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• The Los Angeles Times reports that "Wal-Mart celebrated the start of construction on its controversial new store in Chinatown on Tuesday, days before a planned march that labor organizers are touting as the largest anti-Wal-Mart demonstration in U.S. history.

"At a news conference inside a cavernous storefront that is being converted into a 33,000-square-foot grocery store, Wal-Mart officials and local business leaders exchanged traditional Chinese good-luck offerings as local performers did a dragon dance. Kim Sentovich, a Wal-Mart senior vice president, told the crowd that her company was proud 'to improve access to fresh and affordable healthy foods'."

Local organized labor factions are fighting to stop construction of the store, which already has received the necessary permits. According to the story, "The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance has filed an appeal with the city, which is under review. In the meantime, activists are organizing a weekend of anti-Wal-Mart actions, including a protest concert Friday night and a big march Saturday."
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