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US Supreme Court Decides Bush v. Gore

The Supreme Court's decision in this case ended Florida's statewide ballot recount and allowed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify George W. Bush as the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes. These votes gave Bush a majority of the Electoral College with 271 votes and enabled him to win the US Presidency. Though Gore won the popular vote, his defeat in the Electoral College lost him the presidency. What reason did the court cite for stopping the recount?



Human Eye Color

Eye color is a genetic trait determined primarily by the amount and type of pigments present in the iris. There are three true colors in eyes—brown, yellow, and gray—that combine to produce a number of hues. Variations in color are attributed to varying ratios of melanin. Of the major eye colors, brown is the most common, followed by blue. The rarest, green, is possessed by just two percent of the human population. What condition can cause a person to have two different eye colors?

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Frank Sinatra

Sinatra was a giant of American entertainment. He began his career in the 1930s and 40s as a singer whose romantic renditions of songs like "I'll Never Smile Again" caused teenage girls, called "bobby soxers," to shriek and swoon. Later, as an actor, he starred in films such as The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, and the original Ocean's Eleven. He became popular in Las Vegas as the leader of the Rat Pack, a group that included what other 1950s entertainers?

Last updated on Saturday, 12th December 2009

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