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John Randolph, actor, dies at 88

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – John Randolph, actor and political activist, died here Feb. 24 at age 88. Randolph was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for refusing to cooperate with the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee.

Irelands gem: Gemma Hayes

Music review Over the past two years Ireland and Europe have already had the pleasure of listening to Gemma Hayes. The Guardian newspaper included her as one of its “50 women to watch” last year.

Celebrating the Irish: In America

Movie review Samantha Morton and Djimon Hounsou won Oscar nominations for their roles in Jim Sheridan’s “In America.” Sheridan himself and his two daughters were nominated for screenwriting. Emma Bolger didn’t get a nomination, but she stole the movie anyway.

Of Exile and Return: The art of Zahi Khamis

Review WASHINGTON – Nearly 200 people packed the Palestine Center here Feb. 19 for an evening of Arab music and dance and to view the paintings of the gifted Palestinian artist, Zahi Khamis, on the theme “Of Exile and Return.”

Elect our own

Opinion “The thousands of union members who accept leading positions in the union movement demonstrate the smarts, abilities and devotion to the movement that are qualities needed for elected positions in the public arena.”

Tentacles of the International Republican Institute

Opinion There can no longer be any doubt: the United States government, under the leadership of the Bush administration, is behind the current coup against Haiti and the kidnapping of that nation’s rightful president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Testing: the false god

Opinion Recently the superintendent of schools for our state dropped in to have educators in our region take our new state graduation test. The intent, we are told, was to “demystify the tests.”

Mercury risk rising

Opinion I’d like you to meet a young family: Angela, Jerry, and their little girl Becky. Angela cares about her family’s health and tries to provide them with a healthy diet, including fresh fish a couple times a week. Jerry loves the outdoors and fishing. Becky was born and developed normally, and was a happy baby.