News for 2010-06-18

Friday, June 18, 2010
That's All, Spokes: Colorado Town Bans Cyclists
A town in the US has banned cyclists on most of its streets, punishing anyone who gets caught with a $68 (£46) fine. Black Hawk in Colorado, which has a population of just above 100, is thought to be the first town in the US to make cycling illegal after a change in civic law.
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Is Using Dispersants on the BP Gulf Oil Spill Fighting Pollution with Pollution?
Roughly five million liters of dispersants have now been used to break up the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico , making this the largest use of such chemicals in U.S. history. If it continues for 10 months, as long as Mexico's Ixtoc 1 blowout in 1979 in the same region, the Macondo well...
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Return to Commercial Whaling Could be Determined by Tiny Pacific island
One of the world's smallest states could determine whether commercial whaling is legitimised after a 25 year ban. The Pacific island of Palau, which only achieved nationhood in 1992 and has a population of just 20,000, has said it intends to switch sides and join other anti-whaling countries at a...
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Warning Signs: Awareness Campaign Targets Coal Burning Power Plants in Chicago
Rainforest Action Network's Chicago Chapter teamed up with local artists to raise public attention to the Fisk and Crawford coal-powered plants on Chicago's near south side that have been poisoning the air for decades. Both Plants are located in highly populated neighborhoods - primarily Latino...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iceland Safe Haven for Press Freedom: Wikileaks Insider
REYKJAVIK — Iceland is becoming an offshore safe haven for information, an insider with whistleblower website WikiLeaks said Friday. Iceland's parliament, the Altingi, voted Tuesday to task government with finding ways to increase information freedom and to provide stronger protections for media...
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ACORN Leader says critics Mounted ‘McCarthy-Era War Against the Poor’ After Report Clears Organization of Wrongdoing
The former president of the now-dissolved activist group ACORN struck back at Republicans, Democrats and even the Obama Administration Thursday after a federal report cleared the organization of misusing federal funds and election fraud.
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Aung San Suu Kyi's Desperate Plea to the World
As Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to celebrate her 65th birthday tomorrow, confined in the house in which she has spent most of the past two decades, a confidante of the Burmese opposition leader has made a simple but passionate appeal to those in the West to use their freedom to help his country...
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Krugman Predicts Painful Road if Deficit Hypocrites Prevail
We don't know for sure that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan had each other in mind when they penned diametrically opposed op-eds, both of which ran today. But, we can hope.
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Farmers Push Comeback of ‘Cereal of the Poor’
KARNATAKA, India - Eshwarappa Banakar has been a farmer most of his adult life, but these days he has also turned banker - banker of seeds, that is, and especially of millet strains. Yet while his is Karnataka's first seed bank to be set up by an individual farmer, it is only one of the signs of...
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Sea Shepherd Activists Free Hundreds of Threatened Bluefin Tuna off Libya
Green activists using helicopters, divers and rotten butter yesterday confronted Libyan and Italian fishermen to release hundreds of threatened bluefin tuna which they strongly suspect were illegally caught off the Libyan coast.
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BP 'Complacent' over Oil Well Risks
WASHINGTON - US legislators have accused BP of evasion, complacency, ducking responsibility and cutting corners as they grilled the energy giant's chief executive over his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. During six hours of hearings in Washington on Thursday Tony Hayward, BP's CEO, faced...
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Haitians Seek Say in Rebuilding
Bill Clinton, the UN special envoy to Haiti, has been holding talks with international donors and Haitian leaders on how to spend billions of dollars in aid to help the country recover from its devastating January earthquake. They say they are hopeful in rebuilding a stronger Haiti. But as Al...
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Iran says UN Sanctions Show Double Standard
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's top security body on Friday railed against the latest U.N. sanctions imposed over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, saying they show world powers are applying a double standard. The Supreme National Security Council said that U.S. and other nuclear-armed powers have...
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Disclosure Act in Jeopardy after Interest Groups Balk at NRA Deal
WASHINGTON - One of President Obama's top legislative priorities is in serious doubt after top House Democrats' attempt to satisfy the National Rifle Association backfired badly. Top Democrats abandoned plans for a Friday vote in the House on the legislation, known as the Disclose Act, after...
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