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In the News, September 2nd, 2008

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Hurricane Gustav has passed through Loouisiana, not quite like Katrina.The almost 2 million evacuees have been told to to stay away from the Gulf Coast for another day .Across the state, more than 800,000 people are without electricity. Gustav was blamed for more than 60 deaths in the Caribbean, including 51 in southwestern Haiti.

Hurricane Hanna's path according to the latest forecast map from the National Hurricane Center, has it make landfall as a major hurricane on the southeastern U.S. coast by Friday evening. Hanna's line of fire could include the U.S. Atlantic coast from Miami, Florida, to Massachusetts, according to the hurricane center's long-range forecast map. Charleston, South Carolina, appears in the middle of this "cone of uncertainty," with Hanna potentially making landfall there Friday.
Two more storms are lined up in the the Atlantic bringing the total this season to 10 so far.

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Pregnant 17 year old

In case you have not heard, VP wanna be and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Monday that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. According to reporters, Palin's aim was at rebutting Internet rumors that Palin's youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter's. Palin said her daughter intends to raise her child and marry the baby's father, who was identified only by his first name, Levi. The baby is due in late December.

FYI- Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska.

"The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.

As for her running mate, in Senate votes,in 2006, McCain joined fellow Republicans in voting against a Senate Democratic proposal to send $100 million to communities for teen-pregnancy prevention programs that would have included sex education about contraceptives.

In 2005, McCain opposed a Senate Democratic proposal that would have spent tens of millions of dollars to pay for pregnancy prevention programs other than abstinence-only education, including education on emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill. The bill also would have required insurance companies that cover Viagra to also pay for prescription contraception.

As for Mr. Obama, he released a statement ;
"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president."

Obama said reporters should "back off these kinds of stories" and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother.

Call him the $65,000,000 Man

Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his annual Labor Day telethon. This year's 22-hour telethon added a special plea for MDA-registered families forced to leave their homes because of the hurricane Gustav. The storm affected nearly 5,000 MDA families needing services in their new location, the organization said.

The 2008 haul for the 43rd annual fundraising attempt was $1.2 million more than last year's total.

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