June 29, 2005

News You Might Have Missed * June 23-29, 2005

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

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QUOTED: “You can’t even compare this to the 1930s. It’s more like the Middle Ages.”

— Media activist Sergei Plotnikov on the conviction of a Russian journalist for slander in an unpublished article (story #15, below).

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Firm of EPA nominee linked to Grace”
[o2] “Brownback committee reviews Roe v. Wade”
[o3] “Accusations hurled as officials brief residents on Agent Orange”

BIOENGINEERED FOODS
[o4] “GM corn stays on shelf, despite health concerns”
[o5] “GMO foods can bring benefits, vigilance needed — WHO”

CHARTER & VOUCHER SCHOOLS
[o6] “Arizona wants charter-school funds restored”
[o7] “Lessons from the voucher schools”
[o8] “Charter school owner accused”

ENVIRONMENT
[O9] “Study: Perchlorate contamination, cleanup not under federal watch”
[10] “Parking lots carry massive pollution threat”
[11] “Councilman wants to dump the dumps”

NATION
[12] “U-M demands an audit of Coke”
[13] “Tenn. probes ‘ex-gay’ camp”
[14] “Gallup: Those opposed to military draft hit record high”

WORLD MEDIA
[15] “Russian journalist jailed for unpublished article”
[16] “Editor defensive over discredited Iraq reports”
[17] “Iraq violence shifting Arab media”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “No democracy for you”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Firm of EPA nominee linked to Grace”
Baltimore Sun, June 25, 2005

Bush’s nominee for the EPA enforcement chief has defended polluters such as asbestos litigant W.R. Grace & co.

[o2]

“Brownback committee reviews Roe v. Wade”
Wichita Eagle, June 24, 2005

“Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade and other abortion opponents testified opposite pro-choice doctors at a contentious Senate hearing.

[o3]

“Accusations hurled as federal officials brief N.B. residents on Agent Orange”
Canadian Press, June 25, 2005

Canadian veterans demanded compensation after exposure to Agent Orange at a military base in the 1960s.

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BIOENGINEERED FOODS

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[o4]

“GM corn stays on shelf, despite health concerns”
Globe and Mail (Canada), June 23, 2005

Canada’s health minister backed a Monsanto corn product, although tests revealed it caused changes in rat organs.

[o5]

“WHO says GM food may benefit health and environment”
Reuters, June 24, 2005

“WHO: transgenic foods safe so far, but testing essential”
Environment News Service, June 23, 2005

The World Health Organization said biotech crops could have benefits, but require pre-market testing and other precautions.

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CHARTER & VOUCHER SCHOOLS

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[o6]

“Arizona wants charter-school funds restored”
Arizona Republic, June 16, 2005

Arizona is fighting a ruling that would revoke federal funds for special education and poor students in charter schools.

[o7]

“Lessons from the voucher schools”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 11, 2005

Milwaukee’s voucher schools have the same problems as public schools, despite taxpayer funding: lack of resources and talent.

[o8]

“Charter school owner accused”
Cincinnati Enquirer, June 17, 2005

The owner of a charter-school chain is accused of buying favors through donations to state legislators.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[o9]

“Study: Perchlorate contamination, cleanup not under federal watch”
San Bernardino Sun, June 22, 2005

There is no monitoring system for perchlorate contamination, and no way to take action to clean it up, according to the GAO.

[10]

“Parking lots carry massive pollution threat”
Austin American-Statesman, June 23, 2005

A new study finds that chemicals used to seal parking lots endanger aquatic life as runoff accumulates.

[11]

“Councilman wants to dump the dumps”
Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2004

A Los Angeles politician has wants to convert landfill materials into methane and ethanol using new technologies.

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NATION

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[12]

“U-M demands an audit of Coke”
Ann Arbor News, June 25, 2005

A University of Michigan campus may end Coca-Cola sales unless the company improves business practices in India and Colombia.

[13]

“Tenn. probes ‘ex-gay’ camp”
Washington Blade, June 24, 2005

Tennessee officials are investigating claims of child abuse at a religious camp that claims to turn gay teens straight.

[14]

“Gallup: Those opposed to military draft hit record high”
Vermont Guardian, June 17, 2005

A poll finds that 85% of U.S. parents oppose a new draft, and that only half would support their child’s decision to enlist.

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WORLD MEDIA

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[15]

“Russian journalist jailed for unpublished article”
Guardian (U.K.), June 24, 2005

A Russian journalist was jailed for slandering a local official in an article, except that the slanderous content was never published.

[16]

“Editor defensive over discredited Iraq reports”
The Sunday Mail (Australia), June 23, 2005

An Australian newspaper is defending a reporter’s disputed story that Iraqi interim leader Iyad Allawi shot six prisoners.

[17]

“Iraq violence shifting Arab media”
BBC (U.K.), June 23, 2005

Iraqi TV news increasingly portrays suicide bombers as foreign terrorists, not heroes, in light of the civilians they target.

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VIEWPOINT

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[18]

“No democracy for you”
Salon.com, June 17, 2004

An Iranian-American, barred from visiting her family in Iran, laments the loss of democracy there.

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Editor: Julia Scott

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