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Hartford neighbors say Tax the rich

Do I feed my children or do I pay the rent? What do you do when the children of your state have to live in poverty because their parents lack the economic resources to take care of their needs? What do you do when public officials who pass legislation and make policies totally ignore the people who are affected by their acts?

Purple Heart winner flees to Canada

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) —Rather than face another tour of duty in Iraq, a Lexington soldier who won a Purple Heart after he was wounded by a roadside bomb has fled to Canada. Darrell Anderson, 22, wounded last April, was deeply disillusioned about the war, according to his mother, Anita Anderson. The possibility of another tour in Iraq this summer was something he couldn’t face, she said.

Sweeney seeks more comment on AFL-CIO revamp

WASHINGTON (PAI) — AFL-CIO President John Sweeney is seeking comments on changing the labor federation’s nature and structure. “We will undertake a full and open discussion about our future and the choices we must make together,” he said in an early December letter, outlining topics for the federation’s 50th-anniversary convention, to be held in Chicago in late July 2005.

The Woodsman

Movie Review Nicole Kassel’s “The Woodsman,” starring Kevin Bacon, is a quiet and subtle exploration into the world of pedophilia and incest. And while we might want to put that as far away from us as possible, the movie makes us look at it with uncomfortable closeness. It suggests that how we view our children — as our breathing property or as little beings — makes all the difference.

Slavery and the Making of America on PBS

Coming to PBS on Feb. 9 and Feb 16 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. is the four-part series “Slavery and the Making of America.”

Birminghams heroic children

Review “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” co-produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Home Box Office, has received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

Black actors earn five Oscar nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six years ago, Chris Rock joked that the Academy Awards looked like the “million white man march” for its traditional under-representation of Blacks. This time, with Rock taking his maiden voyage as host of Hollywood’s biggest party, he will preside over a record Oscar night for Black actors, who earned five of the 20 nominations.

84,000 could lose Pell Grant funding

OPINION Education. The path to profits, prestige and power. Whether the path includes a skilled trades apprenticeship program or formal education, learning provides lifelong access to better jobs and better wages and better benefits.

Taking a stand at School of the Americas

OPINION At the annual School of the Americas (SOA) protest and vigil at Ft. Benning, Ga., Nov. 21, 2004, the author and 14 others, including two minors, crossed the line onto SOA property to oppose the U.S. military training of Latin American assassination and torture squads that takes place there.

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