Texas official rebuffed in child custody bid

HOUSTON — Texas state Rep. Talmadge Heflin (R-Houston) is a right-wing legislator and chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee.

Compassionate GOP-ers beat protesters

MILWAUKEE — Speaking from New York after being released from police custody, AIDS activist Mark Milano told the World that he and fellow protesters at a Republican National Convention event on Sept. 1 were nonviolent, but that the Young Republicans who set upon them acted “like mad dogs.”

Actors Equity approves four-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of Actors’ Equity have overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract that covers Broadway shows as well as touring productions.

Courageous resisters

NEW YORK — The Artists Network of Refuse and Resist honored 15 “unconventional heroes” here Aug. 26, on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Actress Blair Brown emceed the program, which took place at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Exhibition of photos by Iraqi civilians

NEW YORK — As part of New York City’s Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, New York University’s Department of Photography and Imaging is sponsoring an exhibition of 30 color prints taken by Iraqi civilians in the months of April and May titled “Photographs by Iraqi Civilians, 2004.”

Q & A Ask the Communists

Ask the Communists Q: I agree with some of the Communists’ ideas, but how do you convince others to work for the common good? A: The question you ask is a crucial one. There is no simple answer, and there certainly is no quick answer.

Bushs groupthink caused failure of imagination

“Bush’s lack of interest in the flood of attack warnings” before 9/11 (PWW 7/31–8/6) can be explained by this administration’s Iraq obsession.

The investigators

Special Agent Mortimer Friendly of the FBI had just finished a cold dinner of tuna fish out of the can, withered salad left over from yesterday, and a roll, also from yesterday, a meal that was made somewhat palatable by a cold beer.

An appreciation of Morris Schappes

Morris Schappes, radical Jewish historian and editor emeritus of Jewish Currents, the left-wing secular Jewish magazine, has died at age 97.

Battle cry

I don’t know about other people, but now that I’ve seen the Republicans do their worst, I feel I know my enemy and how to combat him. It’s simple: Tell the truth.

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