Wednesday, June 21, 2000

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  • Wrongful Death Suit On Waco Raid Opens in Texas

    The $675 million wrongful death case against the government over the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas opened yesterday. The suit consolidates nine civil cases filed by relatives and survivors of the government raid that resulted in the deaths of about 80 people-including at least 20 children.

  • Gary Graham Execution a Day Away

    This news from Texas — A top state senator has asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to hold a rare public hearing on the fate of death row prisoner Gary Graham. He is scheduled to be executed tomorrow at 6 p.m.

  • Supreme Court Strikes School Prayer

    In a crushing defeat for school-prayer supporters, the Supreme Court this week reaffirmed that praying in public schools must be private. By a 6-3 vote, the court barred officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.

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    Juan González on How Puerto Rico’s Economic "Death Spiral" is Tied to Legacy of Colonialism
    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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