Fred Lucas joined the staff of Cybercast News Service in January 2007 as an investigative reporter/staff writer after a seven-year career with daily newspapers. Prior to joining CNSNews.com, Fred worked as a political reporter for The News-Times in Danbury, Conn. and before that for The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., reporting on corruption scandals, state political campaigns and the 2004 presidential race. He has done freelance work for The Weekly Standard, Human Events and The American Spectator. Fred holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress who have called on the administration to change course on the controversial jailing of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting a suspected Mexican drug smuggler are trying a new approach. Now lawmakers want to exert the only explicit power they have in a criminal justice case - money.Several members of the House are drafting legislation to cut off funding specifically for the incarceration of border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California farm in transition to organic status has been identified as a source of the E. coli outbreak in spinach last year, a discovery likely to add to existing concerns about possible safety issues surrounding organic foods.While skeptics of organic foods are stepping up criticism, the discovery should be considered in proportion, said Craig Minowa, environmental scientist for the Organic Consumers Association.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(1st Add: Adds background.) (CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush Thursday praised the federal prosecutor who was grilled two days earlier by a Senate panel for his role in the conviction of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for the shooting a drug dealer. Taking questions from members of the Nashville, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce after a speech, Bush declined to promise to pardon the two agents, as a growing number of lawmakers are urging.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Although Cuba apparently won't ring in an era of democracy any time soon, its new president, Ra?l Castro -- a Communist and the brother of Fidel Castro -- likely will introduce valuable reforms for the island, a leading Latin American expert said Monday.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Karnit Goldwasser hasn't seen or heard from her husband in six months, since he was kidnapped by members of the terrorist group Hizballah last summer. "I go to sleep alone. I wake up alone," the Israeli said in Washington D.C., Tuesday, surrounded by a bi-partisan group of congressmen. "We need to do everything we can to make sure this subject stays on the agenda and that this subject is not forgotten," she said. "Please don't stop raising your voices."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New York City officials have not been open or candid, critics say, about a controversial public school set to open in Brooklyn next month that will teach Arab language and culture -- the Khalil Gibran International Academy.A local group, Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, fears the school will become a Muslim-oriented school that promotes a religious and political agenda to its incoming sixth-grade class.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A major New York art school is displaying sexually explicit paintings that depict a crucifix in a man's rectum and rosaries with male sex organs, among other offensive imagery, according to the Catholic League.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from John Lott.)(CNSNews.com) - Legalized abortion has led to increased crime, according to a recently published study of people born before and after the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A major New York art school is displaying sexually explicit paintings that depict a crucifix in a man's rectum and rosaries with male sex organs, among other offensive imagery, according to the Catholic League.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Democrat's allegation that the Bush administration engaged in a calculated policy of ethnic cleansing after Hurricane Katrina to make Louisiana "whiter" has sparked outrage.Addressing a group of bloggers at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last week, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) renewed his criticism of the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, particularly the housing crisis that ensued after the hurricane hit. "At this point, you're not talking about incompetence, you're talking about ethical values," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Lott's latest book, "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't, praises free enterprise and scolds government ineptitude in certain areas.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Michelle Obama on Friday helped her husband reach out to a key group of voters who eluded him during the primary season: women.Speaking to an overwhelmingly female crowd of more than 1,000 Friday, Mrs. Obama said she and her husband could relate to the concerns of working families more than other politicians."When will our leaders not only support but champion the cause of working families?" asked the candidate's wife.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Criticism leveled at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has focused primarily on its sources of funding and on terror-related convictions handed to some office-bearers in the organization.The most controversial organization with a known affiliation to CAIR was the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, shut down in 2001 when the U.S. Treasury Department froze its assets after alleging it provided funding to Hamas.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Lott's latest book, "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't," praises free enterprise and scolds government ineptitude in certain areas.Lott, an economist and senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, stoked controversy in the past with his book "More Guns, Less Crime." And in his latest, he doesn't shy away from tackling contentious issues, such as election reform, problematic public schools, the apparent link between abortion and crime and affirmative action.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - The campaign managers for presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama spoke behind closed doors to more than 100 members of a national Hispanic organization on Wednesday.According to attendees, McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, said his candidate wanted to secure the borders before enacting comprehensive immigration reform that would include a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens currently in the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. transcended political lines, said African-American conservatives who honored him Monday.The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) held a reception in New York City that also featured a notable human rights activist. Somalia-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali received the Martin Luther King Heroes Award for her activism. Ali, a former Dutch lawmaker, faced death threats for her outspoken criticism of Islamic fundamentalism and has since moved to the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the day a controversial Arab culture school opened in Brooklyn, a coalition gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to voice their opposition, expressing concerns about Islamic indoctrination and demanding more transparency from city officials.The Khalil Gibran International Academy (KGIA) opened to about 60 sixth graders in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It plans to expand its classrooms for grades 6-12 over the next several years, but opponents don't want to even see the school open for another year.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The political climate isn't good for scientists with dissenting views on global warming, leaving some researchers to fear that honest research could be blackballed in favor of promoting a "consensus" view. A dispute erupted this week in Oregon, where Gov. Ted Kulongoski is considering firing the state's climatologist George Taylor, who has said human activity isn't the chief cause of global climate change.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.), the only Republican senator to criticize conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh - and who faces a 2008 challenge for his seat from failed liberal talk radio host Al Franken - warned against government regulation of talk radio on Thursday. However, he did not retract his criticism of Limbaugh. The issue of the Fairness Doctrine was raised again this week as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats took to the Senate floor to blast Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" comment.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Stem cell scientist Prof. James Sherley has lost 14 pounds this month, living on nothing but bottled water and vitamins -- and he's not on a diet.Rather, Sherley is on a hunger strike against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's refusal to give him tenure, and he sits outside the school's provost office each day from 9 a.m. until noon.The controversy extends beyond the Boston campus, involving not only the sensitive subject of race, but also issues of academic freedom and the morality of embryonic stem cell research.