The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – March 24, 2005

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California for Democracy launches a grassroots effort to educate Californians on the impacts of governor Schwarzenegger’s plans for a special election this fall…..the group says Schwarzenegger’s ally, citizens to save California, is paying up to fifteen dollars a signature to qualify the governor’s four initiatives for the ballot and that the election will cost taxpayers 70 million dollars in the midst of a state fiscal crisis

State lawmakers, police officers and firefighters to fight one of those
Initiatives — the privatization of state retirement plans….they say under the proposal families of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty would lose death benefits

A shocking report on California’s schools from a civil rights group — the
State’s high schools are graduating just 71 percent of their students, not the 87 percent the state’s been claiming ….just half of African American
boys make it through

New documents show the CIA had a systematic program of hiding ghost detainees in Iraq and senior officials knew of the practice

The Bush administration to step up military aid to Guatemala a decade after the U.S. cut it off due to human rights abuses

And the United Nations calls for an independent international investigation into the assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon