Here we go again… AFP News is reporting that “Houston abandons its neediest ahead of Hurricane Rita.” As the first winds of Hurricane Rita whipped at the power lines across the street, Virginia Lewis Mansfield huddled in a doorway with all her earthly possessions within arm’s reach. Homeless for the past three years, Mansfield found herself on the streets of Houston Friday night as many of her usual shelters were closed ahead of the hurricane.
Hurricane Rita is bearing down… The inner eye of the hurricane, was “just a few hours” from slamming into the coast, close to the state border, near the Sabine pass, said the US National Hurricane Center in its latest advisory issued at 0300 GMT.
A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school in Ontario, CA, because her parents are lesbians and practicing an “immoral” life style… “Your family does not meet the policies of admission,” Supt. Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, Shay’s biological mother. The policy, he added, states that at least one parent cannot engage in practices “immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style [sic] such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship.”
The Gulf Coast energy corporation, Entergy has had a very busy day. First, as I reported here earlier today, “Entergy announced that it would act on its own to develop an application for a (Nuclear) reactor at a site next to its Waterford plant, in Louisiana.” Then, Entergy New Orleans announced it was filing for Bankruptcy, Chapter 11 protection. Facing huge rebuilding costs and a loss of revenue following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans-based subsidiary of Entergy Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Friday.
From Salon’s War Room: Dean speaks out on pro-Roberts Democrats Minnesota’s Mark Dayton and Indiana’s Evan Bayh announced today that they’ll vote against the confirmation of John G. Roberts, bringing the Democratic tally to 14 no, 11 yes and 19 still to go.
Stephen Barr reports in WaPo that 100+ Conservative House Republicans have drafted a plan to cut Federal Employee benefits to save $500 billion over 10 years. Continue reading
John F. Kerry, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today continued his efforts to get the Bush administration to stop delaying and immediately implement a long-overdue contracting program targeting women-owned businesses. The program was to have begun almost five years ago and, because it has not been implemented, is costing women-owned businesses $7 billion a year in lost contracts. Small Business Administration head Hector Barreto responded to Kerry’s previous letter, saying that the agency would begin the process of starting the Women-Owned Small Business Set-Aside Program on July 30, 3005. However, the SBA has failed to meet this deadline.
John Kerry has joined Senators Frank Lautenberg and John McCain’s effort to ensure that communities across the country have equal access to developing broadband internet technologies. The Community Broadband Act, which Kerry is co-sponsoring, was introduced to ensure that municipal governments have the right to provide high-speed Internet service to their citizens. Many communities in the U.S. are underserved or have no service at all. “We have to let cities and towns provide their own internet service, especially in rural areas or low-income areas that aren’t currently being served,” said Senator Kerry. “Hurricane Katrina reminds us how important it is to encourage and develop new communications systems in all our communities. One thing is very clear, and that is the … Continue reading