WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether
private citizens are entitled to go to court to challenge activities
of the White House office in charge of the Bush administration's
A lower court had blocked a lawsuit challenging conferences the White
House office holds for the purpose of teaching religious
organizations how to apply and compete for federal grants. That
constitutional challenge, by a group advocating the strict separation
of church and state, was reinstated by an appeals court; the
administration in turn appealed to the Supreme Court.
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It has become a familiar scene on the evening news across the
country:Neighbors watch in stunned silence as police raid the house
next door and the nice couple, who for the most part kept to
themselves, is hauled away for running a methamphetamine lab in their
basement. How could this happen, the neighbors ask, in our
neighborhood? Compared to marijuana, heroin or cocaine,
methamphetamine, or "meth" as it is commonly known, is relatively new
in the headlines. But this drug has had a tremendous and terrible
impact in a short time. Once thought to be a problem affecting
primarily America's rural communities, we now know that no community,
no matter how large or how small, is safe from the allure and the
destruction caused by methamphetamine.
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The bus from Miami rolled into the Port Authority station at 6:25 p.m.
Thursday, 28 hours after Marie Rose Dorismond set out for New York
City, alone on her grim pilgrimage.
It was not the first time she had returned to the place she fled after
her only son, Patrick M. Dorismond, was killed at age 26 by the police
in 2000; she comes back every Feb. 28, on his birthday, and stays
through March 16, the day he was shot in a scuffle with undercover
detectives only a few blocks from the bus station. He is buried in
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Search for Low-Cost Provider Underway
GEORGETOWN - The adoption of an ordinance that would allow the
Village of Georgetown to conduct random drug tests of village
employees was put on hold during the Oct. 19 council meeting.
Drug testing in the workplace has become common practice for
businesses over the past 25 years.
Since introduced, drug testing in the work place has become a
feasible way to help safeguard the health of employees and reduce
liability risks to business owners.
Drug testing is now being conducted in thousands of work places all
over Ohio and, if the cost is found to be feasible, the Village of
Georgetown may soon be among the many employers who use random
drug-screening in order to develop safer work environments for
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U.S.-Backed Efforts at Eradication Fail
Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90 percent
of the world's heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic
high despite ongoing U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts, the Bush
administration reported yesterday.
In addition to a 26 percent production increase over past year -- for
a total of 5,644 metric tons -- the amount of land under cultivation
in opium poppies grew by 61 percent. Cultivation in the two main
production provinces, Helmand in the southwest and Oruzgan in central
Afghanistan, was up by 132 percent.
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All wars have a way of creating collateral damage, as the desk-bound
bureaucrats euphemistically call the dead innocents, destroyed
buildings and decimated towns that just happen to be in the way of
bombs and bullets.
Kathryn Johnston was collateral damage in America's misguided "war on drugs."
On Nov. 21, an elderly woman was shot dead by Atlanta police officers
who crashed through her door after dark to execute a "no-knock"
search warrant for illegal drugs. Living in a high-crime
neighborhood, apparently frightened out of her wits, she fired at the
intruders with a rusty revolver, hitting all three. That's according
to the police account, which says the officers then returned fire,
striking Johnston in the chest and extremities.
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We don't have a black and white problem as much as we have a black
and blue problem. While the race of police officers who have been
involved in questionable, high-profile shootings have been black,
white and Hispanic, the race of the citizens who have been shot by
police have been the same: black. In most instances, those citizens
have also been males.
Whether we're talking about police shootings in L.A., Cleveland,
Chicago, Atlanta or New York, the common denominator has been race.
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