State Treasurer Phil Angelides has been endorsed by California's Democratic Party, but State Controller Steve Westly is ahead in the polls. Larry talks with political analysts and consultants about the two Democratic Gubernatorial front runners.
Mexico is one step away from decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. The legislation has been approved by Mexico's Congress and awaits the signature of President Vicente Fox. It would allow individuals to possess small quantities of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, opium, ecstasy, and other drugs. A spokesman for Fox says the law will allow police and prosecutors to focus on major dealers. Enactment of the law could affect joint US-Mexican anti-drug efforts. Larry Mantle talks with UCLA drug policy analyst Mark Kleiman and others.
Larry Mantle talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Maraniss about his new book chronicling the life and legacy of Roberto Clemente. On New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen impressive seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente was killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss' book is called Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero."