August

Another Olympic first

Cullen Jones, only the second African American to make the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, is the first African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal for his performance in the team’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Amid all the well-earned acclaim for Michael Phelps’ historic accomplishments, like racking up eight gold medals in one Olympics for swimming, Jones’ historic first should be noted.

Key Senate races could break GOP grip

With voter anger rising over endless war and a plummeting economy, Republicans could lose as many as 11 seats in the U.S. Senate and as many as 30 seats in the House this fall.

Unity 08: making newsroom diversity a reality

CHICAGO – Although Barack Obama’s appearance here at the Unity ‘08 convention gathered most of the media’s attention, the convention had some other business to attend to.

Oil: Simple arithmetic

An average family is likely to spend an extra $750 this year on gasoline, compared with last year. My oil company has informed me it will cost $3,795 to heat my house this coming winter — three times the cost a few years ago. Cash-strapped local governments are trying to figure out how they will afford to operate police cars and heat schools.

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Congreso joins election push

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,500 Latino public officials, civic, labor rights and community leaders and activists from 20 states participated in the third annual National Latino Congreso here July 18-20. Delegates reaffirmed a progressive Latino agenda and a drive to bring out 10 million Latino voters to help change the direction of the country in the 2008 elections.

Grassroots politics vs. right-wing money

ST LOUIS – “This is a war of attrition,” said Glenn Burliegh, campaign coordinator for Robin Wright-Jones for state senate. “To win, we have to work harder, fight longer and overcome more obstacles than our opposition. But, we can do it.”