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Asian Firm to Run U.S. Nuke Detectors
One of Americans' favorite beach destinations, the Bahamas, is getting a new U.S. arrival — sophisticated equipment to detect radioactive materials in shipping cargo. But U.S. customs agents won't be on site to supervise the machine's use as a nuclear safeguard for the American shoreline that is just 65 miles away from Freeport. Under an unusual arrangement, a Hong Kong company will help operate the detector. It will be the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present. Read more and tell us if you give this deal an Up or Down vote.
Dixie Chicks Comeback?
Three years ago the Dixie Chicks were getting death threats for the stands they took on the Iraq war. Now, in the first single from their new album, they address those threats head on. The song is called “Not Ready to Make Nice.” According to FNC’s Roger Friedman, the new album, "Taking the Long Way," is a potential blockbuster. Read more and tell us if you will buy the new album despite the group’s anti-war and President Bush stance. Give the Dixie Chicks an Up or Down vote.
Charges Dropped Against Lafave
Charges against a Tampa teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old middle-school student have been dropped in one of the two counties where the incidents occurred. Debra Lafave, 25, was charged in Marion County with lewd and lascivious battery on a child and lewd and lascivious exhibition for having sex with the now 16-year-old boy in a sport utility vehicle. Read more and tell us if you give the dropped charges an Up or Down vote.
Geico Insurance Rates Unfair?
A leading U.S. consumer group has accused Geico Corp. of using consumers' education backgrounds and occupations as criteria in setting auto insurance rates, resulting in discrimination against minorities and lower-income people. Read more and tell us if you think Geico has discriminated. Give the Consumer Federation of America’s claim an Up or Down vote!
Cutting AmeriCorps?
After years of attacks from fiscal conservatives and underwhelming progress reports, the federal AmeriCorps service program has quietly taken its place on the budget chopping block and stands to lose its full-time civilian corps, most of which is currently serving in the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast. Read more and tell us if you think AmeriCorps should be on the budget chopping block by e-mailing us your Up or Down vote!