Richard Gonzales http://nhpr.org en Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection http://nhpr.org/post/never-tell-them-odds-cities-vie-host-star-wars-collection A short time ago, in a city not far away, <em>Star Wars</em> creator George Lucas decided to build a museum to house his movie memorabilia and his art collection.<p>There's just one looming question: Where should it go?<p>Lucas says he'll spend $300 million of his own money to build the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and will provide a $400 million endowment after his death. In addition to holding Skywalker artifacts galore, the museum would also host Lucas' private art collection, featuring works by Norman Rockwell and N.C. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 50529 at http://nhpr.org Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders http://nhpr.org/post/fight-over-calif-oyster-company-splits-chefs-and-land-defenders Drive just an hour and a half north of San Francisco, and you're in Drakes Estero, named for the first English explorer to lay claim to California.<p>This near-pristine, wind-whipped marine wilderness is a federally protected home for large beds of eelgrass, the base of the marine food chain. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:09:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 50086 at http://nhpr.org Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community http://nhpr.org/post/shooting-sikh-army-veteran-divides-community In late January, a mentally ill man was shot and killed by two police officers in Lodi, Calif., south of Sacramento. Tragedy often follows a confrontation between the police and a mentally ill person, but the facts of this case are in dispute.<p>The victim was a Sikh Army veteran, and his death has roiled the Sikh community and the city. On a recent Saturday evening, more than 100 people gathered at the Sikh temple in the largely agricultural community of Lodi, to remember Parminder Shergill.<p>Shergill was a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran who had served in Germany and Iraq. Thu, 29 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 49350 at http://nhpr.org Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community Memories, And Mended Reputation, Reclaimed From Century-Old Wreckage http://nhpr.org/post/memories-and-mended-reputation-reclaimed-century-old-wreckage Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Ocean scientists in California have solved the mystery of the San Francisco Bay. More than a century ago, two ships collided, 16 people were killed. One ship sank and it remained on the bottom of the bay. It's exact location was unknown until now. And as NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, it was an accident that reignited racial divisions of that era.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: The waters were calm, not far from where the Golden Gate Bridge is today. But on the morning of August 22, 1888, a dense fog blanketed the strait. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 47421 at http://nhpr.org Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well http://nhpr.org/post/teen-stowaway-somehow-survives-flight-hawaii-wheel-well The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 47141 at http://nhpr.org San Francisco's Chinatown Hurt By Yee Scandal http://nhpr.org/post/san-franciscos-chinatown-hurt-yee-scandal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, these charges against Leland Yee have been rippling through San Francisco's large Asian community. NPR's Richard Gonzales has been listening to reaction in the city's storied Chinatown.<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: On a busy San Francisco street in Chinatown, elderly Chinese shoppers compete with curious tourists for sidewalk space. School kids run past the bright red doorways of old fraternal organizations founded back in the mid-1800s. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 46370 at http://nhpr.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' http://nhpr.org/post/activists-we-want-emancipator-not-deporter-chief Activists who support an overhaul of the immigration system are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/03/14/290244211/hispanic-activists-vow-to-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations">angry and frustrated</a>. The immigration bill that passed in the Senate in June is stalled out. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 45854 at http://nhpr.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction http://nhpr.org/post/story-calif-senators-arrest-reads-pulp-fiction It's a case that has stunned California's political community: A prominent Democratic lawmaker has been accused in a federal complaint of participating in an elaborate conspiracy involving guns, gangs, drugs and bribery.<p>State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.<p>He's also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 45852 at http://nhpr.org The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean http://nhpr.org/post/what-long-strange-trip-salmon-are-trucking-pacific-ocean In California, severe drought has imperiled millions of juvenile salmon who now face waters too dry to let them make their usual spawning trip to the ocean. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 45631 at http://nhpr.org What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean Businesses Help Guide Workers Down Path To Citizenship http://nhpr.org/post/businesses-help-guide-workers-down-path-citizenship Silicon Valley companies have launched a drive to provide citizenship services on-site to employees holding green cards. The belief is that such employees become more valuable workers. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 45221 at http://nhpr.org Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road http://nhpr.org/post/gays-and-lesbians-seeking-asylum-us-may-find-hard-road Even through a long-distance line from Uganda, you can hear the fear and anxiety in the young man's voice. Nathan, 19, is gay. NPR is not using his surname because he fears arrest.<p>"Right now we are not safe," he says. "Because we are hearing some people say ... 'If we get you, we will kill you. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 44156 at http://nhpr.org Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://nhpr.org/post/flood-gay-marriage-cases-releasing-stream-federal-rulings A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.<p>In her ruling, U.S. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 43632 at http://nhpr.org Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings AOL Blames Obamacare For Changes To Retirement Benefits http://nhpr.org/post/aol-blames-obamacare-changes-retirement-benefits Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's hear now from the CEO who says Obamacare forced his hand when it comes to employee benefits. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 43167 at http://nhpr.org Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients http://nhpr.org/post/small-cuts-food-stamps-add-big-pains-many-recipients In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.<p>The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year. It's far less than what many Republicans had wanted. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 42750 at http://nhpr.org Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients Immigrants Won't Be Shackled At San Francisco Court Hearings http://nhpr.org/post/immigrants-wont-be-shackled-san-francisco-court-hearings Federal immigration officials in at least one jurisdiction — San Francisco — have agreed to limit the routine shackling of immigrants who appear in court proceedings.<p><a href="https://www.aclunc.org/sites/default/files/20140123-settlement_agreement_and_exhibits.pdf">That agreement,</a> which was made public on Thursday, comes in the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 16 immigrants who were forced to wear metal restraints on their wrists, ankles and waists for hours at a time, even though they were not accused of violent offenses and posed no appa Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:07:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 42409 at http://nhpr.org Immigrants Won't Be Shackled At San Francisco Court Hearings