October 5, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “The newly deployed anti-prostitution law doesn’t reflect
our living conditions and we had to speak up.”

— Lee Hui-young, head of a new sex workers’ union formed outside
the brothels near a U.S. Army camp in South Korea.
(Story #11, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Greyhound prohibits selling tickets to undocumented immigrants”
[o2] “Discarded Trust documents found”
[o3] “Study says belief in God may increase society’s dysfunctions”

CRIME & PUNISHMENT
[o4] “Uzbek death penalty on trial”
[o5] “Over 300 extra-judicial killings in Bangladesh this year”
[o6] “Justices receive death threats”

WORLD
[o7] “3.6 million South Africans still without water”
[o8] “China kicks off week-long spending spree to mark National Day”
[o9] “Big thaw could unleash ancient plague”
[10] “First trio ‘married’ in the Netherlands”
[11] “Sex workers seeking to form union”

U.S. ENVIRONMENT
[12] “Tomato grower drops suspect pesticides”
[13] “Plan to limit mercury pollution quashed for now”
[14] “No green acres? Try skyscrapers”

VIEWPOINT
[15] “Still an angel?”
[16] “Porn wars, part II”

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TOP STORIES

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[o1]

“Greyhound prohibits selling tickets to undocumented immigrants”
Vide en al Valle/Associated Press, September 29, 2005

Activists say Greyhound’s crackdown on illegal immigrants will result in racial profiling.

[o2]

“Discarded Trust documents found”
Indian Country Today, September 23, 2005

“Federal Indian records found discarded”
Associated Press, September 22, 2005

Amid an ongoing lawsuit, Bureau of Indian Affairs documents were found in a dumpster behind the National Archives.

[o3]

“Study says belief in God may contribute to society’s dysfunctions”
The World Today (Australia), September 28, 2005

“VIEWPOINT: “Anatomy of a scientific study”
World Net Daily, October 3, 2005

A study correlating religion with social ills such as murder and teenage pregnancy has partisan motives and critics.

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NATION

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[o4]

“Uzbek death penalty on trial”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, October 1, 2005

Uzbekistan’s plans to end capital punishment in 2008 will be to the detriment of the men charged with launching the Andijan riots.

[o5]

“Over 300 extra-judicial killings in Bangladesh this year”
NewKerala.com (India), October 1, 2005

Police and militants tortured, raped and killed more than 300 people this year in ongoing political violence.

[o6]

“Justices receive death threats”
Latinamerica Press, September 15, 2005

Mexico may grant judges anonymity in the wake of death threats from criminals and their attorneys.

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WORLD

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“3.6 million South Africans still without water”
SABCnews.com (South Africa), October 1, 2005

Access to water and proper sanitation are scarcest in the areas where South Africans lack technical skills and education.

[o8]

“China kicks off week-long spending spree to mark National Day”
Agence France-Presse, October 1, 2005

China’s wealthy classes celebrate the 1949 communist revolution with an ever-increasing tourism and shopping craze.

[o9]

“Big thaw could unleash ancient plague”
Cape Times (South Africa), September 30, 2005

Unexpected versions of smallpox, polio, hepatitis and influenza could leach out of melting glaciers and sicken humans.

[10]

“First trio ‘married’ in the Netherlands”
Brussels Journal, September 27, 2005

A civil union in the Netherlands recognized a polygamous relationship between a man and two women.

[11]

“Sex workers seeking to form union”
The Korea Times, September 25, 2005

A group of prostitutes outside a U.S. Army camp in Korea formed a union rather than comply with a national ban on brothels.

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U.S. ENVIRONMENT

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[12]

“Tomato grower drops suspect pesticides”
Palm Beach Post, October 1, 2005

As an investigation looms, a company will discontinue some pesticides linked to birth defects in three workers’ babies.

[13]

“Plan to limit mercury pollution quashed for now”
Helena Independent Record (MT), October 1, 2005

Montana rejected an activist plan to cut coal-derived mercury pollution by 90%, asking state officials for an alternative.

[14]

“No green acres? Try skyscrapers”
Wired.com, September 28, 2005

A California company envisions robot-controlled, organic, stackable farms that can economically grow lettuce anywhere.

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VIEWPOINT

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[15]

“Still an angel?”
Salon.com, October 1, 2005

Ashley Smith survived being held hostage by an escaped murderer not only through Christian faith, but also crystal meth.

[16]

“Porn wars, part II”
San Francisco Chronicle, October 2, 2005

A porn Web site for U.S. soldiers that also posts photos of Iraq war carnage is “horrifying but invaluable,” writes Neva Chonin.

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