News for 2009-01-24

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Researchers Shocked: Tasers Cause Dramatic Rise of In-Custody Sudden Deaths
The number of in-custody sudden deaths rose dramatically during the first year California law enforcement agencies began using stun guns, raising questions about the safety of the devices, according to a new study at UCSF. The electronic weapons are intended to be a nonlethal alternative to the gun...
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Top Chefs Push Obama to Improve Food Policy
WASHINGTON - Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant's special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table. "You know that's the way I roll," Obama replied jokingly.
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Activists Seek New ways to Get Food to 35 Million
WASHINGTON - In soup kitchens, food pantries and universities across the country, activists are planting the seeds for an overhaul of the way America feeds its more than 35 million hungry people, the first major challenge to a system largely developed in the 1960s. They have begun providing food...
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Obama Restores Some of the 'Freedom' to FOIA
WASHINGTON - One curious soul on Feb. 8, 2001, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the State Department. He or she is still awaiting a reply. Nearly eight years have passed, making the early 2001 search for information one of the State Department's 10 oldest pending FOIA requests. While...
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Growing Concern Over Israel's Weapons Use
Whether from delayed shock or not, Mahmoud Abu Halima was almost dispassionate as he pointed to the hole in the roof made by the artillery shelling which killed his father and burned to death his baby sister and three of his younger brothers. He had been next door and had come running when he heard...
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Kingston and Coal Lobby's Grip on the EPA
In March of 2000, during the last days of the Clinton administration, the EPA decided coal ash was a hazardous waste. Then, two months later, it flipped. If the EPA had stuck to its guns, the Kingston Coal Ash disaster in Tennessee might have been averted. Now, momentum is building to federally...
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