- Newsmaker: Update on Negotiations with China - The US has acknowledged that 24 American servicemen and women detained in China are fine and being treated well. Bob Marquand, in Beijing for The Christian Science Monitor, says negotiations continue and there appears to be movement toward the release of the crew.
- Newsmaker (Local): PG&E; Bankruptcy - One day after Governor Davis offered a rate increase, California's biggest private electric utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, filed for bankruptcy. Democratic State Senator Debra Bowen, who chairs the Senate's Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, helps us put the story in perspective.
- Reporter's Notebook: Augusta National Golf Course The best male golfers in the world tee up this weekend in the hopes of winning the famous green jacket of the Master's championship. Michael Hurdzan, one of America's premier golf architects, says environmentalists could learn a thing or two from the azalea-lined, green velvet blanket at the Augusta National course.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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