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New York Times
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-NY Governor's Tax Return Gets Tough Public Audit
Alitha Martinez, a comic book artist who lives in Manhattan, gave severalhundred dollars' worth of clothing that her 6-year-old son had outgrown toneighborhood charities last year. She also took a $1,000 tax deduction fordonating an old Macintosh computer. And she occasionally sells her artworkand gives the proceeds to the Hero Fund, which provides scholarships tochildren of military personnel.

-Wall Street Winners Get Billion-Dollar Paydays
Hedge fund managers, those masters of a secretive, sometimes volatilefinancial universe, are making money on a scale that once seemedunimaginable, even in Wall Street's rarefied realms.

-Guns and Bitter
We thought the Republican presidential primaries were over. So we are at aloss to explain why Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have beenwandering around Pennsylvania and Indiana and anywhere else they might finda vote or a dollar arguing about which one cares more about guns andreligion.

-Right Fight, Wrong Word
Ever since Barack Obama's comments about small-town Pennsylvania votersfirst surfaced in the public sphere late last week, the scions of thepolitical community have talked of little else. Both the Clinton and McCaincampaigns focused on the word "bitter" - allowing Senator Obama's supportersto engage in a largely semantic discussion about whether economicallydisadvantaged Americans were "bitter" or "angry" or "frustrated." But thisis a meaningless series of distinctions even in this super-charged politicalenvironment. It's safe to say that people without jobs are not particularlyhappy about that situation, regardless of the adverb in question.

-McCain Outlines Broad Proposals for U.S. Economy
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senator John McCain offered the broadest look yet at hiseconomic policies in a speech on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, outlining a seriesof tax reductions and backing away from his pledge to balance the budget bythe end of his first term.

-Publishers Sue Georgia State on Digital Reading Matter
Three prominent academic publishers are suing Georgia State University,contending that the school is violating copyright laws by providing coursereading material to students in digital format without seeking permissionfrom the publishers or paying licensing fees.

Miami Herald
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-Hillary Clinton loses traction over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, Indiana
Her formerly double-digit lead is now just a 5-point margin in Pennsylvania,a survey finds. The reduced margin makes a win for her there lesssignificant. She trails Obama among Hoosiers.,0,794499.story

-VIOLENCE: Brutality the road to `fame'
They wanted to be famous. By LEONARD PITTS JR.
Of all the troubling aspects of the Lakeland tale of thuggery and brutalitythat has recently made national headlines, that's arguably the mostappalling. Not that there isn't plenty more here to disgust any observerwith a conscience.

Washington Post
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-New Strategy for Clinton
Hillary Clinton took an important step Monday toward winning the Democraticnomination by launching an ad targeting Barack Obama's recent comments aboutworking-class voters clinging to "guns or religion." The ad is a markedchange from her recent determination to use a positive message until theDemocratic convention, but for Clinton to capture the nomination she needsto completely abandon her positive campaign and continue to hammer away atObama.

-A Crime and Its Punishment
Is the death penalty the right response to the horror of child rape?
THERE IS NO crime more heinous than the rape of a child. But does theConstitution allow states to impose the death penalty for such a crime whenthe child's life has not been taken?

-Democrats Willing to Let Battle Continue
Poll Shows Gains in Key Areas for Obama
Sen. Barack Obama holds a 10-point lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clintonwhen Democrats are asked whom they would prefer to see emerge as the party'spresidential nominee, but there is little public pressure to bring the longand increasingly heated contest to an end, according to a new WashingtonPost-ABC News poll.

-MOST SEE DISHONESTY: Poll Shows Erosion Of Trust in Clinton
PHILADELPHIA, April 15 -- Lost in the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign'saggressive attacks on Barack Obama in recent days is a deep and enduringproblem that threatens to undercut any inroads Clinton has made in herstruggle to overtake him in the Democratic presidential race: She has losttrust among voters, a majority of whom now view her as dishonest.

-Benedict XVI: The Shows and the Rifts
"What can Pope Benedict XVI say and do to repair the growing rifts between the Vatican, the clergy and the laity in America?" "Nothing" is my first thought: you don't send the problem to fix the problem. The problem is not the excellent scholar Joseph Ratzinger, or this good man in the papal role.
The problem is the traditional autocratic papacy itself, of which he is the current embodiment.

From Ray: I received an e-mail from Wells Fargo mortgage that lookedsuspicious. I went to the website and did not respond to the e-mail. I'msending the reponse I received from Wells Fargo so you don't respond tobogus e-mails attempting to look like legitimate banks.

-Thank you for reporting a phish email to
Below are some common questions about phishing:
Q: What is phishing?
A: Phishing is usually a two-part scam.
Part I: email. Fraudsters, also known as phishers, send email to a wideaudience that appears to come from a reputable company. This is known asa phish email. In the phish email are links to spoof websites.
Part II: spoof websites. Websites that spoof or imitate a reputablecompany's website are known as phish sites. Fraudsters hope to convincevictims to provide their personal information by using clever andcompelling language in their phish emails and spoof websites.
Q: I received a phish email. Does this mean my identity had beencompromised?
A: No. Receiving a phish email claiming to be from Wells Fargo does notmean your identity has been compromised. Phish emails claim to come fromvarious reputable companies.
Q: What if I clicked on an email link to a spoof Wells Fargo website andgave away some of my personal information such as my username andpassword?
A: Call 1-866-867-5568 to speak with a fraud prevention specialist.
Q: What if I clicked on an email link to a spoof Wells Fargo website anddid not give away any of my personal information?
A: Make sure your anti-virus software is current and your operatingsystem and browser are updated with current security patches. Some spoofsites contain viral elements so you should verify that you did notdownload any viruses. Also, delete the email and if you receive otherphish emails, report them as well.
Q: How do I determine if an email is legitimate?
A: Wells Fargo will never request you to send personal information viaemail. Always use your browser to visit the Wells Fargo website bytyping in our URL. If you are familiar with email headers, you can useyour email application to check the headers and make sure Wells Fargo isindeed the sender. If in doubt, delete the email.
Q: How was my email address located?
A: Fraudsters locate email addresses from many places on the web. Theyalso purchase email lists and sometimes guess email addresses.
Fraudsters generally have no idea if people they send phish emails toare Wells Fargo customers or not. They hope a percentage of the phishemails they send will be received by Wells Fargo customers.
Be sure to keep your operating system and browser updated with currentsecurity patches.
Wells Fargo Online Fraud Prevention Team


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