Archives for The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays: March 2004

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The KPFA Evening News - March 31, 2004 at 6:00pm
The bodies of 4 U.S. security contractors in Iraq are burned, mutilated, and dragged through the streets of Fallujah after a fatal ambush The Opec oil cartel says it will cut its crude oil production target by four percent - a move that could cause a price hike.. President Bush expresses disappointment Governor Schwarzenegger hints that he may back a tax hike to help balance the State budget after all The Teamsters Union asks the California Attorney General to investigate whether Costco is violating the State labor code by asking its workers to collect signatures for Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed workers compensation ballot initiative The California Rice Commission narrowly approves the application of a Sacramento biotech company to cultivate the country's first pharmaceutical crop Political satirist Al Franken today kicked off what he hopes will be the liberal answer to the dominance of right-wing talk radio

The KPFA Evening News - March 30, 2004 at 6:00pm
Bowing to public pressure, president Bush announces he will allow National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice to testify in public under oath before the commission investigating the September 11th attacks Embattled former San Francisco Police Chief Alex Fagan resigns as head of the Office of Emergency Services after he and his son are involved in a dust up with Arizona Police San Francisco Supervisors fail by one vote to override a veto of a hard fought ordinance that would have banned the demolition of buildings with more than 20 apartment units A State Assembly panel approves a measure to equalize penalties for possession of crack and powdered cocaine A Census Bureau study shows the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to hemorraghe jobs, while there's job growth in professional and lower paying service sector jobs A third day of clashes in Uzbekistan between government forces and suspected Islamic militants

The KPFA Evening News - March 29, 2004 at 6:00pm
Abortion rights supporters warn Federal Judges in 3 states that the new partial birth abortion law is so broadly written that it threatens virtually all second trimester abortions Massachusetts lawmakers narrowly agree on a State constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, but allow civil unions British occupation forces clash with Iraqis in Basra in the South.. Another U.S. soldier is killed in Central Iraq and in the North, U.S. troops kill 4 Iraqis A dramatic leap in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere leads to fears that global warming is feeding itself The Dallas Morning News reports that Republicans are helping independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader finance his campaign A group of attorneys and doctors says that Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to overhaul California's Workers' Compensation system would be particularly harmful to farm workers

The KPFA Evening News - March 28, 2004 at 6:00pm
Members of the 9-11 Commission say they won't relent in their pursuit of public testimony of National Security Adviser Condolezza Rice, but say they're not likely to subpeona her A stunning defeat in France for conservative President Jacque Chirac.. Exit polls show the Opposition Left getting nearly half the votes in mid-term elections Britain is set to unveil a new bill allowing civil unions for lesbians and gays Hundreds gather in San Francisco to celebrate the legacy of farm worker activist Cesar Chavez

The KPFA Evening News - March 27, 2004 at 6:00pm
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says he's out to create jobs for Americans, but he and his wife are heavily invested in companies that outsource U.S. jjobs aberoad, and young American men may be facing a draft next year, regardless of who is President With April 15th close by, anti-war advocates are learning about war tax resistance The 9-11 Commission held public hearings this week. Will this commission give Americans the truth or a cover-up? California's Green Party met to talk politics today in San Francisco.

The KPFA Evening News - March 26, 2004 at 6:00pm
Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry out with an economic plan.. He'll cut the corporate tax rate and eliminate incentives for companies to move jobs overseas.. Kerry promises the creation of 10 million new jobs Republicans intensify their drive to discredit former counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke by questioning whether he lied under oath testifying to Congress about the September 11th attacks two years ago.. They want to make that classified testimony public Democrats try to make an issue of President Bush's jokes about not being able to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq Angry San Francisco city employees picket negotiations - Mayor Newsome wants to extend a seven and a half percent pay cut into a second year Hundreds of thousands of Italian workers in the streets today in a general strike against the government's economic policies The 25th anniversary of 3 Mile Island, the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history

The KPFA Evening News - March 25, 2004 at 6:00pm
Democrats accuse the Bush Administration of character assasination as it tries to descredit the charges of former Terrorism Aide Richard Clarke that the Bush Administration downplayed the dangers of the Al-Qaeda network An audiotape purportedly from Al-Qaeda's number two man, denouncing the President of Pakistan and calling for the overthrow of his government The United States vetoes a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Shiek Achmed Yassin The House of Representatives passes a 2.4 trillion dollar budget that mostly sticks to President Bush's proposal.. The vote is 215 to 212 Stiffer air pollution rules probably for Bay Area refineries as two environmental groups settle a three year old lawsuit Disability rights activists blockade Congress to try to win funding for home care

The KPFA Evening News - March 24, 2004 at 6:00pm
Former Anti-Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke testifies to the September 11th Commission that after the Bush White House took office, it didn't believe confronting Al Qaeda was an urgent issue Resistance attacks throughout Iraq mark the 100 day countdown to limited Iraqi self rule Hamas says it will not target the U.S. in the wake of the Assassination of its spriritual leader Sheik Yassin, but Hamas leaders warn that Israeli leaders - including Prime Minister Sharon - will be targeted A new report says there's not enough child care available for all California families who need it - and the lack is hampering the State's economic growth Environmental groups denounce new logging rules by the Bush Administration, which they say will harm vulnerable species and habitats An activist teacher in the West Contra Costa School District is fired, a day before he's set to receive an award

The KPFA Evening News - March 23, 2004 at 6:00pm
Current and former top government officials called into account before the National commission investigating the September 11th attacks.. Bush Administration officials, Secretary of State Powell, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld argue that taking on Al Qaeda prior to September 11th would not have prevented the assault.. former Clinton cabinet officials say the Bush Administration ignored counter-terrorism measures they had put into place State Assembly and Senate committees advance legislation restoring access by journalists to prison inmates.. proponents say the media oversight is badly needed for a correctional system underfire for abuses A victory for farm workers.. A Federal judge rules that a California vegetable producer must reimburse laborers for thousands of hours spend traveling on company vans to and from the crops Homeless activists rally in San Francisco to fight the Care Not Cash program.. The City is to implement the controversial measure next month A chamber of Venezuela's Supreme Court deals a blow to opponents of President Hugo Chavez by overruling fellow justices on a recall petition Insurgents in Iraq kill eleven Iraqi police and police trainees in 2 shooting attacks

The KPFA Evening News - March 22, 2004 at 6:00pm
Outrage and anger after Israel assassinates the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas - Sheik Ahmed Yassin - Hamas vows revenge.. The European Union condemns the killing.. the Bush Administration says it's deeply troubled Bush Administration officials heap criticism on former anti terrorism advisor Richard Clarke following publication of his book sharply critical of President Bush's leadership in the so-called War on Terror Disability rights activists block the doors to the Department of Health and Human Services to protest policies they say lead to their commitment to nursing facilities City unions in Richmond charge mismanagement caused the budget shortfall that could result in widespread layoffs A Kern County judge rules that Central Valley air pollution regulators can downgrade the Valley's compliance with pollution standards Defeated Salvadoran Presidential candidate Shafik Handal of the leftist FMLN party accuses the victorious right wing candidate Tony Saca of resorting to lies, fear, and blackmail, to win

The KPFA Evening News - March 21, 2004 at 6:00pm

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The KPFA Evening News - March 19, 2004 at 6:00pm
President Bush warns against what he calls signs of weakness or retreat as he marks the one year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq Iraqi resistance fighters mark the day with rocket or mortar fire at U.S. occupation headquarters.. In San Francisco, hundreds march through the streets in protest The Army drops all charges against Moslem Chaplain James Yee who was initially investigated on charges of espionage at Guantanamo Naval base Hundreds of outnumbered pro-Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters face withering attacks by Pakistani troops on the Afghan border -- thousands of civilians flee the fighting The voting has begun in Taiwan, where the President escapes an assassination attempt with a bullet wound to the stomach.. Salvadoran voters go to the polls Sunday State Attorney General Bill Lockyer says federal officials should weight potential terrorism risks before approving a storage facility for radioactive waste at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactor

The KPFA Evening News - March 18, 2004 at 6:00pm
Another violent day in Iraq, on the eve of the anniversary of the U.S. attack on the country, with a car bomb attack, three Iraqi journalists shot dead, and three more American soldiers slain Poland's President says his country was misled about whether Saddam Hussein's government had weapons of mass destruction and is considering pulling its troops out of Iraq early Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defiantly refuses to recuse himself in a case involving his good friend Vice President Dick Cheney.. Scalia and Cheney went on a duck hunting trip together late last year San Francisco seniors call on the Board of Supervisors to endorse a prescription drugs bill of rights Environmentalists claim a victory as the State Department of Pesticide Regulation orders a re-evaluation of a widely used pesticide San Francisco's City Attorney asks the State Supreme Court to allow the City to resume performing same-sex marriages

The KPFA Evening News - March 17, 2004 at 6:00pm
A massive car bomb kills 27 people in and near a hotel in the heart of Baghdad.. The blast comes 3 days before the first annivaersary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq Bay Area anti-war groups announce plans to mark the anniversary of the invasion and occupation.. In Washington, 500 thousand signatures to censure President Bush are presented to Congress The Spanish Prime Minister Elect intensifies his criticism of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, saying it is turning into a fiasco At least 7 are dead and 300 injured in the worst clashes between Kosovo Serbs and Albanians in the 4 years since the United Nations assumed administrative control Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger turns aside complaints by county leaders over state appropriation of 1.3 billion dollars in local property taxes, saying they'll have to tighten their belts, Why some Central Valley residents call it quits after struggling with unbearable air pollution

The KPFA Evening News - March 16, 2004 at 6:00pm
As Spanish mourners fill a Madrid cathedral remembering the 200 people killed in an attack believed linked to Al Qaeda, President Bush urges Spain to keep its small occupation force in Iraq.. the new Prim Minister has pledged to withdraw Spanish troops Another deadly day in Iraq.. Seven people reported killed, including 2 European engineers working on a water project Anti-war groups plan to mark the one year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with more than 250 actions in this country alone Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offers refuge to ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide.. Chavez says he doesn't recognize the new U.S. backed interim government in Haiti.. and neither does Jamaica, at least for now An Israeli helicopter strike in Gaza kills two Palestinians and wounds 14 - including a 2 year old girl Alameda County Supervisors with a unanimous vote oppposing the U.S.A. Patriot Act Former President Clinton leads an effort to raise ten million dollars for John Kerry in just ten days A new Bush campaign ad charges that John Kerry has turned his back on U.S. soldiers in Iraq

The KPFA Evening News - March 15, 2004 at 6:00pm
Haitian President Aristide returns to the Carribean - two weeks after his ouster - on his arrival in Jamaica the U.S. backed interim Haitian government suspends ties with Jamaica Spain's incoming leader says he will make good on his pre-election pledge to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq - he reprimands President Bush and British Prime Minister Blair saying "You can't organize a war with lies" Anti-war protestors march to the White House from Walter Reed Army Medical Center where many wounded soldiers are being treated - urging President Bush to bring the U.S. troops home from Iraq Thousands rally in Sacramento to save California's community college system from budgetary ruin Oakland parents, students, and staff protest what they say is premature demolition of classrooms at a school the state-appointed administrator says will be closed The first in our series on air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley

The KPFA Evening News - March 14, 2004 at 6:00pm
In Spain, opposition socialists score a dramatic election win, unseating conservatives stung by charges they provoked last week's bombings by supporting the war in Iraq. The new Prime Minister has pledged to bring Spainish troops home from Iraq. Vladamir Putin easily wins a second term as Russian President, with 69 percent of the vote Bay Area labor activists demonstrate in support of the State's Health Care for Working Families Law, while big-box retail is organizing for a repeal of the measure The Pacifica Foundation, which owns KPFA and 4 other community radio stations, seats its first democratically elected governing board

The KPFA Evening News - March 13, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Spanish Interior Minister says a man purporting to represent Al Qaida claims the terrorist network was responsible for the devastating bombings in Madrid earlier this week Massachusetts Senator John Kerry secures the delegates he needs to win the Democratic Presidential nomination Iran imposes an indefinite freeze on international inspections of its nuclear facilities The Genetic Engineering Action Network and Californians for GE-Free Agriculture hold their National Conference on the UC Berkeley campus

The KPFA Evening News - March 12, 2004 at 6:00pm
The U.S. Senate approves a 2.3 trillion dollar budget for the next fiscal year - with record military spending of more than 400 billion dollars Millions of Spaniards march in a National Day of Sorrow following yesterday's subway bombings that killed nearly 200 people in Madrid - still no determination of who was responsible and why Jamaica's Prime Minister comes under pressure in Haiti and at home for inviting ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide to visit for a two month period Gay rights advocates file a new lawsuit in San Francisco after an order by the State Supreme Court ends same-sex weddings in the City Federal regulators propose a quarter million dollar indecency fine against radio giant Clear Channel - a day after the House approves souch indecency legislation that the ACLU warns could chill free speech Tenants urge San Francisco supervisors to overturn Mayor Newsom's veto of legislation barring the demolition of rental units

The KPFA Evening News - March 11, 2004 at 6:00pm
Series of bombs explode in Madrid, killing at least 192, wounding more than 1200 - group claiming connection to Al-Qaeda claims responsibility Supreme Court orders SF to stop issuing marriage liscenses to same-sex couples In Massachusetts lawmakers give preliminary approval to a ban on same-sex marriages Ousted Haitian President Aristide to visit Jamaica 2 State Senators ask Secretary of State to place a moratorium on the use of electronic voting machines - threatening legislative action of he does not U.S. Forest Service hires PR firm to sell its loggin plan

The KPFA Evening News - March 10, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Senate narrowly approves lesgislation to make it harder to approve more federal tax cuts - President Bush wants his tax cuts for the wealthy to be made permanent California lawmakers introduce a package of bills to lower prescription drug prices - including one measure to allow the State to buy less expensive drugs from Canada Corporate benefactors step forward to say they'll step in to help the West Contra Costa school district after the board votes to eliminate sports, music, and library programs The former U.N. official selected to be Haiti's new interim Prime Minister returns to Haiti from Florida ..supporters of Haitian President Aristide say they don't accept his selection U.S. officials acknowledge they're still paying the Iraqi National Congress for intelligence - even after admitting the group provided fabricated information ahead of the U.S. invasion Classes are cencelled at the Claremont colleges in Southern California after a series of racially motivated hate crimes

The KPFA Evening News - March 9, 2004 at 6:00pm
Haiti gets an interim Prime Minister ..He's former Foreign Minister Gerard Latortue, currently a businessman and television host in Florida .. In Haiti U.S. Marines announce they will start to help Haitian police disarm rebels and supporters of ousted President Aristide The beleaguered West Contra Costa School District will lay off 400 employees, eliminate sports programs and close all of its libraries to make up a budget deficit of 22 million dollars A State hearing on the oustsourcing of jobs .. East Bay Senator Liz figueroa is sponsoring legislation addressing outsourcing problems ..in San Francisco Supervisor McGoldrick proposes restrictions on City business with firms that outsource jobs At U.C. Berkeley a mock graduation ceremony for hundreds of students who could not attend the school because of budget cuts CIA Director George Tenet butts heads with Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee over pre-Iraq war intelligance Environmentalists with a slew of lawsuits to stop Central Valley water districts from spraying toxic chemicals

The KPFA Evening News - March 8, 2004 at 6:00pm
Ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide says he still is Haiti's President - and calls for peaceful resistance to what he says is an occupation of his country Iraq's U.S. appointed governing council signed an interim constitution today but the country's top Shi'ite cleric refused to endorse it A Senate subcommittee rejects Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to cap enrollment in a number of public health programs, including life saving drugs for people with AIDS Voters with disabilities sue the State for failing to provide touchscreen services, allowing them to vote independently The body of actor and writer Spaulding Gray is found in the East River 2 months after he disappeared. Suicide is suspected. A proposal to let teenagers as young as 14 vote in California New Jersey's Asbury Park performs its first same sex marriage - an Oregon judge refuses to stop gay marriages in Portland and Seattle's mayor says his city will recognize gay marriages of city employees performed eslewhere

The KPFA Evening News - March 7, 2004 at 6:00pm
Fighting in Haiti leaves 4 people dead.. opponents of exiled President Aristide claim they were shot by Aristide supporters An Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip leaves 14 Palestinians dead The signing of an interim Iraqi constitution has been rescheduled for tomorrow; earlier this week the signing of the document was cancelled after the objections of a powerful cleric A new study says California's strict parole policies are driving up the prison budget

The KPFA Evening News - March 6, 2004 at 6:00pm
Violence continues in Haiti as supporters of ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide try to flee the country to avoid being rounded up by rebel soldiers Defenders of free speech and artistic expression begin restoration work on the La Lucha Continua mural in San Francisco's Mission District Animal rights activists protest at a KFC outlet in Oakland in an attempt to put pressure on the fast food chain to get its chicken suppliers to enact more humane practices Activists gather at UC Berkeley for the West Coast conference of the New Civil Rights Movement

The KPFA Evening News - March 5, 2004 at 6:00pm
A message believed to be from President Jean Bertrand Aristide calls his removal from power a "geopolitical kidnapping - terrorism, disguised as diplomacy" More than ten thousand Haitians march on the Presidential Palace to demand Aristide's return Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the U.S. is financing his political opposition.. he tells the Bush Administration to get its hands off of Venezuela The Iraqi constitutional signing ceremony collapses when 5 Shi'ite members of the U.S. appointed Iraqi Governing Council walks out over concessions made to Iraqi Kurds California's Supreme Court declines to make an immediate decision on the State's request to halt same-sex marriages in San Francisco A Federal Judge in San Francisco rules that Planned Parenthood does not have to turn over medical files demanded by the Justice Department in the so-called partial-birth abortion lawsuit Martha Stewart convicted on 4 counts of obstructing of justice and lying to the government

The KPFA Evening News - March 4, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Bush Administration rejects calls for an investigation into the ouster of former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide.. The Administration announces its under no obligation to defend an elected leader if it decides that leader has misgoverned A blow to the government of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as its envoy to the United Nation's resigns in protest.. but the government calls him a hypocrite, saying he supported las year's coup attempt against Chavez and was allowed to keep his job President Bush brings his re-election cash machine to the Silicon Valley, picking up seven hundred thousand dollars at a Santa Clara luncheon.. about 3 hundred demonstrators protest everything from the Iraq war, to the coup in Haiti, to Bush's proposed constitutional amendment agains same-sex marriage Families who lost relatives in the September 11th attacks and a firefighters union protest Bush's first ads of his re-election campaign that use images of the devasted World Trade Center to portray him as the right leader for tumultuous times Charges that San Francisco is footdragging on a voter-approved green-energy plan A mobilization to save UC Berkeley Extension's English Language program

The KPFA Evening News - March 3, 2004 at 6:00pm
North Carolina Senator John edwards drops out of the Democratic Presidential race after John Kerry wins 9 of the 10 delegate contests on Super Tuesday including the big prize here in California President Bush begins his counter-attack with a $10 million TV ad buy and a 2 day fundraising swing into California.. Demonstrators plan to greet him in Santa Clara tomorrow morning California treasurer Phil Angelides promises to sell a record 15 billion dollar bond to plug the budget deficit.. Governor Schwarzenegger's proposition 57 won more than 60 percent of the vote, its companion prop 58 even more.. a 12.3 billion dollar school construction bond squeaks by.. but prop 56 intended to break the budget deadlock in Sacramento is defeated nearly 2 to 1 Voters in Mendocino County pass a ban on genetically altered plants and animals - the first in the nation - and voters in Contra Costra County reject a ban on Wall-Mart superstores 3 of 4 tax measures in the East Bay are approved as is a dollar increase in the toll on 7 Bay Area bridges In Haiti - after heavy pressure from the Bush Administration - rebel leader Guy Phillipe says his forces will lay down their arms

The KPFA Evening News - March 2, 2004 at 6:00pm
Simultaneous attacks on Shiite Muslim shrines crowded with pilgrims in 2 Iraqi cities kill at least 143 people in the bloodiest day since the fall of Saddam Hussein Hatian rebel leader Guy Philippe declares himself the new chief of Haiti's military. In the Central African Republic, officials call on President Aristide to tone down his criticism of the U.S. rose in his ouster Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards is dropping out of the presidential race and will announce his decision tomorrow Scattered reports of electronic voting glitches as California holds its first election wihout any of the old punch card machines Senate Republicans scuttle a bill to immunize the gun industry from lawsuites after Democrats amended it to extend an assult weapons ban

The KPFA Evening News - March 1, 2004 at 6:00pm
Conflicting reports on the ouster of Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide.. Congresswoman Maxine Waters says Aristide told her he was kidnapped from Haiti by U.S. forces, but fellow Congressional Black Caucus member Charles Rangel says Aristide left in the face of a coup when U.S. authorities told him they could not protect his life Bush Administration officials deny charges that they abducted Aristide, calling the claim absurd Haitian rebels occupy the National Police Headquarters in Port au Prince.. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the U.S. will send up to 2 thousand troops to Haiti to head an international force 70 thousand Southern California grocery workers prepare to return to their jobs after voting to approve a new contract with the supermarket chains Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spends the final day of his campaign to get voters to approve a 15 billion dollar bond proposal The Democratic Presidential candidates campaign across the country on the eve of Super Tuesday.. we'll look at the leading Green Party Presidential candidates

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