Machine guns on Arizona choppers?

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg wants the U.S. Customs Department’s Black Hawk helicopters to be armed with .50-caliber machine guns.

Sacramento says no to Patriot Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a jam-packed room filled with hundreds of community members, the Sacramento City Council voted 8-1 on Nov. 13 to support a resolution opposing the Patriot Act’s unconstitutional provisions. Sacramento thereby became the 203rd U.S. city to do so.

Mumia defense office burglarized

PHILADELPHIA – On Nov. 19 the office of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) here was broken into by burglars. A spokesman for the ICFFMAJ says it was “an apparent political burglary.”

National Clips

WASHINGTON: Black farmers say ‘save our land’ / LAS VEGAS: Dump Bush, not nuclear waste / KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Sprint lays off 2,000 workers / NASHVILLE, Tenn.: School administrators sue for racial justice / INDIANAPOLIS: Grocery workers defending health care

Bush Medicare plan robs seniors

WASHINGTON – In a treacherous sellout of 41 million senior citizens, the Republican-controlled House and Senate narrowly approved George W. Bush’s prescription drug scam that fattens HMO and drug company profits while opening the door to Medicare privatization.

National Clips

ATLANTA, Ga.: Patriot Act inspires dictatorships, says Carter; BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: The Cubans are coming! The Cubans are coming!; El PASO Tex.: Racial double standard in U.S. Army; WORCESTER, Mass.: Workers strike French company

Big push to block GOP energy bill

WASHINGTON – Calls resounded on Capitol Hill for senators to block enactment of the 1,000-page Energy Policy Act, a Christmas tree laden with sugarplums for the oil and gas monopolies. The House approved the energy bill 246-180, with 46 Democrats joining 200 Republicans in support, on Nov. 18.

Seniors slam Trojan horse drug bill

WASHINGTON – Senior citizens, African American, Latino and white, packed the ornate Senate Caucus Room Nov. 19 and cheered as speakers blasted a prescription drug plan that provides meager drug benefits for some senior citizens while opening the door to the privatization of Medicare.

Show-Me States winning streak

The Thrill and the Agony This week in sports by Chas Walker

National Clips

WASHINGTON: Al Gore says ‘repeal Patriot Act’ / FRESNO, Calif.: More gov’t spying on peace groups / BECKLEY, W.Va.: Bush protects coal operator, fires whistleblower / TULSA, Okla.: Free trade? Not if it hurts drug profits

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