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Experiments with truth: 10/18/10

  • In Madison, Wisconsin, about a quarter of West High’s 2,086 students staged a silent 37-minute sit-in Friday morning outside their building to protest a district proposal to revamp curriculum at the city’s high schools, which students fear would widen the racial achievement gap and eliminate elective classes available to upperclassmen at West.
  • Hundreds of Hilton Chicago Hotel workers began a three-day strike Saturday in protest of the hotel chain’s deal to buy back millions of dollars in debt from the Federal Reserve at a steep discount.
  • Twelve female protesters handcuffed themselves to semis that had been parked to block the main road leading to the Coryton oil refinery in Essex on Saturday.