Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated radio stations. Mrs. Arter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation’s capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America’s Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Howard University.

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July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since Sept. 11, many Americans have donated their dollars to charities that benefit the victims of the terrorist attacks, even so President Bush Thursday reminded Americans not to forget community-based charities this holiday season. During a visit to Martha's Table, a soup kitchen in Washington, he urged people "to find ways to contribute, not only time but money." Bush even repeated his support for faith-based initiatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic priest at the center of the controversy surrounding Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston archdiocese, was arrested on three counts of child rape Thursday in San Diego. Officials say Father Paul Shanley allegedly raped his victim, now a 24-year-old who has not been identified by police, between 1983 and 1990 at St. Jean Parish in Newton when the boy was between 6 and 13 years old.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In what is considered to be the first wrongful death suit stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks, the widow of a passenger who perished on the hijacked United Airlines plane that flew into the World Trade Center is suing the airline.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, blames the airline for breaching its duty to care for the safety of the passengers of Flight 175. Ellen Mariani of New Hampshire, whose husband Louis was killed in the attack, is seeking unspecified damages.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight months after the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City marked the end of cleanup and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. A bell rang out four sets of five chimes, the traditional code for a fallen comrade, at 10:29 a.m., the moment the second building collapsed. The New York Stock Exchange also observed two minutes of silence at 10:29 a.m.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Aviation Administration is warning all U.S. airports and airlines to carefully search passengers' shoes after a man allegedly tried to detonate explosives in his sneakers on board a Paris to Miami flight.A man who U.S. officials identified as a 28-year-old British citizen named Richard C. Reid boarded an American Airlines flight in Paris that was later diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport Saturday after he threatened to detonate explosives in his high-top sneakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Supporters of terrorism, you are not welcome here. And if you develop that characteristic after you get here, as an alien, you will be asked to leave." That was the message Attorney General John Ashcroft had Wednesday for immigrants who might become sympathetic terrorist causes.He announced the establishment of a new foreign terrorist tracking task force, headed by Steve McCraw, currently deputy assistant director of the intelligence division of the investigative services division of the FBI.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional background on the case, as well as comments by the Family Research Council and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.).)(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court Thursday ruled that public high school students who participate in extracurricular activities and sports may be subjected to random drug tests, because the schools' interest in combating drug use outweighs an individual's right to privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh will be spared the death penalty, but could get life in prison if convicted of aiding and abetting terrorists, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The charges against him include conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals overseas, providing material support and resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations including al Qaeda, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an address to the nation from Atlanta, President Bush Thursday called on Americans to be vigilant in the war against terrorism, but not to take a terrorism alert as "a call to stop your life." He said Americans can help by making a commitment to service and volunteer in their communities. "There is a difference between being alert and being intimidated, and this great nation will never be intimidated," Bush said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives are firing back at NAACP Chairman Julian Bond for claiming the Justice Department and the Bush administration are eroding the civil rights of all Americans.Bond, who gave the keynote speech Sunday to the NAACP's national convention, ran down a familiar litany of complaints and also called black conservatives "ventriloquist dummies."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid was charged Wednesday in a 9-count indictment for allegedly trying to blow up an American Airlines jetliner during a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami by igniting explosives in his sneakers. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft commended the courage of the crew and passengers of the American Airlines flight who acted quickly to subdue Reid, saying, "our trust in the common sense of people to act in the face of terrorism was vindicated." Ashcroft described the heroic efforts of the passengers.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - During a meeting with President Bush at the White House Monday, former South African President Nelson Mandela expressed sympathy for the victims of Monday's American Airlines crash that killed at least 255 people, as well as for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. "One of the reasons for coming here is to be able to express my support for the president for his action in Afghanistan," Mandela said. He added that "it is quite correct" for Bush to punish the terrorists responsible for Sept. 11.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Nearly one month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of school vouchers and weeks before the start of the school year, a Florida judge ruled Monday the state's school voucher law is unconstitutional.Gov. Jeb Bush vowed to appeal the judge's ruling and prevent it from going into effect this school year. If the ruling does become effective this year, nearly 50 students could be forced to go back to public schools while close to 340 others who were planning to use vouchers would be turned away.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General John Ashcroft Tuesday announced a 10-count indictment handed down by a Virginia grand jury against alleged American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh. If convicted, Walker could receive multiple life sentences - "six additional 10-year sentences plus 30 years," Ashcroft said. "The indictment rendered this afternoon reiterates the charges previously filed against Walker Lindh and adds additional set of charges," the attorney general said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - 'Freedom' and 'Liberty' are alive today, thanks to an official pardon by the White House. The lives of the two turkeys were spared Monday - one by an official pardon, the alternate was spared by default. In a Rose Garden ceremony, President Bush explained: "by custom, an alternate is always on hand to fill in if needed. This one right here, his name is Liberty. And the other turkey, an alternate, his name is Freedom. And Freedom is not here because he's in a secure and undisclosed location."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A study by a media watchdog group reveals that ABC network news gave more airtime to skeptics of the president's proposed use of force against Saddam Hussein than to supporters of his plan.According to research by the Media Research Center, parent company of CNSNews.com, out of 62 Iraq stories on ABC's World News Tonight during the month of September, reporters were four times more likely to voice doubt about the truthfulness of U.S. claims about Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The voters have spoken in Mississippi, and they've told their leaders to leave the state flag alone. By a 2-to-1 margin, voters said they want to keep the Confederate battle symbol on the state flag, even though critics call the emblem racist and have threatened economic boycotts. Tuesday's vote - the first time a state flag question has been answered in the form of a voter referendum - was 488,630 to 267,812, largely split along racial lines.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Greyhound says the bus crash that killed six passengers and injured 34 others on board was the "result of an isolated act by a single deranged individual," a man carrying a Croatian passport, who slashed the throat of the bus driver Wednesday morning in rural Tennessee.