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1 US: Justices to Decide If Citizens May Challenge White House's Religion-Based InSat, 02 Dec 2006
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Greenhouse, Linda Area:United States Lines:129 Added:12/02/2006

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 religion-based initiative.

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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2 US FL: OPED: Methamphetamine Abuse Affects Us AllThu, 30 Nov 2006
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Gonzales, Alberto R. Area:Florida Lines:114 Added:12/02/2006

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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3 US NY: Police Shooting Reunites Circle of Common LossSat, 02 Dec 2006
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Kershaw, Sarah Area:New York Lines:178 Added:12/02/2006

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 Queens.

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4 US OH: Georgetown Council Discusses Drug PolicyThu, 30 Nov 2006
Source:News Democrat (Georgetown, OH) Author:Linville, Wade Area:Ohio Lines:80 Added:12/02/2006

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 village employees.

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5 Afghanistan: Afghanistan Opium Crop Sets RecordSat, 02 Dec 2006
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:DeYoung, Karen Area:Afghanistan Lines:125 Added:12/02/2006

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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6US GA: Column: Misguided Drug War Claims Another VictimSun, 03 Dec 2006
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Tucker, Cynthia Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/02/2006

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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7 US IL: Column: 150 Years of Precedents Paved Way for Blatant Police BrutalityThu, 30 Nov 2006
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Mitchell, Mary Area:Illinois Lines:131 Added:12/02/2006

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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