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Front Page: G-8 on Energy, Climate, and Africa, Women Bishops Allowed, Free Gas For Life

  • G-8 on Energy, Climate, and Africa:
    Amid protests, the leaders of the G-8 economic powers acknowledged today that rising food and oil prices will affect world growth, but they're optimistic that the global economy will snap back. Calling on petroleum suppliers to boost production, they expressed their "strong concern" over commodity prices. Then the G-8 confirmed a goal to cut global greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2050, with additional goals for developing countries. Divisions came during a meeting with African leaders over the situation in Zimbabwe, with the US and Britain proposing an arms embargo and the African leaders promoting a power-sharing agreement.

  • Women Bishops Allowed:
    The governing body of the Anglican Church in Britain voted yesterday to approve the appointment of women as bishops in the church. It's a step that could risk a schism in the church while still battling the most serious threat to its unity over allowing gay clergy members. The vote in favor of women came 16 years after similar debate to approve the ordination of women as ministers within the British church.
  • Free Gas For Life:
    The Florida Lottery has instituted an attractive second place prize in response to climbing oil prices — free gas for life. Players consider the prize more attractive than the cash grand prize. With the average price over $4 a gallon, one Floridian said we've hit a tipping point where, "gas has become more precious than cash now."
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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
With all the driving I do, I'd take the free gas for life. I think this is the best option given I doubt there will be a gas-free mode of viable transportation in my lifetime.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I saw this on a Twilight Zone episode. This guy kills his friend with the winning lottery ticket and chooses the gas, and then two weeks later gas is worthless because someone invents an engine that runs on water!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Sad that people would rather have gas then cash. Florida is not the only state doing this Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Washington are in on it too.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol: @ stephley. I know I wouldn't want the gas - give me the money. But, I bet there will be people who choose the gas.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol: @ stephley. I know I wouldn't want the gas - give me the money. But, I bet there will be people who choose the gas.
stephley stephley 8 years
How dumb is the lottery idea, at least for the winner? You can win gas for life, or money to buy yourself any mode of transportation that you want that uses minimal or no gas - which is probably where we're all headed. The state would probably have to pay up the gas for about 10 years, then the winner won't want to collect any more.
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