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The Costs of War

February 18, 2005 - Now online: this week's edition of the email newsletter Facing South, featuring news around the region; columnist Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on "tort reform;" and the always-popular Institute Index:

Abu Ghraib Everywhere

February 17, 2005 - Laura LaFay, writing in the latest Southern Exposure, draws a revealing parallel between the Abu Ghraib scandals and similar abuses in Southern prison

Caution: War Profiteers at Work

February 17, 2005 - Tuesday's accusations by ex-employees of Custer Battles, an upstart Virginia company hired to do "security" work in Iraq, have been getting some media play, but not enough. From MSNBC news:

Gamblin' Man

February 16, 2005 - Josh Marshall comments this morning on the way that Bush seems a bit reluctant to disclose details about his Social Security plan:

You Think Education is Expensive ...

February 16, 2005 - Bad news from Alabama today: "Alabama's public high school graduation rate has declined substantially from 1991 to 2002 while the national rate has remained flat, a new study says. Alabama ranked 47th among states in graduation rates for the class of 2002, the latest year the study was conducted by the Manhattan Institute."

The Next Vieques?

February 15, 2005 - There's a battle going on between the U.S. Navy and community activists in Washington County, N.C., where the Navy wants to place an Offsite Landing Field (OLF) so fighter pilots can practice carrier landing.