Stories for February 2, 2012
When state revenues fell short of projections in December, one of the triggered budget cuts was a $248 million reduction to the fund for home to school transportation. Those cuts were scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1 and would have fallen most heavily on rural areas like Julian where 184 students travel to school by bus across the 620 square mile district.
A federal appeals court has refused to unseal a video tape recording of the Proposition 8 trial. The 2010 proceedings led a federal judge to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage as “unconstitutional.”
Are human beings, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.
The board overseeing California's teacher pension system on Thursday lowered the fund's investment forecast for the second time in 14 months in a move that acknowledges the financial strain of lower market returns in the years ahead.
Councilman Carl DeMaio today outlined a 13-point plan to increase the city's use of volunteers, with a goal of 1 million annual man-hours.
Special interest groups have set a new spending record for lobbying in California. The government watchdog group Common Cause has issued its report on who’s spending, who’s raising money and how much.
FRONTLINE cuts through the fog of war to reveal the untold story of what happened in Haditha, Iraq, where 24 of the town's residents were killed by U.S. forces in what many in the media branded "Iraq's My Lai." With accusations swirling that the Marines massacred Iraqi civilians "in cold blood," the Haditha incident has led to one of the largest criminal cases against U.S. troops in the Iraq war. But real questions have emerged about what really happened that day, and who is responsible.
The split marks a new chapter in the abortion war and the battle to defund Planned Parenthood.