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White Supremacist Runs for School Board
A white supremacist is running for a school board seat in San Bernardino County. Dan Schruender, a past president of the California chapter of Aryan Nations, filed nomination papers this week to run for one of two open seats on the Rialto Unified School District. The 27,500-student district is nearly 76 percent Hispanic and nearly 16 percent black.
Schruender announced his campaign on an Aryan Nations blog. He says the group is not behind his candidacy, and he will not allow his ideology to affect his decisions if elected on Nov. 2.
Appeal Filed in Prop 8 Ruling
Supporters of California's gay marriage ban have filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling that struck down the law yesterday. The appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was expected, as lawyers on both sides of the legal battle repeatedly vowed to carry the fight to a higher court if they lost.
District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 violates federal equal protections and due process laws.
The outcome in the appeals court could force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether gays have a constitutional right to wed.
The Postal Service was $3 1/2 billion in the red for the third quarter and they say they may not be able to make a required payment for future retiree health benefits. Losses for April through June were $1.1 billion more than the post office lost in the same period a year ago.
To stem the losses, postal officials have proposed raising rates, cutting out Saturday mail delivery and eliminating advance payments for retiree health benefits.
Palin/Johnston Call It Quits....Again
Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may havefathered a baby with another girl. The other girl was not identified, but a pregnant ex-girlfriendof Johnston has publicly denied he is the father.
The 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told People magazine the final straw was when Johnston told her he was going to Hollywood to see a hunting show, but actually went there to star in a music video mocking her family.
Death of Mitch Miller
Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to ``Sing Along With Mitch'' on TV has died at age 99. Miller was a key record executive at Columbia Records in the pre-rock 'n' roll era, making hits with singers Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett.
As a producer and arranger, Miller had misses along with his hits, famously striking out on projects with Frank Sinatra and a young Aretha Franklin.
"He is an odd-looking man," New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote in 1962. "His sharp beard, twinkling eyes, wrinkled forehead and mechanical beat make him look like a little puppet as he peers hopefully into the camera. By now most of us are more familiar with his tonsils than with those of our families." Atkinson went on to say that as a musician, Miller was "first rate," praising "the clean tone of the singing, the clarity of the lyrics, the aptness of the tempos, the variety and the occasional delicacy of the instrumental accompaniment."