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02 April 2005 @ 08:51 am
REMEMBER: Daylight savings time starts tonight.

Illinois governor issues emergency rule to disallow pharmacies to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions.

Analysis: after John Paul II, an era of resolute leadership leads to an uncertain future.

Pentagon changes how it spends its research dollars.

* DeLay goes after those wacky judges.
* At least thirty people killed in shootings in suburbs of Rio.
* Companies find a new way to protect themselves from consumer lawsuits: just don't allow them.
* Chief rabbi officially recognized an Indian tribe as descendants of ancient Israelites.
* NASA begins plans to retire the space shuttle.
* Redefining the rules of the new hookup culture.
* End of the era: unpleased with changes, Ted Koppel to leave ABC News.

* Government abstinence website comes under fire.
* Post editorial says we're still too lax on enforcing Title IX.
* Montgomery County to re-examine the role of middle schools.
* How financial aid is failing the students.
* Taking another look at zero-tolerance policies in schools.

* Analysis: the Schiavo case as a precursor to political battles to come.
* Howard Kurtz on the media spectacle and other related issues.
* BBC correspondent looks at how the case tested America.
* Dotty Lynch on finding moral clarity.

"Middle school often is referred to as a critical but dicey period, the bridge between elementary and high school when hormones and emotions collide with algebra and social studies."
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PMMJcheetahmaster on April 2nd, 2005 11:10 am (UTC)
Amen, sister.

I would advise, if denied, calmly asking to speak to the store manager, and asking the store manager if they would get someone to help you give them money and not give you a religious lesson. And make it clear that if they don't help, you'll need tot alk to the regional manager, and the local press, and NOW, etc.
Strange Detractorprofessorbooty on April 14th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm totally with you, except that you can't report it as a crime. Even though your name is on the label, the drugs belong to the pharmacy until you pay for them.
PMMJ: News - Pravdacheetahmaster on April 2nd, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
What happens after the Pope passes away?
PMMJ: News - Pravdacheetahmaster on April 2nd, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
"It was fitting that reporters were in danger of outnumbering pro-life supporters outside Terri Schiavo's hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., on Thursday morning. When one man began to play the trumpet moments after Schiavo's death was announced at 9:50 a.m., a gaggle of cameramen quickly surrounded him, two or three deep.

"Has there ever been a set of protesters so small, so out of proportion, so outnumbered by the press, for a story that had supposedly set off a 'furious debate' nationwide? That's how described the Schiavo story this week. Although it's not clear how a country can have a 'furious debate' when two-thirds of its citizens agree on the issue. . . . But the 'furious debate' angle has been a crucial selling point in the Schiavo story in part because editors and producers could never justify the extraordinary amount of time and resources they set aside for the story if reporters made plain in covering it every day that the issue was being driven by a very small minority who were out of step with the mainstream. . . .

"What is telling about the excessive coverage is how right-wing activists, with heavy-hitter help from Washington, were able to lead the press around, as if on a leash, for nearly two weeks as they pumped up what had been a long-simmering (seven years) family legal dispute and turned it into the most-covered story since a tsunami in Asia three months ago left approximately 300,000 people dead or missing."

-Salon's Eric Boehlert, courtesy Howard Kurtz
PMMJ: News - Pravdacheetahmaster on April 2nd, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Also, a transcript of the On the Media interview with Boehlert.