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EDITORIAL: Bonds did it

Barry Bonds finally claimed baseball’s all-time home-run record, hitting his 756th homer on Aug. 7. But then ... enter the haters.

EDITORIAL: No to warrantless spying

Last week, Congress gave in to a campaign of Bush administration fear-mongering and approved the Protect America Act by a vote of 60-28 in the Senate and 227-183 in the House. Bush immediately signed the bill into law.

The Silent War: Taking on guns and gangs with positive alternatives

CHICAGO — Growing up on this city’s Southwest Side, I could never get used to street gangs, shootings and witnessing neighborhood friends die from violence. Why do so many youth join street gangs? How can someone just pull a trigger and take the life of another human being?


Soldier stands up against unjust war

LOS ANGELES — Agustin Aguayo has a decision to make. Aguayo is seeking conscientious objector status, and may appeal his case to the Supreme Court. His deadline is Sept. 5. At issue is whether a soldier’s conscientious objection to war can develop after enlistment and outside of an organized religion.


Court strikes down anti-immigrant measures

HAZLETON, Pa. — In a stinging rebuttal to anti-immigrant forces, a federal court has struck down this city’s ordinances against undocumented immigrants.


Bridges, not bombs, Minnesotans say

Steve Share, editor of the Minneapolis Labor Review, was in his office the evening of Aug. 1 when he heard the sirens wailing, a din that grew so loud he stepped out to see what was the matter. In a steady stream, police cars, ambulances and fire engines were racing toward the I-35W bridge that spans the Mississippi.

My jefito and me American Mexicanos

When my jefito (papa), Angel, was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, it was close to one year to the date after Pancho Villa won the battle of Torreon.

Color-blindness in the USA

A 2001 study revealed that despite diversity efforts, the United States was becoming increasingly segregated both in housing and education. Since the study took place, the racial segregation has continued to worsen.


Hot battle: childrens health care vs. Bush

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is under attack by the White House. SCHIP is set to expire Sept. 30. On July 19, the Senate Finance Committee voted on a new version to bring 3.3 million more children into the program at a cost of $35 billion over five years. The administration has proposed a paltry $5 billion added funding.

The battle of Waukegan

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — To thousands of protesters here July 16, the city administration turned itself into an alien body maintained by helicopters, snipers, swat teams and dogs. Undeterred by the show of military force, more than 6,000 immigrant rights supporters filled Martin Luther Jr. Ave., spilling onto the steps of City Hall.

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