- Newsmaker: Ricocheting at the Department of Water and Power
Did the Department of Water and Power engage in "ricocheting" to drive up the price of energy it sold to the state's transmission grid operator? Former DWP chief David Freeman denies the practice, which is described in transcripts of taped conversations obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Nancy Vogel, of the Times' Sacramento bureau, says the facts may darken the future of the man who was to be confirmed as state energy czar this week.
- Reporter's Notebook: One Woman's Battle to Veil Her Face and Stay on the Road
While many dread the identification photos issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, the photos actually violate the beliefs of some religiously observant people. That's true for a Muslim woman in Florida, who does not want to remove her veil for her driver's license photo. The state says she can't drive if she doesn't. Pedro Ruz Gutierrez, of the Orlando Sentinel, has more on the collision between public safety and religious freedom.