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Calif. governor lashes out at services for poorest

With California’s budget overdue by more than a week, and banks poised to stop cashing state IOUs, Republicans including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are seeking ever larger cuts to social programs while Democrats keep trying to balance cuts with new revenues.

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Illinois governor signs affordable energy bill

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn signed into law an affordable energy bill, July 10, at a west side senior citizen center here. The new law will benefit tens of thousands of low-income utility customers.

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Depp fills big screen, yet plot shrinks it

A film expert once told me that historic “period” movies are more about current events and context than they are about that historic time or character. So I was particularly excited to see “Public Enemies.” What would a historic movie about a Robin Hood-like gangster who lived during the Great Depression when millions of people were out of work while banks were still making lot of money have to say about today? People hated the banks then, people hate the banks now. Seems like a sure thing.

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Summer reading

This eclectic list of summer reading faves from People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo readers and supporters was collected via e-mail and Facebook. Have other ideas? E-mail us ator contact us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/peoplesworld.

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Doctor walks 700 miles for health care reform

In an effort to expose the failures of the current health care system, Dr. Ogan Gurel, 45, is trekking nearly 700 miles on foot from Chicago to Washington D.C. in order to bring to the attention of lawmakers the real hardships and suffering of people he meets on the way, when it comes to the lack of health care.

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A new science show for Discovery channel junkies

Can science be funny? Renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson does. And that's why he has teamed up with Comedy Central's Lynn Koplitz for a new science-based radio talk show called . Tyson says the show blends comedy, talk and great interviews with all kinds of people, from scientists and artists to TV celebrities like Stephen Colbert and Bill Nye.

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George Fishman, a life with a purpose

George M. Fishman, lifelong working class scholar, teacher and activist, passed away peacefully at his New Haven, Conn., home on June 30, at age 92. He was a stalwart champion of quality public education for all children, workers' rights, equality and peace.

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Fight to save Troy Davis grows

The NAACP has initiated an “I am Troy Campaign” as part of worldwide effort to prevent the execution of Troy Davis, a 40-year-old man on death row in Georgia. Davis, who is African American, was convicted 20 years ago for the death of a white off-duty police officer, Mark MacPhail. Davis, a former coach, is viewed to be innocent by a broad coalition of including former President Jimmy Carter, the Vatican, Amnesty International, former FBI head William Sessions and conservative Bob Barr. Seven of nine witnesses in the case have recanted their testimony.

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Change comes to the Peoples Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo

Can you believe it? It still seems like a dream to me. This fighting, working-class newspaper is back to daily publishing! Following in the footsteps of The Daily Worker and all the other great newspapers that have advocated for workers, for equality and democracy, for peace and socialism, this daily is online and reaching 80,000-100,000 each month at www.pww.org. And we have just begun.

Climate bill moves to Senate

Coalitions of labor and environmental groups cheered the passage of the historic climate change legislation in the House last month. But the hard work for a similar bill in the Senate has just begun, they added.

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