September 21, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “We do favor the accounts that are advertisers. Even if the food is no good, the atmosphere is good. You can always find nice things to say about a restaurant.”

— Ad writer George Habit on why his fake restaurant reviews were permitted in Bay Area newspapers for years.
(Story #o6, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “While you were watching Katrina”
[o2] “Black gay leaders express discontent with HIV efforts”
[o3] “Louisiana officials indicted before Katrina hit”

NATION
[o4] “F.A.A. alerted on al Qaeda in ’98, 9/11 panel said”
[o5] “Parents enlist church in fight against school club”
[o6] “SF Examiner and Independent agree to end payola reviews”
[o7] “Bill requires pharmacies to supply ‘morning-after’ pill”
[o8] “Navajos fight against uranium mining”

WORLD
[o9] “Guantanamo hunger strike expands”
[10] “Remember Daniel Ortega? He’s back”
[11] “Saudis partially lift boycott on Israel”
[12] “Israel continues to build up large West Bank settlements”

KATRINA’S AFTERMATH
[13] “DEQ: Rail cars pose hazards”
[14] “Ethnic media report, help their own”
[15] “Louisiana coastal tribes hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina”
[16] “Much wider damage to levees is disclosed”
[17] “Bush cronies to mop up Katrina”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“While You were watching Katrina”
Village Voice, September 16, 2005

Three Republican-controlled Congressional committees voted against releasing records for the Valerie Plame inquiry.

[o2]

“Black gay leaders express discontent with HIV efforts”
Southern Voice (GA), September 16, 2005

Activists condemned the CDC’s slow reaction to a study finding that 46% of black gay men in major cities are HIV positive.

[o3]

“Louisiana officials indicted before Katrina hit”
Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2005

FEMA is suing Louisiana officials for $30 million they misspent before Katrina. The same people now oversee hurricane relief.

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NATION

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[o4]

“F.A.A. alerted on al Qaeda in ’98, 9/11 panel says”
New York Times, September 14, 2005

A previously secret report shows the F.A.A. was warned terrorists might hijack a plane in 1998.

[o5]

“Parents enlist church in fight against school club”
St. Petersburg Times, September 12, 2005

A high schooler’s father is working to prevent students from forming a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her Florida school.

[o6]

“SF Examiner and Independent agree to end payola restaurant reviews”
Grade the News (CA), September 13, 2005

Two Bay Area newspapers ran fake reviews of restaurants that bought ads, although some had failed health inspections.

[o7]

“Bill requires pharmacies to supply ‘morning-after’ pill”
San Jose Mercury News, September 9, 2005

A new California bill may ensure access to the ‘morning after pill,’ while enabling some pharmacists to avoid dispensing it.

[o8]

“Navajos fight against uranium mining”
Deseret Morning News (UT), September 16, 2005

The Navajo Nation is lobbying against government plans to mine uranium, citing Navajo law and deaths caused by radiation.

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WORLD

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[o9]

“Guantanamo hunger strike expands”
BBC (U.K.), September 14, 2005

At least 128 Guantanamo inmates are staging hunger strikes to demand access to lawyers or release from prison.

[10]

“Remember Daniel Ortega? He’s back”
Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2005

Nicaragua’s former leader is running for president on an anti-poverty platform, despite allegations of sexual abuse and cronyism.

[11]

“Saudis partially lift boycott on Israel”
Jerusalem Post, September 10, 2005

In order to join the WTO, Saudi Arabia has promised to drop its boycott against U.S. firms that invest in Israel.

[12]

“Israel continues to build up large West Bank settlements”
Khaleej Times Online, September 11, 2005

Ariel Sharon will continue to build in the West Bank despite U.S. disapproval and Palestinian claims on the whole area.

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KATRINA’S AFTERMATH

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[13]

“DEQ: Rail cars pose hazards”
The Advocate (LA), September 17, 2005

Officials are worried that thousands of rail cars stranded on the Gulf Coast could be leaching toxic chemicals.

[14]

“Ethnic media report, help their own”
Associated Press, September 13, 2005

Korean, Hispanic and black media are providing coverage of and support to ethnic groups devastated by the New Orleans hurricane.

[15]

“Louisiana state coastal tribes hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina”
Indian Country Today, September 9, 20005

Many American Indian tribes along the Gulf Coast will not be reimbursed because they are unrecognized by the state.

[16]

“Much wider damage to levees is disclosed”
Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2005

The Army Corps of Engineers says 90% of the levees protecting New Orleans’ eastern border are gone.

[17]

“Firms with Bush-Cheney ties clinching Katrina deals”
Reuters, September 10, 2005

The Bush administration tapped companies with White House ties, like Halliburton, to run relief efforts in New Orleans.

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