September 6, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

Important but underreported news from around the world — tell a friend!

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QUOTED: “People here don’t get involved. They put [polluting] things out there and see who puts up the least resistance.”

— Debbie Carlin, a Seattle-area homeowner who, like many poor and minority Americans, lives near industrial pollution.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Farmers protest over alleged lead poisoning”
[o2] “Talk host fired over comments on Islam”
[o3] “Peru’s glaciers in retreat”

WORLD
[o4] “Digging for ‘tainted gold’ in Congo”
[o5] “Government moves job guarantee bill for rural areas”
[o6] “Swedish library to let visitors borrow living people”
[o7] “Army joins parade for Gay Pride”

NATION
[o8] “Stories differ in rave raid; court may decide”
[o9] “Court sides with Navy in dispute over abortion”

MEDIA
[10] “Chad: Journalists stop the presses”
[11] “Canadian broadcasters wage labor war on the Web”

HEALTH
[12] “Toxic burden for poor, minorities”
[13] “Leap in hospital infections”
[14] “City loses state contract to inspect area plants for bad air”
[15] “Seven families file suit over poor air quality”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “Gaza disengagement coverage splintered by factional views online”
[17] “Abu Ghraib general lambastes Bush administration”
[18] “The whiteness of Wi-Fi”

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TOP STORIES

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“Farmers protest over alleged lead poisoning”
China Daily, August 25, 2005

Village riots and allegations of poisoning prompted the Chinese government to test the soil around a battery factory.

[o2]

“Talk host fired over comments on Islam”
Washington Times, August 23, 2005

A conservative radio host was fired for calling Islam a “terrorist organization,” and refusing to apologize.

[o3]

“Peru’s glaciers in retreat”
BBC (U.K.), August 25, 2005

Most Peruvian glaciers will disappear by 2015, leaving people without water for hydroelectricity, crops or sustenance.

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WORLD

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[o4]

“Digging for ‘tainted gold’ in Congo”
Christian Science Monitor, August 25, 2005

As Congo’s war recedes, ex-militia members and children head back to the mines, where they are paid in buckets of mud.

[o5]

“Government moves job guarantee bill for rural areas”
Indo-Asian News Service, August 19, 2005

A bill passed by Sonia Gandhi’s party guarantees 100 days of labor at a fixed wage to every poor rural household in India.

[o6]

“Swedish library to let visitors borrow living people”
Associated Press, August 19, 2005

A Swedish library will “loan out” a lesbian, a gypsy, a blind man and others to people curious about stereotyping.

[o7]

“Army joins parade for Gay Pride”
BBC (U.K.), August 27, 2005

Britain’s Royal Air Force joined Manchester’s gay pride parade to boost recruitment; the ban on gays in the military ended in 2000.

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NATION

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“Stories differ in rave raid; court may decide”
KUTV.com (U.T.), August 23, 2005

Party organizers in Utah may sue police for busting a rave they say had permits, and for beating partygoers with nightsticks.

[o9]

“Court sides with Navy in dispute over abortion”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 19, 2005

A court upheld the military’s refusal to pay for a sailor’s wife’s abortion, citing a ban on federal funding for the procedure.

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MEDIA

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[10]

“Chad: Journalists stop the presses”
Integrated Regional Information Networks (U.N.), August 22, 2005

Eight newspapers and several radio stations in Chad are on strike to protest the arrest of journalists critical of the government.

[11]

“Canadian broadcasters wage labor war on the Web”
CNET News.com, August 22, 2005

Unionized journalists locked out of Canada’s national radio company in a labor dispute are launching an alternative news Web site.

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HEALTH

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[12]

“Toxic burden for poor, minorities”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 26, 2005

Activists say millions will be harmed by cuts to an EPA program addressing the connection between pollution, race and income.

[13]

“Leap in hospital infections”
Telegraph (U.K.), August 27, 2005

A new “superbug” that resists treatment or disinfection is killing elderly British hospital patients.

[14]

“City loses state contract to inspect area plants for bad air”
Houston Chronicle, August 23, 2005

A labor dispute will prevent inspectors from working with Houston-area industrial plants to improve air quality.

[15]

“Seven families file suit over poor air quality”
Seattle Times, August 25, 2005

A group of Seattle-area families are suing their housing developer for using fiberglass insulation that they say has made them sick.

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VIEWPOINT

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[16]

“Gaza disengagement coverage splintered by factional views online”
Online Journalism Review, August 23, 2005

A look at Israeli and Palestinian bloggers’ takes on the Gaza evacuation reveals both bias and nuance, writes Mark Glaser.

[17]

“Abu Ghraib general lambastes Bush administration”
Truthout, August 24, 2005

Abu Ghraib supervisor Janis Karpinski says Donald Rumsfeld’s office knew about detainee torture and manipulated the investigation.

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“The whiteness of Wi-Fi”
In These Times, August 23, 2005

Telecom companies are fighting free wireless access for poor and minority neighborhoods, prompting calls for media reform.

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