August

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A mile high: Being in Denver, being part of history

DENVER — History. That’s what everyone was saying at Invesco Field. All 80,000 of us had a seat at history. Turns out at least 38 million people viewed history too — according to the Nielsen ratings — which broke all records, including more viewers than for the opening of the Beijing Olympics and final of “American Idol.”

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Underground Railroad museum: Beacon of hope, progress

CINCINNATI — The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, nestled between the Bengals and Reds stadiums here, is a beacon of hope and progress for working people everywhere. Open since 2004, it is a tribute to those brave people who struggled for freedom and justice against the oppressive system of slavery.

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Obama nominated by acclamation: Historic moment in U.S. politics

DENVER — Hillary Clinton stopped the Democratic convention roll call vote tonight and moved to nominate Barack Obama as Democratic Party presidential candidate by acclamation.

Illinois leaders speak at DNC

As Democrats rally for unity behind Barack Obama’s run for president at their party’s national convention in Denver, the opening day featured appearances by labor, state and city leaders from Obama’s home state, Illinois.

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Labor Day

CLEVELAND — While still in mourning and shock at the unexpected Aug. 20 death of Ohio Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the Greater Cleveland community will celebrate her life in an unprecedented Labor Day parade and festival, which her efforts helped bring about.

Survey says support for No Child Left Behind Act takes a dive

A recent survey by Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University reveals that people’s confidence in public schools nationwide and President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has significantly declined in 2008.

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Folks in Colorado battleground excited and hopeful about election

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon Aug. 23 in the Five Point neighborhood just east and north of the downtown location here where the Democratic National Convention is happening.

Schools boycott addresses inequities in state education funding

CHICAGO – The end of summer vacation is right around the corner and you know what that means. Yes, that’s right, students everywhere are gearing up here to march back to school beginning Sept. 2. But state Sen. James Meeks (D) has something else in mind for the first day of school.

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