Dozens of protesters target Republicans September 2, 2008 - 3:08PM Demonstrations near the Republican National Convention site in St Paul have turned violent, with protesters harassing some delegates, smashed windows, slashing car tyres and throwing bottles. Police using pepper spray arrested more than 250 people. The trouble happened not far from the Xcel Energy Centre convention site where the Republican Party was starting its four-day meeting. Many of those involved in the more violent activities identified themselves to reporters as anarchists. These protesters, some clad in black, were operating on the streets in addition to a peaceful anti-war march, wreaking havoc by damaging property and starting at least one fire. Most of the trouble was in pockets of a neighbourhood near the city centre, several blocks from where the convention was taking place. The main anti-war march was peaceful, police said, estimating about 10,000 people participated. After the anti-war marchers had dispersed, police requested and got 150 Minnesota National Guard soldiers to help control splinter groups. We got to Levi Johnston's MySpace page before it went private: "I'm a f**kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some sh*t and just f**kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f*ck with me I'll kick ass." Status: "In a relationship." Children: "I don't want kids." The 17 year-old Johnston went to (Burchell or Wasilla High School) where he played hockey, shoots sh*t, and wrecks presidential campaigns. It is an insult to the courageous campaign that Senator HRC fought to suggest that electing Gov. Palin would be shattering that glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton actually fought for those 18 million votes by herself, not as a sidekick to W's sidekick. There is nothing groundbreaking about a woman as VP because people don't elect a VP, they elect a President. So how dare she compare her PR stunt with the battle that Hillary fought. It's disgusting. If there was ever unmistakeable evidence that John McCain is thinking clearly, this is it. What in the world would posess him to imagine that this person is qualified to be president. It is a cynical mockery of women and of the American electorate. Absolutely astounding. Everyone else must have turned him down. It's over. If something happens and he is elected. All is lost. Pack up, leave the country. We will be in war with Russia and Iran before Easter. Romney, Pawlenty, Lieberman must each be thinking, no, SCREAMING to themselves, WTF!? I'm really glad the beauty queen mentioned Geraldine Ferraro, because, to be honest, McCain selecting her is the biggest insult to women since Mondale selected Ferraro in a lame attempt to beat back Reagan's overwhelming popularity. McCain's selection of Palin is every bit as cynical and disrespectful to the great number of women (of either party) who actually would merit serious consideration for a spot on the ticket of either party, from Pelosi, to Dole, from Boxer to Hutchinson, from Clinton to Snow. wow, she actually admits she never thought of politics before. compare that to Obama, who has dedicated his entire adult life to public service, and Biden who did the same. I was so worried about the choices. Romney, Liebermann, Powell, Rice, Guiliani...even Bloomberg. If I were a cynic, I would be thrilled at the choice of Sarah Palin as I think it will sink McCain. However, I know there are some that will be eager to vote for a 72 year old cancer/Vietnam survivor and the self-described "hockey mom" with a gun. I am a little dismayed that America puts people with such bad judgment in positions of power (Can you say Harriet Miers?). I can't wait for Biden to say, "Governor, you're no Dan Quayle". :-D Karl Rove. They know that they are going to lose, so they need to have a reason for the loss. They will blame it on Palin and say that she was just a horrible campaigner. What ever possessed this woman to ruin her career like this is beyond me. Oh well, I guess she will still have her governorship to go back to. This child is not ready to govern a town of 5000 let alone the nation. On a really scary side note, the two standing there together remind me of Anna NIcole Smith and her 80 year old husband.... its not about the women votes its the evangelicals, stupid Everyone keeps laughing and yucking it up about her as VP, but remember there are people stupid enough to elect GW Bush twice, and they will vote for her just because they view her as pretty and wholesome. She is a right wing wolf in sheeps clothing, folks, and we should take our new enemy a little more seriously. I'm sure she's one of the most qualified people in Wasilla, Alaska to be VP of the United States. NEAR ELKTON, Ore. - Two men in Georgia say they've stumbled on the elusive Bigfoot. They claim to have proof this is the real deal, but a local Sasquatch researcher says this story doesn't smell like Bigfoot. "He was just looking really intensely at us, and I've never forgotten the way those eyes looked," says Bigfoot researcher Autumn Williams. A Bigfoot encounter left a big foot print on Williams' mind when she was just a little girl. Ten years ago she created Oregonbigfoot.com and has logged sights and sounds, for about a thousand cases. "I started gathering all these reports because I wanted to see from all of these reports if sources validated one another, and I found out they were," says Williams. But when two men from Georgia said Friday that they stumbled on Bigfoot, Williams says something didn't smell right. "What it looks like to me is that it's not a human, and it's not an ape, it's definitely something that we've never seen before," says Matt Whitton, one of the men who claim to have found Bigfoot. "You can smell a hoax right off the bat. There's just something that smells fishy; it doesn't smell like Bigfoot," says Williams. She says a body found on a hike in June and stored in a freezer ever since should be decomposing. She also questions the validity of the DNA evidence. Plus she questions the credibility of the witnesses and the man they hired to represent them, Tom Biscardi. "What I've seen, what I touched, what I felt, what I prodded, was not a mask that was sewn on a bear hide," says Biscardi. Williams is skeptical of Biscardi, and says the body looks like a costume you can buy online. She's worried that if this is another hoax, it could damage the work she's done to show big foot is real. Biscardi says top scientists will do an autopsy on the creature on Monday, so we'll just have to wait to see how this story plays out. Solzhenitsyn death leaves complex legacy in Russia By JIM HEINTZ 3 hours ago MOSCOW (AP) Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Vladimir Putin could have seemed like natural enemies a writer plagued by the secret police and a president who started his career with the KGB. But by the time of the Nobel Prize-winning Solzhenitsyn's death at age 89 on Sunday he had warmed to Putin's vision of Russia. His death left a complex legacy vividly intense books standing up for human dignity and free thought, but support for a man widely criticized as pushing Russia back into repressive ways. As a young author, Solzhenitsyn earned worldwide acclaim as an unbending dissident whose books exposed dictator Josef Stalin's network of slave labor camps and undermined the Soviet system. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who closed the last of the Soviet political prisons in the 1980s, praised Solzhenitsyn as "one of the first who spoke aloud about the inhuman Stalinist regime and about the people who experienced it but were not broken." But Putin, a veteran of the KGB that waged a campaign of harassment against Solzhenitsyn in the 1960s and '70s who is now prime minister after eight years as president, also laid claim to the writer's memory. Putin called Solzhenitsyn "our compatriot and contemporary," saying the "entire thorny path of his life will remain for us an example of genuine devotion and selfless serving to the people, fatherland and the ideals of freedom, justice and humanism." Solzhenitsyn's nonfiction trilogy, "The Gulag Archipelago," published in the 1970s, shocked the Soviet elite, helped destroy lingering support for the Soviet experiment in the West and inspired a generation of dissidents in the Soviet Union. While he was relentless in exposing the tyranny of the Stalinist era, he became a fierce critic of the West and embraced Putin-era efforts to weaken or abolish democratic institutions in the early 21st century. Viktor Pavlov, a 69-year-old writer who worked amid Soviet labor camps in the Arctic city of Norilsk in the 1950s, said he worried that Solzhenitsyn's passing could stifle what little dissent remains in Russia. "While Solzhenitsyn accepted Putinism, the writer always remained the man who embodied openness, criticism of the powers-that-be, the powers that Putin all his life served," Pavlov said in Paris, where he now lives after fleeing what he said was pressure from Russian authorities over his writings in 2006. Nina L. Khrushcheva called Solzhenitsyn an ally of her great-grandfather, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, in the effort to dismantle the cruel legacy of the his predecessor dictator Josef Stalin. She called the Gulag trilogy "this incredible monument to the horrors of Stalinism." But she, too, was critical of his embrace of Putin, saying Solzhenitsyn's Russian nationalism was even stronger than his anti-Stalinism. One of Solzhenitsyn's sons, Stepan, defended his father's view, saying Russia under Putin has changed in ways that pleased his father. "Undoubtedly, Russia has turned some kind of corner," he said. "Look around you. This is not a country where people cower in fear." Born Dec. 11, 1918, Solzhenitsyn served as a front-line artillery captain in World War II, then in the war's closing weeks was arrested for calling Stalin "the man with the mustache" in a letter to a friend. He was sentenced to eight years in labor camps. After that, he served three years of exile in Kazakhstan. It was during this period that he began to write, and continued to do so while working as a mathematics teacher. His first book, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch," was published in 1962 by Khrushchev's order. The book created a sensation in a country where unpleasant truths were spoken in whispers, if at all. Abroad, "One Day" was lauded not only for its bravery, but for its spare, unpretentious language. After Khrushchev was ousted in 1964, Solzhenitsyn faced KGB harassment, publication of his works was blocked and he was expelled from the Soviet Writers Union. But he was undeterred. In the novel "Cancer Ward," which appeared in 1967, cancer became a metaphor for the fatal sickness of the Soviet system a system, he wrote, that forced Soviet citizens to choose one of three roles: tyrant, traitor, prisoner. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, but Soviet authorities barred him from traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the ceremony. Pressure from the government only increased in 1973 when the first book in the "Gulag" trilogy appeared in Paris. The following year, Solzhenitsyn was arrested on treason charges and expelled the next day to West Germany in handcuffs. His expulsion inspired worldwide condemnation of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Solzhenitsyn eventually moved to America, settling in the tiny town of Cavendish, Vt., with his wife and sons, for the next 18 years. There he worked on what he considered his life's work, a multi-volume saga of Russian history titled "The Red Wheel." Gorbachev restored Solzhenitsyn's citizenship in 1990 and the treason charge was dropped in 1991. He returned home with uncharacteristic fanfare in 1994. Besides his wife, Natalya, Solzhenitsyn is survived by his three sons, including Stepan, Ignat and Yermolai. Public viewing of Solzhenitsyn's body is to take place Tuesday at the Russian Academy of Sciences, with his funeral and burial the following day at Moscow's Donskoi Monastery. Associated Press writers Douglas Birch, Paul Sonne and Dave Nowak in Moscow and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.