December 7, 2005

News You Might Have Missed

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

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QUOTED: “People here are so stressed out from being under threat of eminent domain. It’s like living in Iraq with a bomb threat.”

— Dee Cunningham of Riviera Beach, FL, a neighborhood slated to be razed for a luxury resort under eminent domain laws.
(Story #12, below.)

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TOP STORIES
[o1] “Total settles out of court over pipeline”
[o2] “Feds deny plutonium missing from lab”
[o3] “Feds to fund controversial school surveillance”

WORLD
[o4] “Bird flu fight undermined, smuggling of poultry continues”
[o5] “Polish gay activists rally a second day to protest banned march”
[o6] “Man acquitted of sexual assault was asleep”
[o7] “New Australian sedition law sparks censorship fear”

RAILCAR SAFETY
[o8] “Rails carry a growing risk”
[o9] “Railcars full of hazards”

NATION
[10] “Bush antiterror plans irk big business”
[11] “Feds back church’s bid to meet at library”
[12] “An eminent domain high tide”

MIDDLE EAST
[13] “Charity for Palestinian poor was siphoned to suicide bombers”
[14] “Sharp rise in number of women killed by men with licensed guns”

ENVIRONMENT
[15] “Landfill’s reopening is raising new stink”
[16] “Raw deal: Utah gets California pollution”

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TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Total settles out of court over pipeline”
The Irrawaddy (Thailand), November 30, 2005

The French oil company pays millions over allegations that it used forced labor to build the Yadana pipeline in Myanmar (Burma).

READ MORE ABOUT THE LAWSUIT ON NEWSDESK.org

[o2]

“Feds deny plutonium missing from lab”
Santa Fe New Mexican, December 3, 2005

“Plutonium could be missing from lab”
San Francisco Chronicle, November 30, 2005

Officials said a report that about 600 pounds of plutonium has gone missing from Los Alamos over the last 50 years is inaccurate.

[o3]

“Feds to fund controversial school surveillance”
NewStandard News, November 29, 2005

The Justice Department is offering grants to schools that have students wear RFID tags to track their whereabouts.

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WORLD | top

[o4]

“Bird flu fight undermined, smuggling of poultry continues”
New Straits Times (Malaysia), December 4, 2005

“Poultry smuggling is real — and dangerous”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 19, 2005

Banned Asian meat is being smuggled into the U.S. undetected; Malaysia has the same problem at its borders.

[o5]

“Polish gay rights activists rally a second day to protest banned march”
Associated Press, November 28, 2005

Protests broke out in Poland after one city banned gay activists from demonstrating.

[o6]

“Man acquitted of sexual assault was asleep”
CTV News (Canada), December 1, 2005

A man who suffers from “sexsomnia” was acquitted of rape in a case activists call a dangerous precedent for women’s rights.

[o7]

“New Australian sedition law sparks censorship fear”
The Advertiser (Australia), December 4, 2005

Newspapers and government officials are fighting a terror bill’s sedition clause they fear will stifle all government criticism.

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RAILCAR SAFETY | top

[o8]

“Rails carry a growing risk”
Press-Enterprise (CA), November 20, 2005

Botched inspections before a recent train accident carrying chlorine has San Bernardino residents wondering who’s minding the railroads.

[o9]

“Railcars full of hazards”
Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 2005

Philadelphia says trains carrying toxins could kill “hundreds of thousands,” but regulating rail companies is proving difficult.

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NATION | top

[10]

“Bush antiterror plans irk big business”
Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2005

Business groups are siding with left-wing activists in opposing the Patriot Act’s confidential information disclosure requirements.

[11]

“Feds back church’s bid to meet at library”
San Francisco Chronicle, December 3, 2005

The White House is backing a church’s lawsuit against a library that banned worship services; both claim First Amendment rights.

[12]

“An eminent domain high tide”
Los Angeles Times, November 29, 2005

Residents of a blue-collar Florida neighborhood are fighting plans to raze their homes to make way for a luxury resort.

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MIDDLE EAST | top

[13]

“Charity cash for Palestinian poor was siphoned to suicide bombers”
Independent (U.K.), November 28, 2005

Israel charged a Hamas activist with diverting charity money for impoverished Palestinians to suicide bombers.

[14]

“Sharp rise in number of women killed by men with licensed guns”
Haaretz (Israel), November 28, 2005

Many armed guards — both Arab and Israeli — are using their work-assigned weapons to kill their wives, one study finds.

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ENVIRONMENT | top

[15]

“Landfill’s reopening is raising new stink”
Times-Picayune (LA), November 21, 2005

New Orleans’ toxic waste is being dumped in a landfill that does not meet environmental regulations, while other nearby sites do.

[16]

“Raw deal: Utah gets California pollution”
Salt Lake Tribune, December 3, 2005

Utah suffers the effects of pollution from coal-fired plants used to supply Californians with energy.

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