Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Editors' Picks

Fugitive Otter Recaptured after Month on the Run
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — An escapee who had spent almost a month on the run, eating the finest food and frolicking in clear public sight on the beach of one of New Zealand's swankiest suburbs has been recaptured by desperate authorities.

Jin, a short-clawed Asiatic otter which escaped from Auckland Zoo on June 13, was found in a trap on an island in the Hauraki Gulf -- part of the harbour that forms the eastern sea entrance to New Zealand's largest city. Read on by clicking here.
John Edwards Rallies Minimum Wage Advocates in Ohio

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Columbus - John Edwards, who stressed the divide between the rich and poor during his 2004 presidential and vice presidential campaigns, on Sunday rallied backers of an effort to boost Ohio's minimum wage.

Edwards was the main speaker on the second day of a three-day national convention of ACORN - the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The group is spearheading a petition drive to put a minimum-wage increase on the November ballot.

Senate Minority Leader C.J. Prentiss, a Democrat from Cleveland who preceded Edwards to the stage, said, "It's morally wrong to have people work 52 weeks a year and bring home $10,700."
Added one Ohio citizen:
"I'd say [raising] the minimum wage is a necessity," Barnett said. "They definitely don't have trouble raising gas prices, food prices, clothing prices and about everything else they can." Read on by clicking here.

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