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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

Justices will also hear a Second Amendment case appealing Chicago's ban on handguns.

Lighting a fuse

Human-rights groups were outraged when New York's Empire State Building lit up red and yellow to celebrate 60 years of Communist rule in China on Sept. 30. The 1,454-foot-tall building lights up different colors each night to commemorate organizations, events, or causes-everything from the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Eid-al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Building officials refused requests to light up the landmark in green to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech to the UN last month, but they did turn on the lights for communist China. Tibetan students and other supporters gathered at the building to protest, holding Tibetan flags and waving signs. Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, said, "For us, 60 years of the People's Republic of China means 60 years of occupation, repression. . . . It's a horrific thought to think that this beautiful iconic building is kowtowing, bowing to this same system that rules China."


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