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By George, hes done it: Clooneys movie takes on McCarthyism past and present

Actor-director George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” won critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival last week for its portrayal of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and his fight against the anticommunist paranoia sweeping 1950s America.

Musicians rally to save cultural mecca

“They call it Stormy Monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad,” East Texas bluesman T-Bone Walker sang in 1947. “Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s oh so sad.”

Republicans fleeing Bush on Arctic drilling issue

Two dozen House Republicans, including three committee chairmen, have directly opposed the Bush administration’s effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling by sneaking it through the budget approval process.

R.I. janitors, hotel workers demand justice on Labor Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s capital city has been recently lauded as “America’s Renaissance City,” with several new downtown development projects — upscale hotels, a high-end shopping mall and a handful of relocated corporate offices. City planners have aimed to transform Providence into an international tourist destination and to bring more wealthy residents and businesses back into the city.

From abroad, offers of aid for Katrina victims

Offers of hurricane relief aid have poured into the U.S. from more than 90 nations, rich and poor alike.

Cuba has a better way on hurricanes

As dead bodies still floated in flooded New Orleans and masses of hungry, thirsty survivors, mostly poor and Black, were deposited at far-off sports arenas, Cuba’s National Assembly issued a declaration of solidarity Sept. 1 and observed a moment of silence for Katrina’s victims. The Cuban government has offered to send 1,100 fully equipped doctors to the U.S. to provide them care.

Rehnquist, states rights and New Orleans

The chief justice of the United States, William Rehnquist, was a man with a conservative political agenda and a judicial philosophy of state-centered federalism. There will be attempts to sugarcoat his life, legal work and judicial views, but his legal legacy should be critically examined.

Editorial: Roberts ethics problem

Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s body was still warm when George W. Bush rushed to announce that he was nominating Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to replace him. This is the same Roberts that Bush named earlier to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Bush has two slots to fill in his drive to pack the high court with right-wing extremists.

Editorial: Turning points

If the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — whose fourth anniversary we commemorate this week — were a turning point for this nation, then Hurricane Katrina is another turning point.

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Grappling with catastrophe

SAN ANTONIO — I grabbed my press badge, some dolls and Sunday newspapers to give away as I headed out to Kelly Air Force Base, Sept. 4, to interview the evacuees from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

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