Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the Roman Catholic church’s leading hardliner, is elected pope and chooses the name Benedict the Sixteenth……as head of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, Ratzinger disciplined dissidents and fought back reforms sought by liberals…
The nomination of controversial Rightwinger John Bolton to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in trouble today after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee delays a vote on him….Republican George Voinovich stuns the committee by saying he didn’t feel comfortable voting for Bolton
East Bay bus riders, bus drivers and environmental groups are suing the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, charging the MTC gives too little funding to ac transit compared to BART and Cal Train…they say that discriminates against poor people of color..
Hundreds of injured workers and their supporters accuse Governor Schwarzenegger of breaking his promise to protect employees hurt on the job…they demonstrate in the state capitol and in Los Angeles
Activists Charge Diebold — the maker of Alameda County’s voting equipment —- with violating its contract by charging two million dollars to implement Berkeley’s instant run-off voting
18 arrests at UC Santa Cruz as police bust up a tent university protest