December 20, 2006

News You Might Have Missed * Vol. 5, No. 51

Important but underreported news from around the world.

QUOTED: “Their daughters have asthma. Their nieces have autism.”

— Real estate heir Trammell S. Crow explains why the Texas business elite derailed a plan for new coal-fired power plants (story #o9, below).


TOP STORIES
[o1] “Droughts may set off exodus”
[o2] “Ahmadinejad stifles student dissent with star rating system”
[o3] “U.S. troops raid hospital again”


WORLD
[o4] “Chinese exposed to cadmium sue firm”
[o5] “Cleric blasts Mugabe for shielding Mengistu”
[o6] “Stem cell baby deaths probe ‘too close to the truth'”


NATION
[o7] “Bush move to reduce toxic data faces battle”
[o8] “Some hospitals violate emergency contraception law, survey says”


COAL
[o9] “How a generation exerts power”
[10] “State limits coal-burning power plants”
[11] “Kansas coal power plant brings far-flung protest”


MEDIA
[12] “Profanity: NBC says FCC is violating its own indecency standard”
[13] “Report: Big radio is fewer formats, smaller audience”


GUN LAWS
[14] “Gun veto, city ban both tossed”
[15] “Office shooting has some calling for more weapons”


NEWS & COMMENTARY
[16] “Israelis kill Palestinian child–or do they? Pictures can lie”


TOP STORIES | top

[o1]

“Droughts may set off exodus”
Toronto Star, December 15, 2006

A study predicts up to 200 million people will seek a new kind of refugee status in northern industrialized countries by 2025.

[o2]

“Ahmadinejad stifles student dissent with star rating system”
Telegraph (U.K.), December 18, 2006

Iran is weeding out liberal students by forcing them to sign a self-censorship agreement or be barred from school.

[o3]

“U.S. troops raid hospital again”
Inter Press Service, December 14, 2006

“On trail of insurgents, Marines search hospital”
Stars & Stripes (U.S. Defense Dep’t), December 9, 2006

Hospital staff complained of harsh tactics during a search of Fallujah General Hospital by Marines looking for terrorists.


WORLD | top

[o4]

“Chinese exposed to cadmium sue firm”
Reuters, December 14, 2006

Female employees of a battery plant say they were paid to quit after their job made them sick. Three have since died.

[o5]

“Cleric blasts Mugabe for shielding Mengistu”
Agence France-Presse, December 14, 2006

An Ethiopian court has convicted the former Marxist dictator of genocide for political violence and neglect of famine victims.

[o6]

“Stem cell baby deaths probe ‘too close to the truth’, claims investigator”
The Telegraph (U.K.), December 16, 2006

A Ukranian prosecutor says she was “sacked for political reasons” as she pushed to expand her inquiry into an illegal stem cell trade.


NATION | top

[o7]

“Bush move to reduce toxic data faces battle”
Toledo Blade, December 15, 2006

A popular program that tracks chemical pollution for the public might be “softened” to save corporations money.

[o8]

“Some hospitals violate emergency contraception law, survey says”
Boston Globe, December 14, 2006

Several Massachusetts hospitals won’t provide the “morning after pill” to rape victims without an exam or a doctor’s permission.


COAL | top

[o9]

“How a generation exerts power”
Dallas Morning News, December 17, 2006

The wealthiest businessmen in Dallas formed an environmental coalition to derail plans for 11 coal-fired plants.

[10]

“State limits coal-burning power plants”
The Oregonian, December 16, 2006

Oregon’s mercury rule goes far beyond EPA standards, and depends on public willingness to pay more during plant upgrades.

[11]

“Kansas coal power plant brings far-flung protest”
Reuters, December 15, 2006

A Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago has the highest diabetes death rate anywhere inside the U.S.; doctors say poor nutrition is to blame.


MEDIA | top

[12]

“Profanity: NBC says FCC is violating its own indecency standard”
Broadcasting & Cable, December 13, 2006

“Fox says FCC’s indecency policy goes too far”
Broadcasting & Cable, December 13, 2006

FOX and NBC say the FCC’s new ban on using explicit terms at certain times is arbitrary and reverses 30 years of precedent.

[13]

“Report: Big radio is fewer formats, smaller audience”
Mediaweek, December 13, 2006

Radio corporations claim that on-air diversity and audiences have not declined, but in some markets expanded.


GUN LAWS | top

[14]

“Gun veto, city ban both tossed”
Cincinnati Enquirer, December 13, 2006

Ohio’s legislature overrode the governor’s veto and a state Supreme Court in reversing Cincinnati’s assault weapons ban.

[15]

“Office shooting has some calling for more weapons”
CBS2 (Chicago), December 12, 2006

Weapons advocates say a Chicago gun rampage could have been prevented if others had been armed.


NEWS & COMMENTARY | top

[16]

“Israelis kill Palestinian child — or do they? Pictures can lie”
Alternet, December 15, 2006

Two French TV stations used the same footage to tell contradictory stories about the killing of a young Palestinian boy.


Editor: Julia Scott | Intern: Scott Domini Ehlert

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