2/22/2005:

Intermediate Word:  gerrymander (a) to unfairly manipulate voting district boundaries  (b) to jury-rig  (c) to even up  (d) to dissemble
Difficult Word:
  diastrophy -  (a) bidirectional printing across the page  (b) folding and faulting of bedrock  (c) syllable missing from a word  (d) eating a wide variety of foods

America's Foes Circle Wagons - SpaceDaily  Left:  It is highly unlikely that either Bush or Rice will heed Hassan Nasrallah's advice to "shut up". While Bush and Rice continue to talk, so too, will Damascus and Tehran. As will Hamas and Tehran. As will Tehran and Hezbollah. As will Hamas and Baghdad. As will Damascus, Tehran, Baghdad, Hamas and Hezbollah all continue to talk.  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by the New York Times  as having told a large crowd of demonstrators: "I ask our dear people to prepare themselves for a great struggle. Fasten your seat belts  and pull up your sleeves." Fearing a potential attack, Ahmadinejad, now more than ever, will push ahead with his country's desire to acquire nuclear weapons,feeling it would deter potential attacks.   
Miracle pill 'may drain budgets'  - BBC  Treating everyone or just those at moderate risk of heart disease with the "miracle" polypill would be too much of a drain on health funds, a study says. The pill, which combines aspirin, folic acid and blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs, has been hailed as the magic bullet to heart-related problems. The pill has yet to be fully tested, but in theory it has the potential to slash the risk of coronary artery disease by 88% and stoke by 80 in those aged 55 to 64. The researchers found that the largest benefits would be seen by giving the pill to everyone from the age of 60, or to those with a high risk of coronary heart disease.   

Toxic toads evolve to aid Australian invasion - MSNBC  Toxic toads bound across the northern tropics of Australia faster than ever, thanks to the evolution of longer legs in the few short decades since humans introduced them to their own little paradise. Cane toads (Bufo marinus) were first brought in from Hawaii in 1935 to control the spread of beetles that were ravaging Australia's sugar cane crop. But instead of controlling the pests, the toads have become pests themselves. A deadly chemical defense system disposes quickly of potential predators. From the 1940s through the 1960s, the toads were invading at a rate of about 6 miles per year; now they're taking over at a rate of about 30 miles a year. 




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