August 10, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “They don’t have to put up yellow tape around a house saying ‘Caution: Benzene.’ Just send me a letter or put a note on my door.”

— Alabama homeowner Harry Terry, who suspects a benzene leak under his house gave his daughter leukemia.
(Story #13, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Military ousts more gays for online ads”
[o2] “Illegal defense”
[o3] “All world’s glaciers could melt, latest data indicate”

WORLD
[o4] “Israel scores low on gov’t quality study”
[o5] “Davis attacks U.K. multiculturalism “
[o6] “Russian TV takes Soviet-era turn”
[o7] “Socialists ditched bill to ban asbestos”

NATION
[o8] “New elite force will guard U.S. weapons-grade nuclear materials”
[o9] “Vets seek apology for anti-gay protest at funeral”
[10] “Nun is public face of investor group”

HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI
[11] “Hiroshima film cover-up exposed”
[12] “Poll: U.S. more likely to expect WWIII”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “Danger beneath our feet”
[14] “Buried ordnance has residents wondering if yards hold hidden danger”
[15] “Poison feast of salmon contaminates BC grizzlies”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “End of an era”
[17] “Freedom of the press U.S. style on Okinawa”
[18] “The naive American”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Military ousts more gays for online ads”
PlanetOut Network, August 4, 2005

The Army discharged a soldier for his personal ad on a gay website, even though he did not use it while on active duty.

[o2]

“Illegal defense”
Center for Public Integrity, August 4, 2005

Rep. Tom DeLay is one of five lawmakers who have illegally accepted lobbyist contributions to their legal defense funds.

[o3]

“All world’s glaciers could melt, latest scientific data indicates”
Environment News Service, August 5, 2005

A five-year global study blames human activities for glacial melting that could leave entire mountain ranges free of ice.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“Israel scores low on gov’t quality study”
Jerusalem Post, August 4, 2005

Israel scored the lowest in a World Bank survey of political
stability, corruption and law enforcement in Western regions.

[o5]

“Davis attacks U.K. multiculturalism”
BBC (U.K.), August 3, 2005

A British official faces controversy after blaming his country’s policy of multiculturalism for letting terrorism take root.

[o6]

“Russian TV takes Soviet-era turn”
Christian Science Monitor, August 4, 2005

Two new state-controlled TV networks in Russia will instill a sense of “patriotism” in viewers amidst a time of turmoil.

[o7]

“Socialists ditched bill to ban asbestos”
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan), August 6, 2005

Japan’s social democrats could have prevented the current asbestos crisis with a ban in 1991, but industry lobbyists defeated it.

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NATION

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[o8]

“New elite force will guard U.S. weapons-grade nuclear materials”
Environment News Service, August 5, 2005

A new report warns that the Department of Energy’s beefed-up plans for nuclear security may not be in place till 2010.

[o9]

“Vets seek apology for anti-gay protest at funeral”
CBS2 (Chicago), August 8, 2005

Members of a Kansas church are disrupting military funerals, saying that combat deaths are divine punishment for homosexuality.

[10]

“Nun is public face of investor group”
Chicago Tribune, August 7, 2005

A Chicago nun represents a religious coalition of shareholders that pressures Kraft, ExxonMobil and GE for better business practices.

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HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI

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[11]

“Hiroshima film cover-up exposed”
Editor & Publisher, August 5, 2005

Fearing of backlash, the U.S. censored footage of the aftermath of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan until this year.

[12]

“Poll: U.S. more likely to expect WWIII”
Associated Press, July 23, 2005

In contrast to Americans, the Japanese don’t expect another world war to occur, and say the use of nuclear weapons is never justified.

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ENVIRONMENT

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[13]

“Danger beneath our feet”
Decatur Daily, August 7, 2005

Officials knew, but Alabama residents didn’t find out they were living on a benzene leak until a local newspaper broke the story.

[14]

“Buried ordnance has residents wondering if their yards hold hidden danger”
Macon Telegraph, August 7, 2005

Home buyers in Georgia are not being told that their properties may be riddled with live explosives from an old military base.

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“Poison feast of salmon contaminates BC grizzlies”
Globe and Mail (Canada), August 5, 2005

Coastal grizzly bears that feast on Pacific salmon show much higher levels of PCB contamination than their inland brethren.

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VIEWPOINT

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[16]

“End of an era”
Haaretz (Israel), August 8, 2005

Israel’s pullout plan is a “fraud” and feeds Jewish racism, but may also may help create long-term peace, writes a columnist.

[17]

“Freedom of the press U.S. style on Okinawa”
ZMag.org, August 3, 2005

Okinawan newspapers say the U.S. Army has shut them out, fearing that their stories will stoke local anti-military sentiment.

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“The naive American”
The Guardian (U.K.), August 5, 2005

The last blog entries of Steven Vincent, the American reporter killed in Iraq last week, reveal a lively, hopeful sensibility.

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