- Making News: High Gas Prices Precede Labor Day Weekend
As holiday drivers get on the road this Labor Day weekend, gas prices are sky-high. In California, prices have risen 36 cents in just fourteen days, three times the average jump around the rest of the nation. Elizabeth Douglass, who-s following the story for the Los Angeles Times, says the supply-and-demand disparity is being fueled by the blackout in the Northeast and pipeline shutdown in the Southwest.
- Reporter's Notebook: Politicians in the Sun Belt Vie for NASCAR Dads
Forget soccer moms. This year, it's NASCAR dads. Once faithful Democrats, these rural working-class family men have gone over to the Republicans. So, says Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, savvy political pros are spending big bucks on speedway billboards, hoping that this devoted audience of 75 million will transfer its loyalty to candidates, just as its does to other advertisers.
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