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Payday Lending: Still Going, and Going, and Going...

June 20, 2005 - Bob Geary of the Independent Weekly reports that payday lending in North Carolina is alive and well. This upstanding "industry" preys on people living paycheck-to-paycheck, giving them "advances" on future wages with effective interest rates of up to 400 percent.

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June 20, 2005 - Note that this is a recent mayor of Philadelphia, Miss. From the AP (via the Nashville Tennessean):

Mercury Rising

June 20, 2005 - The Mobile Register has produced an excellent package of reports on mercury contamination in Alabama's "Chemical Alley," much of it originating at the Olin Corp.'s plant in McIntosh, Ala.

Lynching Resolution Redux

June 20, 2005 - Just when the 13 Republican Senators who declined to co-sponsor the Senate's lynching apology resolution last week thought it was safe to poke their heads above the political parapet -- maybe a lazy June weekend would cause folks to forget?