- Making News: Low Expectations for the World Trade Talks in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong today, at least 4500 farmers clashed with police as the latest World Trade Organization meeting got under way. Most of the protesters were from South Korea, but some came from as far away as Brazil. Pete Engardio, senior writer for BusinessWeek magazine, says expectations for agreement are less than optimistic.
- Reporters Notebook: State of California Executes Stanley "Tookie" Williams
At 12:01am, Stanley "Tookie" Williams was put to death by lethal injection at San Quentin Prison by the State of California, after Governor Schwarzenegger refused to grant clemency and last minute court appeals were turned down. The 12th man executed in California since capital punishment was reinstated in the late 1970's, Williams' case won international attention because he campaigned from death row against the violent gang life he once lived. There were 39 witnesses, including 17 from the media. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez was among them.
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