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The Death Penalty and Timothy McVeigh
by Lauren McNichols

An inmate's time on Death Row is akin to a living death. They wait for their time to die day in and day out; with appeal after appeal, hoping for that stay of execution and a turn about from the death sentence to life imprisonment.

What about Timothy McVeigh?

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An Outsiders View
by Jennifer Smith

When we found out exactly where we were moving, my first vague thought was probably: Oklahoma? What's in Oklahoma? Then all I could remember thinking was that's where they had that bombing. The bombing had happened five years earlier, but I still remember the news reports from that night.

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Features

Crisis In Jerusalem
by Earl R. Dingman

Last September, in what some term as a highly controversial move, Israeli opposition party official Ariel Sharon led a delegation to what the Jewish people call Temple Mount (and what the Muslims call Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary). This area is the oldest and most holy area for Jewish people and it is also the third most holy area for the Muslims. One would think anyone would be allowed to visit this area for whatever reason. The outbreak of violence that occurred after this visit indicates there was more to this than meets the eye...

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I Feed The Wolves
by Julie Amidon

Right here, in the den, the dogs hear their long ago cousins. And listen, then they want outside to bark. Since there are two, both mastiffs, both well over 100 pounds, I feel safe letting them outside to patrol their territory. Some of my neighbors have watched their smaller dogs become a wolf snack. Not letting their pet inside fast enough, they open the door just in time to see their beloved companion disappear into the woods; in the jaws of a wolf. Yelling only makes the wolf run faster. They do not drop their meal.

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Got Enough Juice: The Big Electric ZAP!
by E. Richard John

The current California electric crunch may not be an isolated instance. More and more it's starting to look like the tip of a very nasty iceberg...

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Menstrual Monday and Women's Health
by Kaya Casper

In the early months of 2000, Geneva Kachman, along with several female freinds, began developing a holiday for the celebration of menstruation. Menstrual Monday, as it has been appropriately named, falls on the Monday before Mother's Day, as menstruation comes before motherhood.

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Fiction

The Walls
by Julie Amidon

Every day the walls get a little closer. I'm not the only one who notices. The cat, he notices too. Complains bitterly about their progress inward, and all I can do is agree. It does suck. And I am powerless to do a damn thing about it. So is the cat. He says what I feel. He can get by complaining. No one tells him to cheer up, things aren't so bad, it could be worse.....

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The Battle of the Fridge
by Loretta A Stradley

My biggest housekeeping problem as a single working mother is the left over food in the fridge, the left over food that has been so left over you can't tell what it used to be.

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Poetry

'Who Writes Poetry These Days? Say, "I write poetry" and you're in a world entirely of your own.
by Jennifer Smith

Who writes poetry today? Shakespeare wrote poetry four hundred years ago. Everyone knows his famous sonnet that begins "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Poetry was the stuff our English instructors forced us read in high school. You mean that people still write poetry?

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Featured Poetry
by Charles Lara, Patricia King, Nina Woods, and

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