Nominee's free-expression record examined
Today President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congress puts brakes on Patriot Act renewal
Slowdown comes amid standoff over how long to extend anti-terrorism law and filibuster threat by senators opposed to new powers it would grant FBI.

9th Circuit backs district in dispute over Muslim role-playing
Unanimous three-judge panel finds California school district's activities aren't overtly religious, don't violate establishment clause.

Leadership awards announced
The Honolulu Advertiser and the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D., were named winners of the fourth annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership. The awards are given by APME and the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in partnership with the Freedom Forum, which provides the funding. Each honoree receives $2,500 and a sculpture representing leadership.

Business journalism workshop offered at Neuharth Media Center
"Action Business Journalism: Covering the Company from Top to Bottom," a free one-day seminar for journalists wanting to learn more about business, will be Friday, Nov. 18, in Vermillion, S.D.
  Every day, the Newseum collects more than 400   newspaper front pages from around the world. Casual
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Today's question?

Rioters have caused destruction and challenged police for longer
than a week in the suburbs of this French City:
Paris Nice Marseille Bordeaux