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Front Page: Tragedy in Kenya, Foreclosures, and Florida

  • In Kenya, Mugabe Were, a new opposition member of parliament, has been gunned down in his driveway. The killing appears to be a hit. Were was a promising new member of government. He used his own money to build bridges in slums, advocated scholarships for teenage mothers, and was married to a woman of a different ethnic background. Were had been trying to get members of both sides of the conflict to talk and was organizing a peace march the night before he was killed. In response, Kenyans have moved from rioting to tearing their country apart: leveling telephone poles, destroying railroad tracks, and burning government buildings. A friend of Were, Elizabeth Mwangi said, "Whoever did this, has killed the dreams of many."
  • The number of home foreclosures ballooned 75 percent in 2007, with 405,000 families losing their homes. Comparing December alone, foreclosures were up 97 percent from December 2006. The states hardest hit are California, Michigan, Nevada, and Florida. Despite low interest rates and efforts to quell the mortgage crunch, a sluggish real estate market prevents strapped families from selling their homes to relieve the burden. Rick Sharga of RealtyTrac says, "people are flat out losing their homes."
  • The polls are open in today's Florida Republican primary. There are 57 delegates at stake in this winner-take-all contest. John McCain and Mitt Romney are polling equally with Rudy Giuliani trailing. Giuliani said of his chances, "we are going to win—of course, if you don't win, you figure out another strategy." Check back here later for the results.
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