- Reporter's Notebook: USC Professor Evacuated from Beirut
Carol Wise was teaching a class in Beirut last week to Maronite Christians and Sunni Muslims, and planning a trip to the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. Then, she turned on the television. Tonight, she's on the Island of Cyprus. We speak with the Fulbright lecturer, who can usually be found teaching international relations at the University of Southern California, about the situation in Lebanon and her evacuation to the Island of Cyprus.
Stem Cell Research: The California Exception
Proposition 71 in 2004 created the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to conduct embryonic stem cell research. Almost 60 percent of the voters went for it to the tune of $3 billion over ten years, but today Governor Schwarzenegger had to approve a $150 million loan to keep the Institute going. This just one day after President Bush vetoed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. We find out more about the Governor's loan from Robert Klein, principal sponsor of Prop 71, who chairs the Institute's Oversight Board, and from San Diego Union-Tribune bio-tech reporter Terri Somers.