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Of Foxes and Chicken Coops
"Outfoxed": Robert Greenwald's film depicts how Fox News is anything but "fair and balanced." See it Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Colony Theater in Raleigh (sponsored by the Indy and Southern Exposure magazine; $5 donation suggested), shows at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.; or Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., at Kings Barcade, 424 S. McDowell St., Raleigh (sponsored by Wake County Democrats).

4 Million Chickens? An Indiana-based agricorp wants to put an enormous "egg-producing factory" in Hyde County, next to a national wildlife refuge and the fragile Pamlico estuary. Complete with huge waste lagoons and odors, plus 20,000 gallons of wastewater a day. Sierra Club says: Very bad idea. Hearing on a state permit is Aug. 17 in Belhaven; DENR accepting written public comments thru Aug. 25. Info: Sierra Club, 833-8467 (Courtney Washburn).

This Week
Coastal Habitat: Public hearing on state's N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m., State Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. Info: 252-393-8185 (N.C. Coastal Federation).

Amnesty Int'l: Fight torture, promote human rights. Wake chapter meets Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fairmont Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 834-4478 (Josh McIntyre).

Hiroshima: Candlelight vigil marks 59th anniversary of the first A-bomb drop, Friday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m., Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin St., 542-2539 (Beth Kricker).

Convention Center: The architects designing Raleigh's new convention center host a public "feedback" sessions Tuesday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m., at the current civic center.

Geneva Conventions: What are they? Are they "quaint," as Bushies say. UNC-Greensboro history professor Jeff Jones discusses "Trashing the Geneva Conventions" Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Rd. Various peace & justice groups are sponsors., 942-1694 (Joe Straley).

Clean Air? N.C. Environmental Management Commission hearing on state's response to Bush "new source review" rules, weakening federal clean air standards for old coal-fired plants; Thursday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., Parker-Lincoln Building, 2728 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. Info from Sierra Club,, 833-8467.

Good Golly! It's Molly Ivins, who knew W. when he was only a Shrub. The Texas columnist speaks at a benefit for the N.C. ACLU at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro (next to the Coliseum), Saturday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. It's $75, but it's your civil liberties, too. 834-3466.

August 29, NYC: "The biggest and most important protest in a generation" to greet the Republican National Convention to New York, its organizers promise. Get updates from:, 212-868-5545.

Peace Vigils: in Durham: Saturdays, 12 noon-1 p.m., Brightleaf Square, Bill Jeffries, 402-0424; in Chapel Hill: Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Franklin Street P.O., and Fridays, 5-6 p.m., E. Franklin St. and Elliott Rd., 942-2535; in Raleigh: 1st Wednesday of every month, noon-1 p.m. on Fayetteville Mall, 821-2014 (Slater Newman).

Voting: The Next Generations
Register, Durham: League of Women Voters will register new voters and folks who've moved Thursday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Durham Regional Hospital, cafeteria lobby. , 402-9194 (Mary Ellen Bowers).

R U 18-24? Then you (and your friends) are the least likely to vote, and most likely to end up in Iraq. Don't be a (bad) statistic. Register online: . D or R, for Bush or against him, why in the world wouldn't you vote?

Kids Voting: If the kids vote, their parents do, too. Wake County chapter of Kids Voting needs precinct organizers, volunteers., or 833-1282.

Volunteer, Please
Orange Crisis: Orange County Rape Crisis Center seeking volunteers for 24-hour crisis/response programs, holding fall training class., 968-4647.

Red Cross: Orange County chapter needs volunteers to help with blood drives (call Robin, x. 226), disaster response teams (call Tracy, x. 231), CPR & First Aid instruction (call Megan, x. 223); general number is 942-4862.

Meals on Wheels: Deliver to the homebound in Wake County, as little as one hour a month. 833-1749.

Senior Games: State Olympics for the over-55 set needs volunteers Sept. 13-Oct. 3., 851-5456.

Habitat for Humanity: Durham Resale Store needs helpers; store helps build affordable homes. Stop by at 3215 Old Chapel Hill Rd., 489-1248.

Club Nova: Thrift shop in Carrboro run for, by people with mental illness; needs volunteer help too., 967-6985 (Camella Morton).

SAFEChild: Child abuse prevention. Training for volunteers, English- and Spanish-speaking needed., 232-5661.

Durham Crisis: Help with Pennies for Change Thrift Store (Lakewood Shopping Center), supports Durham Crisis Response Center. 489-2681.

Exchange Students: AYUSA seeking host families for 2004-05 exchange students, including State Department-supported children from Muslim communities., also, World Heritage, another State Department-listed program:, 875-2065 (Blaise Strenn).

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