Culture | The authentic costumes and set in the new Hollywood blockbuster Kingdom of Heaven all suggest the year 1186, but the philosophy behind the script screams 2005
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/07/05, 12:00 am
PASADENA, Calif. - When George W. Bush referred to the war on terror as a "crusade" less than a week after 9/11, critics balked, calling the moniker offensive to Muslims and destructive to Middle Eastern relations. The president's aides defended Mr. Bush, saying he used "crusade" as a synonym for struggle. The word never crept back into the president's public vocabulary. More than 700 years after the end of the European Crusades, the bloody, 200-year conflict between Christians and Muslims still proves a volatile subject, even when only alluded to.
Politics | A left-right coalition tries to stop a state lottery in North Carolina
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/30/05, 12:00 am
Most Friday afternoons at the Petro Express gas station on the South Carolina border, two steady lines of customers form at the counter inside. Customers in the first line are paying for gas and buying snacks. Customers in the second line are buying scratch-off lottery tickets and hoping to become millionaires.
Officials in South Carolina say the state has raked in more than $2 billion in lottery sales since the games began as an education-funding initiative in 2002. They say more than half of those dollars have gone toward public schools and college scholarships.