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Month: October 2005

Senator Tries to Cut Pork for Hurricane Relief

Senator Tries to Cut Pork for Hurricane Relief

The House has recently voted to gut programs for the poor, disabled, and elderly in order to pay for hurricane relief. It appears that the cruelty of sticking it to the disadvantaged to help the disadvantaged is lost on them. One Senator tried to pay bills without hurting the poor. He wanted to cut frivolous projects from the budget and use that money for Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states that are being pounded by hurricanes. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma,…

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The Artistic Linebacker

The Artistic Linebacker

In this day and age of stereotyping, artists and jocks aren’t supposed to mix– right? Well, Greg Van Hoesen is out to prove all the critics wrong. Greg is a sophomore at Cal Berkeley. He’s a 6 foot 3, 225 lb linebacker. He’s also an art major. Even at the diverse Cal Berkeley, it’s unusual to blend athletics and arts. Greg has been drawing since he was 6 years old. It wasn’t until high school that he found his hidden…

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Wallet Found after 43 Years

Wallet Found after 43 Years

If you’ve lost your wallet, don’t give up hope! This man lost his 43 years ago and it’s found it’s way back to him. Robert Gibson was in the Air Force 43 years ago. He’d just gotten back from Germany. While waiting at a bus station in Pittsburgh, PA, his wallet was stolen. The bus station is being demolished. The asbestos inspection crew came in to check out the site. Leroy Fillmore, one of the technicians, noticed the wallet sitting…

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White Sox Win the World Series

White Sox Win the World Series

Two years in a row, the baseball Gods have deemed that the cursed teams should take home the pennant. Last year the Boston Red Sox broke the curse of the Bambino. This year the White Sox put to rest the Black Sox scandal of 1919. That was the year several players threw the World Series. Baseball players are a superstitious group. Some eat certain meals before games, some won’t shave, other never step on baselines. So, believing that a team…

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The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement Passed Away

The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement Passed Away

A couple of years ago my niece was in kindergarten and learning about the Civil Rights movement. I remember her telling me all about Rosa Parks and how people wanted to take her seat on the bus and how it wasn’t fair. She should be able to sit down. She didn’t really grasp the whole complexity of the issue, but her 5 year old sense of what was right said it all. When I was in elementary school in the…

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