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healthofchildren.com

Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

While the nation’s tweens and teens are taught the laughable “abstinence only” government-sponsored curriculum about sex, one middle school in Maine is taking a more realistic approach to the matter, offering a range of birth control options in an effort to curb a troubling trend toward teen pregnancy among its students.  Yes, you read that right:  This is a middle school we’re talking about here.

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nytimes.com

Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

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Oral Roberts University entrance
answers.com

Oral Roberts U. Leader Takes Leave in Scandal

Responding to accusations about extracurricular use of university funds, among other charges, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, the 58-year-old son of school founder and namesake Oral Roberts, has stepped down from his post for the moment. 

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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush Warns of “WW III” If Iran Gets Nukes

Let’s review these key ingredients from a White House news conference on Wednesday and see if they remind us of anything, shall we?  We had: President G. W. Bush—check! Fear-mongering about weapons that a Middle Eastern nation is allegedly developing—check! Accusations from the Bush administration about said Middle Eastern nation lying about said weapons to the U.N.—check! 

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy and Judy
moviereporter.net

Giuliani and Wife Dump on Hillary

As if he’s already secured the nomination, Rudy Giuliani has begun to focus his vitriol on the other party’s presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton: “I don’t know Hillary’s experience. She’s never run a city.” It’s been a long, long time since we’ve had an ex-mayor occupying the Oval Office.  Maybe Giuliani is on to something here. There just has to be some parallel between being a mayor and the leader of the world’s only superpower.

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Bonfire McCartney
timesonline.typepad.com

Was It the Pope—or the Cute Beatle?

No offense to those Catholics who were heartened by the prospect of Pope John Paul II’s image appearing in a commemorative bonfire in Poland last April, but the UK’s Times Online has helpfully offered some other possibilities as to who else, besides the departed pontiff, may have materialized in that mystical blaze.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


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sunsearch.info

Turkey OKs Attacks on Kurds in Iraq

The Turkish parliament has authorized military incursions into Iraq in order to track down rebels who, the Turkish government has long claimed, use Iraqi Kurdistan as sanctuary.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Flags
abc.net.au

UK Joins Grab for Polar Territories

While Russia is leading the race to claim the North Pole for itself, Britain has decided to expand its territory on the other end of the world, in Antarctica. The British Foreign Office says it has no immediate plans for the additional 1,000 square miles of seabed, but simply wishes to “safeguard for the future.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Verizon Admits Domestic Spying Role

Under pressure from Congress, Verizon has provided some insight into the government’s domestic surveillance program. The telecommunications giant defended the legality of its actions, but admitted complying “as expeditiously as possible” when federal officials, without a subpoena, asked for telephone and Internet records.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney and Obama
cnn.com

Cheney and Obama Related?

According to Lynne Cheney, her husband, Dick, and presidential hopeful Barack Obama have a common ancestor, but don’t expect a family reunion any time soon. As Obama’s spokesman quipped: “Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the family.”

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