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Nagin Again?
Mayor Ray Nagin sought Monday during a nationally televised debate — extraordinary for a municipal election — to stake his claim as the leader who weathered Hurricane Katrina. "I've been here, and I have a plan," he said during the closing of the mayoral debate. Saturday's election is expected to largely hinge on turnout and race, with many displaced black voters fearful they may be left out of the city's rebuilding effort. Read more and tell us if you give Mayor Nagin's re-election bid an Up or Down vote.
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GPS Cell Phones for Kids?
Sprint Nextel Corp. has become the first U.S. wireless provider to sell its own product with the Family Locator Service. Using the Global Positioning System, the service allows parents to periodically ask the service to find their child's phone, displaying the location on a road map. Read more and tell us if you give the new Sprint service an Up or Down vote.
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"Silent Birth" a Good Idea?
The pregnancy of actress Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has put a media spotlight on "silent birth." Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed that "silent birth" shields newborns from harmful words heard during the traumatic birth process, but obstetricians say there is little evidence that the practice is better. Read more and tell us if you give "silent birth" an Up or Down vote.
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Time to Throw in the Towel?
Florida Rep. Katherine Harris, once the darling of the GOP, is struggling to right her wobbly campaign for the U.S. Senate as she fends off doomsayers from an unexpected source: her own party. Read more and tell us if you give Katherine Harris' Senate bid an Up or Down vote.
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Marijuana-Flavored Candy?
A Southern California-based company called Chronic Candy makes lollipops, gummy candies and chocolate flavored to taste like marijuana. The company tag line is "Every lick is like taking a hit." Although the products are legal because they do not contain any THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, several states are attempting to ban the candies because they may encourage children to use drugs. Watch the video and tell us whether you give a ban on pot-flavored candy an Up or Down vote.
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Judas Not a Traitor After All?
An ancient manuscript rediscovered after 1,700 years may shed new light on the relationship between Jesus and Judas, the disciple who betrayed him. Rather than the traitor Judas is portrayed as in the New Testament, this document — the "Gospel of Judas" — indicates that he acted at the request of Jesus to help him shed his earthly body. Is this a bona fide discovery or just a clever fake? Read more and tell us if you give the "Gospel of Judas" an Up or Down vote.
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Theater Pulls "United 93" Trailer
After complaints from outraged and distraught moviegoers, a theater in New York City has pulled the trailer for "United 93," a new movie chronicling the hijacked United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11. Despite the negative backlash, Universal Studios says it has no plans to pull the trailer, or the film, which will premiere on April 25. Is it too soon for movies about 9/11? Read more and tell us if you give the theater's decision an Up or Down vote.
Russia Holds Bering Straight Explorers
Russian officials have not yet decided whether to release a Briton and an American who have been confined to a remote eastern village after crossing the frozen Bering Strait by foot and entering Russia without proper documents, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday. Read more and tell us if you think Russia is right for holding the explorers. Give this an Up or Down vote.
Sex for Rent?
On the widely used website Craigslist.org, some landlords and apartment dwellers looking for roommates are offering to accept sex in lieu of rent. Trading housing for sex is a form of prostitution. But the police aren't kicking down doors. Read more and tell us if think those soliciting sex should be charged with a crime. Give this an Up or Down vote.
Honoring a Wiccan Warrior
Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2005. Now, his widow wants to honor his sacrifice with a plaque on a military memorial wall. But the Department of Veterans' Affairs does not recognize the Wiccan religion, which Stewart practiced, and will not allow the symbol of his religion to be included on the plaque. Is this religious discrimination? Watch the video and tell us whether you give the DVA's decision an Up or Down vote.
30 Years for Plot to Assassinate President Bush
Prosecutors had asked for the maximum — a life sentence — for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen who was born to a Jordanian father and raised in Falls Church, Va. But U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said 30 years was sufficient punishment. He compared the Abu Ali case to "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, who received a 20-year sentence. Read more and tell us if you give Abu Ali’s sentence an Up or Down vote.