News for 2010-03-08

Monday, March 8, 2010
Cities Sue Manufacturer of Weed-Killer Found in Tap Water
A coalition of communities in six Midwestern states filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to force the manufacturer of a widely-used herbicide to pay for its removal from drinking water.
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Kucinich Becomes Target of Health Care Whip Campaign
With the real possibility that a handful of lawmakers -- or even a single vote -- in the House of Representatives could end up deciding the fate of health care reform, advocates are suddenly targeting the chamber's most progressive holdout. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio.) has firmly staked out his...
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UN: Olympic 'Beautification' of Cities Means Forced Evictions
A UN human rights expert blamed football's World Cup and the Olympic Games for forcing thousands out of their homes, as host cities sought "beautification" often at the expense of poor residents. Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, said the International...
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Fiction of Marja as City Was US Information War
WASHINGTON - For weeks, the U.S. public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan War against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February...
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Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Renewable Energy's Limits
But a groundbreaking study out of North Carolina challenges that conventional wisdom: It suggests that backup generation requirements would be modest for a system based largely on solar and wind power, combined with efficiency, hydroelectric power, and other renewable sources like landfill gas.
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At Least 500 Dead in Nigeria Attack
JOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's government on Monday sent troops to the flashpoint Jos region after attacks by machete-wielding gangs on Christian villages that officials say killed at least 500 people. Under fire for failing to prevent another outburst of sectarian violence only weeks after hundreds died...
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Green Party in California Trying to Stem Shrinking Numbers
Faced with diminishing numbers, a threatening ballot measure and the perpetual challenge of being a small third party in a two-party system, the California Green Party may be fading to chartreuse. But that won't happen if a hardy core of delegates, who gathered in San Jose over the weekend for a...
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On ‘Bloody Sunday’ Anniversary, US Vows to Step Up Civil Rights Enforcement
NEW YORK - The federal Department of Education plans to intensify its civil rights enforcement efforts in schools around the country, including a deeper look at issues ranging from programs for immigrant students learning English to equal access to college preparatory courses. Education Secretary...
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Humans Driving Extinction Faster Than Species Can Evolve, Say Experts
For the first time since the dinosaurs disappeared, humans are driving animals and plants to extinction faster than new species can evolve, one of the world's experts on biodiversity has warned. Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the "sixth great extinction...
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Ready or Not? Healthcare Reform May Finally Take a Step, But Will it Take Us Forward or Backward?
Bill Moyers sits down with former insurance executive turned public health advocate Wendell Potter, who argues that all is not lost in the healthcare bill and details what he likes about the legislation.
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