FROM Pamela Burdman
Legislators Slash Budget, Cal State System Bleeds The 23 Cal-State University campuses serve 450,000 students. That's 100,000 more than a decade ago with $500 million less money. Now, the budget crisis is likely to lead to funding cuts close to $600 million. Chancellor Charles Reed is asking for cuts in enrollment, faculty furloughs and increases in student fees. We hear from him and other educators facing massive budget cuts.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?