Supreme Court rules against war crimes trials
The Supreme Court ruled today that President Bush exceeded his authority in creating war-crimes tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In a 5-to-3 decision, the Court ruled that it was not within the president's power to establish procedures for prosecuting prisoners of war without approval from Congress. Jim Dorsey is an attorney with Fredrickson and Byron. He represents Ahcene Zemiri , held at Guantanamo since April 2002.5:23 p.m.
Met Council approves light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul
The light rail route which would connect the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul is one step closer to reality after yesterday's approval by the Metropolitan Council on a 15-2 vote. The recommendation to construct the Central Corridor line now goes to the Federal Transit Administration who will give the project the green light to the next step, the preliminary engineering phase. Construction is projected to begin in 2010. The price tag for the project has jumped in recent days from $840 million to $930 million, thanks to a Met Council report that takes inflation into account. But Met Council chair Peter Bell says those numbers are still up in the air.5:53 p.m.
Desdamona: The back story on a B-girl The "B-Girl Be" conference and performance showcase is designed to help girls and women assume a more prominent place in hip-hop. Desdamona has fought to open doors for women in the male-dominated genre.6:19 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Israeli Strike on Power Plant Sparks New Worries
Israeli aircraft attack areas of southern Gaza, part of an effort to force Palestinian militants to release an Israeli soldier captured last Sunday. While no serious injuries have been reported, an air strike on Gaza's power plant has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis.
Gaza Crisis Escalates, and New Questions Arise
The Israeli operation to free an abducted soldier has grown to include the arrest of Hamas cabinet members. That has led to many questions, such as what will happen to the officials. Melissa Block talks with Gil Hoffman, political reporter for the Jerusalem Post, and Daoud Kuttab, director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University, and a columnist for the Jordan Times and The Jerusalem Post.
Wilkes-Barre Avoids Worsened Flooding
People living near the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., are returning to their homes as river waters recede. But flooding still threatens other communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other parts of the Northeast.
New Orleans Marks a Recovery Milestone
The New Orleans convention center, site of much misery during Katrina, is open for business again. The American Library Association just held the first major gathering in town since the storm. In a city where conventions are a crucial part of the local economy, the event was watched very closely.
G8: Iran Has Until July 5 to Reply to Nuclear Plan
The foreign ministers of the Group of 8 countries press Iran to respond to an offer of incentives for dissolving its nuclear program, setting a deadline of July 5 for a response. The ministers also discussed the Middle East and energy security, preparing for next month's G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Kuwaiti Women Vote, and Run, in Elections
Women in Kuwait vote in parliamentary elections for the first time in the history of the emirate. In addition, the candidates vying for seats in the legislature included 28 women.
Letters: Iraqi Translator, Autism and 'Thank You'
Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' letters. Among this week's topics, Jacki Lyden and John McChesney's story about an Iraqi translator who was killed by American forces; Joseph Shapiro's piece on people with autism who want to be accepted as they are; and our story about thank-you-note etiquette.
Chronicling Cancer, in Graphic Form
Cartoonists Brian Fies and Miriam Engelberg are using comics to write about cancer. Both say they've found one cartoon drawing can distill meaning, humor and sadness more effectively than a 50-page essay.
Supreme Court: Tribunals Exceeded Bush's Authority
President Bush overstepped his authority in the design of war-crimes trials of Guantanamo detainees, according to a Supreme Court ruling. The Bush administration argued that the president has the power to make that decision on his own.
Senior Military Lawyer Was Leery of Tribunals
In the weeks and months immediately after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a working group of top military lawyers considered how to handle captured prisoners. Ret. Rear Admiral Donald Guter was the Judge Advocate General of the Navy at that time.