October 19, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “One study found that a source of bottled ‘springwater,’ complete with a label of a lake surrounded by mountains, was an industrial parking lot next to a Massachusetts hazardous waste site.”

— A number of reports question the value and benefits of bottled
drinking water (story #16, below).
(Story #16, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Elite Iraqi soldiers speak of civil war”
[o2] “Offshore rigs not built to handle strongest storms”
[o3] “Flight risk”

NATION
[o4] “Plan for Amtrak’s N.E. corridor raises questions”
[o5] “Free papers’ growth threatens traditional news”

SEXUALITY IN AMERICA
[o6] “Frank: Dreier’s orientation cost him House leadership”
[o7] “Kids of same-sex parents do fine”

BALI BOMBING: ALLEGATIONS
[o8] “Possible police role in 2002 Bali attack”
[o9] VIEWPOINT: “Weird Wahid claims may inflame”
[10] “Thousands storm Amrozi jail”

WOMEN & LEADERSHIP
[11] “The rise of Africa’s women politicians”
[12] “Women bosses could help U.N. fight sex abuse – report”

ENVIRONMENT
[13] “World urged to prepare for 50 mil. environmental refugees”
[14] “Ministry sees 85,000 asbestos deaths”
[15] “DOE finds drilling may have affected water tests”

DRINKING WATER
[16] “Bottled water or tap: Who can tell?”
[17] “Drinking water fresh from the sewer”

VIEWPOINT
[18] “Picking up where Powell left off”

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TOP STORIES | top

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“Elite Iraqi soldiers speak of civil war”
Knight Ridder, October 15, 2005

The Iraqi army’s celebrated 1st Brigade is composed of Shi’a bent on avenging their family’s deaths at the hands of Sunnis.

[o2]

“Offshore rigs not built to handle strongest storms”
Mobile Register (AL), September 21, 2005

Thousands of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico do not meet safety standards; 64 oil spills followed Hurricane Katrina alone.

[o3]

“Flight Risk”
Mother Jones, October 17, 2005

Several former Boeing auditors filed a suit against the company alleging the widespread use of unsafe parts in commercial jets.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Plan for Amtrak’s N.E. corridor raises questions”
Boston Globe, October 14, 2005

White House hopes for cutting all subsidies for Amtrak are opposed by regional governors who say more investment is required.

[o5]

“Free papers’ growth threatens traditional news”
Grade the News, October 13, 2005

Free newspapers cut into paid dailies’ circulation and diminish the traditions of in-depth, investigative news reporting.

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SEXUALITY IN AMERICA | top

[o6]

“Barney Frank: Dreier’s orientation cost him the House leadership”
The Advocate (CA), October 14, 2005

A blog quotes Barney Frank saying David Dreier was passed over for House Majority Leader because he is gay, not due to his politics.

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“Kids of same-sex parents do fine”
WebMD, October 12, 2005

A pediatrician says studies show gay parenting has few negative effects, and may even offer some advantages.

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BALI BOMBING: ALLEGATIONS | top

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“Possible police role in 2002 Bali attack”
Australian Associated Press, October 12, 2005

Indonesia’s former president alleges a government role in Islamic terrorism; analysts say the reasons are political and economic.

[o9]

VIEWPOINT: “Weird Wahid claims may inflame”
The Australian, October 13, 2005

A columnist says that Indonesia’s military has “tolerated or even encouraged” Islamism, but that Wahid’s Bali claims lack evidence.

[10]

“Thousands storm Amrozi jail”
News.com.au, October 13, 2005

Comments on military or police involvement in the Bali bombing “coincided” with a violent mob’s raid on a jail holding suspects.

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WOMEN & LEADERSHIP | top

[11]

“The rise of Africa’s women politicians”
Christian Science Monitor, October 12, 2005

Liberia may join a number of African countries that have elected women based on hopes for an anti-corruption agenda.

[12]

“Women bosses could help U.N. fight sex abuse – report”
Reuters, October 18, 2005

A human rights group said the male culture of U.N. peacekeepers encourages tolerance of sexual exploitation.

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U.S. ENVIRONMENT | top

[13]

“World urged to prepare now for 50 million environmental refugees”
Environment News Service, October 11, 2005

Rising tides, desert expansion and other climate-change symptoms are creating a class of refugees without legal protection.

[14]

“Ministry sees 85,000 asbestos deaths”
The Japan Times, October. 12, 2005

The number of Japanese killed by asbestos-related lung cancer has doubled in 10 years; the material was legal until 1995.

[15]

“DOE finds drilling may have affected water tests”
Associated Press, October 12, 2005

Wells drilled under Los Alamos to measure water toxins may have been contaminated by the lab that did the drilling.

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DRINKING WATER | top

[16]

“Bottled water or tap: Who can tell?”
Pottstown Mercury (PA), October 12, 2005

As much as 40% of bottles water is tap water from sometimes starkly urban sources, according to reports.

[17]

“Drinking water fresh from the sewer”
Voice of San Diego, October 13, 2005

An art project in Tijuana makes a point about access to clean water while using simple technology to filter it.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Picking up where Powell left off”
Gulfnews.com, October 15, 2005

Condoleezza Rice has pursued the same sort of pragmatic, multilateral foreign policy that Colin Powell attempted, writes Paul Richter.

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