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quick takes 6-2-05

RACE UNITY RALLY SUNDAY

The eighth annual “Vision of Race Unity” rally will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Capitol Rotunda. Featured speakers include Luanner Peters, the governor’s deputy chief of staff for social services, and Ken Bowers, deputy secretary-general, Spiritual Assembly, Baha’is of the U.S. Winners of a student art and poetry contest will be announced; Grace United Methodist Liturgical Dancers will perform. A reception will be held at the Capitol Complex Visitors Center at 4:30 p.m.

MAKING WAVES IN SPRINGFIELD

A lengthy interview with Mbanna Kantako, Springfield’s original pirate broadcaster, is featured in the current edition of Confluence, a St. Louis-based alternative publication available online at www.stlconfluence.org. Kantako, whose Human Rights Radio (106.7 FM, www.humanrightsradio.net) has operated in the capital city since 1987, reviews the history of the low-power station and his repeated scrapes with federal regulators. A related article on low-power FM radio, by retired UIS professor Ronald Sakolsky, appears in the same publication.

GROUP SAYS NO TO REACTOR

Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, last week registered its opposition to a second nuclear reactor in Clinton, Ill. The organization says the proposal by Exelon Corp. poses more risks than benefits to Illinois residents, and called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny the company’s request for an early site permit. Among issues cited by Public Citizen is the potential impact of a second reactor on Clinton Lake. The NRC environmental-impact statement also doesn’t weigh the security threat of indefinitely storing nuclear waste on the Clinton site. Public Citizen’s full comments are available at www.citizen.org/documents/clintondeiscomments.pdf.

WHEN WISHES COME TRUE

Students at Lincoln Land Community College contributed more than 1,000 used textbooks to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the college announced last week. The value of the books, deemed obsolete because textbook publishers periodically issue new editions, isn’t known. Books that won’t be sold will be distributed abroad. Make-A-Wish helps terminally ill children.

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