News for 2009-08-27

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Water Utilities Lack Proper Filters for Weed-Killer
Results from a federal drinking water monitoring program show that many public water companies are ineffective at removing a widely used weed-killer from their water supplies.
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Remembering Senator Kennedy
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
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Group that Opposes Gay Marriage Now Targeting Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa - A group that helped to outlaw gay marriage in California is turning its focus to Iowa, hoping to begin the long process of overturning a state Supreme Court decision earlier this year that legalized same-sex marriage. The National Organization for Marriage has launched the...
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Russia Deploys Anti-Missile Defence Unit Near North Korea
MOSCOW - Russia has placed an anti-missile defence system close to its border with North Korea, in an apparent sign of growing alarm in Moscow at Pyongyang's nuclear programme. Russia's chief of army staff, General Nikolai Makarov, told reporters on a trip with President Dmitry Medvedev to Mongolia...
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Whole Foods Boycott Grows
The Western Mass. Single Payer Network and Western Mass. Jobs with Justice have thrown their support behind a national boycott of Whole Foods.
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Conference Takes on Economics of Organic Food
Only rich people can afford to eat locally grown, organic food. Have you heard that one before? I have, and it's sure to come up during the "Can Maine Feed Itself?" keynote discussion taking place at next month's Maine Fare festival in the midcoast. The panel brings together a number of movers and...
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Despite Obama’s Promises, Pet Projects Still Coddled
WASHINGTON - A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Obama's economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators persuaded the administration...
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An Underground Railroad for Iraqi Women
While President Obama's declared an end date for Americans in the Iraq war, will it ever be that simple for Iraqis? We talk to Yanar Mohammed, President of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq and Yifat Susskind, communications director at MADRE who are helping women survive in the mess that...
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Mohammed Jawad: 'I was 12 When I Was Arrested and Sent to Guantanamo'
Sitting cross-legged on the cushioned floor of a family friend's house, Mohammed Jawad furrowed his brow and fidgeted nervously as he struggled to explain his extraordinary ordeal over the past seven years.
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Oil Companies Undermining Climate Partnership
Early in 2007, a coalition of big companies broke ranks with corporate America and declared that global warming was a real, grave threat. The United States Climate Action Partnership changed the national debate over warming. Executives from member companies such as DuPont, Ford Motor Co. and PG...
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Study Finds Radiation Risk for Patients
At least four million Americans under age 65 are exposed to high doses of radiation each year from medical imaging tests, according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine. About 400,000 of those patients receive very high doses, more than the maximum annual exposure allowed for...
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Health Care Industry Contributes Heavily to Blue Dogs
WASHINGTON - As the Obama administration and Democrats wrangled over the timing, shape and cost of health care overhaul efforts during the first half of the year, more than half the $1.1 million in campaign contributions the Democratic Party's Blue Dog Coalition received came from the...
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