January 27, 2003 Twenty-five years after former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is murdered, some city officials raise money to place a sculpture of him in City Hall. Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, was killed a year after being elected. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
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January 19, 2003 On Saturday, protesters in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and other U.S. cities gathered to oppose plans for a possible U.S. attack on Iraq. NPR's Richard Gonzales and Andrea Seabrook report.
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January 18, 2003 In Washington, D.C., in San Francisco, and in many smaller U.S. cities, protesters gathered Saturday to oppose plans for a war in Iraq. "We've got fire in our belly for peace," the Rev. Jesse Jackson told a crowd in the nation's capital. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep, NPR's Andrea Seabrook and NPR's Richard Gonzales.
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January 16, 2003 The California Supreme Court adopts tougher standards on what constitutes forcible rape, defining it as continued sexual intercourse by a man after his female partner withdraws initial consent. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
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January 9, 2003 NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that thousands of California's convicted sex offenders have failed to register their addresses with local police, despite a requirement that they do so every year. An analysis by the Associated Press shows that close to half of rapists and child molesters have failed to register since the state set up a database in compliance with a 1996 federal law. National victims' rights groups said they believe the problem is not limited to California.
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January 8, 2003 Gov. Gray Davis (D-CA) prepares to deliver his annual State of the State address. He's expected to address a California budget deficit estimated at $35 billion. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
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January 3, 2003 California is lifting the statute of limitations on sexual molestation lawsuits. Lifting the statute for one year opens the way for new lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct by Roman Catholic priests and others over several decades. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
January 1, 2003 NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that city leaders and residents of Oakland, Calif., are trying to cope with more than 100 murders this past year, the highest number since the early '90s. Mayor Jerry Brown blames ex-cons involved in drug-turf battles, and has announced a crackdown on repeat offenders. Police have been issued a list of the city's 100 most dangerous men. In the city's poorest neighborhoods, volunteers are making their own efforts to stop the killings.
December 16, 2002 NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that home insurance is a looming problem in California: thousands of homeowners are complaining that they lost their insurance or had their rates hiked just because they filed a claim -- or even because they inquired about filing a claim. A state Senate committee and the new insurance commissioner are promising a thorough review of the system.
November 29, 2002 NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that colleges and universities are facing rough financial times. Public universities are feeling the repercussions from state budget deficits, and some private schools have seen their investments dwindle. University of California regents are among many state officials considering tuition hikes. Others are looking at layoffs and larger classes. (5:00)
November 27, 2002 As the busiest travel period of the year begins, AAA predicts 40 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home. Hear reports from around the country by Tom Banse and NPR's Adam Hochberg and Richard Gonzales.
November 14, 2002 In the final installment in our series on California's Central Valley, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that working conditions for farm workers have not improved much in the last 50 years. Half of the valley's farm laborers are illegal immigrants, and they work for farm labor contractors and growers who take advantage of their illegal status. The system creates vague lines of responsibility for how and whether workers are paid and who is responsible if someone gets hurt. Ultimately it creates an underclass of low-skilled workers who -- unlike immigrants in the past -- have little chance to improve their lives.
November 11, 2002 Beyond the glamour of Hollywood and the romance of the Golden Gate Bridge, there is another California -- and it's home to the greatest garden in the world. The 400-mile-long Central Valley supplies fully one-quarter of the food America eats. Now the region faces huge changes. NPR's John McChesney and Richard Gonzales begin a four-part series focusing on the future of California's Central Valley.
November 3, 2002 Democrat Tom Lantos of California is a holocaust survivor. He faces an unusual challenge from a Palestinian-born Muslim-American. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
October 27, 2002 Hundreds of thousands protested this weekend in the United States and around the world against a possible war in Iraq. NPR's Nancy Marshall reports on the demonstrations in Washington, D.C.; NPR's Richard Gonzales describes the scene from San Francisco; and from member station KSKA in Anchorage, Rene Gutel reports on protests in Alaska. (6:50) Read the Transcript
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