow royal line into the Army

CENTRAL ASIA: Kyrgyz forces break up protests + Pravda: 3,000 protesters seize government building in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek

AFRICA: Qathafi presses for a united Africa

People in east Sudan eke out life on trickle of aid

Niger court frees slave activists

ASIA PACIFIC: Just a typical Hong Kong boy

Privatizing China's 'iron rooster'+ Cradle of China Communism eyes 'Red Tourism' riches

Indian navy on the crest of a wave

AMERICAS: Border Police Chief Only Latest Casualty In Mexico Drug War

Brazilian Police Arrest 14 Lebanese and Three Locals in Drug Ring Bust

Posada Carriles case. Venezuela demands US hand over CIA terrorist for trial

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

FBI Problems Lead to New Look at a Domestic Intelligence Agency

Transforming the world of US spies

Sudanese Intelligence official's visit to secretly meet US officials in USA at behest of CIA split US Officials

Lodi terror cases: Father, son indicted in Lodi. FBI says Pakistani man made false statements to agency + Lodi father, son are indicted + Lodi man with alleged terrorist link took part in post-9/11 peace service + Lodi father, son indicted on charges of lying to authorities + FBI agent, U.S. Attorney discuss Lodi terror probe + Lodi father and son indicted (San Jose Mercury) + Lodi father, son indicted (Stockton Record)

Budget cuts may doom Lawrence Livermore Lab's giant laser (CCT Reg)

Pakistani charged in jet part sales plot

US, UK shut Nigeria missions on foreign Islamic militant threat

UK: Watch Out for Spies, Travelers Warned

China's diplomatic mishap

Hizbullah spies sentenced

Unchecked Power of KGB Successor Seen in Scientist Case

Kashmiri rebel confirms Pakistani spy agency help

Chinese spies cost Canada billions: Harper

Questions, bitterness and exile for 16-year-old girl in terror case Click.

IAEA approves U.S. plan to boost nuclear security

IAEA team to avoid Georgia rebel zone

Unchecked Power of KGB Successor Seen

Pilot's secret mission ends five decades later: Daughter, sister bring home remains of pilot killed in 1952

'Biosensor' Screens Air Force Personnel And Equipment

Homeland Security Looks to Overhaul Intelligence Arm

Blood for pork....

Halliburton gets $30M Gitmo contract

U.S. contractor Raytheon prefers to build missile shield at Goose Bay

MILITARY Air Force finds no trace of lost nuke

Officer: Soldier Charged With Murdering Commanders Was Respectful, Professional

The sniper's motto: One shot, one kill

Where does obsolete military equipment go?

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Judge calls Defense of Marriage Act legally sound / Orange County couple's case is headed for appeal; California law not addressed + + More Contra Costa County, CA churches welcome spiritual seeks of any sexual orientation (CCT Reg) + A New Challenge to Same-Sex Marriages + Gays, lesbians plan march through Chef's market, Napa + Spain's clergy rally support to oppose gay marriage law

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Former Tyco chiefs found guilty

Feds seek to keep Unabomber files (CCT Reg)

Widow Recalls Ghosts of '64 at Rights Trial + Testimony implicates accused Klansman in killing

DNA clears Illinois man of murder charges

Attorneys Say Mom-and-Pop Investors Burned by Mutual Fund Actions

Jury Fails to Reach Verdict in Scrushy Fraud Trial

New law forces Spain's macho men to get to grips with housework

Thomas, the sole black justice, a critic of discrimination claims

Nelson George on Michael Jackson's soul search

Lucrative, simple, and virtually risk free: Why pet theft is rising

Hollywood Investigator Pellicano Charged With Conspiracy

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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NASA Chief Says Schedule for Shuttles Is Unrealistic

Alternate Shuttle Aces Early Test

Intel to present breakthrough in Wi-Fi access

'Teleporting' over the internet

New model permits time travel

A New Model Of Quantum Dots: Rethinking The Electronics

Improved Water Vapor Sensor Takes To The Skies

New NIST Method Improves Accuracy Of Spectrometers

Vietnam War Technology Could Aid Elephant Conservation

White-light Laser Is Basis Of New Optical Tweezers And Microscope

Thin Films Of Silicon Nanoparticles Roll Into Flexible Nanotubes

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Nazi air raid shelter gets 'James Bond'-style makeover

How to protect your family from bad dogs

Keeping An Eye On You

The terrible lesson of the bee orchid

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Oil sets new record at $58.60

Kozlowski, Swartz Convicted of Looting Tyco, Face Up to 25 Years in Prison

Current Account Trade Deficit at New High

Analysts Divided About Bank of America's $3 Billion Chinese Investment

Boomers want to aid others when they retire

Safeway offers 5,800 worker buyouts (CCT Reg)

Cisco's big plans for China

Spitzer Says Banks Might Be Discriminating in Lending; Feds Ask Court to Halt Probe

MILITARY Air Force finds no trace of lost nuke

Officer: Soldier Charged With Murdering Commanders Was Respectful, Professional

The sniper's motto: One shot, one kill

Where does obsolete military equipment go?


MasterCard security breach could hit 40 mln cards

As China Censors the Internet, Money Talks

Nevada County privacy upheld for teens seeking to be excused from school for medical treatment without parent's knowledge (SB Reg)

As she turns 60, new calls for release of Myanmar activist

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Russian prosecutors say journalist's death was contract killing

Judge grants Sacramento Bee permission to argue giant Swiss drug company should publicly disclose its new contract to supply hepatitis C medication to California (SB Reg)

What's a Latino reporter to do?

Search for weather photo

Molly Ivins: Destroying PBS

'Wiki' Era Dawns at 'L.A. Times': Chaotic, But Kinsley is 'Loving It'

A Great Nuclear-Age Mystery Solved

APME Survey: More Than Half Of Readers Don't Mind Anonymous Sources

First-Ever Partnership of Gay Paper & Network TV Affiliate --In Bible Belt

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Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Emerging Diseases Require A Global Solution

Aptos, Ca: Family found vial marked 'biohazard' in package of clothes

Big biotechnology trade show in Philadelphia

Gaps remain in mad cow disease defenses

Anthrax politics

FDA/CHIRON Flu Fiasco: Flu vaccines need a shot


FDA Panel Urges Heart Drug for African Americans

Berkeley lab, Stanford researchers retract study. 1997 article based on data allegedly fabricated by North Carolina scientist

Skeletal ailment's genetic origin found by East Bay team (CCT Reg)

Should everyone over 50 take an aspirin a day?

Grow "your own" heart bypass hope

Fragment Of Yellow Fever Virus May Hold Key To Safer Vaccine

Maryland's Poor, African-American Communities Suffer Disproportionate Cancer Risk From Air Pollution

Toxic Substances In The Oxidation Of Fats And Oils

Dartmouth Study Reveals Flaws In Screening For TB

New Gene Chip May Be Early Cancer Diagnosis Tool

Saved By A Straw? Sipping Soft Drinks And Other Beverages Reduces Risk Of Decay

TV Confuses Children About Which Foods Are Healthy, New Study Finds

Avoiding Amputation: Early Infection Intervention Can Save Feet & Legs

New Report Indicates Acupuncture Provides Relief For Sufferers Of Dry Mouth

Walk Slowly For Weight Loss, According To University Of Colorado Study

Key Milestone In Antifungal Treatment For Severe Asthma

Health Effects From Wet Work Are Of Great Concern

Graduate Engineers Design A 'Smart' Ankle Brace To Reduce Falls Of The Elderly

Dual-sex crab won't end up on menu. Rare crustacean may provide insight into species' life

Fossil Patagonian Plants Show High Insect Feeding diversity 52 Million Years Ago

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush hits road to talk up new prescription-drug benefit

WH Press Secretary Mocks 'Downing Street Memo,' as Congressman Calls for Inquiry

War Criticism and Concerns Both Growing + Lawmakers want military to start leaving Iraq in 2006

Bush's Support on Major Issues Tumbles in Poll

US lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war

Top U.S. Attorney Defends Guantanamo Internment Camp for Terror Suspects

White House: Iran elections are illegitimate

West must understand new terrorism threat, say G8 ministers

Sudanese Intelligence official's visit to secretly meet US officials in USA at behest of CIA split US Officials

Vietnamese PM makes historic visit to Seattle, talks with Gates, Boeing + Vietnam, U.S. to Improve Intelligence, Military Ties + Vietnamese Prime Minister to Talk Trade on Breakthrough Visit to the U.S.

Iran: Rafsanjani, Moin head for Iran run-off vote -aides + Iranian expatriates cast votes in U.S. for homeland president + Iran denies changing nuclear tale + Iran bloggers cast critical eye on election for first time + Election hangover + Fueling mistrust + Candidate profile: Hashemi Rafsanjani + Candidate profile: Mustafa Moin

Syria, Lebanon: Syria's Baathists Fear Evolution and Extinction (LAT Reg) + Activist's death galvanizes Kurdish community in Syria + Lebanese elections make for strange alliances + Damascus: Bahjat Suleiman moved from his post
+ Doha Summit condemns US unilateral procedures against Syria + UN says al-Hariri killed by truck bomb

N. Korea: N. Korea says can return to atomic talks in July + Kim says N. Korea willing to rejoin NPT, admit inspectors: S. Korean official

Other foreign: G-8 bows to U.S. on climate change. Action plan weaker after Bush team exerts pressure + U.S., EU resume efforts to resolve Boeing-Airbus subsidy fight

Rice: Gaza pullout, Hamas key issues for Rice in Mideast + The message Rice will bring, and hear, in her Mideast trip + Rice arrives in Gaza tomorrow + Rice: Israel Must Not Sabotage Peace Hopes With New Settlements

Domestic: Government eases rules for livestock that graze on federal land + Transforming the world of US spies

Congress: Pentagon Responds to Senate Subpoena; Legal Action Ended + Fears about retirement spur Congress to look at a menu of options + Congress bucking on budget + U.S. House votes to cut dues to U.N. over reforms + Tax vote favors energy producers. Senate committee approves incentives worth $14 billion + Funds OK'd to help states pay for jailing of illegals + Calif. lawmakers want stop to human pesticide testing + Democrats: Dean Condemns 'anti-Semitic Literature' Distributed at DNC Headquarters

GOP: Gov. Bush calls for probe of Schiavo husband + Gov. Bush Says Prosecutor Will Investigate Accusation of Delayed 911 Call for Schiavo + Christian right groups set sights on '08

Voting: Iowa Governor to Restore Voting Rights to Felons Who Have Completed Sentences

OPINIONS:

Was Enron Just a Dream? (LAT Reg)

Daniel Schorr: Democracy - can the "wrong" guys win?

Mothers of Slain Soldiers, Others, Demand Bush's Impeachment

Is Dubya's War Machine Running on Empty?

Krugman: Coingate: What's the matter with Ohio?

The Fatherhood Demotion

Fisk: Saddam interrogation screened -- in silence

The Actually Existing Occupation: Engelhardt/Schell

10 Things About the War on Terror: J. Hornberger

Haiti: Another Regime Change in Trouble: Jim Lobe

10 Things About the War on Terror: J. Hornberger

Behind the Downing Street Memos: Justin Raimondo

LEAKGATES 

Downing Street Memo's trip from under the radar to front pages in U.S.

An Insider's Troubling Account of the U.S. Role in Iraq



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Temple towers over new park. Burning Man sculptor created structure at former freeway site

Disabled adults find solutions through art

Pleasanton: Bryant aims to bring poetry into the light

Peninsula love train a big hit

Isleton Crawdad Festival: Event now a family affair (SB Reg)

Sonoma-Marin Fair theme pays tribute to cheese industry

Reminders survive of Modesto's newspapers of the past

Glassmakers key to Egypt's status

Painted pearl unlocks secret of Raphael's love

Key to Leonardo's lost masterpiece

Boy Finds Rodin Sculpture Stolen From Exhibit at Chilean Museum

Poetry contest corruption exposed

New Batman Movie: Cosmic Struggles of Cultural Proportions

'Shots' chronicles teenage countercultural photographer

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Nader's very unpleasant N-gagement

Rush & Molloy: Trump showplace hit by art of the steal

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The Governor:   Gov. sets aside reform themes in favor of anti-tax crusade. The only problem? 'There is no serious proposal to reverse Prop. 13' + Ballot accord talks rev up. Gov.'s staff say they're trying to work out compromises on initiatives (SB Reg) + Drug initiatives to duel on ballot (SB Reg) + Gov. vows support for Highway 99 upgrade effort + Democrats, groups fighting Gov. over Mega Millions + Rashomon' in Sacramento (LAT Reg) + Dan Walters: Political theatrics aside, state budget process is seriously broken (SB Reg)

Activists rip Diebold voting units

Pacific Lumber logging blocked by state water board

Ready, set, sign: State tax made easy (SB Reg)

Hatchery salmon strains added to endangered list

Judge grants Sacramento Bee permission to argue giant Swiss drug company should publicly disclose its new contract to supply hepatitis C medication to California (SB Reg)

Legislature: Talks to Halt State Budget Deadlock Continue (LAT Reg) + Emergency hearing on mega-lottery

Indian tribes: Gov. reaches casino deals with 2 tribes + Indian casino compacts getting stricter + Pursuit and officer-involved shooting hear Cabazon + Report: Casino revenues jump 13 percent statewide + Casino initiative backers demand changes + Nomlaki rips tribe shopping'

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

State Supreme Court reduces punitive damage awards

Justices tighten rules on safety of thrill rides

Knowledge illuminates San Quentin

A fragmented system's failure (OC Reg)

Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller: 36,000 sex acts believed logged by molester. Notebooks seized in home of man first convicted in 1970 (SFC) + Molester's crimes occurred before Megan's Law enacted (SFC) + Police Find Molester's 'Stunning' Records (LAT Reg) + Police think man molested thousands of kids (OT) + Thousands possibly molested (KR) + One man, thousands of victims? (AP) + Molester's trail leads to San Jose (SJM Reg) + Long troubled history of a convicted molester (SJM Reg)

Sacramento & north: Felony counts filed in Laguna Creek H.S. altered grades (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Lawyer says issuing of disabled parking tickets has crossed the line (SB Reg) + Granite Bay man faces murder charge in crash (SB Reg) + 2 killed in Olivehurst drive-by shooting (SB Reg) + Yolo County names new probation chief

San Francisco, San Mateo: Aptos: Post office settles in shipment of pathogen. Family found vial marked 'biohazard' in package of clothes + SF: Federal charges in 2004 killing + Investigation continues in dog mauling + Pit bulls involved in S.F. park attack to be destroyed + Redwood City: Couple accused of abandoning toddler on sidewalk + Hillsborough: Few clues in murder mystery of Priscilla Ng + Boyfriend of murdered woman Priscilla Ng recalls his ‘love'+ San Mateo: Police seek further suspects in beating

Alameda: Dublin: Hotel worker held on fraud charges + Berkeley: School officials warn of phony solicitations + Fremont man injured in hit -and -run + Five - day run ends in arrest for escapee + Twin brothers, deputies perplexed by killing of Cherryland man + Castlemont counselor mourns son's death + Store a target in stolen-goods sting

Santa Clara: San Jose: Man stabbed to death in quarrel over woman (SJM Reg) +Lodi pair accused of lying to FBI (SJM Reg) + DA: No charges in S.J. City Hall technology scandal (SJM Reg) + CHP joins offensive against road litterers (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Driver may face stiffer charges in cyclist death (SJM Reg) For news about Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller, molester, see top of this column.

Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller: 36,000 sex acts believed logged by molester. Notebooks seized in home of man first convicted in 1970 (SFC) + Molester's crimes occurred before Megan's Law enacted (SFC) + Police Find Molester's 'Stunning' Records (LAT Reg) + Police think man molested thousands of kids (OT) + Thousands possibly molested (KR) + One man, thousands of victims? (AP) + Molester's trail leads to San Jose (SJM Reg) + Long troubled history of a convicted molester (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: 4 on council call for a state of emergency. The idea is to raise $2 million to fight violent crime wave + Richmond leaders declare 'emergency' over killings (CCT Reg) + Arrests in Antioch, Reno highlight trasil of guns coming west from Nevada into Bay Area

Marin: Slippery suspect finally arraigned

Sonoma: 2 to face trial in alleged road rage + Mendocino: Jury finds Michael E. Gralla of Laytonville guilty of attempting murder

Napa: 63-year-old Calistoga sex offender goes back on trial + Man found shot. No gun. Help called 3 hours later + Napa's version of the Jackson trial

Solano: No one harmed during armed robbery + Fairfield: Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend + Police issue 1,020 seat belt citations + Teen runaway from Vallejo found dead; police: no foul play + S.F. cop misses court date + Fairfield council member's drug trial gets postponed

Monterey: Pest control companies fight fines in deaths of pet cats + Bust turns up drugs, guns and fireworks

Central Valley: Marcus Wesson guilty in murders of nine of his children + Weapons purchase on video, police say (MB Reg) + One man, thousands of victims? + Bomb found at Modesto motel

Central Coast: Meningitis ‘delivery’ costs U.S. Postal Service + Burglary suspect caught after trying to pawn stolen checkbook + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Mexico returns fugitive + More firefighters being disciplined + Decision that struck down day-laborer law is appealed + Funds OK'd to help states pay for jailing of illegals + South LA: Woman Dies After Being Hit by Stray Bullet; Shooter, Intended Victim Sought (LAT Reg) + Arms Dealer Returned to U.S. Custody (LAT Reg) + Crenshaw District: Man, Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Apartment (LAT Reg) + Montecito: Officers Pursue Man With His Family in SUV (LAT Reg) + Mexico Returns Man Accused of Firing at County Deputies (LAT Reg) + Long Beach: Police Search for Mystery Victim (LAT Reg) + Tustin Worker Is Arrested Over Hit-and-Run Death (LAT Reg) + Two L.A. Men Held After $1.2 Million Is Found (LAT Reg) + Hawthorne: New Beach Boys Monument Is Vandalized (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Student made meth in research lab, DEA says + LA: Bodies of man, elderly woman found stabbed + San Diego: Lawyer's slander suit claims name Aguirre, aide + San Diegan gets prison for sex with boys overseas + Disney World death raises calls for more theme park oversight

Michael Jackson: Jackson Plans Party at Casino for Devoted Fans (LAT Reg) + Jackson jury's notes show a careful review of the evidence

Temple towers over new park. Burning Man sculptor created structure at former freeway site

Disabled adults find solutions through art

Pleasanton: Bryant aims to bring poetry into the light

Peninsula love train a big hit

Isleton Crawdad Festival: Event now a family affair (SB Reg)

Sonoma-Marin Fair theme pays tribute to cheese industry

Reminders survive of Modesto's newspapers of the past

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LOCAL NEWS:   The Big Quake Question: What Comes After Four?

Wente named chairman of trade group representing state wineries

Bay Area: Bay Bridge backup warning. 3-lane plaza on right will be for FasTrak users only in 10 days

State's cherry crop worst in years

Sacramento & north: Chico clamps down on frats (SB Reg) + PG&E seeks rate hike to transform metering (SB Reg) + San Juan School District has new leader (SB Reg) + Nevada County privacy upheld for teens seeking to be excused from school for medical treatment without parent's knowledge (SB Reg) + Tsunami warning gaps under review (SB Reg) + Mother, daughter see a future where dreams do come true (SB Reg) + Analysis of Sac City Unified Schools suggests outreach by administrators (SB Reg) + Solectron to shut Lincoln facility (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Breakdown in warning system. Tsunami alert was nearly an hour old before S.F. saw it + Theme park at army base? That's funny + SF: School board's squabbling imperils budget. Committee can't agree on priorities for upcoming year + SF: Transbay Terminal work can proceed + SF: Bush's 16% cut in rent-subsidies to poor, jeopardizes housing + Levada attends last U.S. meeting before moving to Vatican. At least 4 Catholic organizations picket conference of bishops over molestations + S.F. follows national trend of home schooling + Hunters Point castle sells for more than $2M + Laguna Honda hearing planned + At sea in Hilllsborough + + Redwood City: Report: Port's channel depth a $2M problem annually + San Carlos, Belmont explore firefighting service options + Redwood City: Teen moms walk proudly at graduation

Alameda: Oakland: City auditor wants police-overtime probe. Interim chief says grand jury isn't necessary + Oakland: Lake Merritt lane elicits bikers' joy, residents' scorn + Fremont: Valedictorians vie for highest honor + Seniors take community service above and beyond requirements + County adds final touch to Newark teacher's career + Oakland wants to blue-pencil police OT + Fremont: Graduates plead: Rain, rain, go away + BART, unions on collision course over new contracts + Oakland school district to audit charter programs + Bridge audit is delayed again + Truckers land temporary parking + Local residents win at Contra Costa County Fair contests + Grand jury calls for curbing pensions, health care costs + Livermore divided over plan for new building + Sewer replacement grants available + Pedestrian injured in Hayward hit-and-run + Survey says: Prognosis good for Castro Valley school bond + Pleasanton traffic projects won't be studied as part of regional traffic study (CCT Reg) + Albany turns green with help from grant (CCT Reg) + Cassetarri case: Police connect suspect to victim via cell phone (CCT Reg) + Water agency rejects sole bid, delays upgrade re: Pleasanton, Dublin (CCT Reg)

Santa Clara: Monte Sereno clerk fired in letter flap (SJM Reg) + Director of Gilroy garlic fest dies (SJM Reg) + P.A. landmark closes doors (SJM Reg)+ Alum Rock jazz band reaches out (SJM Reg) + Bay Area home prices defy gravity (SJM Reg)+ Transit agency OKs tax study (SJM Reg) + East P.A. students' work pays off with college nods (SJM Reg) + Chung: 49ers' apology plays to power (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: 4 on council call for a state of emergency. The idea is to raise $2 million to fight violent crime wave + Richmond leaders declare 'emergency' over killings (CCT Reg) + Arrests in Antioch, Reno highlight trasil of guns coming west from Nevada into Bay Area

Marin: Buck Institute earns top honor for research + Marin home prices unrelenting + Redwood grad to run schools in Larkspur + San Rafael chamber names new CEO + $50,000 in damage as vandals flood San Marin High library + Marin-S.F. area leads California in pot use

Sonoma: Weather plays foul with graduations + Wine industry loses icon + Smash Mouth fair headliner + $2 million workers' comp debt + Torliatt enters state Assembly race + Sonoma-Marin Fair theme pays tribute to cheese industry + Jedi mania + SR spares fireworks fee increases + 6 of Sonoma County's school superintendents on the move + Petaluma ekes out arts, tourism funds + Tsunami alert system sees few flaws + Pacific Lumber may sell historic Scotia homes

Napa: Girl, 13, was victim of Dry Creek blaze + Wet weather may raise risk of West Nile + Napa-Solano bus service could be on the horizon + Harold Moskowite quits LAFCO in angry protest + Gays, lesbians plan march through Chef's market, Napa + Strong job market in Solano, Napa

Solano: Man died of natural causes while driving + Solano Community Foundation receives grant to boost workspell checked + MIT students pick up their diplomas + Red Cross chooses GVRD for honor + Fire destroys Ohio Street home + Laws for open government set for review + Benicia city council sets up budget workshops + Recall petition approved + How it pays to be a county head

Monterey: Tourists roll with weather + County won't raise housing requirement + Dogs and mushrooms don't mix + Seaside avoids cuts to balance budget + Your town

Central Valley: Renewed fight over discipline in Modesto schools (MB Reg) + MoBand rained out (MB Reg) + Ho-hum Hollywood has folks staying home + West Nile confirmed in crow + English, Spanish: Either Works + Complaint leveled at Modesto pet hospital + Endangered bird's song is sweet music to ears in valley + Lodi duo indicted in terrorist-related case + Humvee taken after owner beaten; two suspects held + JC trustees eye Patterson, Oakdale + Plying the field + Newman farmers market gets a rainfall christening + News & Notes + Community Briefing + Law & Order + Around the Region + MID, TID deserve energy flexibility + Hilmar Cheese seeks safe solutions

Central Coast: Feds criticize state, Pajaro Valley school district + Santa Cruz leaders seek to end union control of money-losing Civic Auditorium + Unusual rain plugs summer groove + Monterey considers rules for big boxes + Scotts Valley facing ‘fiscal emergency’ + Alternative school grads walk tall + Worried family tracks man to Santa Cruz + Nursey employees vote to drop UFW union + Area video, DVD stores say business is good + Capitola eyes budget cuts in special session + County pushes to help disabled voters + Highway 1-17 improvement project could begin in ’06 + As We See It: Arts Center decision reflects local values + > News briefs from California's Central Coast

Southern California: Deal Helps Keep LA Air Force Base From Closing + Faith that feeds families down to its last loaf + LA: Officials urged to speed reports on Las Lomas development+ LA: Hotels' workers approve new pact + Padded Bills for John Wayne Airport Alleged (LAT Reg) + LA: Supervisors Back Split in Health Department (LAT Reg) + South LA School to Open on Time After State Rules Out Toxic Threat (LAT Reg) + LA: 3 Top Officials Are Leaving City Attorney's Office + Capistrano Unified: Parents Sue District Over Boundaries (LAT Reg) + Decision on North Park Village Moves a Step Closer to the Ballot (LAT Reg) + LA: Villaraigosa Takes Oath of Office, Makes Plans for Extravagant Gala (LAT Reg) + Mayor Bart Simpson of Northridge? Don't Have a Cow, Man (LAT Reg) + LA: 300,000 Kids Qualify for Free Private Tutoring (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Cunningham Says He Rents CEO's Yacht (LAT Reg) + Long Beach and Cerrittos: West Nile-Infected Mosquitoes Discovered (LAT Reg) + Anaheim High School District Names Superintendent (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County + San Deigo: FBI probes Cunningham's sale + Money woes dominated mayor debate + San Diego: Pension fallout: City hit with bill + 6 million set aside for San Diego County projects

School days: San Francisco School board's squabbling imperils budget. Committee can't agree on priorities for upcoming year + Microsoft promises funds for UC research + Richmond schools chief leaving for university job + South LA School to Open on Time After State Rules Out Toxic Threat (LAT Reg) + Capistrano Unified: Parents Sue District Over Boundaries (LAT Reg) + LA: 300,000 Kids Qualify for Free Private Tutoring (LAT Reg) + Anaheim High School District Names Superintendent (LAT Reg) + We Are Our History -- Don't Forget It (LAT Reg) + S.F. follows national trend of homeschooling + + Redwood City: Teen moms walk proudly at graduation + Fremont: Valedictorians vie for highest honor + Program helps kids SOAR into college + Oakland school district to audit charter programs + Survey says: Prognosis good for Castro Valley school bond + West Contra Costa School Board scrambles to find new chief (CCT Reg) + Chico clamps down on frats (SB Reg) + San Juan School District has new leader (SB Reg) + Analysis of Sac City Unified Schools suggests outreach by administrators (SB Reg) + 6 of Sonoma County's school superintendents on the move + Renewed fight over discipline in Modesto schools (MB Reg)

June 16, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
6 U.S. military, 8 Iraqi police slain + US Military: Al-Qaeda Leader in Mosul Captured + Wed. June 15: 26 Iraqi soldiers killed in blast at army mess hall. Suicide bomber wore uniform; death toll surpasses 50 in Iraq violence, 5 marines killed by roadside bomb + Army fighting remote bombs. Engineers' seminar seeks to create countermeasures + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,708 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Sunnis Reach Accord With Shiites on Makeup of Charter Panel

War prisons: Lawyer Says Military Tried to Coerce Detainee's Plea + Specter rips 'crazy quilt' of Guantanamo legalities

RUSSIA: Official confirms Chechen horror

EUROPE: European leaders in crisis summit + EU: What kind of club? + Agenda on the rocks

African boys 'used in UK sacrifices'

AFRICA: Burundi approves truth commission

ASIA PACIFIC: Pakistan lifts travel ban on rape victim. Pressure from U.S. forced government to change its policy

Next in line to lead Hong Kong. Acting chief Donald Tsang already has enough nominations to win

City Emerges as Model in China's Effort to Reverse AIDS Record + China's workin' on the railroad + China's rise: IT's not a problem for India

Hong Kong hands port crown to Singapore

Boy dies in Cambodia siege

AMERICAS: Bolivia: Revolt on high

Venezuela formally asks U.S. for Cuban exile's extradition

OAS secretary general called on to defuse crisis in Nicaragua

Hundreds face trial for dictatorship's crimes. Argentine court strikes down amnesty for torturers

Natural catastrophes slash Chile

Civil rights worker's widow says nation needs to confront racism

Rachel Corrie's parents tour nation to raise funds for Palestinian homes

If your photos look too good, finishers may not print them

US postpones biometric passport plan - again

Lawmaker Revs Up Fair-Use Crusade

Secure Flight Hits Turbulence

Chinese MSN Admits Censoring 'List of Words'

Blood for pork....

My Day in Iraq: Water engineer

Senators Call for Barring Government Contractors Who Aren't Paying Taxes

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Canberra wakes up to China's 'spies'

Mexico investigating why Pakistani wanted on U.S. arms trafficking charges was near Tijuana

Arms trafficker in US custody

Bin Laden 'is not in Afghanistan'

Security breach at Prince Harry's school probed

Iraq becomes nursery of terrorism, Russian expert believes

China dents the reputation of the Pentagon and CIA

Syria offered CSIS unusual access to Arar

Paris court convicts three aides to sneakerbomber

China's spies 'colonizing' Australia

Bulgarian Writer Researches Cold War Slaying

Canada Claims Chinese Espionage

National Security Watch: A portrait of CIA-FBI dysfunction

Jordanian envoy: I didn't offer to help retrieve Israeli spy's body

Congress wants more human spies Shift in Spying Money to Agents From Satellites Is Sought

China: Imprisoned Scholar in Good Health

China, her spies and the old world order

RIP: John K. Vance; Uncovered LSD Project at CIA

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Canada expected to pass bill approving same-sex marriage. U.S. neighbor would become the third country to do so

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US convicted sex offender, drug trafficker Daniel Wooley ran Sri Lanka orphanage after Tsunami

Ex-Klansman Leaves Court on Stretcher

World pedophile register closer

Lawyer says lawsuit will allege age discrimination at Boeing, Onex

$20,000 reward for Joey The Clown Lombardo

Blue Law Makes Webmasters See Red

Fight Over Materials Seized From Unabomber's Cabin Reaches Appeals Court

Highest and Lowest Rates of Marijuana Use

Catholic Bishops Expected to Maintain Policy of Permanently Ousting Abusive Priests

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Bonus, Severance Plan for Winn-Dixie

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Cosmos 1 Set to Test Solar Sail

Dispatches From the Paris Air Show

A Pro Camera That Amateurs Can Afford

BlowSearch Tackles Click Fraud

Spyware Floods in Through BitTorrent

Will You Fly My Car?

The 100 Best Products of 2005

Rapid-scanning Doppler On Wheels Keeps Pace With Twisters

Scripps Studies Provide New Details About Antarctic Iceberg Detachment

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Charles Darwin's great, great grandson voyages back in time

Satellite-Aided Rescues Top 5,000 in US

Good Friends, Rather Than Close Family Ties, Help You Live Longer In Older Age

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Bank of America May Acquire $3 Billion Stake in China Construction Bank

Crude Oil Jumps to Two-Month High as Surging Demand Strains OPEC Capacity

Widow of Sept. 11 pilot embodies pain of United's pension default

A look at future of housing

5 Major Activist Unions Unite

Pressure rising on Enron bankers, brokers

Tough Line by Union to G.M.

24 years after PATCO strike. US: dispute over air traffic control staffing

A Tool for Investors in Distress

Green Riches in the Muck and Junk

Pravda: OPEC's declining role to improve the situation on the global oil market

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Poll: Most Americans say movie stars poor role models; Half say movies are getting worse

Felt sells book, film rights for $1 million to Universal Pictures and PublicAffairs

Book deals put Obama in millionaires' club

Anger as runaway bride says "I do" to movie deal

Sunday Times settles Bin Laden libel

Canada, Bowing to Pressure, Approves Satellite Radio Bids for XM, Sirius

Library Supplier to Provide Material to Search Engines

One in Five Web Users Reading Papers Use Online Editions

Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

1st human case of bird flu in Indonesia hits farmworker

UPDATE: U.S. has concluded that some AIDS drug experiments involving foster children broke federal rules

FDA/CHIRON Flu Fiasco: Flu shots could be in short supply again this season. Production issues force Chiron to cut estimates for vaccine + Vaccine for flu no shot in arm + Chiron revises flu-vaccine forecasts (CCT Reg) + Chiron: fewer flu shots than promised (SJM Reg)


Drug 'hope' for range of cancers

Holland tops Europe health list

Friends 'help people live longer'

FDA approves new antibiotic

Brain-dead woman's pregnancy maintained

Geneticists Identify 'Master Switch' That Causes Female Flies To Behave Like Males

Scientists on watch for white whale skin

Mutation In Mouse Circulatory Gene Mimics A Form Of Congenital Heart Disease

Holographic Movies Show Promise For Medical, Military Applications

The Bigger The Serving, The More Young Children Will Eat

New Memory Aid Helps Dementia Sufferers Remember As Time Goes By

Gastric Bug Link To Irregular Heart Rhythm

Promiscuous Catalytic Activity Possessed By Novel Enzyme Structure

Placebos Can Bring Emotional Relief

Genes Exert Powerful Effect On Sexual Behavior

Arthritis Of The Spine Often Overlooked In Children

Reservoirs May Accelerate The Spread Of Invasive Aquatic Species, Researchers Say

Sustainable Energy Source Could Solve Bermuda Triangle Riddle

Canadian Study Demonstrates New Approach To Achieving Diabetes Control

Mayan Stingless Bee Keeping: Going, Going, Gone?

Tetanus Toxin Found To Have Therapeutic Properties

Who's Creative in Genetics & Nanotechnology? Survey Seeks Top Scientists for a Study of Research Innovation

Medication Orlistat Appears Helpful In Improving Weight Management For Obese Adolescents

K-State Part Of Effort To Completely Sequence Common Wheat Genome

Flight Stockings Significantly Reduce DVT Risk, Says Research Review

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush to Meet Iraq's Jaafari in Washington as Public Support for War Drops

Bush Shifts Focus to Iraq Amid Slipping Poll Numbers, Calls for Troop Withdrawal

Bush Administration Calls Iran Elections Illegitimate

Pressure growing to plan Iraq exit

U.S. General Blames Al-Zarqawi for Iraq's Recent Surge in Civilian Deaths

Senior Democrat Suggests Inquiry Whether Bush Intentionally Misled Americans Into War

U.S. Supports Permanent Security Council Seat for Japan, One Other Country

Wolfowitz apologizes over Rwanda genocide

Lawyers fought Bush team's move to cut tobacco penalties. Reduction from $130 billion to $10 billion protested by Democrats, health advocates

Iran: Iranians seem cynical about election. Presidential candidates were chosen by clerics + Iran changes story on when it quit plutonium experiments. It worked on conversion 5 years later than it said + Iran: Bridging the gap

Syria, Lebanon: A murder stirs Kurds in Syria

N. Korea: U.S. may consider other options on North Korea + Fears of arms crisis mar Korea unity festival

Rice: Angelina Jolie, Rice spotlight world's refugees + Rice visit designed to give boost to Mideast peace

Domestic: U.S. told to protect Pacific right whale right now. Judge announces deadline on critical habitat designation + Amtrak chief lashes out at `ideologues' trying to cut funding

Social Security: WP: GOP seeks exit strategy on Social Security + Dems Declare Dubya's SS Plan DOA + Bush Kicks off Campaign to Tell Public About Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Congress: Congressmen probe Iraq war memo + Lawmakers push resolution on Iraq pullout + House rejects medicinal pot measure. Debate focuses on states' rights versus danger of drugs + Many teenage girls abuse steroids, lawmakers told. Experts say it's mainly for cosmetic reasons + Senate panel denies funding for world's largest laser + House panel OKs amended CAFTA legislation in nonbinding vote + Bush's plan would hurt small businesses, Democrats say + Senate committee wants Congress to act on Guantanamo Bay camp + Cantwell's measure seeks to cut oil-import dependence + House Moves to Link U.S. Funds for U.N. to Reforms

Democrats: Hillary Clinton wins S.C. straw poll; 2008 frontrunner

GOP: John McCain on his family's military history

OPINIONS:

Bush's China record far from excellent

State Department cable details ethnic cleansing by US-backed forces in Iraq

Selling Gitmo to a Gullible Public

Bush Too Cozy With Big Oil?

Another Day, Another White House Attack on Opponents

Down the Rabbit Hole

The bright shining lie

Conservatives and fundamentalists aim to rally around a candidate for '08 Click.

MILITARY Defend America, Become American (CCT Reg)

A military guinea pig speaks out

USS Arizona Deterioration Said Unavoidable

In Gettysburg, Battle Is Joined



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

King Tut exhibit opens in L.A. + Businesses go Ra, Ra for Tut + King Tut's skin color a topic of controversy

Finding beauty on the Lost Coast

Isleton and Antioch: Fests promise crawfish aplenty (CCT Reg

Intense Poet of the Podium Left Mark on LA Philharmonic

A film festival as big as L.A.

Kids' theater that's a cut above

Winemaker bottles his passion

So, You Wanna Start a Film Festival? Don't.

Venice Biennial: Global Village Whose Bricks Are Art

Beethoven online odes trigger mass downloads

Artist stages 9/11 'falls' from museum roof

Superb state parks make the most of Oregon's coastal dreamscape

Archeologists uncover cursed Prussian treasure in Kaliningrad's Royal Castle

The Viking Site

Egil's Bones

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The Governor:  Gov. raises fears of tax increase by Democrats + Gov. preaches evils of taxes as he pushes his ballot measures. He blasts Democrats and labor unions + Governor's new focus puts Democrats on tax defensive + State GOP has 'army' to fight in election + Bipartisan 'Reform' Plan Could Hand Victory to Both Sides (LAT Reg) + One of two competing drugs discount initiatives make November ballot (SB Reg) + Sacramento Bee editorial: Ballot bogeyman. Clumsy scare tactics by Gov. (SB Reg)+ Modesto Bee: Gov. sinks to pointless scare tactics (MB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Gov. goes home again, to rude welcome (SB Reg) + The cost of buffing Gov.'s self image -- most expensive governor in California history? (LAT Reg) + Political tectonics

State to begin Mega Millions lottery despite legal opinion. Legislative counsel says lottery panel exceeding authority + Joining Big Lottery Questioned (LAT Reg) + State takes gamble on lotto

State fishery panel approves ban on trawling along the Pacific coastline. Action praised as a landmark in marine conservation + Activists Hail Federal Ban on Trawl Fishing (LAT Reg)

CalPERS gives OK to HMO increase + HMO price hike slows for CalPERS + CalPERS adopts regional health insurance rates + CalPERS OKs health pacts (SB Reg)

UFW boycott flashback to Cesar Chavez

United Domestic Workers union's finances challenged (SB Reg)

Valero deal gives state capacity to store more oil (SB Reg)

Tsunami: If This Had Been an Actual Tsunami ...+ Dodging moose to warn of tsunami / Monitoring office in Alaska was closed at time of earthquake + Tsunami warning fizzled in S.F. (SJM Reg) + Search for a tsunami predictor

Stem cell institute: Stanford starts stem cell training program _ State Senate not likely to pursue Nov. ballot measure imposing stricter controls on institute, will insist it implement its own new oversight rules by mid-July (SB Reg) + 'How to grow stem cells' at Stanford (SB Reg)

Legislature: State budget misses deadline. Republicans vote down Democrats' compromise in Assembly-Senate committee + State budget deadline missed again + GOP Legislators Block State Budget (LAT Reg) + Democrats' budget similar to Gov.'s tossed + Budget plan voted down (SB Reg) + Editorial: Win-win in fantasy land. A budget for everyone except realists (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: The state's casino roulette + State's casinos lead in revenue + Miwok to focus on Los Banos casino (MB Reg) + California Tribe Focused on Merced County + Suit to block California gaming deals dropped + Alcohol-permit hearing ends. Casino gets support from school, sheriff's officials

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

State says 'Temp' docs are employees, not contractors

Maybe What This Pot Issue Needed Was a Joint Commission (LAT Reg)

Lawsuit challenging new workers comp rules on permanent disability rejected (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Slaying victim's family split on Mexican burial (SB Reg) + Father pleads not guilty in daughter's drowning (SB Reg) + Sacramento woman arrested after leading officers on a 50-mile chase (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Two teens held in attack on teenage girl (SB Reg) + Sacramento City Police Department commends 13 officers (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: DA hits contractor with civil lawsuit over ads, safety + SF: Young mother slain on way to her baby after South Bay visit + SF: Toxic hazard suit on ex-bases rejected + San Mateo women's jail called overcrowded + San Mateo: Mental health of alleged rapist under scrutiny

Alameda: Berkeley: Police find stolen bikes for sale at popular shop. Karim Cycle searched after officers tipped off + Oakland: Killer of Patrick Dennehy sentenced to 35 years in prison + Citations written in Dublin tobacco sales effort (CCT Reg) + Tracy man charged in death of woman found at home (CCT Reg) + Castro Valley school bond measure favored (CCT Reg) + 'Instinct' helps mayoral aide fend off robbers + Rabbit killer arrested in purse snatch + Man held in killing co-worker delays plea + Sexual motive outlined in co-worker's death + Oakland: No answers a year after slaying of Mario Thomas + Police probe apparent suicide at Mormon church + Newark: Street fight leaves one injured + Houston murder conviction upheld + Pleasanton: Teen enters plea in cat murder case + Transgender case: Cross-examination of Nabors ceases

Santa Clara: San Jose: Molestation suspect allegedly kept log on his many child victims + Houston's murder conviction upheld (CCT Reg) + Grand jury: Women's jail needs work + More charges for molest suspect (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter + No bail for husband in Wendy's case

Contra Costa: Pleasanton: Slaying suspect delays arraignment + Contra Costa: Man killed in front of house (CCT Reg) + Gun scare at Antioch high (CCT Reg) + San Ramon: Amid protest, panel OKs sewage fine (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton: No contest plea in cat's killing (CCT Reg) + Court installs 7-day wait for records requests (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael: Suspect recaptured after fleeing gurney + Handcuffed suspect caught in Larkspur + Alanna Krause tries to reinstate collusion lawsuit

Solano: Physicians sue Sutter affiliate

Monterey: Joyrider bulldozes costly path + Barrios director jailed for child support + Monterey Sheriff Deputies ride in style

Central Valley: Turlock: Couple arrested in stabbing death (MB Reg) + Mom disputes son's gang tie (MB Reg) +  Keeping Modesto safe from criminals has its own reward  (MB Reg) + Man charged with vote fraud (MB Reg) + Paralyzed man says his friends shot him in neck (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Cops and Courts

Southern California: Biker Who Eluded Police Is Arrested (LAT Reg) + Foes Fail to Block Project on Dana Point Headlands (LAT Reg) + Suit Against Pacific Lumber Is Dismissed (LAT Reg) + O.C. Raid Takes Out Local Leaders of the Mexican Mafia, FBI Says (LAT Reg) + LA: Judge Grants Delay in Campaign Ethics Case (LAT Reg) + Huntington Beach: Teacher Charged in Molestation of 6 Pupils (LAT Reg) + LA: Disabled Third-Striker Given Life Sentence (LAT Reg) + OC: Buena Park Motorist Arrested After Allegedly Waving a Gun at motorist on Freeway (LAT Reg) + Parking Lot Shooting Mars Long Beach Poly H.S. Graduation (LAT Reg) + Strip club owner recalls sending cash to San Diego councilmen + San Diego: Club owner testifies in corruption trial + A Bribe? San Diego: Rep Randy Duke Cunningham sold his home to defense contractor whose bids he supported (LAT Reg) + Yacht owned by defense contractor docked at Cunningham's slip + San Diego: Sanders: Privatize of some city jobs + SDSU lab called meth-making factory + Couple held at border with $1 million cash + San Diego: Gunmen fail to get rise out of bakery staff tat  + San Diego: Defense tries to discredit Galardi tat + San Diego: Man arrested in kidnap attempt on girl, 14 + San Diego: Grandmother faces abduction trial + San Diego: Ex-port official Malcolm's suit tossed. Attorney's advice not malpractice, judges say

Michael Jackson: D.A. Sneddon: Jackson accuser doesn't understand acquittal + Jackson judge to unseal documents, considering trial videos


King Tut exhibit opens in L.A. + Businesses go Ra, Ra for Tut + King Tut's skin color a topic of controversy

Finding beauty on the Lost Coast

Isleton and Antioch: Fests promise crawfish aplenty (CCT Reg

Intense Poet of the Podium Left Mark on LA Philharmonic

A film festival as big as L.A.

Kids' theater that's a cut above

Winemaker bottles his passion

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:   In Crescent City, no such thing as tsunami false alarm. Residents forced to re-live 1964 tragedy

"Disappeared" songbird's return to central valley sounds sweet (CCT Reg)

Feds propose shooting barred owls to protect spotted owls

Georgia, SC Battle California for peach crown

Sacramento & north: Criticism in tsunami alert's wake (SB Reg) + Lodi City Council approves $160 million budget + enter High Board gives coach hope (SB Reg) + Dl Dorado irrigation district reassigns ex-con, former Judge (SB Reg) + Bookstore at CSUS goes private (SB Reg) + It's his final bell at Luther Burbank H.S. (SB Reg) + Roseville stubs out its medical pot law (SB Reg) + Elk Grove open house for West Nile info (SB Reg) + News in brief from California's North Coast

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: U.S. Open coming back to Olympic Club + Brisbane hotel back after long hiatus + SF officials say state slow to notify of tsunami threat + SF: Height limits imperil hotel plan + SF: Supervisors scale back waterfront hotel plan. Developer warns 40-foot height limit will doom project + PG&E faces new calls to pay for blackouts + S.F.'s Swig Company buys Oakland's Kaiser Center + United engineers picket at SFO + San Mateo: Pit bull owners flock to PHS offer to spay, neuter + Redwood City: Owners Offered $10 to Get Pit Bulls Fixed (LAT Reg) + San Mateo County cuts road repair funds + First candidate declares bid for San Mateo Union H.S. school board + Chris Caen: How our language got Shanghaied + Section 8 tenants to speak out at Housing Authority hearing

Alameda: AC Transit to raise adult fares 25 cents + Passengers to dig deeper on AC Transit + EBMUD rate increases due this year and next + Bay Bridge audit postponed a week + Stables plan earns 'neigh' from officials + Berkeley: 'Popup’ House Plans Create Neighborhood Discord + Sideshows show up in Oakland council+ Alameda Care Center hosts weddings + Swig Co. of S.F. acquires Kaiser Center in Oakland + University workers carry their strike to UC president's office + UC workers bring picket to Oakland + More trees at Costco in Danville to be felled (CCT Reg) + Red Cross mascot bleeds for us all + Fremont looking for senior counselors + NIF funding imperiled at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories + Dublin gets a little bit of Italy + Newark: Record number graduate from Media Communications Academy

Santa Clara: San Jose: Mayor wants probe of grand jury report + Fateful steps led to child's tragic death in San Francisco pit bull mauling (SJM Reg) + Tsunami warning fizzled in S.F, (SJM Reg) + With stadium, billionaire's Stanford legacy grows (SJM Reg)  + Mayor now agrees: Inquiry needed in garbage contract (SJM Reg) + Santa Cruz council backs arts project (SJM Reg) + Straight talk on teen sex (SJM Reg) + Ravenswood chief resigns (SJM Reg) + S.J. police leaders faulted (SJM Reg) + Cupertino groups battle over growth (SJM Reg) + Herhold: Fateful steps led to child's death (SJM Reg)  + Man suffers burns in S.J. apartment fire (SJM Reg) + Wayans brothers closer to opening theme park, movie studio in Oakland (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Dead, not gone, tree clone thrives (SJM Reg)+ Scotts Valley to consider new sales tax measure (SJM Reg) + Lotteries (SJM Reg)  + Roadshow: Rough roads wreck quality of life (SJM Reg) + Democrats blocked on budget proposal (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Online reservation goes wrong (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond to declare state of emergency to curb spate of violence + No clues for cause of Walnut Creek fire + Sweetheart deal: Benefits for 4 retired firefighters cost Richmond $40,000 (CCT Reg) + Martinez approves budgets (CCT Reg) + West Contra Costas schools chief announces resignation (CCT Reg) + Concord may pull Monument Futures (day labor center) funds (CCT Reg) + Fire at base of Mt. Diablo eats about 80 acres, briefly threatens homes (CCT Reg) + San Ramon panel to discuss longer mayoral term (CCT Reg)

Marin: Building plans at College of Marin hit snag + State might bend on Tomales Bay strict water control + Incentive program to cut costs lures 29 Novato teachers into retirement + Critics level new attacks at Sutter on care, retrofit

Sonoma: Rohnert Park: Not first time pit bull had bitten family members. Fearful neighbors would stay inside when dog got loose + RP pit bull had history of attacks + County economy picking up pace + Teens who survived fatal crash recovering + Town of Windsor to study fire district's needs + Smell that? It's fields slathered in manure + Equipment failure leaves more than 8,000 homes dark + Longtime educator named dean of education at Sonoma State + Rancho Adobe fire district ends pact with county + Ukiah: Ban on marijuana gardens renewed + Novato: Transit agency delays release of report on commuter rail + Fee hikes round out SR budget + Quake set off Geysers temblor + Felt sells book, film rights for $1 million to Universal Pictures and PublicAffairs

Napa: Latino youth draw a crowd at forum on Napa's needs + NSH failing federal rules, patients' civil rights + County OKs dream home, slams owner for ignoring law + LAFCO's latest: Harold Moskowite steps down

Solano: Peoples principal: Grads 'have right to celebrate' + Grand jury scolds Vallejo school board + Vallejo: Waterfront plan gets revision; opponents still wary Three-alarm grass fire burns 2 acres + 'On Demand' set for cable viewers today + Supervisors not sure if they OK'd airport plan + City budget painfully lean + Benicia pact coming up for review + County's ag products bring in less money

Monterey: 'Meaty' issues up for review by Monterey County Supervisors + Divers help keep count of fish + Diocesan choir heads to Italian sojourn + Sporting panel calls for standards + Man run over by work truck identified + Garlic Festival director, 60, dies + Your Town + Vaccine offered for rare disease

Central Valley: The Other Modesto (MB Reg) + Gov. backs Highway 99 change (MB Reg)+ House KOs medicinal marijuana (MB Reg) + Wildfire hits outskirts of Salida (MB Reg) + One Way to Take a Day Off (MB Reg) + Miwok to focus on Los Banos casino (MB Reg) + Summer Is On (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Calm returns to Manteca Unified + Stockton: County, cities reach agreement on incorporation fees + News from the San Joaquin Valley+ Riparian forest hopefully to see return of 'Storm Crow'

Central Coast: + Big parties targeted in Santa Cruz (SJM Reg) + Tannery arts center OK’d; push now is for funding + County’s tsunami alert system lacking, official says + Special-needs teen will walk with Santa Cruz High classmates + Watsonville High grad one of last to benefit from program + Watsonville ducks major budget cuts + Watsonville High neighbors raise a stink about trash + Young coho salmon found in Davenport’s Laguna Creek + P.V. farmers to get city water + Coast Lines + Grant will cut class sizes

Southern California: LA: Councilwoman Greuel leads group driving for transportation funds + State auditing LA city atty Delgadillo's office re: use of outside counsel + LA area congressmen worth millions + LA: County's Homeless Number 90,000 (LAT Reg) + LAUSD students get 'healthy' drinks + LAUSD says bond needed to end busing + LA in distress from hotel strikes + Concerns about Naval Base Ventura County, jobs at Point Mugu to be transferred to China Lake in Kern County+ Probe of Home Sale by Rep Tony Perry to defense contractor he backed (LAT Reg) + Meth Use by HIV-Positive Men Rising (LAT Reg) + Church Is Monument to Activism now an LA landmark + Latino Journalists Meet, Question new LA Mayor Villaraigosa (LAT Reg) + Board Delays Checkups by O.C. Assessor (LAT Reg) + Donors Fund Inauguration of LA Mayor (LAT Reg) + L.A. Councilman-Elect Bill Rosendahl Sworn In (LAT Reg)  +News briefs from San Diego County + Democrats need Latin vote, says Villaraigosa + Lake Elsinore residents will give input at workshop through simulation exercise

School days: First candidate declares bid for San Mateo Union H.S. school board + Stanford starts stem cell training program + UC merit scholarships under fire. Awards based only on PSAT scores conflict with admissions policy, faculty panel says + LAUSD students get 'healthy' drinks + LAUSD says bond needed to end busing + Exam Has One Requirement: Fake It With Flair (LAT Reg) + Costa Mesa: Principal Will Keep Job Despite Policy Dispute at St. John the Baptist School + Building plans at College of Marin hit snag + Grand jury scolds Vallejo school board + Area communities compete for Delta College campus + West Contra Costas schools chief announces resignation (CCT Reg) + Castro Valley school bond measure favored (CCT Reg) + Incentive program to cut costs lures 29 Novato teachers into retirement + Newark: Record number graduate from Media Communications Academy + Calm returns to Manteca Unified + Bookstore at CSUS goes private (SB Reg) + It's his final bell at Luther Burbank H.S. (SB Reg) + Longtime educator named dean of education at Sonoma State + Grant will cut class sizes in Santa Cruz + University will offer 1st degree in biotech

June 15, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
2 suicide bombings overshadow Iraq rescue. At least 33 Iraqi security personnel killed + Baghdad mortar attack kill five Iraqis + Iraq experiences upsurge in attacks + U.S. memo tells of abductions of Kirkuk minorities. Hundreds of men reportedly seized off streets and sent to prisons in northern Iraq + Fatal shooting of teacher illustrates why Iraqis fear U.S. convoys + Anatomy of the bloody insurgent attack in the town of Hawija + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,706 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Kidnappings: Alamo man rescued by Iraqis, troops + 'You don't know how pleased I am to see you' + Tough guy survives a tough call + Pepe Escobar: How much is a hostage worth? + Iraqi troops found Australian hostage by chance: US military + French reporter recounts Iraq ordeal

Iraq government: Barzani chosen as Iraqi Kurd president + State-backed Japanese firm signs deal to boost Iraqi oil output + Al-Qaida warns against talks with the government

MIDDLE EAST: Second South summit opens in Qatar

Nephew of Egypt's slain president to run in election + Egypt's Suleiman: Mubarak may visit Israel after disengagement

Israel, Palestine: Israel ready to hand over Jenin to Palestinians + Egyptians patrol Gaza to thwart Hamas + Hamas seeking historic change, not local control + Halutz: Soldiers won't be sitting ducks for radicals + Sharon accepts Paris invitation but with delay

EUROPE: The shocking face of anti-Semitism + Defaced, the Rothschild mausoleum that has stood for 140 years

EU budget plan puts Blair under pressure to freeze rebate

France raises stakes over Turkey's membership in EU

A new-look Pope and a new Pope mobile

The Dream of Euro-Unity Is Dying

AFRICA: UK halts aid over Ethiopia deaths

Sudan opposition eyes reconciliation deal with Khartoum

ASIA PACIFIC: India tries to tame its red-tape jungle

Rights for China's workers + China 'hamstrung' in taking on AIDS, report says. Government urged to stop harassment, step up education

Donald Tsang set to be Hong Kong leader

East Timor Isn't Ready to Handle Oil, Gas Revenue, President Gusmao Says

AMERICAS: Homegrown Fuel Supply Helps Brazil Breathe Easy + Uprising in Brazilian prison over

Argentine high court tosses amnesty laws. Hundreds could be tried for crimes in Dirty War + Argentina's Court Ruling Striking Down Amnesty Laws Gains Support, Some Criticism

Mexican Court to Allow Genocide Charges Against Former President

Colombian Warlord Considered Top Drug Trafficker Disarms

Fidel Castro Blasts Consumer Societies in Letter Regretting Absence at Summit of Developing Countries

In Nicaragua, Miskito Indians Getting Title to Ancestral Lands

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Spain says it has cut pipeline to Iraq rebels

Bin Laden, Omar are well, Taliban commander says

Lodi terror case: FBI suspect connected to fight over Muslim school + Pakistani cleric denies grandson received terrorist training

Spain detains 16 terror suspects

Terrorists coming in from Africa

Extradition of Anti-Communist Militant Luis Posada Carillas Sought

Bulgarian Journalist Sheds Light on Mysterious Cold War Umbrella Killing

Homeland Security Privacy Chief Investigating Passenger Screening Program

EU renews low-level meetings with Hamas

Steven Aftergood vs. CIA Secrecy

Defectors say China running 1,000 spies in Canada

Romanian secret agents helped free French hostage in Iraq: PM

'Crisis with U.S. hinders Pollard's pardon'

Shift in Spying Money to Agents From Satellites Is Sought

Pentagon Analyst Indicted With Giving Information to Pro-Israeli Group

Time to make peace with the U.S.

Steinitz: Pentagon crisis harms Israel

Israel denies US spy work

Egyptian spy chief visits Israel

Philippines seeks arrest of Arroyo 'whistleblower'

Australia and U.S. Barring Him, Chinese Says + Defectors Expose Espionage

Spying for the Kims -- ex-agent tells a bit

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Same-sex marriage takes step forward in Canada + People in the News: Etheridge is 'Lucky' to have Michaels by her side + San Francisco dyke bar crawl

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Panel Upholds No-Parole Recommendation in 'Fatal Vision' Case

Louisiana judge to rape suspect: "You're not Michael Jackson"

Schiavo had irreversible damage

Aruban Police Search Home of Dutch Youth in Disappearance of Alabama Teen

Chicago city corruption, like heroin, is an epidemic

Former State Trooper Kills Estranged Wife, Wounds Her Lawyer, Himself Outside Conn. Courthouse

Shinnecock Tribe Launches Legal Claim to Land on Wealthy Eastern Long Island

Statements open 'Mississippi Burning' trial

Drug Patent Peril

Tax haven promoter a smooth operator

Seattle Confidential

UK Court thrown into crisis as 1/7 of defendants fail to show up for court

WSWS: The Michael Jackson verdict

The Not Guilty Verdicts in the Michael Jackson Case: Was Justice Served, or Thwarted?

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Shuttle moves back to launch pad

France and Japan promise to build the 'son of Concorde'

Reusable spaceship of new generation brings Russian and European space exploration together

AI developed for Mars explorers

Microsoft warns of critical flaws + Biggest security holes revealed

Touch screens jog social memories for those with dementia

Robot runs riot at California hospital

The Tacit Dimension of Tech Support

'Mactel' Desktops a Triple-Threat

Death by Tech Support

Techno-Rebels Spread Wireless Vision

Finger Scanner Fine-Tunes Car Settings

BT makes grab for mobile users with dual-purpose handset

2nd Mars Express radar boom deploys

Penn-Led Team Looks To Distant Galaxies With Balloon-Borne Telescope

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Riveting memories for Rosies. Book salutes World War II factory workers

Could talk show queen Oprah Winfrey really be a Zulu?

Empire of the Alpha Mom

'Blended' Families Must Face Difficult Financial Decisions

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

OPEC lifts its quotas to sate surging worldwide demand

Pricey homes may spark tax audit (SB Reg)

Pressure on banks to end Enron litigation

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Made Progress Last Year but Problems Remain, Regulator Says

Dissident AFL-CIO Unions Form Coalition to Pressure Sweeney, Seek New Members

Most Lucrative Movie Franchises

Jazz, Schizophrenia And Side Effects

Is The Prozac Party Over?

From clubhouse to courthouse, disgrace of world's richest man

Amalgamated Bank cost Enron billions

Houses Are Not Investments

MILITARY  Former Army Soldier Who Was Injured in Stryker Vehicle Suing General Motors

Hi-tech meets low-tech as U.S. trains Africa troops

Military jet crashes into homes in Arizona, no deaths

The Future of Air Combat

General attacks 'catastrophic' level of Russian army suicides

LEAKGATES 

House Democrat's forum to examine Downing Street memo

Memos show Iraq war plans made earlier than thought. U.S., Britain devised ways to justify invasion

FBI inspector general's report: more evidence of government complicity in 9/11 attacks

Covering Up a 9-11 Cover-Up

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

USDA Vague on Reasons for New Mad Cow Tests

'C.difficile' superbug is killing twice as many people as MRSA

FDA/CHIRON Flu Fiasco: Chiron warns it will produce fewer flu vaccines, slashes earnings estimates


Study Explains Why Up To Eight Percent Of Cancers Go Undetected

Nutritious Frozen Foods Can Play Role In Weight-loss Programs

New evidence red meat 'linked to cancer risk'

Hospitals blamed for tough births

Bibi van der Zee investigates biodynamic food

Variant Prion Protein Causes Infection But No Symptoms

Fish Oil Supplements May Be Harmful To Patients With Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Education Can Help Insomniacs

Chemotherapy For Brain Tumors Is Boosted After Vaccine Targets Resistance-related Antigen

New Technique Appears To Stop Abnormal Blood Vessel Growth

Lance Armstrong: Hard Training Boosts Muscle Power 8%

A Molecule Impedes The Destruction Of The 'Brucella' Bacteria

Adults Can Be Retrained To Learn Second Languages More Easily, Says UCL Scientist

Marshfield Clinic Researchers Launch Study Of Environmental Causes Of Alzheimer's Disease

African-Americans More Prone To Higher Heart Weight Than Whites, Study Shows

Promising New TB Drug Enters Clinical Trial

Gene Variant Linked To Chronic Kidney Disease

Scientists Trace Corn Ancestry From Ancient Grass To Modern Crop

Better Early Diagnosis Of Relapsed Prostate Cancer

New Genetic Test May Detect Risk Of Rare Complication From Anesthesia

Plant Pathologists Evaluate Eco-friendly Alternatives To Methyl Bromide

Slow growth 'wiped out' moa birds

First Test Of Predictions Of Climate Change Impacts On Biodiversity

Logging Changed Ecological Balance For Monkeys, Damaged Health

Plant Pathologists Explore Using Fungi To Control Plant Diseases

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush Administration Tells Congress It Objects to Requirement to Withhold U.N. Dues

Bush Talks to Senators as House Moves on Central American Trade Deal

Bush's Top Aides Have Significant Investment Wealth

US plays spoiler in India - Pakistan pipeline accord

Bush renews call for Congress to pass his energy policy

Rafsanjani stresses American failure to control energy resources in the region

Iran: A Not So Totalitarian Iran (LAT Reg) + UN says Iran 'misled UN on nuclear work' + U.N. Report: Iran Experimented With Plutonium for Longer Than Admitted + Rivals launch final drive for votes in Iran's tightly contested polls + Power of Iran's king-making bazaar is waning in a new economy + Iran reformer threatens to boycott ballot + Ousted Iranian prince calls to establish democracy in Tehran + Front-runner in Iran praises Islamic government, embraces reform

Syria, Lebanon: Lebanon's judiciary is in desperate need of reform + Ottawa's man in Syria stands by dictatorship + Hariri launches campaign from Tripoli + Syria is setting up finance system: minister + Syria urges EU to aid removing blocks

Other foreign: Expanded Biometric Passport Data for Allied Nations Delayed + Vietnam's prime minister to start U.S. tour in Washington state

Rice: Ahead of Rice visit, U.S. notes positive developments in Middle East

Domestic: One Mexican in every 11 emigrates to U.S. + Heated debate over vows of chastity. Conservative foundation challenges study that said virginity pledges have little effect + Amtrak cuts would end Chicago-New Orleans service

Social Security: Retirement age could rise as high as 69 + Bush to meet with senior citizens to promote Medicare drug benefit

Congress: Senate Democrat Rejects GOP Compromise to End Impasse on Bolton's Nomination + House votes to limit Patriot Act rules + House Votes to Limit Patriot Act Rules on Library Records + Pelosi measure presses for timetable on Iraq withdrawal. Proposed rider to military spending bill seeks Bush's 'strategy for success' + Ethics panel in partisan deadlock. Squabbling keeps lawmakers from getting work done + Delay says ethics inquiry rift is Democratic ploy to sway 2006 elections + Congress Must Deal With ID Theft + Main provisions of energy legislation pending in Congress + Senate odd couple target U.S. manufacturing losses (SB Reg)

Democrats: Clintons worth at least $10 million -- legal fees paid off + Proof that political hardball works

GOP: Republicans attack the Red Cross

Voting: Hillary's Dress Rehearsal for 2008

OPINIONS:

Who'll Apologize for the Filibuster? (LAT Reg)

Frist vetoed roll call on anti-lynching vote

New bill could make Bush President for life

Bush's problems have GOP worried

Molly Ivins: The definition of insanity

Amy Goodman: Debating Downing Street memos

So Much for Mending Fences: Dubya Goes on the Attack

Disgraced White House Official Lands Job at Exxon

Bush begins to privatize the skies

The ghost of LBJ

The Quiet Occupation: Ran HaCohen

DC Is Occupied Territory: Justin Raimondo

A Withdrawal Strategy: Gareth Porter

Triggerman Wolfowitz


New York Business Executive Likely to Be New President of the NAACP

Paranoia, Politics and Small Minds

China Aids activists 'harassed'

The MBNA factor

Blood for pork....

Need for Lockheed's fighter jets questioned

Casualties of the oil stampede

Reviving the Foreign Aid Racket: Pat Buchanan

How Bush Is Contributing to Civil War in Iraq

Filipino workers sneaking into Iraq

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

3 Former Newsday, Hoy Employees Arrested in Alleged Circulation Scheme

Missing Virginia Reporter Contacts Newspaper

PBS Updates Editorial Standards

Welcome to the Sausage Factory

Schanberg: 'Daily News' vs. 'New York Post'

Three Algerian journalists sentenced to prison

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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Stage:  Right Brain Performancelab

Art: ‘A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose'

San Francisco LBGT Film festival: Film: Subculture clash + Film: High gloss-ary + Film: Quickies

Motherly guru draws throngs of seekers

Bubble blower at White House

UC Berkeley dig unearths floral history

More 'pop' in culture of museum shows

A Cantor is Born: a talent show with soul

King Tut to dazzle US after 30 years

A Bone to Pick in Indonesia

Chic Flicks to the Rescue (LAT Reg)

'I like the cheap and nasty'

Tales of misery and imagination

Nancy Franklin:" The Inside", "The Closer"

Sasha Frere-Jones on Coldplay

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

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The Governor:   Gov. says Prop. 13 is at risk if his ballot measures are defeated + Gov. cites Prop. 13 to open election drive (SB Reg) + Nurses target Gov.'s money + Gov. Rocks Bakersfield Cruz Thru Carwash + Gov. sets up battle scene + Winner take all + Gov. hit by college protest + Pomp and Conflicting Stances at College + Stumbling Gov Booed and Pooh-Poohed + A Rolling Snowball of Direct Democracy + Special election win would boost GOP (CCT Reg) + Special election fears valid, analyst says + Dan Walters: Resignation reignites Guard turmoil, but can the Gov. fix it? (SB Reg) + Peter Schrag: In California politics, there's no biz like show biz (SB Reg) + Land Stewards may try to put local Napa measure on 2005 ballot + Gov. opposes bubble-ballot measures

Medi-Cal growth 'unsustainable' (SB Reg)

Youth Authority seeing red (SB Reg)

Little Hoover Commission issues scathing report on state workforce

Westly will join Governor race (SB Reg)

Legislative Counsel: California's entry into 11-State lottery illegal

A Shocking Water Noncrisis (LAT Reg)

Public hearing airs views of telecom merger of SBC, AT&T

CalPERS tries to rein in health costs (CCT Reg) + HMO premiums ease for CalPERS (SB Reg)

Bay Bridge to add FasTrak lanes

UC to restore funds with settlement in Enron lawsuit

State loses again in prison guard negotiations (SB Reg)

Oil industry hopes to avoid paying for MTBE problem

Stem cell center: New lawsuit for stem cell center

Legislature: Dems Give Up on State Budget Increases for Programs, Will Vote No New Taxes, No Extra Money For Schools (LAT Reg) + On-time budget? Don't hold breath, most say + Moratorium sought on death penalty / Assembly Dems say innocent person may be executed + Budget deadlock looms

Indian tribes: Report: California tribes lead nation in Indian gambling revenue + Group rips tribe's liquor license bid + Amador County fights proposed Indian casino

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THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Koretz seeks two-year moratorium on executions during study

Feds cut funds as illegals fill jails

After ‘Raich’

S.F. D.A. Kamala D. Harris: Safe medical pot

Prison-building dust settles with new opening (CCT Reg)

Buying in bulk could cut electric bills

Sacramento & north: High-speed chase on Interstate 80 ends near Madison Avenue (SB Reg) + Pot garden guard given 15-year term (SB Reg) + Man suspected of DUI after daughter drowns in crash (SB Reg) + Lodi: Amid probe, Muslims advised on civil rights (SB Reg) + Medical hotline call helps thwart intruder (SB Reg) + Stolen dog may have been seen at Sunrise Mall (SB Reg) + Police publicize sketch of Davis assault suspect (SB Reg) + CHP officers to target I-5 speeders today (SB Reg) + Siskiyou: 1 camper killed, 2 hurt in shooting (SB Reg) + Illegal fireworks seized; 2 men arrested (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Where the party's at + S.F. D.A. Kamala D. Harris: Safe medical pot + Police probe mystery of gunshot victim found on freeway + SF: Officer loses lawsuit against city. He was transferred after complaining murder case was bungled + SF: Deal protects tenants of Trinity Plaza apartments. Some units to be under rent control in bigger complex + SF: Dead boy bit earlier that day before mauling, police say + SF: Ex-city worker wins $2 million in lawsuit + Bay Area: Animal rights activists subpoenaed by grand jury. FBI steps up hunt for fugitive accused of 2003 bombings + So, SF: 3 jailed in Boys & Girls Club robbery + Redwood City: Woman arrested after injury crash + Spinmeister hires at BART, unions (CCT Reg)

Alameda: Livermore: Nummi co-worker surrenders in bludgeoning + Alameda: FBI arrest follows series of e-mail threats to firm. Suspect described as investor upset by stock's decline + Oakland: Politician's son -- no plea to rape charges + Police hold man in Livermore killing (CCT Reg) + Tracy man worked with Cassettari+ Reddy victims sue lawyers who helped them win case (CCT Reg) + FBI: Man threatened Island firm + Plea in De La Fuente Jr. rape case delayed + Oakland: Man beaten with his shotgun + Transgender murder case: Defense plays tape of witness talking to his girlfriend + Missing Hayward teenager found with friend in San Jose + Man delays plea in shooting of former Fremont co-worker + Driver arrested after I-5 chase leads to Lathrop

Santa Clara: San Jose: Chili finger bail not lowered + Questions over HP's CEO's stock sale + Despite big payoff, family sues lawyers in sex slave case + U.S.: Foothill should have responded to racial taunt complaints (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + BB gun scares schools into lockdown (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: El Cerrito: Man charged, 2nd sought in robberies + Bay Point: Traffic safety push planned at 2 schools + $7 million award for victim hit by train (CCT Reg)

Marin: Suspect in identity thefts is charged

Sonoma: Rohnert Park: Woman attacked by family's pit bull + Pit bull badly mauls woman+ Burglar suspect eludes Marin authorities + Pacific Lumber case tossed + Suit challenging Kenwood inn rejected + 16-yr-old boy who beat and sexually assaulted teen boy to be tried as adult + Trial begins for 5 men charged in Santa Rosa Creek slaying

Solano: Physicians sue Sutter affiliate

Monterey: Seaside man running out of chances, drug case could lead to deportation + Vandals slash tires in P.G.

Central Valley: Jury: Favoritism used in Tracy city hire + Former gangbanger cries for help (MB Reg) + 36 insurance charges filed (MB Reg) + Law & Order (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Five inmates graduate from rehab program in Watsonville + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Motorcyclist leads CHP on scary 130 mph chase + Motorcyclist Eludes CHP by Fleeing Into a Mall (LAT Reg) + Burt Reynolds, Pam Seals settle joint lawsuits + OC: Mother Faces Trial in Girl's '69 Death + Kern Valley Prison to Open But Opponents Still Slam It (LAT Reg) + LA: Colorado Wine Seller to Admit Fraud Guilt re: Online Sales (LAT Reg) + RIP LA Judge Harry T. Shafter: Angel Who Attracted Her Own Posse of Guardian Angels (LAT Reg) + Release From Prison Delayed for Ex-Activist Black Panther (LAT Reg) + O.C. Principal's Memo to Rethink "F" Grades Stirs Teachers, District (LAT Reg) + Riverside: Law Targets Vehicles Used in Illegal Dumping (LAT Reg) + Pork farm wins suit dismissal (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Patti Morrison: Jackson's Future Is an Option Play (LAT Reg) + Big Loss Stings for Jackson Prosecutor (LAT Reg) + Private Eye Is on the Celebrity Case (LAT Reg) + 30.6 Million Watched, but Total Was No Record (LAT Reg) + Pop star would have been found not guilty even without the peculiar testimony of accuser's mother, Mesereau says


Stage: Critic's Choice - Right Brain Performancelab

Art: Critic's Choice - ‘A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose'

San Francisco LBGT Film festival: Film: Subculture clash + Film: High gloss-ary + Film: Quickies

Motherly guru draws throngs of seekers to East Bay temple

Bubble blower set to burst onto scene at White House

UC Berkeley dig unearths floral history of city

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LOCAL NEWS:   Tsunami Warning Rattles West Coast + Crescent City residents flee after tsunami warning + Location, type of temblor made it safer. Sideways motion of rubbing plates a lot less violent than what rocked Indian Ocean

Sacramento & north: Roseville may ban pot shops (SB Reg) + Sierra: Spotted owl may get increase in protection (CCT Reg) + Bob Shallit: Sacramento co-op takes organic foods and mission to Elk Grove (SB Reg) + Big-rig accident slows traffic on Capital City Freeway (SB Reg) + Stockton has game plan for polishing its image (SB Reg) + Stockton: Teams aim to give fans reason to cheer (SB Reg) + Survey finds broader role of illegal immigrants (SB Reg) + School plan divides Lodi mosque (SB Reg) + Debate on Sacramento County contracts heats up (SB Reg) + Keeping things up to par (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Sacramento City Council takes a breather, enjoys budgeting without red ink (SB Reg) + Tehama: Man killed, infant badly hurt in crash (SB Reg) + Drowning victim is identified (SB Reg) + Land trusts buy Truckee River acreage (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Bay Area pot clubs outpacing controls + 49ers Vow Overhaul of Team's Diversity Policies + Tiptoeing toward public power + Old problems at new U.N. Plaza + 49ers owner goes to Chinatown to apologize + Newsom wants to make S.F. as beautiful as Chicago + BART adviser linked to other Citigroup deals before joining firm + SF: Sutro preschool falls to budget ax. Board votes to spare Treasure Island, Presidio schools + Around SF City Hall + SF: Board of Supervisors' key actions + Daly City: Bayshore to consider parcel tax + San Mateo County budget to hit $1.45B next year + Biotech could be gold rush for San Mateo County + Redwood City: Senior groups spar over Medicare counseling contract

Alameda: Oakland: Wayans brothers get panel's OK for film studio, theme park. City Council still must approve plan for old Army base + Panel OKs study of Wayans proposal (CCT Reg) + Oakland Diocese mirrors a nationwide trend -- fewer families send their children to Catholic schools: 'Fixer' is called in to help boost enrollment (CCT Reg) + Livermore: Pilots fight planes' ID disclosure (CCT Reg) + MGO Democratic Club to hold meeting on Oak to 9th project (CCT Reg) + BART strike could cause gridlock (CCT Reg) + Wayans inspiring 'hope' in Oakland + Audit will look at bridge injuries + UC to rebid research center job + Students unearth Berkeley history + Buying in bulk could cut electric bills + Tracy man held in Livermore woman's slaying + Train hit homeless woman near where she grew up + Oakland marks day for Shirley Alexander + Fremont criticizes Union City + Developer building homes at Camp Parks + A's run out of stadium options + Livermore: Pardee: Second vote not needed for housing plan + Redesign under way for new Cal building + Livermore: Fixes at water treatment plant on hold for more bids + Learn why at the gaming table you're just rolling the dice

Santa Clara: San Jose Mayor refutes accusers. No secret deal with trash haulers, he says + Mayor denies secret garbage pact (SJM Reg) + Palo Alto: Leaf blower ban imminent + Area girl a budding Socratee (SJM Reg) + Study: Many illegal immigrants educated, live with families (SJM Reg) + Wetlands threat branching out (SJM Reg)+ Cash incentive to neuter pit bulls (SJM Reg) + S.J. charter school helps Latinos overcome achievement gap (SJM Reg)+ Owner of 49ers apologizes at meeting in Chinatown (SJM Reg) + Mtn. View council OKs subsidized child care center (SJM Reg) + Room with a Grand Prix view? There aren't many options left (SJM Reg) + San Jose taps East Coast for new technology chief (SJM Reg) + Lotteries (SJM Reg) + BART workers prepare to strike (SJM Reg) + Bay Area Extra (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Budget woes delay numbering (SJM Reg) + Action Line: Inspector visit quiets garage (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Fire displaces Concord residents + San Ramon cries foul over sewage (CCT Reg) + Richmond won't charge license tax (CCT Reg) + Upgrades aid Pittsburg marina's rise + Senator holds hearing on Walnut Creek blast + San Ramon: Council rezones parcels for plan + Contra Costa: Voters to decide urban-limit line

Marin: San Rafael: Shirtless Suspect Escapes From Ambulance + Marin holds first bay water taste test + Burglar suspect eludes Marin authorities + San Anselmo school gets new principal + Supervisors promise $25,000 for suicide barrier study + County gets new chief executive + Tsunami alert sends emergency services scrambling in case of Marin floods + Novato lays off police employee + Return of the Golden Egg + Ridge line housing plan stumbles + Builders award college grants + Trader Joe's to open in Novato by Thanksgiving + Local leaders split on plan by governor + Men's counseling center closing + Coast residents not ready for tsunami + Novato news + Learning about life a long way from home

Sonoma: 2 teens dead, 2 hurt when car hits tree + Crash kills 2 Sebastopol teens + Farm Union Goes Online to Launch Boycott of Gallo Wine (LAT Reg) + S.F. rally kicks off boycott of Gallo + UFW urges Gallo boycott over impasse in local talks + Contract workers at issue + News in brief from California's North Coast + New horse racing track passes test + North Coast: Teen drivers in at least 8 fatal accidents in past year + Summer vacation and the working parent

Napa: Napan honored for work on Golden Gate Bridge + Land Stewards may try to put local measure on 2005 ballot + Girl who died in motor home fire may have been a runaway + Deadline extended for growers' tax on Pierce's Disease + County will front funds for special election

Solano: Vallejo City budget painfully lean + Benicia pact coming up for review + County puts budget hike at 7 percent + Backhoe knocks workman into 4-foot trench + Grand jury report pinpoints problems in assessor's office + Clothes needed for job seekers + County's ag products bring in less money + Alza says man stole painkiller, damaged costly merchandise + A More welcoming home for lost cats + Blaze scorches acreage but no Eastridge homes

Monterey: Marina Council looks at tighter budget + Pajaro fire displaces eight residents + Salinas City Council slashes budget by $7 million + Landscape worker dies when truck rolls over him + Your Town

Central Valley: Modesto eases fund-raising rules (MB Reg) + Number of legal migrants outpaced + Poll: Folks lack confidence in weather forecasters + Act proposed to rein in sprawl + New signals to go up at intersections + County adopts $843M budget + Oakdale Rural Fire District funding measure on way to win + A Day for the Flag + Fish are fewer as fishing fees rise + Modesto woman killed by boulder mourned + Negotiation clears way for 400-home project in Livingston + Turlock council passes budget + Poultry plant strike simply one 'option' + Federal rule threatens funding for county's psychiatric center + Splish Splash + Newman to get officer in schools + News & Notes + Community Briefs + Around the Region

Central Coast: Salz debate rages + Union: Watsonville hospital rolling in dough + Forecasts leave people high and dry + Recovering addicts, SAFE program weather budget problems + Scotts Valley officials to pitch sales tax budget cure + Panel on modified crops taking shape + Santa Cruz high school teachers’ jobs saved by grant + Cyclist finds discovers road adventure on trip across America + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Local councils, DWP making up + System failure in LA social services dep't causes death + LA: Price tag for special election refigured + L.A. County to Allow Sales of Needles (LAT Reg) + College Prep Idea Approved in L.A (LAT Reg) + Riverside: Change at Abuse Unit in Hospital (LAT Reg) + Riverside County Seeks Winery Grape Quota (LAT Reg) + LA: Ethics Panel Seeks Parity in Elections (LAT Reg) + O.C. Weighs Revenue Split (LAT Reg) + New Principal Named at Jefferson in South LA (LAT Reg) + LA: Pared-Down Port Budget Adopted (LAT Reg) + LA: Auditor to Study DWP Rate Plan (LAT Reg) + LA: City Council Given a Pay Raise (LAT Reg) + Villaraigosa Said to Be Near Naming Key Staff (LAT Reg) + Anaheim Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash (LAT Reg) + Pomona: Brush Fire Blackens 40 Acres Near Homes (LAT Reg) + LA: Election to Fill Council Seats Tentatively OKd (LAT Reg) + Mecca: Group Gets $1.6 Million for Migrant Housing (LAT Reg) + LA: UC Clerical Workers Stage Brief Walkot (LAT Reg)

School days: College Prep Idea Approved in L.A (LAT Reg) + Q & A: State Schools Funding (LAT Reg) + New Principal Named at Jefferson in South LA (LAT Reg) + O.C. Principal's Memo to Rethink "F" Grades Stirs Teachers, District (LAT Reg) + Kids learning about politics in San Francisco school district + San Francisco Superintendent Ackerman's weird conspiracy theory + SF: Sutro preschool falls to budget ax. Board votes to spare Treasure Island, Presidio schools + Daly City: Bayshore to consider parcel tax + Schools without teachers -- a hidden scandal + Are we neglecting a nuts-and-bolts high school education + Oakland Diocese mirrors a nationwide trend -- fewer families send their children to Catholic schools: 'Fixer' is called in to help boost enrollment (CCT Reg)+ UC to restore funds with settlement in Enron lawsuit + Study: Many illegal immigrants educated, live with families (SJM Reg) + S.J. charter school helps Latinos overcome achievement gap (SJM Reg) + Santa Cruz high school teachers’ jobs saved by grant + Benicia pact coming up for review


June 14, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
At least 16 Iraqis killed, 53 wounded in Kirkuk blast + Bomb Explodes Outside Bank in Kirkuk Amid Pensioners, Children + Ten Iraqis killed, seven wounded in attack north of Baghdad + The blood and guts of a suicide bombing + Russia Says Ambassador's Meeting With Anti-U.S. Cleric in Iraq Aims to Help Stability + Amnesty mulled for some Iraqi insurgents + U.S. toll 1, 701 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Dispute Over Iraq's Constitutional Process Has Sectarian Tone, Threatens More Turmoil + Saddam swaps defiance for compliance in court + Kurdish president sworn in, vows to preserve Iraq unity

War prisons: Close Gitmo? Be Careful What You Wish For (LAT Reg) + Supreme Court rejects Padilla appeal

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban attack wounds four U.S. soldiers + Suicide Bombers Extend Terror to Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: London: Judges send secret battle over King Fahd's wealth into open court + Ex-wife's revenge on Saudi King

Israel, Palestine: Army Chief Says Gaza Withdrawal Will Be Difficult Under Fire + PM: Anti-corruption drive is bid to degrade Likud + IDF chief Halutz: Disengagement will not precipitate a civil war + Government humiliated as 3 no-confidence motions passed + Palestinian militants step up threat to call off cease-fire + Israeli-Palestinian committee on Gaza meets for first time + Palestinian PM threatens to suspend government unless action on armed chaos

RUSSIA: Foreign investments in Russian economy to reach $100 billion next year

EUROPE: Schroeder's call for early elections baffles political analysts in Germany

Britain and France in showdown EU talks + A 'sharp disagreement' + Comment: Martin Kettle + EU rebate row 'unbridgeable' + Blair urges constitution 'pause'

Irish Premier Confirms He's Meeting Sinn Fein Chief to Discuss IRA

Stop denying massacre, Serbia told

EU takes step toward talks with Turkey but remains coy on enlargement

AFRICA: Sudan Insists It Will Try Darfur Suspects at Home, but Amnesty Says Efforts Doomed to Fail

Mbeki sacks his heir apparent tainted by fraud trial

Darfur factions in separate consultations

ASIA PACIFIC: Philippines' Arroyo struggles in lonely presidency

Outrage over deaths in China. Warnings could have lessened flood impact, locals say + Chinese factories face power cuts

AMERICAS: Mexico: Freed of Homicide Charge, Former President's Brother Leaves Prison

Cuba to Spend US$412 Million on Products Made in Venezuela

Accuser in Brazilian Corruption Scandal Testifies in Congress

The Real Problem Facing Latin America Isn't Instability -- It's Rigidity (LAT Reg)

Argentina: Supreme Court Declares Amnesty Laws Unconstitutional + Spanish court sentences Argentine "dirty warrior" to 640 years

Costa Rica Judge Extends House Arrest for Former OAS Chief

Stalemate in Bolivia + The Crisis in Bolivia + Chavez blames US capitalism for Bolivia's crisis

LEAKGATES  Xymphora: Who is Mosear Caned?

Microsoft, China cooperating to censor blogs at Web portal

GPS for Your Own Good

Conservatives, liberals align against Patriot Act

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Osama is safe: ex-Taliban commander

Raytheon unveils missile defense for airliners

9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Negroponte

Terror watch list puts police at risk, Justice official says Handlers of list say there's no confusion: Suspects are dangerous but can't be held

Oil-For-Food Investigators 'urgently Reviewing' New Memo Suggesting Link With Annan

Lodi Terror case: Lodi-case lawyer blames 'grilling' (SB Reg) + Feds criticized for immigration complaints in Lodi terror probe + Breakthrough Project calls emergency meeting, hears about FBI probe in Lodi + Lawyer for three Lodi men arrested and held on immigration charges blasts FBI

China interrogated detainees in Australian immigration detention centers

Ceausescu spies 'helped free French hostage'

New Documents Show Mark Felt Pretended to Search for 'Deep Throat'

U.S. Boosts Charges Against Defense Analyst+ Israel denies US spy work + Analyst abused job, say charges+ Pentagon Analyst Accused of Creating Web of Deception+ Indictment of Pentagon official suggests possible case against former AIPAC staffers+ Dual-loyalty bias worries US Jews

Officials: Real intelligence reform could take 10 years

Australia investigating China spy claims-minister

Taking on U.S. over China - a lost cause

Brosh: US seeks business advantage over Israel

Canada: Secret spy agency's staff, budget raised

FBI Case Mismanagement

A Peephole to the War Room: British Documents Shed Light on Bush Team's State of Mind

How Deep Throat Fooled the FBI

Northrop may sell spy planes to India

Researcher claims damaged U.S. spy plane fled to safety over Finland in 1954

RIP: National Security Agency Clerk Catherine Misner

Three Iraqis suspected of links to Ansar al-Islam arrested in Germany

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World's Largest Telecommunications Satellite to Be Launched Aboard Ariane 5

Sun's Solaris Is Open Source

Scientists Map Ocean Floor Near Palmer Station In Antarctica, Reveal Hidden Dangers To Passing Ships

'Plastic Oil' Could Improve Fuel Economy In Cars, Chemists Say

Digital future has not yet arrived

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Quest to trace the blood lines of history's Mr. and Mrs. Nobody

Ex-Yugoslavia's biggest rock band set to roll again

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Japanese Automaker Toyota Launches Construction of Russian Assembly Plant

Walking Yuan's thin line

Minister: Intel to Build $400 Million Plant in India

OPEC Concedes It Must Do Something to Temper Soaring Oil Prices

Freddie Mac: Legal Settlements for Restatement 'probable'

Thrillionaires: The New Space Capitalists

China's cheap fakes driving West up the wall

G77 ministers to tackle economy and UN reform at Doha summit

'Made in China' cars aim to conquer Russia, Europe and USA

MILITARY  Robert Scheer: Pattern of Deception Persists in Tillman's Death (LAT Reg)

Soldier Who Refused to Go to Iraq Will Face Larceny Charges at Court-Martial

Amid Military's Recruiting Woes, Efforts Intensify to End Ban on the Openly Gay

Applications Drop at Military Academies

Admiral warns against reducing submarine fleet

Japan's Art of War

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Mad Cow cover-up begins to unravel


Cultural issues spawn distrust of doctoring. Documentary film shows divide between physicians, patients

Bay Area scientists find Earthlike planet 90 trillion miles away

Calcium rich foods prevent PMS

Study Challenges Heart Treatment Window

'Molecular Zipper' May Hold Important Clues To Alzheimer's, Parkinson's And Mad Cow Disease

Cancer Drug Aids Premature Labor

Mass Production Of Human Papillomavirus Could Lead To Gains Against Cervical Cancer

Fluorescence Device To Diagnose Atherosclerosis And Tumors Described At Optics Conference

How Scanning Your Finger Could Save Your Life

Gene Controlling Circadian Rhythms Linked To Drug Addiction, UT Southwestern Researchers Find

Tagging Pathogens With Synthetic DNA 'Barcodes'

Tobacco Linked To 63 Percent Of Cancer Death Burden Among African-American Men

Rapid Detection Of Salmonella From Grocery Ready To Eat Foods

Using Sponges To Stop Tuberculosis

Scientists Advocate Delaying Medication For Early Epilepsy

Variations In Four Inflammatory Genes May Predispose Mexican Americans To Insulin Resistance

Joslin Study Shows Weight Control Protects Against Low Birth Weight Related Glucose Intolerance

Georgia Tech Develops Mass Spectrometry Device That Analyzes Proteins Faster And At A Lower Cost

Benefits Of Continuous NSAID Use In Ankylosing Spondylitis

A Bacterial Printing Press That Regenerates Its Ink: Patterning Bacteria Using Soft Stamps

Researchers Identify New Catfish Family

'Sinkers' Provide Missing Piece In Deep-sea Puzzle

How Bacteria Appear To Affect Arsenic Concentrations In Groundwater

York Scientists Warn Of Dramatic Impact Of Climate Change On Africa

 

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LAW GOES....

Top court gets tough on bias in jury picking. 1986 ban on using race to exclude jurors reaffirmed

Longtime FBI agent sentenced in porn case

James Beard president sentenced for swiping $1 million from charity

Lynching apology only the beginning

Supreme Court Rules for Texan on Death Row

Police in 13 nations bust kid porn ring

UK: Judge overturns his own sentence for schizophrenic killer

Fraudsters Use IPods to Steal

Printer Cartridges Flled With Drugs 'Exported'

Four-Year-Old Dies After Passing Out on Disney World `Mission: Space' Ride

Is Staying Home with Children "Shirking Work" For Child Support Purposes? The Wisconsin Supreme Court Says No

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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THE BUSHWORLD...

White House Rejects Iraq Withdrawal

Osama is safe: ex-Taliban commander

Rumsfeld points to image problem

Administration Maps International Pressure Campaign on Uzbekistan

AP Exclusive: Saudis Reject Western Calls for Nuclear Inspections

Bush Tells High School Students That Social Security Changes Are for Them

Cheney defends Guantanamo as essential to war. VP says that if freed, prisoners would return to battlefield + Rumsfeld: Gitmo will be needed for years

African leaders press Bush to speed aid Presidents of Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Mozambique, Niger visit White House

Bolton: Frist, McCain call for vote on Bolton + Senate GOP Turns Up Heat Over Bolton + Bolton vote may be forced on Senate

Iran: Iran arrests suspects in deadly blasts + IAEA Wants Access to Iran Military Site + Rude awakening for Iran + Rafsanjani eyes 'new chapter' in Iran-US relations + Iran info on centrifuges insufficient: watchdog + Iran honors nuclear fuel suspension: ElBaradei

Syria, Lebanon: The general out of his labyrinth + New player shakes up Lebanon's opposition + Lebanon's Christians Deal Blow to Anti-Syrian Coalition

N. Korea: N. Korean defector's visit with Bush heightens tensions + 'One way or another' N. Korea to lose nukes - U.S

Other foreign: U.S. Tweaks Passport Requirement

Domestic: Fed considering revisions to credit card term disclosures

Social Security: Bush Tells High School Students That Social Security Changes Are for Them

Congress: Senators Travel the World on Privately Funded Trips + 20 senators do not sign on to anti-lynching apology + Senate GOP: Closing Gitmo Not the Answer + U.S. Senate Finance Committee Set to Recommend Central American Trade Pact + Senate Confirms Griffith for D.C. Circuit

GOP: Bush, McCain need each other + Porn Star Mary Carey Attending GOP Fundraiser - Plans Run for California Lieutenant Governor

OPINIONS:

Bolton's First Defeat (LAT Reg)

Column: The Public Eye: Barbarians at the Gate: America’s Four Myths

How Republicans reproduce. Here come the interns of the Heritage Foundation

"Ten Commandments judge" Roy Moore's popularity may be a problem for GOP

Jon Carroll: Why the Democrats are such weenies

Marie Cocco: Character lessons from the Kerry smear

Enabling Evil: Bush's Willing Executioners

US dragged down by news from Iraq The Scalping Party: Mike Davis/Tom Engelhardt

Blood for pork....

Ex-executives back in Iraq contract game

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Catholic School in Orange County, CA Limits Gay Parents' Role (LAT Reg) + Coming out is getting harder

The Pen Is Mightier....

Judge Rules Pa. Paper Must Reveal Source's Identity

Bernstein Back with Woodward for July 'Deep Throat' Book

Military Reporter Missing in Virginia, Hunt On, Police Baffled

Sagging Radio Plays Digital Card

The Jury Is Still Out on Who Will Win Best Book Deal re: Jackson case (LAT Reg)

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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Berkeley: 'Beautiful boys' in an elaborate Kabuki performance. 'Love Suicides at Sonezaki' playing Zellerbach Hall

Oakland: Wayans brothers plan film studio at base

Juneteenth festivities planned in San Jose (SJM Reg)

Caltrain offering rail romance

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside unveils historic painting

Two women of Venice

Dylan on the road, his way

Civil War Era Grips Tintype Rebel

Sir John Tavener: A profoundly spiritual composer

Maya Tomb Tells Tale of Two Women, Elite but Doomed - New York Times

Odalisques

Vanessa Redgrave's Revenge

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Is Tom turning Katie into a sect addict?

Rush & Molloy: Crowe bust blamed for KO of 'Man'

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The Governor:  Governor calls for special election Schwarzenegger's propositions will be a referendum on him as well + Governor Puts Agenda on the Ballot + Special election set for Nov. 8 (SB Reg) + Governor takes it to the voters + Text of Gov. Schwarzenegger's speech + Governor says state can't wait (CCT Reg) + Governor's election story upstaged by Jackson jury (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: Jackson upstages Schwarzenegger - portent for governor's crusade? (SB Reg) + Special election set, and Democrats are angry + Counties fear fiscal squeeze of special election (MB Reg) + Battle for Capitol -- governor's big test Initiatives are his program to change state government + ANALYSIS: Governor is hoping to keep public interested in him + 8 measures expected to appear on Nov. 8 special election ballot + Special election may reverberate nationally + Election may nudge budget (CCT Reg) + It's politics, not reform + Daniel Weintraub: Quickly, hide the children! It's a special election (SB Reg) + Reaction to special election splits along party lines + State of Perpetual Campaigning (LAT Reg) + Wallets Opening Wide for Election (LAT Reg) + Gov. putting all his cards on the table (RP Reg)+ Teachers, lawmakers at odds over election

Political downsizing job of Lt. Governor

Controller Westly pressures Wal-Mart (SB Reg)

GOP leader Dick Ackerman will stay in post (SB Reg)

No. 2 prison official resigns

Healthy signs at CalPERS + CalPERS takes aim at execs' high pay (SJM Reg)

No limits on guard union hours (SB Reg)

Public to weigh in on SBC-AT&T merger

Strawberry power (SJM Reg)

Top staff leaving CalFed water program -- why?

Caltrans still pushing Bay Bridge skyway as audit nears

Top health official's departure to leave big shoes for state to fill (MB Reg)

Stem cell institute: New obstacle for stem cell bonds

Legislature: Aid is sought on tax hike bid (SB Reg) + Assemblyman Mike Gordon Is Ill, but His Work Continues (LAT Reg) + PTA Leaders Wonder Where Perata Stands

Indian tribes: Norquist will not testify at McCain's tribe hearing + U.S. judge dismisses group's bid to restrain Morongo + Amador County fights proposed Indian casino

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Court upholds (fed subsidized) low-income tenants' right to eviction notice

Judge rejects Blue Cross tax (SJM Reg)

Executive Life jury to consider damages (LAT Reg)

Rochas wrongful death suit against Scott Peterson will begin in April

Sacramento & north: Attack proves fatal to boy, 3 (SB Reg) + Car theft is one more worry for pet advocate (SB Reg) + Jail inmate sought by Seattle officials in daughter's killing (SB Reg) + Gridley: Two arrested in year-old gang shooting (SB Reg) + Ruling decides Sutter County dispute re: accounting for Information Technology Department's revenue flow (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Accused officer resigns from SFPD over sexual assault + SF: Charges in mauling may be considered. Assistant D.A. says police still working on pit bull case + SF: More clergy abuse cases in talks

Alameda: Oakland: Cyclist gunned down -- 2 others injured + Death sought for Rockridge murderer (CCT Reg) + 18-year-old killed, two hurt in East Oakland shooting + Driver's mental state questioned + Cops: Shooting may be payback + Victim survived previous shooting + Poll finds opposition to federal pot raids + Transgender case: Witness memory under scrutiny + Fremont: More parking at BART? Almost + Fremont: Trial begins in molestation case

Santa Clara: Alcohol suspected in teens' crash (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + Higher bail for school secretary (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: CHP explains why Amber Alert wasn't issued Missing mother and daughter were found dead in car + Concord police checking possible bomb at school (CCT Reg) + BART proposes a 'rapid bus' network for underserved areas (CCT Reg) + Group helps inmates transition (CCT Reg)

Sonoma: Killer gets life for murder of woman + Hasler gets life without parole + Woman's car stolen during good deed + Man accused of trying to kidnap 14-yr-old Windsor girl on way to school, pleads not guilty + Autopsy: Suicidal mom shot daughter 3 times + Family of woman killed by DUI driver sues bar

Napa: Grand jury indicts Posey for murder of wife

Solano: Vallejo murder suspect in court + Judge postpones trial in murder case + Man charged in 1997 bombings asks court to end confinement + Patent lawyers; Being inventive helps getting the patent, too + Coalition sues EPA over pesticide dangers + Patent process can be daunting

Monterey: A recovery cut short + Big Sur marijuana garden found

Central Valley: Lawsuit Targets Farm's Treatment of Sows + Rochas suing for wrongful death (MB Reg) + Judge discards Howze lawsuit (MB Reg) + Drunk driver, rather than gang hit? (MB Reg) + Law & Order (MB Reg) + Stockton: Arrest of Muslims raises concerns + Fresno: Ruling about sick pay, vacation funds could cost county millions (FB Reg)

Central Coast: Aptos bank heist draws mixed verdicts + Jackson verdict no surprise to local legal experts + Cops and Courts

Southern California: LA: Hate letters, needles lead to charges + PR execs' trial delayed until Nov. 15 + Burbank man facing charge in collision + Man injured in freeway gunfire + A Tough Season for Ballplayers (LAT Reg) + L.A. Man Held in String of Threatening Letters (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Roach family refiles federal lawsuit against Harrah's + San Diego: Ex-cop's book riles colleagues + San Diego: No charges in death of skateboarder

Michael Jackson: Long Before Trial, Hints of a Destructive Obsession + Case puts spotlight on child abuse cases + Expert: Comeback possible for Jackson + Insiders ponder verdict's effect on comeback (SJM Reg) + Defense attorney Mesereau became force in courtroom + 'The Mother ... Was a Disaster' (LAT Reg) + Attorney's Career Has Had Plenty of High Stakes and High Pressure (LAT Reg) + Same Old Television Script, Different Celebrity's Season (LAT Reg) + Little for TV to Work With at Trial's End (LAT Reg)

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LOCAL NEWS:   Jumping Spiders Display Elaborate Courtship Dances

Wet year a mixed blessing

UFW urges boycott of Gallo wines

Sacramento & north: RT softens rate hike plan (SB Reg) + Public hears K Street options (SB Reg) + 60 years in the making at McClatchy H.S. (SB Reg) + State will consider mixing housing with office project (SB Reg) _ El Dorado irrigation official placed on leave (SB Reg) + Superintendent search down to four in San Juan District (SB Reg) + Shasta: Woman dies from injuries in crash (SB Reg) + Body found in Feather River is identified (SB Reg) + Humboldt: Plans afoot to name trail for Burton Miller introduces bill to honor him for saving forest + Editorial: McClellan housing (SB Reg) + News in brief from Northern California + Sonora: Falling Rock Kills Woman on Fishing Trip (LAT Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Newsom impressed with Chicago's crime cameras. Police have dozens trained on problem areas + SF: Octavia Boulevard rolls along. Oakland firm wins competition for design of housing in area + SF: Daly proposal would boost tree protection. Citizens could gain voice on landmarks + SF: Court defeat might force supervisor Sandoval to sell his house + SF: City gets money for lead removal + SF: Residents can offer opinions on Prop. 63 + South Bay: Missing man's friends fear he may have jumped off bridge Noted designer was depressed but is known as prankster + L.A. hotel pact bolsters hopes for S.F. dispute + San Francisco Board to decide on closure of 3 more schools. Superintendent will propose budget to close big shortfall + Baby with rare disease has glimmer of hope+ Desperately seeking dispatchers for SF airport+ School board to vote on more campus closures+ Exploratorium eyes waterfront pier location+ Banks look to resorts for TIC loan model+ CCSF close to land deal for campus+ P.J. Corkery: The City struts at the Black & White Ball + San Mateo County property assessment jumps 8.75 percent+ Millbrae council considers new taxes + Eighty condos proposed for Mariner's Island + Burlingame: Supervisors to streamline Planning Dept. + San Bruno to tweak fireworks ballot measure + Brisbane official steps down from city council + Hailing the Peninsula's best students of 2005

Alameda: Berkeley: UC clerical workers strike over wages + Livermore: Pilots fight planes' ID disclosure (CCT Reg) + A's say Coliseum lot isn't feasible + An emotional bridge to the past in Vietnam + Sand sculpture winners chosen + Hundreds of UC clerical workers strike + Livermore urged to spare Lizzie Fountain + City Council May Prolong Drayage Eviction Standoff

Santa Clara: San Jose: Grand jury accuses mayor of secret deal. He allegedly ensured trash hauler pay hike + Mayor to face press on grand jury report (SJM Reg) + Jury: S.J. mayor broke city rules (SJM Reg) + What the report alleges (SJM Reg) + (PDF) Read the Civil Grand Jury report (SJM Reg) + Editorial: Report raises serious questions (SJM Reg) + Navy to study four ways to clean landmark hangar (SJM Reg) + Chung: Spirit of boy with cancer imbues party (SJM Reg) + Caltrain offering rail romance + Weimers: If it's good enough for Europeans... (SJM Reg) + Vietnamese orphans return to homeland (SJM Reg) + Leaf blower ban approved (SJM Reg) + Luxury hotel project surfaces (SJM Reg) + A patriot to her toes (SJM Reg) + Luxury living center opens (SJM Reg) + Fire season moves north (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Carquinez Strait: Tanker veers in nick of time after 8 boaters tossed into its path Flashlight alerts tug crew, which rescues castaways + MARTINEZ Union Pacific must stop oil discharges + San Ramon residents to protest sewage spill fine (CCT Reg) + Planning panel to review Humphrey ranch plan (CCT Reg) + Judge may wait on salary disclosures (CCT Reg) + San Ramon will rescind withdrawal from bus pact (CCT Reg) +Finish (highway) 4 Now campaigns for funding

Marin: Local leaders split on plan by governor + Trader Joe's to open in Novato by Thanksgiving + Trader Joe's to open in Novato by Thanksgiving + Coast residents not ready for tsunami + Builders award college grants

Sonoma: Santa Rosa: Railroad May Haul County's Garbage (LAT Reg) + GMO ban vote likely to get boost + Crash claims lives of two teens + They're still hanging on in Rohnert Park + Rising cost won't delay SR Highway 101 widening

Napa: Keep religion out of the classroom, science director tells Napa crowd + Napa County budget gets smooth roll-out + Latino teens get ready to tackle problems

Solano: Crash turns celebration to mourning + Vallejo council may OK budget + Area job forecast looks strong

Monterey: Flag day observed today + Supervisors reject sheriff's budget bid + Your Town + Salinas may try library tax again + State Told Pebble Beach Projects OKd by County (LAT Reg)

Central Valley: Boycott Gallo wines, UFW will say today (MB Reg) + 'Tin Cup' changes up for vote (MB Reg) + Special election showdown is on (MB Reg) + Skin infections on rise in area (MB Reg) + Summer activities go on at lake (MB Reg) + Former MJC athlete saves child (MB Reg) + Embattled city official resigns (MB Reg) + Continued strife between union, Foster Farms (MB Reg) + Council jumps on bounce houses (MB Reg) + 2 girls die in Ripon fire; electrical glitch suspected (MB Reg) + Former Merced priest declines new post (MB Reg)+ Counties fear fiscal squeeze of special election (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Community Briefing (MB Reg) + Taxpayers pick up tab for protest + Diversity top issue in Manteca + The Central Valley Has Found Its Voice (LAT Reg) + Grand jury questions city's charges for permits

Central Coast: New Santa Cruz hotel planned + Santa Cruz takes aim at rowdy, off-campus parties + Opposition to Wal-Mart mounts in Pajaro + UCSC clerical workers demand action + County details budget outlays + Prevention efforts seen stabilizing HIV rates + Downtown stretch open after months + Coast Lines

Southern California: Nuclear Plant Near Malibu Still Generating Controversy (LAT Reg) + A Sorely Needed Haven Is Little Used (LAT Reg) + King/Drew Consultants Under Fire (LAT Reg) + 75% of Angeles now free for visitors + Corrupting influences + Jury still out on LAPD hours + Report cites blunders by LA social workers in girl's death + Railway crossing slows progress on bikeway extension + New L.A. first lady shuns spotlight + Don't Let L.A. Be the GM of Cities (LAT Reg) + Catholic School in O.C. Limits Gay Parents' Role (LAT Reg) + Students Fight for Right to Party Loudly at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (LAT Reg) + Ackerman Pulls Out of Race for Cox's Seat (LAT Reg) + L.A. Harbor Panel to Consider Budget Cuts (LAT Reg) + Confusion on Patron's Part: A Waiter Isn't a Gofer (LAT Reg) + OC: Transit Advisor: Critique Led to Firing (LAT Reg) + 18 Laguna Families Get Green Light (LAT Reg) + $10 Million Is OKd for O.C. Rail Safety Upgrades (LAT Reg) + Sailor's Rescue Ends Around-the-World Trip (LAT Reg) + Fall vote mulled on S.D. trash fee hike + Reducing San Diego city jobs proposed by Shelby

School days: San Francisco Board to decide on closure of 3 more schools. Superintendent will propose budget to close big shortfall + Superintendent search down to four in San Juan District (SB Reg) + Students Fight for Right to Party Loudly at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (LAT Reg)


Berkeley: 'Beautiful boys' in an elaborate Kabuki performance. 'Love Suicides at Sonezaki' playing Zellerbach Hall

Oakland: Wayans brothers plan film studio at base

Juneteenth festivities planned in San Jose (SJM Reg)

Caltrain offering rail romance

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside unveils historic painting

June 13, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Suicide bomber in Tikrit kills at least 2 police officers, wounds 5 + Hunting hidden munitions on the Tigris River. For U.S. soldiers, patrol boat duty is cooler but perilous + 'Log-book' of Iraq kidnap suggests France paid ransom for hostage + Russian envoy meets al Sadr in Iraq + Iraq car bombing targets US diplomat + U.S. toll in Iraq + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Tribunal Releases New Hussein Video (LAT Reg) + VIDEO + Sunni contacts to open channels with gunmen in Iraq + Iraq: Saddam trial within two months + Saddam trial in Europe, lawyer urges

War prisons: First documented look inside highly classified interrogation at Gauntanamo Bay Camp - Read the 84-page interrogation log

MIDDLE EAST: No Political Prisoners in Oman After General Amnesty

Kuwait appoints first female minister ever

Saudi Arabia's human trafficking report

Israel, Palestine: Israeli envoy elected as new UN vice president + Palestinian militants step up threat to end truce

RUSSIA: Putin OKs Tony Blair's G8 suggestions

EUROPE: Blair and Putin agree to push for action on climate change

Next Georgian government will be military?

ASIA PACIFIC: Free trade for Thailand, free fall for India

EU and China iron out textile differences

AMERICAS: 7.9 MAG QUAKE, TARAPACA, CHILE

Brazil's Silva Vows Thorough Investigation of Corruption Scandal

Cocaine for US $411 million found on boat after crossing from Venezuela + As Venezuela faces one of the most security-critical weeks in its history + Sad demonstration of how the US administration has politicized human rights + Electoral Battle Units (UBEs) spearhead participative democracy in Venezuela + Venezuelan Official Says Colombian Drug Smuggler Escaped From Secret Police Headquarters + Venezuela's Defense Minister Says National Guard Troops Investigated for Insubordination

Mexico Deploys Federal Forces Against Organized Crime Along Border, Pacific Coast

Colombia's Attorney General Upholds Arrest of Paramilitary Leader 'Don Berna'

Blood for pork....

Click. T. Christian Miller: Financial services giant American International Group seeks to derail effort by Pentagon to save millions of dollars on reconstruction work in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Banned U.S. Contractor soliciting Iraq deals

Army, Insurer in Iraq at Odds

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  San Francisco: 3 new books examine pros, cons of same-sex marriage + Gays' secret weapon in the brouhaha over gay marriage + Minister extends his hand to gays + San Jose, CA gay festival appeals to mainstream (SJM Reg)

LEAKGATES FBI Cleared 'Deep Throat' of Leaks

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Pentagon Analyst Indicted for Leaking Classified Information + Pentagon man charged over leak to AIPAC

CIA and FBI Reach New Agreement on Intelligence

Fort Meade Alliance emerges from the shadows

Antiterror Head Will Help Appoint Official at the F.B.I.

UC gets extension at Los Alamos lab

CIA suffers from strong lack of Arab specialists

New 'spy' cell phone costs $2,500

Canada: Secret spy agency's staff, budget raised

Out of Jail, Ex-Agent Edwin P. Wilson Seeks to Clear His Name

Syria says U.S. accusations like those of Iraq WMD

Soviet spy: Security establishment posted fake death notices

China defector in Australia says fears for his life

Gun-toting CIA high-fliers draw fire

Book: Stalin's intelligence

Egypt: 163 Muslim Brotherhood Members Released

Cracking the CIA: Steven Aftergood

Lodi terror cases: Past cases offer insights + Pakistan denies that terrorist camps exist after Lodi arrests + Pakistan denies terrorist camps exist after arrest of five Lodians + Analyst weighs in on arrests + Lodi adds to Patriot Act debate + Affidavit against Hamid Hayat+ Pakistan to Lodi: A Special Report (Published November 2001)

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

Jury Finds Jackson Not Guilty + Analysis: Testing times ahead + Tom Sneddon: 'motivated by grudge' + 'Freedom party' and then a new life + Jackson Lawyer Dominated Courtroom + 'Speechless with astonishment'

Supreme Court Denounces Race Bias in Jury Selection

Supreme Court rules drug patents don't bar competitor's research

High Court Declines to Consider Reinstating FCC Media Ownership Rules

Cuban Militant With Violent Past Faces Immigration Hearing While Other Nations Take Note

Few recover funds from dot-com bust (CCT Reg)

BlackBerry Patent Tussle Continues

Sheriff won't raid polygamist compound to arrest leader

Case of Missing Alabama Teenager in Aruba Puts Race Into Spotlight

The Federal Government's Reversal In Its Suit Against the Tobacco Industry

Sudan domestic war crime tribunal to commence

Supreme Court Rejects Enemy Combatant Appeal

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ICANN Creating Virtual Red-Light District

New Chips on the Block

Testing the Disposable Camcorder

Coat the World in Solar Plastic

Intel Sets Up $200 Million Fund for Tech Companies in China

UCSD Computer Scientists Develop Ubiquitous Video Application For 3D Environments

Cosmic Housecleaning? Building Blocks Of Stellar Systems Go Missing

Shadow Technique Improves Measurement Of Micro Holes

New Radiofrequency Device

CONNECT THE DOTS....

In these times, do as ancient Romans did -- and survive

'Babylift' orphans headed back to Vietnam.

Kids driven out of Mormon polygamous enclaves

How about Jane Fonda as Joan Felt?

Born on the Fourth of July: The Long Journey Home

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

The energy game in East Asia

High-Stakes Startups

Want VC money? Hone your podcast pitch (SJM Reg)

U.S. Business Bankruptcies Tumble 13 Percent From Year Ago

Friendster's identity search

Harrah's Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Caesars Entertainment

Instant Messaging used to find jobs in Hollywood

G8 wants tax on airline tickets to help world's poor

"Broken" pensions ruining lives


Dear Sir: Your Data Was Stolen

IBM, Microsoft Invest in RFID Despite Lull

Biometrics: From Reel to Real

US expected to abandon Biometric passport plan

Repression 101: Anti-War Students Sanctioned at SFSU

Camera of Sean Penn, Journalist, Confiscated in Iran

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Committee to Protect Journalists Urges Jordan to Halt Interference With Press

Writing the codes on blogs

NAA Undaunted By Supreme Court Cross-Ownership Ruling + Supreme Court Rejects Easing Rules on Media Ownership

Flattering the popinjays

California TV farm show "California Heartland" to go national (SB Reg)

Satellite radio more portable

Media seeks access to any Jackson jury communications

Bill O'Reilly More of a Journalist than Woodward? Poll Finds People Say So

Tomorrow's Woodwards And Bernsteins

Sirius to Move Beyond Audio

'C.S. Monitor' Responds to Web-only Rumors

Major Editorial Shake-up at 'L.A. Times'

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BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Reason for New Mad Cow Tests Remains Unknown


Stanford scientists report new approach in melanoma research. Experiments using human skin bring increased insight

Conquering disorder caused by a stroke

Rating doctors. Who benefits? (LAT Reg)

Surgery Tools Washed Improperly

More Than a Million in U.S. Live With HIV

Diabetics get 'Intel Inside'

Meditation 'brain training' clues

Study links Gulf War service to conditions.

Snail toxin may help neuropathic pain

Study links welding, neurological problems

New Gene Shows Way For Autoimmune Disease

NHGRI Selects 13 New Targets For Large-scale Sequencing Program; Strategic Mix To Include Gibbon, Bats, Sloth And Mosquitoes

Device Traps, Disables Harmful Bacteria

Digital Mammography Does Not Improve Breast Cancer Detection Rates, Study Finds

Autism And X-fragile Syndrome

3D Atlas Will Help Navigate The Spinal Cord

New Study Has Surprise Findings On Childhood Depression

New Insights Into Role Of Tumor Necrosis Factor On Sex Hormone Production In Rheumatoid Arthritis

Quantum Dots Provide A Faster, More Sensitive Method For Detecting Respiratory Viral Infections

New Strategy For Protecting Brain Against Alzheimer's Disease: Enhancing The Innate Immune System

Exercise Helps Recovery From Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer

Discovery Offers Promising Lead In Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Joslin Scientists Confirm Link Between PKC Enzyme And Kidney Disease In Diabetes

Immune Cells' Genetic 'Jam Session' Is Controlled By Cell Division Machinery

A Koala's Guide To The Treetop Buffet

Ancient sands reveal traces of huge tsunamis. Layers in soil cores could help predict future disasters

Space Measurements Of Carbon Offer Clearer View Of Earth's Climate Future

Ozone Levels Drop When Hurricanes Are Strengthening

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush meets with five African presidents + Bush Promises to Speed Up Aid to Poor Countries After African Presidents Complain

Canadian Ambassador Calls Border Passport Plan a 'damaging Change' + AP Interview: Canadian Ambassador Says Canada Can't Solve U.S. Prescription Drug Problem

EU Plan to End Arms Embargo Against China Is Dropped, Handing Bush Victory

Beckett exposes G8 rift

Once Again, Administration Thrown on Defensive by Allegations of Prison Abuse

US had no postwar plan, says Blair memo + White House defends post war planning

Meet Karl Rove's Designated Successor

Bolton: Laura Rozen: Steve Clemons hears word of developments in the Bolton nomination. See The Washington Note for details of the announcement of a planned press conference by Frist and McCain on the matter tomorrow. More from the new LA Times' columnist, Rosa Brooks.

Bush's Yale buddy is the official greeter. Organizing parade of top foreign officials keeps him busy

Iran: The man who may be president of Iran -- again + 9 killed by bombings in Iran before presidential vote / Attacks in Tehran and area dominated by ethnic Arabs + Bombings Rock Iran Ahead of Election + Iran Links Spate of Bombing to Recent Violent Protests, Suggests Foreign Link + Iran’s Nuclear Program Is for Peaceful Purposes: Rouhani + Women hold the key

Syria, Lebanon: Syria says U.S. accusations like those of Iraq WMD+ Junblat admits defeat before Aoun in Mount Lebanon + Syria: U.S. claims on Syrian intervention in Lebanon baseless + Larsen meets al-Assad after accusations of Syrian security intelligence in Lebanon + Strong Showing for Aoun Sets Back Main Anti-Syrian Opposition in Lebanese Elections

Domestic: WIC proposal for healthy food is well-received + Grizzly bears not endangered, official claim + US scientists launch evolution fight-back

Social Security: Social security debate tackles retirement age + Medicare's Bright Idea (LAT Reg)

Congress: Congressional Task Force Calls U.N. Management 'ossified,' Backs Annan Reforms + Lobbyist's Brother Guided House Bill + Senate to Apologize for Past Failures to Pass Anti-Lynching Legislation + Astronaut to Testify From Space

Democrats: The turbulent lives and times of Bill and Hillary, all over again + The turbulent lives and times of Bill and Hillary, all over again

GOP: Congressional GOP Expects to Raise $23 Million at Gala Featuring Bush

OPINIONS:

Bushites Split As Gitmo Abuses Continue

Republicans Backing Away From Bush on Iraq

Pundits Decry Senator Who Cried

Why Sunnis blow themselves up

Bush's gift to big tobacco

Marching to (illegal) war

A US ear if the price is right

A slap for helping the Hmong

Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Search for Regional Security

Robert Parry: Bush's "happy thoughts" death trap

Paul Krugman: One Nation, Uninsured

Bob Herbert: They Won't Go

Bolton's Broken World

Pre-War Plot: 'Time Will Be Required to Prepare Public Opinion'

MILITARY  Longer stay for soldiers already in Iraq?

Parents of Marine Corps boot camp graduates: Fears amid the dreams (LAT Reg)

Right mental health treatment for veterans is vital (LAT Reg)

Parents aim to shield teens from recruiters (CCT Reg)

Native soldiers weren't fools

Building a new Navy

The Army Numbers Game

Ten-Hut! The Army's Bungling Recruitment

Study links Gulf War service to conditions.



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

After the ski slopes melt, Reno-Tahoe offers scenic beauty, rugged recreation

Pink Floyd to bring down the wall for first time since '81

Conora del Mar: A Place to Stop, Smell the Roses (LAT Reg)

Oakland: Friends, music lovers open club

New Orleans now emphasizes family group tourism

American Gothic: So, Does It Speak to You? (SJM Reg)

After Decades in the Background, the Virgin Mary's Making a Comeback (LAT Reg)

Prehistoric Decline Of Freshwater Mussels Tied To Large-scale Maize Cultivation

The Seattle Times: Unearthing Tse-whit-zen

Yeats in Sligo: "Willy, it was always Willy..."

David Remnick on Herbert Warren Wind

Roman mosaic 'worthy of Botticelli'

Adam Gopnik on William Dean Howells

Rush & Molloy: Heidi said to like Ranch (un)dressing

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: A mag-mate for parody by Bushnell

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The Governor:   Gov. expected to call 'Year of Reform' special election + Gov. to push election on TV (SJM Reg) + Gov. to call special election + Gov. gambles with election + Special election sets up long, hot summer + Gov. assailed over special election. Critics see today's expected move as a misuse of state's initiative process + For Gov., turning point arrives (CCT Reg) + Two cents: Legislating at the ballot + Measures expected to appear on California special election ballot + Gov.' s Call for California Election Prompts Abortion Vote + Why Democrats backed off fighting Gov.'s education budget + Teachers hike dues to fight initiatives (CCT Reg) + Teachers hike dues to battle Gov. + He's back... With initiative for retirement system sense + More openness would preserve initiative integrity + Longtime business ally Allan Zaramberg leads Gov's initiative drive to rein in state spending + California Gov Burnishes 'Green' Image + Gov.'s Medicaid plan spurs hospital closure fears (CCT Reg) + Country music singer and wife are appointed to state commission (SJM Reg) + The Buzz: Gov. admits he's knee-deep in religion (SB Reg) + Gov.'s trips put Cruz in charge + GOP Seek to Turn California Into Red State + Hillarycare for California: Not a laughing matter

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir: To drain or not to drain. Next months key in debate on state's epic environmental issue

UC gets extension at Los Alamos lab

Nevada woman takes charge of state's Guard (SJM Reg)

Congress questions Sutter policies

Machado considers a run for Congress (SB Reg)

McPherson’s ‘second act’

PUC hearings to start re: phone merger of SBC, AT&T

California's big bid for biotech: $2,200

Costco To Try Selling Health Insurance In California

Legislature: Suddenly and mysteriously, Assembly turns pro-business (SB Reg) + Workers' comp boss rides the whirlwind (SB Reg) + Funds sucked from West Nile budget + Bill calls for limits on teen drivers (FB Reg) + Bill would allow CSU doctorates + Killing jobs in Sacramento

Stem cell institute: Stem-cell sunshine

Indian tribes: Oakland says casino plan 'dead' (CCT Reg) + Koi Nation: Oakland casino 'dead' + Tribes open door to lawsuits. They waive immunity in some contracts, but beating them in court isn't easy

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Judges order parole, inmate pay reforms

Sacramento & north: R.E. Graswich: Fire Department captain steamed over delay in appeal of his firing (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Police shoot suspect after two stabbed (SB Reg) + Man threatens to leap from Hwy. 50 overpass (SB Reg) + Back-seat driver: Foothills driver can relax - footwork isn't illegal (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Bullet grazes head of woman in parked car

Alameda: 1 killed, 2 wounded in Oakland shooting + Oakland shooting kills one + Union City man shot in Richmond

Santa Clara: San Jose: Ex-secretary held in school embezzlement + Fugitive secretary turns self in (SJM Reg) + San Jose: Jail's psychiatric care unit in license dispute (CCT Reg)

Contra Costa: Richmond: Police investigating killings of 2 men + Sister's hope wanes re: finding Dottie Caylor (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek mother, girl's bodies found near Petaluma (CCT Reg) + Rodeo could lead to Jessica McHenry's killer (CCT Reg) + p helps inmates transition (CCT Reg) + De Anza beating caught on phone camera + Two killed in separate shootings in Richmond

Marin: Marin financier apologizes for bilking investors + Alvillar, Fairfax settle dispute

Solano: Vallejo: Drugs found at felon's home + Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Driver flees fatal crash + New field office for Seaside police + Police had questioned hit-run suspect's driving

Central Valley: Police patrols up after killings (MB Reg) + Law & Order (MB Reg) + Police arrest nine after alleged violent DVD hits Fresno stores (SJM Reg)

Southern California: Ex-wife sues Artie Shaw's estate for $1 million (CCT Reg) + Man critically injured in Los Angeles freeway shooting (CCT Reg) + Defendants dropped in suit stemming from Notorious B.I.G. murder (CCT Reg) + Family of Slain Rap Star Drops 2 Men From Lawsuit (LAT Reg) + Lancaster: Deputies Arrest 59 at Parking Lot Gathering (LAT Reg) + Compton: Shooting at Party Leaves Five Hurt, Fetus Dead (LAT Reg) + News briefs from San Diego County

Michael Jackson: Reading of the jury's decisions expected at 4:30 pm EDT  + Jackson Jury's Clothes Could Indicate End of Deliberation +  Jackson trial artist sells wares online + Jackson jury lining up lucrative book deals

School days: Solid efforts benefit kids in GRAD + Stanford: Apple CEO hits serious note. In keynote speech, Jobs tells graduates not to waste time + Oakland: Diocese pursues school for poor (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa Community College District picks Carr as next chancellor (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa: North Gate teachers concede to join graduation (CCT Reg) + Roseville: Student privacy policies at issue (SB Reg) + The trouble with state's exit exam (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Charting a course for schools (SB Reg) + Alameda students win national video contest + Jobs challenges Stanford grads (SJM Reg) + Amenities await future UC Merced students (MB Reg) + Student leaders join fray of San Francisco school district politics + Handling the dropout problem + Children of farm workers do well when educated + Immigration status affects federal aid + Bill would allow CSU doctorates


 

After the ski slopes melt, Reno-Tahoe offers scenic beauty

Pink Floyd to bring down the wall for first time since '81

Conora del Mar: A Place to Stop, Smell the Roses (LAT Reg)

Oakland: Friends, music lovers open club

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LOCAL NEWS:   Hundreds of lighthouses may be offered free

Farallon National Wildlife Refuge -- it's for the birds

Sacramento & north: Lodi's diverse culture tested (SB Reg)+ Just Reward (SB Reg)+ Teens love MySpace.com but is their space safe? (SB Reg) + Roseville: Student privacy policies at issue (SB Reg) + Toupee stylist's on top of his game (SB Reg) + Musicians get a bang out of cymbal tour (SB Reg) + Folsom mulls costs of opening dam road (SB Reg) + Vanishing breed of Sierra timberland owners? (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Mission group wants more for at-risk kids. Residents seek job and health programs for troubled youths + SF: 3 hurt in kitchen fire at Bayview home + A taxing proposal + Angered groups to meet with 49ers owner + Hailing The City's best and brightest scholars + Student leaders join fray of San Francisco school district politics + Around SF City Hall + SF: Environmentalists say frog threatens native park species + The City struts at the Black & White Ball + Burlingame: Zero-tolerance campaign begins for illegal fireworks + Menlo Park: Council makes demands on markets re: check cashing + S.F.-based Mexican eatery in works for Burlingame + Carlmont cheers a banner year + Rail plan approval clears way for vote on Bay Meadows + Free neutering offered for pit bulls on the Peninsula + Palo Alto woman pulled from Bay + Hailing the Peninsula's best students of 2005 + Report: Tolls to Go Up $1 to Pay for New Bay Bridge

Alameda: Alameda Creek fish future hangs on water plan + Emeryville: Motorcycle club ride snarls I-80 traffic + Oakland says casino plan 'dead' (CCT Reg) + Port pollution must be reduced + Castro Valley: Meeting to discuss Alcorn lot's environmental impact results + Camp Parks houses nearly done + Plan progresses to convert quarry into Hayward homes + Union City: Transit project criticized for lack of study + Homes for mentally ill called unfit + Danville to review plan for big residence + Minister extends his hand to gays + Oakland: New banners accent revitalized Auto Row + Berkeley: Hearing buddies aid deaf toddler + County devotes week to men's health to honor fathers + Hospital honors small miracles + San Leandro: Women's Center (housing) gets funding to reopen + Three women killed in car crash + Woman crashes SUV off island + Man dies on Hayward streets, but passers-by think he's asleep + Breathing life into Oakland culture + Sculptors bring Alameda sand to life + Fremont: Tak Fudenna Stadium's face-lift begins by sprucing up home turf

Santa Clara: San Jose, CA gay festival appeals to mainstream (SJM Reg) + Holocaust victims, ex-internees meet, share stories (SJM Reg) + P.A. woman dies in crash into bay (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Lake I-880 is nearly gone (SJM Reg) + More deer hit lately, so drive with extra care (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Gift for Dad that keeps giving (SJM Reg) + Breathing help for pets in fire (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Bones at Danville construction site are Indian (CCT Reg) + Concord's new police chief sets city goals + Wreck victim was from Lafayette (CCT Reg) + Concord: 3 women die in flaming car wreck off I-680, Sedan hits tree -- one rider survives + Three women killed in I-680 crash (CCT Reg) + Pet rescue at Station 10 in Concord (CCT Reg) + North Gate teachers concede to join graduation (CCT Reg) + Brentwood: Land deal adds park space

Marin: Alvillar, Fairfax settle dispute + Utility manager finds new home + 'Deep Throat' story brings fame to Marin lawyer + Ross Valley firefighter named interim chief + Legends of the Dipsea: Marin's fabled footrace turns 100 + Tiburon boy named honorary mayor + Camp leads Marin youths to the water + Artists capture the moment

Sonoma: Poor skip chance for food stamps + Harmony festival in Santa Rosa + Petaluma groups fight to save funds + Around the Empire + SR cyclist hurt in collision with car on Fulton Road + Box-office opportunity + Trains could be ticket to solving trash woes + UFW Plans Wine Boycott in Effort to Pressure Gallo (LAT Reg)

Napa: Napa police dispatcher provides home and hard-earned lessons to teen mothers + Regional green group vows to fight 'Fair Pay' + County prepares for marathon budget session + Special election could cost county $275,000 + Napa Lutheran congregations to merge

Solano: Islamic Center searches for new home + Benicia man makes a difference as volunteer firefighter + Second home-invasion robbery ends in shooting + These is no pound puppy + County crops bring in roughly $206 million for area growers + Transportation sales tax would fund projects, but which one? + Wanted: Strong city manager for Suisun + As an electric-vehicle revolution stalls in Vacaville, some fans are blaming oil interests + Three prepare for a trip on the sea + Bringing a touch of class to downtown Fairfield

Monterey: How rip currents form in Monterey Bay + Summer school gets serious + Volunteer group hands out funding + Charting planet earth + Rip current not necessarily death warrant + New life for old jazz tapes + Your Town + Monterey area's top ranger leaving + Forest plan goes to coastal panel + MCAP: Help through a long fight + Charting planet earth

Central Valley: Washington offers its own path to education (MB Reg) + Party Crashers (MB Reg) + + Amenities await future UC Merced students (MB Reg) + Proposed Stanislaus budget cuts 27 jobs (MB Reg) + Tip jars increasingly a way to reward solid service (MB Reg) + Pakistani arrests put Lodi on edge (MB Reg) + Team gets back into the swim in Riverbank + Hearing addresses need for dam + Oakdale is wise to wait on more building plans (MB Reg) + Hilmar Cheese proposal to bury water worrisome (MB Reg) + Embracing some French habits could benefit the valley (MB Reg) + If you find a mean note on your windshield, it wasn't me + Stockton soldier killed in Afghanistan (CCT Reg) + County fair gets rolling Wednesday in Stockton + Anti-gay rally in Tracy fought with tolerance + News from the San Joaquin Valley+ Stockton: CYA School losses accreditation + Fresno: Mobile health unit in jeopardy (FB Reg) + Fresno: Grandy jury urges halt to development (FB Reg)

Central Coast: UC strike starts today + Annual fund-raiser at Soquel’s Willow Pond Ranch benefits rescued horses + Stats show unrest among youth + SLV grad on Peace Corps mission to Niger + Arrow is misleading at Seabright/Murray intersection + Coast Lines + Irritating sounds earn Gateway student prestige + Flipping the switch on expensive energy

Southern California: Meet L.A.'s new first lady + LA: Hotel operators lock out employees + Turning L.A. around + 5 LA: Sweeney-critic unions plan coalition for growth + Glendale: Officials may power up substation + Laguna Beach Burden Is Bigger This Time (LAT Reg) + Thousand Oaks: Hawks Have Building Projects in Their Grip (LAT Reg) + Aviators train on virtual fires + Quake near Palm Springs rattles wide area (CCT Reg) Builders Driving a Boom in South L.A. (LAT Reg) + Thousand Oaks: Hawks Have Building Projects in Their Grip (LAT Reg) + Parents of Marine Corps boot camp graduates: Fears amid the dreams (LAT Reg) + Quake Shakes Wide Area, Centered Near Anza (LAT Reg) + Two Men Killed in Crash on San Diego Freeway (LAT Reg) + Long Beach Hospital to Add 72 Beds for Children (LAT Reg) + Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Jolts Area From Mojave to Mexico (LAT Reg) + Laguna Slide Is 'a Solvable Problem,' Says a Survivor (LAT Reg) + Victim of Chimp Attack Is Removed From Coma (LAT Reg) + Victim of chimp attack comes out of induced coma + Santa Ana: Man Dies After Being Struck by Tow Truck (LAT Reg) + San Diego disaster planning + San Diego: Redevelopment debt still an issue. Early repayment would ease city's fiscal crisis, Frye says + San Diego: Some wary of water authority measures

School days: Solid efforts benefit kids in GRAD + Stanford: Apple CEO hits serious note. In keynote speech, Jobs tells graduates not to waste time + Oakland: Diocese pursues school for poor (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa Community College District picks Carr as next chancellor (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa: North Gate teachers concede to join graduation (CCT Reg) + Roseville: Student privacy policies at issue (SB Reg) + The trouble with state's exit exam (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Charting a course for schools (SB Reg) + Alameda students win national video contest + Jobs challenges Stanford grads (SJM Reg) + Amenities await future UC Merced students (MB Reg) + Student leaders join fray of San Francisco school district politics + Handling the dropout problem + Children of farm workers do well when educated + Immigration status affects federal aid + Bill would allow CSU doctorates

June 10, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
5 Marines Killed in Iraq; 21 Bodies Found Near Syrian Border + Tikrit neighborhood gets rude awakening + Disputed Iraq Raids on Sunnis Political Groups Blamed on Bad Intelligence (LAT Reg) + NATO to Expand Training of Iraqis (LAT Reg) + Building Iraq's Army: Mission Improbable + Straw presides European delegation in sudden visit to Baghdad + Acts of killing in Iraq; oil pipeline explosion + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,683 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq Sunnis reject compromise on constitution

War prisons: UK treatment of terror suspects 'inhuman'

AFGHANISTAN:  U.S. soldier, 7 insurgents die in Afghan clash + Diverse Afghan groups behind unrest

MIDDLE EAST: Sultan Qaboos pardons detainees convicted of trying to topple the regime

Kuwait's human trafficking report

Israel, Palestine: Israel May Use 'Sound Weapon' on Settlers + After 38 years the six-day war is still being fought + The secret that almost changed the MIdeast + Dichter: Temple Mt. attack will threaten world Jewry + Mofaz, Dahlan discuss control of border crossings after pullout

EUROPE:  Blair sets conditions on EU rebate + Blair rebuffs Chirac on EU rebate

EU crisis deepens as France and Germany gang up on Britain

U.S. Ends Freeze on $10-Million Aid Package for Serbia, Montenegro (LAT Reg) + Serbia denies it has Mladic hideout in its sights

Turkey grows impatient with Europe

CENTRAL ASIA: Western community insists on international investigation of Uzbekistan uprising

AFRICA: 3 Suspects Cleared in 2002 Kenya Bombing (LAT Reg)

Zimbabwe's merciless recasting

Libya is reforming, but Libyans don't feel any better off

ASIA PACIFIC: Fueling Peace Between India and Pakistan (LAT Reg)

China averts clash with EU on textiles

AMERICAS: Tropical Storm Arlene heads for U.S. Gulf Coast

Canada's high court opens door to sale of health insurance. Long wait for care in national system violates rights, it says

Mexican Police Chief Is Killed (LAT Reg) + Mexico Voids Conviction of Ex-President's Brother (LAT Reg)

Bolivian Supreme Court Chief Named President (LAT Reg) + Bolivia's new president pledges to hold early elections + Recovering Bolivia's Oil and Gas

South American gas giant in turmoil

MILITARY  U.S. Army slips further behind recruiting goals

Army bonuses may rise to $40K for new recruits

Military offers big bonuses to medics

Military records of the stars

Confusion, Not Cover-up After Tillman's Death, Army Says

Soldier gets 20 years for murdering wife

Military Jury Finds Sergeant Guilty of Premeditated Murder of Two Fellow Soliders

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Report says FBI had 5 chances to stop 2 hijackers. New details likely to raise questions on agency makeover + CIA Blocked Memo on 9/11 Plotters From FBI (LAT Reg) + FBI botched opportunities leading up to Sept. 11, report says

Lodi, CA case: FBI terror probe moves to Peninsula. Official of Lodi Islamic center questioned in East Palo Alto, denies militant ties + Manteca: Jailed Muslim leader well-respected + 3 hearings set amid Lodi terror probe (SB Reg) + No specific threat against hospitals, state letter says (SB Reg) + Muslims meet with mayor + Arrests are latest in feud among Lodi Muslims + Lodi Muslims: Witch Hunt + FBI says California terror probe has been under way for years

US arrests renew terror concerns about home front

Hepatitis A epidemic in Russia's center likely caused by terrorist act

Los Alamos' Auditor's Account of Beating Disputed (LAT Reg) + (OAK Trib) Assault not tied to lab, cops say

Parts of Cuban exile Posada's CIA files released + The Asshole in El Paso: Why Posada Carriles Matters

Florida Jihad case could test U.S. wiretap laws

Iran helped overthrow Taliban, candidate says

Nixon and Deep Throat: Newly Released Tape Captures Phone Call to Felt + Felt Was Asked Under Oath in 1975 If He Was "Deep Throat" + Xymphora opines

$50M reward & still there's zip on Osama

Intelligence Chief to Retain Personnel Powers

Contest Hint: Don't Call Him Porter

Disputed Iraq Raids Blamed on Bad Intelligence

Franklin case goes to grand jury+ Entrapment, Surrender and Silence

Australian security at risk over Chinese asylum bid+ Third Chinese defector in Australia-lawyer+ Howard rejects asylum, trade link+ Doubts on legality of Chen treatment + Spy left out in the cold + Party isn't over until we say

Secrecy to surround trial for terrorism

Paradise Poisoned

Western intelligence `failed to uncover Nazi preparations'

Third time lucky for nuclear head?

Analysis of leaked UK Cabinet Office papers

Mil and Gov IP addresses bared

Inside the Ring

Blood for pork....

Government Waste: Pentagon's D-minus

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Tracy braces for grad "gay" protests + Paris and Kathy Hilton to be grand marshals in LA gay pride parade

HOW LOW
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U.S. to Allow 4 of 14 Cuban Refugees Who Used Taxi Boat to Stay

Brazil weigh halting U.S. intellectual property protection to get US to curb cotton subsidies

Details Emerge Of Night In Aruba

Tobacco Escapes Huge Penalty

Lawyer: Teen's threats not terrorism

Authorities hope to make more arrests in Bandidos crackdown

Federal judge orders dams to spill more water to aid salmon

Michael Jackson Jackson Jury Done For The Week + Jackson prosecutors celebrate early + Waiting for Jacko + If Jacko loses, it's NEVERland + Jackson jury requests kept secret

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Top CEOs Describe Future Technologies

Langberg: 'Father' of Internet still proud papa (SJM Reg)

When Nanopants Attack

Grey Matter, Blue Matter

What Makes Motorola's Designers Tick

Secret Nuclear Sites Revealed

'Metal-Decorated' Nanotubes Hold Promise For Fuel Cells

MIT Team Designs Tsunami-resistant Houses

Pitt Researchers See Electron Waves In Motion For First Time

World's Fastest Method For Sending Data In Cell Phones, Computers Created With Nanotubes

A New Way To Block Spam

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Lisa Appignanesi: Was Simone de Beauvoir happy?

Oliver Burkeman follows the journey of one novel

Creating humanoid robots, humans doom their own civilization

Companies help 2 busy people click

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

G-8 Finance Ministers Split on How to Forgive Debt Owed by African Nations + Brown close to breaking deadlock on debt relief + G-8 moves closer to global debt deal

Citigroup Will Pay $2 Billion to Settle Claims It Helped Enron Hide Debt

Long-Term Interest Rates Buck Conventional Wisdom

Greenspan wary of mortgages

Cox nomination revives debate over options

U.S. Trade Deficit Widens to $57 Billion on Oil Prices, Imports From China

HMOs' premiums to go up

David Lazarus: Banks' fees keep on coming

Wal-Mart Strips Ex-Official Coughlin of Benefits After `Gross Misconduct'

Scrutiny of salary and persks to Barry Munitz, Chief Exec of Getty Trust (LAT Reg)

Hollywood hardball over video game business

Billionaires Battle for Business in Vegas

Rich nations move toward Africa debt relief deal

Insurer Pushes Pill-Splitting Savings

Washington moves to pre-empt 'Asian IMF'


Draft System Prepared for 'Unlikely' Call

Chinese Americans hold Japan accountable for WWII atrocities

Nagging questions on the wisdom of zoos

Wild animals may get bridges on I-90

Diploma withheld over bolo tie

Creationism teacher is told to stop

The Pentagon Papers, 34 Years Later

Major U.S. retailers gathering personal job application data for Feds?

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Gallup: Public Confidence in Newspapers, TV News Falls to All-Time Low

'S.F. Chronicle' Prepares for Round-The-Clock Labor Talks

Court Won't Void Conviction in Case of Threats to 'LAT' Reporter

Cartoonists' Confab Opens: The Red and the Blue

Attorney Babcock On Trib's Big Libel Win

House panel OKs big cuts in public broadcast funding

Today's papers


Study tracks lack of sleep among teens

Berkeley: Remote-controlled sub for ocean study gets test run at Cal

Alicia's story: Cancer, Despair, Hope, Faith (Chapter Six)

Rituxan Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis (LAT Reg)

Firm tried to save Propulsid drug despite dangers

Online Comments Boost Makers of MS Drug (LAT Reg)

Fungus Fatal to Mosquito May Aid Global War on Malaria

Scientists zero in on suspected common ancestor of all living things

Read More About the Search for a Lymphoma Vaccine

Idaho Boy Surviving Rare Blood Disorder

WHO Tsunami Disease Warning Questioned

New scanner offers doctors 3D anatomical image of patients

FDA Approves Second Whooping Cough Booster, This One for Adults

The feminine side of big-bang theory

Study links virus to frailty in elderly

Scientists See Human Kidney Development Through Fruit Fly Eyes

New Memory Drug Works Best In Combination With Older Remedy

Exercise, Weight Control May Help Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer, Meharry-Vanderbilt Study Suggests

Stress, Mood And Other Factors May Affect Mom's Diet During Pregnancy

Johns Hopkins Team Finds 'Ancestral' Hepatitis-C Virus At The Root Of Evolution In Infections

Discovery May Prevent Life-threatening Wasting Disease In Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

Public Release Of Pig Genomic Sequences

Gamers' Brains No Different Than Yours Or Mine

Soy Appears To Lower Cholesterol And Blood Sugar Levels, Aid Weight Loss

Unique Dual Treatment For Liver Cancer Packs Curative Punch

Pacemakers And Defibrillators For The Survival Of Patients Suffering From Heart Insufficiency

Procedure May Save Patients From Developing Diabetes

New Insights Into Chlamydial Infection: Genome Decoded Of Sheep Pathogen

'Real Life' Study Clarifies Risk Of Recurrence For High-risk Breast Cancer Patients

Mucus-producing sea creatures key to underwater food chain. Monterey Bay scientists uncover secrets of 'sinkers'

Offshore fish farms - a solution or a problem?

Rodents' Talk Isn't Just 'Cheep'

New UF Test Could Help Third World Farmers Improve Soil, Fight Global Warming

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush, S. Korea Try to Bridge Differences

U.S., Britain agree on debt relief details -White House

White House Spokesman Cites Concern on Syrian Agents in Lebanon

Bush pushes Congress to renew Patriot Act. 16 provisions of the law are set to expire at end of year

First Batch of Illegal Migrants Flown From U.S. to Mexico in Year Two of Test Program

Bush's Choice for SEC Chairman Likely to Be Questioned on Past Work for Company

Bush appointments: LA venture capitalist Ronald Spogli, Ambassador to Italy, and Orange County auto dealer executive Robert H. Tuttle, Ambassador to Britain

US thinks Blair should lower public hopes

Iran: Iran has frozen work at nuclear site-UN diplomats + Iran's dual governing system breeds voter apathy + Iran voters look to end hand-to-mouth daily grind + ElBaradei faces Iran challenge in third term + Yemen supports Iran's rights for nuclear development

Syria, Lebanon: U.S. official says Syria has hit list in Lebanon. Other White House sources discount assassination fears + Ruling Baath Party Backs Modest Reform in Syria (LAT Reg) + White House Spokesman Cites Concern on Syrian Agents in Lebanon + Syria denies US charge + Key events after al-Hariri's death + UN team may return to Lebanon + Baath congress approves reform ideas + Al-Assad: The Baath party does not own the country + Washington freezes assets of a Syrian company accused of providing weapons to Saddam Hussein's regime + Annan sending UN team to Lebanon to check reports on Syrian troops

N. Korea: Bush, Roh press North Korea to return to talks + Why North Korea isn't talking

Social Security: Jack Sirard: Estimating benefits from Social Security (SB Reg) + Riding Into The Sunset

Congress: GOP leader walks out of meeting on Patriot Act + Illinois senator may block nominee for a top State Department job + Boxer proposes major overhaul in oceans policy. Bill to cut overfishing and pollution faces uphill fight in Congress, could conflict with White House plans + Senators hope to block coastal LNG terminals + House panel OKs big cuts in public broadcast funding + Vote Illustrates House Stalemate Over Ethics (LAT Reg) + Pension Agency Deficit Could Swell Threefold (LAT Reg) + Obama grills nominee on '87 racial remarks + Senate Moving Toward Adding Climate Provisions to Energy Bill

Democrats: Democratic Governor Mark Warner Urges Moderation in Politics (LAT Reg) + John Kerry: The New Al Gore + Dean's Democrats Remain Pathetic

GOP: Spin Machine Busts a Gasket in the Everglades- Fed Judge Whacks Jeb + Karl Rove's heir apparent

Voting: The underlying hysteria that sets the stage for vote suppression

OPINIONS:

Torture Sells. Suddenly John Yoo is everywhere

Paul Krugman: Losing Our Country

Chris Floyd: Blood group

Cox In The Henhouse

No repeat of the Algerian solution

Blair and Bush on Africa: pretense of aid masks predatory aims

US administration betrays Tony Blair before G8 summit

Civil Liberties Be Damned: Dubya Wants a Permanent Patriot Act

Dean. Talking Trash and Raising Cash

Molly Ivins: Guess who's paying for dinner?

The Democratic Delusion: Justin Raimondo

Shallow Thoughts on Deep Throat: Alan Bock

Adieu to the Evil EU: Ilana Mercer

Europe Votes, Neocons Gloat: Leon Hadar

Throwing America a Life Preserver: Michael Scheuer

Conason: Just Pretend Everything Is Fine

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Biological Warfare, Mad Cow Disease On University of Houston Student's Hit List

University Of Illinois At Chicago Developing Drug For SARS



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Livermore: Rodeo mixes old with new

Ardenwood offers a bit of Celtic lore

Free sculpture gallery outgrows Berkeley home

Sacramento: Adventure getaway for those 50 and up (SB Reg)

Venice, aka Dogtown at 100

Owls, vultures and hawks - oh, my!

Optimism high over USS Iowa

Free fishing day June 11

Flying bishop a jetset pastor for distant Anglicans

FLMNH - Butterfly Rainforest

The Harvard classics library

Meanwhile: Saul Bellow, the father who was never there

Mayan crypt reveals power of women

Old Towns

The Art of Love in Japan

The Antiquities of Wisconsin.

Tolstoy Reborn

What curse? Contract that sent Babe to Bronx sells for $1M

Museum displays Pocahontas' earrings

John Lahr on Elaine May

Alanis Morissette -- Empowered by Openness

From High Opera to Humble Folk Songs: The Best of Britten

"The Ugly American": An actor's hilarious, strange year abroad

Rush & Molloy: Brando's end a last tangle in madness

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Da Silvano beef gets really hot

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Your daily braindrop

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The Governor:  Special election would define Gov.'s term + Gov. Mulls Special Election + Gov. timeline + Swarzenegger won't shy from confrontation + Special election - Gov.'s nuclear option + State of California is likely to overlook Diebold flaws + Reduced funding worries locals battling West Nile virus + Gov. still making pitch to overhaul pension plans + City Pensions: Why most benefits to workers cannot be rolled back + State Plan for Poor's Healthcare Draws Fire (LAT Reg) + The Gov.'s Anger Initiative (LAT Reg) + Complaint filed against Gov's initiative signature-gatherers + Unions, Gov. Battle Over 'Paycheck Protection' Measure + Dan Walters: It's time for Gov. to clean up California National Guard (SB Reg) + Gov. Gov. Announces New California Council on Physical Fitness

New Judges: Gov. picks San Rafael woman Kelly Veiera Simmons for Superior Court + Gov. appoints Rick Distaso, Peterson case prosecutor to Stanislaus bench + Gov. appoints Larry E. Hayes to Monterey bench + Gov. appoints Deputy D.A. Joseph R. "Rick" Distaso (Peterson case fame) and Modesto Irrigation Counsel Scott T. Steffan to Stanislaus bench

Boxer proposes major overhaul in oceans policy. Bill to cut overfishing and pollution faces uphill fight in Congress, could conflict with White House plans

Senators hope to block coastal LNG terminals

Deal Obtained by Sen. Feinstein Could Let State Impose Emission Rules (LAT Reg)

Funds granted to test underground storage of carbon dioxide near Rio Vista

CalPERS considers options on overruns (SB Reg)

Editorial: As state inspections lag (SB Reg)

Everybody Into the Insurance Pool (LAT Reg)

State's health officer resigns (SB Reg)

38 students arrive in Sacramento to call for change (SB Reg)

State must make Pacheco Ya top priority

Legislature: Blower, mower rules alive + Mower dispute blows over (SB Reg) + State senate panel to hear pipeline safety suggestions (CCT Reg) + Planned bill would give state Air Resources Board new authority over indoor air (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Flag City (Lodi) Casino seeker's affiliation disputed + Pombo holds West Coast IGRA hearing + Lawsuit filed against Morongo tribe

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Amber Alert out for mom, daughter

Federal Judge: Alternatives to Prison to Be Restored (LAT Reg)

Judge Threatens to Hold Prison Agency in Contempt if Prisoners' Wages Not Increased (LAT Reg)

New Judges: Gov. picks San Rafael woman Kelly Veiera Simmons for Superior Court + Gov. appoints Rick Distaso, Peterson case prosecutor to Stanislaus bench + Gov. appoints Larry E. Hayes to Monterey bench + Gov. appoints Deputy D.A. Joseph R. "Rick" Distaso (Peterson case fame) and Modesto Irrigation Counsel Scott T. Steffan to Stanislaus bench

Unocal, Chevron iron out FTC's patent complaint (SB Reg)

Sex offender law's effects raises qualms (RP Reg)

Undocumented workers often robbed

Sacramento & north: Placerville: Body in car of missing woman (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: Elk Grove cops keeping busy as they cruise into an uncertain future (SB Reg) + Ordeal of boy's violent behavior finally ends (SB Reg) + Sacramento: 2 teenage boys sought in rape, robbery of 14-yr-old girl (SB Reg) + Woman's body found in car in Lockeford; identity not released + Agents say Stockton man bombed former business + Suit filed over city's approval of environmental report re: Port of Stockton + Auburn Hills dad to seek custody after daughter's mom jailed in Ohio for vanishing with child

San Francisco, San Mateo: San Mateo: Murderer denied manslaughter retrial + Redwood City: Incompetence plea in elder abuse case + Elder abuse suspect's competency in question + + SF: Gunshot victim is found dead in burning SUV + Judge won't OK McKesson's settlement as is + Peninsula Police Blotter (SJM Reg) + SF prosecutor accused of taking drugs for leniency+ Latest Pacific Heights jewel theft nets $100,000+ Hit-and-run victim seeks justice + Redwood City: Hearing waived in alleged cat killing

Alameda: San Leandro: Juvenile inmate may have tried to order hit + Police search for missing mother, child + Transgender case: Defense: Witness struck fatal blow + Transgender defense rips key witness + Fremont: Judge sends molester to prison (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton: Developer to fix disabled barriers in legal settlement

Santa Clara: Wal-Mart ordered to pay $188,000 in job dispute (SJM Reg) + Charge against mom enhanced after child's death (SJM Reg) + Jury: S.J. owes $1 million for police action re: mentally ill man who died resisting arrest at fast-food restaurant (SJM Reg) + Santa Clara main jail faces mental health unit probe (it lacks state license) (SJM Reg) + Report: County less aggressive on welfare fraud (SJM Reg) + San Jose Police Blotter (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Antioch: Wal-Mart ordered to pay $188,000 in job dispute + Walnut Creek: Missing woman could be threat to daughter + Richmond: One dead, two injured in shootings (CCT Reg) + Letter sparks police hunt for missing mother, daughter (CCT Reg) + Discovery Bay: Officers arrest suspect in hit-and-run (CCT Reg) + Pacheco Man, 40, is stabbed to death (CCT Reg) + Martinez: Ex-Dow workers file suit, allege herbicide exposure

Marin:
Killer of San Rafael woman sentenced + Gov. picks San Rafael woman Kelly Veiera Simmons for Superior Court

Sonoma: Man sentenced to 50 years to life for killing ex-girlfriend on remote road near Petaluma + Ukiah: Marine recruiter charged with drug violation

Napa: Judge Snowden to retire + Unsolved murder case

Solano: 2 Vallejo officers sue for off-duty OT pay + Fairfield official John English rejects plea deal on drug charges + Cops' accuser puts off decision on civil suit + Vallejo woman must stand trial for police pursuit + English rejects plea bargain + Club owner files suit against Vacaville

Monterey: Judge allows Monterey water-credit transfer + Deputy's accident trial begins + Man in serious condition after knife attack + Hayes named to Superior Court

Central Valley: In Sex Charges, Teacher Pleads No Contest (LAT Reg) + 3 slayings rock south Modesto (MB Reg) + Deported Modesto man admitted terrorist connection (MB Reg)+ Hearings set for 3 al-Qaida suspects from Lodi (MB Reg) + Arrest made in April drive-by in Modesto (MB Reg) + Violence familiar to neighborhood (MB Reg) + Law & Order (MB Reg) + Turlock police have better things to do than hunt bongs (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Cops and Courts

Southern California: LA: PR exec admits fraud, agrees to help build case against others at firm + PR Exec to Plead Guilty in Fraud (LAT Reg) + 911 calls tell awful tale of killing spree + Would-be kidnap victim: You'll have to shoot me first + Suspect breaks out of jail undetected in 7 minutes + Suspect Escapes From Police Jail by Cutting Hole in Wall (LAT Reg) + LA: Private detective Pellicano's weapons conviction upheld + Court Upholds Investigator Pellicano's Conviction (LAT Reg) + Tip for bank robbers: Don't depend on a getaway by cab + Conspiracy Charges May Stalk Paparazzi (LAT Reg) + 12 Deputies Suspended in Shooting (LAT Reg) + LA: FBI Will Examine Lisker Case (LAT Reg) + Fullerton: 10 Face Charges in Waste Sting (LAT Reg) + O.C.'s 4-Bank-Heist Spree Ends in Arrest (LAT Reg) + Hawthrone: Driver Shot on Century Freeway (LAT Reg) + Oxnard Man Arrested in Slaying of Woman (LAT Reg) + LA: 13 Held, Drugs Seized in Jordan Downs Raids + D.A. Urged to Review Campaign Ethics Probe re: AIDS program director (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's Hidden Accuser: Racism (LAT Reg) + Some say Jackson's image tempers support by blacks (SB Reg)

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LOCAL NEWS:   Free lunches, snacks available in Berkeley

Fragile terns on shaky ground in Alameda

Yosemite’s bear's play hide-and-seek with officials

Sacramento & north: West Sac school's price tag balloons (SB Reg) + Capital trains are on a roll (SB Reg) + Pack of lies alleged in Sacramento's razing of building (SB Reg) + Plumas: In 1985 entrepreneurs devised experiment re: erosion chocking Feather River (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Old mill plan gets tax help (SB Reg) + Supreme Court will hear environmental lawsuit challenging Sacramento's approval of the Sunrise Douglas 22,000-home project (SB Reg) + W. Sac police get new contract (SB Reg) + Free workshop to help parents help kids (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Adventure getaway for those 50 and up (SB Reg) + Sluggish growth in area tech industry (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Moratorium on pot clubs largely ignored. City attorney's office still analyzing complex legal factors + SF: Penguins' pal flies the coop at S.F. Zoo. Founder of the animal sex tour quits after clash over birds' care + SF: Left pulls together to get on right track. Inaugural assembly set for new coalition of progressive groups + Bay Area: BART boss responds to memo on costs. Answers called inadequate by new board member + SF: New tack to hold back Ocean Beach erosion. 300,000-ton gift from dredge could curb erosion + Redwood City: Rapist to remain at mental hospital + SF: Boy's death moves city panel to favor required neutering + RIP: Rev.' Jesse James -- street tough turned youth advocate + Richmond District deck collapse hurts 3 + Travelers returning + Bankrupt Twinkies bakery to close plants+ Peninsula in Brief (SJM Reg) + Animal commission leans toward spay-and-neuter law for dogs + Money for youth jobs not being spent + SF close to finalizing power-buying plan+ P.J. Corkery: Almost completely lost in the fog + Palo Alto: Police ask council to delay leaf blower ban + Redwood City: Board votes to save music, keep classes small + Teen jobs, summer fun available for kids + Burlingame: Reduced funding worries locals battling West Nile virus + San Mateo County school board names new trustee Mayor: Millbrae's financial outlook back on track

Alameda: AC Transit board looks at fare options +AC Transit puts brakes on unpopular fare plan + Berkeley: School board unsure about Jefferson name change + Oakland: A tenant who paid tragically + Union City: Road moves too close for comfort + Fremont: Public balks at plans for Patterson ranch + Lawmaker steps in as CSUEB guest speaker + Alameda Point design ideas emerge + Starbucks gives donations to 5 East Bay nonprofits + Oakland: City auditor digs into police overtime + Rotary Club keeps links to charity + Livermore: Airport-area disclosure talks delayed + Oakland as Hollywood North?

Santa Clara: Stanford ending investments with firms linked to Sudan genocide (SJM Reg) + Crossing guard earns special salute (SJM Reg) + Pilots commute to Silicon Valley from as far as Ore., Nev. (SJM Reg) + Parents pamper grads in style and safety (SJM Reg) + Final fling for grads (SJM Reg) + School music program escapes ax (SJM Reg) + U.S. publishes guide for new immigrants (SJM Reg) + Chung: Time to debate the Patriot Act (SJM Reg) + Army denies cover-up alleged in Tillman letter (SJM Reg) + Weimers: Making a difference a mile at a time (SJM Reg) + Roadshow: Slowpokes, stay out of fast lane (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Responses differ to plans for Caldecott. Some dread noise caused by adding fourth tunnel bore + Grass fire caused by electrocuted birds (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa supervisors try to restore cuts + Supervisors can't settle on cuts (CCT Reg) + Soup kitchen to relocate temporarily (CCT Reg) + Urban limit line accord reaches end (CCT Reg)

Marin: San Rafael: Bay water desalination plant starts trial run + San Rafael picks interim chief + Durst wins re-vote by Ross council + Crash victim offers hearty 'gracias' + Marin brokers say they see no end to torrid housing market + Bay water? 'Tastes like bottled'

Sonoma: Rohnert Park: Room to grow + Roseland: Cinco de Mayo festival wins support + Gallo growth plans OK'd + Petaluma High School Class of 2005 + Casa Grande High School Class of 2005 + Musicians come home to play + A day to celebrate all that is dog + Santa Rosa police push for 4 more officers + Survival course teaches leadership + Railroad trestle deteriorates as Santa Rosa debates its fate + Karen d'Or, Exec director of Arts Council of Sonoma County to resign

Napa: Landmark tree on Highway 29 getting life-saving treatment + Report: Wines, vines generate $9.5 billion in Napa County + Napa Valley College Winery: Not just another Napa winery + New proposal for Montalcino golf course + Power, growth and money. Dodd steamrolls LAFCO

Solano: Fairgrounds plan sparks mass mail-in + Owls, vultures and hawks - oh, my! + Mosquito control gets new priority as virus threatens + Local News Briefs + First 5 program preparing kids for kindergarten + Fall vote on half-cent sales tax faces tight timetable + Managing the marina -- Suisun's harbormaster takes care of tenants, berths and buoys + >Sliced power line chars man's glasses, causes outage

Monterey: MST chief Frank Lichtanski dies at 54 + Mount Toro continuation students graduate + Your Town + Walking tours need license + Red Cross chapters merge + Companies bid on road project

Central Valley: Officials unite for road repair money (MB Reg) + Scary fire season looms (MB Reg) + Fewer teenage mothers in valley (MB Reg) + Officer's memorial draws donations (MB Reg) + Care workers avoid scrutiny one more time (MB Reg) + Strike threat drains Livingston budget (MB Reg) + School all but done (MB Reg) + OSHA: Atwater prison crew safe (MB Reg) + A wet wrap-up (MB Reg) + Stan State's interim dean is familiar face (MB Reg) + Norman Johnson, former Modesto A's owner (MB Reg) + New passport requirement still alive; Minnesota senator says he'll fight it (MB Reg) + News & Notes (MB Reg) + Around the Region (MB Reg) + Tracy braces for grad "gay" protests (MB Reg)

Central Coast: Predicting deadly rip currents + Consumers celebrate, growers bemoan strawberry glut + E.A. Hall principal learned to loosen up + Park budget in city’s sights + Word up: Felton water ballot OK’d + County sees first moist morning in June since 2001 + Performers gear up for one-night ballet + Volunteers needed to monitor storm drains + UCSC Graduations + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Antonio unveils plans + LA: New Mayor Has Big Plans for Planning Chief (LAT Reg)+ Villaraigosa Outlines Filmmaking Incentives (LAT Reg) + LA: Water torture + LA: School boosters + Panorama City: Farmers' Market debuts + Panel Criticizes OCTA Lines + Ethics Panel to Levy Fines for Election Violations (LAT Reg) + Laguna Beach: Seaside Trailer Park Is Debated for Slide Victims + A Moveable Beach (LAT Reg) + West Hollywood: Hyatt Workers Go on Strike (LAT Reg) + San Diego: Most candidates aren't using TV ads to reach voters

School days: Oakland: Charter school turns students into experts. New technique in teaching seems just ducky + Berkeley: School board unsure about Jefferson name change + Oakland: Charter school turns students into experts. New technique in teaching seems just ducky + Berkeley: School board unsure about Jefferson name change + Risks, liability have schools reconsidering field trips + Stanford University to Divest From Sudan (LAT Reg) + Philadelphia: African History Is Made a High School Requirement (LAT Reg) + Rockefeller Marks 90th With $100-Million Gift to Rockefeller University (LAT Reg) + UC regents may welcome Bay Area native to board + Oakland Military Institute: Teens learning the world is a stage + Cain to run UC Berkeley's political research facility in D.C. + Livermore: Students learn criminal justice + Tracy braces for grad "gay" protests + Concord fete a first for CSU site (CCT Reg) + West Sac school's price tag balloons (SB Reg) + + Stan State's interim dean is familiar face + Education funding crisis remains unaddressed + English-only tests draw suit against state educators + Essayist Rodriguez bows out of speech + Lawmaker steps in as CSUEB guest speaker


 

Livermore: Rodeo mixes old with new + Ardenwood offers a bit of Celtic lore + Free sculpture gallery outgrows Berkeley home + Sacramento: Adventure getaway for those 50 and up (SB Reg) + Venice, aka Dogtown at 100 + Owls, vultures and hawks - oh, my! + Optimism high over USS Iowa + Free fishing day June 11

June 9, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq special ops chief: We still need help, but momentum building + Carrier Jets Not Bombing Iraq Lately + More Americans dying from roadside bombs in Iraq + Biden: More foreigners, especially Saudis, fighting US troops + Iraq ambush victim had no helmet + US makes contact with Iraqi insurgents + U.S. toll + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraqi President in Bid to Avert Crisis Over New Constitution, but Time Is Short + Iraq's top leaders voice approval of Kurdish, Shiite militias. Support rankles Sunnis who blame them for killings + EU diplomats arrive to rebuild Iraq + Straw insists EU united behind Iraq

War prisons: U.S. Detention of Canadian Teen Draws Concern + 15 Guantánamo inmates still not released

AFGHANISTAN: Italian aid worker freed in Afghanistan + Attacks show Taliban is still deadly. Violence apparently aims to undermine Afghan elections + Afghans flee army over Taliban and low morale

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Israel warned it could provoke third intifada + Ex-Shin Bet chief backs Gaza disengagement  + Deal struck over Gaza withdrawal

RUSSIA: How Siberia's dark history could be its financial savior + Russia ripe for a people's uprising, Solzhenitsyn says

EUROPE: Left demands Schröder should step down as leader before poll

Beware the secret cherry pickers

If we make global warming history we'll all be better off

Shadows across the Bosphorous  

CENTRAL ASIA: EU assembly wants trials for Uzbek 'massacre'

AFRICA:  Mugabe takes his revenge on poor by destroying homes

NATO to airlift peacekeepers to Darfur

Naomi Klein: Anoose, not a bracelet

ASIA PACIFIC: China cracks down on Web and expats + Mandelson heads to China for 11th-hour textile talks + China says textile issue a ‘yardstick’ for free trade

India revisits Sikh terror

AMERICAS: U.S. plan on tracking democracy in Latin America is voted down

Bolivian Military Threatens Intervention as Protests Spread, Lawmakers Move to Name New President + Bolivians cautioned on civil war. Protesters force oil production shutdowns, airlines to cancel flights + A Glance at What the Sides Want in Bolivia's Political Crisis

Mexican Border City Struggles to Restore Law After Police Chief Killed the Day He Took Office + Mexico Tightens Rules to Make Gasoline Cleaner + Mexican Supreme Court Discussed Makeup, Acting Classes Ahead of Televised Sessions

Canada's Supreme Court Strikes Down Quebec Law Banning Private Health-Care Insurance + Canadian Medical Ruling Paves Way for Two-Tier Health-Insurance System

Top U.S. Diplomat Urges U.N. Peacekeepers to Step Up Efforts to Combat Gangs Ahead of Haiti Elections

Ecuador Government Calls on U.S. to Keep Ousted Ex-President Under Wraps

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Analysts missed Chinese buildup

Pentagon conducts exercise on terrorism response

Customs lets man with bloody chainsaw, wild tale into U.S.

For Los Alamos, a New Puzzle: The Case of the Battered Whistle-Blower

Republican-Sponsored Measure in Budget Bill Would Limit Power of New Spy Chief

Tape Captures Nixon-Felt Conversation About Wallace Assassination Attempt

German court upholds acquittal of Sept. 11 suspect

Xymphora on the new Judith Miller

Security Dept. Lacks Disaster Backups (NYT Reg)

CIA official to run FBI's Sentinel (information computerization)

Australia Hints at China Spy Ring Investigation + A Would-Be Chinese Defector Gets the Cold Shoulder in Australia

President masterminded 3-19 shooting, Lee Ao claims

Ex-INS Official in San Diego Is Indicted

Alleged hacker vows to contest US claim + Brit hacker fights being sent to U.S. + Cyberspace attack on military a quest for proof of UFOs

Naval Professor Who Lied Gets Probation

Congressman's Book Calls C.I.A. Unfit

China in no rush for UN vote + Security Council seat: India drops demand for veto + Proposal would restrict veto by new Security Council members

Osama's Road to Riches and Terror

U.S. doctors learn to deal with terror

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Warner Gets a Jump on Film Pirates in China

Three arrested in Aruba missing girl case

Living in the U.S.A. -- feds' guide for immigrants

Tobacco case roiled by charge. U.S. accused of reining in witnesses on sanction plans

Police, Federal Agents Crack Down on Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

Spitzer Not Expected to Back Down After Sihpol Acquittal + Sihpol Acquitted on 29 Counts, Mistrial Declared on Four Charges at Mutual Fund Trading Trial

Former Texas Sheriff, Four Others Charged With Running Criminal Operation

17 Restaurants Raided; Suspected of Bringing in Undocumented Workers, Ducking Millions in Taxes

Houston man sues Pfizer for Viagra blindness

Church Abuse Payouts Top $1B

Feds: Chicago city workers in heroin ring

Berkshire's Napier May Plead to Federal Charge Tomorrow in Probe of AIG

Thirteen LA Sheriff's Deputies to Be Punished for Firing 120 Shots on Car

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS....

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Lodi, CA case al Qaeda case: Ties to Terror Camps Probed + Probe expected to widen, FBI says. LODI REACTION: Muslims shaken, fearful of backlash as after 9/11 + Fifth Lodi man detained in al-Qaida investigation + Suspect's priorities called job, marriage + Arrests 'like a nightmare' for Pakistani community + Lodi men tied to Modesto + 'They're regular people'


Internet 2. It's better, it's faster. You can't use it.

NASA: Fixed Space Shuttle Will Fly

Pasadena-Controlled Spacecraft To Blow Up Comet

Honey, I Shrunk the PC

Apparent volcano ice flows may explain Saturn moon's atmosphere

AP Interview: Microsoft CEO Worries Over Consumers' Online Safety

Boards Get Brains, Chalk Vanishes

Martian Aurora Is One of a Kind

This galaxy is a dump

MIT's Nanoprinter Could Mass-produce Nano-devices

Astronomers Hot On The Trail Of Nature's Exotic Flashers

Permanent Deep-sea Seismic Sensors

Southern Co., Tech Partner On Wind Power Project

CONNECT THE DOTS....

The troubled land that feed us

Environmental art that speaks 1,000 words

Urban Utopia plan ignites fury in Seattle

State Department: Real men moisturize

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

PetroChina to Pay $2.5 Billion for 50 Percent of Parent's Overseas Fields

Li Ka-shing, Singapore's Temasek to Buy China Cosco IPO Stakes, People Say

Forbes.com: Global cities are aging quickly

Kirk Kerkorian, A Born Gambler Rolls the Dice at 88

Siebel to issue dividends; investors remain skeptical

Cox's past ties to con man raises questions (LAT Reg)

Britain may tell drivers to pay $2.30 per mile + Archive: Testing the pay-by-the-mile plan in Puget Sound

SBA loses touch with small businesses

Starbucks to up stake in Chinese chain

Silicon Insider: Apple's New Core

Jobless American in $10m hotseat + Boss's gloss on CIA-linked past

MILITARY Army Again Denies Cover-Up in Tillman Case

Air Force Probes Bible-Thumping Academy Honcho

Next generation turns its back on Pentagon

The Constitution Of A New Model Army: Genome Basis Of Working Together For A Common Good


Civil Liberties Groups Sue to Overturn Utah's Porn-Blocking Law

My right to offend a fool

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Children at high risk as superbugs soar

Ebola Virus: From Wildlife To Dogs

Race-specific drug splits medical world

Roche Laboratories pleas that Sacramento Superior Court stop state from publicly disclosing details of its new contract to supply hepatitis C medication to inmates and mentally ill (SB Reg)

NC Woman Is Now Insulin-free After Series Of Three Islet Cell Transplants

NIH encouraging stem-cell banks for teeth

Study charts science's ethical swamplands. One-third in survey veered into gray areas + Academic Journals Open to Change

Plastic surgery on private parts

Toxic agent found in treated newborns is linked to plastic

FDA moves to warn patients of drugs' possible side effects

Alicia's story: Cancer, Despair, Hope, Faith (Chapter Five)

Stem Cell Advocates Meet, Plan Strategy

Study: Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Speak

Heart attack alert re: common painkillers

Curious About Your Vital Signs? One Day Soon, Check Your Laptop

Study Links Regions Of Two Chromosomes To Susceptibility For Type Of Autism

Researchers Identify Method That Produces Viable Eggs When Thawed

Cancer Hijacks Body's Wound-healing Process

Human Inhabitants Of Madagascar Are Genetically Unique

Chemotherapy Options Improve For Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Medicines From Plants: NIH Funds Five Botanical Research Centers

One-a-day Tablet Treats Common Infection Among Head And Neck Cancer Patients

CT Significantly Reduces The Need For Appendectomy

Blood-based TB Test Matches Up To Old Skin Test In Study Among Health Workers In India

Test Accurately Predicts Aggressiveness Of Breast Cancer

New Insight Into Potential Cause Of Sexual Dysfunction In Women

Raised strawberries developed

Causes Of Rubber Tree Bark Necrosis Identified

Carbon Dioxide Mosquito Traps No Magic Bullet, Say UF Experts

Geckos- It's Not Always About Sex

Soil Emissions Are Much-bigger-than-expected Component Of Air Pollution

THE BUSHWORLD...

Bush stumps for Patriot Act + Patriot Act Works, Bush Claims

Biden calls on Bush to `level with the American people' about Iraq

Bush offers CAFTA labor add-ons to woo Democrats

Bush, South Korean president to meet

Administration Holds Line on Spending as Highway Bill Negotiations Start

Two Bush Fundraisers Get Ambassador Posts

Rumsfeld: We Don't Want Gitmo Men

Bush Issues Seven Pardons

FDA Nominee Lester Crawford Cleared of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Iran: Diplomat Says Initial Examination of Equipment Appears to Support Iranian Claims + Iran Preparing for Advanced Nuclear Work, Officials Say + Iranian women get foot in door at soccer match + Iran reportedly upgrading nuke centrifuges. Move could lead to weaponry sooner, Western officials say + Iran's missiles on a solid footing

Syria, Lebanon: Assad finds new strength in adversity + Syrian intellectuals call on the Baath congress to revive 'Damascus spring' + Tenth Baath party congress expects to take driving decisions + Lebanese forces announce candidates + Syria looks to ease emergency law + Syria mulls limited privatization + Syrians call for release of detainees

N. Korea: N. Korea Admits Building More Nuclear Bombs

Rice: Rice opens door to Iraqi talks with insurgents

Congress: Republican-Sponsored Measure in Budget Bill Would Limit Power of New Spy Chief + House, Senate Panels Confront Domestic Spending Squeeze + Senate approves Pryor for appeals court, nears completion of Senate centrist deal + Lantos tries in vain to amend GOP bill to cut back U.N. dues. Panel backs mandate with list of reforms to be met in 2 years + Justice Brown confirmed for appeals post. Senate votes 56-43 after partisan fight over California jurist

Democrats: Democrat leaders discount comments by Dean on GOP. But they want him to stay as party chair, reportedly plan showing of public support + Did Kerry really release Navy records?

Voting: Ohio Congresswoman says Coingate illegalities put 2004 election in question

OPINIONS:

Lou Dubose: The pimping of the President

Military, unions not what they were

Helen Thomas: First lady should take her message home

Stephen Ellis: Not waving, drowning

Novak: Western Dems not sold on Hillary

Gordon Livingston: A foreign policy driven by fear

USA Today: Bush's stubbornness may be hindering him

New York's Love Affair With Uzbek Dictator

McCain's Cover-Up of Missing P.O.W.'s

Courage to Talk Withdrawal: Daniel Ellsberg

Striking Back at the Empire: William S. Lind

US Gov't vs. Amnesty Int'l: Stephen Zunes

The Left Must Learn From 2004: Kevin B. Zeese

Hostage: Bush Brought al-Qaeda to Iraq

Military Scapegoats Walk a Well-Worn Path

Blood for pork....

U.S. investigates guards who shot at Marines, civilians

Marines detain 16 U.S. contractors in Falluja

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond: Tracy's lesson in gay rights. As former farm town grows, it must confront big-city issues + SAN FRANCISCO / Board likely to back Castro bar bias finding + Conservative Jews Maintain Anti-Gay Policy + Jury finds in favor of two gay students

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

APME Study: Nationwide, Newspapers Frown on Anonymous Sourcing

Panel at E&P Conference Discusses Attracting the Youth Demo

Berkeley: Former KPFA host sues, claiming harassment

Furor over sponsor KQED rejected

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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

A new frontier fable

Festival of plays at Foothill College

Dangers' manifesto: pushing the musical limits

Exhibit will highlight history of Santa Cruz County dairies

Phil Borges, a selection of photographs

Preschool of rock

Gilbert and George unveil new works at Venice Biennale

C4's Sex and the City-style girl band

Super furry animals

Italians discover horde of Roman statues

Museum unveils newly discovered Munch painting + See the painting

Emperor Charles IV's tomb discovered at Prague castle

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Rangel in 'Holocaust' firestorm

Rush & Molloy: 'Lotsa' signs Madonna has changed

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Search for new judge begins (SB Reg) + Gov. taps ex-Bee photographer (SB Reg) + Gov. gambles on November ballot (SB Reg) + Governor to gamble big with special election + Screen Actors Guild scolds Gov. + Governor Calls For Unity On Budget Issues And Reform Proposals

Shooting range shut to Lockyer staff (SB Reg)

Two file candidacy papers for state controller (CCT Reg) + GOP state Sen. Maldonado running for California controller

State Public Health Officer Steps Down

Chief discusses changing of the Guard (SB Reg)

Little sun shines on public officials

Machine snafu puts results of Local SEIU union election in doubt (SB Reg)

Housing affordability drops 3 points

Campbell weighs joining race for seat vacated by Cox (OC Reg) + Battin will seek to succeed Sen. Dick Ackerman as GOP leader if he resigns to run for Congress (RP Reg)

Legislature: Walked to death. Bills sink when legislators fail to vote + Funding completion of Oakland-Bay Bridge in competing Legislature bills+ Exit exam survives scrutiny (SB Reg) + Lawn mower pollution measure may be trimmed (SB Reg) + Hearing set on indoor air pollution (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Senator: Tribes with casinos should get less U.S. funding + Calexico voters support casino plan. Tribe now needs approval from city, Schwarzenegger

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Hearing granted on new trial for Raiders. State's top panel to review ruling that dismissed suit

Prosecutor Michael A. Savage is appointed Superior Court judge (SB Reg) + McElhany appointed to top Placer court + New Monterey County judge appointed

Roche Laboratories pleas that Sacramento Superior Court stop state from publicly disclosing details of its new contract to supply hepatitis C medication to inmates and mentally ill (SB Reg)

Daniel Weintraub: Medical marijuana case is more federal overkill (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Placerville: Search Continues For Missing Woman + Amtrak line halted; man held + Prosecutor Michael A. Savage is appointed Superior Court judge (SB Reg) + Hunt for missing woman (SB Reg) + Grizzly Flat: Apparent homicide victim is identified (SB Reg) + Cash, guns found in drug raid; two held (SB Reg) + McElhany appointed to top Placer court

San Francisco, San Mateo: Ex-St. Luke's doctor held on sexual assault charges + SAN FRANCISCO / Board likely to back Castro bar bias finding + BART police looking for armed robbery suspect + Millbrae: Standoff ends with no arrest, no violence + Daly City resumes billing for false alarms + Menlo Park: Housecleaner sues for back wages + Redwood City: Not guilty plea entered in carjacking + Redwood City: Man pleads not guilty in photographer's death

Alameda: Oakland: Plan to arrest 'sideshow' watchers fails + Oakland: Guilty plea after raid on pot warehouse + Cars vandalized in Piedmont + Underage prostitution reaching crisis level on streets of Oakland + Piedmont: Vandals break 11 car windows + Police probes must proceed + Massage parlor law targets prostitution + Transgender case: Defense attacks credibility of key witness

Santa Clara: San Jose: Secretary flees amid probe, police say + Couple in finger case can enter plea later + Dismembered body is suspect's girlfriend + Police Blotter + How San Jose handles yard cleanup citations + Reward grows for information on slurs

Contra Costa: One arrested in three serial armed thefts in El Cerrito, Albany (CCT Reg)

Marin: Driver's lawyer links bicyclist to road rage confrontations

Sonoma: Investigation of assault of 15-yr-old boy + Pot-laced brownies investigated at Piner

Solano: Tased teen's dad claims 2 officers used undue force

Monterey: Man, 29, enters not guilty plea to drug charges + New Monterey County judge appointed

Central Valley: Mother is sentenced to 11 years for killing baby + Deportation drawing nearer for Origel + Police hunt's starting point is in Modesto + + Lodi men tied to Modesto + 'They're regular people'

Central Coast: Cops and Courts

Southern California: Ex-INS Official in San Diego Is Indicted + Fraud Alleged in Rebel Funding + Death at a Historic Site + Severely Abused Kids Use Art to Find Hope + Sheriff's Department Alters Vehicle Shooting Policy + Feeling Safer? + Deputies Involved In Compton Shooting To Be Disciplined

Michael Jackson: No verdict today: Jackson jury wraps up early + For Celebrity Convicts, a Safe Space Behind Bars


A new frontier fable

Festival of plays at Foothill College

Dangers' manifesto: pushing the musical limits

Exhibit will highlight history of Santa Cruz County dairies

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LOCAL NEWS:   Bluefin tuna population getting much-needed help

Sacramento & north: Limb Crashes Down On Downtown Sacramento Car + Body Found In Basement After Sacramento House Fire + El Dorado Hills: Agency backs plan for new city (SB Reg) + Gearing up for a busy fire season (SB Reg) + Hints of resolution as embattled coach resumes practices (SB Reg) + Capital woman honored for health care diversity (SB Reg) + KXTV news chief resigns, won't say why (SB Reg) + Man found dead in Land Park house fire (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Downtown residence hotels pose quandary (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Funeral for boy killed by dogs + SF: Forum addresses pit bull warning signs + SF: Mayor proposing preschool for all + Family, friends mourn loss of ‘special' child + Clashes lead to key panel's reform + Big apartment buildings next in eviction fight + Nob Hill enclave shaken by trend + Builders blast extra fees for Rincon Hill project + San Carlos: Bus shelter ban on smoking hits legal snag + County to review Stanford stadium proposal + SamTrans bus fares to be raised on Sept. 1

Alameda: AC Transit proposes 25-cent fare increase. Agency meeting in Oakland today to consider the plan + County drops plan for hospital pot clinic + Saint embraces Castro Valley (CCT Reg) + Uncovering the mysteries of a growing Muslim community + Oakland: Mayor's sideshow proposal defeated + Medical pot store closes in Oakland + Dead activist's parents to visit Oakland + Unofficial results show victories for school taxes + California's top court gives Raiders an off-field victory + Talk of strike at Oakland schools is heating up + Saturday's special sand castle day in Alameda + Police Activities League plays hoops + YMCA deal preserves redwoods + Pleasanton: Cancer treatment center to close + Women's group hits 50-year milestone + Supes approve budget, layoffs + High tension at diversity meeting + Meeting looks at traffic problems + Torrico to host town hall meeting + Nonprofit groups get grants + Supes hear from public on cuts + Voters tab Thorne to fill vacancy + City awards contract for water park + Newark keeps smaller ninth-grade classes + 'Pro-voice' abortion counseling

Santa Clara: Crystal Choir gives kids a chance to shine + Timely change sends runner to big win + Garden takes shape as site of remembrance + Girl wins CCS event in first year of track + Notre Dame senior discovers she can run + Period of adjustment for South S.J. families + Cities overlook immigrants, study suggests + Four men to be honored at Father of Year event + Racing through park + Tips for would-be inventors + Festival of plays + Honoring a heritage + Willow Glen's a stage + Charter school's principal honored + Even governor eyes crazy 152-156 turn + Bay Area Extra + EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS + Autopsy request became official tangle + Upgrade of 911 system criticized + Parcel tax OK lifts spirits + Restaurant owner hopes for return as charity venue + Vietnamese Americans to face off in San Jose City Council election

Contra Costa: Lafayette: $12 million expected for innovative library + Concord fete a first for CSU site (CCT Reg) + Richmond budget reflects a year of restraint (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek grocery store matriarch dies (CCT Reg) + Martinez budget reserves healthy, but unsustainable (CCT Reg) + Foothill High: Parents question value of senior project (CCT Reg) + Danville weighs fate of trees in Costco lot (CCT Reg) + Thorne is ready to start work (CCT Reg) + Dodging a political hot button (CCT Reg) + Caltrans plan for Caldicott Tunnel (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo schools' last days a turmoil (CCT Reg)

Marin: Public gets say on future of MGH + Tiburon woman's mission has sad, but inspiring, end

Sonoma: Ukiah to review policy on recruiters + A crush of cats + Late ballots give school tax issue win + SR Vice Mayor Blanchard allowed 60-day leave + Hospital facing service cutback

Solano: Old business, new focus + Guiliani now aims at Henke + Benicia skaters' dreams get boost + AmCan poised for celebration + Kaiser cited for mercury elimination

Monterey: AMR's contract on life support + Marina project faces next hurdle + Your Town + + Bluefin tuna population getting much-needed help + Natividad lobbies for more funding + Honoring difference-makers + Constitution exam stands as grad rule

Central Valley: Constitution exam stands as grad rule + College Plans on Hold + Storied SOS Club hopes for rebound + Surprise showers spritz Modesto + Tests find metal in dirt piles + Turlock, Delhi school boundary adjustment put off until August + Sun sets peacefully on Ripon senior class + Patterson City Hall bill climbs by $1M + One in 7 of us is Hispanic, census says + Teacher ID'd as victim in car crash + Free the UC Bobcat, protesters urge + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + Tracy's lesson in gay rights. As former farm town grows, it must confront big-city issues + Riverbank's bounce house plan boosts safety, doesn't deflate fun + Great Valley Center worthy of our support

Central Coast: Study: Get used to traffic woes + VA clinic facing closure + Jackson fan looks forward to verdict + Watsonville City Council pledges to fight repeal of retirement tax + New Watsonville youth center chief’s mission: Draw more teens + Santa Cruz budget cuts on hold till Aug. 30 + Live Oak restaurant bilked of cash, sandwich + Family honors late matriarch with Red Cross blood drive + Reading program produces winning results + Exhibit will highlight history of Santa Cruz County dairies + Library needs volunteers to thumb through books + S.V. school district names interim superintendent + Coast Lines + As We See It: Hospital’s fiscal woes

Southern California: U.S. faces becoming as diverse as LA + Hahn, Villaraigosa talk of transition + Ready to fly on airport issue + Killer sought in death of Arleta man + Illegal immigration to grow? + Hello, goodbye re: Martin Ludlow + A new direction? + 3rd Bidder's the Charm: New Owner Takes El Matador Off O.C.'s Hands + Long Beach to Continue Talks on Energy Plant + Battle Over Broad Beach Takes New Turn, With Earthmoving Equipment + Freedom of Peach? Someone's a Little Fuzzy on Their Facts + Report Assails Former AIDS Program Chief + Avocado Grower, Packer Team Up + Marine Recruit Depot Could Be Closed + Inspections Missed Cracked Rail Joint + Laguna Beach Families Wait While Geologists Drill for Landslide Answers + New Mayor to Lead MTA Board + Homeowners sue to block Best Buy + San Diego Daily Digest: Morning Recap + Hospital ship back in San Diego after aiding tsunami victims + San Diego: 1996 memo detailed pension strategy + Campbell weighs joining race for seat vacated by Cox (OC Reg) + Battin will seek to succeed Sen. Dick Ackerman as GOP leader if he resigns to run for Congress (RP Reg) + Chino group planning to patrol Mexican border near San Diego delays launch until Sept. 16 + Jury awards gay, ex-Poway H.S. students $300 K

School days: I'm Trying To Learn Arabic. Why is it taking so long? + Delida Wong 's focus on future -- not just hers. Lowell grad dedicated to her own success as well as a better life for her single mother + Oriinda: High school seniors design courses. Innovative program designed to bypass 2nd-semester slump + Foothill High: Parents question value of senior project (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo schools' last days a turmoil (CCT Reg) + EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS + Fremont sixth-grade teachers strike a chord + Don't underestimate young sleuths + UCSC engineering dean wins award + S.V. school district names interim superintendent + Constitution exam stands as grad rule + Calistoga High principal pulls racy pages from student yearbook

June 8, 2005

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Search for new judge begins (SB Reg) + Gov. taps ex-Bee photographer (SB Reg) + Gov. gambles on November ballot (SB Reg) + Governor to gamble big with special election + Screen Actors Guild scolds Gov. + Governor Calls For Unity On Budget Issues And Reform Proposals

Shooting range shut to Lockyer staff (SB Reg)

Two file candidacy papers for state controller (CCT Reg) + GOP state Sen. Maldonado running for California controller

State Public Health Officer Steps Down

Chief discusses changing of the Guard (SB Reg)

Little sun shines on public officials

Machine snafu puts results of Local SEIU union election in doubt (SB Reg)

Housing affordability drops 3 points

Campbell weighs joining race for seat vacated by Cox (OC Reg) + Battin will seek to succeed Sen. Dick Ackerman as GOP leader if he resigns to run for Congress (RP Reg)

Legislature: Walked to death. Bills sink when legislators fail to vote + Funding completion of Oakland-Bay Bridge in competing Legislature bills+ Exit exam survives scrutiny (SB Reg) + Lawn mower pollution measure may be trimmed (SB Reg) + Hearing set on indoor air pollution (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Senator: Tribes with casinos should get less U.S. funding + Calexico voters support casino plan. Tribe now needs approval from city, Schwarzenegger

HOW LOW
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LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Hearing granted on new trial for Raiders. State's top panel to review ruling that dismissed suit

Prosecutor Michael A. Savage is appointed Superior Court judge (SB Reg) + McElhany appointed to top Placer court + New Monterey County judge appointed

Roche Laboratories pleas that Sacramento Superior Court stop state from publicly disclosing details of its new contract to supply hepatitis C medication to inmates and mentally ill (SB Reg)

Daniel Weintraub: Medical marijuana case is more federal overkill (SB Reg)

Sacramento & north: Placerville: Search Continues For Missing Woman + Amtrak line halted; man held + Prosecutor Michael A. Savage is appointed Superior Court judge (SB Reg) + Hunt for missing woman (SB Reg) + Grizzly Flat: Apparent homicide victim is identified (SB Reg) + Cash, guns found in drug raid; two held (SB Reg) + McElhany appointed to top Placer court

San Francisco, San Mateo: Ex-St. Luke's doctor held on sexual assault charges + SAN FRANCISCO / Board likely to back Castro bar bias finding + BART police looking for armed robbery suspect + Millbrae: Standoff ends with no arrest, no violence + Daly City resumes billing for false alarms + Menlo Park: Housecleaner sues for back wages + Redwood City: Not guilty plea entered in carjacking + Redwood City: Man pleads not guilty in photographer's death

Alameda: Oakland: Plan to arrest 'sideshow' watchers fails + Oakland: Guilty plea after raid on pot warehouse + Cars vandalized in Piedmont + Underage prostitution reaching crisis level on streets of Oakland + Piedmont: Vandals break 11 car windows + Police probes must proceed + Massage parlor law targets prostitution + Transgender case: Defense attacks credibility of key witness

Santa Clara: San Jose: Secretary flees amid probe, police say + Couple in finger case can enter plea later + Dismembered body is suspect's girlfriend + Police Blotter + How San Jose handles yard cleanup citations + Reward grows for information on slurs

Contra Costa: One arrested in three serial armed thefts in El Cerrito, Albany (CCT Reg)

Marin: Driver's lawyer links bicyclist to road rage confrontations

Sonoma: Investigation of assault of 15-yr-old boy + Pot-laced brownies investigated at Piner

Solano: Tased teen's dad claims 2 officers used undue force

Monterey: Man, 29, enters not guilty plea to drug charges + New Monterey County judge appointed

Central Valley: Mother is sentenced to 11 years for killing baby + Deportation drawing nearer for Origel + Police hunt's starting point is in Modesto + + Lodi men tied to Modesto + 'They're regular people'

Central Coast: Cops and Courts

Southern California: Ex-INS Official in San Diego Is Indicted + Fraud Alleged in Rebel Funding + Death at a Historic Site + Severely Abused Kids Use Art to Find Hope + Sheriff's Department Alters Vehicle Shooting Policy + Feeling Safer? + Deputies Involved In Compton Shooting To Be Disciplined

Michael Jackson: No verdict today: Jackson jury wraps up early + For Celebrity Convicts, a Safe Space Behind Bars


 


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Festival of plays at Foothill College

Dangers' manifesto: pushing the musical limits

Exhibit will highlight history of Santa Cruz County dairies

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LOCAL NEWS:   Bluefin tuna population getting much-needed help

Sacramento & north: Limb Crashes Down On Downtown Sacramento Car + Body Found In Basement After Sacramento House Fire + El Dorado Hills: Agency backs plan for new city (SB Reg) + Gearing up for a busy fire season (SB Reg) + Hints of resolution as embattled coach resumes practices (SB Reg) + Capital woman honored for health care diversity (SB Reg) + KXTV news chief resigns, won't say why (SB Reg) + Man found dead in Land Park house fire (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Downtown residence hotels pose quandary (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Funeral for boy killed by dogs + SF: Forum addresses pit bull warning signs + SF: Mayor proposing preschool for all + Family, friends mourn loss of ‘special' child + Clashes lead to key panel's reform + Big apartment buildings next in eviction fight + Nob Hill enclave shaken by trend + Builders blast extra fees for Rincon Hill project + San Carlos: Bus shelter ban on smoking hits legal snag + County to review Stanford stadium proposal + SamTrans bus fares to be raised on Sept. 1

Alameda: AC Transit proposes 25-cent fare increase. Agency meeting in Oakland today to consider the plan + County drops plan for hospital pot clinic + Saint embraces Castro Valley (CCT Reg) + Uncovering the mysteries of a growing Muslim community + Oakland: Mayor's sideshow proposal defeated + Medical pot store closes in Oakland + Dead activist's parents to visit Oakland + Unofficial results show victories for school taxes + California's top court gives Raiders an off-field victory + Talk of strike at Oakland schools is heating up + Saturday's special sand castle day in Alameda + Police Activities League plays hoops + YMCA deal preserves redwoods + Pleasanton: Cancer treatment center to close + Women's group hits 50-year milestone + Supes approve budget, layoffs + High tension at diversity meeting + Meeting looks at traffic problems + Torrico to host town hall meeting + Nonprofit groups get grants + Supes hear from public on cuts + Voters tab Thorne to fill vacancy + City awards contract for water park + Newark keeps smaller ninth-grade classes + 'Pro-voice' abortion counseling

Santa Clara: Crystal Choir gives kids a chance to shine + Timely change sends runner to big win + Garden takes shape as site of remembrance + Girl wins CCS event in first year of track + Notre Dame senior discovers she can run + Period of adjustment for South S.J. families + Cities overlook immigrants, study suggests + Four men to be honored at Father of Year event + Racing through park + Tips for would-be inventors + Festival of plays + Honoring a heritage + Willow Glen's a stage + Charter school's principal honored + Even governor eyes crazy 152-156 turn + Bay Area Extra + EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS + Autopsy request became official tangle + Upgrade of 911 system criticized + Parcel tax OK lifts spirits + Restaurant owner hopes for return as charity venue + Vietnamese Americans to face off in San Jose City Council election

Contra Costa: Lafayette: $12 million expected for innovative library + Concord fete a first for CSU site (CCT Reg) + Richmond budget reflects a year of restraint (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek grocery store matriarch dies (CCT Reg) + Martinez budget reserves healthy, but unsustainable (CCT Reg) + Foothill High: Parents question value of senior project (CCT Reg) + Danville weighs fate of trees in Costco lot (CCT Reg) + Thorne is ready to start work (CCT Reg) + Dodging a political hot button (CCT Reg) + Caltrans plan for Caldicott Tunnel (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo schools' last days a turmoil (CCT Reg)

Marin: Public gets say on future of MGH + Tiburon woman's mission has sad, but inspiring, end

Sonoma: Ukiah to review policy on recruiters + A crush of cats + Late ballots give school tax issue win + SR Vice Mayor Blanchard allowed 60-day leave + Hospital facing service cutback

Solano: Old business, new focus + Guiliani now aims at Henke + Benicia skaters' dreams get boost + AmCan poised for celebration + Kaiser cited for mercury elimination

Monterey: AMR's contract on life support + Marina project faces next hurdle + Your Town + + Bluefin tuna population getting much-needed help + Natividad lobbies for more funding + Honoring difference-makers + Constitution exam stands as grad rule

Central Valley: Constitution exam stands as grad rule + College Plans on Hold + Storied SOS Club hopes for rebound + Surprise showers spritz Modesto + Tests find metal in dirt piles + Turlock, Delhi school boundary adjustment put off until August + Sun sets peacefully on Ripon senior class + Patterson City Hall bill climbs by $1M + One in 7 of us is Hispanic, census says + Teacher ID'd as victim in car crash + Free the UC Bobcat, protesters urge + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + Tracy's lesson in gay rights. As former farm town grows, it must confront big-city issues + Riverbank's bounce house plan boosts safety, doesn't deflate fun + Great Valley Center worthy of our support

Central Coast: Study: Get used to traffic woes + VA clinic facing closure + Jackson fan looks forward to verdict + Watsonville City Council pledges to fight repeal of retirement tax + New Watsonville youth center chief’s mission: Draw more teens + Santa Cruz budget cuts on hold till Aug. 30 + Live Oak restaurant bilked of cash, sandwich + Family honors late matriarch with Red Cross blood drive + Reading program produces winning results + Exhibit will highlight history of Santa Cruz County dairies + Library needs volunteers to thumb through books + S.V. school district names interim superintendent + Coast Lines + As We See It: Hospital’s fiscal woes

Southern California: U.S. faces becoming as diverse as LA + Hahn, Villaraigosa talk of transition + Ready to fly on airport issue + Killer sought in death of Arleta man + Illegal immigration to grow? + Hello, goodbye re: Martin Ludlow + A new direction? + 3rd Bidder's the Charm: New Owner Takes El Matador Off O.C.'s Hands + Long Beach to Continue Talks on Energy Plant + Battle Over Broad Beach Takes New Turn, With Earthmoving Equipment + Freedom of Peach? Someone's a Little Fuzzy on Their Facts + Report Assails Former AIDS Program Chief + Avocado Grower, Packer Team Up + Marine Recruit Depot Could Be Closed + Inspections Missed Cracked Rail Joint + Laguna Beach Families Wait While Geologists Drill for Landslide Answers + New Mayor to Lead MTA Board + Homeowners sue to block Best Buy + San Diego Daily Digest: Morning Recap + Hospital ship back in San Diego after aiding tsunami victims + San Diego: 1996 memo detailed pension strategy + Campbell weighs joining race for seat vacated by Cox (OC Reg) + Battin will seek to succeed Sen. Dick Ackerman as GOP leader if he resigns to run for Congress (RP Reg) + Chino group planning to patrol Mexican border near San Diego delays launch until Sept. 16 + Jury awards gay, ex-Poway H.S. students $300 K

School days: I'm Trying To Learn Arabic. Why is it taking so long? + Delida Wong 's focus on future -- not just hers. Lowell grad dedicated to her own success as well as a better life for her single mother + Oriinda: High school seniors design courses. Innovative program designed to bypass 2nd-semester slump + Foothill High: Parents question value of senior project (CCT Reg) + Mt. Diablo schools' last days a turmoil (CCT Reg) + EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS + Fremont sixth-grade teachers strike a chord + Don't underestimate young sleuths + UCSC engineering dean wins award + S.V. school district names interim superintendent + Constitution exam stands as grad rule + Calistoga High principal pulls racy pages from student yearbook

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
22 Iraqi soldiers taken captive near Syrian border + U.S. Officials Negotiate to Pull Insurgents Into Political Process; 10 Killed in Offensive + Shia leader seeks security role for militia + Baghdad pursues slow death policy against gunmen, accusations against al-Jaafari government of targeting Baghdad Sunnis + At least 18 killed in 3 simultaneous suicide bombings. U.S., Iraqi troops launch offensive against insurgents + Army unit works its mission on streets of Tikrit. Risky strolls in city seek to win allies in Hussein's old turf + 19 killed in clashes in Iraq + Iraqi officials killed + Pirates raid oil tanker at Basra + Iraqi official: Fighters ready to talk + Sunnis seek more representation + U.S. toll + A Daily Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraq Officials Hammer Out Constitution -- Delicately + A show trial in the making: Iraqi officials outline charges vs. Saddam Hussein

AFGHANISTAN: Two U.S. Troops Killed, Eight Wounded in Mortar Attack in Afghanistan

MIDDLE EAST: Kuwaiti Shiites excluded from state posts

Israel, Palestine: Israel launches airstrike on Gaza militants + Clashes kill 6 in West Bank, Gaza. New violence strains cease-fire between Israelis, Palestinians + Abbas Urges Calm as Israelis Launch Airstrike in Gaza + Ex-chief rabbi comes out against refusal of orders + PA Chairman arrives in Gaza to settle disputes with militants + PM aides: Public is being misled about pullout preparations + Dahlan: Israel hampering pullout coordination

RUSSIA: Baltic states aim to use WWII results to make Russia pay multi-billion compensations

EUROPE: Who is now running France? A would-be Napoleon

Morocco, Spain agree to re-launch search for Sahara conflict solution, communiqué

Stardom: Portugal: The Burning Has Begun

Israeli fury as Straw admits Britain has held talks with Hamas

CENTRAL ASIA: (WaPo) Decision on Uzbekistan + Uzbek Deaths Called a 'Massacre': Jim Lobe + Bullets 'fell like rain' during Uzbek massacre

Kazakhstan's Kleptocracy: Justin Raimondo

AFRICA: Businesses sprout out of Africa

22 die in Ethiopian election protest + Arrests follow Ethiopian deaths + Eyewitness: Running in fear

Khartoum to obey International Criminal Court: we do not want confrontation with the Security Council

SA deputy leader aide jailed

ASIA PACIFIC: When an Indian hawk turns dove

Red fear in Hong Kong

China's border barometer

Quake may be 'imminent' warns tsunami expert

Taiwan raises bar for constitutional change. New rules may ease concerns in Beijing

AMERICAS: Rain Forest Myth Goes Up in Smoke Over the Amazon

Is Bolivia on the Edge of Revolution? + Chaos in Bolivia as Congress attempts to pick new leader. Battles clog streets -- lawmakers aren't sure where to meet

Two Federal Lawmakers, Two Mayors, Top Judge Leave El Salvador's Main Opposition Party

President Invites Former Ruling Party to Celebrate Mexico's Break From Past

Brazil's Governing Party Tries to Contain Damage From Corruption Scandal

Peru Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesting Fujimori Supporters

Life at the Limits: Homeless in Guatemala.

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Reformers Turn Up the Heat on the FBI

3 FBI bigs helped Felt, sez ex-agent

FBI chief in LA to quit post (LAT Reg)

Senate panel OKs sweeping FBI subpoena powers

Lodi terror probe took years + Cousin: Terror Suspect Forced to Confess + FBI Watched Lodi Suspects + Read the FBI affidavit (PDF)

C.I.A. Is Reviewing Its Security Policy for Recruiting Translators

Intelligence-Transfer Proposal Withdrawn

An Established Law Enforcement Tool, Use of FISA information in trials

How did man with bloody chainsaw cross border into U.S.?

FBI Questions Man as Bomb Squad Examines Suspicious Packages on Train in Richmond, CA

Pakistan Police Arrest 8 Shiites Linked to Attack on Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant

Tech vs. Terrorism

Taming terror on the high seas

Defector claims to be China's spy master + 'Secret documents exchanged' for asylum + Chinese Diplomat Says His Country Spies + Downer in row over asylum bid + Diplomat would 'rather die' than return home + A 'spy' downloads on China

I saw lost man in Egypt jail: Habib

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Chinese Boy Asks for Stay of Deportation, Citing Fear

Jurors Clear Learjet in Payne Stewart Plane Crash

Body of Student Who Disappeared in April During Trip to NYC Found in Hudson River

Abbott, Teva Settle TriCor Patent Dispute

Scrushy Jury Gets Time off After 12 Days Without Verdict

Mexico Navy Seizes Four Tons of Apparent Cocaine

Aruban Prosecutors Say They'll Have to Come Up With Evidence for Suspects to Be Held More Than a Week

Employees of Scandal-Plagued Chicago City Department Charged in Heroin Investigation

Briton accused of military hacking released

Accused Pentagon Hacker in Court

Rehnquist Plays Out Last Term in Losing Side

Between Iraq & a safe place, Chaldeans battle deportation

Chinese gamer sentenced to life

Michael Jackson: Jackson Attorney Issues Statement Assuring Court He Hasn't Violated Gag Order; Jury Wraps Up Third Day of Deliberations

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IT Pay Rising for Hot Skills

The need for speed. Design instructors want the auto industry to go green, but students are resisting

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive + Google's Thriving Advertising Model Has Math Roots

How Humble BBS Begat Wired World

Wiki Targets How-To Buffs

Supernova Remnant Menagerie

Scientists Help Develop First Single Molecule Transistor

Goddard Technologist Proposes Sensitive High-tech Robot Skin

Methane Doesn't Necessarily Mean Life On Mars, Says Dartmouth Study

Experts Hope Policy Breathes Life Into Asthma Treatment Method

'Ice volcano' found on Titan moon

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Mark Morford: Hideously Skinny White Girls

Church of Satan in New York City

Forget a Coffin, Wear Grandma on Your Finger

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Enron Lives!: Former Army Sec. White Wants Govt. Money for New Energy Scam

Forbes: How credit firms profit from ID theft

Pixar, Disney could reconcile

PG&E bids to keep assets

Chinese firm weighs bid for Unocal (LAT Reg)

YellowPages Goes for Gold

Pravda: World's economic future is not about the USA at all

Shellshock on the island terrified by oil giant's pipeline

Saudis Say Request for Relaxed Nuclear Oversight Is Not Prelude to Weapons Development

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Hillary Urges Press to Probe Bush

E&P Confab Kicks Off With Panel on Blogs and Journalism

'USA Today' Defends Lack of Coverage for Downing Street Memo

Bill Introduced to Limit FOIA Exemptions

San Diego City Attorney moving slowly on some public records requests

Audience for ethnic media huge in California

History of Reuters

Today's papers

MILITARY  Army Appears Headed to Recruiting Shortfall for 2005; Long-Term Outlook Uncertain

Joining Up to Dodge a Dead End

R.E. Graswich: WWII pilot can still spot trouble aboard one of his beloved B-24s (SB Reg)

Divorce rate among active duty officers has risen dramatically

Soldier with Type 1 diabetes deploys to Iraq

Severely wounded inspire new initiatives


Voluntary Biometric ID Gets First Taker

Flowers may be activist weapon

Scientists study scientists behaving badly

A new breed of Black Panther

Anarchist Prof David Graeber, Canned From Yale

Blood for pork....

Boeing tanker scandal. Blame but no punishment

U.S. contracts allege being beatin by Marines

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Anti-Gay Calif. Judge Confirmed To Federal Appeals Court + Judge orders St. Augustine to fly gay pride flags + Maine Anti-Gay Amendment Dies + Singapore bars gay party for "public interest" + Church appoints tribunal to bring peace on gay row

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Pandemic warnings spark rush for bird flu drug

The Coming Pandemic


Scientists find key to stem cell immortality

Sorry, but We've Got Really Bad Chemistry

Staying physically fit while you work

Alicia's story: Cancer, Despair, Hope, Faith (Chapter Four)

ImClone Shares Up After It Says Erbitux With Radiation Prevents Spread of Head, Neck Cancer

Peru's 'miracle Baby' Recovering Well a Week After Surgery to Separate Fused Legs

Rivals Spur Men to Produce Better Sperm

Today: Could children's baby teeth be a life saver?

Breast cancer lures stem cells to survive

Raisins Fight Oral Bacteria

Liverpool Placenta Study Could Save Lives

Female orgasm is 'down to genes'

'Brown Fat' Cells Hold Clues For Possible Obesity Treatments

Omega-3 Offers Hope For New Anti-breast Cancer Drugs

Team IDs Mechanism For Multiplying Adult Stem Cells

Research Explains How The Brain Finds Waldo

Possible Treatment Found For 'Chemobrain'

Math Optimizes Kidney Matches

Diabetics Susceptible To Compromised Cardiovascular Function From High Levels Of Air Pollution

Global Analysis Of Membrane Proteins

Latest U.S. Mental Health Tracking Survey Shows Mixed Results Of Progress

Drug Therapy Eases Symptoms In Many Crohn's Disease Patients

Salt Kicks Hypertension Up A Notch

Potential Reinforcing Role Of Earthworm Species In Plant Resistance To Parasitic Nematodes

THE BUSHWORLD...

Despite U.S. Rejection of Talks With Hamas, Contacts Behind the Scenes

White House Allows for Possibility of Closing Guantanamo Prison Camp

Bush, Blair Dismiss ‘Fixed’ Iraq Report

Bush's nominee as U.S. ambassador to Iraq lists priorities

G8 scientists tell Bush: Act now - or else...

US urges Ethiopian restraint

Bush hails Turkey as democratic example

US troops to train in Paraguay for 18 months

Africa: Bush promises more U.S. funds for Africa. But he refuses to endorse Blair's plan to double aid from wealthiest nations + U.S. Begins Largest Ever Military Training in Northern Africa + Blair's deal with Bush is only the first stage, campaigners say

Arms Fiascoes Lead to Alarm Inside Pentagon

Rumsfeld, Norwegians Sign Military Deal

White House Downplays Climate Report Edits + Official altered reports on links to global warming.

 U.S. calls Beijing on piracy

Bolton: Why John Bolton Has No Friends + Citizens Committee for Right to Keep and Bear Arms endorses Bolton

Syria, Lebanon: Syria's 'Great Leap' Sideways +  Baath congress wants active and transparent leadership + Activists Ask Syria to Free Detainees +  Preparations underway for third phase of Lebanese elections + US senator meets Annan, accuses Syria of killing Hariri

N. Korea: Reversal: North Korea Won't Return to Talks Yet + Bush administration intensifies pressure on North Korea + US wants N Korea to prepared for talks + Bush Urges China to Push N. Korea on Nukes

Rice: US works well with ElBaradei: Rice+ U.S. Drops Opposition To IAEA Chief

Domestic: EPA policy imperils kids, suit says. Acceptable pesticide level called too high for farm children + Report: FAA Inspections Not Keeping Up With Airline Industry Changes + Government IG Clears Crawford of Allegations Surrounding Purported Affair

Congress: Senate OKs Brown, Ends Pryor Filibuster

Reformers Turn Up the Heat on the FBI + Senate Committee Expands Police State Powers of FBI

Medicinal marijuana backers try, try again in House vote. Slim hope for bill that would quash top court ruling

House Panel Votes to Cut U.S. Dues to U.N. Unless Changes Made

Democrats: The mouth that won't stop roaring. Even some Democrats weary of Dean's blunt style + Democratic Party Chairman Defends His Remarks About GOP + Some Leading Democrats Are Now Screaming - at Dean + Bloggermann: Kerry on impeachment

GOP: Judge to hear recall complaint against Spokane mayor + Bush Crony Katherine Harris Plans Senate Run + Schanberg: McCain and the Missing P.O.W.'s and M.I.A.'s

OPINIONS:

John Vidal: Revealed -- How oil giant Exxon influenced Bush policy

(WaPo) War in Iraq Has Not Made U.S. Safer

Rep. John Conyers, a street fighter in the halls of Congress

Robert Parry: President Bush, with the candlestick....

Robert Kuttner: Why Hillary?

Joshua Holland: The Conservative Circuit-Court Conspiracy

Muriel Gray: Really wicked solutions needed to beat Bush

Paul Krassner: Abbie absolved

Talk to Hamas, the group says it's dying for everyone to listen

From Samir to Sassine, the perils of a security void

Rangel: Bush Iraq 'Fraud' as Bad as Holocaust

Who Cares About Iraqis?: Dahr Jamail

Bush's Terrorist: the Case of Posada Carriles

Va. Gov. Warner to AP: Democratic Prez Candidate Must Buck Party Orthodoxy



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Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Versatile, but Forever 'Mrs. Robinson'

Arts festival big draw for Burbank

Oakland prepares variety of events to observe Juneteenth

Wayans hope for two snaps up from Oakland

Hollywood remakes go for diverse casting

In Fiction, a Long History of Fixation on the Social Gap

Unknown Bach cantata discovered

Jimi Hendrix's old house tangled in a red-tape haze

Comic daring in new works by Elaine May, Julio Cho

Peter Brook: Three cheers for the cheap seats

Jumpin’ Jack White

John Updike on Robert Littell

When an inn was fit for a king

Adam Gopnik on the dean of New York novelists

Martian territory

Edinburgh's Magnificent Mile

Researcher: Jesus died of blood clot

The Jack London Collection

Research To Investigate Links Between Ancient Greeks And Modern Science Fiction

Tale of the professor who took 'alien abductees' seriously

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Rasheda Ali champions dad's cause

Rush & Molloy: Getting a Reid on Bon Jovi no-show

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Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

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The Governor:   Gov. mum on pick for high court + Governor faced with big judicial appointment + Race likely to be factor in who may replace Brown (SB Reg) + Gov.'s visit to Santa Monica draws protests + Ballot OKd on use of public workers' union dues + Teacher tenure reform makes ballot + Judge's ruling reaffirms ratio of nurses to patients + Governor to appeal final nurse ruling + Niello blasts unions' power (SB Reg) + Dan Walters: On-time budget unimportant - except to politicians involved (SB Reg) + Critics complain Gov.'s initiative tactic freezes lawmakers out of major debates (SJM Reg) + Raising the stakes + Biography Compares Schwarzenegger, Reagan + Schrag: Dem's soak-the-rich tax increase proposal is justified for people who just got biggest federal tax cuts in history (SB Reg) + Who has profited from Gov.'s constant campaigning? (CCT Reg) + Initiative sponsors raise millions for the fight (OC Reg) + Inland hopes for Regents pick foiled again (RP Reg)

Panel increases inspection funds for day care, foster care (SB Reg)

State's Guard chief quits amid controversy. Paper had reported questions on his firearms credentials

Cities and Counties Balk at Plan for State Spending Cap

Chronic Hunger Is a Growing Problem in California, Study Finds

Roads will keep crumbling until we're willing to pay

California farmers lobby for relief to save sinking family farms

BelAir Networks "unwires" California city

Legislature: State bill would maintain ban on unwanted faxes

Indian tribes: Editorial: Pombo's casino bill is balanced (CCT Reg) + Pombo's bill hearing draws debate on East Bay casinos (CCT Reg) + Plan in works for first San Joaquin County casino + Restaurant group: Tribe shut us out / Morongos: Group had requested a lease termination + Tribe hopes to build casino in Flag City + Lobbyist Helped Paying Tribes Meet Bush + Shady Lobbyist Set Up Meeting Between Bush, Indians

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

9th Circuit: Random search at airports ruled OK

Federal judge speed decision on prison medical system (SB Reg) + State prison officials aim to fix prison health care (SJM Reg)

Sacramento & north: Two in Lodi accused of al-Qaida links (SB Reg) + Raids stun close-knit Pakistani community (SB Reg) + Officer stands before judge (SB Reg) + No graduation, judge says (SB Reg) + Three arrested in identity theft probe (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Thief's no hack at making a quick buck on stolen taxicabs. Ersatz driver collects fares, then ditches vehicles + SF: Prosecutors plan to add charges against BALCO founder + SF: Mauling victim is mourned + 9th Circuit: Random search at airports ruled OK + Bay Bridge to expand FasTrak + Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon + City prosecutors target next heist suspects + Redwood City: Restraining order granted against deacon with guns + Labor Dept. sues So. City firm + Redwood City: Midcoast zoning principles pass + ReCompute recycles PCs for free + DMV instructor pleads no contest to fondling charge + Millbrae resident sparks all-day standoff + Daly City man accused of killing son appears in court

Alameda: Oakland: Mayor pushes for power to arrest 'sideshow' spectators + Hernandez becomes presiding Alameda County judge (CCT Reg) + Man allegedly sent sex photos to teen (CCT Reg) + Witness gives details of Araujo's slaying (CCT Reg) + Witness details slaying of transgender teenager + Home invasion terrifies Alamedan + Father is charged in tot's 2004 death + Deputies crack decade-old case + Alamedan assaulted in break-in + Ex-supervisor gets probation + Deal ends attempted-murder case + Masked men hold up Warm Springs bank

Santa Clara: Palo Alto: D.A. won't retry officers accused of assault -- they'll pay $250 fine + San Jose school secretary sought in $483,000 theft (CCT Reg) + Reward increased in S.J. racist graffiti incident (SJM Reg) + Slaying suspect due in court (SJM Reg) + Hanging out online can turn ugly (SJM Reg) + Cops in beating pay $250 fines (SJM Reg) + Medicinal pot tempts teen burglars (SJM Reg) + Ex-DMV instructor admits to fondling (SJM Reg) + Herhold: Not finely balanced justice, but complicated case (SJM Reg) + Police Blotter

Contra Costa: Moraga bank robber still at large + Moraga: Fleeing robber fires at employee (CCT Reg) + Suspicious packages force Richmond stations to close + Pleasant Hill: Bludgeoning suspect fought mental illness. Victim kept caring her for son after he attacked her in '03 + Walnut Creek: Grand jury indicts man in fraud case + Danville: Police deny brutality in arrest (CCT Reg) + Slaying ends son, mother's tumult (CCT Reg) + Discovery Bay woman killed in hit-and-run (CCT Reg)

Sonoma: 15-yr-old Santa Rosa boy beaten, sexually assaulted + Teen drivers, beware + Marine recruiters face sex charges in Ukiah cases

Napa: County judge Snowden to retire after 25 years

Solano: City teen shocked by police+ Vallejo Police Calls + Benicia Police Calls

Monterey: Gang member charged in mall shooting + Drug charges were dismissed in 2004 in Moss Landing case

Central Valley: Corruption lands ex-supe, sheriff in jail + San Joaquin County deputies, guards sporting new uniforms + Two more sentenced in Stockton port scam (CCT Reg) + Court asked to lift graduation rule + Cannon-noise lawsuit dismissed + 2 suspects in smash-and-grab thefts held + 2 sentenced in corruption case + Law & Order

Central Coast: Community involvement key to ending city’s violence + Group seeks to join testing suit + Shooting victims aren’t cooperating, police say + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Former O.C. Judge Found Guilty of DUI + I-10 Shut Down for Hours After Pursuit Ends in Freeway Standoff + Two Found Shot Dead in Glen Avon + This Break-In Wasn't Difficult to Detect, Looking Back On It + Violent crime falls in L.A., jumps in 'safe' Simi Valley + Most illegal aliens freed on bail, own recognizance + Gangster gets two life sentences + 'Cross' bandit hits Valley bank + FBI chief in LA to quit post (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson jury deliberates as fans grow edgy


Versatile, but Forever 'Mrs. Robinson'

Arts festival big draw for Burbank

Oakland prepares variety of events to observe Juneteenth

Wayans hope for two snaps up from Oakland

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LOCAL NEWS:   State wants to kill endangered bighorns that mingle with domestic sheep

Wet, wild and sustainable -- how we can save the oceans

Sacramento & north: New generation hits the road in fully loaded RVs (SB Reg)+ Ailing users loyal to pot (SB Reg) + Final salute to a Marine (SB Reg) + Programs proliferate to keep seniors driving safely (SB Reg) + Council again alters process for approving K Street plans (SB Reg) + In rebel tradition, Freeport voters reject annexation (SB Reg)+ Council likely to raise water, garbage fees (SB Reg) + Man crushed in backhoe accident (SB Reg) + Passer-by saves girl from major injury (SB Reg) + UC Davis to lose acclaimed 'quiet hero"' (SB Reg) + Port gives consultant extension of contract (SB Reg) + Dispute may affect 28,000 at Marshall Medical Center (SB Reg) + Bob Shallit: Developer doesn't feel he's cornered (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Training video prequel: 49ers apologize anew. Earlier tape made by outgoing PR director + SF: Campaign kicked off to lure sports events + Zoo's grizzlies nameless no more. Kachina, Kiona picked from among 750 contest entries + SF: Massage parlors draw new scrutiny + Frosty reception for hotels' offer + Peninsula in Brief (SJM Reg) + Muni: Change to subway plan saves $100 million + Supervisor proposes higher city sales tax + Laguna Honda Hospital project moves ahead + Around City Hall + P.J. Corkery: Annemarie Conroy is no Cassandra + San Mateo: Firefighters protest budget at last minute + Daly City school district considers leasing Colma Elementary

Alameda: Alameda County rejects hospital marijuana dispensary + Parcel taxes OKd to fund 2 districts. Piedmont, Palo Alto voters approve higher levies + Piedmont voters overwhelmingly pass 2 school parcel tax measures (CCT Reg) + Alameda County : Narrow victory for schools tax measure (CCT Reg) + Offices agree to share pain to ease budget burden (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton: Thorne leading race for council (CCT Reg) + Composting manure may have ignited Livermore grass fire (CCT Reg) + Pot measure a tough sell in Congress + Supervisors OK ordinance regulating medical marijuana + Bay Bridge to add lanes for FasTrak + Ethics panel not through with port + County budget kinder to public safety + Buddhist temple wants more than divine consent + Close win for Island school tax + Wayans hope for two snaps up from Oakland + Fremont man, at 71, awarded the Purple Heart + Cal State East Bay president steps in for keynote address + San Leandro residents plead to stop project + Students donate to foster charity + Technology nonprofit marks 50 years of service + Homie coming to Oakland? + Parcel tax measures pass in Piedmont, too close to call in Alameda + Helen Ketchum, local TV personality, dies at age 82 + 2.1 percent pay raise approved for Oakland council members + High water flows close the Mokelumne River + San Leandro OKs townhouse project + Crash floods I-680 with diesel fuel + NUMMI dodges cuts in shake-up + Fremont, Union City have one for the road + Dialysis training facility first of its kind in area + Developers to reveal Patterson Ranch housing proposals + ATM found, cash isn't; police seek its origin + Pleasanton: Voters tab Thorne to fill vacancy + Golf change could top $1 million + County budget reductions less than first feared

Santa Clara: San Jose council race heads for runoff. Pleasanton, Fairfax, Atherton voters also go to the polls + Residents oppose change in cemetery permit (SJM Reg) + Against all odds, student triumphs (SJM Reg) + Nguyens to battle in S.J. council runoff (SJM Reg) + Stanford's new stadium: modern look and fewer seats (SJM Reg) + Tsunami relief stumbling, report says (SJM Reg) + Weimers: McEnery has new statue idea (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Homeowners reach deal on open space. Easement to protect habitats of species that are threatened + Bd of Supervisors: Federal ruling to be appealed on religious services + Swett tax measure faltering (CCT Reg) + San Ramon, Danville hand over data on salaries (CCT Reg) + Landowners swap land for right to build homes (CCT Reg) + Dog breed ban encouraged (CCT Reg) + Brockman leads Brentwood race (CCT Reg) + Concord budget calls for fee hikes, job cuts (CCT Reg) + Supervisors vow to keep rehab programs (CCT Reg)

Marin: Honoring the dead while opposing the war + Fairfax tax hike easily approved + Rule revisions for Tomales Bay water might aid ranchers + Mill Valley bumps parking rates + Consumer group blasts Nation votes on health bills + Officials break ground on $4 million museum complex in San Rafael + Local teens win big scholarships for performances + Union takes pay case to county + Marin Arts Council decorates Civic Center + Marin woman, Arnold Palmer pair up for a lifetime

Sonoma: School tax measure cliffhangers + Windsor OKs 'New Urbanist village' + Ukiah tax passes; Mendocino hospital levy fails + SR downtown property owners to share parking rights + 56-unit affordable housing planned

Napa: Napa Valley Horseman Association may try to buy 850-acre sanctuary + Police concessions would avoid layoffs, city says + Napa makes it harder to make apartments into condos

Solano: Council rejects 9-1-1 fee + Affordable homes? Not here + County board drops idea of banning sludge + No decision on 'sunshine' + Skyline trail is being built + Suisun reveals developer, but not its plans, for Main Street + Fairfield nearer to tax measure on ballot + Supes won't weigh in on transportation tax yet

Monterey: Internees graduate, 6 decades later + Offshore fishing bill draws local ire + Pitt bull controversy + Your Town + Panel to tackle marine protection + University pulls out of plant deal + Pajaro Wal-Mart battle heats up + Council approves Segway permit + Salinas libraries to be open longer + Life turned upside down

Central Valley: Modesto OKs cuts to police, fire and parks + More to Briggsmore + Great Valley Center worthy of our support+ State boards want landfill cleaned up + Speaker reacts to county's inquiry + Teaching fourth-graders about Tuolumne River + Turlock plans would develop city's southwest + The Swing Set + Ripon reversal saves buildings + On To The Future + Gustine delays cheese plant bill + Street widening project to close Oakdale Road + No driver named in fatal accident + New Look for Bret Harte + Fresh Pickings + News & Notes + Around the Region + 'Malign neglect' of sewers forces our money down drain

Central Coast: Demand pushes up home prices + Watsonville hospital plans layoffs + Ocean conservationists want kids to start a revolution + Farmers fight urbanization + Bill would allow fish farming up to 200 miles off U.S. shores + S.V. High graduate’s future is looking bright +  + Santa Cruz moves to seize downtown plot + Supervisors accept cash to fight pot + County mulls larger library + Supervisors approve revamped housing proposal + Watsonville restaurants serve up profits for low-income families + Santa Cruz education group seeks support at tough time

Southern California: No Homes Are Threatened by Slide + Suit to Block Development Settled + O.C. Sets Lineup of Firms to Handle Debt Refi + Budgets for Public Safety Still Growing + Villaraigosa Urges Delay in Port Votes + Plan to Kill Bighorns to Protect Herds From Disease Protested + A Cry for Trauma Care + Graduation Ceremonies Moved to Other Locations + Emigres Oppose Visit by Vietnam's Leader + Heartfelt Tribute Draws Residents' Ire + Vote on Gas Plant Draws Hundreds + Ludlow Wins Nomination to Be Labor Chief + San Diego Daily Digest: Morning Recap + San Diego's audit committee calls for new actuary + San Diego: Council quashes transferal of prosecutorial powers + LA: Surprise! 4.3% hike for water? + Death camp survivors reunited after 60 years + Supervisors vote 3-2 to boost library tax + A new direction for LA Mayor? + News briefs from Southern California + Campaign for Cox's seat well under way (OC Reg)

School days: Catfight over UC Merced mascot. Animal rights advocate wants bobcat freed in wild + San Jose/Evergreen Community College begins probe into job bias claims + Walnut Creek: Teachers won't walk with graduates Quindlen: Tests don't address school problems + Stanford teacher's cartoon guide covers chemistry (SJM Reg) +  Santa Cruz education group seeks support at tough time + Against all odds student triumphs (SJM Reg)

 June 7, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraqi Army Checkpoints Bombed; 19 Killed, 19 Hurt in Coordinated Attacks + Other Iraq Hot Spots May Flare (LAT Reg) + Car Bombs Kill at Least 20 as Attacks Roil Northern Iraq + Prescient insurgency experts want tactical changes + At Least 443 People Killed in Car Bombings Since April 28 Announcement of Government+ A brutal death in Baghdad's gridlock + Pentagon takes aim at rank and file of al-Qaeda + U.S. fixates on capturing al-Zarqawi + Shortly After Setting Up, an Iraqi Base Is Bombed + Iraqi Navy develops Maritime Security Operations + Six Iraqis and American soldier killed + US, Iraqi Troops Launch Tal Afar Offensive + U.S. toll + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Iraqi politician says two insurgent groups ready for dialogue + Al-Sadr raps Iraqi politics + IRAQ: Corruption is a Larger Problem Than Terrorism + Iraqi Government Backs Away From Statement That Saddam Will Be Tried Within Two Months

War prisons: Failed escape sparks Abu Ghraib riot + Some Guantanamo Inmates Still Dangerous

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban, Al-Qaida Launch Plan to Destabilize Elections, Afghan Government Says + Taliban backbone said broken, but still a danger

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Jerusalem Park Plan Imperils Arab Homes + Fresh clashes rattle Palestinian-Israeli truce + IDF chief urges patience after 3 killed in Gaza blast + Israel offers link between West Bank and Gaza + Wolfensohn, Straw to visit Israel + Sharon pledges holy city will be Israel's forever

RUSSIA: New Times Loom for Fabled Lefortovo Prison + The Rollback of Democracy In Vladimir Putin's Russia

EUROPE: Is Chancellor Schroeder Preparing to Resign?

Cherry-picking may be the way out, hints Straw

Hungary's Parliament Elects Opposition Candidate President in Setback for Government

Turkey and Ukraine agree to boost energy cooperation

CENTRAL ASIA: Revolution rumored to hit Europe's 'last dictatorship,' Belarus

Uzbek killings a 'massacre', says Human Rights Watch

AFRICA: World Bank President Says Responsibility, Courage by Some African Countries Supports More Aid

Sudan deploys lawyers to stall war crimes case

Libyan Court Acquits Nine Policemen and a Doctor of Torturing Medics Into Confession

ASIA PACIFIC: Laos Frees, Deports 3 of 4 U.S. Activists (LAT Reg)

Filipino President was 'recorded fixing election'

Time runs out for Cambodian conspirator

Pakistan's sectarian monster

AMERICAS: Official: Haiti Would Welcome U.S. Troops to Secure Elections

Demonstrators and Police Clash in Bolivia as President's Offer to Resign Fails to Quell Unrest + Friedsky: Bolivia Resignation

Brazilian Stocks Plunge Again Amid Government Corruption Allegations

Colombia Claims Ownership of Missile Parts Seized in Venezuela

Chilean Appeals Court Strips Pinochet of Immunity in Tax Evasion Case

US immunity in Colombia scrutinized

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Reshaped U.S. intelligence bureaucracy lacks `clear strategic vision' + Experts question intelligence agencies' abilities to thwart attacks

Bill Would Give CIA More Power Overseas

The Only Watergate Film That Got Deep Throat Right

Tampa: Line Between Ideas, Aid Is at Issue as Terrorism Trial Begins (LAT Reg) + Defense: Co-Defendants in Florida Terrorism Trial Have No Links to Jihad Group

Scientific Paper on Milk Supply Delayed for Security Reasons

Pakistan: We gave U.S. al-Qaida's No. 3 man

Chen's spy claim backed by second defector + Chen goes straight to the top + China defector in Australia contacts U.S. mission+ Chinese defector offers information on secret agents+ Chinese whispers + Labor blasts DIMIA over diplomat tip-off + Fugitive diplomat may still get to stay + Labor demands espionage review + A fragile China friendship + Spy network allegation `fabricated' Beijing says + China denounces Chen's accusations+ Defector won't be punished: China + Chen's life could be in danger in China: refugee + History shows defector has reason to fear the worst + Straits Times denied access to its detained reporter in China

Second scare for Indonesian embassy

Portugal-U.K. Flight Diverted

School Food a Terror Target?

Straw confirms British contact with Hamas + Analysis: treading carefully

U.S. and Philippines Troops in Joint Exercises

How to Out-Google Google

Al Qaeda in Latin America

NIST Demonstrates Key Step In Use Of Quantum Computers For Code-Breaking

Assessing A New Security Threat: Liquefied Natural Gas Facility

MILITARY

Report: World Military Spending in 2004 Broke $1 Trillion, Back to Cold War Levels

Weather forecast was crucial for D-Day

Military records to show how luminaries served

Spanish judge wants to question U.S. troops on Iraq deaths

Top 10 Lists: New U.S. Army Weapons and Gear

ARMORED WARFARE: Cooling Off Strykers

INFORMATION WARFARE: The Pentagon Wimps Out

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Judge Brown Appears to Follow Own Conservative Path

Details emerge on Aruba suspects + Why Is the FBI Searching for That Woman in Aruba?

U.S.' Years-Long Battle With Tobacco Firms Nears an End

Man Who Preyed on Christians Gets 14 Years in Investment Scheme

Microsoft loses Excel patent case

Walmart photo developer: "We can't release the pictures to you without a copyright release form signed by the photographer" Click.

Condemned Killer Challenges Tennessee's Lethal Injection Method

Texas Governor Signs Reform Bill for Child Protective Services

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson 'Fighting Back as An Artist'

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Apple gains room to grow. Intel deal could offer benefits beyond selling more PCs + Will Macintosh software run on new machines? + Company aims to level playing field with rivals + Apple's Next Test: Get Developers to Write Programs for Intel Chips

Seattle tops list of best wireless cities

United Airlines to offer Internet access

PSP Hackers Go Retro

Rocketeers Pick Canadian Launch Site

Is Linux Losing a Step?

A molecule is, in fact, a transistor

Looking Deep In Earth, Researchers See Upwellings That Could Be Root Of Volcanic Islands

Nanotube Water Doesn't Freeze -- Even At Hundreds Of Degrees Below Zero

Leading Theories Of Cosmic Explosions Contradicted In A Flash

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Unusual Agreement: Squatters Offered Lease for Keeping Property Clean

Wealth porn

Thousands of Pupils Bullied by Camera Phone

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

GM Cutting 25K Jobs + A Look at GM's Hourly Work Force Over the Years

SF developer Catellus is purchased

Ex-SEC chief tells it his way

TEC index sees ongoing slowdown in economy

Is movie biz in trouble? Or can it hang in there?

As competition heats up, jobs fly into China

Worst-Case Scenario

How to Duck Cell Phone Taxes

Can 'Made in Europe' survive?

Airlines blame financial woes on pensions + Big pension plans fall further behind

MILITARY  Report: World Military Spending in 2004 Broke $1 Trillion, Back to Cold War Levels

Weather forecast was crucial for D-Day

Military records to show how luminaries served

Spanish judge wants to question U.S. troops on Iraq deaths

Top 10 Lists: New U.S. Army Weapons and Gear

Cooling Off Strykers

The Pentagon Wimps Out

LEAKGATES

Citizen 9/11 panel keeps pressure on FBI, Congress

FBI Reforms Are Lagging, 9/11 Panel Member Warns (LAT Reg) + FBI Fails to Transform Itself, Panel Says

The Sunday Times: US and UK manipulated intelligence in order to attack Iraq, causes inquiry

Lactivists' mobilize to promote right to breast-feed in public

Greenpeace Protesters Plead Guilty in Road Obstruction Campaign

Ex-Seattle Police Chief takes rap for WTO in his memoirs

Films Capture Iraq's Brutal Truth

Geldof takes to the waves with call for Sail8 flotilla to 'recreate Dunkirk' + Edinburgh Live 8 line-up unveiled

Blogs ordered to register in China

Blood for pork....

Senators call report on Boeing tanker deal inadequate + E-Mails Detail Air Force Push for Boeing Deal

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Media urges make Jackson jury questions public

Local Columnist Elizabeth Cohen Gets National Attention

'S.F. Chronicle' Could Lose 10% of Guild Jobs Under New Contract

Ben Bradlee, Set for a Vacation, Doesn't Mind Felt Family's Financial Motive

Calif. Nat'l Guard Chief Resigns After Newspapers Raise Questions

Poll: Minority Groups Favor Ethnic Media

Young people shunning papers, warns News Corp boss

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BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

UK: Infection expert resigned over hospital's failure to control new superbug


Drug panel divided on Chiron medicine

Weight loss surgery now a big business

Maxim publication details apoptosis discovery

Grumpiness not typical of old, new studies find

'Robot suit' to enhance human power

Skin cells used to fight stretch marks

Raisins help fight gum and tooth diseases

Liverpool Scientist Makes Breakthrough In Pancreatic Cancer Research

What Do 'Ecolabels' Tell About Food?

Love May Be A Lateralized Brain Function, Like Speech; Links Seen To Stalking, Suicide, Clinical Depression, Even Autism

Study Shows New Method Of Growth Hormone Dosing Improves Height

Zapping The Heart Back Into Rhythm

Studying Glial Cells In The Roundworm May Provide Insight Into Human Brain Diseases

UVa Health System Doctors Study Surgery To Stop Epileptic Seizures

Women Overestimate Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Cancer Killing Virus Shows Early Promise Against Colorectal Cancer

Motor Transport In Bio-nano Systems

New Finding In Studying Dopamine Transporter

World-first Technology Enables Study Of Ancient Bacteria; Sustainable Energy Source Could Solve Bermuda Triangle Riddle

College Students Think Favorably, But Act Timidly About Organ Donation

Alabama Woman Gives Birth to Daughter After Ovary Transplant

Sponge-using dolphins an industrial evolution

'Extinct' wallabies, offspring found

Traces Of Stowaway Earth Algae Could Survive On Mars, Study Finds

Pig Wild In Florida: UF Experts Say Feral Pig Problem Here To Stay

Ancient DNA Confirms Single Origin Of Malagasy Primates

THE BUSHWORLD...

Carter Calls on U.S. to Shut Down Gitmo

Bush, Blair lick wounds in D.C. summit + Bush, Blair to offer Africa aid plan + Bush short-changes Blair on African appeal + Blair adopts 'softly softly' approach with Bush over aid + Bush attacked over Africa cash + Blair Shaped Agenda for Meeting With Bush, Even if Concessions He Won Were Modest An AP News Analysis

Turkish Leader's U.S. Visit Will Focus on Repairing Ties (LAT Reg)

Bush urges democracy, Venezuela feels heat

Poll: Bush Performance Ratings Plummet

Watergate Weighs on Today's White House

Bush consultant meets with McCain about presidential bid

Head of IAEA to Fly to Washington for Meetings With Senior U.S. Officials

Lobbyist Helped Line Up Tribes Meeting With Bush

In Norway, Rumsfeld Signing Pact Reducing U.S. Use of Bases There

Justice Department Limits Prosecutions of Health Care Employees Stealing Personal Data Under Medical Privacy Law

Autism parents plan campaign against W

Bolton: Impasse on Bush's U.N. Nominee Continues, Democrats to Delay Vote + Dem Predicts Approval for Bolton

Iran: Iranian exile group strikes back

Syria, Lebanon: Syrian Vice President to Resign; Baath Party Debates Allowing Political Parties + Veteran Syrian politician Khaddam makes way for new blood+ Syria opposition too weak to confront state + David Hirst: Syria's Unpredictable Storm (LAT Reg) + Bashar Tells His Party to Ignore Foreign Pressure

N. Korea: Official: 6-Party N. Korea Nuke Talks to Resume in Weeks

Rice: Rice expresses concern about China's military + China dismisses US accusation of arms build-up threat

Domestic: U.S. Proposes Allowing Fish Farming Up to 200 Miles off Coasts + Separating Out The Sewage

Congress: Senate ends filibuster on Brown + House Committee Approves $408 Billion for Defense Spending + Volume of Underfunded Pensions Spikes, Prompting Congressional Calls for Reform + Congress pushes new pension rules + Lots of Work Ahead for a Conflicted Congress + Senators Criticize Report on Air Force Tanker Deal

Democrats: Book On Hillary Sparks Criticism + Team Bush shameless, says Hillary + Hillary Starts Her Campaign for Prez

GOP: Thousands of Bottles of Wine, Other Items Seized From Figure in Ohio's Coin Investment Scandal + Cheney raises cash for Reichert + McCain Starts His Run

Voting: Rossi loses in court, won't appeal ruling + Republican claims picked off one by one in lawsuit ruling + What does the future hold? Everybody's got an opinion + Judge has barbs from bench for King County + Black Box Voting.org finds voting scan machines hackable

OPINIONS:

Robert Scheer: Blaiming the Messenger Fools No One (LAT Reg)

Naomi Klein: Torture's Part of the Territory (LAT Reg)

Cowboys And Eggheads

Blair may tip Plan B on visit with Bush

WSWS: bush at the OAS: a profile in imperialist hypocrisy + US shows OAS delegates American democracy in action

Pravda: US Secretary of State wants reform in Latin America

Shooting the messenger

Rep. John Conyer: Did Bush deliberately deceive America about Iraq?

After Hizbullah great elections win, Washington calls for dismantling Hizbullah weapons, considers it terrorist organization All the Bush media 'disassembling' can't bury the truth about Qur'an desecration & GW's gulags Force in faith; faith enforced

Greg Palast: French fried Friedman. The nouvelle globalizer

Understanding our dominating issues

When is someone going to toss Rumsfeld into a cage?

Bush administration flip-flops on Amnesty International and shoots the messenger

Chris Floyd: 'Bolton and Bustani: A tale of Bush thuggery foretold' Click.

Molly Ivins: Turning up the sleeze

Forgotten Spirit of Magna Carta: Andrew Young

FBI Turns to Entrapment: Paul Craig Roberts

9/11 Commission for Prisoner Abuse?: Wm. Fisher

No Perles of Wisdom

Cannonfire on Felt

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:   More firms offer benefits to gays (CCT Reg) + My Women, How a Gay Man Learned to Love Them + Activists criticize Benedict XVI for anti-gay remarks + Anti-Gay Group Protests At Churches + Baptist group reaches out at gay pride fest + Authors take top nods in gay literary awards



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Tahquitz Canyon: After 35-year ban, self-guided hikes allowed

Sailing Vessel Marks 'Around-The-Horn'

Gehry and Disney Do a Star Turn with Marge and Homer

Remade cowboy marks rodeo's return

Abstract Art's New World, Forged for All

Rare Map Identifying 'America' on Auction

America’s Conscience, Wm Dean Howells

Sasha Frere-Jones on the White Stripes

Actress Anne Bancroft Dies at Age 73

Elizabethan Poets

Epicurus

Sumerian Love Poems

Statue of Egyptian pharaoh found after nearly 3,600 years

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Shriver says author wrong about 'Today'

Rush & Molloy: Geldof told to get more African aid

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The Governor:  Pressure for special election. Conservatives say backing off now is not an option + Initiatives on unions, teachers set (SB Reg) + Schwarzenegger's stance on Latinos questioned + Arnold's union strategy hit + Anger strategy vexes governor's foes (CCT Reg) + Schwarzenegger foes denounce anger strategy + Gov. will keep donation linked to probe. Ohio fund-raiser facing allegations that rare-coin account may be missing millions + Governor picks new UC regent (SB Reg) + Daniel Weintraub: Term limits change still a possible deal closer (SB Reg) + Schwarzenegger's ad distorts opponents' tax plans + Santa Monica College Students Don't Want Governor To Speak At Graduation + San Bernardino: Rally protests Schwarzenegger policy+ Shriver Denies She Blocked Schwarzenegger Book Author from 'Today' + 'Fantastic' life, decent book + Why Arnold's Life Is 'Fantastic'

Call to restore funding for West Nile prevention. Health secretary says best option is mosquito control + Panel slashes West Nile funds (SB Reg)

Leader of state National Guard is forced out

GM layoff plans aren't expected to affect California plant

Panel May Sue State to Get Waste Site

Editorial: Five votes to cheer for improvement in prison system (SB Reg) + Five legislators thwart attempt to sabotage prison programs

Multi-drug Resistant TB Persists in California

Stem cell institute: Senator Seeks to Delay Stem Cell Bonds + State's stem cell board opposes proposal for increased oversight + Grant lets agency keep the lights on (CCT Reg) + Stem cell regulations face uphill climb + California Embryonic Stem Cell Research Backers Bash Ethics Bill

Legislature: Lawmakers push laws through + Dan Walters: Legislative term limits make congressional seats more coveted (SB Reg) + Flurry of bills quietly sail along

Indian tribes: Pombo's bill hearing draws debate on East Bay casinos (CCT Reg) + Casino bill hearing gets crowd (CCT Reg) + Restaurant group: Tribe shut us out, Morongos: Group had requested a lease termination + Lawsuit Over Search Engine Gambling Ads Given Go Ahead + Suits against casinos allowed

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

California attorney general: Don't panic over medical marijuana ruling + Marijuana Clubs in San Francisco Unfazed by High Court's Ruling + Medical Pot Advocates Vow to Continue Use

Marijuana Patients Remain Defiant

Court: California residents can sue Nevada casinos for false ads

Sacramento & north: Threats Made Against High School Graduation + Placer County Man Faces 22 Felony Counts Of Animal Cruelty + Teen hacker seeks judge's help to graduates (SB Reg) + Excess force alleged in death (SB Reg) + Judge's secretary accused of theft (SB Reg) + Sacramento: Powder, threat sent to courthouse (SB Reg) + Orangevale: grads threatened; security high (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Ex-officer who lied gets home detention + SF: BALCO hearing canceled + Daly City father arrested in son's death + San Mateo officials, sergeant enter mediation

Alameda: Hayward: Witness tells of friends' anger at being duped. He says 2 were mad their sex partner was biologically male + Key witness describes transgender teen's death (CCT Reg) + (OAK Trib) Key witness tells of transgender death + Cops arrest shooting suspect + Net sting lands church youth coordinator + Livermore: Missouri prisoner blamed in bay slaying + Oakland police release new sketches in Lake Merritt robberies + Masked men hold up Warm Springs bank + Police ID crash victim as Antioch woman + Livermore: Deputies crack decade - old murder case

Santa Clara: 2 Palo Alto cops plead no contest to disturbing the peace (SJM Reg) + Man arrested after body is found in car + Mini-cycles creating maxi risk on roads + When rubber checks aren't your fault + Police Blotter + P.A. cops accused in beating likely to keep jobs with plea deal + S.J. police officer stabbed + Woman slain; man arrested + Lab palm print evidence points to city manager + Gangs' presence grows in San Jose (CCT Reg) + Home blast puts man in burn unit (CCT Reg)

Contra Costa: Antioch: Motorcyclist may face manslaughter charge. He's linked to street race in which 2 died + Byron: Fire truck collision puzzling detectives + Man shot dead walking near home + $165,000 fine likely over spill (CCT Reg) + Repair shop owner faces gun charges (CCT Reg)+ Gunfire disrupts Pinole playground (CCT Reg) + West County: CHP shoots, kills driver of stolen car

Marin: Off-duty CHP officer held on DUI charge + GGNRA plans to rewrite dog rules + CHP officer arrested after crash + Blinded bicyclist sues driver who allegedly hit him

Sonoma: Calistoga man in suicide attempt by car

Solano: Homeowners claim deputy hindered putting out fire + Alleged serial rapist makes first court appearance + Price is running + Pedestrian attempts suicide by leaping in front of vehicle + Man dies in Sacramento after being shot with Taser

Monterey: 7th Day Adventist church settles molestation suits + Boyfriend faces fraud charges, her life turned upside down + Shooting suspect pleads innocent

Central Valley: Mom believes child's death was accidental + Embattled priest sent to Bakersfield

Central Coast: Two hurt in drive-by shooting + Cops and Courts

Southern California: Ventura County attempted kidnapping ends with freeway standoff + $12.2-Million PCP Bust Called O.C.'s Biggest + DNA Is Linked to 1993 Slaying + Income Tax Protester Gets 10-Year Prison Term + County May Resume Immigration Training for Jailers + Detective Accused of Misconduct to Retire + Hong Kong Firm Fined for Procuring Shark Fins (LAT Reg) + Hollywood: Alleged Kidnap Video Showed Marital Dispute (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino: Expert Finds No Signs That Animal Killed Boy (LAT Reg) + Inglewood Police Involved in 2nd Fatal Shooting in 2 Days (LAT Reg) + San Diego Daily Digest: Morning Recap + San Diego: Patriot Scientific, TPL settle litigation, unify portfolio + Local businessman deported after serving jail term

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's share of Beatles catalog in doubt + Artist keeps Jackson in picture + Difficult Task for Jackson Jurors + Frenzy Ebbs Outside Jackson Court

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It's wild out there

Sacramento & north: Series Of Pit Bull Attacks Prompts Warning + School's Coach Controversy Has Some Talking Transfer + Students Set Up Lemonade Stand For Charity Drive + J'Beily Returning To Practice Field + Battle lines drawn for key Davis project (SB Reg) + Less controversial site eyed for Donner museum (SB Reg) + Dead pedestrian is identified (SB Reg) + Nevada County: Dead girl didn't know how to swim (SB Reg) + Hilmar ponders well for its waste (SB Reg) + Brief I-5 hailstorm sparks pileup (SB Reg) + News in brief from California's North Coast

San Francisco, San Mateo: Medical pot users say they won't stop. Legal impact: Consensus is enforcement won't increase + Plaintiffs say they won't stop fighting -- or lighting. Lobbying Congress, more legal wrangling to follow court ruling + SF to review its options on pit bulls. Mayor forms task force to figure out fast what can be done to prevent more killings + Supporters of pit bulls won't let go + S.F. landmark changes hands for $198 million + Peninsula + Fear of pot club raids arises + Review of dog policies gets under way + Victim's schoolmates unfazed by tragic news + Local food bank turns focus to overlooked areas + Local pot facilities still open + Menlo Park: Hispanic market's future to be decided this week + Redwood City: Coastside wary of vision for zoning + San Mateo spending for mentally ill. Jefferson Union hopes to avoid additional bills

Alameda: Insurers give Childrens' Hospital a break (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton council candidate gets boost from PG&E (CCT Reg) + + Debate rises over expanse of Livermore airport zone (CCT Reg) + Ruling reverberates through city's clubs + Oakland foundation to help victims of dog maulings. Aunt of boy attacked 4 years ago raises funds to help others + Bay Area developer Catellus bought for $3.6 billion + Oakland done horsing around with stables + City back debating billboards + Holiday puts the spotlight on blacks+ Summit plans cancer unit moves + Fire season here, officials warn + San Lorenzans happy with Bockman Road proposal+ Fremont: Buddhists seek divine approval from planners + Fremont project changes hands + Hayward: Local clinics shrug high court ruling + Returning reservists given Camp Parks heroes' welcome+ Pleasanton: City confident of sound budgets + Pleasanton voters to fill vacancy on council

Santa Clara: San Jose Mayoral candidates urge overhaul of lobbying rules + Ex-internees get bittersweet graduation + Playing high-tech hide-and-seek in S.J. + A UCLA study reports a disturbing increase in numbers of hungry people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties + The food chain + Palo Alto approves housing perk + Tighter lobbyist rules urged for San Jose + Palo Alto: Measure A: Yes or No? + Palo Alto voters head to polls + Leslie Smith, made Matchbox vehicles

Contra Costa: Antioch: Tauscher gets funds to fix post office + School tax vote on today's ballot (CCT Reg) + Woman killed Monday in Pleasant Hill (CCT Reg) + Ex-city manager, San Ramon settle issue (CCT Reg) + Daughter mourns Antioch woman (CCT Reg) + Supervisors vow to keep programs (CCT Reg) + San Pablo: Censure urged over derogatory poem (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa may beef up dog rules (CCT Reg) + County workers find disability pays (CCT Reg) + Ex-city manager gets settlement

Marin: Officials scramble to decipher pot ruling + Guardian finds its angels + Mill Valley bans pot dispensaries + San Rafael halves fire contribution + Woman gets stares as she swims creek

Sonoma: Statue of Charlie Brown finds its way home. $2,500 reward leads to safe return + YMCA drops plan to log campsite + Ukiah votes on sales tax hike + 2 school districts vote on taxes + Library chief retiring amid reorganization discord + Schulz's loveable loser lost no more + When a city's needs trump a neighborhood's + Chuck's back; perhaps that's the end of it + Medicinal marijuana patients praise treatment as effective + Setback for medical pot

Napa: Marina reopens with new management, name + Napa couple celebrates 70 years together + After snafu, Kelly wins LAFCO seat + Napa pilot touches down on U.S. soil + Rutherford Fire Dept. will get 2nd home

Solano: Vallejo pinch: Wish list long, money's short + Wireless hotspots abound in region + Benicia schools: Don't cut any more + AmCan dreading gravy train's end + Fire damage totals $1.2M

Monterey: Panel to tackle marine protection + Panetta lecture: 2 Senators duel + Salinas: Sportsmanship a priority

Central Valley: Valley water draining plan faces opposition (CCT Reg) + 2-year-old girl ready for transplant + Enochs likely to get new contract + No such thing as a free lunch break + Sharon Rocha working on book + Oakdale extends building pause + Oldest of 5 young girls tells of mother's fatal injury + Flurry of bills quietly sail along + City attempts to save plant + Burned cannery repairs on hold + Manteca to make Maple one-way + Congressmen travel different paths + Disabled students fight grad walk barrier + Oat Fields Burn + News & Notes + Around the Region + Community Briefing + Peterson Briefs + Ah, at last, the evil forces of bad growth are vanquished + Keep up the fight to save two Ripon landmarks + Modesto's public access TV in jeopardy + Fresno: Mayor hears immigration activists (FB Reg)

Central Coast: Ruling worries Santa Cruz group + Local medical pot users disheartened by decision + A dream pairing for environment: Solar-powered biodiesel pump + Firefighters quickly quell blaze near power plant + Endangered pelicans swoop into bay in search of a meal + Retirement-tax opponents submit petition to city + Group emerges to fight Felton water buyout + Cabrillo College breaks ground for student center + Merchants say no to courtyard smoking + Former senators decry partisanship + Bay View teachers find leaving classroom a mixed blessing + Westlake veterans retiring after combined 68 years + Coast Lines

Southern California: L.A. Port Seeks a Bigger Budget as Growth Stalls + Rocky Peninsula Is Site of High-Stakes Fishing + OC addresses substance abuse, pregnancy + Tenants' Lives Upended in Blaze + 2 Counties to Spend Tax Windfalls + Some Slide Victims Get Good News + Ludlow likely to be chief of LA United Federation of Labor + Landslide in San Juan Is Called Minor (LAT Reg) + San Bernardino wildfire Burns 500 Acres, Threatens Homes (LAT Reg) + King/Drew candals' Ugly Scabs (LAT Reg) + Solana Beach-based firm donating boats as tsunami aid + San Diego: Continuous Computing to acquire China-based UPTech + Rep. Cunningham secures funding for San Diego Food Bank + Hungry in the Valley + Hahn insider Dowie pleads not guilty in scandal + Diesel shuttle order on hold + Free lunch for public officials + News briefs from San Diego County + News briefs from Southern California

School days: Renewal Sought for School Aide's $138,000 Job + Philosophical view of adversity. Pacifica senior rolls with punches from illness to college denials + Breaking the cycle of underfunded schools + Redeem S.F. schools -- drop the diversity index + School's Coach Controversy Has Some Talking Transfer + Students, staff to skip CSUEB keynote talk + Oakland native picked as UC student regent + Newark may scrap small English classes + 11 in Sacramento area get college on Gates (SB Reg) + Women's scholarship deadline (SB Reg) + Maybe smaller textbooks are a step in the right direction + Benicia schools: Don't cut any more

June 6, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Nabs Nearly 900 Suspected Militants + US military destroys insurgent bunkers in Iraq + New elite force to back SAS in Iraq + Iraq's Ho Chi Minh Trail + Bin Laden 'gave me license to shoot him' + Iraq Admits Targeting Sunnis in Crackdown + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Tribunal plans to try Hussein by early fall + First Court Case of Hussein Stems From Killings in Village in '82 + Press in Iraq Gains Rights But No Refuge + Sadr to Stay Out of Politics Until Occupation Ends + Iraqis Look at Cuts in Payroll

War prisons: Terrorists 'using Guantanamo as a recruitment aid' + NYT: Shut down Guantánamo + AMNESTY CHIEF SAYS U.S. HAS SECRET JAILS

MIDDLE EAST: Oman to build $15 billion resort city

Israel, Palestine: Cabinet okays NIS 280m plan to boost Jerusalem + PA's Abbas, Jordanian min. blast Israel for clashes at Temple Mt. + Police battle Arabs in Temple Mount clashes

RUSSIA: Russian troops carry out 10 pct of Chechen kidnaps + Gorbachev vs. Khodorkovsky re: tax dodging + Pravda: Georgia is a bridgehead for U.S. offensive against the Russian Caucasus + What some former Soviet republics seek to get from Russia

EUROPE: New Chinatown in Athens: textile trade battlefront

UK vote on constitution shelved + Comment: Peter Preston+ EU political crisis clouds eurozone finance talks + Ideological war in EU

Pope's aide disobeyed him and kept his papers

Indian fighter jets to join exercise in France

Angela Merkel The Underestimated

Blair's Wife Stirs Controversy Over U.S. Speaking Engagement

CENTRAL ASIA: Top Kyrgyz Prosecutor Says He Has Issued International Arrest Warrant for Former PM

AFRICA: Sudan to face ICC war crimes probe over Darfur

The image war over US detainees

ASIA PACIFIC: At least 36 killed, 72 wounded in bus blast in southwest Nepal

Philippine Prisons' Crushing Problem

Anwar under the radar in Malaysia

Chinese banks' listing delayed

Corporate corruption stirs Japan into action

AMERICAS: OAS urged to bolster democracy. Proposal raises fears of U.S. meddling

Volcano erupts in western Mexico + Mexico eyes vote by mail + Mexican Avocado Growers Celebrate Record Exports to U.S.

Illegal loggers decimating the Amazon and inciting tribal genocide

Demobilized Fighters on Rise in Colombia

Protests deepen in Bolivian city + Israel to airlift its citizens from protest-torn La Paz in Bolivia

Blood for pork....

Death of whistle- blowing contractor in Iraq

LEAKGATES  Members of Sept. 11 Panel Press for Information on Terror Risk


Amnesty USA backs off Gitmo as 'gulag'

Mental Illness Common in the US

'Secret' Senate meeting on Patriot Act

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Lesbian activist O'Leary dies of lung cancer at 57 + Keeping pride alive + Spain: Cause celebre: How gay marriage has split Spain

CONNECT THE DOTS....

More Nursery School Children Going Online

Stardom: Heart Warming Portuguese Story of A Boy From Aceh

Will N. Dakota legalize Internet Poker to raise millions in state taxes?

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

CIA boss loses invite to security meetings

Intelligence Changes Still Thwarted by Interagency Confusion, Experts Say

New National Counterterrorism Center experts: US intelligence reform hampered by lack of vision

U.S. sets sights on nuclear detection

Pakistan Turns Over Terror Suspect to U.S.

Palestinian is called terrorist leader in US trial

US role in Operation Storm in Croatia

NSA elliptic curve cryptography patent

EU fails to curb terrorism within its borders

Drink and drugs past of al-Qaeda chief

Software Addresses Terrorist Building Threats

Singapore Says Sea Attack Threat Real, Seeks Help

Why British intelligence refused to believe all reports of the mass murder of Poland's Jews

Xymphora questions identity of Deep Throat

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Supreme Court: Feds can prosecute medical pot users + Plaintiffs in medical marijuana case defying Supreme Court ruling + Oregon stops issuing medical marijuana cards + Details

Supreme Court rejects women's sports case + Court rules cruise ships must provide disabled access

Octogenarian nabbed in prostitution ring

Lea Fastow is released from prison

Russell Crowe Charged for Throwing Phone

Ex-Mass. House Speaker Indicted in Probe

Mass. judges fume over remedial program

If divorcing a military retiree, know your rights

Jury Tells Microsoft to Pay $9 Million Judgment in Patent Case

Utah Man Sentenced for Killing His Wife and Dumping Her Body in the Trash

Michael Jackson: No verdict in Jackson abuse case + Power struggle at Neverland + Jackson jury raises question + Exclusive: Michael Jackson Says He Wanted to Help Accuser Have Childhood + Jackson Suicide Worries?

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Stuck for a Month, Mars Rover Finally Gets Back on Track + Mars rover to stick to safer driving

Microsoft Makes Concessions for EU Ruling

Bay Area's easy endings for electronics

Apple Plans to Switch From I.B.M. to Intel Chips + Apple shifts to Intel: what is all the fuss about?

Rumors perk as Apple developers meet

Start-up focuses on chips for cell phone pics (SJM Reg)

Keyboard filthy? Wash it in the sink (SJM Reg)

IBM Computers to Create Virtual Brain

A Tale of Two Hackers

HP Revs Up OpenView

Microsoft raises the stakes in mobile e-mail

See Virtual Worlds in the Round

Green Diesel: New Process Makes Liquid Transportation Fuel From Plants

NASA Sees Orbiting Stars Flooding Space With Gravitational Waves

NIST Photon Detectors Have Record Efficiency

New Hydrogen Sensor Faster, More Sensitive

MILITARY Marine Unit Sails From Flood to Desert to War to Home

Big drop in Seattle for Army recruits + Dying in Iraq is not a career choice

Ship's role in D-Day finally on the record

Speed, technology have reduced mortality dramatically among U.S. troops

Courts-martial unlikely in Quran incidents

Training to fight at close range

Shopping for war? Why, Beverly Hills of course

US troops get glitterati, why do Brits get c-list?

Air Force fights fiscal pinch

American Civil War submarine found

War chief shakes hands with Fonda

New Court-Martial Recommended for Soldier Who Refused Deployment

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

AP Probe on Bolton Finds Disturbing Links to Iraq War

Citizen journalism takes root online + S.F. startup to take citizen journalism to cable TV

Charges of bias at PBS, NPR lead to changes, backlash

Seymour Hersh: Watergate days

Graydon Carter: How Vanity Fair got the scoop of the century

In Texas, the Suicide of a Reporter

'SF Chron' Asks Intern to Tell Her Cancer Story

Afghan Suspect May Face Death in Journalist Murders

'Newsday' Snubs Google, Introduces Its Own Version of AdSense

Supremes Let Stand Ruling That 'Texas Observer' Piece Was Satire, Not Libel

New Public Editor Launches First Column at 'N.Y. Times'

One Way to Kill a Story: Eagleburger Says Deep Throat Lucky He Wasn't Bumped Off

Another suspect appears on murder case of Forbes Russia's editor

Today's papers

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Hope for Ebola, Marburg vaccines. Monkeys survive immunization; fend off both diseases

UK: Superbug kills 12 at spinal unit + Tough spores complicate prevention


Round-the-world trip to catalog genes, Yachting scientists on voyage of discovery

Two-minute exercise may do the trick re: obesity

Alicia's story: Cancer, Despair, Hope, Faith (Chapter Two)

Gene therapy shows promise for arthritis

Hebrew University Researcher Develops Compounds To Control Bacteria -- Without Use Of Antibiotics

Diabetes from cradle

How clinical trials work, what they do

Suicide Attempts Linked to Weight Perception

Everyday Apples Pack Antioxidant Punch

Mental Illness Can Start in Childhood

'Super' bacteria live on sheets, fingernails: study

Research Team Devises Nanoscale Method For Investigating Living Systems

Day Care Settings Are A Significant Source Of Indoor Allergens

Developing Nervous System Sculpted By Opposing Chemical Messengers

Researchers Demonstrate Use Of Gold Nanoparticles For Cancer Detection

Dyslexia Redefined: Researchers Open A New Direction For Research And Treatment

Suppressing Growth Hormone In Early Adulthood May Prevent Cancer

Northwestern Memorial Researchers Aim To Find Answer To Halting The Progression Of Fatty Liver

NYU Chemists Use Computer Simulation To Enhance Understanding Of DNA Transcription

Diabetes Knowledge Has Little Effect On Improving Outcomes

Most Heart Failure Cases Are Discovered After Patients Are Admitted To Hospital

Site Offers Web's Most Comprehensive Information About Anti-Jet-Lag Diet

Novel Combination Overcomes Drug-resistant Myeloma Cells

Increased Vitamin B Consumption Reduces Women's Risk Of Colorectal Cancer

Beat the blues with a cyberdoc

FDA Approves Viagra Ingredient for Pulmonary Hypertension

Researchers: Dolphins found using tools

Unseen Colorado Mountain Aquifers Throw Water On 'Teflon Basin' Myth

THE BUSHWORLD...

New National Counterterrorism Center experts: US intelligence reform hampered by lack of vision

Bush touts trade agreement at OAS meeting + Bush's attempt to spread democracy faces challenges in Americas + Bush urges Latin America to build on democracy + OAS members balk at US intervention plan

U.S.: Despite election triumph Hezbollah must be disarmed + Reluctant U.S. showing signs of shift on Hamas

Blair faces resistance from Bush on increasing aid for Africa

China will not be a scapegoat for US domestic problems: state media

CIA boss loses invite to security meetings

So, What's Not to Like About Bush's Amiable National Security Advisor?

Biden: Gitmo's a liability + Terrorists 'using Guantanamo as a recruitment aid' + Myers: Gitmo Prison Shouldn't Be Closed

Rumsfeld discusses security issues with Thai leaders

Democracy Obsession Takes Over US Foreign Policy

Bolton: AP Probe on Bolton Finds Disturbing Links to Iraq War + Senate Dems Admit Defeat on Bolton + Bolton Already Has a Legacy: Gordon Prather + Assistant Secretary of State Bill Burns & Libya the Subjects of One Bolton NSA Intercept Request Click. + More Bolton scoops

AP Poll: Religion Key in American Lives

Bushism of the Day

Iran: The tie that binds China, Russia and Iran + Iran Extends Freeze on Nuclear Enrichment + Iran's reform activists banking on candidate Mostafa Moin

Syria, Lebanon: Hezbollah, Allies Sweep Vote in Lebanon + Assad vows reform at Syrian ruling party congress + Syrian leader seeks economic revival + Profile: The Baath Party + US cautions EU over Syria deal + Syrian President Tells Baath Party Congress to Focus on Reviving Economy, Eliminating Graft + Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam resigns

N. Korea: U.S. withdraws threat against North Korea + U.S., North Korean officials talk in New York + North Korea reaches out to U.S. Bush team shows no sign of warming to nuclear talks

Other foreign: There’s No Oil Deal With US, Says Saudi Kingdom + Japan to develop missile defense system with US + U.S. relaxes visa rules for some scientists

Rice: Rice Disavows DoD Comment on North Korea

Social Security: Social Security info

Congress: Boeing, Airbus fuel up for tanker battle in Congress + Battle over Supreme Court nominee looms + Judges Deal Worries Hispanic Lawmakers + Senate to Apologize for Not Enacting Anti-Lynching Legislation + Deadlock persists on DeLay inquiry + A primer on the ethics inquiry + Congress freshmen gain influence

Democrats: Dean says Dems need to adopt old GOP tack for 2008 + In The Northwest: Dean needs to get act together and take road east + Hillary assails Bush and GOP at campaign fund-raiser

GOP: Texas Governor signs anti-abortion bill at Christian school. Event crosses line between church and state, critics say + GOP Worries Ethics Issue May Hurt Party in '06 + Conservatives see liberal bias in schools - and mobilize

Voting: Judge upholds Gregoire's election + Election trial dispatches Test shows voter fraud is possible, Diebold machines vulnerable to manipulation

OPINIONS:

Turning Point On the War?

The image war over US detainees

Critics: Pentagon in blinders

Bush's Rose-Colored Glasses Starting to Fog

America's China problem

Muslim anguish, Western condescension

Bush's Optimism On Iraq

Nixon's henchmen lecture us on ethics

Moyers: The Mugging of the American Dream

The War Party on Trial: Justin Raimondo

From Watergate to Downing St.: Norman Solomon

The John McCain of Bagram Prison

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

Courting China: Airbus makes all the right moves + Part 1: Boeing stumbles in race for China + On-board auctions exemplify new era

Look at all aspects to fix small business drop-offs

Washington Mutual to Buy Providian for $6.45 Billion

In search of railway workers (LAT Reg)



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Craftsmen find stuff of creation all around

Into the Heart of Chiapas (SJM Reg)

'Spamalot' and 'Doubt' Win the Top Tony Awards

Catching more rays than fish

Spy fiction of Robert Littell

David Remnick on Herbert Warren Wind

Adam Gopnik on William Dean Howells

Argentine tango blooms under Miami's palm trees

New Tech Protects Ancient Torahs

Bentham, Dickens, Graminivorous Quaprupeds

National Geographic's Women Photographers.

Dumas' account of death of Lord Nelson rediscovered after 135 years

Monroe memories still look like million dollars

Rush & Molloy: Quieting Cruise: Mission impossible?

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Piven adds acidity to toxic agent

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Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:   Gov.'s prestige in grip of initiatives. Special election looks inevitable but risky for both sides + If there’s an election, who will vote? + Candid Talk With Gov. on the Private Party Phone Line for Major Donors + Republicans hope to reclaim California + Republicans eye liberal California + Wake-up call re: state budget + Capitol Session Lacks a Bold Agenda + Democrats attempting to reshuffle in tax game (LAT Reg) + Is Shriver still working for "Today"? + Coin dealer contributions went to Gov. + Gov. thanks soldiers for service + Dan Walters: Gay marriage, immigrant licenses: Battles over official status

Laws Fail to Limit Political Spending

Nursing shortage tied to lack of qualified educators

CalPERS settles with Lone Star (SB Reg)

Legislature: Doctor-Assisted Suicide Movement Defeated Soundly in California+ The buzz: Two inquisitive senators booted off key panel (SB Reg) + State Senate gets vehicle safety bills + The state Legislature looks far different from how it looked a decade ago. It was the institution of term limits that changed everything + All-mail voting bill tabled in Assembly

Stem cell institute: SAN FRANCISCO / $5 million donation for stem cell startup / Sound expert Dolby, wife will help boost program in trouble + California stem cell agency faces threats in state Legislature + Stem cell issues near a boil (SB Reg)

Indian tribes: Sonoma Sheriff Cogbill seeks $700,000 for casino patrols + Tribal casino schemes hit by double whammy + Tribes look at casino in Merced + Many favor casino issue in Calexico + Klamath fisheries facing closure + Morongo tribe seeks to limit access

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CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

Domestic violence declining?

Sacramento & north: Boys Suspected In School Vandalism Case + FBI Investigating Suspicious Letters + Man Dies After Being Stunned With Police Taser Gun + Man shot by police with stun gun dies (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Deputy Sheriff wins big ruling + Arrests connected to 1989 Daly City homicide

Santa Clara: Dog's poisoning remains a mystery

Contra Costa: Richmond: Man shot in head in critical condition

Sonoma: Woman arrested for armed robbery

Napa: Police groups say 24-hour Wal-Mart doesn't bring crime

Solano: Award goes to cop 'you can count on' + Large-caliber bullet wounds man in car + Vallejo Police Calls

Monterey: Bicyclist arrested in robbery

Central Valley: Domestic violence declining? + Driver sought in fatal wreck + Law & Order + Tracy: Stay SAFE with fire alarm plan

Central Coast: Man given 7 years for theft, but it could’ve been worse

Southern California: Detective zeros in on art thieves + Inglewood: Police Fatally Shoot Man + Police Find 45 Suspected Illegal Immigrants at Motel + Man Killed in Pasadena + Local Police, U.S. Agents Differ on Whether Local Police Gave Tips for raids on illegal immigrants

Michael Jackson: Jesse Jackson: Resolute Michael in great pain + Jackson Jurors: One Knows Michael, Two Have Sex Offenders In Their Families + Unexpected arrival of Jackson's dad causes commotion at court + The future of Michael Jackson


 

Craftsmen find stuff of creation all around

Into the Heart of Chiapas (SJM Reg)

Catching more rays than fish

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Region's cities rely on interns in array of jobs

Historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse will continue to shine under new state ownership (SB Reg)

States dual missions

Sacramento & north: Fire Crews Battle Blaze In North Natomas + South Tahoe residents must watch every drop (CCT Reg) + A giant among health care advocates (SB Reg) + A place to heal after Light Rail hit him (SB Reg) + Cyclists will pedal 3,200 miles for kids (SB Reg) + Sloughhouse: Still here and proud of it (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: 311 phone service, other work piling up on police dispatch center (SB Reg) + Payoff for interns (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Mayors' pact pledges cleaner, greener cities. E-waste: Congress examines disposal options for electronics + U.N. CONFERENCE: Accords promote taking responsibility locally + SF: Regulations pursued in wake of mauling. Pit bull ban barred, but mayor wants to stop fatal attacks + Mayor May Try to Ban Pit Bulls + Daly City: 1,600 set out on 2 wheels for weeklong AIDS ride. Additional 400 tag along with cyclists on 585-mile trek + SF: Independence Day fete for Israel draws protesters + News in brief from California's North Coast + BALCO drug scandal returns to San Francisco + Newsom, world's mayors sign Urban Environmental Accords + Mayor: Research helped shape ‘people's budget' + Port of San Francisco readies new effort for Ferry Plaza + P.J. Corkery: Who's runnin' with Naomi Campbell? + Starbucks drops plans for store in Japantown + Redwood City proposes downtown parking plan changes + JetBlue continues to pass on SFO + All-mail voting bill tabled in Assembly, Could Cost San Mateo County + Burlingame: Project notification process questioned

Alameda: BART consultant hired by board's pick + Dublin: Car fire sparks hillside blaze + Debate rises over expanse of Livermore airport zone (CCT Reg) + Wineries in Oakland? + Union City: Charity group has time, but needs space + Union City Councils at crossroad on Route 84 + Firetruck racing to blaze slams car, kills one + Chinese-American vet recalls D -Day + Food bank kills county's hunger pains + James Logan High student wins Asian Fund award + Contract still eludes county Juvenile Hall counselors + Niles silent film museum garners $10,000 donation + Dublin man sleeps easy after diagnosis + 'New Beginnings' for Island, Navy + County budget hearings begin + Artwork everyone can love needs home + Student co-op settles suit over Le Chateau + Oakland: Uptown development moving forward

Santa Clara: Palo Alto: Deal with Enron on agenda tonight + 15 Silicon Valley cities, 200 pockets of land not governed by their elected leaders and law, but governed by Santa Clara County + East County: Firetruck collides with car, killing 1 + P.A. debates Measure A + Regal beauty of trees enriches downtown San Jose + Study indicates state's drivers among dumbest + Courtyard will be named for McEntee + Lowriders show off customized cars in S.J. (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: No budget help from staffing data (CCT Reg) + Walnut Creek launches bid to impose business fee + Fire engine crashes into car on Vasco, killing passenger (CCT Reg) + 1 Dead, 3 Injured In Crash With Fire Truck + County's eyes are on Brentwood vote (CCT Reg) + Antioch Motorcycle accident leaves 2 dead + Antioch woman victim in collision + Sonny and Cher return to Danville + County workers find disability pays (CCT Reg) + San Pablo council eyes housing (CCT Reg) + Bocce creates brouhaha in Clayton (CCT Reg)

Marin: Late rains nourish grass and brush, increasing fire risk + Pollen surge a headache for those with allergies + World's mayors get look at majestic redwoods + Building to start again at site of Miwok bones + Cleanup to start at Tiburon marina + Benefit Saturday for reggae guitarist + The big cheese in West Marin

Sonoma: No laughing matter: statue of 'Charlie Brown' missing + Keeping pride alive + History runs against school district consolidation + Author bashes Bush, big media + Bad air means free bus ride + When a city's needs trump a neighborhood's + Sonoma Sheriff Cogbill seeks $700,000 for casino patrols + SR district seeks new approach for alternative high schools + How odd, that video's already been rented

Napa: Extravagant event draws wine collectors, high rollers + PUC Prep grads get spirited sendoff + Valley taking look at new approach to tourism + Accident kills one

Solano: Touro grad is hometown gal + 'Sunshine' in Benicia forecast + Mosquito control effort in high gear + Solano supervisors may reconsider ban on biosolids in Suisun Marsh + Suisun to name developers for downtown project + Impact study next step in Allan Witt development + Three teens escape blaze

Monterey: Carmel Middle School's outdoor classroom + Areas of focus at the habitat + Your Town + Deals will hasten Fort Ord transfer (CCT Reg) + Surfers "one big family" + Impacts of closing a base + U.S. aid to Haitian school cut + Bond could help habitat expansion for Carmel Middle School

Central Valley: A Roundabout Way in Modesto Nears Completion + Modesto gears up to make big cuts + SummerFest 8 draws crowd of 7,000 + District's 'Spare the Air' campaign kicks off Tuesday + Water firm brings touch of Europe to bag ice + Assisted-care home to open in Manteca + Road crews inch toward Tioga Pass + Snider, 81, Turlock auto dealer + Everclear Helps Rock Modesto's SummerFest + News & Notes + Water plans will affect all in valley for years

Central Coast: Waste from county kitchens could soon fuel Metro buses + Pride march adds color to downtown Santa Cruz + New studio at Boys & Girls Club dedicated to teen who drowned at Natural Bridges + A little nudge and those potholes are patched up + Coast Lines

Southern California: Antonio sees red on delays + Sheriff Baca and power and money + Are urban guerrillas putting City Hall in the cross hairs? + Villaraigosa already tested on race in L.A. (CCT Reg) + Ex-Muslim calls on her people to reject hatred + LA: Teamsters End Strike at Coke Plants + Laguna to Name Slide Coordinator + Troubles Continue at State Mental Hospital in Norwalk + Long Beach at Crossroads Over Plans for LNG Plant + Antelope Valley: A Long Road to Prenatal Medical Care + San Diego: Ligand reaps $2 million milestone payment from GSK + News briefs from San Diego County + Man who died at Fontana racetrack was Internet marketing guru + Two San Diego County men killed in Fontana speedway crash

School days: Families to feel college-aid cut + Paving the Way for Teaching + Charter Job Lures Principal Out of Retirement + A course in real life + Gang watch in schools: Who's in, who's not? + Mentor program a hit as college-bound rate soars (SJM Reg) + Pain Is the Subject of This Film Festival (LAT Reg) + Tracy: West High gets brewed awakening + Santa Rosa district seeks new approach for alternative high schools + Carmel Middle School's outdoor classroom + San Bernardino: No Child Left Behind draws local flak


June 3, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Suicide bomber kills 10 at Sufi Muslim gathering + Gunmen Kill City Official in Kirkuk + Wood may be released 'within hours': cleric + Guerrilla Violence at Feverish Pace as Attacks Kill 34 Iraqis (LAT Reg) + No new Zarqawi leads, but U.S. senses group discord + '8 long, horrible hours' safeguarding a bridge + No serial numbers on insurgents' guns in Iraq + U.S. toll in Iraq - 1,667 + Iraq Puts Civilian Toll at 12,000 + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: American-run assistance center sometimes struggles to help Iraqis + Oil workers in Basra are ready to fight privatization

War prisons: Judge tells Army to release Abu Ghraib photos + 2 Army dog handlers charged in Abu Ghraib prison abuses + Ex-CIA contractor charged with assault on Afghan prisoner

ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Israel says Sharon to meet Abbas in Jerusalem + Abbas to appoint deputy following health scare + Sticking Point in Stucco + Israeli troops admit 'eye for eye' killing spree

Israel frees 398 more, as promised. But Palestinian officials call move a token gesture

RUSSIA:  Adamov's legacy or the nuclear blackmail?

EUROPE: Armenians' deaths still hit nerve in Turkey

EU: Schroeder to call for pause as EU scrambles to resolve crisis + Euro, monetary union in the firing line after 'no' votes + Wind of euroscepticism sweeps Scandinavia after French, Dutch polls + German Foreign Minister Fischer Has a Plan

Angela Merkel The Underestimated

New, smaller post-referendum French government gets to work + Chirac vows to press French commitment to EU

Video of Serbs in Srebrenica Massacre Leads to Arrests

CENTRAL ASIA: US ambassadors flee out of Uzbekistan

AFRICA: U.S. wants more police to protect Darfur refugees + US tells Sudan: disarm Darfur militias

ASIA PACIFIC: Bangladesh floods a curse and a blessing

China boycotts conference attended by Taiwan + Specter of bad loans rises anew in China

Taiwan's gangsters go global

Indonesia fails to oil the pumps for new exploration

AMERICAS: Mexico's would-be moderate

Rio's poor sprout life anew on denuded rain forest hillsides. Slum dwellers have rooted 4 million trees in their backyards

Latin America Leaders Balk at U.S. Plan for OAS to Set Democratic Standards (LAT Reg)

Canada House committee urges bulk drug export ban

Washington sees threat to "stability". Bolivia rocked by mass protests over energy law + Bolivia stalemate rapidly turns into power vacuum

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Pentagon told to be more open with allies

Robb: Soviet-era spy tactics failed

The secret behind CIA's venture capital

AP Enterprise: Intelligence Gathers Growing Evidence of Terrorists Hiding in Iran

New film predicts nuclear threat to Chicago

Click. Edith M. Lederer: UN says weapons and equipment missing in Iraq.

Homeland Security chief tours LAX

U.S. warns of possible attacks in Jakarta + Bombers to strike, Australians warned

L-3 Communications to buy defense contractor Titan for nearly $2 billion (gets major stake in services to military, intelligence agencies)

Religion, suicide terrorism link disputed in book

U.S. warns of threat to attack hotels in Jakarta

'Nazi nuke' sketch unearthed

A tale of Tiananmen intrigue

Hijacking alarm sends fighters after JFK-bound airliner

Spy stigma haunts Israeli-ruled Gaza village

The spy revolution

FBI Tapped APIC Talks About Possible Secrets

Case Against a Times Researcher Goes to Chinese Prosecutors

Wife Of Held HK Reporter Reveals Link With Academic

Austria investigating ex-politician who says he worked for Mossad

100 N. Korean defectors investigated for spying + Defectors angered by spy suspicions

UK judge denies bail for couple at center of 'Trojan horse' affair

Computer Associates raises overall threat assessment because of a Coordinated Malware Attack

Cuban Intelligence Defector Reveals: Castro Spies on Celebrities

Russian TV profiles 'unique' Federal Security Service training

'Intel inside': Indonesian intelligence, fear or security provider?

The whitewashing of red Hollywood

Spacesuits for Space Spies

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$2-Million Settlement in Marshmallow Choking (LAT Reg)

Aruba: Missing Teen's Mom Calls on U.S. to Help

Kentucky: $120M For Church Sex Abuse Victims

National Acrimony: More Hate Crime

Till autopsy completed, report expected this fall

Washington: Judge rules state was obligated to force-feed inmate

Schools restrict use of Tasers

'Sentinel': Sheriff Wants Sex Offenders Banned from Hurricane Shelters

More trouble for million-heir Durst: LA cops checking his guns

Masters of Cybercrime

Scrushy Jurors End 10th Day After Judge Urges Them to Resolve a Deadlock

Jackson treated at hospital; jury to get case + Jackson Is Family's 'Biggest Con'

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NASA Preps New Mars Mission

Space Exploration's Moment of Truth

Mars Research Opens Doors To World's Fastest-growing Economy

Free Internet Site: A Portal to AOL's Future?

Apple settles lawsuit over low-energy iPods

Hackers plot to create massive botnet

Trojan poses as Osama capture pics

Mitnick: "The Americans Are the Most Gullible"

Days Passed Before Microsoft Learned Its Popular Web Site in South Korea Had Been Hacked

Microsoft vs. Linux: Execs Talk Detente

Solar Thermal Building Product Demonstrates Energy Savings Of 48 Per Cent

NASA's Space Eyes Focus On Deep Impact Target

SDSC Systems Enable 14 Billion-Year Sky Survey With Highest Resolution To Date

New Law For Resolution Allows Unprecedented Sharpness In Fluorescence Microscopy

Is A Picture Really Worth A Thousand Words? It May Depend On The Camera Angle

CONNECT THE DOTS....

Black Churches and AIDS (LAT Reg)

More than 1 million Japanese are 90 or older

Claims of neglect add claws to zoo fight

Trading burqas for camouflage

The Pen Is Mightier.... 

Woodward's 'Deep Throat' book on tap for July release

'Inquirer' Will Introduce 'Radio-Style' Programming Online

Lee's Pulitzer Purchase Closes After Pulitzer Shareholders Give OK

Woodward Revealed 'Deep Throat' Identity to His Wife

Chicklit: From magic to makeover

Albanian beats literary titans to first international Booker prize

War Reporting for Cowards

Daniel Schorr: CNN's infant, improv days

Televised surgery defended

KPFA Mayhem

Cameron Diaz Sues Enquirer

Today's papers

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK....

China trade chief lashes out at U.S., EU

U.S. Economy Added Only 78,000 Jobs in May

Sun Micro in $4 billion deal to buy Colorado tech firm

Running full throttle, U.S. refineries still can't meet demand for gas

LEAKGATES 

Future Sept. 11 commission hearings

Watergate in historical perspective: Why does today's criminal White House face no similar challenge?

MILITARY 

We won't solve the military manpower crisis by retaining our worst soldiers

Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents

Officers Acquit Air Force Cadet of Rape Charge (LAT Reg)

Marine cleared of murder to seek discharge

Going to the source


Live 8 will teach youngsters the value of political anger

Voluntary Security ID to Debut in Florida

Optical scan machines hacked in Florida

Her rights work earns lifetime award

Google's memory stirs privacy concerns

Will McCain-Feingold Control Political Bloggers?

BIOWARFARE  WATCH....

Secret Of Smallpox's Success May Lead To Bioterror Cure

Thread. Bird flu getting worse?

Lethal superbug preys on young


New Kaiser health care program: health food. HMO teams with Oakland firm to open grocery store

Big UCI Grant to Fund Germ Research

Amylin issues positive Pramlintide data re: obesity patients

Some Children's Tylenol Recalled

Obesity Research Shows 3 Crucial Periods

Pertussis vaccine is safe, effective, study says

Damage from toxins can pass to offspring

Researchers Say Intelligence and Diseases May Be Linked in Ashkenazic Genes

Long-term Aspirin Use May Incur Risk

Drugs From The Deep Blue

Knee Injury Causes Decrease In Lubrication, Has Implications For Arthritis

Fungal Contamination In Breast Implant Surgery: A Rare, Preventable Complication

Virus Uses Tiny RNA To Evade The Immune System

Dartmouth Professor Finds Prescription Drug Advertising 'Walks A Communications Tightrope'

Mass whale stranding in Australia

For Fruit Flies, Gene Shift Tilts Sex Orientation

Elusive Salamanders Have Role In Developing New Sampling Models

Scientists to Breed 'Test Tube' Sharks

Siberia's Arctic lakes drying up -- permafrost apparently melting

Cave bear gene map taking shape at lab. Walnut Creek team with federal, UC ties announces big step

Paleontologists try to tell a he rex from a she rex / Fossil shows female died while laying eggs -- team looks for other distinct features

THE BUSHWORLD...

Cheney: More 'Great Victories' to Come

$1 billion spent on Baghdad embassy, $1.3 billion to go

Saudi Arabia Must Reduce Human Trafficking or Face Sanctions, U.S. Says + U.S. Allies Cited For Trafficking

He's Not Walking Like a Lame Duck + Bush's Term II: a slow road

U.S warns of Asian nuclear arms race + China trade chief lashes out at U.S., EU + Rumsfeld warns China on lack of democracy

Bush willing to work on Africa Marshall Plan-Mbeki

Turkish Premier Urges U.S. to Rein in Kurdish Rebels Based in Iraq

First lady's education visit a surprise to some Democrats

Cox: Naming of Cox to SEC Gets Mixed Reception + New face for the SEC + Bush S.E.C. Pick Is Seen as Friend to Corporations + Tech leaders laud Bush's choice for SEC chief (SJM Reg)

Iran: Iran didn't 'respond negatively' to EU nuclear deal + EU, US differ on Iran's participation in Iraqi conference when Rice meets with 3 EU officials at State Department

Syria, Lebanon: Syria Test-Fires 3 Scud Missiles, Israelis Say+ Staunch Lebanese critic of Syria slain. Journalist's killing prompts calls for president's ouster + Lebanon president must go after journalist killing, says opposition

Rice: A disappointing performance

Social Security: Cracking the Nest-Egg Problem (LAT Reg)

Congress: Energy bill, trade pact among GOP lawmakers' priorities + Open door on Patriot Act + WP: Democrats also got tribal donations  + Stem-Cell Patient Roasts Lawmaker

Democrats: Dean Defending Comments Once Again

GOP: Candidates to Fill Cox's Post Emerge (LAT Reg) + Cheney to campaign in Seattle for Reichert + Lost coins are a hot potato for GOP

Washington election trial: Democrats rest case in election trial + The most relaxed witness yet + Judge Bridges will have to do the math before ruling on Monday

OPINIONS:

For Supreme Court, Bush seeks a "certain temperament'

Conason: Bush Losing Touch On War

Gambling, GOP politics intertwine - Casino payments influential

Can We Afford to Fail?

Stephan Pizzo: Say "no" to Hillary

Morford: Bush, the spoiled man-child

Chris Floyd: Code Red. Jeb Bush strikes back

Josh Marshall: We still haven't dealt with the fraud behind the war

Nancy Pelosi as 'Winged Victory': Justin Raimondo

Bush: Still Hazy After All These Years: J. Wanniski

The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum: Conn Hallinan

Easy War: Vietnam to Iraq: Norman Solomon

Kissinger Slams War for Democracy, Predicts Energy Wars

Blood for pork....

For first time, shoppers in Iraq will have credit

Rumsfeld: China a Major Buyer of Weapons

San Francisco gay marriage and beyond:  Gay marriage bill fails by 4 votes in state California Assembly. Sponsor Leno charges legislators treat same-sex couples 'like second-class citizens' + California: Gay marriage measure doomed by about a dozen Democrats (SB Reg) + Gay pride parade, weekend in Santa Cruz, CA + My old college roommate: Look at him then, look at her now



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

Daily picture from the Metropolitan

Armenian Church Leader Pays Visit to LA, tours California

The Dalai Lama, the rabbi and me

Monterey: Sea trek supports historical initiative

Alameda: Elvis memorabilia going up for auction

Bayfair, farmers celebrate 10 years

Film traces destruction of Emeryville shellmound

La Pena will celebrate 30 years in Berkeley

Patching together cultures into dance

Downtown Pleasanton rocks with start of concert series

Gay pride parade, weekend in Santa Cruz

New museum to be built in Venice

Unsigned painting by La Tour discovered in Madrid

Hay days

Russian inventor designs chessboard suitable for three players at once

Whitney commissions Violette exhibit (SJM Reg)

Will the Tony's sweep or share on Sunday night?

T. S. Eliot, Groucho, Duck Soup

Airlines to Begin Tallying Pet Casualties

Sitcom witch statue bothers, bewilders

DreamWorks Oils Its Machine

Baby, You Can Drive My Song: ESP Interface Puts Non-musicians On A Digital Road To Performance And Interpretation

Meltdown festival pays homage to Patti Smith

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Natalie puts a Springer in his step

Rush & Molloy: Jethro says Opie distorts Baer facts

Page Six

Liz Smith

Cindy Adams

Your daily braindrop

Word of the day

ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

The Governor:  Gov.'s ads attack move to raise taxes on rich + Branding Campaign Finance (LAT Reg) + Dan Walters: Gov. demonizes Legislature as showdown vote nears (SB Reg) + Gov. denounced jobs that pay $100K for 2 meetings a month. Why has nothing been done about it? (OC Reg) + Flap over cigar tent (SB Reg) + Editorial: Close the courage gap. Raise taxes, control spending, reduce deficits (SB Reg) + Transportation bond sale put on hold (CCT Reg) + Pacheco appointed to state OSHA board + Officials back Gov.'s funding plan for roads

Feds release elections funds. $170 million withheld during Shelley probe

EPA to state: Ethanol rule stands (SB Reg)

State audit of Bay Bridge may be at hand + Letter shows Bay Bridge welds case isn't closed + How not to build the Bay Bridge

Experts debate solidity of state's equity boom (CCT Reg)

Health care study sees more uninsured (SB Reg)

California's ability to handle growth questioned

CalSTRS trustees tackle shortage (SB Reg)

San Quentin a black hole of wasted state funds

Legislature: Gay marriage bill fails by 4 votes in state Assembly. Sponsor Leno charges legislators treat same-sex couples 'like second-class citizens' + Gay marriage measure doomed by about a dozen Democrats (SB Reg) + Bill to define marriage falters + Legislation outlook - deadline to move legislation out of house of origin + Illegal immigrant license bill goes to Assembly + Legislators Pass Bills Requiring Ammo ID + State lawmakers rush through bills to meet deadline + Democrats soak the rich? + Bill targets financial elder abuse (CCT Reg) + Bills moving to California Senate: Minimum wage hike, assessments instead of state tests for graduation, no smoking at Gov's courtyard, signature gatherers must disclose if paid, stem cell bill put off one week, workers comp applicants could get penalty vs. employer if they have to go to court to get benefits + Senate OKs license bill; battle likely (SB Reg) + Senate passes ban on tuition surcharges + Doctor - assisted suicide bill alive + Bill to tighten control over spending tobacco tax money + Bill Would Make Human Trafficking a Felony

Indian tribes: WP: Democrats also got tribal donations + 3 East San Diego County tribes to aid rural paramedic services, road improvements, build fire station + Gambling, GOP politics intertwine / Casino payments seen as influential + Transportation bond sale (tied to Indian slot revenues) put on hold

HOW LOW
THE
LAW GOES....

CALIFORNIA BREAKING LAW NEWS...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals clears Salinas teenage brother who was standing by older brother's side when the brother fatally shot man

Appeals Court ruling opens up police officers' personnel file if defendant shows scenario of police misconduct that might or should have occurred + Ruling Eases Use of Police Personnel Files for Defense

Witnesses and Lawyers Can Say the Darnedest Things in Court

State bar may see membership fee increases

Sacramento & north: Carmichael Boy Attacked By Pit Bull + Elk Grove: Parents Of Fatal Hit-And-Run Victim Speak Out + Detective, suing Sacramento Sheriff for discrimination, tells of job conflict (SB Reg) + Driver in fatal car chase wins second appeal (SB Reg) + Placer sheriff stays within range after riding into retirement sunset (SB Reg) + Rancho Cordova man allegedly lured girl, 12, by Internet (SB Reg) + Yuba: Tree-branch beating victim is identified (SB Reg) + Morgan Hill: Suspect arrested in shooting after quarrel (SB Reg) + The river wild: High water has some rafting firms high, some dry (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: SF: Suspect named in hostage incident + Crissy Field ban on off-leash dogs is illegal, federal judge declares. Park Service faulted for lack of public input into decision + Redwood City: Four face charges in beach rape

Alameda: (SFC) after 2 mistrials, D.A. won't seek 3rd 'Riders' trial + Judge dismisses charges against Oakland's 'Riders' (CCT Reg) + (OAK Trib) DA won't seek 3rd 'Riders' trial + Oakland: Suspect not linked to Lake Merritt holdups + Oakland: Judge in chair case warns of penalties. Texas pitcher could face jail and more if he pleads guilty + Chair toss could land pitcher in jail + Oakland: Robber found guilty in St. Mary's student's killing + Attorney: Man on trial cared for slain transgender teenager + Opening remarks end in latest Araujo death trial (CCT Reg) + New tack in transgender case -- defendants may testify + Two charged in diaper dash at A's game + Rohnert Park Police seek third man in rugby brawl that put two Alameda coaches in hospital + Oakland: Shooter sought in attack on car + Oakland prepares to fight teen DUIs + Dublin police catch man suspected in car break-ins + Pleasanton Police: Better think twice about buying minors beer + Fremont suicide attempt defused + Hayward police consider Taser use + Witnesses help foil Union City robbery + Assault near DMV in Fremont may be connected to gang

Santa Clara: Hatred etched into lawns + + Lawns defaced by swastikas in San Jose + State panel censures Judge Danser + Palo Alto Plice Blotter + Attorney: Man on trial cared for slain teenager (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Vandals attack Clayton school grounds (CCT Reg) + Orinda officials investigate swastikas, KKK graffiti (CCT Reg) + Oakland man found guilty of killing St. Mary's student (CCT Reg) + Concord: Mall shoe shoppers spark 5 arrests + Danville woman claims she was sexually abused by nun (CCT Reg) + Concord: Court rejects airport specialists' bid for firefighter status, salary

Marin: San Quentin death row plan faces lawsuit from county supervisors + Marin motorist denies blame in bicyclist's fall

Sonoma: Rohnert Park: Police seek charges for 3 men in beating at rugby attack + Windsor: Gang charges added to assault case + Charges sought in rugby melee

Napa: How Napa cops keep an eye on gang members + She dreamt of her own murder, wrote about it and died

Solano: Suisun City: Crunken driving suspected in fatal crash + Produce vendors closed for health code violations + New court CEO experienced at labor relations + Man gets three years' probation in connection with teen's death + Man shot by Benicia police convicted of assault + Suisun: Inspired by grandfather, Watts enjoys career as cop + Fairfield: Resident shot and wounded in possible gang attack

Monterey: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals clears Salinas teenage brother who was standing by older brother's side when the brother fatally shot man+ Ex-AMR ambulance supervisor awaits possible sentence of life in prison for cocaine smuggling + Anti-gang plan aims at young students + Monterey College of Law: Madrid Professors Learning the law American style + Burglary ring busted + Judge rules Cal Am can't yet charge for desal plans

Central Valley: Arrest Made In Modesto Sexual Assault Case + Paralyzed gang member blames fellow Norteños + Downtown auto thefts, break-ins increase + Law & Order + Fresno man not a killer, lawyer says (CCT Reg)

Central Coast: Pilot who buzzed beachgoers identified + It’s up to jury on alleged leader of bank robbery + Cops and Courts

Southern California: In LA dependency Court Improved Process Boosts Care, Reduces Cases + San Bernardino campsite: Boy's Remains Identified; Cause of Death Still Uncertain + Riverside Deputy Accused of Abuse, Threats to girlfriend, child + Hollywood: Apparent Kidnapping of Adult Female Is Caught on Videotape + Informant in Rap Star's Slaying Admits Hearsay + Man Indicted in Phnom Penh Attacks Active in GOP Causes + Carson's Former Mayor, in Federal Prison for Corruption, Pleads No Contest to Anonymous Mailings + San Fernando: Killer gets life for murdering wife (collected insurance) + OC: 1 Party, 13 Officers Add Up to Conflict (LAT Reg) + 2 Jailed in Killings of Westminster Fortuneteller and Her Daughter (LAT Reg) + Gabor Lawsuit Accuses Her Daughter of Stealing (LAT Reg)

Michael Jackson: Jackson's lawyer: Accuser's family pulled ‘con’ + Grim Michael Jackson Listens To Closing Arguments+ Jurors Hear 2 Views of Jackson + Jackson painted as predator, prey + Camp Jackson

MORE ONLY IN CALIFORNIA....

LOCAL NEWS:  Caltrans chief urges continued sales tax push + Caltrans says sales tax 'investment' needed in order to solve problems

Sacramento & north: Elk Grove growing fast. Fastest-growing school district runs out of classrooms + Tempers ease up in El Dorado Hills fight (SB Reg) + Tumor won't stop teen's graduation (SB Reg) + R.E. Graswich: When mama cat's up a tree without a ladder, fire crew takes the call (SB Reg) + Coast Guard to honor rescuer who died in S. Lake Tahoe (SB Reg) + Two dead in separate Siskiyou accidents (SB Reg) + Roseville: Fair will highlight services for disabled (SB Reg) + Lassen Volcanic Park digs out from snow (SB Reg) + Aerojet gets NASA contract (SB Reg) + Editorial: Another railyard suitor (SB Reg)

San Francisco, San Mateo: Bay transit headed wrong way + Environment Day report + Homeless cope with extra tourists + Mayors urged to take lead on environment (SB Reg) + SF Muni chief to leave to head Santa Clara Valley transit agency. Burns will depart as railway tries to close $57 million deficit + Urban centers slow to turn green. Putting housing where people work, play is challenge + SF: Mayor's budget still shorts Police Dept. on officers + SF: Great Highway closed while sand is shifted + Peninsula in Brief

Alameda: Letter shows Bay Bridge welds case isn't closed + State audit of Bay Bridge may be at hand + Oakland Mayor's former loft approved as shelter + Alameda County gets $80.5 million state money for affordable homes + Council seats up for election in Pleasanton + Group dreams of San Lorenzo as city + Hayward mayor regrets wording of speech + Pleasanton preschool loses site, resumes in garage for now (CCT Reg) + Teens' designs on big screens + Dublin: Senior center set for August opening (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton speller is penultimate (CCT Reg) + City billboards put 'johns' on notice + School programs on the line in Piedmont parcel tax votes + Polio crusader walks cause through Oakland + In Berkeley school vote, Jefferson name out + Making the move from farm to town + Union City station plan to be studied + Emeryville coffee vendor known for strong brew aims to keep expansion grounded in home state (SJM Reg)

Santa Clara: Council seats up for election in San Jose + Valley transit agency picks new head+ Burns of San Francisco's Muni will face similar budget problems leading the VTA + Local stagehands protesting rock concert at San Jose stadium + San Jose fire spares family, destroys house + Palo Alto: Potholes plague bay parking lot + Transit woes + Seat belt decision affects families, too + Bay Area Extra + 49ers need to change corporate culture (SJM Reg)

Contra Costa: Council seats up for election in Brentwood + Kensington: Backyard benefit concert moved to restaurant. New rules being considered to allow such events in future + Kensington benefit concert moved from backyard venue (CCT Reg) + Contra Costa County gets $37 million state money for affordable homes + Ferry Point Tunnel to close for summer's renovation: Bicyclists to gain from Richmond project (CCT Reg) + County readies for universal free pre-school + Supervisor DeSaulnier slams statewide election which would cost county $2.5 million (CCT Reg) + Pleasanton preschool loses site, resumes in garage for now (CCT Reg) + San Ramon: Memorial fountain honors late Golden View principal

Marin: San Quentin death row plan faces lawsuit from county supervisors + BioMarin's two-fisted good news

Sonoma: Petaluma Marine ends fight to graduate wearing military uniform + Cattle doing enviro-duty + Casa Grande H. S. builds journalism tradition + Community calendar + 'Deep Throat' not the source he once was + Volunteers needed + Ex-ad exec makes 'art for art's sake' real + Magic man's sleight advantage + Few favor parking fee at city garage + Winning formula to learn English at McDowell Elementary + Volunteer group ensures a military send-off + Groups brace for city cuts + Bill approved to protect Cache Creek + Sonoma gay pride parade canceled; smaller event Sunday

Napa: American Canyon challenged on "words" + "Mondovino" overflows with wine world's wonders, woes + A loss felt for one who died too soon + Napa students 'stoked' for the future + Justin-Siena grads urged to be lifelong learners, find balance in their lives and serve others + Vintage grads head off 'to do great things' + Napa pilot nears the home stretch + NVUSD mulls bond to beautify campuses + Auction Napa Valley marks 25th year with big changes

Solano: Mare Island: The Future of warfare + Gunfire on Mare Island no cause for alarm + Benicia: Commissioners may be in for a little election competition + Planning commission study session focuses on parking + Football field slated for improvements + Cancer survivor event set for Sutter Solano

Monterey: Sober graduation stressed + Trustees seek public's views on Alvarez principal + Monterey: Sea trek supports historical initiative

Central Valley: Modesto park could be history + Assembly nixes gay marriage + Change rattles Tin Cup backers + Turlock condos receive yes nod + Ripon's former City Hall on hold + EPA: States must keep using corn-based ethanol in cars + Ride to Remember + Speaker cancels plans in Virginia + Fire district tax back to voters again + Chief still unsatisfied with event + Roadwork to start on Manteca's South Main + Battling the Heat + Oakdale parents show craftiness + Summer courses expanded + Cow happiness debated on 10th St. + New firm steers bus system + Origel changes mind about deportation + Young Modesto heart patient suffers a setback + Easy-to-spot licenses next salvo in driver debate + Service set for former Turlock dentist A. J. Speckens Jr., 88 + News & Notes + Around the Region + Extra water flows down San Joaquin + Tracey: Grande Theatre restoration + News from the San Joaquin Valley + Without new fee, Ceres can't maintain its parks + Patterson's new City Hall to echo style of burned hotel

Central Coast: Legislature warms to solar power + Library spending under fire + Fighting cancer, biking for lives + Transit panel gets tough assignment + Students help shape historic garden + Senate passes elder abuse measure + It’s graduation season at UCSC + Cabrillo students graduate today + Celebrating lesbian, gay pride + ‘Great community response’ for ‘Photos in the Park 2005’ contest + Coast Lines

Southern California: LA: Former PR Official Indicted in DWP Overbilling Probe + Ex-PR exec was paid money for work by LA, then did free work for Mayor Hahn + LA: King/Drew Doctor Got Free Care + LA Public Housing in Watts: Computer Lab Opens Window on a New World + Armenian Church Leader Pays Visit to LA, tours California + LA Sheriff Baca who failed last election to pass 1/2 percent sales tax increase, urges lawmakers to pass Constitutional amendment to lower threshold for passage from 2/3 to 55 percent + Burbank: Municipal power plant completed +Hahn Names 2 Top Aides to Obscure Commissions (LAT Reg) + OC: Technology Officer, Under Fire for Data Storage Crunch, Resigns + Long Beach Council Set to Vote on LNG Plant at Port + To Many in Laguna Beach, That Mansion Was Too Much + Laguna Beach: After the Disaster, a Deluge of Financial Worries (LAT Reg) + Scores of evacuees cleared to return to landslide area Worries + More Slope Failures May Lie Ahead (LAT Reg) + 2 Amateur Racers Die in Crash at Speedway + FAA investigating fatal plane crash + San Diego's mayoral candidates wrangle with questions from 'student' viewpoint + News briefs from around Southern California + Irvine: Missing Woman, 87, Found Dead Near 405 (LAT Reg) + Glendae: 87-Year-Old Woman Dies After Home Fire (LAT Reg)

School days: LA Community College District to further streamline construction program + Los Altos charter school backers raise $5 million + Award goes to school where writing is cool + Big UCI Grant to Fund Germ Research + Sacramento: Center Unified trustees again at center stage, this time over coach (SB Reg) + Other view: Many teachers prefer classrooms over politics (SB Reg) + Tracy Unified honors a longtime volunteer + Union City: Mom, son share stage as grads + Professors close chapter in Ohlone history + Fremont venue has chili on tap + New Haven Adult School Class of 2005 graduates + Alumni donate to SFSU + Casa Grande H. S. builds journalism tradition + Winning formula to learn English at McDowell Elementary


Armenian Church Leader Pays Visit to LA, tours California

Monterey: Sea trek supports historical initiative

Alameda: Elvis memorabilia going up for auction

Bayfair, farmers celebrate 10 years

Film traces destruction of Emeryville shellmound

La Pena will celebrate 30 years in Berkeley

Patching together cultures into dance

Downtown Pleasanton rocks with start of concert series

Gay pride parade, weekend in Santa Cruz


June 2, 2005

WAR IRAQ On the ground:
Iraq Car Bomb Kills Eight People in North; 40 Die Across Country, AFP Says + Iraqi Insurgents Kill 39 in Series of Car Bombings and Shootings + Suicide Attacks Rising Rapidly + Suicide bombs weapon of choice. 90 such attacks in month of May alone + Friend-or-foe frustration. Attacks leave U.S. troops with little choice but to suspect everyone + US Forces Issue Hi-Tech ID Tags for Insurgent Suspects + Supply and logistics base keeps the U.S. war effort going in Iraq + Life Style Issues Weaken al Qaeda + Iraq's Operation Lightening arrests more than 700 + Insurgents terrorizing outside the box + The failed siege of Fallujah + Zarqawi groups claim responsibility for more attacks in Iraq + The Insurgents' Power Play + Orders of battle + Juan Cole reports

Iraq government: Help us take out the trash, and other Iraqi requests + Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebarin in NYC + June 22 donor conference for Iraq in Belgium + Sunni Arabs join constitution talks

UK Plans South Iraq Security Handover in Months

War prisons: Amnesty defends 'gulag,' urges Guantanamo access

AFGHANISTAN: Suicide blast kills 19 Afghans mourning in mosque. Kabul's police chief among the dead in Kandahar explosion + CDS says Afghanistan not secure yet + Bombing a Warning to Afghan Moderates

MIDDLE EAST: Saudis Outraged Over Women-Drive Proposal

Kuwaitis cast ballots in the emirate's last all-male elections

Israel, Palestine: Israel releases 400 Palestinian prisoners + PM aide: Illegal outposts are a post-pullout issue + Sharon to meet PA chief Abbas on June 21 + Editorial: Prophesying the state's destruction + The New York Times: Israel's most renowned TV news anchor denounces Israel as conqueror, occupier and suppressing another people

RUSSIA: Suspect: Beslan Bombs Went Off Because Russian Troops Killed Trigger-Holders + Oligarchs Tumble From Summit as Putin Inverts Power Pyramid

EUROPE: EU teeters on edge of a broader crisis

German rightists plan to seize day

Britain 'to shelve referendum'

EU: Crisis talks planned as EU battles to keep charter alive + Schroeder urges EU to forge ahead + European Leaders May Scrap Constitution + Latvia ratifies EU constitution, ignoring French, Dutch votes + Why the Dutch said 'No' + Thwarted by a surge of democracy + Where each country stands

France: Sarkozy joins new French government after referendum debacle + Meanwhile: Democratic savoir-faire in the streets of Paris

Serbia holds video 'executioners'

CENTRAL ASIA: Uzbeks march to support Karimov + Talibs and Chechen terrorists involved in Uzbekistan uprising

AFRICA: Guilty verdict in SA graft case

Thousands march over Niger hunger

Violence and funding gap hamper Sudan aid operations

The new scramble for Africa

Curse of gold has fuelled slaughter and rape in Congo

Botswana: The end of my dream

Mugabe's city crackdown leaves millions homeless

The New Scramble for the African Pie

ASIA PACIFIC: The Two Faces of China's Leadership (LAT Reg) + Beijing knocks energy bureaucracy into shape

Kashmir separatist leaders arrive in Pakistan on historic visit + Musharraf is losing his grip + Indian oil minister to push for proposed Iran-India gas pipeline via Pakistan

Japan fertility hits record low

Top Defense Chiefs Meet in Singapore

AMERICAS: Chile's forests: From Thousand-Year-Old Sentinel to Traffickers' Booty

Bolivian city gripped by protests

Hentoff: Castro Chilled by Protest in Havana

New Prosecutor in Mexican Border Slayings Emphasizes Prevention

Venezuela Says Deals on Hold Until Foreign Oil Companies Ensure Sincor Operations Are Legal

INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT WORK AND AT PLAY....

Power grid aims for backup supplies for attacks

Deep Throat: Now, let's hear from all those who say they always knew. Because the biggest sin in Washington is being out of the loop, or thought to be + Former FBI agents debate Felt's ethics. Some see betrayal -- others say that he acted heroically + The Deep Throat scoopster + In the Prelude to Publication, Intrigue Worthy of Deep Throat + A mystery solv