For more on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, Melissa Block talks with Kristina Korobov about the credibility of alleged victims — and how it can be used in court. Korobov is the senior attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, a division of the National District Attorneys Association.
Robert Siegel speaks with Dereck Whittenburg about the death of Lorenzo Charles, a member of the NC State Wolfpack who made the 1983 NCAA national title-winning dunk. They were the underdogs to the No. 1 Houston Cougars — also known then as Phi Slamma Jamma — a team that included future NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Whittenburg threw the ball that Charles grabbed and dunked in the last seconds of the game, upsetting Houston and giving NC State the stunning win.
Teacher contracts expire in many places Friday, and for many teachers, those contracts won't be picked back up. State budget deficits and increased cuts are taking their toll on school districts around the country. In Milwaukee, 354 teachers are going to be laid off. In Chicago, a thousand. Smaller school districts are losing positions too. Robert Siegel speaks with Sean Cavanagh, who covers state education policy for Education Week, about the cuts — and what they mean for the upcoming school year.
Census data confirms what many San Francisco lawmakers and policy wonks know: The city is bleeding families. San Francisco has about 5,000 fewer children than 10 years ago, despite the city's reputation for being among the most family-friendly in the country. The culprit: the cost of housing.
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss the latest on the budget and debt ceiling discussions.
Thousands of state workers had an unscheduled day off in Minnesota Friday. Many functions of state government are on hold after the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton failed to reach agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that began Friday.
France once again woke up to stunning news about Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Because of his accuser's lack of credibility in several areas, New York prosecutors no longer think they have a solid case against the French politician.
Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, had been under house arrest while fighting the charge that he sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper in May. Friday, after prosecutors said they had found inconsistencies in his accuser's story, he was released on his own recognizance (though he must stay in the U.S.).