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QUOTED: “It’s a bargain we’ll just have to pass up. The cost is too high. Our integrity isn’t for sale.”

–Pastor Frank Malloy’s St. Luke School cancelled an American Girl fashion show over charges that the company supports lesbianism and abortion (story #12, below).

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[o1] “The deadliness below”
[o2] “GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship”
[o3] “Italian TV alleges U.S. used chemical weapons in Fallujah”

[o4] “State Supreme Court rules lesbian may seek parental rights”
[o5] “Scooter’s sex shocker”
[o6] “Louisiana can’t pay Katrina, Rita bills”
[o7] “Green hills”

[o8] “Military shares public’s declining support for Bush, war”
[O9] “Australians debate need for tougher antiterror laws”

[10] “School drops American Girl show”
[11] “The politics of playtime”

[12] “Stockpiled pesticides harming African people, environment”
[13] “Democrat says he will block EPA nominees”
[14] “EPA might relax toxic report rules”

[15] “Cody man sues Wal-Mart”
[16] “Chevron, Shell questioned about clashes in Nigeria”

[16] “Substitute for the West Bank: ‘Training bloc'”
[17] “Remote control device ‘controls’ humans”

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“The deadliness below”
Daily Press (VA), October 31, 2005

The U.S. dumped tons of nerve gas, mustard gas and ordnance off 16 countries’ coasts after World War II, but doesn’t know where.


“GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship”
Washington Times, November 4, 2005

Some Republicans say automatic citizenship should not be extended to children born of illegal immigrants.


“U.S. denies dumping chemicals on Iraqis”
Australian Associated Press, November 9, 2005

“U.S. lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war”
Independent (U.K.), June 17, 2005

A U.S. soldier on Italian TV claimed American troops used phosphorous in Iraq; Britain says it was misled about napalm.

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“State Supreme Court rules lesbian may seek parental rights”
Associated Press, November 3, 2005

A Washington Court granted a lesbian mom “de facto” parent status for a child she helped raise from birth.


“Scooter’s sex shocker”
New Yorker, October 31, 2005

“Scooter” Libby and other prominent conservatives have a long history of writing erotic fiction, some of it quite raunchy.


“Louisiana can’t pay Katrina, Rita bills”
USA Today, November 4, 2005

Louisiana must reimburse FEMA for an unprecedented $3.7 billion in aid, but the state doesn’t have the money.


“Green hills”
San Francisco Bay Guardian, week of October 26, 2005

California medical pot growers play by the rules, but still wind up in the crossfire between armed gangs and state police.

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WAR & TERROR | top


“Military shares public’s declining support for Bush, war”
Associated Press, October 28, 2005

57% of military members in North Carolina disapprove of Bush’s Iraq strategy; over half said the U.S. should not be there.


“Australians debate need for tougher antiterror laws”
Christian Science Monitor, November 3, 2005

Australian politicians want to detain suspected terrorists for two weeks and use shoot-to-kill laws, alarming some activists.

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“School drops American Girl show”
Associated Press, November 1, 2005

A Catholic school cancelled a $10,000 fundraiser over concerns that event sponsor American Girl supports lesbianism and contraception.


“The politics of playtime”
Newsweek, November 14, 2005

Conservative mothers set off the American Girl boycott, but the doll company’s sales are unaffected, and no policy changes are due.

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“Stockpiled pesticides harming African people, environment”
National Geographic News, November 4, 2005

The Africa Stockpiles Program is removing 50,000 tons of expired and surplus crop pesticides from public areas in six countries.


“Democrat says he will block EPA nominees”
Associated Press, November 4, 2005

Sen. Barack Obama said he would block Bush’s EPA nominees until the agency regulates lead paint in home renovations.


“EPA might relax toxic report rules”
Tampa Tribune, November 3, 2005

A federal law enacted after the Bhopal disaster, and credited with reducing U.S. toxic emissions by 65%, may be watered down.

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“Cody man sues Wal-Mart”
Casper Star-Tribune, November 1, 2005

Wyoming is the latest state to see a lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart for deleting hours from employee time cards.


“Chevron, Shell questioned about clashes in Nigeria”
San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2005

Two oil companies denied claims by Amnesty International that they hire Nigerian soldiers who target protesters and civilians.

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“The politics of disaster”
Sunday Herald (U.K.), October 31, 2005

Some countries favor politics over promises in their slow response to the Pakistan earthquake, writes David Pratt.


“FOIA falters”
Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2005

Getting the government to cough up public information is tougher than ever, according to Martin E. Halstuk.

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