Thursday, February 24, 2000

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  • Students Protest Sweatshop Labor

    More than fifty anti-sweatshop protesters were arrested Sunday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ending a four-day sit-in in the chancellor’s office. The protesters, who had been occupying Chancellor David Ward’s office since last Wednesday, had listed seven demands, most designed to give manufacturers less sway in factory monitoring accords that universities agreed to a year ago. [includes rush transcript]

  • G.W. Bush Returns to Texas for Execution of Betty Lou Beets

    In Texas, a sixty-two-year-old woman faces execution tonight for fatally shooting her fifth husband and burying him outside their Dallas home. Betty Lou Beets would be only the second woman to be put to death in the state since the Civil War and the fourth in the nation since the US Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Karla Faye Tucker, who became a born-again Christian on death row, was executed two years ago. [includes rush transcript]

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson

    Linton Kwesi Johnson is a Jamaican-born dub poet who grew up in London, where he currently resides. In his works, the political activist-lyricist tackles issues such as racism, economic injustice and police brutality. His recently released album is entitled More Time. [includes rush transcript]

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