- Making News: Action Continues in Florida on the Terri Schiavo Case
Just hours after a three-judge panel refused to reinstate Terri Schiavo's feeding tube today, the full federal appellate court in Atlanta turned down the case. Since then, the Florida Senate has refused to pass new legislation. Governor Jeb Bush announced there's evidence Schiavo was mistreated at the hospice where she's living and that she may have been misdiagnosed. We get an update from Linda Kleindienst of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Mark Skoneki with the Orlando Sentinel.
- Reporters Notebook: Graduation Rate Crisis for California Students
Because high school statistics are inaccurately reported, Californians are unaware of a crisis in graduation rates. The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University says that, while the official rate is 87%, the real rate is 71%. Among blacks and Latinos in the LA Unified School District, only 48% of ninth graders ever get their diplomas, compared to 78% of whites. Julie Mendoza, a post-graduate fellow at UCLA, explains.
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