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Undernews: January 28, 2013

Undernews: January 28, 2013

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NYC decides not to privatize parking meters

Texas school children taught world is only 6,000 years old

Growing local democracy as well as lettuce

What law does Obama follow?

Swartz-bullying US Attorney fails in effort to blame motel for its guests

A few problems with background checks

NY Times treats illegal stop and frisk as just another bureaucratic problem

Land of the free update

Spooks and military take over Hollywood

Four top Internet sites to police: show us your warrant

More illegal searches by the DEA

Obama puts fox in charge of SEC hen house

Obama makes it easier for corporations to buy him

Pennsylvania charters bomb compared to public schools

British economy in the dumps

In Berlin, trashing CCTV cameras has become a game

New Englanders march against oil sands pipeline

Father's funeral stops at Burger King drive-thru so daughter can bury him with one last Whopper

To safely walk on ice, imitate a penguin

Boy Scouts Threaten to Kick Out Troop For Supporting Gay Members

CBS ownership of CNET threatens one of best cyber sites

Great thoughts from the Texas GOP platform

We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills, ...critical thinking skills and similar programs ... which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

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