Cartwheeling to a record Large crowds often head to the Minnesota State Capitol with a purpose in mind. But today the hundreds of people who marched out across the Capitol lawn had an unusual end in mind, setting a new world record.5:52 p.m.
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Iraq Close to Civil War, Generals Tell Congress
The surge in Baghdad's sectarian violence in recent weeks means Iraq is closer to civil war, according to two of the Pentagon's most senior generals. Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command, and General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A Soldier Committed to the End
While patrolling the streets of Baghdad in his Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Sgt. Jason Evey of Stockton, Calif., was killed by a roadside explosive device. Evey may have had doubts about the mission in Iraq, but friends say he remained a committed soldier. His parents are struggling to reconcile their own anti-war views with their respect for their son's sacrifice as a soldier.
Knowing Haditha Could Happen; Wishing It Didn't
The Associated Press has reported that an initial U.S. military investigation supports allegations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November. Commentator Ed Palm is a retired U.S. Marine major. He says that he would like to think that Marines were not capable of this kind of killing.
Letters: Cuba, Children and Dika
Michele Norris and Melissa Block read from listeners' letters and emails. Among this week's topics: the situation in Cuba following Fidel Castro's temporary handover of power to his brother; our series on protecting children from adult content in the media; and a correction about the music we played last week in an obituary of Richmond music scholar Dika Newlin.
Why So Few Minority Women Stay at Law Firms
A new study from the American Bar Association explores why so few women of color reach the highest ranks of law firms. Many of the women shared tales of harassment and discrimination that led them to leave their firms.
N.C. Sets Up Innocence Inquiry Panel
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley signs into law the nation's first statewide innocence inquiry commission. The eight-member panel will review the cases of state inmates who say they can prove they were wrongfully convicted. The commission would refer credible cases to the state supreme court.
Call to Arms Is Heard in Post-Katrina Louisiana
According to Louisiana state police, there has been a spike in the number of people applying for concealed weapons in the state. Classes for many gun-safety instructors have been near capacity levels this month.
Christenberry Photos Capture the Changing South
Washington-based artist William Christenberry grew up in Hale County, Ala. For more than 40 years, he has returned there each summer, revisiting the same locations to document the passage of time. Two major exhibitions of his work opened this summer.
Airstrikes Increase Along Israel-Lebanon Border
As Israeli troops battled Hezbollah fighters in southern Lebanon on the ground, the air war also intensified. Hezbollah rockets killed eight civilians in northern Israel. And Israeli warplanes bombed parts of Lebanon's capital, Beirut, for the first time in a week.