July 13, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “[H]ow do you do that for an entire hour with kids? You can’t just go in and say that’s what we’re talking about. They’ll be totally turned off.”

–School board member Teresa Cornette of Boyd County, Kentucky, reacting to a court ruling on mandated gay tolerance classes.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “CNN tours Gitmo prison camp”
[o2] “Ocean temperatures highest in 50 years”
[o3] “West turns blind eye as police put Saddam’s torturers to work”

LONDON ATTACKS: BACKLASH
[o4] “Plea for calm after mosque attacks”
[o5] “Plea for calm after mosque attacks”
[o6] “Six Auckland mosques vandalized”
[o7] “London blasts reopen Spanish divide over Madrid attack”

POLITICS & EDUCATION
[o8] “BIA’s education programs lagging behind nation”
[o9] “Teachers group goes after Bush’s No Child Left Behind law”

GAY RIGHTS
[10] “Green Bay joins fight against benefits for gay partners”
[11] “AMA begins to tackle LGBT issues”
[12] “ACLU asks to reopen Boyd schools gay-rights suit”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “Bush urges less global oil use, as U.S. guzzles it”
[14] “Md. gas terminal under scrutiny”
[15] “Lead found in candy could pose danger”
[16] “Panel affirms radiation link to cancer”

VIEWPOINT
[17] “Make looting history”
[18] “What did the FBI know?”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“CNN tours Gitmo prison camp”
CNN.com, July 7, 2005

Reporters had to erase footage taken of prisoners at Guantanamo during a report prison conditions and torture allegations.

[o2]

“Ocean temperatures highest in 50 years”
Associated Press, July 9, 2005

Unexpected species are turning up in the Gulf of Alaska, and one scientist said water temperatures were unprecedented.

[o3]

“West turns blind eye as police put Saddam’s torturers back to work”
Times Online (U.K.), July 7, 2005

The U.S. and Britain are aware of torture by police trained under Saddam Hussein, but they are needed to fight the insurgents.

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LONDON ATTACKS: BACKLASH

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[o4]

“Plea for calm after mosque attacks”
Manchester Evening News, July 11, 2005

Muslim community officials said they were surprised by attacks on two mosques in Bristol, known as a tolerant and diverse city.

[o5]

“‘Sick’ BNP produce bus blast leaflet”
Daily Mail (U.K.), July 12, 2005

A right-ring British party is under fire for a leaflet depicting the bus destroyed in the attacks and an anti-Labour slogan.

[o6]

“Six Auckland mosques vandalized”
Australian Associated Press, July 11, 2005

New Zealand officials said they stood with Muslims after six Auckland mosques were vandalized with the words “R.I.P. London.”

[o7]

“London blasts reopen Spanish divide over Madrid attack”
Reuters, July 9, 2005

Spain’s Popular Party said the Socialists should not have attacked them after the Madrid bombings, citing conservative support for Blair.

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POLITICS & EDUCATION

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[o8]

“BIA’s education programs lagging behind nation”
Indian Country Today, July 1, 2005

Senators slammed Indian education officials for delaying a needs assessment for schools and said they had misused their funding.

[9]

“Teachers group goes after Bush’s No Child Left Behind law”
Medill News Service, July 8, 2005

Illinois teachers joined a federal lawsuit claiming No Child Left Behind puts an unconstitutional and underfunded burden on schools.

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GAY RIGHTS

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[10]

“Green Bay joins fight against benefits for gay partners”
Associated Press, July 7, 2005

Six gay state workers say that Wisconson’s denial of health benefits for their partners violates the state’s equal protection clause.

[11]

“AMA begins to tackle LGBT issues”
Windy City Times (IL), July 6, 2005

The American Medical Association passed resolutions urging equal access for, and sensitivity to, lesbians and gays.

[12]

“ACLU asks to reopen Boyd schools gay-rights suit”
The Courier-Journal (KY), July 7, 2005

The ACLU wants a judge to enforce a ruling requiring Kentucky students to take gay tolerance classes.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[13]

“Bush urges less global oil use, as U.S. guzzles it”
Reuters, July 8, 2005

President Bush has spent $20 billion to reduce climate change, and pushes oil conservation abroad, but critics say he’s “disingenuous.”

[14]

“Md. gas terminal under scrutiny”
Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2005

A liquefied natural gas terminal in Maryland has had 1,400 leaks in two years. The company may charge residents for repairs.

[15]

“Lead found in candy could pose danger”
Tri-City Herald (WA), July 6, 2005

Washington state’s Department of Health says some candies imported from Mexico contains dangerous levels of lead.

[16]

“Panel affirms radiation link to cancer”
Associated Press, June 29, 2005

The National Academy of Sciences found that even small amounts of radiation from waste or medical treatments can cause cancer.

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VIEWPOINT

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[17]

“Make looting history”
Pambazuka News (South Africa), July 7, 2005

An editorialist decries “looting, theft and frank exploitation” of African natural resources, which he blames on Western interests.

[18]

“What did the FBI know?”
Salon.com, July 7, 2005

“The Real Target?”
Newsweek, November 22, 2004

Back in 2004, Newsweek reported FBI agents in Britain were avoiding the Underground based on rumors of a possible al Qaeda attack.

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