April 27, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “Nowhere I have been have they done a commendable job. They [oil companies] go through like Sherman going through Georgia.”

–New Mexico rancher Bob Jones, on his state’s lawsuit against the federal government to prevent oil drilling
(Story #10, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Pope ‘obstructed’ sex abuse inquiry”
[o2] “Bush’s most radical plan yet”
[o3] “Brussels reporter loses battle to protect sources”

WORLD
[o4] “Serbia: More Mackatica body burning revelations”
[o5] “New Zim information minister to review media approach”
[o6] “British exam papers to be marked in India”
[o7] “U.S. firm eyes Labrador sites”

NATION
[o8] “In war’s name, public loses information”
[o9] “Detroit-area Jews, Arabs plan to invest in Palestinian territories”

OIL & GAS POLITICS
[10] “State sues BLM over Otero Mesa”
[11] “Hybrids could pay more gas tax”

HEALTH
[12] “Lawmakers part with locks of hair – all in the name of science”
[13] “Debate over family leave”
[14] “Probe of ill workers cited to expose flaws”

OCEAN RESOURCES
[15] “Seabed supplies a cure for global warming crisis”
[16] “Crystals may be sunken energy treasure”
[17] “Japan researchers look to seaweed in fight against global warming”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “There’s torture in my zeitgeist”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Pope ‘obstructed’ sex abuse inquiry”
Guardian (U.K.), April 24, 2005

Two Texans say Cardinal Ratzinger’s order to keep sex abuse investigations secret prevented them from bringing charges.

[o2]

“Bush’s most radical plan yet”
Rolling Stone, April 21, 2005

A budget provision would permit a presidential “Sunset Commission” to analyze — and terminate — any federal agency or program.

[o3]

“Brussels reporter loses battle to protect sources”
Guardian (U.K.), April 23, 2005

A court ruled the E.U. can access a reporter’s notes after he was arrested for a corruption expose last year.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“Serbia: More Mackatica body burning revelations”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, April 21, 2005

Fresh testimony implicates Slobodan Milosevic in the burning of truckloads of Albanian dead in a Serbian factory.

[o5]

“New Zim information minister to review media approach”
South African Press Association, April 24, 2005

Zimbabwe’s new information minister said he would “consider” press freedom concerns, but continues to demand “loyalty to the state.”

[o6]

“British exam papers to be marked in India”
Agence France-Presse, April 25, 2005

A British secondary school has outsourced the grading of student papers to an Indian firm.

[o7]

“U.S. firm eyes Labrador sites”
Globe and Mail, April 23, 2005

A U.S. defense contractor’s proposed radar station in Labrador would defy Canada’s abstention from U.S. missile defense programs.

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NATION

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“In war’s name, public loses information”
Boston Globe, April 24, 2005

Some federal agencies permit any worker to make a document secret, and provide no appeals process for gaining access.

[o9]

“Detroit-area Jews, Arabs plan to invest in Palestinian territories”
Associated Press, April 23, 2005

A multi-ethnic venture will contribute to a “Fund for Peace” that provides loans to businesses in Gaza and the West Bank.

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OIL & GAS POLITICS

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[10]

“State sues BLM over Otero Mesa”
Alamogordo News (NM) & Associated Press, April 23, 2005

New Mexico is suing to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from prospecting for oil and gas over an important water resource.

[11]

“Hybrids could pay more gas tax”
San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2005

A government commission is exploring a gas tax based on miles driven. Fuel-efficient hybrids could take a hit.

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HEALTH

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[12]

“Lawmakers part with locks of hair — all in the name of science”
Concord Monitor, April 21, 2005

Connecticut lawmakers had their hair tested for mercury as the legislature considers reducing power plant emissions.

[13]

“Debate over family leave”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 21, 2005

Labor Department plans to alter the Family Medical Leave Act could affect families that rely on the law for emergencies.

[14]

“Probe of ill workers cited to expose flaws”
Palm Beach Post, April 25, 2005

Critics say Florida’s Department of Agriculture lacks the training and will to punish growers who expose workers to pesticides.

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OCEAN RESOURCES

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[15]

“Seabed supplies a cure for global warming crisis”
Guardian (U.K.), April 24, 2005

Scientists are launching a pilot project to bury liquefied carbon dioxide in the North Sea, underneath a retiring oil field.

[16]

“Crystals may be sunken energy treasure”
San Antonio Express-News, April 18, 2005

Methane hydrate, in the form of undersea crystals, could supply all the nation’s natural gas — if scientists can extract it.

[17]

“Japan researchers look to seaweed in fight against global warming”
Knight Ridder Tribune, April 19, 2005

Japanese scientists want to reduce carbon dioxide by growing seaweed in the Pacific Ocean.

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VIEWPOINT

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“There’s torture in my zeitgeist”
Pacific News Service, April 25, 2005

“Torture chic” fashion styles, video games and pop-culture violence may only anesthetize us to real human rights violations.

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