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  • Rental Society: Single Unit Housing Starts Fall 2.15% While 5+ Unit Starts Rise 25.54%

    08/16/2013 6:28:12 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Commerce Department, US housing starts rose 896,000, a little lower than expectations of 900,000. This follows a revised print of 846,000. hs081613 That is the headline news. But 1 unit starts were DOWN 2.15%. Multifamily starts were up 25.54%. hs081613table Single unit starts were rising with homebuilder confidence, but that has changed recently. hsconf Building permits have been increasing since January 2009. permitsjul13 But 1 unit permits fell 1.92% while multifamily (5+ units) permits rose 13.48%. What gives? According to Bloomberg, “Builders are contending with a limited supply of available land as well as rising interest rates...
  • Long Road to Recovery: Housing Starts At Highest Level ... Since Mid Recession

    10/17/2012 10:01:18 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    It is amazing that the Presidential debate was devoid of a housing discussion. Since we are experiencing the worst economic recovery since 1882, I thought housing and the economy would have been a ripe topic for discussion. There was good news for housing starts this morning. Privately-owned housing starts in September were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000. This is 15.0 percent above the revised August estimate of 758,000 and is 34.8 percent above the September 2011 rate of 647,000. WE ARE FINALLY BACK TO MID RECESSION LEVELS OF HOUSING STARTS! So, we are over three years beyond...
  • Warren Hatch: Housing Market Recovery Could Happen Faster Than Anyone Expects

    04/07/2012 1:18:54 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 28 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/07/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There was an interesting post by Warren Hatch (chief investment strategist at Catalpa Capital Advisor) entitled “Why The Housing Recovery Could Happen Faster Than Anyone Expects.” He argues that the U.S. housing market is “shovel ready.” Where have I heard that before? Oh, now I remember. President Obama touted “shovel ready” projects in his pleading for the $800 million stimulus package. The basis of his argument is that the NAHB/Wells Fargo homebuilder confidence index is rising. And he argues that this index has a strong correlation with housing starts of 0.7. Here is his chart: Is this a compelling argument?...
  • 1 Unit Housing Starts Actually FELL -11.25% in November NSA

    12/20/2011 1:15:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/20/11 | Anthony B Sanders
    The headlines were spewing optimism. Reuters: “Jump in U.S. housing starts points to recovery.” Todays announcement of a rally in housing starts (1 unit) of New Privately Owned Housing Units Started – 1 Unit NSA – of up 2.29% in November is grossly misleading. Why? It’s that darned seasonal adjustment again! If we use non-seasonally adjusted data (aka, raw data not tampered with), we find that 1 unit housing starts actually FELL -11.25% in November. Declining 1 unit housing starts signals a recovery?
  • U.S. housing starts jump 15%, hit 17-month high

    10/19/2011 6:11:19 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 23 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 10.19.11 | Steve Goldstein
    Housing starts surged 15% in September to the highest level in 1 1/2 years, according to government data... ...The Commerce Department said starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 658,000, which also is 10.2% above the September 2010 reading and the best level since April 2010 — the month the homebuyer tax credit expired. The figures were well ahead of the 590,000 forecast in a MarketWatch-compiled economist poll. The rise was led by a 53% surge in starts of buildings with five or more units to 227,000, the best reading in three years; single-family starts rose a more...
  • Oversight panel starts probe into FOIA screening at Homeland Security

    01/17/2011 8:11:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    hot air ^ | 1/17/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have started to make good on their promises to conduct stringent oversight of the Obama administration right from the start. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has requested information from the Department of Homeland Security over a reported practice of investigating the politics of those seeking government records through Freedom of Information Act requests: A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of InformationAct requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press. The...
  • Europe starts confiscating private pension funds

    01/03/2011 3:09:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 1/3/11 | Mark Hemingway
    The U.S. isn't the only place that's facing a major pension fund crisis. The Christian Science Monitor has this alarming report: People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two...
  • It's over: Brett Favre deactivated for Vikings' game against Giants

    12/13/2010 3:11:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 53 replies
    am1500 ESPN ^ | Tom Pelissero
    Brett Favre was listed as inactive for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the New York Giants on Monday night -- snapping a legendary run of 297 consecutive starts (321 including playoffs) that dated to his first NFL start on Sept. 20, 1992. Favre, 41, suffered a sprained sternoclavicular joint near his throwing shoulder on the third play of last weekend's win over Buffalo on a hit from Bills linebacker Arthur Moats. His practice time was extremely limited last week, but as late as Sunday afternoon, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said he expected Favre to try throwing before the game.
  • Amid crises, Obama declares war -- on Arizona

    *** The Justice Department is preparing to sue Arizona over its new immigration law. The president has stiffed Gov. Jan Brewer's call for meaningful assistance in efforts to secure the border. And the White House has accused Arizona's junior senator, Republican Jon Kyl, of lying about an Oval Office discussion with the president over comprehensive immigration reform. Put them all together, and you have an ugly state of affairs that's getting uglier by the day. First, the lawsuit. Last week, Brewer was appalled to learn the Justice Department's intentions not from the Justice Department but from an interview done by...
  • 'Obama Pride' Official Starts 'Church Outing' Website to Expose (or Smear) Catholic Priests

    11/22/2009 9:54:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 862+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/22/09 | Tim Graham
    Blogger Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper suggests a new story for The Washington Post on the gay left waging war on the Catholic Church over the city council's imposition of "gay marriage" rules without a referendum: A new Web site hopes to use the oldest trick in the book to combat the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage: A good, old-fashioned forced outing! At ChurchOuting.org, you’re invited to scroll through a list of every Achbishop, Bishop, and Reverend in the Archdiocese of Washington, zero in on one you know is gay, and then submit your “detailed account of...
  • Housing Starts, Permits Both Unexpectedly Lower

    05/19/2009 6:00:41 AM PDT · by pleikumud · 92 replies · 5,022+ views
    CNBC online ^ | May 19, 2009
    The Commerce Department said housing starts fell 12.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 units, the lowest on records dating back to January 1959, from March's upwardly revised 525,000 units. Compared to the same period last year, housing starts tumbled 54.2 percent.
  • Sarah Palin Starts New Political Action Committee

    01/27/2009 12:57:02 PM PST · by julieee · 29 replies · 814+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 26, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Juneau, AK -- Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has started a new political action committee -- in what may be a move to build relationships leading up to a 2012 presidential run. The new SarahPAC appears ready to support candidates for Congress in the mid-term elections next year. Full story: http://www.LifeNews.com/nat4793.html
  • Mexico border barrier work starts

    01/24/2007 10:04:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 423+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/07 | AP
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Construction began Wednesday on vehicle barriers that will be part of a mix of fencing along the Arizona-Mexico border to discourage illegal border crossings. The construction is part of a Bush administration initative announced last year that aims to provide a mix of high-tech virtual fencing and a traditional physical barrier. The first phase of construction will consist primarily of concrete-filled vertical tubes set into the ground to prevent vehicles from entering. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russell Knocke said some portions of the barrier may also contain traditional fencing. The first phase will be placed along...
  • Schwarzenegger guru says CO2 plan starts at border

    09/19/2006 2:31:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/06 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's environmental adviser said his mission to change federal policy on global warming by getting vast regions of the United States to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will start with states on the Mexican border. Terry Tamminen is working with Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat in neighboring Arizona, to spearhead an effort to spread rules like California's to cut greenhouse gases to other states. In the absence of federal regulation on emissions of gases scientists link to global warming, the California legislature passed rules two weeks ago that require the state...
  • French Military Starts Second Phase of OEF Support

    06/12/2006 5:58:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 375+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Géry Balcerski
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, June 12, 2006 – The French military started its second phase of air operations in Afghanistan on May 26. During "Operation Serpentaire," a French Navy Super Etendard flies over southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. French air operations are in their second phase, which started May 26 and runs till October. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Dubbed "Operation Serpentaire," for Serpent-Eater, French aviators have performed close-air support and tactical reconnaissance missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force. This phase of the operation will support coalition efforts until...
  • Bolivia Head Starts Land Handout

    06/04/2006 10:45:10 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 475+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-4-2006 | James Read
    Bolivia head starts land handout By James Read BBC News Evo Morales handed out land titles Bolivia's president has given more than 30,000 square km (18,600 sq miles) of land to indigenous peasant communities under a programme of agrarian reform. Evo Morales launched the programme after landowners walked out of talks with the government, warning they would take action to defend their estates.Thousands of peasants gathered in the centre of Santa Cruz to see Mr Morales launch his agrarian revolution. They cheered and waved rainbow flags symbolising indigenous resistance. The venue for the ceremony was carefully chosen: Santa Cruz is...
  • Digging Starts On 'Europe's First Pyramids' In Bosnia

    04/14/2006 2:00:42 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1,229+ views
    Metimes ^ | 4-14-2006
    Digging starts on 'Europe's first pyramids' in Bosnia April 14, 2006 VISOKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Excavation work started on Friday on what a Bosnian explorer claims to be Europe's first pyramids in an area north of Sarajevo. A team of experts started digging at the site of a 3.8-kilometer (2.3-mile) tunnel believed to lead to one of the two structures resembling pyramids, about 30 kilometers from the Bosnian capital. As residents of the nearby town of Visoko eagerly watched, digging also began on one of ten 20-by-50 meter (65-by-165 foot) wells on the lower slopes of a hill. Last year explorer...
  • California-based Marine battalion starts second tour in Iraq’s Qa’im region

    03/25/2006 5:49:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 561+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Cpl. Antonio Rosas
    CAMP AL QA'IM, Iraq (March 24, 2006) -- Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment never thought they’d see the Al Qa’im region of Iraq again when they departed their military camp here in March last year. One year later, the Twentynine Palms, Calif.-based unit has returned to this remote forward operating base here, located just east of the Syrian border in western Al Anbar Province, to continue to keep insurgents at bay and provide stability in the region. But this time, they’ve got a new mission — assisting an Iraqi Army unit to eventually take control of the area....
  • U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club

    03/02/2006 3:39:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 616+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. William Jones
    Dozens of donated plastic models are available for deployed service members to assemble in their free time. U.S. Army photo U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club The Tikrit chapter of the International Plastic Models Society has fifty members and that number is growing. By U.S. Army Spc. William Jones 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, March 2, 2006 — Some U.S. soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division are passing the time during their deployment by doing something they enjoyed doing as kids – building plastic models. “It is something that totally immerses you in to...
  • New Heavy Lift Helicopter Starts Development

    01/09/2006 4:48:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 684+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Jan 9, 2005 | U.S. Marine Corps Press Release
    NAVAIR PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Jan. 9, 2006 – A new heavy lift helicopter is now officially in the pipeline for the Marine Corps following a Dec. 22, 2005 decision by the Honorable. Kenneth R. Krieg, under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to authorize the Heavy Lift Replacement program here to begin a $4.4 billion development program for the aircraft. A "Cost Plus Award Fee" contract for the System Development and Demonstration phase, estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion, is expected to be signed with Sikorsky in March 2006. An Initial System Development and Demonstration contract worth $8.8...
  • RAT Frank Ballance to hold another fundraiser before prison term starts (Funerally alert)

    12/26/2005 7:56:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,665+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/26/05
    Ballance to hold another fundraiser before prison term starts Dec 26, 2005 : 3:37 pm ET RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Rep. Frank Ballance is holding one last fundraiser before he begins serving a four-year prison term at the end of this week. Ballance, a Democrat from Warrenton who represented the First District of North Carolina, resigned in June 2004 for health reasons before completing his first term. He was sentenced to prison in October after pleading guilty to funneling tax dollars into his foundation and using $100,000 for himself and his family. He will be honored Wednesday at the Roanoke...
  • Iran starts new round of uranium conversion: diplomats

    11/16/2005 7:40:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 301+ views
    VIENNA (AFP) - Iran started a new round of converting uranium ore into the feedstock gas for making enriched uranium, a move likely to complicate diplomacy over Iran's disputed nuclear program, diplomats said. UN inspectors "are reporting that the first drums of new uranium ore were fed into the process at the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan this morning," a diplomat who asked not to be identified told AFP. Enriched uranium can be used as fuel for a civilian nuclear reactor or as atom bomb material. The conversion into the precursor gas is a second round after Iran already processed...
  • Ill. Former Governor Graft Trial Starts

    09/28/2005 6:22:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 604+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/05 | Mike Robinson - ap
    CHICAGO - The biggest corruption trial in Chicago in decades opened Wednesday with a federal prosecutor launching a blistering attack on former Gov. George Ryan, saying he betrayed the public's trust by taking cash and gifts to help insiders land lucrative state contracts. "The fix was in in Illinois government," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon. The verbal pounding brought Ryan defense attorney Dan K. Webb to his feet to demand a mistrial the minute Fardon sat down. The request was denied. Ryan, 71, is accused of giving a lobbyist friend, Larry Warner, free rein to steer contracts to his...
  • Keesler turnaround: training starts Sept. 19

    09/14/2005 5:34:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 690+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 14, 2005 | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Training in five key career fields restarts for 400 Airmen here Sept. 19, six months sooner than base officials forecasted more than a week ago. Then, more students will start training the following week, said Col. Jessie Canaday, 81st Training Group commander. And more students will gradually enter training each week after that as this base continues to recover from the pounding it took from Hurricane Katrina. Air Force officials determined what training would start based on the service’s critical needs, said the colonel, commander of the Air Force’s largest training group. “We’re taking...
  • SSVEC starts aid effort (Az Electric Company)

    09/01/2005 4:58:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Sep 1, 2005 | GENTRY BRASWELL
    SIERRA VISTA - Dana Jackson, an apprentice with the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, worked out of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico for two years. He's now returning to the Gulf Coast, this time with some of his SSVEC co-workers to help repair the power infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Delta area earlier this week. Jackson, originally from Meridian, Miss., has an idea of what awaits him and the rest of the crew. "I worked offshore on oil rigs, so we were out there for a couple of hurricanes," said Jackson, whose family and friends are safe...
  • Freepers, Let's Roll! It's time to help Katrina's victims and we should go first. (Vanity)

    09/01/2005 12:45:35 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 92 replies · 4,016+ views
    Vanity | September 1, 2005 | hocndoc
    Freepers, help me come up with concrete actions, consistent with our conservatism and the true spirit of America, to blunt the homelessness, unemployment and possible hunger, disease and social breakdown that Katrina left in her wake. Our group has influenced and ensured the fairness of elections. We are watchdogs for the press and brave extreme heat and cold to stand up for our Country, our Soldiers and human life. Our prayer groups have seen miracles happen. We can make a difference for the future of our children by acting this week. We all want to give what we can, and...
  • CA: DA starts a criminal probe - Pension board may have broken state law (San Diego)

    03/24/2005 5:31:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 374+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 3/24/05 | Philip J. LaVelle
    The long arm of the law just got longer at San Diego City Hall, with the District Attorney's Office informing top officials there yesterday that it has launched a criminal investigation into the troubled pension system and its 13-member board of trustees. In a confidential letter, hand-delivered to City Attorney Michael Aguirre and distributed to top city officials, the district attorney's investigators gave City Hall until Wednesday to hand over records or face possible search warrants. With that, the investigators confirmed for an already rattled city establishment that they are marching down a well-worn path, one trekked for more than...
  • CA: System to police farm pollution starts slow

    02/21/2005 8:55:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 2/21/05 | Dana Nichols
    Farmers, environmentalists and pollution cops are unhappy with the system for policing pollution caused by farm irrigation that went into effect a year ago. And almost no one can point to evidence that the new system of testing by coalitions of farmland owners is doing any good. The first reports that might show whether the coalitions have managed to prevent toxic substances such as pesticides from running into rivers or sinking into groundwater are due April 1. But two of the nine coalitions that cover the Central Valley -- including the one handling farms in San Joaquin County and the...
  • AP: Bush Starts New Term, Seeks End to Tyranny

    01/20/2005 3:29:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 481+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/05 | Terence Hunt - AP
    WASHINGTON - George W. Bush embarked on his second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of "the great objective of ending tyranny." Four minutes before noon, Bush placed his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39 tradition-hallowed words that every president since George Washington has uttered. With 150,000 American troops deployed in Iraq (news - web sites) at a cost of $1 billion a week and more than 1,360 killed, Bush also beseeched Americans for patience. "Our country has accepted...
  • Cuba starts 'huge' military drill

    12/14/2004 4:00:08 AM PST · by crushelits · 28 replies · 888+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | Monday, 13 December, 2004 | bbc
    Cuba's armed forces have begun their biggest military exercise for nearly 20 years, involving hundreds of thousands of troops and civilians. The exercise, called Bastion 2004, is a response to "the continued aggression and threats" of the US, Cuba says. The manoeuvres are being led by Defence Minister Raul Castro - brother to President Fidel Castro and second in the Cuban hierarchy. The US said the drill was an attempt to "distract" Cubans from daily hardships. The exercise will involve exercises with Cuban air force MiG-29s, anti-aircraft units and elite troops. Two days of civil defence exercises at the end...
  • UN Talks to Review Where 'Dangerous' Warming Starts

    12/03/2004 9:07:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 283+ views
    Rueters on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/04 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A decade after the world pledged to prevent "dangerous" global warming, 194 nations meet next week to review whether rare heatwaves and a fast Arctic thaw may signal that the planet is nearing the brink. The Dec. 6-17 U.N. talks in Buenos Aires will also seek ways to persuade the United States to rejoin a U.N.-led fight against climate change and also try to involve developing nations like China, India or Brazil. Ministers will review the U.N.'s 1994 climate change convention, signed by ex-U.S. President Bush (news - web sites), and its goal of limiting greenhouse gases...
  • CA: Shelley Starts Legal Aid Fund (ShmelleyGate)

    11/27/2004 9:58:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 331+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/27/04 | Robert Salladay
    SACRAMENTO — Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has opened a legal defense fund to fight a political scandal involving himself and various associates. Unlike other campaign funds, Shelley's account can raise money from donors in unlimited amounts, as long as the money is used exclusively for legal costs involving problems arising from his government duties. Shelley's legal troubles began in the summer, when the FBI and state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer opened investigations into the origin of donations to Shelley's 2002 campaign. In addition, the state auditor is examining his awarding of no-bid contracts to political associates. "We thought the...
  • Senate starts marriage amendment debate

    07/09/2004 6:47:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 600+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/04 | Christopher Curtis
    Senate starts marriage amendment debate 1 hour, 3 minutes ago Christopher Curtis, PlanetOut Network SUMMARY: On Friday the U.S. Senate started its debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment, which aims to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Despite accusations of playing politics, the U.S. Senate started on Friday its debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), which aims to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage across the country. The chief Senate sponsor of the FMA, Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., opened the debate. "We are here today because traditional marriage is under assault," he said in a quote published...
  • (President) Bush starts to reap gains from economy (SPIN Alert)

    06/30/2004 10:16:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 155+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/30/04 | AFP - Washington, DC
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - While President George W. Bush (news - web sites) has been taking a political hammering on Iraq (news - web sites), he is quietly reaping the first election-year benefits of a steady improvement in the US economy. Opinion polls show Bush's popularity rating sinking as low as 42 percent, a worrisome sign for his chances in the November 2 contest against Democratic challenger John Kerry (news - web sites). The president's standing has plummeted along with appreciation of his military operation in Iraq. A majority of Americans now think the invasion was a mistake, and nearly 60...
  • U.S. Starts Iraq 'Good News' Offensive

    10/17/2003 10:04:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/03 | Charles J. Hanley - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. government has launched a "good news" offensive in Iraq (news - web sites), and a couple of Baghdad street kids, peddlers of soda pop, have been recruited for the first wave of attack. On a two-day visit, U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans said thousands of new businesses have sprung up here since the war, and gave an example of new entrepreneurship: two boys he spotted by the road selling soft drinks to Baghdad's parched drivers. For the man who runs the Bank of Baghdad, however, those cola kids don't impress much. His own reading on...
  • CA: Dolores Huerta starts foundation to promote organizing

    08/18/2003 10:10:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 323+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/18/03 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If anyone deserves a quiet retirement it's Dolores Huerta, but the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, who raised 11 children even as she led marches and strikes that repeatedly put her in hospitals and jails, isn't slowing down. She re-learned how to walk in time to march on Sacramento last year after a near-fatal aneurism left her incapacitated. And now she's giving away a $100,000 award she recently received for her lifetime of service, to launch a new foundation in her name.