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 Apr 22 - 28, 2004 

News Feature

Fables of the Reconstruction

Official memo reveals that even true believers see the seeds of civil war in the occupation of Iraq

By Jason Vest

As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the news with matter-of-fact optimism. According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Iraqi uprisings in half a dozen cities, accompanied by the deaths of more than 100 soldiers in the month of April alone, is something to be viewed in the context of "good days and bad days," merely "a moment in Iraq's path towards a free and democratic system." More recently, the president himself asserted, "Our coalition is standing with responsible Iraqi leaders as they establish growing authority in their country."

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Thin Line

By Tim McGivern

With gratitude to's "Right Hook" column (which is where "Thin Line" borrowed the idea), I offer you a highly selective sample of opinion appearing in the national media last week, surrounding President George W. Bush's press conference.

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Payne's World

Where's the Diplomacy?

McCorkle victim of hardball politics

By Greg Payne

Watching Gov. Bill Richardson's unceremonious (some would argue deplorable) removal of business honcho Sherman McCorkle from the state's military base retention commission, one wonders, a la Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign, "Where's the outrage?"

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Ortiz y Pino

A Major Disservice to Seniors

Medicare reform discussion should be more than partisan bickering

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

The battle for the hearts, minds and coveted votes of America's senior citizens is now fully engaged.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: Thailand—A British man has been arrested for going topless after smuggling an estimated $100,000 worth of ecstasy tablets into Thailand. “They didn't catch me at the airport,” 35-year-old Alan John Kiernan told Reuters Televison. “I got through eight customs without being stopped.” In fact, Kiernan was arrested by Bangkok police for not wearing a shirt. The Southampton resident arrived in Thailand from Switzerland last Friday and was stopped the following day in a park for wandering around without a shirt. Following his arrest, police found more than 9,000 ecstasy tablets in his pants. “Shit happens,” Kiernan, who could face the death penalty, said at a news conference.

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[RE: Letters, “Our Humble Establishment”, April 15-21]: One item of substance appears through the fog of clichés and whines in the letter from the management of Cowboys. Cowboys wants some editorial control over your newspaper in return for its advertising dollars. That's exactly the kind of business that I don't want to get any of my customer dollars.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


By Megan Reneau
Influential women share their expertise on various topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

By Joshua Lee
Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

By Renée Chavez
Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun all while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

By Renée Chavez
Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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