- 2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.
- Fidel Castro hails brother for Obama handshake
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro praised his brother, Cuban President Raul Castro, on Thursday for shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, saying he demonstrated courtesy and dignity with the gesture. The elder Castro, in his first comment on the death of Mandela, touched on the handshake that made headlines around the world, at the end of a long column published in the Cuban media that praised Mandela and reviewed Cuba's role in ending apartheid. "I congratulate Comrade Raul for his brilliant performance (at the memorial), and especially for his firmness and dignity when with a friendly but firm greeting to the head of government of the United States he said in English, 'Mr. President, I am Castro'." The White House played down the handshake, saying it was unplanned and went no further than pleasantries. Still, the meeting had resonance because U.S. relations with Cuba have undergone a surprise warming in recent months with several instances of cooperation instead of the usual hostile rhetoric.
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- GOP Congressman Thinks Poor Kids Should Work for 'Free' School Lunch
Yet rather than discussing how to help the more than 1 in 4 children living under the poverty line in the state, Rep. Jack Kingston, a candidate in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, is more concerned with cutting free lunch programs in public schools. Speaking at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party, Kingston told the audience, “But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel, to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?” The congressman is so concerned that students grasp the concepts of free-market economics, à la Milton Friedman, that he would take the situation a step further, asking kids to work for a meal—never mind that information retention plummets when students are underfed. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people—getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch.”
- Homeowner’s Association bylaw bans kids from playing
The Homeowner’s Association of a gated neighborhood in Lakewood Ranch, Florida recently passed a bylaw that outlaws children playing on their streets and will fine those found in violation of the regulation.
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- Bolivia says U.S. orchestrated getaway of detained New Yorker
Bolivia on Wednesday accused the United States of helping a New York businessman escape from the South American country where he had spent 18 months in prison and was under house arrest for alleged money laundering. Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Washington orchestrated a clandestine operation that spirited Jacob Ostreicher, 54, out of Bolivia illegally - further clouding what is known about the entrepreneur's surprise getaway. Washington has had a wobbly relationship with the government of President Evo Morales, who regularly accuses the U.S. of meddling in the affairs of Latin American countries. Washington on Wednesday denied having a hand in Ostreicher's flight.