January 5, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world —
and your own backyard

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QUOTED: “It’s discouraging to me that the Department of Defense uses the terrorist attacks as a cloak to excuse themselves from environmental laws.”

–Environmentalist Kyla Bennett, on DOD attempts to alter environmental laws on land it controls
(Story #o3, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Govt. resorts to banned DDT to fight malaria”
[o2] “Kurds petition U.N. for independence from Iraq”
[o3] “Pentagon is pressing to bypass environmental laws for war
       games and arms testing”

NATION
[o4] “CIA’s private jet an open secret in terror war”
[o5] “Satan worshiper, witch testing religious liberty”
[o6] “Give up the suburb? Yes. Give up the car? No way”
[o7] “Ecstasy to be tested on terminal patients”
[o8] “U.S. soldiers in Iraq hit by rare, deadly pneumonia”
[o9] “Journalists petition FCC to challenge Fox-13 license renewal”

ELECTION 2004
[10] “Conyers to object to Ohio vote count, certification”
[11] “Shrewd spending boosted GOP in presidential race, study finds”
[12] “Troxler to write letters to displaced Carteret voters”
[13] “DNC launches investigation into election anomalies”

WORLD
[14] “Scarves are veils of protection”
[15] “In Sri Lanka, aid workers combat wild rumors and lingering fear”
[16] “Debate over Israeli army’s role in school”

POLLUTION CRACKDOWN
[17] “No small problem”
[18] “Uzbeks promise smelter clean-up”
[19] “Russia plans laws against polluting industry in 2005”
[20] “EPA takes closer look at environmental mercury levels”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Govt. resorts to banned DDT to fight malaria”
Zimbabwe Standard, December 12, 2004

Lack of foreign aid has forced Zimbabwe to reintroduce the use of
toxic and persistent pesticide to control mosquito-borne illness.

[o2]

“Kurds petition for U.N. independence from Iraq”
New York Sun, December 24, 2004

Almost half of Iraqi Kurds have signed a petition seeking
independence from the rest of Iraq, a step U.N. officials oppose.

[o3]

NATION

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[o4]

“CIA’s private jet an open secret in terror war”
Washington Post, December 27, 2004

A Gulfstream V turbojet has been spotted ferrying terror suspects
around the world, leading human rights groups to accuse U.S. spies
of violating U.N. rules.

[o5]

“Satan worshiper, witch testing religious liberty”
New York Sun, December 24, 2004

A pending Supreme Court case on the religious rights of prison
inmates could affect a broad range of public accommodations.

[o6]

f=/c/a/2004/12/28/MNGP6AHUVP1.DTL” target=”_blank”>”Ecstasy to be tested on terminal patients”
Washington Post, December 28, 2004

Harvard has been granted the right to study the effects of
psychedelic drug on terminal cancer patients.

[o8]

“Journalists petition FCC to challenge Fox-13 license renewal”
Tampa Bay Business Journal, January 3, 2004

Two reporters fired from a Tampa Fox TV affiliate after reporting
on hormones in milk are asking the FCC to deny the station’s
pending license renewal.

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ELECTION 2004

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[10]

“Conyers to object to Ohio vote count, certification”
BlackAmericaWeb.com, January 4, 2005

Rep. John Conyers has challenged senators to join him as he
registers an objection to the way votes were counted in Ohio.

[11]

8364825c.html” target=”_blank”>”Troxler to write letters to displaced Carteret voters”
Associated Press, January 4, 2005

A candidate for North Carolina agriculture commissioner is
resisting a statewide recount after a voting-machine glitch.

[13]

WORLD

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[14]

“In Sri Lanka, aid workers combat wild rumors and lingering fear”
Christian Science Monitor, January 3, 2005

Sri Lankan tsunami survivors are still in shock, afraid to rebuild
their lives, and are heading inland en masse for fear of another
killer wave.

[16]

“Debate over Israeli army’s role in school”
The Christian Science Monitor, January 3, 2005

Israeli high school students object to a state program that
deploys army officials to lecture them.

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POLLUTION CRACKDOWN

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[17]

“Uzbeks promise smelter clean-up”
BBC (U.K.), January 3, 2004

A copper smelter plant in Uzbekistan, a major area polluter, has
promised to introduce environmental reforms.

[19]

“Russia plans laws against polluting industry in 2005”
Reuters, January 4, 2005

Russia plans to modernize its factories and encourage major
industrial polluters to comply with a new “ecological code.”

[20]

“EPA takes closer look at environmental mercury levels”
Taipei Times, December 29, 2004

Taiwan’s government intends to measure environmental mercury
levels with a new type of analysis technology.

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Editors: Allison Bloch, Julia Scott, Michael Stoll

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