Archives for The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays: April 2004

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The KPFA Evening News - April 30, 2004 at 6:00pm
California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley bans the use of touch screen voting in 4 counties in the November elections.. Ten other counties must meet tough conditions if they are to use their ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 29, 2004 at 6:00pm
The U.S. military trying to strike a deal on Falluja with former members of Sadam Hussein's army .. The U.S. marines in the city would reportedly withdraw and turn security duties over to the former ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 28, 2004 at 6:00pm
As U.S. helicopter gunships pound three districts in Fallujah day and night, President Bush insists that most of the city is returning to normal...

The KPFA Evening News - April 27, 2004 at 6:00pm
U.S. warplanes and artillery batter the city of Fallujah, as a fragile cease fire comes to an end...

The KPFA Evening News - April 26, 2004 at 6:00pm
Fierce fighting in Fallujah, although the nominal ceasefire remains in effect. Members of Fallujah’s town council ask for United Nations mediation between resistance fighters and U.S. troops. Dozens of former top ranking British diplomats offer a blistering critique of conduct of the war in Iraq and say Prime Minister Blair should use his influence to rein in the United States. State Senator John Vasconcellos with a bill requiring the Department of Corrections to set up rehabilitation plans for prisoners to help drop the rate of recidivism. San Francisco Latino activists rally at City Hall to protest the lack of Latino appointments to the police commission and other city bodies. Community activists say a key portion of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is still too polluted from its years as a naval shipyard to be developed for civilian use. And gay rights groups criticize the Massachusetts governor for denying same sex couples from other states the right to marry when gay marriage becomes legal in Massachusetts next month.

The KPFA Evening News - April 25, 2004 at 6:00pm
A period of shaky clam continues tonight in the Iraq cities of Fallujah and Najaf. Meanwhile, the United Nations envoy to Iraq is warning the U.S. against sending American troops into those cities. More than one million people march in the nation’s capitol in support of women’s reproductive rights. Protests against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were held in Washington, D.C., while the two institutions celebrated their 60th anniversary. And public hearings will be held this week on a Department of Energy draft environmental impact report that calls for an increase of plutonium at the Livermore Lab.

The KPFA Evening News - April 24, 2004 at 6:00pm
Two U.S. soldiers are dead and five others are injured in attack on two Iraqi oil facilities. About a hundred people gather in San Francisco for roundtable discussions on how youth can empower themselves by working with the media. A couple of hundred people come together outside the Sony Metreon Theater to commemorate the death of Idris Stelley, the 23-yeare-old African American man who was shot by San Francisco police while in the midst of an emotional crisis. Today is the 89th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian genocide.

The KPFA Evening News - April 23, 2004 at 6:00pm
Radical Shiite leader Moqtada Al-Sadr threatens suicide bombings if U.S. troops strike the Holy City of Najaf in Iraq.. In fighting today another U.S. soldier is killed as is a member of the Bulgarian...

The KPFA Evening News - April 22, 2004 at 6:00pm
An advisory panel unanimously recommends that California ban the use of 15-thousand touch-screen voting machines made by Deebold from the November election. The panel says the Texas company’s ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 21, 2004 at 6:00pm
Dozens are dead-including 16 children, in a series of explosions outside of police stations in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. A suicide car bomb blast at Saudi National police headquarters is described as a quantum leap by insurgents who have gone from attacking U.S. targets to Saudi security forces. Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu is released from prison after 8 years-he says he’s proud he revealed Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Electronic voting machines are under scrutiny at a public hearing in Sacramento. The San Francisco Police Officers’ Association turns up the head on District Attorney Kamala Harris for refusing to seek the death penalty for a suspected cop killer. The P.O.A. says Harris should turn the case over to State Attorney General Bill Lockyer. A San Jose federal judge orders federal drug agents to stay away from a Santa Cruz medical marijuana group that supplies cannabis to its sick members. And Sierra club leaders beat back an effort by anti-immigration forces to gain control of the board.

The KPFA Evening News - April 20, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Pentagon admits foreign countries are not likely to commit any more troops to the so-called US-led coalition in Iraq even if the United Nations passes a new Iraqi resolution. The admission comes in a somewhat contentious hearing in the Senate and as two nations pull their forces out of Iraq. Iraqi insurgents attack the US-run prison outside Baghdad, Iraq, with mortars killing 22 and wounding 92, two dozen seriously. The Iraq provisional governing council sets up a tribunal to try Saddam Hussein. The United States Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the terrorist suspects being held by the U.S in Cuba can have access to the U.S. court system. A lawyer for the detainees accuses the Bush administration of creating a lawless enclave on the island. A bill to legalize same sex marriage in California passes an assembly committee. Its sponsor predicts it will eventually become a law. Admissions to the University of California down seven percent because of budget cuts. The decline of African-American students is even sharper. El Salvador’s first unionized garment manufacturing plant.

The KPFA Evening News - April 19, 2004 at 6:00pm
US troops out of Iraq-drawing a rebuke from President Bush. . .Shiite cleric Muqtada Al Sadr tells his supporters to stop attacking Spanish troops. Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal calls for an Arab Moslem alliance to defeat the U.S. and Israel. . . Israeli officials are reportedly considering attacking Hamas headquarters in Syria if the organization begins to direct its operations from Damascus. Religious leaders gather in Sacramento to support legislation allowing same sex couples to wed. A federal appeals court overturns a three strikes’ sentence of 25 years to life leveled against a repeat shoplifter. A Louisiana woman who waged a grassroots campaign against a corporate giant whose chemical plant was spewing toxic fumes and sickening nearby residents is one of seven international activists awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. Broadcasters warn against the federal crackdown against so-called indecency on the airwaves, saying the harsher policies are already threatening free speech.

The KPFA Evening News - April 18, 2004 at 6:00pm
The US Administration in Iraq says Iraqi security forces won’t be ready to protect the country when the official handover of power takes place on June 30th. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets of Gaza to protest Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Azia Rantisi. Nuclear whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu is scheduled to be released from prison next week, but he won’t be free to travel, even within Israel. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry describes President Bush as quote, "Stunningly ineffective at foreign policy." Environmentalists say air pollution is threatening the health of some of America’s national parks, including several in California A new study says the state could suffer severe water shortages in the coming decades, a consequence of global warming.

The KPFA Evening News - April 17, 2004 at 6:00pm

The KPFA Evening News - April 16, 2004 at 6:00pm
President Bush and British Prime Minster Blair stand together at the White House, backing Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’s unilateral plan for Gaza and the West Bank and endorsing a United Nations proposal for a provisional government for Iraq. U.S. occupation in Iraq slay at least 20 Iraqis in the besieged city of Fallujah and in the southern city of Kufa. Al Jazeera broadcasts a videotape showing a U.S. soldier held captive by an Iraqi resistance groups. It wants to exchange him for Iraqi prisoners. The White House confirms that President Bush ordered an Iraqi invasion plan drawn in November of 2001—while US forces were still fighting in Afghanistan. The California Legislature approves landmark workers’ compensation legislation. Governor Schawrzenneger will sign it into law on Monday. A town meeting in Fremont on the state budget and the governor’s proposed spending cuts. Cuba calls on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses and torture at the US Naval base at Guantanamo base where terrorist suspects are held.

The KPFA Evening News - April 15, 2004 at 6:00pm
Iraqi resistance fighters kill an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad as Iran undertakes a mission to negotiate a settlement between occupation authorities and a radical Shiite cleric in the southern city of ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 14, 2004 at 6:00pm
Pentagon officials say they're extending the tour of duty for some 21 thousand U.S. soldiers who have served a year in Iraq and were set to leave...

The KPFA Evening News - April 13, 2004 at 6:00pm
In the wake of the bloodiest week of U.S. combat in Iraq, President Bush holds only the third news conference of his presidency...

The KPFA Evening News - April 12, 2004 at 6:00pm
A shaky ceasefire in Fallujah is interrupted by sporadic clashes between U.S. occupation troops and resistance fighters.. The toll of dead and wounded Iraqis over the past week nears 2,000...

The KPFA Evening News - April 11, 2004 at 6:00pm
The Iraqi body count grows in Falluja, as U.S. forces continue an offensive against resistance fighters. NGOs report dead bodies lying in the streets, ambulances being shot by snipers, and medical ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 10, 2004 at 6:00pm

The KPFA Evening News - April 9, 2004 at 6:00pm
Fighting in the Central Iraq city of Falluja resumes after a pause in the Marine offensive.. During a brief ceasefire, hundreds of women and children flee, but the marines won't let men of fighting ...

The KPFA Evening News - April 8, 2004 at 6:00pm
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice before the September 11th Commission for 3 hours today.. Rice insists President Bush fully understood the threat of terrorism before September 11th, 2001.. But she says there was no silver bullet that could have prevented the deadliest attacks ever on American soil Four more American soldiers killed in Iraq - 40 have died this week in fighting in and around Falluja and in the southern part of the country where a Shiite militia has seized partial control of three cities.. More than 460 Iraqis have been slain Police arrest 25 people, including Delores Huerta of the United Farmworkers Union, as they block a street in Palm Springs demanding workplace rights and union representation at a casino owned by a wealthy Indian tribe A dire prediction of the medical situation in West Contra Costa County if Doctors San Pablo Hospital is forced to shut down A group if injured workers and their advocates blast provisions of Governor Schwarzenneger's plan to overhaul the State's Workers' Compensation System Lawmakers denounce the Clear Act - it would force State and local law enforcement officials to act as federal immigration agents

The KPFA Evening News - April 7, 2004 at 6:00pm
Fighting rages in Fallujah for a fourth day between resistance forces and U.S. occupation troops - who drop a 500 pound bomb on a Mosque compound Across Southern Iraq, Simultaneous battles between supporters of Shiite Cleric Al Sadr and U.S. Allied Troops Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says U.S. commanders are considering whether to send more troops - but dismisses the Iraqi fighters as "a few thugs, gangs, and terrorists" Senior Democratic Senator Robert Byrd says he hears echoes of Vietnam and warns that increasing the numbers of U.S. troops will only suck the U.S. deeper into the quicksand Anti-war activists return to the Oakland docks today - a year after Oakland Police unleashed sublethal weapons on peaceful protestors - injuring dozens Inglewood voters reject by a 2-1 margin a ballot measure that would have allowed Wal-Mart to build a sprawling shopping center A new online daily newspaper is launched in San Francisco as a direct antidote to the San Francisco Chronicle

The KPFA Evening News - April 6, 2004 at 6:00pm
One of the bloodiest days of fighting in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over.. At least 13 American soldiers are killed.. A dozen of them marines in Ramadi.. Dozens of Iraqis are slain, many of them non-combatants, including women and children as occupation forces battle Sunni insurgents west of Baghdad and Shiite militants in the South.. In Washington the Bush Administration suggests more troops may be sent in A class action lawsuit filed against the Federal Government's no-fly list that's keeping law-abiding Americans off commercial aircraft.. The plaintiffs range from a college student to a female member of the military to a retired minister Another lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration.. A baggage screener at the Oakland Airport claims he was fired for union organizing activity San Francisco State University floats the prospect of eliminating its School of Engineering to help close its 14 million dollar budget deficit Shell Oil planning to shut down a profitable refinery in Bakersfield.. Activists are calling on the State Attorney General to intervene Somber commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the massive genocide in Rwanda.. Between a half million to a million people were killed

The KPFA Evening News - April 5, 2004 at 6:00pm
More than a thousand U.S. troops surround the city of Fallujah in possible preparation for a door to door search for Iraqis who took part in the killings and mutilation of U.S. security contractors last week In Baghdad U.S. authorities vow to arrest radical Shiite leader Moqtada Al Sadr.. Helicopter gunships fire on a Shiite residential district where Al Sadr's supporters are concentrated President Bush says he'll tell the September 11th commission that his administration lacked the information needed to prevent the attacks The United Nations Human Rights Commission critisizes Oakland Police for using force against anti-war demonstrators at the Port of Oakland nearly a year ago As baseball season begins, veteran Oakland Coliseum food workers charge the new corporate food concessionaire wants to slash wages and health benefits the workers have enjoyed for years Secretary of State Colin Powell visits Haiti, promising tens of millions in aid.. aid which ousted President Aristide had pleaded for in vain

The KPFA Evening News - April 4, 2004 at 6:00pm
Intense fighting in Iraq leaves scores of people dead.. and in an article to be published this coming week, the former British Ambassador to the U.S. says President Bush began planning to attack Iraq less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks The Federal Election Commission is considering new regulations on Political Action Committees.. but some critics say the commission is moving to defund public interest organizations A Unitied Nations conference warns of dead zones in the World's oceans, a consequence of pollution from fertilizers Labor activists and media experts gather at Stanford University for a conference on how to make Labor's voice heard

The KPFA Evening News - April 3, 2004 at 6:00pm
Spain's Interior Minister says three suspects in the Madrid Railway bombings blew themselves up in a building while surrounded by police More than a hundred people gather in front of the U.N. Plaza in San Francisco to demand that China stop persecuting spiritual, religious, and political groups Two community groups - one in Arizona and the other in East Palo Alto - unite in protest against the Romic Environmental Technologies Corporation, which runs hazardous waste facilities Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu submits a formal request to renounce his Israeli citizenship

The KPFA Evening News - April 2, 2004 at 6:00pm
The U.S. economy creates more than 300,000 jobs last month, the most in four years.. Good news for President Bush's election campaign.. but the official unemployment rate rises a tenth of a percent and the job creation is just a fraction of the jobs lost on George Bush's watch The city of Richmond laying off more than 200 workers, and closing its branch libraries and half its rec centers.. by the time it's all over nearly 40 percent of the city's employees could lose their jobs The Turkish military pressing U.S. forces to take on Turkis Kurds in the mountains of Northern Iraq A State Assembly committee holds a hearing on California's soaring gas prices A battle over a Macdonalds restaurant proposed for Oakland's Grand Lake Neighborhood Two Bush Administration officials, in charge of a much criticized program to help sick nuclear workers, resign

The KPFA Evening News - April 1, 2004 at 6:00pm
A State lawmaker shows the videotape of a beating of two wards of the California Youth Authority at a hearing in Sacramento.. Senator Gloria Romero says she'll author legislation empowering the State Attorney General to prosecute such cases U.S. occupation authorities vow to punish the deaths and mutilations of four American contractors at the hands of Iraqis in Fallujah... A U.S. General says the response will be overwhelming National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice to go before the commission investigating the September 11th attacks in public one week from today Unionized employees of SBC march in Oakland as their contract expires The Navy and San Francisco sign an agreement to transfer the old Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to the city A State takeover looms for the public schools of Vallejo - The district's 20 million dollars in debt

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