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Women’s group protests Iraq war

Codepink, a group of women opposing the war in Iraq, staged a protest at Calanan Park in Nevada City Wednesday.

Pink banners reading “Bring the troops home” hung in the park and on Broad Street near the overpass of the Golden Center Freeway. The handful of Codepink campaigners also lined shoes along the sidewalk to represent the number of Iraqi civilians who have died as a result of heightened violence since the war began.

“People like you and me are being killed,” said Sam Joi of East Sacramento, one of the organizers of Wednesday afternoon’s demonstration. Joi said the United States should bring the troops home “as quickly as we can” – she hoped before this year’s holiday season. Working to bring the troops home is the best way of supporting them, Joi said.

The group is based in Venice.

– Josh Singer

View Mercury transition

If you’re intrigued by the beauty of the heavenly bodies, you might want to be at Tobiassen Park in Nevada City between 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

The Imaginarium science museum will set up four telescopes at the park that day for people to watch planet Mercury make a rare transition, Operations Manager Helena Heinzelman said.

The event is free to the public and will be hosted by Wayne Watson, a local amateur astronomer with the Imaginarium.

– Soumitro Sen

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