Happier Times: Carolyn Conrad, 29, right, and Kathleen "KP" Peterson, 41, held hands during their civil union ceremony at midnight July 1, 2000, in Brattleboro, Vt. See Item No. 1.
*Nation's 1st same-sex civil union ending: Activist: 'We all experience similar issues in relationships'/Rutland Herald, Vermont -- No promises of a rose garden, no matter which side of the plate you swing from.
*1/3 of Americans want Bush impeached: Figure close to number who think U.S. can't win in Iraq/WorldNetDaily -- OK, I'm trying to boost Bearable Bob's spirits after that unfortunate posting just below.
*Turnout strong for Iraq parliamentary vote: 1 of largest, freest elections ever in Arab world/Associated Press -- OK, I'm trying to boost my own spirits after posting the link just above this one. You go, Dubya.
*Teacher recants 'Santa is myth' story: Angry parents call school after woman shatters 1st-graders' perception/WorldNetDaily -- No matter where you stand on our war-on-Christmas debate, you gotta agree that this teacher crossed the line.
*Bush accepts McCain torture ban: Arizona senator: 'It's a done deal'/Associated Press -- Seems we're no longer going to stoop to the strategy of the terrorists ... ah, I mean, insurgents.