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June 30, 2005
Global population aged 65+ will explode in coming years.

RFK urged lifting of Cuba travel ban in 1963

Freedom is fragile. Be wary of policy measures bearing the 'security' label.

Poll says 79 percent favor English as official U.S. language.

June 29, 2005
Mobile attorney cites John Peavy in ethics complaint. Story updated.

A major Sam Jones for Mayor fundraiser is set for the Oakleigh Garden District tonight.

Congressman warns against letting Al-Jazeera film Arizona border with Mexico.

Senate energy bill at cross-purposes.

Political appointees pollute waters at ocean agency.

June 28, 2005
Ann Coulter's Take: Deep Throats or Deep Throats? Woodward does the Washington waltz.

A Cartel and its Snakeoil: The Saudis claim to have huge oil reserves. Do they really?

Doctors, Safety Council issue chilling list of deadly states for youth-related driving fatalities.

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear CIA leak case. Decision could mean jail for reporters from Time and New York Times. A major setback to public's right to know. Congress should enact shield law to protect reporters. Indiana congressman agrees.

$11 million in seized assets distributed to north Florida law enforcement.

U.S. scores major WTO win in semi-conductor case.

June 27, 2005
Here's the Story on Forward Mobile.

Interstellar travelers might want to detour around the star system TW Hydrae to avoid a messy planetary construction site.

Criminal defense attorney charged with racketeering, murder conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Bonanno Family acting boss charged with soliciting the murder of a federal prosecutor.

June 24, 2005
Young Democrats to stage mayoral candidates' forum.

Who Wrecked the Movies? If theaters want audiences, they should bring back ushers.

When is a man not king in his own castle? The federal government has the answer. Ruling is 'highly disturbing.' Cato scholars condemn decision. High court trashes taxpayer rights as well as property rights. Court a 'reverse Robin Hood': Robs the poor to pay the rich.

American character gets mixed reviews: U.S. image up slightly, but still negative.

Alabama restaurants need 2,700 summer employees, up two percent over 2004.

$4.5 billion hasn't bought U.S. much in Colombia.

Wives who earn more than their husbands up 18 percent since 1987.

June 23, 2005
Unmasking "Deep Throat:": FBI memos detail Mark Felt's involvement in efforts to identify himself as leaker of Watergate information to Washington Post reporters.

Journalists' group disappointed in federal appeals court ruling equating college journalists with high schoolers.

Nonprofit panel recommends actions to strengthen transparency and accountability among charities. 

June 22, 2005
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby applauds EADS' choice of Mobile as the location for its KC-330 advanced tanker production facility.

The winner of  EADS North America's competition to select a U.S. industrial site to support the KC-330 advanced tanker program will be announced Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Washington D.C. with a follow-up announcement in the winner's hometown later in the afternoon. And the winner is ...Mobile's Brookley Field.

Firefighters endorse Bess Rich for mayor of Mobile.

Bipartisan group of senators say improved communications among first responders is key to better homeland security.

Robot assistant allows nurses to focus on patient care during surgery.

June 21, 2005
The unusual 'super majority' mechanism requiring a five-vote majority for action by the seven-member Mobile City Council is nearing its 20th birthday. Is it a cause for celebration or derision? Here's what
Sam Jones, Ann Bedsole, Bess Rich, John Peavy, Irmatean Watson, Jane Q. Baxter (Conkin), Charles Chapman and Stephen Nodine had to say.

Billboard revenues hit $1.4 billion in first quarter.

Builders take steps to curb speculation in housing market.

Another budget, another tax increase: New Jersey lawmakers tell taxpayers they can run, but they can't hide.

June 20, 2005
Mobile Firefighters Local 1349 will announce its endorsement in the mayor's election at a press conference Tuesday.

Dispatches from the Paris Air Show.

30 Days of Supersized Guilt: Morgan Spurlock shows how difficult it is to pretend to be poor.

Drowsy Docs: The Young and the Sleepy.

Docs to Phil: 'Get Real.'

Shakespeare recalls kids' fishing poles.

Kentucky woman first female to get Silver Star since WWII.

June 17, 2005
Dr. Bob Shipp, chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, tapped for Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

West Coast seafloor protected from bottom trawling.

Report documents bipartisan betrayals on 'deals' for votes on free trade agreements.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) employees busted in dog deaths.

Federal contractors fail to pay $3 billion in taxes, report states.

People for the American Way advises Bush to please Democrats in coming U.S. Supreme Court nominations.

Researchers track down cause of disfiguring bone disease.

June 16, 2005
Liberal front group behind attacks on senators for asbestos vote.

Housing market headed for another robust year.

Manufacturers see continued economic growth ahead.

Study shows staffing and spending at federal regulatory agencies growing.

June 15, 2005
Baltimore, My Baltimore: More than 100 Mobile leaders visited Baltimore recently,  hoping to beg, borrow and/or steal something to improve Mobile.

The U.N.'s Tipping Point: The real reformer is John Bolton, not Kofi Annan.

For 63rd year in a row, more boys born than girls.

Commercial real estate market on uptrack with lower vacancy rates, firmer rents in all four sectors.

June 14, 2005
Mayors urged to oppose privatization of municipal water systems.

Alabama company found guilty of environmental crimes.

FCC went too far in permitting mergers between dominant local newspapers, tv stations, says Consumers Union.

Rate of family violence dropped by more than one-half between 1993-2002.

U.S.-led global economy is slowing, but no cause for alarm.

Dependence on federal government rising, as are deadbeats.

Arlene a warning to review insurance coverage.

Home values have soared 160 percent.

June 13, 2005
Would Jesus support social services, pay taxes?

Mexican Mafia leader gets 25-year prison sentence in Texas.

Ten charged with importing hundreds of pounds of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. aboard cruise ships.

June 10, 2005
Grand opening of Ann Bedsole for Mayor campaign headquarters scheduled Monday, June 13.

George Hardesty to speak to Young Republicans Monday.

House panel slashes funding for public broadcasting.

Government reform groups decry House panel's approval of legislation that undermines campaign finance laws.

Hang up on new wireless phone tax hike, nation’s largest taxpayer group urges Louisiana House members.

Democratic leadership writes off  'white Christians.'

Employment characteristics of families in 2004.

June 9, 2005
Does state Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, who represents more black Mobilians than any other locally-elected official, support Ann Bedsole, a white Republican, or Sam Jones, a black Democrat, in this summer's city elections? GOP loyalist Jerry Lathan surprised some of his fellow Republicans with his mayoral endorsement, given his disdain for RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).

Lower-than-expected mortgage interest rates will push home sales to a fifth consecutive record in 2005, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors®.

Bill to extend Violence Against Women Act includes housing for battered women.

June 8, 2005
Strong demand fuels first quarter passenger growth for cruise lines.

Wachovia's slavery apology backfiring.

Group says Bill Pryor bad for people who believe in God; bad for humans of all kinds, but especially women; bad for blind, lame and infirm people; bad for people who spend money; bad for people who earn money; bad for people who drink water or breath air.

Higher cigarette taxes drive smokers underground.

Rules for claiming home office tax deductions too difficult to utilize.

Local restaurateur Mead Miller to run for Mobile City Council from District 7.

June 7, 2005
The blind will lead the blind and the sighted as well later this summer when "Super Blind" himself heads a party of 20, including state Rep. Jamie Ison, R-Mobile, to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Lightning strikes. Just ask these victims.

'Deep Throat' no American hero, but comes a lot closer than Nixon. 

Misleading ads exaggerate what the estate tax costs farmers, small businesses and "your family."

Making Healers into Dealers: How the DEA is treating doctors as criminals.

Equal rights groups protest Pryor nomination.

June 6, 2005
Nixon tapes show tension with FBI prompted 'Deep Throat' leaks.

Heartland Institute applauds medical malpractice reform in Illinois.

Seven months from now, states face the deadline for the most complex and arguably most significant mandate of federal election reform – the requirement for statewide voter registration databases.

June 4, 2005
Rich proposes performance management software to track city expenditures and save money.

Bedsole campaign headquarters opens.

A third candidate plans to announce his entry into the fray for the Mobile City Council District 7 seat.

June 3, 2005
Old Europe penalizes work to subsidize non-work.

April factory orders, shipments hit all-time high.

Consumers League says mowing grass too dangerous for teens as summer work.

USDA announces $6.5 million to spur rural economic and community development in 19 states. Alabama shut out. AmeriCorps announces $14 million in grants to community organizations, none in Alabama.

June 2, 2005
The Legend of Deep Throat: Was Mark Felt really a hero? Chuck Colson says 'no.'

The Swamps of Jersey: Can Garden State Republicans convince voters they can clean up the corruption?

Hang up those *&%#(&X^%! cellphones. States cracking down on yakkety-yak drivers.

Broadcast media play Chicken Little in gasoline supply coverage.

U.S. Chamber urges Rhode Island Supreme Court to halt state's delegation of enforcement powers to private contingency fee lawyers.

June 1, 2005
Arthur Andersen's 'victory': Retrial won't mean much to its 28,000 former employees.

New survey reveals keys to community support for affordable housing.

'Black Dawn'  NATO exercise shows Europe vulnerable to nuclear terrorism.

Anti-cockfighting law upheld.

U.S. trade rep offers facts to counter Europe's EADS story.
Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times

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