What You Missed If You Didn’t Read Today’s NYTimes
- No need to worry about poor and elderly minorities being disenfranchised by new Voter ID laws. They’re disenfranchised by death before it becomes a problem, according to the Bush administration’s civil rights czar.
- The Marines get fashion conscious.
- The Maine Middle School Contraceptive Controversy: “It brings home the fact that my 13-year-old daughter has friends and people around her who are sexually active. But at least it’s a good alternative in a not-so-good situation. No one is going to stand up and cheer that 12- and 13-year-olds are having sex, but it’s not anything new,” says one mother.
- The International Space Station gets remodeled and an additional room, despite worries about shuttle safety. I just hope they don’t use Moody Andrews, the guy who remodeled my house, to do the work.
- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and state-owned oil company Citgo arehelping out poor neighborhoods in the Bronx. Now if only they did the same in their own country.
- Nooses make a comeback in New York.
On the sad side:
- Kids who’ve lost their fathers in Iraq are growing up and asking questions.
And on the dumb side, a story from the Austin American-Statesman:
- “I’ve heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that I’m starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide,” Governor Rick Perry said in a speech to California Republicans.