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School reform battle rages in Pennsylvania

The Republican majority in the Pennsylvania State Senate has refused to pass Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s education budget even though the state’s schools have been in session for nearly a month. Inquiries from angry citizens receive the same reply, “We are trying to work something out.”

Recession not over by a long shot

“3.2 million private sector jobs have disappeared ... the largest sustained loss of jobs since the Great Depression.”

Chicago: largest city to reject Patriot Act

CHICAGO – The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution Oct. 1 denouncing the USA Patriot Act and calling for the repeal of those parts of it that violate the U.S. Constitution. Chicago thus becomes the 179th city or county in the United States to pass such an ordinance, and the largest city to do so. Three states – Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont – have passed similar measures.

National Clips

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Labor/community coalition wins living wage / LAPEER, Mich.:Get the gov’t out of the bedroom / WASHINGTON: It’s October. They’re back. / KNOXVILLE, Tenn.: We the People say ‘Stop the reactor’ / LUBBOCK, Texas: Don’t drink the milk

N. Calif. banquet to honor Freedom Riders

OAKLAND, Calif. – Struggles for democracy, civil and workers’ rights, equality and peace will be celebrated at this year’s Northern California People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo banquet on Sunday, Nov. 9.

The Pan-American pastime: Dominican Dominance

The Thrill and the Agony This week in sports by Chas Walker

Hoosiers support national health care bill

GARY, Ind. – “No more Band-Aids!” was the opening theme of a Forum on the Health Care Crisis held here Sept. 13.

Undocumented workers give more than they get

The Urban Institute estimated in its May 1994 report, “Immigration and Immigrants, Setting the Record Straight,” that the undocumented population of the U.S stood between 2.5 and 3.5 million people in 1980, and rose to between 3 and 5 million just before the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Income down, poverty up

A report released by the Census Bureau on Sept. 26 says 34.6 million people in the United States live at or below the poverty line, an increase of 1.7 million in 2002.

Why we march today

Three of my four grandparents hailed from far-flung places: Spain, Puerto Rico, Italy. They struggled to get ahead, learned English (or didn’t), raised children.

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