August 5, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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Quoted: “[I] think it’s a very disturbing trend. It is a reflection, as best I can judge, of a faulty educational system in the United States.”

— Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, on a growing income gap that rewards top executives while hurting other Americans.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Gaza Strip relocation bewilders settlers”
[o2] “Common drilling technique to be exempt from federal regulation”
[o3] “Gay men’s home burns, with epithet left behind”

WORLD
[o4] “Labor unrest at Honda ends, workers sign deal”
[o5] “Bad food flooding in”
[o6] “Troops start Georgian withdrawal”
[o7] “Vatican hits back in suicide bombers row”

NATION
[o8] “At free dailies, advertisers sometimes call the shots”
[o9] “Migrants to return voluntarily under bill”
[10] “Elderly Americans lose millions to Internet scams”
[11] “E-voting machines rejected”
[12] “Income gap grows in U.S.”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “Ohioans found full of C8 near DuPont plant”
[14] “Disputed border project targets ‘sewage tsunami'”
[15] “State asks for federal probe of Ford cleanup”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “The victim and the killer”
[17] “Press ignores classified info scandal involving terrorists”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Gaza Strip relocation bewilders settlers”
Boston Globe, July 31, 2005

Dozens of Jewish families about to be relocated from the Gaza Strip are in denial, and refuse to pack up.

[o2]

“Common drilling technique to be exempt from federal regulation”
Mobile Register, July 29, 2005

The energy bill removes federal oversight for a type of methane drilling said to pollute groundwater.

[o3]

“Gay men’s home burns, with epithet left behind”
Orlando Sentinel, July 29, 2005

A young gay couple’s home was torched in a neighborhood hate crime; such violent crimes are increasing in Florida.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“Labor unrest at Honda ends, workers sign deal”
Press Trust of India, July 30, 2005

India’s Honda plant workers returned to work after clashes with police last week, and agreed not to strike again for a year.

[o5]

“Bad food flooding in”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, July 27, 2005

Without the quality control of American customs checkpoints, Kurdish Iraqis are getting sick from expired packaged food.

[o6]

“Two centuries later, Russian troops begin leaving Georgia.”
Agence France Presse, July 30, 2005

Russian troops in Georgia began their final withdrawal, but an anti-terrorist agreement may leave room for a future “security presence.”

[o7]

“Vatican hits back in suicide bombers row”
Telegraph (U.K.), July 30, 2005

The Vatican defended the pope’s failure to condemn a terrorist attack in Israel, saying Israel’s tactics are questionable too.

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NATION

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[o8]

“At free dailies, advertisers sometimes call the shots”
Grade the News, July 27, 2005

Several free Bay Area tabloids blur the line between journalism and advertising, hiring ad reps to write columns plugging products.

[o9]

“Migrants to return voluntarily under bill”
Arizona Republic, July 20, 2005

A GOP-sponsored bill would require immigrants to volunteer to leave the country, raising questions about its effectiveness.

[10]

“Elderly Americans lose millions to Internet scams”
Reuters, July 28, 2005

American seniors lost $152 million to fraudulent auctions, sweepstakes, lotteries, and identity theft last year.

[11]

“E-voting machines rejected”
Oakland Tribune, July 29, 2005

California testing found flaws in new Diebold voting machines; a previous model broke down during the 2004 elections.

[12]

“Income gap grows in U.S.”
Washington Times, July 31, 2005

Alan Greenspan says he is worried about a widening income gap that rewards executives and punishes wage-earners.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[13]

“Ohioans found full of C8 near DuPont plant”
Columbus Dispatch, July 28, 2005

Ohio residents living across the river from a DuPont plant have carcinogenic levels of a Teflon-related chemical in their bodies.

[14]

“Disputed border project targets ‘sewage tsunami'”
Sacramento Bee, July 31, 2005

A private company will treat sewage pouring into California from Tijuana, and resell the treated water to Mexico.

[15]

“State asks for federal probe of Ford cleanup”
NorthJersey.com, July 27, 2005

A New Jersey official has accused Ford of lying to the state about completing its 20-year Superfund paint cleanup.

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VIEWPOINT

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[16]

“The victim and the killer”
Salon.com, July 27, 2005

An American reporter revisits the final minutes of his Iraqi colleague’s life before he was killed by U.S. soldiers.

[17]

“Press ignores classified info scandal involving actual terrorists”
Townhall.com, July 26, 2005

A conservative columnist fears that suspected terrorists in federal prison can say anything they want through their translators.

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