John McCaslin

"The billboard is located at a busy intersection [between] Columbia and Charleston," says NBRA Chairman Frances Rice. "It is attracting a lot of attention. We welcome the opportunity to explain why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican."

Ms. Rice, who like King is from Atlanta, has insisted for years that the late civil rights leader was "absolutely" a Republican, adding that most black Americans were in those days, when Democrats trained fire hoses and sicced dogs on them.


The Securities and Exchange Commission, since launching its SEC Anti-Spam Initiative one year ago this month, is reporting a significant drop in "financial spam."

In its pursuit against stock market e-mail spam, the SEC in recent days suspended securities trading for three companies that participated in spam campaigns and promotional videos over the Internet site YouTube. The companies are identified as NeoTactix Corp. (NTCX), Graystone Park Enterprises Inc. (GPKE), and Younger America Inc. (YNGR).

Since its crackdown began, the SEC reports financial spam-related complaints have decreased by more than two-thirds.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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