Eric Westervelt

Eric Westervelt appears in the following:

UC students on strike say they are overworked and underpaid

Saturday, November 19, 2022

University of California graduate students walked off the job this week. The nearly 50,000 striking academic workers are asking for better pay and benefits.


A mixed bag for cannabis legalization efforts in five states

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Voters in Missouri and Maryland approved adult-use recreational pot, but similar measures were rejected in Arkansas and the Dakotas.


Man charged with assault and kidnapping for the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband

Monday, October 31, 2022

Federal authorities charged David Wayne DePape with assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband in their San Francisco home.


Voters in some of the most conservative states to weigh in on recreational pot

Monday, October 31, 2022

Voters in Missouri, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Maryland will vote on legalizing recreational marijuana. Nineteen states and D.C. have approved adult cannabis possession and consumption.


Pandemic-related fraud totaled billions. California is trying to get some of it back

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

A special task force is investigating claims and freezing accounts to determine who legitimately qualifies for the relief money. About $20 billion in unemployment money was stolen by criminals.


Biden pardons thousands of people convicted on federal marijuana possession charges

Friday, October 07, 2022

President Biden has announced he is pardoning everyone convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law. He's now urging governors to pardon those convicted on state possession charges.


Las Vegas mass shooting survivors turn to each other to find strength through tragedy

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Five years on, survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history are still struggling with the psychological and physical fallout.


American gun violence has immense costs beyond the death toll, new studies find

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Two new studies outline the massive financial, social and health care costs of America's gun violence epidemic on victims and the large pool of often forgotten survivors.


The toll of America's gun violence epidemic

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Two studies have outlined the staggering financial, social and healthcare toll of America's gun violence epidemic. The groups behind the study hope the cost will spur legislative and cultural change.


Decades of 'good fires' save Yosemite's iconic grove of ancient sequoia trees

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Saving the centuries-old trees in Yosemite's famed Mariposa Grove took hard work from firefighters but also half a century of intentional fires.


Most gun owners favor modest restrictions but deeply distrust government, poll finds

Friday, July 08, 2022

Overwhelming majorities want to see universal background checks, raising the age to buy any kind of gun to 21 and red flag laws. But just a quarter trust the government to look out for them.


Ecologists say federal wildfire plans are dangerously out of step with climate change

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Many forest ecologists say the U.S. Forest Service is hampered by an outdated approach to prescribed fires, a key tool for reducing the threat of megafires made worse by climate change.


As hate crimes against Asian Americans rise, a California neighborhood takes action

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In Oakland, Calif., Chinatown residents have been targeted with robberies and anti-Asian abuse. They decided to fight back with volunteer patrols, and their presence is helping to deter crime.


New Mexico wildfire sparks backlash against controlled burns. That's bad for the West

Friday, May 20, 2022

Experts worry a devastating wildfire in New Mexico, partly started by a controlled burn that got out of control, may create a backlash against this important forest management tool.


Fire crews battling the massive New Mexico wildfire want a break from relentless wind

Friday, May 13, 2022

The giant, wind-whipped blaze burning in New Mexico has displaced tens of thousands and is on track to become the largest wildfire in the state's history


Oakland residents remain skeptical as federal oversight of police ends after 20 years

Friday, May 13, 2022

Federal monitoring began in the wake of a corruption and brutality scandal two decades ago. Critics say progress is extremely fragile and remain worried about true progress.


The largest wildfire in the U.S. has burned an area bigger than New York City

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The wildfire in New Mexico is growing rapidly. After weeks of relentless winds, firefighters are hoping for some relief soon. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people evacuated.


Wildfires in New Mexico continue to grow

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

New Mexico wildfires are continuing to grow as unrelenting high winds make conditions very difficult for firefighters.


Lawmakers call for greater security funding and oversight for U.S. transit systems

Monday, May 02, 2022

Open drug use and the threat of mass violence have prompted calls for more security funding for mass transit. Congress also says better oversight of existing security is needed.


Some California police are biased. A report says they have no clear plans to fix that

Sunday, May 01, 2022

A scathing report by California's Auditor of five large police departments finds evidence of officer bias against women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ people, and there's no goal to improve.