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I must admit I was more than a little bit surprised to see the following headline on the front page of this weekend's Boston Globe: Drug tally shoots down a racial myth. Kudos to them for not burying this story on page B12:
A new report by the Boston Public Health Commission explodes the myth that drug abuse is centered in the city's minority communities, indicating that while whites make up half of city residents, they comprise two-thirds to three-fourths of those who have died from drug abuse in recent years.
The gap between whites and minority group members in drug-related deaths persisted over the five years studied, although the size of the difference fluctuated. Death rates rose for all racial groups studied: whites, blacks, and Hispanics.
Harris Miller, a Democrat primary candidate for the U.S. Senate, is aiming for the Republican incumbent rather than his primary opponent. Miller called on Sen. George Allen to resign today. The call was based on Allen's comment in yesterday's New York Times that the Senate "is too slow for me." He ends up looking like a job hunter, so Miller argues that Allen is too focused on a presidential run to campaign credibly for reelection.
Whether or not Miller makes a good case, he can't help but looking like he's shying away from a fight.
I knew this legal battle was pending, but Apple v. Apple goes to court this week.
What's in a name? It was easy for Apple Computer to promise Apple Corps (the Beatles' label) early on that it wouldn't get into the music business. After all, what business would they have there? Some serious creativity and convergence later, and Apple is peddling music with a majority of the market share.
The legal particulars of the case aside, Apple Corps is likely missing out on serious money -- whether in sales of Beatles songs on iTunes or in royalties. They'd be wise to open their catalog to the market and cash in.
As an editorial on this page recently asked: "Anyone out there have a better idea" than the Bush administration's policy of high-profile democracy promotion in the Arab and Muslim worlds as a means to fight terrorism? Well, yes, there is one. That better idea consists of separating the struggle against radical Islamism from promoting democracy in the Middle East, focusing on the first struggle, and dramatically changing our tone and tactics on the democracy promotion front, at least for now.
The essential problem with the administration's approach is that it conflates two issues that are separate. The first has to do with violent, antimodern radical Islamism (on display both in the reaction to the Danish cartoons and in the mosque bombing in Samarra); the second concerns the dysfunctionality of political and social institutions in much of the Arab world.
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What's happened to the Sport Illustrated jinx? It was put to the test this past week when the magazine when with six "regional covers" in time for the NCAA Sweet 16 showdown. The cover boys represented Gonzaga, Wichita State, Bradley, Florida, George Mason and Boston College, respectively. Only two of those schools survived. A 67 percent attrition rate suggests the jinx remains pretty much in tact.
As the spouse of a George Mason Law School alum, I can claim a genuine affinity to this local school that of a sudden has become the darling of the entire Washington area -- not bad for a basketball program whose home games attracted an average of 4,500 viewers to the 10,000 seat Patriot Arena. Has there ever been a bandwagon more overloaded?
If you can't beat your (hopeful) opponent, ask him to resign. That's what Democrat Harris Miller will do today in a conference call. Via press release:
U.S. Senate candidate Harris Miller will hold a conference call for reporters today at 1:15pm to address comments by Senator George Allen in yesterday's New York Times.
Based on those comments, Miller will be calling on Senator Allen to step down.
WHAT: Harris Miller will address comments made by Senator George Allen and call on Allen to resign.
WHERE: Via conference call...
WHEN: Monday, March 27th
So the Wall Street Journal this morning and other papers are focusing on the potential Allcatel-Lucent merger that has been in the news for the past week. And once again, there is talk about foreign ownership of an American company. Never mind that most Americans don't know what Lucent does, builds or sells: Democrats and some short-sighted Republicans are again sounding the alarm à la Dick Gephardt in his heyday.
Tom Friedman's "Flat Earth" book gets things mostly right when it comes to globalized trade. It doesn't matter where a company is based nowadays. When it comes to national security and national defense, yes, special steps must be taken and national interest must be given higher priority.
All of this, though, including the Lucent deal, reminds us that the Dubai World Ports deal is still an ongoing operation. There are still people in Washington working furiously to make sure something comes of it. Shouldn't the media being looking into this? Perhaps asking who's still involved, and what they are doing?More later.
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