- Making News: Supreme Court Rules on Pledge of Allegiance Case
The US Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, ruling that the phrase -under God- will remain in the Pledge of Allegiance, at least until now. Bob Egelko, who reports for the San Francisco Chronicle, says the 8-to-5 decision was based on procedural grounds, effectively ducking the constitutional issue of the separation of church and state.
- Reporter's Notebook: West Nile Virus Identified in LA
Since it first showed up in 1999, West Nile Virus has killed hundreds of people in the US. People in California have been spared, at least until now. Minoo Madon of the greater LA County Vector Control District says authorities are trying to prevent as many human cases as possible. While there is no reason for panic, he suggests that imuno-compromised individuals living near West Nile areas with flu-like symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Rumored Roundups of Illegal Immigrants
Arrests are being made outside supermarkets and restaurants, bringing some businesses to a standstill. One-third of the kids at one Pasadena elementary school didn-t show up for classes. That-s according to reports from Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, where there-s fear of a sweep by the US Border Patrol. Immigration authorities deny that any such round-up is going on. Are immigration authorities creating a climate of fear? Warren Olney gets opposing viewpoints in a conversation with the senior patrol agent for the US Border Patrol and the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.