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) - The Mexican suspected drug smuggler granted immunity in the controversial - and politically explosive - prosecution of two U.S. Border Patrol agents is not entirely off the hook.U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, the man at the center of the row over the prosecution and jailing of the two agents who shot the illegal immigrant, confirmed to Cybercast News Service Thursday that there is an ongoing investigation into Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila and others.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore is not profiting from his crusade against global warming, a spokesman for an investment firm co-founded by the former vice president said Tuesday.Gore's London-based employee-owned company, Generation Investment Management (GIM), purchases -- but isn't a provider of -- carbon dioxide (CO2) "offsets," said spokesman Richard Campbell.GIM is strictly an investment firm that considers how eco-friendly corporations are in assessing long-term sustainability, Campbell told Cybercast News Service by phone from London.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Cipriano Ortiz-Hernandez hung his head and confessed that he was storing marijuana in his Clint, Texas, home when federal authorities turned up there.He admitted to Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he was being paid to hide the drugs by dealers who delivered marijuana on ten occasions in the four months before the agents showed up at his door on Oct. 23, 2005.
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) - Decisions by public schools and colleges to provide special prayer times or to make other allowances for Muslim students have raised eyebrows -- but not all groups that oppose expressions of religion in the public domain are speaking out.Some religious liberty advocates -- who have long battled efforts to purge government of religious displays, Bible readings and graduation prayers -- regard the Muslim-accomodation trend as an opportunity that should be seized.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Comments by HBO's Bill Maher insulting the Pope and calling Catholicism a "cult" that promotes "organized pedophilia" have stirred resentment among many American Catholics upset he would say this the week before Pope Benedict XVI visits the United States.
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.