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Front Page: Angolans Get First Vote in 16 Years, Abramoff Gets Four Years, US Jobless Rate Hits High

  • Angolans Get First Vote in 16 Years:
    More than half of the population of Angola has registered to vote in the first elections the war-torn and oil-rich country has had in 16 years today. The last election, held in 1992, left 10 years of civil war. Today's vote follows six years of peace and is expected to go smoothly. A representative for electoral issues in Angola says, “Democracy is a process, not a destination, and this is part of that process."
  • Abramoff Gets Four Years:
    Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist once known for giving gifts to Congress at the expense of Indian tribes, was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison. Abramoff came to symbolize out of control courting of government officials, but yesterday he apologized for overstepping the bounds saying, “I have fallen into an abyss. My name is the butt of a joke.”

  • US Jobless Rate Hits High:
    The US unemployment rate is at its highest level in nearly five years. The jobless rate stands at 6.1 percent, the highest since 2003 while the Federal Reserve said economic activity remains "weak." All sectors of the economy are affected, with manufacturing being the worst hit, losing 61,000 jobs.


ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's always interesting to see how active some countries are when they are finally given the chance to vote. i think that people are certainly more vocal these days and thinking that there hasn't been a vote in 16 years - well that just means that there's a whole new population of people who want to make a change. i think that it's about time that white collar criminals get to pay the price for their actions. i think that there are soo many instances where decisions are made based on bribes/gifts and the sort, and it's hard since that's not allowing for an honest and fair decision as for the jobless rate going up - that DOES NOT make me comfortable. there have been several rounds of layoffs at my company and every time i hear about them i get more and more nervous. it's like you never know when it's going to happen, and that's even more nerve wrecking. i don't know how to prepare even since we're in an economic downward spiral right now.
stephley stephley 9 years
I think it's interesting that we speak of Abramoff as if he committed his crimes off by himself, with no one else involved. No members of Congress, no one in the administration - except that mention that the Justice Dept urged a lenient sentence. It's Just Jack!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Have fun in prison, old boy.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Too depressing Adren. Not sexy. People depressed. Sitting at home. Worrying about eating. Doesn't sell copy.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
I find it sad that the fact the loss of American jobs story gets a small blurb on this page. Especially coming after 2 politcal conventions....
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