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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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amybdk amybdk 9 years
Thanks freegracefrom! I appreciate your explanation! :D
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
amybdk - They're being punished by the Democrats for attempting to move the primary ahead. They've stripped the Florida delegates' votes away. Democrats can still vote but it won't technically count. The Republican party is unaffected and their votes still count. The whole thing is extremely obnoxious, in my opinion, and might have cost the Democrats a Florida win in the actual election.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I thought that Florida was being punished for moving their primaries up to January? What does that mean exactly? Do they take delegates away?
raieven raieven 9 years
oh dear, Kenya is not doing well at all :(
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
That is so sad about Were. He sounded like a really good man. I can attest to sub-prime mortgage disaster still going strong. Half of my research work today was for foreclosures. So much for Guiliani's "Florida or bust" campaign.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Well here's to hoping :oy: that Koffi Annan can reach a resolution but africa's tactic of quiet diplomacy doesn't really work. i can't even imagine having to run from your neighbours or former friends and your homes.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
In Kenya, it is time for strong leaders to stand up and calm the people, give them a positive direction to head in.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I don'tthink anyone can help now, this has managed to allow those in the different tribbes who espouse violence to get a grip on the people, it's like mass hysteria, swelling up and eating whoever is in it's way. All because one man couldn't stand to lose power and another couldn't stand "defeat".
divinelight divinelight 9 years
It's so sad what's happening in Kenya. How long is this going to last? It seems like they don't even want help.
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