AirTalk for September 29, 2010

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Brown vs Whitman debate – who won?

Last night, Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman, faced off in their first gubernatorial debate. Whitman, the former head of Ebay, blasted Brown for being joined at the hip with labor unions. Brown, California’s current Attorney General, charged Whitman with only wanting to help millionaires like herself. The political rivals, who are locked in a tight race for the governor’s office, took questions for one hour on the campus of UC Davis. Did Brown, the seasoned veteran, make his case? Did Whitman, a political novice, establish herself? Did either candidate win you over?
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The United Teachers Los Angeles is demanding that the Los Angeles Times remove teacher performance ratings from its website after one teacher rated “less effective” committed suicide. The union claims that Rigoberto Ruelas, a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, took his life because he was despondent over his low performance ranking. The Times published the ratings last month in a database analyzing test scores for third and fifth grade students over a seven year period. Should the newspaper yank the database? Should other newspapers refrain from publishing stories that might result in death or suicide?
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The Jobs of the Future

With the jobless rate in the US near 10 percent, where are the good jobs of the future going to come from? Larry Mantle and a panel of experts will attack the thorniest challenge facing our economy today…unemployment. Is there any good news of the job creation front?
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