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Headlines: Obama and McCain Bicker Over Tire Gauge

Obama Is Pumped Up Over Attack
After arguing about issues such as war, taxes, and healthcare, John McCain and Barack Obama are now debating over tire gauges. When Obama advised motorists to properly inflate their tires to help reduce oil consumption by improving gas mileage, McCain responded by handing out tire pumps which read: "Obama's Energy Plan." Obama retaliated, adding, "It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant."

Detainee Convicted by Military Panel
The first military commission trial in the U.S. since WWII ended Tuesday in a conviction for Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, on war crime charges. Hamdan was acquitted of a conspiracy charge. Hamdan faces a possible life term.

In Changing Harlem, Soul Food Struggles
Many traditional soul food restaurants in Harlem are losing customers and closing down as life in the city changes. Increased health consciousness and a growing demographic of wealthier young adults, including African Americans, are some of the many reasons these venues are on the out.

Obama Leads McCain Nationally
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released on Tuesday has the latest figures on the tight race between Barack Obama and John McCain. According to this poll, Obama is still in the lead by six percentage points: 47 to 41 percent. Though McCain does have a 10-point lead with white voters and is tied with Obama in male votes, Obama has a 13-point lead among female voters, as well as large leads in young and minority votes.

African-American Girls Addicted to Marijuana Have Riskier Sex
According to a new study created by researchers at Emory University, African-American women who use marijuana are more likely to perform risky sexual acts and contract various sexually transmitted diseases. he study analyzed the marijuana and sexual habits of 439 African American women between 15 and 21 years of age.

Black History Museum to Open in Little Rock
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a new state museum which will open in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 20. It has been erected on the site of a fraternal organization, which was founded by two former slaves to offer insurance to black citizens called the Mosaic Templars of America. When the museum opens, admission will be free year-around.

Nader: Obama Not Black Prez He Hoped For
The Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader said today he feels Barack Obama is not proving to be the African-American presidential nominee that civil rights leaders have worked to create opportunities for. "People who have fought the civil rights battle ... would often talk about, 'Look what would happen if we had an African-American president' ... It doesn't look like it's going to be what we all thought it would be."

Summoning Afrobeat's Rhythmic, Rebellious Force to the Stage
A new Off Broadway musical called Fela! pays tribute to Nigerian bandleader and political gadfly Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died of AIDS in 1997. Kuti, known as the king of Afrobeat, used his music as a forum against political corruption. The show opens September 4.

Outspoken '06 Medalist Cheek Has Visa Revoked
The Chinese government revoked speedskating gold medalist and social activist Joey Cheek's visa Tuesday, effectively denying him access to the 2008 games. Cheek is co-founder of Team Darfur, a coalition of athletes focused on human rights issues in Darfur. Chinese officials offered the Olympic athletes no explanation for their decision.