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THESE DAYS

A black family's median income is 62 percent of the earnings of their white counterparts, down from 63.5 percent in 2000, the Economic Policy Institute said.

A government program called the Suspicious Activity Report designed to track down terrorists and money launderers is frightening bank customers, frustrating financial institutions, and inundating federal agencies with secret reports of dubious value.

Doctor Who is to be joined by his first black companion in the show's 43-year history.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Posts on cycling, links to bicyclists/bloggers, cycling-related links, and maybe one or two more items relating to bicycling can be found at Oil is for Sissies.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

Ken Lay blogs from the grave, or from his secret palacial estate under the Rockies

11 "Don't-Tell-the-Wife" Secrets All Men Keep Secret #5 is B.S.—there's a Star Trek marathon on for crying out loud!

In a related note: Trek Passions is the new dating and personals site for people into science fiction

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"I do have a passion for public service and think I can make a contribution."

-- Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), aw-shucksing his way into the 2008 presidential race

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