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West Virginia Secretly Adopts English as Official Language

April 12, 2005 - West Virginia state legislators were surprised to discover that Senate Majority Whip Billy Wayne Bailey, a Democrat, had quietly slipped a provision reading, "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia," into a mundane parks and recreation bill that passed during the latest session of the l

Eric Rudolph's Reefer Madness

April 12, 2005 - Eric Rudolph, everyone's favorite pot-growing white supremacist, will be pleading guilty tomorrow to several bombings, include a 1998 blast at a Birmingham women's health clinic that killed a security guard and maimed a nurse.

Progressive Southern History

April 12, 2005 - Today is the birthday of Florence Reese, who wrote the legendary labor anthem "Which Side Are You On?" The following account by Deana Martin comes courtesy of the Progressive Review:

Clean Sweep Against Gay Marriage in the South

April 12, 2005 - Our friend Pam Spaulding has a rundown on "The State of Bigoted Marriage Amendments" newly added to state constitutions. The South is, to no one's surprise, solid on the issue. Five Southern states passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage just last year: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi (plus, for good measure, border state Oklahoma). North Carolina has such an amendment under consideration.