May

Harry Potter author pleads: Dont spoil book

New York (AP) — J.K. Rowling has a request for anyone who has inside dirt on her seventh and final Harry Potter book: Please keep it to yourself.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Iraq unions fight oil theft law California grocery workers and kids rally Miami’s mayor backs EFCA Labor cool to new trade standards

WORLD NOTES

Israel: Plans for East Jerusalem assailed Western Sahara: South African communists express solidarity Chile: Death of a forest worker Italy: Citizens reject big U.S. military base India: Gov’t may limit foreign funding

Cuba, the European Union and Spain

As part of Washington’s decades-long project to isolate the Cuban revolution, Caleb McCarry recently undertook an eight-nation European tour. It came after a visit to Cuba in early April by Spain’s foreign minister to sign agreements with his Cuban counterpart — the first visit from a high-level European diplomat in four years.

Md. living wage law nations first

BALTIMORE — Fighters for living wage jobs hailed Maryland for enacting an $11.30 per hour living wage, May 8, in the Baltimore-D.C. region and $8.50 per hour in the rest of the state for companies that hold contracts with the state.

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Illinois POWER rally demands freeze rates now

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – “The people of Illinois are being robbed,” said Chuck Chandler to a crowd of over 500 protesters, mostly seniors, who rallied here at the Capitol building, May 9, urging the state Senate to roll back electric rates and pass a rate freeze.

Immigration issue heats up in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) postponed debate on comprehensive immigration reform until May 21 to allow for continued closed-door negotiations between Bush administration officials and Republican and Democratic senators.

Postal rate hike threatens free speech

It’s nearly impossible to find any issue on which the People’s Weekly World and the extreme right-wing National Review can agree, but a proposed postage rate increase that would negatively affect small publications does the trick

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New labor editor joins Worlds staff

The People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo editorial board welcomed John Wojcik to the newspaper’s staff as labor editor May 1. Wojcik, 56, replaces Roberta Wood, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Communist Party USA last November. Wood will remain on the editorial board.