UNITED NATIONS – Three West Branch, Iowa middle school students got a chance to stand in the world spotlight, presenting their work on the environmental dangers of lead.
Despite an unfortunate dark spot in his past and after serving 18 months in prison because of it, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel for Michael Vick. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Vick as their backup quarterback, two years after he was sentenced to prison for his role in financing an illegal dog-fighting ring.
ALAMEDA, Calif. ― Forty minutes before starting time, the line outside Alameda City Hall already stretched down the steps and across the block. Bright yellow tee-shirts printed with Health Care Reform Now! mingled with signs, Who profits from the status quo? and Public option now! Though most in the crowd clearly supported reform, one placard featured a vampire-toothed Uncle Sam demanding, “I want your money!”
Liberal and progressive strategists are dismissing media reports about the death of the public health care option as overblown speculation during a “slow news” period. The characterization of the reports is being made by many, among them Mike Lux, CEO of Progressive Strategies, who said, “I don’t think anything has changed.”
The death of three British soldiers in the southern Helmand province raised the death toll of those troops to 204 on Monday, after their joint invasion with the United States to Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Those fatal casualties were caused by a dynamite blast against an armored vehicle that was patrolling near the city of Sangin, confirmed the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) command.
SAN FRANCISCO ― As contracts covering some 9,000 hotel workers were expiring Aug. 14, hundreds of workers and community supporters marched down Market St., the city’s main thoroughfare, and past several prime tourist hotels, proclaiming their determination to win a good new agreement with over 60 of the city’s best-known hotels.
In a significant move the Supreme Court today ordered a new hearing in the case of African American death row inmate Troy Davis accused of killing Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in 1989. Davis’s case has been the focus of national campaign by the NAACP, the National Action Network and other civil rights organizations. The court’s action in granting a writ of habeas corpus was the first such judgment since 1925.
The White House continued to knock down false information about the president's health reform plan by addressing false rumors circulated in the right-wing media that claim reform could force veterans out of the VA health care system.
Following in the footsteps of the corporate-backed protest movement against health care reform, a group founded and funded by business interests opposed to regulating greenhouse gas pollution is planning a series of rallies to oppose the climate legislation being considered by Congress.
In addition to some of its major personalities promoting disruptions and even violence at congressional town hall meetings, the guests and commentators invited to appear on its programs seem to overwhelmingly oppose health reform as well.