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W hen bigwigs from more than 100 nations hit Seattle in November for the World Trade Organization's annual summit, they'll be greeted by a sea of protesters from the U.S. and abroad, condemning the WTO's role in promoting economic globalization and decrying the trampling of worker rights and the environment.

Hackers were around long before the mainstream ever heard of the term, and long before the desktop personal computer. And simply because one is called a hacker does not indicate that one should also be called a criminal.

Under threat of losing a quarter of its funding, the Memphis public library has begun installing Internet filters on its computers, putting the library alongside two others in the state of Tennessee that could face court challenges to their Internet policies.

Also, a battle over labeling imported produce, a possible candidate for governor of Tennessee, and more.



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A Longer Perspective [7]
There is a large quantity of time into which a thoughtful young person must organize the stories from the past that she hears or reads about.
— Harry Willson, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Head to Foot [8]
Two sure signs American society is going to hell in a handbasket: soccer and the metric system.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Betta Jetta [9]
The 2000 Volkswagon Jetta.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

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Odds & Ends [10]
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Volume III, Issue 16
October 11 - October 18, 1999  
 

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Trade Winds [2]
November's World Trade Organization summit in Seattle is shaping up to be the mother of all political demonstrations.
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Cyber Pirates [3]
More often than not, the media portray them as criminals, but Nashville's hackers say they're misunderstood.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Right Rides Again [4]
With a topless club case stalled in court, anti-pornography activists take on the library -- and win.
— Jim Hanas, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Food Fight [5]
Is produce labeling a greed-driven crusade that could leave consumers feeling the bite? Or an attempt to squelch foreign competition, and drive up food costs for everyone?
— Tim Vanderpool, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Hollywood Politics [6]
Insiders buzz over the possibility of Fred Thompson for governor of Tennessee.
— Liz Murray Garrigan, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [11]
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WEEKLY WIRE
 

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