September 28, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “We were led to believe a national emergency was created when the pipelines were shut down.”

— Jim Compton says his electrical utility crews were diverted from a local hospital to two oil stations on orders from Dick Cheney’s office after Katrina hit.
(Story #13, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Sunnis urge action to block constitution”
[o2] “Defense spending is overstated, GAO report says”
[o3] “Crisis looms for water-starved Gaza Strip: experts”

NATION
[o4] “Mental patients languish in jail”
[o5] “FBI forms anti-porn squad”
[o6] “Wal-Mart chemical sales targeted”

WORLD
[o7] “The human cost of China’s economic boom”
[o8] “Kuchma and aides ‘ordered killing of journalist'”
[o9] “Nigerian rebels occupy oil fields over leader arrest”
[10] “Brussels calls for media code to avoid aiding terrorists”

HURRICANE KATRINA
[11] “Aid bills unleash capitol’s pet causes”
[12] “British aid is held up in U.S. fiasco”
[13] “Power crews diverted”

ARCTIC DRILLING
[14] “Canada warns Arctic drilling would violate U.S.-Canada treaty”
[15] “Calif. Rep. tries to make point about ANWR”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “Warm, fuzzy, corporate”
[17] “What marriage means”

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TOP STORIES

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“Sunnis urge action to block constitution”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, September 20, 2005

Sunnis leaders oppose the Iraqi constitution because it gives power to Shiites and Kurds, and promotes secularism.

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“Defense spending is overstated, GAO report says”
Washington Post, September 22, 2005

A report finds that neither the Pentagon nor Congress “can reliably know” how much is being spent in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“Crisis looms for water-starved Gaza Strip: experts”
Agence France-Presse, September 23, 2005

Gaza’s 1.3 million residents are rapidly losing water through pollution, lack of filtration and illegal wells.

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NATION

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“Mental patients languish in jail”
Oakland Tribune, September 22, 2005

California state mental patients can spend up to nine months in jail while awaiting transfer to overcrowded psychiatric hospitals.

[o5]

“FBI forms anti-porn squad”
Washington Post, September 21, 2005

The Attorney General has asked the FBI to focus on adult pornographers, provoking sarcasm among some agents.

[o6]

“Wal-Mart chemical sales targeted”
Sacramento Bee, September 21, 2005

Wal-Mart’s California stores may be audited for selling illegal pesticides, but the company says suppliers are to blame.

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WORLD

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“The human cost of China’s economic boom”
Associated Press, September 23, 2005

China’s economy grew by 9.5 percent in 2004, but the boom led to at least 136,000 deaths in mining and factory accidents.

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“Kuchma and aides ‘ordered killing of journalist'”
Independent (U.K.), September 24, 2005

Ukraine’s former President has rejected a government report implicating him in the death of a journalist in 2000.

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“Nigerian rebels occupy oil fields over leader arrest”
Sunday Herald (U.K.), September 25, 2005

A Nigerian rebel tribe says it will destroy regional oil reserves if its charismatic leader is not released.

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“Brussels calls for media code to avoid aiding terrorists”
MediaGuardian (U.K.), September 21, 2005

A European commission says media inadvertently promote terrorist propaganda by publishing “reductionist” worldviews.

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HURRICANE KATRINA

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“Aid bills unleash capitol’s pet causes”
Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2005

Lawmakers are using Katrina to advance goals such as offshore drilling and environmental deregulation.

[12]

“British aid is held up in U.S. fiasco”
Times Online (U.K.), September 10, 2005

The U.S. blocked British food packs from reaching Katrina victims for days due to fears of mad cow disease.

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“Power crews diverted”
Hattiesburg American (MS), September 11, 2005

Cheney’s office ordered a Mississippi town to repair two oil substations after Katrina hit, depriving a hospital of power.

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ARCTIC DRILLING

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“Canada warns Arctic drilling would violate U.S.-Canada treaty”
Environment News Service, September 21, 2005

Canada has asked the U.S. Congress not to use Katrina as an excuse to drill in ANWR, which would violate a 1987 caribou treaty.

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“Calif. Rep. tries to make point about ANWR”
Associated Press, September 23, 2005

Rep. Richard Pombo deficit-cutting proposals list alternatives to drilling in ANWR, includes selling off national parks.

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VIEWPOINT

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[16]

“Warm, fuzzy, corporate”
San Francisco Chronicle, September 21, 2005

Recent ads for Chevron, Starbucks and Altria sell feel-good
messages without substance, says David Lazarus.

[17]

“What marriage means”
Reason Online, September 27, 2005

Heterosexual, love-based marriage is a relatively recent invention, writes an editor of Reason magazine.

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