Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Unions, But It's Not Quite Mortal
By a 5-4 majority along ideological lines, the Supreme Court has ruled that Illinois can't compel home health aides to pay union dues because it violates the First Amendment. The ruling is a defeat for unions, but it falls short of the kind of sweeping denunciation that could have derailed unions' fundraising and organizing efforts.
In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off
Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the Sept. 11 victims fund, is administering the compensation plan for victims of General Motors' ignition switch defect. There is no cap on the total amount GM will spend, and even drivers who were drunk or distracted are eligible for compensation if the defect had any impact on their accident.
Book Review: 'The Expedition To The Boabab Tree'
Alan Cheuse reviews The Expedition to the Boabab Tree. Originally written in Afrikaans by Wilma Stockenstrom, the short novel on slavery has been translated by Nobel-winning writer J.M. Coetzee.
For Pablo Escobar's Transplanted Hippos, Colombia's A Wonderland
During his lifetime, legendary Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar assembled as a status symbol a private zoo, which included four hippos. In the 20 years since his death, far from their natural home in Africa, Escobar's hippos have multiplied in the wild. Veterinarian Carlos Valderrama talks to Robert Siegel about the hippos and the challenges they're presenting Colombians.