February 23, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “I don’t want to reach across the aisle; I want to win.
Republicans used our community as a wedge in the [2004] election.”

–Orlando commissioner Patty Sheehan is one of many gay Florida
Democrats fired up by their new national party chairman.
(Story #08, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Behind the walls of ward 54”
[o2] “U.S. sees dead people on farm subsidy rolls”
[o3] “Two more Irishmen involved in IRA operation in Bulgaria —
report”

KYOTO PROTOCOL
[o4] “State bypasses Kyoto, fights global warming”
[o5] “Russian firms turn Kyoto pioneers”
[o6] “Chile poised to take full advantage of Kyoto”
[07] “India leads in CDM projects”

NATION
[o8] “Rebel Dean inspires gays in Florida”
[o9] “Rally backs gay marriage”
[10] “Party may be over for Big Pharma”
[11] “White House press meeting yields no credentialing changes, yet”

WORLD
[12] “In devastated Somalia, anarchy is the only rule”
[13] “China has overtaken US as world’s leading consumer: think tank”
[14] “Zim tightening its grip on foreign journos”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “In pictures: How the world is changing”
[16] “On a slow quest for water”
[17] “Study links traffic, student ailments”
[18] “Seum bill would kill air district in Louisville”

VIEWPOINT
[19] “Gannons to the left of me”
[20] “Shooting the messenger”

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TOP STORIES

Top

[o1]

“Behind the walls of Ward 54”
Salon.com (VA), February 18, 2005

A major veterans’ hospital is accused of overmedicating and misdiagnosing patients to save money.

[o2]

“U.S. sees dead people on farm subsidy rolls”
Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2005

Although farm-subsidy recipients must be “actively engaged” in farming, millions of dollars go to dead people and absentee owners.

[o3]

“Two more Irishmen involved in IRA operation in Bulgaria — report”
Irish Examiner, February 23, 2005

“Pressure mounts on Sinn Fein”
Guardian (U.K.), February 21, 2005

Ireland’s peace process is reeling from the accusation that high-ranking Sinn Fein leaders are linked to an IRA bank heist.

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KYOTO PROTOCOL

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[o4]

State bypasses Kyoto, fights global warming
San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2005

The U.S. has opted out of Kyoto, but California’s energy sector is cutting global-warming emissions nonetheless.

[o5]

“Russian firms turn Kyoto pioneers”
BBC (U.K.), February 17, 2005

A Russian pulp and paper mill is hoping to cash in on Kyoto’s economic incentives.

[o6]

“Chile poised to take full advantage of Kyoto”
Inter Press Service, February 18, 2005

With weather patterns shifting and Andean glaciers retreating, Chile hopes to capitalize on “clean” technology credits.

[o7]

“India leads in CDM projects”
The Hindu, February 18, 2005

India has taken the lead in trading pollution credits for clean-energy investments by industrialized nations.

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NATION

Top

[o8]

“Rebel Dean inspires gays in Florida”
February 13, 2005

Gay Florida Democrats say they are rallying for confrontation, not compromise, on gay marriage and other social issues.

[o9]

“Rally backs gay marriage”
Journal Register News Service (RI), February 16, 2005

Several State Senators in Rhode Island have introduced a bill to legalize gay marriage.

[10]

“Party may be over for Big Pharma”
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2005

The pharmaceutical industry’s reliance on blockbuster drugs leads to layoffs when scandals occur.

[11]

“White House press meeting yields no credentialing changes, yet”
Editor & Publisher, February 15, 2005

The White House is not in a rush to reform the process by which reporters such as “Jeff Gannon” get a press pass.

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WORLD

Top

[12]

“In devastated Somalia, anarchy is the only rule”
San Francisco Chronicle, February 19, 2005

Somalia has fallen into total chaos and lawlessness, lacking a government and security infrastructure.

[13]

“China has overtaken US as world’s leading consumer: think tank”
Agence France-Presse, February 15, 2005

China has eclipsed the U.S. in terms of overall consumption of meat, grains, fertilizer, steel and other basics.

[14]

“Zim tightening its grip on foreign journos”
South African Press Association, February 16, 2005

“Expelled South Africans furious”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, February 18, 2005

With parliamentary elections looming, Zimbabwe is clamping down on journalists, and giving the cold shoulder to foreign observers.

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ENVIRONMENT

Top

[15]

“In pictures: How the world is changing”
BBC (U.K.), February 2005

A photo essay examines how climate change is affecting glaciers in Argentina and Switzerland, shorelines in North Carolina, and more.

[16]

“On a slow quest for water”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 16, 2005

Cities in the Great Lakes region are planning for a day when water will not be so plentiful.

[17]

“Study links traffic, student ailments”
Contra Costa Times, February 22, 2005

Children in schools near roads and freeways have a seven percent higher rate of asthma and bronchitis, a study finds.

[18]

“Seum bill would kill air district in Louisville”
Louisville Courier-Journal, February 16, 2005

A Kentucky state senator, “at the request of business representatives he declined to identify,” hopes to limit local regulatory powers.

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VIEWPOINT

Top

[19]

“Gannons to the left of me”
National Review Online, February 16, 2005

The Gannon controversy exposes liberal hypocrisy, says Tim Graham; reporters lobbed softball questions at President Clinton for years.

[20]

“Shooting the messenger”
The Nation, February 17, 2005

Jeremy Scahill says CNN’s Eason Jordan was unfairly punished for speaking the truth about the targeting of nonembedded journalists

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