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Some terrific new childrens books

Right now public libraries and local bookstores are featuring titles for African American history month, and next month they will be featuring titles on women’s history. Here are some new titles for children that you won’t want to miss.

White House seeks to block food sales to Cuba

The Bush administration wants to close a hole in the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Congress passed legislation in 2000 opening up sales of U.S. farm products to the island nation, but machinations at U.S ports and a recent Treasury Department pronouncement suggest that the Bush administration is scheming to put an end to such sales. Congresspeople from the farm states, however, are not falling into line.

Wisconsin students fight for right to cast vote

BELOIT, Wis. — Emotions ran high at the polls here on Election Day, as Republican lawyers from Washington and Democratic lawyers from the Chicago area made their presence felt at the polling place for Ward 15, where Beloit College students registered and cast their votes.

Book Review

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By Robert M. Grippo and Christopher Hoskins Arcadia Publishing, 2004 Softcover, 160 pp., $21.99

MOVIE REVIEWS: Finding Neverland & Sideways

Finding Neverland & Sideways

Dr. Frists Tennessee brings up the rear

A new report from the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partners for Prevention has found that Tennessee, the home base of Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, ranks 48 out of the 50 states in the health status of its population.

Many positives in N.Y. elections

NEW YORK — New York State had some interesting election races, with results that could lead to a state legislature that addresses the most important issues facing working people. These include a new formula for public school funding, mandated last year by a high court but not yet acted upon; the ongoing battle to increase the minimum wage; and blocking proposed fare hikes and service cutbacks in the New York City transit system.

October jobs report: Bush job flop gets blip

Republicans are celebrating the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing 337,000 new jobs created in October.

International notes

South Korea: Union strikes for recognition / Sudan: Gov’t and rebels sign pact / Peru: Children send message re: Cuban 5 / Finland: Bus drivers’ strike spreads / Burma: Forced labor continues

Teamsters seek probe of killing in El Salvador

WASHINGTON (AP) — Teamsters President James P. Hoffa asked Secretary of State Colin Powell last week to pressure El Salvador to investigate the Nov. 5 killing of a member who was trying to unionize port workers.

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