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Martin Lee Anderson
cbsnews.com

14-Year-Old Was Likely Beaten to Death

Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died a day after he was beaten and dragged by nine guards while in the custody of a juvenile boot camp in Florida. The medical examiner initially ruled that Martin died of natural causes, but… (h/t: Largest Minority)

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theepochtimes.com

Disappearing Act in Mogadishu

Despite a vow to fight to the death, Islamist leaders and their troops have mysteriously vanished from the streets of Mogadishu, according to residents there. The Ethiopian army, in support of the powerless transitional government, had driven the Somali fighters back to their stronghold and the nation’s traditional capital after a wave of devastating attacks.

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Robin Hayes
Largest Minority

Congressman Suggests Jesus Surge for Iraq

While the Bush administration has busied itself thinking up ways to sell a troop escalation in Iraq, North Carolina Republican Rep. Robin Hayes had a better idea, saying stability in the war-ravaged country hinged on “spreading the message of Jesus Christ.”
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Cow clones
washingtonpost.com

Cloned Food to Go Unmarked

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve food products derived from cloned animals and their offspring. Though eating beef from a cloned cow may seem incredibly creepy, the FDA has decided the manufactured twin is just as safe as the original animal, and requires no special identification once in the food supply.

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burning draft cards
cannabisculture.com

Draft Equipment to Be Tested

The Selective Service System is planning to test equipment and procedures that would be used in a draft.  Cryptically referred to as the Area Office Mobilization Prototype Exercise, the test would not take place until 2009, and could be canceled because of budget cuts.

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Farm Workers poster
library.ucsc.edu

United Farm Workers Cleared of Wrongdoing

The California state attorney general’s office has found no wrongdoing in the United Farm Workers Union’s handling of its affiliated charities. The probe was launched in response to allegations raised by a series of articles published in the Los Angeles Times.

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nytimes.com

Iran’s Afghan Strategy

Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

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Polar bear
firstpeople.us

Polar Bears Threatened

The Department of the Interior will recommend adding polar bears to the endangered species list, a rare acknowledgment by the Bush administration of the impact of global warming. The world’s largest bears depend on ever-shrinking Arctic sea ice for their survival.

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White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Gerald Ford Dead at 93

The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

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Wolfowitz and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Better Luck Next Time

With the disastrous Project for the New American Century reduced to one lonely employee and the fiasco in Iraq continuing to unravel, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds takes a look at the last days of neoconservatism.

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