July 2, 2006 |
More than 150 years separated the murders of Bridgett McCaffry and Teresa Halbach, but they may prove to be historic bookends to Wisconsin's 1853 law banning executions. Voters in Wisconsin will be asked in November whether the Legislature should enact the death penalty, ending the second-longest prohibition on capital punishment in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1993
The debate leading up to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) presented a classic dilemma: The Clinton Administration and its pro-NAFTA supporters (former Presidents, secretaries of state and Lee Iacocca) argued, inter alia , that NAFTA would create jobs in the United States through increased trade and international economic growth. The anti-NAFTA forces (principally, organized labor and Ross Perot) argued that the cheap Mexican labor and lax environmental standards would inevitably "suck" jobs down to Mexico and away from the U.S. Each side predicted dire consequences if its position did not prevail.
October 28, 2002 |
Mexico and Japan said Sunday that they will begin negotiating a wide-ranging free trade agreement in November to help end nearly a decade of static trade growth between the two nations. In a joint statement on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Mexican President Vicente Fox said they hoped to complete talks in a year.
November 2, 1993 |
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari on Monday downplayed the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement, instead calling on Mexicans to spur prosperity by bolstering domestic economic initiatives. "Benefits will not be forthcoming in the short term, nor will they produce spectacular results," Salinas said of NAFTA. "With or without the agreement, the evolution of our economy will not be substantially altered in the immediate future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2006 |
Leaders from the ACLU and downtown business interests have joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in backing a cleanup plan for skid row that involves cracking down on crime but not sweeping up homeless people from their tent cities. The consensus gives a decisive boost to the plan and comes after years of debate and competing visions about how Los Angeles should tackle crime and blight in skid row.
March 9, 2001 |
The flurry of fatal shootings at schools has prompted a wave of new laws across the United States, as legislators have sought to encourage sharing of information between educators and police that was once withheld because of concerns about privacy. Since 1999, at least 16 states, including California, have enacted laws to regulate the sharing of students' records between schools and other government agencies--information sharing that traditionally was considered off limits.