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Cities and states face brutal cutbacks

Mass layoffs hit Baltimore schools BALTIMORE – In what could be called a “Thanksgiving massacre,” public school officials here handed out pink slips to 710 Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) employees. At least 1,000 are expected to have lost their jobs by January.

Machine guns on Arizona choppers?

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg wants the U.S. Customs Department’s Black Hawk helicopters to be armed with .50-caliber machine guns.

Sacramento says no to Patriot Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a jam-packed room filled with hundreds of community members, the Sacramento City Council voted 8-1 on Nov. 13 to support a resolution opposing the Patriot Act’s unconstitutional provisions. Sacramento thereby became the 203rd U.S. city to do so.

Mumia defense office burglarized

PHILADELPHIA – On Nov. 19 the office of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ) here was broken into by burglars. A spokesman for the ICFFMAJ says it was “an apparent political burglary.”

National Clips

WASHINGTON: Black farmers say ‘save our land’ / LAS VEGAS: Dump Bush, not nuclear waste / KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Sprint lays off 2,000 workers / NASHVILLE, Tenn.: School administrators sue for racial justice / INDIANAPOLIS: Grocery workers defending health care

Bush Medicare plan robs seniors

WASHINGTON – In a treacherous sellout of 41 million senior citizens, the Republican-controlled House and Senate narrowly approved George W. Bush’s prescription drug scam that fattens HMO and drug company profits while opening the door to Medicare privatization.

National Clips

ATLANTA, Ga.: Patriot Act inspires dictatorships, says Carter; BIRMINGHAM, Ala.: The Cubans are coming! The Cubans are coming!; El PASO Tex.: Racial double standard in U.S. Army; WORCESTER, Mass.: Workers strike French company

Big push to block GOP energy bill

WASHINGTON – Calls resounded on Capitol Hill for senators to block enactment of the 1,000-page Energy Policy Act, a Christmas tree laden with sugarplums for the oil and gas monopolies. The House approved the energy bill 246-180, with 46 Democrats joining 200 Republicans in support, on Nov. 18.

Seniors slam Trojan horse drug bill

WASHINGTON – Senior citizens, African American, Latino and white, packed the ornate Senate Caucus Room Nov. 19 and cheered as speakers blasted a prescription drug plan that provides meager drug benefits for some senior citizens while opening the door to the privatization of Medicare.

Show-Me States winning streak

The Thrill and the Agony This week in sports by Chas Walker

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