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[snip] "The murder rate in CHA developments has nearly doubled since 1999, the year before the city launched its Plan for Transformation," report Brian Rogal and Beauty Turner in the Chicago Reporter (July/August). One resident says, "It's like they took all the gangs and mixed them up."

[snip] Neither Bush nor Kerry has a plan to reduce the federal deficit, but Bush falsely claims he does. That according to the Cato Institute's William Niskanen, writing in a September 1 op-ed piece. "President Bush's budget for FY 2005 projects that the deficit will decline by about half by FY 2009, but this budget is very misleading. His budget includes no funds for the military and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan and Iraq. No funds for the recent broadening of Medicare to cover obesity therapies. And no increase in nominal nondefense discretionary spending over the next five years."

[snip] First time serious, second time farce. Dennis Judd, a political scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, writes in the introduction to his collection The Infrastructure of Play: Building the Tourist City: "A century ago, cities on both sides of the Atlantic were engaged in a decades-long undertaking to convert the industrial cities into livable, humane environments.... Miles of underground pipes were laid to deliver water and to remove sewage. Streets were paved and then redesigned for the car and truck.... More recently, a new round of infrastructure development has transformed the cities. Cities all over the world have entered into a vigorous international competition for tourists, and the terms of this competition require cities not only to market themselves, but also to provide a constantly improving level of facilities, amenities, and services."

[snip] Muslim lament. Journalist Abdel Rahman al-Rashed writes in the British newspaper News Telegraph (September 7): "In a different era, we used to consider [Muslim] extremists, with nationalist or Leftist leanings, a menace and a source of corruption because of their adoption of violence as a means of discourse and their involvement in murder as an easy shortcut to their objectives. At that time, the mosque used to be a haven, and the voice of religion used to be that of peace and reconciliation. Religious sermons were warm behests for a moral order and an ethical life. Then came the Neo-Muslims. An innocent and benevolent religion, whose verses prohibit the felling of trees in the absence of urgent necessity, that calls murder the most heinous of crimes, that says explicitly that if you kill one person you have killed humanity as a whole, has been turned into a global message of hate and a universal war cry."

[snip] Conservationists adapt to climate change. "Shifting of [species'] range boundaries because of warming has already taken place during the past 30 to 70 years," writes Michael Totten of Conservation International in its publication "Conservation Front Lines" (Summer). "Expanding our conservation strategies to meet that challenge is now central to CI's mission, and we believe this will significantly reduce the extinction risk associated with global warming."

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