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Health Premiums Rise 6.6%

By Christopher Lee

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 16, 2005

Health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees will rise an average of 6.6 percent next year, the lowest increase in nine years, the Bush administration said yesterday.

Still, an official with one federal employee union branded the increase "outrageous," noting that average employee contributions to their health premiums will rise faster than the portion paid by the government.


New Orleans hospitals need patients, money

Mon Sep 12, 2005

BATON ROUGE (Reuters) - New Orleans area hospitals, which struggled to operate just after Hurricane Katrina with little power and less security, now have a different problem, the government says -- they need patients to come back so they can stay in business.

But to hear it from the hospitals, the problem is the lack of money to pay doctors and nurses.


Government Intervention in Stock Market is Detailed by New Report, GATA Says

September 6, 8:30 am ET

MANCHESTER, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2005--A major Canadian financial management firm that a year ago published a compilation of evidence of central bank manipulation of the gold price has just done the same in regard to the U.S. stock market and has reached a similar conclusion.


Why New Orleans is in deep water

Molly Ivins, Creators Syndicate
September 1, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas -- Like many of you who love New Orleans, I find myself taking short mental walks there today, turning a familiar corner, glimpsing a favorite scene, square or vista. And worrying about the beloved friends and the city, and how they are now.


Shortage looms if jet-fuel disruption not fixed soon

By Dan Reed
31 August 2005

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Major airports in the East and Southeast could run out of jet fuel as soon as next week if refinery and pipeline shutdowns aren't resolved soon.


Why Am I Getting All This Spam?

Unsolicited Commercial E-mail Research Six Month Report
Center for Democracy & Technology
March 2003

Every day, millions of people receive dozens of unsolicited commercial e-mails (UCE), known popularly as "spam." Some users see spam as a minor annoyance, while others are so overwhelmed with spam that they are forced to switch e-mail addresses. This has led many Internet users to wonder: How did these people get my e-mail address?


Study: Fast food clusters near schools

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- The big Burger King sign across the street from a high school campus advertises this temptation: "2 Whoppers for $3."

The scene is repeated throughout Chicago, where fast-food restaurants are clustered within easy walking distance of elementary and high schools, according to a study by Harvard's School of Public Health. The researchers say the pattern probably exists in urban areas nationwide and is likely contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic.