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Disney plans third Anaheim park

Tuesday July 25 by Claudia bourne
Walt Disney Co. hopes to build a third theme park in Anaheim, Calif., the birthplace of its worldwide resorts, the company said Sunday on a Web site outlining its plans. The project could include a new theme park or water rides to go alongside existing Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, a theme park which opens in early 2001, Disney said.

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House passes GOP prescription drug bill

Thursday June 29 by Claudia bourne
House Republicans ignored Democratic protests and a presidential veto threat Wednesday and passed a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients by a vote of 217-214. The free-market oriented GOP plan would be voluntary and provide drug coverage to seniors through private insurance companies. It would offer government subsidies to assist the poor and cost $40 billion over five years. That is less than half the cost of the $100 billion Democratic plan which relies on the government-run Medicare program to provide the drug coverage.

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Abuse of women an epidemic, report

Thursday June 01 by Claudia bourne
Incest, sexual abuse, rape, dowry burnings, infanticide or beatings of girls and women by those closest to them are turning into a global epidemic that too few countries are taking steps to curtail, a U.N. report said on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court says adult programming restrictions on cable are unconstitutional

Monday May 22 by Claudia bourne
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law that restricts adult programming to the overnight hours if cable providers cannot fully scramble the signal violates the First Amendment. The justices ruled 5-4 in favor of Playboy Entertainment Group, saying that Congress went too far in trying to protect children from adult-oriented programs by implementing Section 505 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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NRA showcases moms at meeting

Monday May 22 by Claudia bourne
A week after the Million Mom March for gun control, the National Rifle Association showcased its own mothers, who said Sunday they are just as concerned about their children’s safety as the protesters in Washington. “I choose to own a gun because I am a good mother,” said Maria Heil, an NRA member for eight years and Pennsylvania coordinator of the Second Amendment Sisters.

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