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 V.15 No.24 | June 15 - 21, 2006 

Newscity

Black (Balloon) Friday

New PAC hopes their event will appeal to the next generation of progressives

What’s that in the sky? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a protest?

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Newscity

Day of the Beast

A primary election wrap-up

It was a day that will go down in history as having borne the mark, or at least the marketing, of the beast.

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News Bite

The World's First Cervical Cancer Vaccine

What you need to know

It was a big day for women's health care. On Thursday, June 8, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the OK to the first vaccine to prevent most cervical cancers [Newscity, "The Path to a Cure," April 13-19]. Here are the basics:

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Punch Line

Service With a Smile? Good Luck

Musings on the self-serve economy

On a recent drive through Mexico, we stopped at a gas station, and a guy actually pumped our gas. It was downright scary. Like a time warp.

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Thin Line

Blog smack—Do you like to talk trash in a public forum without facing the possibility of legal repercussion? Welcome to the world of blogging. According to Shannon P. Duffy's June 2 article on law.com, a judge has ruled that bloggers can't be held accountable for libelous statements made as anonymous comments on their sites.

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Synthia and Charles Lin stand with their youngest daughter, Tiffany, outside the Chinese Cultural Center.
Christie Chisholm

News Feature

The Crematorium and the Cultural Center

A neighborhood dispute finds a resolution

Walking up to Charles and Synthia Lin’s place of business is like kneeling before an ancient Chinese temple—the lilting, three-story roof made entirely of concrete; the massive entrance guarded above by a writhing golden dragon; the two lions greeting patrons as they head toward that looming draconic door, which is open most of the year. Maybe it’s because, to the Lins, the Chinese Cultural Center is more than a place to earn a living; it’s a tangible model of Chinese philosophy, culture and tradition. And until last Friday, they feared it might all come to an end.

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Scott Rickson

Council Watch

Splat!

With the city suffering extreme drought conditions, on June 5 councilors quickly passed emergency fire restrictions on open burning or smoking in the city and bosque, fireworks in nonbarren areas, and certain motorized equipment in campgrounds, wildlands or bosque.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Ukraine—A Christian, apparently attempting to test his faith in God, threw himself to the lions last Sunday evening at the Kiev Zoo and was promptly mauled to death. Ukrainian TV channel NTN broadcast interviews with witnesses who said the man told them he believed God would not allow the lions to hurt him. According to Reuters, an official said, “The man shouted: ‘God will save me if he exists,’ lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions.” A lioness seized the man by his throat, severing his carotid artery and killing him instantly.

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Letters

The readers write.

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