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July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge's decision to hire a private company to evaluate the Philadelphia School District is receiving a mixed response, as the state tries to revitalize the city's schools.The two-month evaluation, which is being conducted by Edison Schools, carries a $2.7 million price tag, and is expected to be used in drafting a blueprint for improving education in the state's largest city. Edison Schools is the nation's largest private operator of public schools
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican congressman from Arizona wants to get rid of the Lincoln penny. Claiming that the 1-cent piece is "inefficient, bothersome, nearly worthless," Rep. Jim Kolbe has introduced the Legal Tender Modernization Act in an effort to greatly reduce the use of pennies in daily transactions.Kolbe's proposed legislation would require that all sales in retail establishments be rounded up or down to the nearest nickel.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Seizing on its long-established anti-war platform, the Socialist Party USA is again touting pacifism as the only legitimate response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.On its Website, the Socialist Party-USA defines its mission as that of making the world safe for democracy, but it insists such a thing is possible only by refusing to fight those who are willing to die in the attempt to destroy democracy and the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush's decision to allow federal funding of stem cell research that involves existing lines of the reproductive cells has resulted in a split decision among some of the nation's largest and most influential pro-life groups.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many scientists and politicians continue to blame modern-day industrial emissions as the leading cause of a problem known as global warming, but a spokesman for the conservative environmental group Greening Earth Society warns that volcanoes pose another environmental threat -- global cooling -- a problem that is often ignored.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Anti-abortion activists and some high-profile GOP leaders put the heat on President Bush to make a decision not to prevent the funding of stem cell research that involves the killing of human embryos. Their argument was that the embryos are going to be thrown away; using them for research could someday save lives.During Bush's visit to Italy, the pope told Bush that embryonic stem cell research equated to an assault on innocent human life. Christian conservatives at home reminded him of his campaign promise to oppose the research.
July 7, 2008, 8:28 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists and some high-profile GOP leaders put the heat on President Bush to make a decision to prevent the funding of stem cell research that involves the killing of human embryos. Their argument was that the embryos are going to be thrown away; using them for research could someday save lives.During Bush's visit to Italy, the pope told Bush that embryonic stem cell research equated to an assault on innocent human life. Christian conservatives at home reminded him of his campaign promise to oppose the research.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ten Florida Democrats were asked last month by the state party to raise $10,000 to prove they are serious about challenging Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.The $10,000 would allow them the opportunity to speak for three minutes at the Florida Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraiser, featuring Sen. Joe Lieberman, on Saturday in Miami Beach. Only six were able to generate the speaking fee, and of those six, five said they are interested in running.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Florida Republican Party official is under fire from Democrats and African-American leaders for his alleged racial comments appearing in a newsweekly.The Weekly Standard quoted Florida GOP Chairman Al Cardenas as stating, "Republicans need to challenge African-American leaders and Democrats who criticize the governor's record," according to Tuesday's Miami Herald. Florida Republican Party spokesman Daryl Duwe said Cardenas was "misquoted and mischaracterized" by the Weekly Standard, but the article's author stands by the work.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - First imposed during the Civil War, the federal beer tax has steadily increased to its current tab of $1.7 billion-a-year. Beer industry sources report the tax increases have driven down consumption resulting in a loss in revenue. As a result, Joe Six-Pack could face an increase in beer prices.During the economic drought of 1990, Congress raised taxes on luxury items including yachts, private planes, expensive jewelry, wine and spirits and beer. Congress has yet to remove the alcohol taxes.
July 7, 2008, 8:27 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a story not picked up by the establishment press, predominantly Republican Wyoming had an even greater rate of unrecorded presidential votes last year than Florida did.A 10-member team of mechanical engineers, computer scientists and political science professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology issued a 92-page report Monday showing surprisingly high rates of untallied presidential ballots in a handful of states, including Wyoming, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While U.S. political leaders are prepared to survive a nuclear attack, protecting the general public from radiation apparently is not part of the equation. According to civil defense advocates, there's only enough room in America's remaining Cold War-era fallout shelters for members of Congress and other select government officials.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Contrary to popular belief influenced by widespread media coverage, there were fewer shark attacks worldwide in 2001 than occurred in 2000, according to data compiled by shark experts in Florida."Last year was anything but an average year, but that's because it was more like the summer of the media feeding frenzy," said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) at the University of Florida. "Mother Nature cooperated kind of nicely with the press, with a series of incidents that occurred about every two weeks."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Movie posters for the 1971 Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty for Me" promised "an invitation to terror," and on Thursday, the movie title also wound up as a Washington Post headline over a story that offered a virtual road map to the Washington, D.C. home of Attorney General John Ashcroft.The Post's "Reliable Source" column by Lloyd Grove used 'Play Misty for Me?' as the headline of an article telling readers that freshman Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-N.J), will become Ashcroft's next-door neighbor on Capitol Hill.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
A nationwide study conducted by two associate professors from Ohio State University claims that "people who own guns are more likely than others to have little confidence in the federal government." Robert Jiobu and Timothy Curry, both sociologists, published their findings in a recent issue of the journal Social Science Quarterly.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California dairy farmers organization is placing its chips on a state grant program to convert cattle manure into electricity. The group hopes the initiative will be so popular that it will have to ask the state for more money. The farmers complain that they are increasingly facing more regulation concerning the animal waste, which can pollute the environment if disposed of improperly.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If you've ever wondered from where environmental activists get their money, you're not alone, and a Washington, D.C. think tank is drawing a map to help follow the money.The Capital Research Center (CRC) is preparing for its Monday launch of Green-Watch.com, an online database and information service that monitors "about 500 or so different environmental groups, focusing on their funding - where their money's coming from and what they're doing with it," said CRC Director of Communications Andrew Walker.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The September 11 terrorist hijacking of four commercial jetliners that were crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is threatening to cripple the world's number one industry - travel. Americans are increasingly hesitant to travel on airplanes, and not even online travel bargains can ease their jitters, according to travel agents and Internet websites specializing in travel.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The FBI is advising water utilities to take every precaution against a possible terrorist attack on the nation's drinking water. Following the example of airports, water authorities are monitoring traffic and personnel at facilities nationwide to avoid potential disaster."An attack on the physical infrastructure of a water utility is a possibility that we're taking very seriously," said American Water Works Association Deputy Director Tom Curtis. "Utilities are on guard against an attack on pipes, pumping stations and that kind of thing."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -- At least 16 of the 19 terrorists who hijacked the four commercial airplanes used to destroy the World Trade Center and damage the Pentagon entered the U.S. with student and tourist visas that expired before September 11, 2001. This failure to enforce immigration policy has prompted calls to revise the system that permitted the terrorists to remain in the United States while they plotted their actions.