Thanks for your extensive suggestions and comments. A few folks suggested that SELinux might be the issue. Tobin's suggestion to change one of the settings proved effective:
"# setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect 1".
Thanks to everyone who helped -- I learned a lot.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Greg McClellan
Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:04 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] calling another webpage within CGI script
I had a similar problem a while back which was solved by disabling