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Springsteen expresses New Orleans pain, resilience

NEW ORLEANS — New Jersey’s favorite son was adopted by New Orleans on April 30 as Bruce Springsteen — through speeches and song — vocalized the anger, frustration, pain and resilience of this hurricane-battered city at the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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Akeelah, the Bee and national oppression

Every now and then Hollywood reveals quite starkly that it knows the truth, which merits being told. “Akeelah and the Bee” is an imaginary story in which Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer are magnificent, and J. R. Villareal as Javier is delightful.

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This years grads face high anxiety

Around this time of year, thousands of soon-to-be high school and college graduates are contemplating the next steps in their lives. This is supposed to be a time of excitement and hope as young people close one chapter and enter another. Thanks to Bush and the ultra-right, it has been turned into one of hardship and anxiety.

This Week in Labor

Philly Carpenters on strike ILWU attacks Homeland Security regs Bankruptcy judge rebuffs Comair OSHA fines BP again NYU struggle continues

Fox News/White House merger completed: Bill OReilly named Secretary of Defense

One day after being named the new White House spokesman, former Fox News pundit Tony Snow announced that a deal merging Fox News and the Bush White House had been successfully completed

WORLDNOTES

India: West Bengal gears up for elections World: Unions beat big finance Indonesia: Child workers unprotected Nigeria: ‘Desert gold’ holds promise Colombia: Millions uprooted by civil war

Nepals new government takes the reins

At its meeting April 30, Nepal’s newly reconvened House of Representatives unanimously approved Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s proposal for elections to a constituent assembly which will prepare a new constitution determining the fate of the monarchy.

Haiti leader faces political challenges

Official results show that President-elect Rene Preval’s left-leaning Lespwa Party, while winning a significant share of the vote in runoff legislative elections April 21, fell short of the number it needs to govern Haiti by itself.

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Judge, defying jury, harshly sentences Al-Arian

TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge sentenced Palestinian rights supporter Dr. Sami Al-Arian to 18 months of additional imprisonment prior to his deportation, ignoring both a jury verdict and recommendations from federal prosecutors.

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