LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is steamrolling towards the closure of the trauma center at the county’s Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center.
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George W. Bush is squirming to evade questions on why U.S. occupation forces in Iraq allowed 380 tons of high explosives, of the kind used in triggering nuclear explosions, to vanish from the Al Qaqaa weapons depot under U.S. control.
LANSING, Mich. — Like their counterparts elsewhere, people in this battleground state are finding creative ways to defeat Bush. Recently erected on streets near the state capital are three billboards stating, “For All Our Children’s Future, Lansing Area Families for Kerry.”
“We have the numbers, we have the momentum,” said New Mexico labor leader Danny Rivera. “It’s going to be about performance” — about who gets the voters to the polls.
Karl Rove didn’t miss a trick in his schemes to contrive a Bush victory for president. One tactic is ballot initiatives prohibiting gay marriage, with the goal of splitting Democrats and consolidating the right-wing Republican base. Such measures will appear on the ballot in 11 states including the presidential battlegrounds of Ohio, Michigan, Oregon and Arkansas.
GRASSROOTS POWER The League of Conservation Voters has been going door to door for John Kerry in the suburbs near Milwaukee, Wis. The environmental group gave the president an “F,” the first failing grade for a president in the history of LCV’s presidential report card. LCV’s mission is to hold the president and the Congress accountable for their environmental votes and policies.
William (Bill) Gerson, 65, a mathematics professor at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), who wrote for the Daily World, predecessor of the People’s Weekly World, died of cancer Oct. 4 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.
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