- Reporter's Notebook: Celebrity Robo-Calls Flood Phones Ahead of Election
When the polls close tonight, this year's primary election campaigns will be over. If you're a registered voter, you may count that a blessing. Automated telephone calls have become part of political campaigns as never before. Some recorded callers even apologize for bothering you--and then they do it. Do these annoying appeals bring out the vote or create a backlash? We hear from Oakland Tribune columnist Brenda Payton and political media consultant Bill Carrick.
African-American Admission Rates Plummet at UCLA
UCLA has become one of America's most competitive public institutions of higher learning. Out of this year's 47,000 applications just 4,852 were accepted, but only 96 of those entering students will be African Americans. That's just 2 percent of the student body when blacks make up almost 10 percent of the population. Some at UCLA have described the situation as a "crisis." We hear more about the university's plummeting rate of African American students from sociologist Darnell Hunt, who heads UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies, and civil rights advocate Joe Hicks, a former Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission.