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.

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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.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Three states this year have passed laws requiring sixth-grade girls to be inoculated against a sexually transmitted disease. Now, government documents show that eight deaths and more than 3,000 adverse reactions were reported after the vaccine, Gardasil, was administered.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For the rough and tumble National Football League, a recruitment ad for the U.S. Border Patrol was deemed "too hard-hitting."The agency tasked to protect the land and sea borders of the United States sought to buy print advertising in the 242-page program for Super Bowl XLI, sold at the stadium on game day and over the Internet. The program featured articles on the teams and players, interspersed among ads for credit cards, beer, soft drinks, hotels and laundry detergent.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since June 2006, when the HPV vaccine Gardasil was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, there have been 28 reported cases in which pregnant women miscarried after receiving the vaccine.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Correction: Changes reference to Texas A&M University to Southern Methodist University in the 12th paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - When Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke at Pasadena College last fall only one California newscast initially carried his remark that if young people aren't properly educated they could "get stuck in Iraq."Baffled by the Kerry comment and lack of interest by most other media, radio talk show host John Ziegler played it on his program on KFI in Los Angeles over and over.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The United Nations still has a lot of cleaning up to do, according to government reports released last week. Those reports coincides with a Senate hearing about alleged U.N. bungling that might have helped fund North Korea's weapons programs.A new General Accountability Office (GAO) report focuses largely on reforms implemented at the U.N. since the "oil for food" scandal.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of the nation's elite law firms are violating civil rights law to pander to corporate clients, according to a report that focused on the role of affirmative action in the legal community Tuesday. The report, completed by Curt Levey - executive director of the Committee for Justice, states that a number of Fortune 500 companies push their corporate law firms to hire more women and minorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has no regrets about his proposal requiring sixth grade girls to get a vaccine protecting them from a sexually transmitted disease, even though reports surfaced that some vaccine recipients suffered miscarriages while others had numbness or paralysis after the vaccine was administered.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If global warming activist Al Gore has his way, Americans will over the next several years face tougher vehicle emission standards, a freeze on carbon emissions, a moratorium on coal, a ban on incandescent light bulbs, a government requirement that corporations disclose carbon emissions to shareholders, ratification of an international treaty to reverse global warming - and a carbon tax.This is the message the former vice president and Academy Award winner brought Wednesday to Capitol Hill, where his arrival caused quite a stir.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout himself, is now the father of an Eagle Scout. And that's just one reason it worries him to see the Boy Scouts of America under attack. He described the Boy Scouts organization as a moral beacon for the rest of the country, adding that's why it has become a target for the secular left.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress are weighing in on public broadcasting executives' decision to shelve a documentary on the struggles moderate Muslims in the West face at the hands of radicals.A special screening of the film "Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center" for members of Congress was sponsored Wednesday evening by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). The screening drew about 150 people, said Martyn Burke, one of the producers.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - When third grade school children in Iran turn to page 113 of their textbook "Let's Read," they find a passage that says, "At that time, the Israeli officer pounded (three-year-old) Muhammad's head with the rifle's stock and his warm blood sprinkled upon his (six-year-old brother) Khaled's hands."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - At a time when fluorescent bulbs are gaining in popularity among global warming activists, politicians and consumers, Brandy Bridges discovered a dark side to energy-efficient lighting.With Congress and state legislatures considering fluorescent-only legislation, the Prospect, Maine, resident is going against the grain - removing every compact fluorescent bulb from her home just months after installing them as part of a remodeling project.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Silver Spring, Md. (CNSNews.com) - Jason Hurd, an Army veteran of the Iraq war, recalled that while serving in Iraq, he saw a speeding vehicle coming in his direction. When it did not stop after he flagged it down, he aimed his weapon and was prepared to fire. Then, a superior officer stopped the vehicle. Inside was an 80-year-old woman who Hurd said was highly respected in Iraq and whose death could have caused uproar among Iraqis. Hurd said such incidents are too often not avoided and innocent civilians in Iraq are unnecessarily killed.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Moderate Muslims who want to see adherents to the faith assimilate into the mainstream American culture are in many ways reassured by a new poll reflecting the community's views. But the survey also sets off alarms, they said, pointing to respondents' views on suicide bombings and 9/11.The Pew Research Center survey of more than 1,000 American Muslims showed more than one in four U.S. Muslims under the age of 30 believe suicide bombings to be justified under certain circumstances.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Reporters covering the United Nations complain that the organization, whose Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for freedom of the press, has been trying to stifle reporters covering the U.N. itself. This month, for example, U.N. officials reportedly seized videotapes from journalists who recorded the site of a U.N. helicopter crash in Nepal.In addition, the group Reporters Without Borders says the U.N. yielded to pressure from certain member countries in refusing to recognize "Freedom of Expression Day."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "The keyboard equals Kalashnikov" is a popular new slogan among radical Islamic groups today, according to a recent report highlighting extremists' use of the Internet in spreading their message.The expression, a reworking of "the pen is mightier than the sword," refers to the computer keyboard and the Russian assault rifle more commonly known as the AK47, popular among radical and terrorist groups for many decades.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Michigan church filed a federal lawsuit after police officers, led by a local prosecutor, entered the sanctuary at least twice without a warrant, alleging the church's music was too loud. In one instance, they threatened to arrest church musicians for disorderly conduct.Faith Baptist Church, with a congregation of about 10,000 members, is suing local officials in the Township of Waterford, Mich., in a First Amendment case a church attorney said could have national ramifications in establishing what local governments can do in regulating churches.