U-Wire Archive – Fall 2002

Voting system to receive upgrade
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Posted 8:37 p.m. Oct 10

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–Lawmakers approved legislation granting $3.9 billion to states to improve and upgrade current voting systems last week.

The election overhaul bill, H.R. 3295 would help states replace punch-card voting systems, improve voter registration methods and make polling booth accessible to the disabled.

? University comes under criticsm for censorship
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Posted 5:59 p.m. Oct. 9

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–A coalition of 25 state and national media groups in addition to other First Amendment rights advocates, including the Student Press Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will defend the right to free press for college newspaper publications later this fall after two graduate students filed suit against their university for unlawful censorship in 2000.

Preview: Election Day 2002
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Posted 6:02 p.m. Oct. 9

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–With election day less than a month away, both Democrats and Republicans are putting all of their energy in the congressional midterm elections which could prove to be crucial in the direction of U.S. public policy in the next two years.

? Report says higher education too expensive nationwide
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Posted 7:35 p.m. Oct. 9

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Higher Education is simply too expensive in most states, according to a new series of rankings that offers states’ report cards released by the nonpartisan National Center for Public Policy.

The report, Measuring Up 2002 accuses high schools across the nation of not properly preparing students for higher education, and also asserts that higher education itself remains out of the economic reach for many.

“America must not ignore the threat against us”
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Posted 9:36 p.m. Oct. 7

In a televised address to the nation last night, President George W. Bush restated the extreme threat that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein poses to the safety of the United States and the world, accusing him of stockpiling biological and chemical weapons and seeking nuclear capabilities. The president’s speech directly warned Hussein that his opportunity to avoid a military conflict is coming to a close.

? House to consider Iraq resolution this week
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Posted 2:08 p.m. Oct. 7

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – A joint resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq was agreed upon last week by President George W. Bush and top House members.

The resolution would allow for the president to use the military as he deems necessary in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council Resolutions regarding Iraq.

D.C.-area police still looking for sniper
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Posted 2:12 p.m. Oct. 7

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The shooting of a Spotsylvania County woman Friday has been linked to the same gun used to kill at least four of the six victims in the series of sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area, authorities said Sunday.

“The forensic evidence has shown us that their shooting is linked to the Montgomery County shootings, linked to the D.C. shooting,” Montgomery Police Chief Charles A. Moose said of the Virginia case.

? Gore challenges Bush’s stance on Iraq in D.C. speech
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Posted 3:23 p.m. Oct. 4

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Al Gore, in his second major policy speech in as many weeks, challenged the President George W. Bush and his administration to address the nation’s economic woes before the mid-term elections.

Speaking in Washington, D.C., the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee slammed the current administration’s policies, accusing the president’s policies of hurting the nation’s economy. The former vice president also spoke on sustainable growth, energy independence and the War on Terrorism.

Torricelli drops out of Senate race
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Posted 8:33 p.m. Sept. 30

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–With a mere 36 days until the mid-term Senate elections, Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) has withdrawn himself from the race in the wake of allegations of ethical wrongdoing—a move that threatens the Democrats slight led over Republicans in the Senate.

“I will not be responsible for the loss of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate,” Torricelli said in press conference late Monday afternoon. “This is the most painful thing I have ever done.”

? Turnout Lower for Second Day of Protests
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Posted 2:47 p.m. Sept. 30

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Police packed the streets of Washington, D.C., for the second day in a row, waiting for thousands of expected protesters who failed to appear.

D.C. Metropolitan Police had prepared to do battle with up to 20,000 protesters on the second day of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings this weekend. The number of protesters was estimated at the end of the day to be between 5,000 and 6,000 — far less than police had geared up for.

A afternoon stroll in the nation’s capital
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Posted 2:53 p.m. Sept. 30

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–It was one of those beautiful Washington D.C. days.

The kind where the wind gently ruffles the flags around the Washington Monument before it glides through your hair and the sheer brightness of the sun makes everything seem possible.

On days like these a breeze of lazy hopefulness invades D.C. and like the pied piper of Hamlin brings in thousands of protesters as it did this weekend for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings.

? Over 600 protesters arrested in D.C.
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Posted 1:50 p.m. Sept. 28

Over 600 activists were arrested in the nation’s capital Friday as protestors clashed with police in scattered locations in downtown Washington, D.C. The arrests came after protestors committed minor acts of disorderly conduct in front of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund headquarters.

COLUMN: Students attend World Summit
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Posted 11:52 a.m. Sept. 27

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – A few weeks ago, world leaders, grassroots activists, scientists, students and others gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

? COLUMN: Readdressing the War on Drugs
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Posted 11:49 a.m. Sept. 27

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As the American government continues to ‘wage the war against drugs’, a perpetual process of suppressing civil liberties, alienating large segments of the population, compromising the morals and values so highly revered by democratic society and financial profligacy occurs behind the fa?ade of a painstakingly obvious and futile policy towards narcotics.

Protests aimed at shutting down D.C.
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Posted 11:59 a.m. Sept. 27

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON–In a church meeting room decorated with colorful paintings, children’s handprints and paintings of flower, trees, snowmen and the sun, political activists met on Thursday night-many dressed in dirty black sweatshirts and green combat pants- and discussed ways in which to shut down downtown Washington, D.C. on Friday in protest of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings.

? Americans debate if Saudi Arabia is friend or foe
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Posted 11:45 a.m. Sept. 27

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As President George W. Bush continues his push for a war against Iraq, the United States faces the loss of a key Middle East ally — Saudi Arabia.

Over 500 arrested at protests
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Posted 11:42 a.m. Sept. 27

U-WIRE (WASHINGTON)–Over 500 political activists have been arrested this morning in Washington, D.C. as they attempted to stop traffic and caused slight property damage outside of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund headquarters in downtown D.C.

? Congressional leaders take it to the court
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Posted 9:04 p.m. Sept. 21

U-WIRE (WASHINGTON)–Members of Congress battled pressure from special-interest groups and won 57-40 this week, at the 4th annual Hoops for Hope Basketball Game.

“Paying off refs and hoping they’ll get special treatment” was the tactic lawmakers used against lobbyists to win the charity event benefiting needy children, joked congressional aide Dan Skopec.

Congress debates over strike on Iraq
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Posted 9:11 p.m. Sept. 21

U-WIRE (WASHINGTON)–President George W. Bush sent a resolution to key congressional leaders this week, asking for the authority to use “all means” in a possible attack on Iraq.

? Efforts being made to encourage young voters
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Posted 3:40 p.m. Sept. 19

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Young voters are the key to American politics, according to a new program called “Party Y” that is designed to encourage the “under 30” crowd to turn its attention to national issues.

Senate salary increase faces criticism
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Posted 8:51 p.m. Sept. 18

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Amid a fledgling economic climate where tales of bankruptcy scandals unfold as quickly as small town gossip and the unemployment rate rises to new heights, not everyone faces an uncertain financial future; at least not in the nation’s capital.

? Iraq calls for return to weapons inspections
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Posted 7:49 p.m. Sept. 18

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The Bush administration reacted with skepticism to an announcement made by Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Naj Sabri this week, stating that U.N. weapons inspectors could return to the country “without conditions.”

Students’ college choices unaffected by Sept. 11, study shows
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Posted 6:21 p.m. Sept. 17

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Students applying to colleges were not significantly swayed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when choosing which college they wanted to attend, according to a recently released study.

? D.C. mayor on road to re-election
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Posted 8:26 p.m. Sept. 12

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – With the large number of write-in votes still to be counted, it appears that current Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams will have another shot at office later this fall.

The latest reports indicate that Williams seems to have won in a landslide over Rev. Willie Wilson and other smaller rivals in the Washington, D.C., Democratic primaries this week.

National Drug Policy continues to deny students aid
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Posted 3:45 p.m. Sept. 12

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – More than 30,000 college students will be denied federal funding for the 2002-2003 school year due to the Drug-Free Student Aid provision of the Higher Education Act according to an annual report released by the Department of Education.

The HEA provision, which was passed by Congress in 1998, denies federal financial aid to students with prior drug convictions.

? ‘Kalb Report’ panel explores 9/11 implications
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Posted 8:31 p.m. Sept. 12

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – At a National Press Club discussion Wednesday, a panel of lauded scholars sought ways in which the Sept. 11 attacks differed from terrorist acts throughout history, and, more importantly, what Americans can learn from them.

‘What our enemies have begun, we will finish’
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Posted 3:35 p.m. Sept. 12

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush capped off a day of remembrance with a speech from Ellis Island in New York Harbor last night, honoring the victims of the last year’s attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., with a message of hope for the future.

? Friends, family join Bush on ‘battlefield’ to honor Pentagon victims
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Posted 8:05 p.m. Sept. 11

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Friends and family members of the victims of last year’s attack on the Pentagon joined President George W. Bush and members of Congress Wednesday to remember lost loved ones and to recommit the United States to the War on Terrorism.

D.C. colleges take different routes in remembering 9/11
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Posted 3:50 p.m. Sept. 12

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Thousands of D.C.-area students, faculty and community members attended memorials to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this week, honoring the lives lost by offering prayer and presenting panels and events that focused on the political landscape ahead.


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