In the News / December 5, 2006

In the News: 12/5/06

House to Consider Abortion Anesthesia Bill In a parting gesture by social conservatives before Republicans relinquish control, House leaders plan to bring up a bill tomorrow that would declare that fetuses feel pain and require abortion providers to offer pregnant patients anesthesia for their unborn child.

Sen. Brownback Forms Group to Explore White House Bid Sen. Sam Brownback joined the ever-growing group of politicians with an eye on the White House by announcing the creation of an exploratory committee for a presidential run yesterday.

Md. Court Urged To Toss Out Ban On Gay Marriage An attorney for 19 gay and lesbian Maryland residents urged the state’s highest court yesterday to strike down a law banning same-sex marriage, saying there is “no constitutionally sufficient justification” for denying his clients and their children protections that only marriage affords.

Teens try cough medicine for a highEven middle schoolers are abusing the drugs with alarming effects. Teenagers’ use of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines to get a cheap high — a practice known as “robotripping” — is rising 50% a year and becoming one of the fastest-growing drug abuse problems in California and around the country.

Hillary and the Passion Question An anti-Hillary drumbeat is building in the media.

Message From A Megachurch By E. J. Dionne Jr. American politics took an important turn last week at a church in the foothills of Southern California’s Santa Ana Mountains.

Mason drops lawsuit vs. Jews for Jesus Comedian Jackie Mason on Monday dropped a lawsuit in which he claimed the missionary group Jews for Jesus damaged him when it used his name and likeness in a pamphlet.

Sorry in advance, Jesse JacksonThe reverend turns down a preemptive ‘I’m sorry’ and denies that he’s the arbiter of apologies. EVENTUALLY, I’M going to write something horribly offensive. And when I do, it might be several tense hours before I can get Jesse Jackson on the phone in order to apologize to him. So I figured I’d call him now and pre-apologize.

Parallel parking a pain? Your car can do it for you as auto-park systems arrive Luxury automaker Lexus has begun advertising a system that parallel parks its flagship 2007 LS 460 sedan, and already the auto-parking feature is being eyed as the auto world’s next hot item.

Ultimate fighting wins loyalty – Ultimate Fighting Championship is the new hit among young males. Signs of success include the fact that UFC’s Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, often outdraws NBA and baseball games among the coveted 18- to 34-year-old male demographic.

Women’s sizes by country; The age group with the best memory What is considered to be the average size woman in the UK? Would you please update your 2002 average American woman size article? What is the average size now? Perhaps you could consider answering the question for North America? What age group has the best memory?

Morning-after pill available, or is it? Some pharmacists reluctant to dispense OTC contraceptive.

Islam gets concessions; infidels get conquered What they capture, they keep. When they lose, they complain to the U.N.

Local Schools to Study Whether Math — Topics = Better Instruction Advocates of new math and old math, back-to-basics math and “fuzzy” math might be shelving their differences to collectively focus on what many consider a more pressing problem: too much math.

Court Hears Cases on Schools and Race Supreme Court deliberations are private, but yesterday’s oral arguments on whether it is constitutional to allow school systems to use race in making school assignments became as much a public debate between the divided justices as a questioning of lawyers.

Outside, a ‘Fight for Equality’ Chanting slogans and waving signs, thousands of demonstrators — mostly high school and college students and teachers — gathered yesterday on the steps of the Supreme Court to support the use of race in programs to maintain school integration.

In French-Speaking Canada, the Sacred Is Also Profane MONTREAL — “Oh, tabernacle!” The man swore in French as a car splashed through a puddle, sending water onto his pants. He could never be quoted in the papers here. It is too profane.

Key U.S. justice opposes use of race in school cases WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A justice who may cast the decisive vote on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sharply criticized using race to decide where students go to school.

They’ve got a Secret bracelet Celebs snap up spiritual, beaded jewelry that’s also for a good cause.

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