February

Epidemics and cutbacks grip NYC

Community health epidemics are now facing almost every big city in the country and some rural areas also.

Real estate market explosion gone bust

Open up the classified section in your local newspaper and you, unlike the most esteemed economic minds in the country, might notice two things. Number one, though I will not dwell on it here, is that there are not enough jobs to go around. Number two is that the amount of real estate in the market has reached gargantuan proportions.

National Clips

GREENVILLE, N.C.: Residents fight for holiday The Rev. Jesse Jackson was back in his hometown in February, marching with 500 residents to County Council chambers to declare Jan. 20 a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In their hands were petitions signed by 10,000 registered voters in this rural county demanding that Pitt County join the rest of the country in celebrating King Day.

Professor protests arrest

A Florida university professor arrested last week said on Feb. 25 he was being “crucified” by U.S. authorities and vowed to continue a protest hunger strike, Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian born in Kuwait was arrested with three other men on Feb. 20.

Hate-talk host hired by MSNBC

The latest hire by the cable news network MSNBC – co-owned by General Electric/NBC and Microsoft – is Michael Savage, a radio talkshow host noted for his unabashed bigotry. Savage is scheduled to have his own weekly one-hour show on MSNBC beginning in March.

Coalition cites Bush tax cut

The Fair Taxes for All Coalition (FTFAC), uniting over 500 grassroots organizations, has launched a petition and direct action campaign demanding that the House and Senate block George W. Bush’s $674 billion tax cut for the rich, which they warn will cost $2 trillion in lost revenues over the coming decade.

The story behind the Cuban Five

Take a glance at any major newspaper and you are likely to read something about terrorist groups based overseas. Perhaps Al Qaida, Hamas, or Black September. You will hear about the appalling actions that they carry out. But what is more appalling is what you don’t get to read about.

Why no police action on North Dakota murders?

our Native American men – all members of the North Dakota-based Turtle Mountain Chippewa [Ojibway] Nation – have been murdered in and around Grand Forks, N.D., within the last year and a half. There have been no arrests. The efforts by various North Dakota law enforcement and other officials in these tragedies have been notably laconic, confused, and omissive.

Oklahoma educators fight budget crisis

Thousands of teachers, school administrators, parents and students converged on the Oklahoma State Capitol Feb. 12 to protest the state’s budget crisis. They demanded that the state’s educational system not continue to be sacrificed.

Students across NY: No increase in tuition

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In protest of Gov. George Pataki’s proposed increase in tuition to the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems, students held candlelight vigils on campuses throughout the state.

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