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Monday, December 22, 2003 New pages appear by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday

WINTER Old Farmer's Almanac: The winter solstice is one of the two times each year that the Sun is at its farthest point from the equator and appears to stand still. It occurred today at 1:04 a.m. CST. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or "Sun," and stitium, "stoppage." 

Today 12:35 p.m. - Bev Harris, author of "Black Box Voting"


Thanks, Virginia

Terror alert level up to reddish-purple Despite the increased risk, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge tried to reassure Americans that it was safe to travel over the holidays.
Added security measures could result in longer lines and other inconveniences, but otherwise travelers should not be put off, Ridge said. "If you've got travel plans, travel."



Democrats forced to work on margins By the end of this year's congressional session, Republicans had tightened their already firm grip on the House and moved to marginalize Democrats' influence in both chambers by shutting them out of negotiations on the final version of major bills.


Now for another version...
Sunday Herald

Revealed: who really found Saddam?
By early Sunday – way before Saddam’s capture was being reported by the mainstream Western press – the Kurdish media ran the following news wire:
“Saddam Hussein, the former President of the Iraqi regime, was captured by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. A special intelligence unit led by Qusrat Rasul Ali, a high-ranking member of the PUK, found Saddam Hussein in the city of Tikrit, his birthplace. Qusrat’s team was accompanied by a group of US soldiers. Further details of the capture will emerge during the day; but the global Kurdish party is about to begin!”

Now for another version...
Saddam was "
slugged" by US commando "..a knowledgeable U.S. official told NEWSWEEK that ... as Saddam was being handcuffed, he began to struggle with his captors. He spat at the soldiers. One of the commandos decked him, either with a punch or a rifle butt. (The military later tidied up the story of his capture for popular consumption.)


Texans feel better about economy, worry about their jobs

Cigarette tax favored to help schools

Viking ship made of lollipop sticks to cross Atlantic?

Yellowstone snowmobile policy changed last week

A girl cast out 47 years ago finds some of her family

Group in charge of Iraq blamed for woes The Coalition Provisional Authority in charge of Iraq has failed to institute a smoothly run bureaucracy, resulting in cash shortages and delays in starting reconstruction programs, Pentagon officials say in interviews.

Activist fighting name of Indian Head highway "The name 'Indian Head' is an affront and literal racial slur against American Indians and Alaska natives who reside in the state of Maryland," Mr. Regan wrote in his complaint, dated Dec. 1. "It conjures up a place and time in the history of this country when it was legal to kill American Indians and sell their body parts."

Despite $130 price, 'Far Side' collection is hot is sold out (at $160!) but edailydeal claims to have it for $95

Security guard insulted by dog's name

Rick Casey - Houston Chronicle
Baghdad finds role model city in Houston Baghdad needs to do whatever it takes to get an NFL franchise. You can't be a world-class city without a football team. The first thing, of course, is to build a state-of-the-art domed stadium. In fact, you need several sports venues, and don't forget the luxury boxes. This is more important than libraries, parks or raises for your firefighters.

Condit sues tabloids over Chandra Levy articles

Al Gore's son arrested for pot possession (how you feel about the pot law now, Al?)

Pound worker fired for mistreatment of dog "Lucky"

Portland police rethink profanity policy after getting complaints

Free diamonds promotion flops

PETA taking its message to the ballet

Mars landers to look for signs of life, water

US forces nab schoolboys at Iraq secondary school

Editor & Publisher
When will media stop reporting doubtful Iraq claims?




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