April 13, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “The testimony that has been delivered in a shroud of secrecy may lead to a more explosive political scandal than either of our countries has seen since Nixon. And we’re left to learn about this from Americans.”

— Canadian lawyer James Rossiter on a U.S. blogger’s posting of banned “Adscam” testimony from a political corruption trial.
(story #o8, below)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “U.S. cash goes down the drain in Iraq”
[o2] “Killing Fields deal sparks anger”
[o3] “No Social Security number? No big deal under emerging loan programs”

STUDENT ACTIVISM
[o4] “Harvard divests from PetroChina stock”
[o5] “WU students refuse chancellor’s ultimatum”
[o6] “UC protest forces military recruiters to leave job fair”

CENSORSHIP
[o7] “Malaysian bloggers take a beating”
[o8] “U.S. blogger thwarts Canadian gag order”
[o9] “Iran bans parliamentary reporter”
[10] “AP calls criticism of Pulitzer win for photos ‘deeply offensive'”
[11] “China blocks Internet comments on the pope”

NATION
[12] “OSHA issued warning about dangerous ventilation stack in 1992”
[13] “California NAACP endorses same-sex marriage bill”
[14] “Pendulum begins swing away from death penalty”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “CDC report criticizes plan to dump nerve-agent waste in Delaware River”
[16] “Labels on fish give shoppers the whole story”
[17] “Gas-thirsty cars imperil U.S., conservative ex-officials warn”
[18] “Chinese farmers riot over crop poisoning”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“U.S. cash goes down the drain in Iraq”
Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2005

Thousands of dollars spent on Iraq’s sewage and electrical plants have gone to waste due to poor Iraqi management.

[o2]

“Killing Fields deal sparks anger”
BBC (U.K.), April 6, 2005

Cambodians are angry about a plan to sell off a Khmer Rouge memorial site to a Japanese firm.

[o3]

“No Social Security number? No big deal under emerging loan programs”
Newhouse News Service, April 3, 2005

Banks are offering a special type of loan to illegal immigrants who don’t have a Social Security number but want to invest in a house.

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STUDENT ACTIVISM

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[o4]

“Harvard divests from PetroChina stock”
Harvard Crimson, April 5, 2005

Under student pressure, Harvard will sell its shares in an oil company doing business with Sudan.

[o5]

“WU students refuse chancellor’s ultimatum”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 11, 2005

Washington University students have occupied the admissions office for a week now in an effort to raise staff wages.

[o6]

“UC protest forces military recruiters to leave job fair”
Register-Pajaronian (CA), April 7, 2005

UC Santa Cruz students forced Navy recruiters out of a job fair, calling the military “anti-gay.”

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CENSORSHIP

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[o7]

“Malaysian bloggers take a beating”
Asia Times online, April 6, 2005

Several Malaysian bloggers have been harassed by the government for posting “non-Islamic” content; one was arrested in February.

[o8]

“U.S. blogger thwarts Canadian gag order”
CNET News.com, April 5, 2005

An American blogger has been posting testimony from a controversial trial that Canadian outlets are legally prohibited from transcribing.

[o9]

“Iran bans parliamentary reporter”
BBC (U.K.), April 6, 2005

An Iranian reporter was ejected from parliament for revealing salary hikes among MP’s who campaigned against materialism.

[10]

“AP calls criticism of Pulitzer win for photos ‘deeply offensive'”
Editor & Publisher, April 6, 2005

The AP defended its Pulitzer Prize-winning photos against conservatives who called them unpatriotic.

[11]

“China blocks Internet comments on the pope”
Agence France- Presse, April 4, 2005

Several Chinese discussion forums suddenly erased all comments on the pope, but denied the government had intervened.

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NATION

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[12]

“OSHA issued warning about dangerous ventilation stack in 1992”
Houston Chronicle, April 8, 2005

The faulty equipment that led to the Texas BP chemical plant explosion was the subject of an OSHA citation 13 years ago.

[13]

“California NAACP endorses same-sex marriage bill”
Associated Press, April 5, 2005

The NAACP’s California chapter is supporting a state bill to legalize gay marriage, even though the issue divides the black community.

[14]

“Pendulum begins swing away from death penalty”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2005

In the wake of the Terri Schiavo case, two conservative Republican senators have softened their stances on the death penalty.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[15]

“CDC report criticizes plan to dump nerve-agent waste in Delaware River”
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 6, 2005

State legislators are red-flagging plans developed by the Army and DuPont to dump more than 1,200 tons of VX nerve toxin.

[16]

“Labels on fish give shoppers the whole story”
San Jose Mercury News, April 5, 2005

Supermarkets across the country will begin labeling fish to help consumers choose species that are not overfished.

[17]

“Gas-thirsty cars imperil U.S., conservative ex-officials warn”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2005

Several prominent conservatives, fearing foreign dependence on oil, are urging the White House to promote sustainable technologies.

[18]

“Chinese farmers riot over crop poisoning”
Sunday Times online (U.K.), April 12, 2005

Thousands of farmers are angered by groundwater contamination from 13 chemical plants, which they say has endangered their crops.

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