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Lawrence Krauss in New York Times

Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, and recent recipient of the American Association for Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science, appears in the April 30, 2002, New York Times.

In the editorial Krauss takes aim at believers in UFOs, young-earth creationism, and advocates of intelligent design.
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Natural History Features Pro-ID Statements and Rebuttals

The web site of Actionbioscience.org, described as a “non-commercial, educational web site created and managed by BioScience Productions, Inc. to promote bioscience literacy,” features an excerpt from the April 2, 2002, issue of Natural History. (Updated October 13, 2004: Actionbioscience.org is now an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and no longer associated with BioScience Productions, Inc.)

The posting consists of brief position statements by three leading proponents of intelligent design (ID), and three accompanying rebuttals.

Two Anti-Evolution Bills Die in Legislative Committee

On January 21, 2002 HB 888 and HB 1101 were introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and referred to the Education Committee. Both bills had the same sponsor, and both died in committee on February 5.

Georgia Bill Fails to Progress

On February 26, 2002 House Bill 1563 was introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives and referred to the Education Committee. No action has been taken on this bill to date, and April 12 is expected to be the last day of the current legislative session.

The wording of HB 1563 resembles the "Santorum amendment" to last year's federal education bill, which was removed in conference committee. The phrasing matches the common rhetoric of such evolution opponents as intelligent design creationists. The relevant portion HB 1563 reads:

Colorado School District Rejects Creationism Effort

On April 9, 2002 the Board of Education of the Liberty J-4 School District voted 5-0 against a proposal to include creationism in its science classes. Located in Joes, Colorado, about 150 miles east of Denver, the district serves just over 100 students.

On March 12 the board had voted unanimously to include creationism. Local residents contacted NCSE requesting information about “creation science” and the legal consequences of the board’s proposal.

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