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February 2006 Archives

Report Finds Decline in Average Family Income

The Federal Reserve Board has released its Survey of Consumer Finances for 2004, detailing nationwide changes in family income and net worth from 2001 to 2004. The report finds that the average family income in 2004 ($70,700) declined by 2.3 percent, compared to figures from 2001.

Victory for Merck in First Federal Vioxx Trial

The jury in the first Vioxx trial in federal court cleared Vioxx manufacturer Merck & Co., Inc. of any liability in connection with the heart attack and death of a 53-year old Florida man who had taken the prescription painkiller for less than a month. A mistrial in the same case had been declared in December 2005, after the first jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Three Convicted For Roles in Immigrant Smuggling Deaths

Three people were convicted by a jury in a federal court in Houston, Texas today for their roles in the deaths of immigrants who were  smuggled in a tractor trailer truck that lacked ventilation.

More than 10,000 people -- including President Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush -- attended the funeral of Coretta Scott King in New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia.  In his remarks at the funeral President Bush said that "This kind and gentle woman became one of the most admired Americans of our time. She is rightly mourned, and she is deeply missed."  Others who spoke during the six-hour service echoed these sentiments and praised King for her loving and graceful spirit and her work to promote racial equality, peace, and justice.

After the funeral, her coffin was brought to The King Center, which she founded in 1968 as a living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   His body lies in a marble crypt at the center, and her body will be kept there in a temporary mausoleum until a permanent one is built next to his.