November 16, 2005

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QUOTED: “All it had was the State Board of Elections number and false precinct information.”

— Virginia municipal election official Ken Showalter is baffled by a rash of fliers and phone calls giving deceptive information about local polling stations.
(Story #15, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Suicide bombers on Iran kids’ TV”
[o2] “Former Iraqi detainees allege torture by U.S. troops”
[o3] “Candy-flavored cigarettes draw fire”

NATION
[o4] “Israel’s top law officer okays sonic booms over Gaza”
[o5] “In traditional Chile, meet the soldiers with pearl earrings”
[o6] “Panama angry over U.S. weapons left along canal”

HEALTH & ENVIROMENT
[o7] “Court upholds township’s right to prohibit corporate farming”
[o8] “Activists: Firms getting rich off of selling water”
[O9] “Millions of Indians eat toxic metals on silver-decorated sweets”
[10] “Unlikely ally aids foes of N-dump”
[11] “Amid secrecy, state 15 years behind on anti-pollution rules”

ELECTION QUESTIONS
[12] “Arizona’s photo ID law stops some eligible voters”
[13] “Poll workers in Dover may be voted out”
[14] “Poll printouts found at gas station”
[15] “Voters plagued by fake election data”

VIEWPOINT
[16] “Assassins”
[17] “French roast”
[18] “No airtight case for death”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Suicide bombers on Iran kids’ TV”
Telegraph (U.K.), November 6, 2005

In a cartoon sanctioned by Iran’s president, a Palestinian boy becomes a ‘martyred’ suicide bomber, killing Israelis.

[o2]

“Former Iraqi detainees allege torture by U.S. troops”
ABC, November 14, 2005

Two Iraqis who say they were beaten in jail, exposed to lions and threatened with a mock execution are suing Donald Rumsfeld.

[o3]

“Candy-flavored cigarettes draw fire”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 11, 2005

Manufacturers deny that products such as Dark Mint flavored cigarettes target teens; activists say documents prove otherwise.

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NATION | top

[o4]

“Israel’s top law officer okays sonic booms over Gaza”
Agence France-Presse, November 13, 2005

Israel will continue using sonic booms to deter Palestinian attacks, despite concerns that tactic “amounts to collective punishment.”

[o5]

“In traditional Chile, meet the soldiers with pearl earrings”
Christian Science Monitor, November 7, 2005

Unique in South America are the record numbers of Chilean women joining the armed forces for the first time.

[o6]

“Panama angry over U.S. weapons left along canal”
Reuters, November 7, 2005

Live munitions abandoned by the U.S. in Panama are killing residents, but the defense department says its job is done.

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HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT | top

[o7]

“Court upholds township’s right to prohibit corporate farming”
Chambersburg Public Opinion (PA), November 5, 2005

A judge said residents had the right to bar agribusiness over their fears for its impact on the envionment and economy.

[o8]

“Activists: Firms getting rich off of selling water”
El Universal/Miami Herald, November 11, 2005

Mexico has been accused to covertly backing water privatization, despite improvements in tap water safety.

[o9]

“Millions of Indians eat toxic metals on silver-decorated sweets”
Associated Press, November 9, 2005

Scientists say Indians are exposed to carcinogens by eating candy wrapped in toxic silver made in dirty conditions.

[10]

“Unlikely ally aids foes of N-dump”
Salt Lake Tribune, November 9, 2005

Electrical utilities said they’d use trucks to go around a proposed park that would block rail access to a nuclear waste dump.

[11]

“Amid secrecy, state 15 years behind on anti-pollution rules”
Associated Press, November 8, 2005

Vermont has delayed stormwater discharge permits for 15 years, and denied an environmental group access to documents that explain why.

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ELECTION QUESTIONS | top

[12]

“Arizona’s photo ID law stops some eligible voters”
Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2005

Thousands of U.S. citizens were prevented from voting because they lacked proof of citizenship on election day, now required by state law.

[13]

“Poll workers in Dover may be voted out”
Daily Record (NJ), November 11, 2005

Election workers in Dover, NJ, are accused of preventing a Spanish translator from speaking Spanish and of harassing a voter.

[14]

“Poll printouts found at gas station”
ABC News (OH), November 11, 2005

Results from touch-screen voting machines were found dumped near a polling place, but officials say the information was worthless.

[15]

“Voters plagued by fake election data”
The Free Lance-Star (VA), November 8, 2005

Virginians suspect that phone calls and door hangers giving them false precinct information are linked to the RNC.

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VIEWPOINT | top

[16]

“Assassins”
Mother Jones, November/December 2005

Mother Jones magazine published a final Iraq dispatch from reporter Steven Vincent, who was kidnapped and killed in Basra in August.

[17]

“French roast”
San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2005

Columnist Debra Saunders blames the French riots on Islamism, ignorance and poverty.

[17]

“No airtight case for death”
Birmingham News (AL), November 10, 2005

There is no evidence to suggest that capital punishment actually deters would-be killers, write the editors of The Birmingham News.

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