News for 2009-04-13

Monday, April 13, 2009
Local Police Increasingly Target Migrant Communities
NEW YORK - Alleged abuses of a little-known section of U.S. immigration law have triggered charges of racial and ethnic profiling and diverting local law enforcement from their crime-fighting mission. Known as 287(g), the regulation allows the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, part...
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Australian Unions Call for Action to Oversee Nanotechnology
UNIONS are demanding urgent regulation of the nanotechnology industry, citing mounting evidence that some tiny particles used in products such as sunscreens and cosmetics could be as harmful as asbestos. The ACTU is pushing for closer oversight of the rapidly growing industry, which contributes to...
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Agency Opposes Water Recycling at Homes
In Las Vegas, water used indoors travels a continuous loop. From homes, water flows to a treatment plant, which sends it back to Lake Mead. Then an equivalent amount is pumped from the lake, and the 12-mile journey to treatment plants and Southern Nevada's taps begins again. The Southern Nevada...
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Wired Less: Disconnected in Urban America
For many Americans living in urban areas, high-speed Internet access remains elusive. Much of the discussion about broadband expansion in the United States focuses on the rural areas that still lack this essential infrastructure. As we documented in our earlier report, Five Days on the Digital Dirt...
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Immigration Rallies: Activists Plan Vigils, Lobbying Efforts to Push Immigration Reforms
Buoyed by recent promises from the Obama administration to push forward on federal Immigration reforms, activists in Chicago and other cities are planning a series of events this week to build more momentum for their cause. On Monday, activists in Chicago Lawn plan to launch a "Get Informed, Get...
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New Sofas to Blame for Rash of Allergies
An unexplained rash could be a sign that your couch is making you sick. A toxic fungicide in imported furniture is behind an outbreak of chronic dermatitis, skin burns, eye irritation and breathing difficulties across the world. Medical experts here are warning consumers to watch for symptoms. The...
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Media for Building a Better World
YES! Magazine's executive editor and co-founder Sarah van Gelder on why we need news and also solutions. YES! Takes on the News don't shy away from the difficult stories but take a different angle. One example is the recent YES! coverage of the housing crisis. Sarah explains how YES! goes about...
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Female Vets Struggling to Get Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The war in Iraq has been now been raging for six years. It's the first war where women in the U.S. military are in combat roles. Even years after serving in Iraq, female veterans are still adjusting to civilian life. At a women's veterans art show in San Francisco vets say the six year anniversary...
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Targeted Killing of Women's Rights Activist Shocks Afghans
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - In the hour before her killers pulled up beside the rickshaw and shot her at close range, Sitara Achakzai turned to a female politician riding beside her with a strange look. "I'm not afraid of death," said Ms. Achakzai, a well-known women's rights advocate and one of three...
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Rising Circulation at Papers Sold by Homeless
WASHINGTON - Newspapers produced and sold by homeless people in dozens of American cities are flourishing even as the deepening recession endangers conventional newspapers. At many of them, circulation is growing, along with the sales forces dispatched to sell the papers to passers-by. The...
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Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?
The airwaves, newspapers and websites have been saturated with coverage of the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, the US citizen who was being held by four Somali “pirates” on a small lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, following the unsuccessful attempt by the Somalis to take control of the US-flagged...
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GM Told to Prep for Bankruptcy Filing: Report
WASHINGTON, April 12 - The U.S. Treasury Department is directing General Motors to lay the groundwork for a bankruptcy filing by June 1, even though the automaker has publicly stated it could reorganize outside of court, The New York Times reported on Sunday. GM is operating under emergency U.S...
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