December

LETTERS

Spend on troops, not war U.S. — land of prisons Give up war job? Alleg interview Happy holidays News not fit for NYT Thank you volunteers!

New York hospital closings: a sick proposal

New York State’s “Commission on Health Care in the 21st Century” has called for closing at least nine hospitals, which, with further forced mergers and downsizing, would reduce hospital beds by 4,200 statewide.

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Dear Santa

About 200 demonstrators participated in a holiday-themed picket line and rally at the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville, Calif., Dec. 18.

NATIONAL CLIPS

ATLANTA: Protests force FBI investigation into police killing WASHINGTON: Cheeks Kilpatrick to lead Black Caucus AUGUSTA, Maine: Venezuelan heating oil keeps Mainers warm SEATTLE: Publicly owned utility shines after storms

LETTERS

Thank you to voters ‘Isms’ not incompatible Right side of history Environmentalism Fed up over job loss Web site suggestion

EDITORIAL: Middle East questions

More than 200 killed in a Baghdad neighborhood. Is Iraq in a civil war? Another Lebanese politician is assassinated. Will Lebanon restart its civil war?

Leftist Correa claims victory in Ecuador

At press time, with official tallies showing he had won 57 percent of the vote, Rafael Correa of the left-leaning Alianza País party claimed victory over right-wing millionaire Alvaro Noboa in the Nov. 26 run-off election for the presidency of Ecuador.

NATIONAL CLIPS

NEW YORK: Police kill groom in hail of bullets AROUND THE NATION: NOW leaders elected to office MAMARONECK, N.Y.: Court rules town discriminated against Latinos