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Friday, February 26, 2010

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  • New York Gov. Paterson Drops Out Of Race
    Embattled New York Gov. David Paterson announced Friday that he won't seek election. Paterson has been snared in a scandal involving a top aide who is accused of domestic abuse. News reports say Paterson improperly intervened on behalf of the aide.
  • Democrats' Solo Health Care Push Won't Be Easy
    After Thursday's bipartisan summit on health care, Democratic leaders have decided to press forward alone, dropping any hope of Republican support for an overhaul bill. Now Democrats have to figure out what new health care policy can pass both the House and Senate — with the votes of Democrats alone.
  • Week In Politics Examined
    President Obama's bipartisan health care summit Thursday and New York Gov. David Paterson's announcement Friday that he was withdrawing from the race for governor dominated the week in politics. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight.
  • Haitians Criticize Government Rebuilding Efforts
    Haiti's prime minister says his government is doing the best it can, six weeks after an earthquake devastated the country and its capital, Port-au-Prince. But for many on the streets of the capital, the government's best simply isn't good enough.
  • Creole Class Preps Volunteers For Work In Haiti
    Duke University is offering a language class in Haitian Creole for aid workers headed to Haiti. Those teaching the course say that overcoming the language barrier is one of the best ways to allow volunteers to see victims as more than objects of need and desperation.
  • N.C. School Offers Three-Year Degree
    Incoming students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro now will be able to graduate in three years. Administrators promise $8,000 in savings and the ability for people to graduate and "get on with other life goals."
  • Step Contest Results Puts Race In The Spotlight
    There was an unexpected winner of the Sprite Step Off, a national step show sponsored by Coca-Cola: a mostly white sorority Zeta Tau Alpha was declared the winner. But after controversy surrounding the results, Sprite announced a post-competition scoring discrepancy and named members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a black sorority, the co-winners. Lawrence Ross Jr., author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, offers his insight.
  • White House Social Secretary To Step Down
    Presidential confidante Desiree Rogers said Friday she would step down as White House social secretary. The Chicago native is a friend of the first family and came to town with unusual style for a social secretary. She came under criticism early this year when an uninvited couple gained entry to the Obamas' first state dinner.
  • California Weighs State Registry For Animal Abusers
    A proposed law would require convicted animal abusers to register with a statewide database similar to the national database for sex offenders. Many proponents of the registry believe animals have the same basic rights as humans.
  • Vancouver Is An Olympic Wipeout For Russians
    Expectations were high for Russian athletes in Vancouver, but an underwhelming showing has left Russians at home full of disappointment and shock — and looking to 2014, when Russia will host the Winter Olympics.

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