Kate Ackerman

Al Gore chimes in to filibuster debate

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore joined the judicial filibuster debate last week. Gore gave a speech but that was the headline of a series of rallies organized by MoveOn.org, a liberal organization that encourages political activism through the internet. “What makes it so dangerous for our country […]

‘World News Tonight’ anchor announces he has lung cancer

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings, 66, announced last week that he has lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Lung cancer is hard to detect early and difficult to treat. “Almost 10 million […]

NASA to send space shuttle back into orbit

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The Space Shuttle Discovery took the next step toward returning to space as it was rolled out to Vehicle Assembly Building early Tuesday morning. NASA plans to launch the first shuttle flight since the Columbia orbiter broke up during reentry killing all seven crew members in February 2003. “It’s been a tough […]

Parents outraged by cat sterilization at local school

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – D.C. health officials have apologized for using a Northwest Washington elementary school as the venue for a cat sterilization clinic and have banned using schools for any similar events in the future. The nonprofit organization, Alley Cat Allies, spayed and neutered 500 cats in John Eaton Elementary School’s cafeteria over the weekend […]

Priest sentenced 12-15 years for raping boy

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The Boston area priest, Paul Shanley, who was convicted of raping a boy repeatedly in the 1980s earlier this month, was sentenced to 12 to 15 years Tuesday. “It is difficult to imagine a more egregious misuse of trust and authority,” said Judge Stephen Neel while delivering the sentencing. However, he chose […]

Association to evaluate mental health of Tsunami survivors

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association announced last weak that psychologist Gerald (Jerry) Jacobs, Ph.D. will work with the APA in its effort to assess the mental health needs of the Tsunami survivors. Jacobs is the Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute and a professor in the doctoral Clinical Psychology Training Program at […]

Record high number of students pass AP tests in 2004

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – More high school students than ever before are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams according to a recently released report. The first-ever Advanced Placement Report to the Nation was released by the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the AP program, just as the program approaches its 50th anniversary. There was […]

Ridge resigns, police commissioner to take over

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, resigned from his post last week. “As the Department’s first leader, Tom oversaw the large reorganization — the largest reorganization of the government in nearly a half-century,” said President George W. Bush. “He met urgent challenges with patience and purpose, and because of his service our […]

Students battle cancer along with rigors of college

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Shortly after John Kerry and John Edwards conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush on Nov. 3, the bad news for the Edwards family continued; Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the former Democratic vice presidential candidate, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After ignoring a lump in her breast during the heat of […]

Military draft addressed with humor

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The potential of a military draft has acquired limited attention in the presidential election, but a new Web site addresses the issue with humor in an attempt to reach young voters. The Web site, www.ENJOYtheDraft.com, features Bush’s twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, in military fatigues, “Spring Break Fallujah 2005”, and a trip […]