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White House to control health alerts

How and what Americans are told about public health emergencies would be controlled by the White House, not by the agencies with the medical or scientific expertise to handle these crises, under a new plan proposed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Immigrant rights battle moves to Congress

CHICAGO – Debate swirls among immigrant communities in the United States about how to respond to President Bush’s recent announcement of a plan to deal with undocumented immigration.

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The presidential election season always brings a renewed interest in the economy. Every administration has two economic policies: one reflecting the economic philosophy of that administration and the second calculated to bring on the appearance of economic growth and prosperity just prior to the election.

Dr. King Day observed across the nation

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is a national holiday for everyone, except most workers working for major corporations. The mail carrier is off, but Wal-Mart is open.

Death of homeless man spurs outrage

CHICAGO – Raymond Greenwald, a homeless man, froze to death here under a footbridge in River West Park on Jan. 18. His body was discovered by a group of 14-year-olds out playing in the snow.

Homeland Securitys faith-based initiative?

Is spying on clergy who support working people’s struggles a “faith-based initiative”? Homeland Security put its unique stamp on the president’s program when it sent undercover agents to spy on a gathering of clergy and religious activists in San Francisco last week.

National Clips

SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Californians say ‘Tax the rich’ / LOS ANGELES: City Council, judge oppose Patriot Act / COLUMBUS, Ga.: Trials begin for 27 School of the Americas activists

Black youth killed by New York police

NEW YORK – A young African American couple was tragically torn apart as a bullet from a New York Police Department officer’s gun ended the life of 19-year-old Timothy Stansbury Jr.

Lawmaker threatens Dallas on Patriot Act

DALLAS – In an effort to intimidate the Dallas City Council to not go on record against the excesses of the USA Patriot Act, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) threatened the city’s ability to obtain Homeland Security funding.