November 2, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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QUOTED: “This has been a peaceful protest so far, but that can change in future. We will fight to the last man.”

— Activist R. Ajayan wants to make sure a Coca-Cola plant in India
remains shuttered.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “GOP to monitor mayoral voting”
[o2] “U.S. soldiers involved in drug smuggling ring”
[o3] “Possible fraud seen in Iraq contracts”

NATION
[o4] “Bucket Brigade warns of toxins in St. Bernard”
[o5] “U.S. passports to receive electronic identification chips”
[o6] “Bill targets lands for mining sales”
[o7] “U.S. cell phone tracking clipped”

WORLD
[o8] “Polish leader’s anti-gay stance threatens E.U. voting rights”
[o9] “Revealed: how a Government blunder over quarantine fuelled bird flu crisis”
[10] “MOD facing 2,000 Gulf War Syndrome payouts”

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM
[11] “Lead-paint protesters disrupt meeting”
[12] “Battle-hardened Indian villagers take on Coke”
[13] “Wood residents oppose DuPont permits”

CANADA’S WATER CRISIS
[14] “From sea to stinking sea”
[15] “Can they build a future?”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “Substitute for the West Bank: ‘Training bloc'”
[17] “Remote control device ‘controls’ humans”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“GOP to monitor mayoral voting”
Detroit Free Press, October 25, 2005

Michigan GOP poll watchers in largely black Detroit precincts will be monitored by Democrat lawyers.

[o2]

“U.S. soldiers involved in drug smuggling ring”
ABC News, October 26, 2005

The FBI says military police and officers are using vehicles and uniforms to smuggle cocaine and ecstasy into the U.S.

[o3]

“Possible fraud seen in Iraq contracts”
Reuters, October 26, 2005

Indictments may follow a report how the U.S. overpaid and failed to monitor $24 million in Iraq reconstruction grants.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Bucket Brigade warns of toxins in St. Bernard”
The Times-Picayune (LA), October 26, 2005

An environmental group says its tests reveal toxic sludge in St. Bernard Parish, an area the EPA describes as “clean.”

[o5]

“U.S. passports to receive electronic identification chips”
Washington Post, October 26, 2005

Starting in 2006, passports will have radio-frequency ID chips that critics say can be intercepted and used to track people.

[o6]

“Bill targets lands for mining sales”
Casper Star-Tribune (WY), October 27, 2005

Rep. Pombo’s (R-Calif.) bill would allow the sale of 200 million acres of federal land for real estate and other development.

[o7]

“U.S. cell phone tracking clipped”
Wired.com, October 27, 2005

Judges turned down a Justice Department request to track cell phone user’s locations without showing probable cause.

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WORLD | top

[o8]

“Polish leader’s anti-gay stance threatens E.U. voting rights”
Guardian (U.K.), October 25, 2005

Backed by a conservative parliament, Poland’s president has run afoul of E.U. rules against the death penalty and discrimination.

[o9]

“Revealed: how a Government blunder over quarantine fuelled bird flu crisis”
Independent (U.K.), October 27, 2005

Britain’s failure to quarantine parrots from South Africa and Taiwan led to an outbreak of the deadly strain of avian flu.

[10]

“MOD facing 2,000 Gulf War Syndrome payouts”
Times Online (U.K.), November 1, 2005

A British court’s unprecedented recognition of Gulf War Syndrome may force the government to grant thousands of pensions.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM | top

[11]

“Lead-paint protesters disrupt meeting”
Plain Dealer (OH), October 24, 2005

Some 400 rowdy activists got paint industry executives to sign an agreement to meet about the dangers of lead paint.

[12]

“Battle-hardened Indian villagers take on Coke”
Reuters, October 28, 2005

A shuttered Coca-Cola plant that protesters say polluted the water supply remains a flashpoint for conflict in India.

[13]

“Wood residents oppose DuPont permits”
Sunday Gazette-Mail (WV), October 25, 2005

West Virginians protested DuPont’s state-sanctioned dumping of a toxic chemical in a landfill that leaches into the Ohio River.

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CANADA’S WATER CRISIS | top

[14]

“From sea to stinking sea”
Macleans, October 17, 2005

Canada, which has no national water standards, dumps 200 billion liters of raw sewage into its waterways each year.

[15]

“Can they build a future?”
Globe and Mail, October 28, 2005

Afer years of being sickened by E.coli-tainted water and pleading for help, the 1,700 residents of a Cree reserve were evacuated.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Substitute for the West Bank: ‘Training bloc'”
Ha’aretz, October 19, 2005

Israel’s military-training areas use vast tracts of land that could house displaced Jewish settlers, a geographer says.

[17]

“Remote control device ‘controls’ humans”
Associated Press, October 26, 2005

A writer claims a “remote control” device that may have military uses successfully influenced his actions.

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