Farm workers demand action on Parkinsons threat from pesticides

LOS ANGELES (PAI) — Following published revelations that excessive exposure to pesticides increases the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, the United Farm Workers are demanding the federal Environmental Protection Agency act against the threat

Jury to Wal-Mart: No free lunch hour

OAKLAND, Calif. (PAI) — There’s an old right-wing economists’ saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, a jury here has turned that around and told Wal-Mart that there’s no such thing as a free — unpaid — lunch hour.

Returned Abramoff donations erase national debt

Lawmakers scramble to shed trillions in tainted cash Politicians in Washington hurried today to dump trillions of dollars worth of campaign donations from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, giving the money to the Treasury Department and all but wiping out the national debt.

Labor opposes Alito nomination

WASHINGTON (PAI) — The nation’s two labor federations have joined the broad coalition opposing President George W. Bush’s nomination of federal judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.

World Notes

Venezuela: Belafonte leads tour of U.S. activists; India: Toyota workers on strike; Ghana: Gold no easy way out of poverty; Indonesia: Thousands homeless after landslide; Nigeria: Prison reform approved

Did Arnold turn over a new leaf?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying hard to convince voters he’s turned over a new, centrist leaf since his corporate-inspired, anti-labor state makeover proposals went down to defeat last November.

World trip underscores Bolivians historic win

Indigenous leader Evo Morales gained 54 percent of the popular vote in Bolivia’s Dec. 18 presidential election, and his totals would have been more had election officials not decertified a million poor people before the voting. Even so, the longtime leader of Bolivia’s Movement Toward Socialism won by a landslide.

Bay Area hurricane evacuees still need help

OAKLAND, Calif. — More than four months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast, hundreds of evacuees continue to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some plan to return home as soon as possible, while others struggle to put down roots in a very different area.

Stop the war meet calls for worldwide demos

The international peace movement took another step forward last month when some 1,200 people gathered in London for the Dec. 10 “Stop the War” conference. The delegates, many from the United Kingdom, included representatives from about a dozen other countries, including the U.S., Iraq, the Philippines and Poland. The meeting called for worldwide protests on the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, March 18-19.

National Clips

RALEIGH, N.C.: Klan members indicted for conspiracy; NEW YORK: IBM attacks pensions; BROWNSVILLE, Pa.: Hospital closes rather than obey law; ANN ARBOR, Mich.: Students force Coke off campus; CHICAGO: ‘Make steel not war’

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