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  • Iraq Takes Another Step Along Road to Democracy

    10/14/2005 6:18:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 378+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2005 – Years from now, the Iraqi people may look on Oct. 15, 2005, as the beginning of their new lives under freedom. Iraqi voters go to the polls to decide on their new constitution - the first constitution in the country's history that is the product of a freely elected assembly. The referendum continues the process of establishing a democratic government in Iraq. U.S. officials say that a democracy in the heart of the Middle East will be an example to the rest of the region. Coalition officials want an Iraq that respects the rights of...
  • 6th Civil Affairs Group takes reins in Al Anbar (Be ready for a Blurry Screen)

    10/05/2005 6:12:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 5, 2005 | Cpl. Jeremy Gadrow
    AL ANBAR, Iraq (Oct. 5, 2005) -- The 6th Civil Affairs Group has taken over operations from 5th CAG and has constructed additional plans for the future of Iraq's economic development. Health care, education, electricity and water works, and many other facets essential to the infrastructure of the country are already under way. "The work done by 5th CAG was a great stepping stone to further governance in Al Anbar," said Col. Miles Burdine, government suport team commanding officer. "We are taking some of their initiatives and adding our own to help rebuild the government and encourage Iraqi leadership to...
  • Katrina takes heavy toll at Keesler

    08/31/2005 6:08:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 1,523+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 31, 2005 | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    SAN ANTONIO -- Hurricane Katrina smashed “a good 95 percent” of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., turning it into a pile of debris and mud, said a base spokesperson. Lt. Col. Claudia Foss, 81st Training Wing public affairs officer, said water surges from the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Biloxi reached depths of five to six feet at times. “Whether it was five feet, one foot or a few inches, at one point everything was covered with bay or Gulf water,” she said. Fortunately, there have been no reports of people killed or injured at Keesler, she said....
  • CA: Prop. 71 funding takes new tack (state may issue bond anticipation notes)

    07/30/2005 8:14:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 331+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 7/30/05 | Terri Sommers
    Unable to sell bonds to finance California's $3 billion stem cell initiative, the state treasurer's office is trying an unprecedented new approach. With any bond sale delayed by lawsuits over the initiative, the new plan is to issue "bond anticipation notes" that the state would repay if it wins the legal challenges and is able to issue actual bonds. Treasurer Phil Angelides and the committee overseeing the state's stem cell program see the notes as a unique and legally sound way to generate the money to start awarding stem cell research grants this year. But the plan leaves some consumer...
  • CA: State takes another look at fundraiser (Julie Lee - ShmelleyGate LIves!!! Indictment likely)

    07/22/2005 7:42:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/22/05 | Herbert A. Sample
    SAN FRANCISCO - A state grand jury is investigating the activities of a fundraiser for former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and is expected to hand down an indictment within a week, it was disclosed in court Thursday. During a procedural hearing on a criminal complaint filed in April against Julie Lee by the San Francisco District Attorney's and the state attorney general's offices, Steven Gruel, Lee's defense lawyer, said a grand jury had been convened. Assistant District Attorney Davina Pujari indirectly confirmed that, telling Superior Court Judge Perker Meeks Jr. that whatever action the grand jury takes could be...
  • Congress Takes Costly Trip to See Shuttle

    07/14/2005 4:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 458+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/05 | Larry Margasak - AP
    WASHINGTON - Forty-four members of Congress flew to Cape Canaveral for the scrubbed launch of space shuttle Discovery at a cost of more than $73,000, according to figures provided to The Associated Press on Thursday. Some lawmakers would be willing to try again once NASA sets a new launch date, but it depends on the congressional schedule. The Air Force flew 35 lawmakers to Florida on Wednesday in two C40B aircraft, the equivalent of a 737-700 business jet. The cost, based on an hourly rate of $7,960, totaled $63,680, the service said. The round trip is about four hours. NASA...
  • Bus firm takes car sharers to court

    07/12/2005 11:43:06 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,648+ views
    thegaurdian ^ | July 11, 2005 | Kim Willsher
    They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution. Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition". The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated. Two years ago a...
  • Euan Blair Takes Intern Role With US Republicans (Tony's Son)

    06/25/2005 6:07:26 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 676+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2005 | Andrew Murray-Watson/Philip Sherwell
    Euan Blair takes intern role with US Republicans By Andrew Murray-Watson and Philip Sherwell in Washington (Filed: 26/06/2005) Euan Blair, the Prime Minister's eldest son, has landed a post working on Capitol Hill for a leading conservative Republican in the House of Representatives, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Euan, 21, who is about to graduate from Bristol University with a degree in ancient history, will spend three months as an unpaid intern with the Republican majority staff on the powerful Rules Committee. The decision to offer the sought-after position to the Prime Minister's son was taken at a senior level...
  • CAFTA takes step forward in Senate

    06/14/2005 5:22:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 448+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/14/05 | Jim Abrams - AP
    WASHINGTON - A major free trade agreement with Central American nations moved forward in the Senate Tuesday, although senators put off for another day how to deal with the sugar industry opposition that is the biggest obstacle to passage. The Senate Finance Committee accepted one change in conjunction with the Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA, extending to service workers a federal program to assist workers displaced by trade competition. The panel also rejected, on a 10-10 vote, a proposal by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to ensure that labor laws are enforced, and it did not take up...
  • Heatwave Takes A Turn For The Worse (London)

    05/30/2005 6:07:53 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies · 1,092+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-31-2005 | Amy Iggulden
    Heatwave takes a turn for the worse By Amy Iggulden (Filed: 31/05/2005) The weekend that began with the hottest May day in 60 years went on to bring gale-force winds and concluded with lightning and thunderstorms. Temperatures reached 89.4F (31.9C) in London on Friday, hotter than any summer day last year and the warmest May day in Britain since 1944. In Birmingham, temperatures of 81F (27.2C) took the city to its hottest in May since 1953. A misty shroud obscures the coast on the pier at Eastbourne yesterday The heat attracted up to 100,000 people to Hyde Park in London...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. takes Bush to task

    05/14/2005 6:47:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,637+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/14/05 | Cecily Burt
    OAKLAND — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ramped up the star-power quotient at the annual benefit dinner for the Neighborhood Law Corps Foundation in downtown Oakland. It didn't matter that his fiery and sometimes funny keynote speech Thursday night had little to do with Oakland and everything to do with bashing President Bush, the president's environmental policies and the president's penchant for installing polluting industry donors to lead sensitive federal environmental agencies. Oh, and the press for ignoring it all. Still, what came through in Kennedy's speech was loud and clear: Get involved, speak up and make a difference in your...
  • Dog's Driving Leaves A Lot To Be Desired (SHEP TAKES THE WHEEL)

    04/05/2005 7:13:53 AM PDT · by bedolido · 25 replies · 904+ views
    Sky News ^ | 04/05/2005 | staff writer
    A farmer was left stunned after his pet pooch took to the wheel of his car - and drove it down a 40-foot bank and into a stream. When Arnold Luscombe's way was blocked by a herd of sheep he got out to raise the alarm, forgetting to set the handbrake. Spotting an opportunity, Shep jumped into the driver's seat, knocking the 28-year-old vehicle into first gear and setting it on a path to destruction. Mr Luscombe watched from a nearby house in Kingsbridge, Devon, as his car - and his dog - headed off without him. Flabbergasted, he told...
  • CA: Lockyer takes money from casino he opposed

    04/04/2005 2:55:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 343+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/4/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - When a Sonoma County Indian tribe started building a casino in June 2002, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said it might be illegal and vowed to fight it. But he backed away from his legal ruling three days later, and nothing came of the secretive negotiations he had said could bring a lawsuit and loss of the tribe's gambling compact. Last November, the expected Democratic candidate for governor flew to Houston to accept $25,000 from backers of the casino and another $21,200 from a Texas company pushing to expand slot machines in that state. That's leaving at least...
  • PETA Takes on J.Lo Over Fur Fashions

    03/12/2005 4:23:50 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 1,304+ views ^ | 3 12 05 | ap
    NEW YORK Mar 12, 2005 — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Jennifer Lopez to "Get Right" when it comes to fur. Lopez introduced her Sweetface collection during New York Fashion Week last month. "Please don't support Jennifer Lopez or her bloody business," according to a Web site that the animal rights group has devoted to the singer, actress and now fashion designer. "Many hot designers, including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and others have … created synthetic alternatives that are hip, humane, and easily available and don't turn animals into fashion victims." Calls by...
  • CA: Matsui takes huge early lead in House race

    03/08/2005 8:54:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 413+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 3/8/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO - Doris Matsui, the widow of the late U.S. Rep. Robert T. Matsui, took a huge early lead Tuesday night in the race to fill the remainder of the term left vacant when Robert Matsui died Jan. 1. A victory by Doris Matsui, a lobbyist and former Clinton White House official, would make her the nation's 45th congressional widow since 1923 to assume the seat of her late husband. She would be the third to win in California under such circumstances since 1998. With the early absentee votes counted, Matsui had 72 percent of the overall and 91 percent...
  • Group Takes Its Cause, And Guns, to Va. Capitol

    01/20/2005 4:02:28 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 881+ views
    washington ^ | January 18, 2005 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    RICHMOND, Jan. 17 -- The metal detector just inside the doors of Virginia's General Assembly Building let out a shriek Monday as Stafford resident Bruce Jackson strode through. That was not at all surprising, since Jackson was wearing a loaded .45-caliber handgun under his blazer. On the other side of the gate, a uniformed Capitol Police officer examined his driver's license, then his concealed handgun permit, had a quick word and waved him along. The routine took only a few moments, but for Jackson and other members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, it required one step too many.
  • Band Aid Takes "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Top Spot on British Charts

    12/20/2004 3:51:46 AM PST · by crushelits · 34 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | Sun. Dec. 19, 2004 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - The reworked Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" has clinched the coveted Christmas number one spot on the UK pop charts, the Official UK Charts Company said Sunday. As expected, Band Aid 20, a nod to the two decades that have passed since Bob Geldof (news) assembled the leading pop stars for the 1984 smash hit record, clung on to the top spot beating off competition from Ronan Keating (news) and pop queen Kylie Minogue (news). Proceeds from the new Band Aid recording -- featuring vocals from stars such as Jamelia and Coldplay's Chris...
  • CA: Newsom takes hits in S.F., national races

    11/05/2004 3:13:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 507+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/5/04 | Thaai Walker
    Locally, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom suffered the defeat of measures he backed in Tuesday's election. Nationally, leaders in his own party were saying that his stance on gay marriage inspired the conservative backlash that led a Republican president back to the White House. But Newsom remained certain of his convictions, even though some City Hall watchers speculated that the fallout could hurt him locally and nationally. In San Francisco, the 37-year-old mayor is highly regarded for tackling thorny issues such as homelessness and crime-plagued neighborhoods. He is considered a maverick for his stance on gay marriage, and his approval...
  • The Ideology of Whatever It Takes

    10/19/2004 8:20:03 AM PDT · by DesertGOP · 4 replies · 583+ views
    October 19, 2004 | Rick J. Radecki
    Recently, during the final weekend push of voter registration up and down the Golden State and helping an energized public become eligible for the Nov. 2 General Election, I had the privilege of volunteering for the High Desert Republican Headquarters off Highway 18, and was starkly reminded just how deep the rancor exists for those opposing the re-election campaign of George W. Bush. Realizing how important the outcome of the upcoming presidential election is to my family and our nation’s future, I joined my wife and six-year-old daughter to set aside our entire Saturday and Sunday to work with fellow...
  • Gerrymandering Takes the Drama Out of California's Election Season

    09/20/2004 9:24:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1,037+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/20/04 | George Skelton
    It's the political season, but just try to find a real election race in California. The state with the most electoral votes seems wrapped up for Democrat John Kerry, despite his mushy-mouthed appearances every night on national TV. At any rate, he and President Bush aren't competing here. Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is running comfortably ahead of Republican Bill Jones in an obscure matchup with neither candidate exciting voters. There are no statewide races in California during a presidential election, so that brings us down to low-profile U.S. House and state legislative contests. Put it this way: The chance...