Sunday, July 6, 2008


■ Nation, AA2: John McCain’s campaign analyzed. ■ World, AA3: Zimbabwe’s turning point was a meeting. ■ Movie Times, AA4

In pursuit of

‘There is a sense of helplessness everywhere you look. It’s like you’re stuck in one spot, and you can’t do anything about it.’

Associated Press In this May 26, 2008, file photo, a tattered American flag sits atop a mound of debris at a destroyed convenience store in Parkersburg, Iowa, a day after a tornado struck the

Nuclear material spirited to safety
Tons of ‘yellowcake’ now in hands of Canadians
BY BRIAN MURPHY Associated Press


The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program — a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium — reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans. The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” — the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment — was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions. What’s now left is the final and complicated push to clean up the remaining radioactive debris at the former Tuwaitha nuclear complex about 12 miles south of Baghdad — using teams that include Iraqi experts recently trained in the Chernobyl fallout zone in Ukraine.

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Many Americans are struggling mightily to see good on horizon

‘You can’t get ahead. You can’t save money. You can’t buy a house. It just stinks.’

Father turned loss into action
After son died in Iraq, he started company to help
BY MARK JEWELL Associated Press

Associated Press In this May 26, 2008, file photo, Army Spc. Evan Cole, of Traverse City, Mich., pauses as he looks at headstones at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington,

Even folks in the Optimist Club are having a tough time toeing an upbeat line these days. Eighteen members of the volunteer organization’s Gilbert, Ariz., chapter have gathered, a few days before this nation’s 232nd birthday, to focus on the positive: Their book drive for schoolchildren and an Independence Day project to place American flags along the streets of one neighborhood. They beam through the Pledge of Allegiance, applaud each other’s good news — a house that recently sold despite Arizona’s down market, and one member’s valiant battle with cancer. “I didn’t die,” she says as the others cheer. But then talk turns to the state of the Union, and the Optimists become decidedly bleak. They use words such as “terrified,” “disgusted” and “scary” to describe what one calls “this mess” we Americans find ourselves in. Then comes the list of problems constituting the mess: a protracted war, $4-a-gallon gas, soaring food prices, uncertainty about jobs, an erratic stock market, a tougher housing market, and so on and so forth. One member’s son is serving his second tour in Iraq. Another speaks of a daughter who’s lost her job in the mortgage industry and a son in construction whose salary was slashed. Still another mentions a friend who can barely afford gas. Joanne Kontak, 60, an elementary school lunch aide inducted just this day as an Optimist, sums things up like this: “There’s just entirely too much wrong right now.” Happy birthday, America? This year, we’re not so sure. The nation’s psyche is battered and bruised, the sense of pessimism palpable. Young or old, Republican or Democrat, economically stable or struggling, Americans are questioning where they are and where


‘You have no faith in anybody at the top. I don’t trust anybody, and I’m really disgusted about it.’

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. — The knock on Brian Hart’s door came at 6 a.m. An Army colonel, a priest and a police officer had come to tell Hart and his wife that their 20-year-old son had been killed when his military vehicle was ambushed in Iraq. Brian Hart didn’t channel his grief quietly. Committed to “preventing the senseless from recurring,” he railed against the mili- BRIAN HART tary on his blog for shortcomings in supplying armor to soldiers. The one-time Republican teamed with liberal Sen. Edward Ken-

Please see FATHER/AA6 Associated Press In this March 15, 2008, file photo, a realtor’s sign is seen on the lawn of a foreclosed home in Egg EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.

Next gen longs for an identity
BY IAN SHAPIRA The Washington Post

‘Your joy can’t be about your circumstances.’
Associated Press

Associated Press Photos

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WASHINGTON — Everyone knows the G.I. generation of World War II and the baby boomers who followed. And everyone knows the late-20thcentury demographic labeled with the non-label generation X. But the next generation — a burgeoning force in presidential politics, the job market and the spread of social networking — is harder to define. Lumped under millennials or generation Y, some in their 20s and early 30s say those titles and others ginned up almost daily in a brand-obsessed pop culture confuse them. They are unsure what most encapsulates their experience. For Doan Nguyen, 26, a photo editor at the nonprofit Conservation International, figuring out her generation has become a mission, prompted

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