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World notes: Feb. 2, 2008

South Africa: Energy crisis looms Australia: PM hears about Cuban medical program Belgium: Rethinking biofuels Vietnam: Workers strike Iraq: Heroin production rises Rwanda: Military aid continues Canada: Puts U.S. on torture list

Voters choose unity

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The race is now at full throttle going into the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses in 24 states.

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CARTOON: Lipstick pig

Untold heroes who fought for freedom

“Bound For Canaan, The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America,” by Fergus Bordewich, is a magnificently written and wonderful gem of historic knowledge.

Oscar buzz for Juno

“Juno,” directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, along with the casting, allows the characters to breathe real life into this movie set in trite and cute Minnesota.

Climate change: whats the problem?

“There’s no precedent in history for the radically new relationship between humanity and the planet,” Al Gore told the 180-nation conference on climate change in Bali, Indonesia, in December.

EDITORIAL: Winds of change

This past week, we commemorated two landmarks in our nation’s long march toward full equality and democracy — the 79th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, civil rights leader and champion of workers and all oppressed people, and the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that upheld women’s reproductive rights.

Trades work to hire more minorities, women

PHILADELPHIA — A landmark agreement reached last month could open the way to diversifying the construction workforce here. Pending approval by the City Council, contractors, the city’s Convention Center authority and the building trades unions, new major Center City projects could be affected. The deal would set measurable goals and percentages for hiring workers of color and women.

A day of work at UPS

I am one of the many young people who work at UPS. As you probably all know, UPS is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies, delivering 15 million packages a day to 6.1 million customers, spanning over 200 countries.

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