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Tickets too high, Cuban singer cancels in Chile

Hours before he was to have gone on stage in Talca, Chile, renowned Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez announced the cancellation of a concert set for March 9. He now faces legal action for allegedly violating consumer protection laws. The incident resurrects the unsolved problem of providing culture for all when access is bought and sold.


Personal favorites in a cinema wonderland

Over the past several months I’ve reviewed a wide spectrum of movies that appeared at last September’s Toronto International Film Festival. This is my final installment, and it features my personal favorites.


Father of Marine fasts for peace

SAN DIEGO — Four years ago, March 27, 2003, Jesus Alberto Suarez, 20, became one of the first casualties of the invasion of Iraq. Since then, his father, Fernando Suarez del Solar, has dedicated himself to protesting the war and bringing it to an end, declaring “Bush killed my son. I blame him.”



Can you be too rich?

I wish that billionaires were a declining breed rather than a growing demographic group. A few decades ago, that statement might have evoked some controversy — but no longer.

EDITORIAL: Apologize for slavery? What took so long?

That is a logical question as state legislatures across the country weigh resolutions apologizing for their states’ role in perpetuating slavery, abolished in the United States 140 years ago. Maryland’s General Assembly, voting March 26, became only the second state after Virginia to officially express “profound regret for Maryland’s role in instituting and maintaining slavery.”

BP cost-cutting caused worker deaths

HOUSTON — Federal investigators concluded in a report issued on March 20 that the longstanding disregard for safety by BP management resulted in the catastrophic explosion at its Texas City oil refinery on March 23, 2005.

Racism opens eyes in Paris, Texas

I honestly thought racism was on the outs, especially in my little town of Paris, Texas. I live in one of those little Southern towns where everyone waves to everyone and everyone is a neighbor. “Howdy neighbor, how are the kids?” Things like this are not so unusual. But lately, I am seeing things a little more clearly.


Employee Free Choice Act heads to Senate

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee began hearing testimony on the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize workers, on March 27.



Union love Las Vegas workers demand piece of the action AFL-CIO condemns raids on Iraqi unions

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