Teen Farmworker's Heat Death Sparks Outcry
A 17-year-old pregnant farmworker died of heat exhaustion last month, prompting workers to walk 50 miles from Stockton to Sacramento over four days. Her death raises questions about California's heat-safety regulations.
Experts: Lessons of Soviets in Afghanistan Ignored
Some Afghan-watchers worry that the West is repeating mistakes that the Soviet Union made in the 1980s when it sent troops there to prop up a communist regime. Among other issues, they say it is focusing too much on a military approach and not enough on reconstruction.
Calif. Lawmaker Proposes Taxing the Sex Industry
Democratic Assemblyman Charles Calderon has proposed a 25 percent tax on adult films, plus another 25 percent tax on the studio's profits. His goal is to narrow the state's deficit, but it has some people, like up-and-coming porn star Kayden Kross, up in arms.
Next Step: Choosing a Running Mate
With the primary campaign behind him, Barack Obama must now choose a running mate, reach out to Hillary Clinton's supporters and unify his party. All that while keeping one eye on John McCain. Political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss the week in politics.
Backers Upbeat Despite Climate Bill's Demise
A massive bill to deal with global climate change dies Friday in the Senate, a victim of its own sweep and a dose of partisan squabbling. The measure aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 71 percent by mid-century. Opponents argued it would raise energy prices and cost the economy trillions of dollars in lost growth.
L.A. Teachers Skip Class to Protest Cuts
Thousands of Los Angeles public school teachers skip first period Friday morning as a protest against $350 million in state education cuts. The school district lost a last-minute court battle to get the action blocked after arguing the protest would cause a chaotic situation for the district's 700,000 students.
Schwarzenegger Unfazed by Dwindling Popularity
As California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger grapples with a $17 billion budget deficit, only two of every five voters believe he's doing a good job. In addition, 75 percent of the voters surveyed in a poll say California is headed in the wrong direction.
Program Seeks to Make Foster Placement Last
Studies have shown that moving from one foster home to another undercuts a child's development and behavior. In San Diego, there's a new program to teach foster parents how to cope with problem behavior. The program tries to help foster parents better understand their charges and make more lasting commitments to them.
Painful Decisions in Juvenile Court
Cindy Lederman has been a judge for 15 years in Miami Dade's Juvenile Court. She describes it as the most painful job she's ever had. She still loses sleep worrying she may have made the wrong decision in a case. In this essay, she illustrates a day in her life with the stories of three children.