News for 2010-07-01

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Oil Spill Media Access: Reporters Still Given the Runaround Even as Public Health Concerns Mount
The latest chapter in the media's ongoing struggle to cover the Gulf Oil Spill comes courtesy of PBS Newshour's Bridget Desimone , who has been working with her colleague, Betty Ann Bowser, in "reporting the health impact of the oil spill in Plaquemines Parish." Desimone reports that on the ground...
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Warning of Looming Crisis, Louisiana Calls on BP to Fund Mental Health Programs
As Louisiana officials warn of a possible mental health crisis in communities affected by the oil spill, BP has yet to respond to a month-old request from the Louisiana health department to fund emergency mental health programs . The impasse has prompted Louisiana to make an argument with...
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Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone on the Story that Brought Down Gen. McChrystal and Exposed Widening Disputes Behind the U.S. Debacle in Afghanistan
In a rare extended interview, we speak to Michael Hastings, whose article in Rolling Stone magazine led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal. Hastings’ piece quoted McChrystal and his aides making disparaging remarks about top administration officials, and exposed long-standing disagreements...
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The Other Side of World Cup Footballs
KARACHI, Pakistan - England coach Fabio Capello has bemoaned the unpredictable trajectory of the Jabulani World Cup ball, calling it "the worst ball"in the history of the tournament. But labour rights groups have a greater complaint. The workers producing the footballs are seeing little improvement...
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Empire: Running on Empty?
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Small Creatures and Climate Change: How Warming Can 'Shuffle the Deck' of Creatures That Thrive
Climate change is messing with mammals. Among other things, it is shifting their geographical ranges, changing their behavior (or, as scientists call it, their phenology), and causing disruptions up and down the food chain. Researchers often look to ancient times for information about the ways...
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Joint Lawsuit Planned for G20 Arrestees
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it is considering a joint lawsuit against the Toronto police and other police forces responsible for the G20 mass arrests. “The CCLA is planning to help people who are seeking compensation to (initiate) a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Ontario,” said...
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US to Cut $4bn in Afghan Aid After Corruption Allegations
A US House of Representatives panel has voted to cut almost $4bn (£2.68bn) in aid to the Afghanistan government after allegations of corruption. News reports have alleged that large amounts of cash have been flown out of the country, while President Hamid Karzai 's government has blocked corruption...
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1.3 Million Unemployed Won't Get Benefits Restored After Senate Fails to Overcome Filibuster
WASHINGTON - More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won't get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong vacation for Independence Day. An additional 200,000 people who have been without a job for at least six months stand to lose their benefits each week, unless...
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