Tuesday, August 12, 1997

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    The trucking industry has been quietly waging a campaign all across the country to open up more highways to double and even triple trailer trucks. The trucking industry says the big rigs — which can stretch as long as a ten-story building on its side and weigh more than 100,000 pounds — are needed to handle the country’s growing commerce.


    When Ireland won independence from British rule in 1921, six counties in the north of the country were carved out and remained under the control of London. The six counties were specifically chosen because they contained a Protestant majority. The Protestants had enjoyed economic and political privileges since their ancestors settled in the region and established plantations and other businesses in the 17th and 18th centuries. But they saw their interests threatened by a unified Ireland and insisted on remaining part of Britain.


    Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, local police departments were notorious for spying on and harassing political activists. Often dubbed Red Squads, many of these police units were disbanded in the 1970s and 1980s through the efforts of civil rights advocates and others.

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