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Libertynewsprint 8-22-09 Edition

Libertynewsprint 8-22-09 Edition

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Internet News RecordLibertyNewsprint.com U.S. Edition21/08/09 - 22/08/09
Aide to former House Republican leader indictedin Abramoff case
By Jeremy Pelofsky (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/21/2009 2:33:12 PM
An aide to former U.S. HouseMajority Leader Richard Armeywas indicted on corruption chargesin connection with disgraced U.S.lobbyist Jack Abramoff, includingtaking free sports tickets andhelping his clients with agovernment contract.Horace Cooper, who served as alegislative counsel to Armey, wascharged with conspiracy,concealing his actions, makingfalse statements and obstruction of  justice, according to the indictmentfiled in U.S. district court.Prosecutors accused thelegislative aide of receivingvaluable tickets to events likeWashington Redskins footballgames and concerts including rock singer Bruce Springsteen between1998 and 2000, when Cooperworked for Armey.Cooper knew that Abramoff, hisfirm and their clients “hadnumerous issues pending before theU.S. House of Representatives,” theindictment said.In 2001, whenCooper becamechief of staff at the Voice of America, which is a U.S.government-run news outlet, he isaccused of telling Abramoff to lethim know if he can be helpful to hisfirm.Abramoff told staff at therestaurant he controlled, Signatures,to provide Cooper withcomplimentary meals and drinksand arranged for a free Super Bowlparty for him and 25 of his friendsat another Abramoff restaurantcalled Stacks, the indictment said.The indictment accused Cooperof helping Abramoff and anassociate in 2002 in their efforts toparticipate in a VOA broadcastingproject and obtaining $10 million-$15 million in funding from theState Department.At one point during that time,Cooper complained to Abramoff that he was charged $141 at theSignatures restaurant, telling himthat “I think there may have been alittle glitch at the restaurant.”After leaving VOA for the LaborDepartment during the Bushadministration, Cooper worked tohelp an Abramoff client, CNMIGarment Manufacturer, deal with apending investigation by theagency, prosecutors charged.During that period, Cooper alsosolicited from Abramoff tickets tonumerous events includingprofessional basketball and baseballgames.An attempt to reach Cooper wasnot immediately successful. Hecould face up to 40 years in prisonand a $250,000 fine.Abramoff was sentenced in 2008to serve four years in prison in acorruption scandal that rockedWashington’s power elite andhelped Republicans lose control of Congress in 2006. He already isserving a nearly six-year term onunrelated charges.Click here for more Reuterspolitical coverage.- Photo credit: Reuters/CarlosBarria (Abramoff outside acourthouse)
Neb. man stole VirginMary painting forabortion (AP)
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 10:48:55 AM
Scott buzzed up: Ex-model'sbreast implants were key to body'sID (AP)9 seconds ago 2009-08-22T11:24:24-07:00
Daily Crunch: MetalMeets Metal Edition
By Bryce Durbin (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 12:00:23 AM
Whitoken, a beautiful iPod TouchthemeThis steampunk flash drive makesthe meme sexy againAwesome Terminator 4 T-600USB skullCrunchGear interviews up-and-coming inventor ‘East Side’ DaveMcDonald from ‘The Ron and FezShow’Do one thing, and do it well: 40years of UNIX
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The First Draft: too Mr. Nice Guy?
By Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/21/2009 6:30:12 AM
It doesn’t matter thatthehealthcare debate haspicked apartevery argument from every sideuntil nobody knows what actuallyis going to happen on that front.There are still fresh opinions to befound every day.Pointing out Paul Krugman inThe New York Times today saying“It’s hard to avoid the sense thatMr. Obama has wasted monthstrying to appease people who can’tbe appeased, and who take everyconcession as a sign that he can berolled.”Don’t miss the exchange betweenhost Jon Stewart and BetsyMcCaughey, who started the saber-rattling on what later becameknown as death panels, last nighton“The DailyShow”.President Barack Obama willhavea closed-door healthcareconsultation today with someonewho is quite well-versed in thepolitics of Washington:formerSenate Majority Leader TomDaschle, who was Obama’s firstpick for health secretary.Republican critics mustbesavoringthe sight of Democratsunable to come togetheronhealthcare even when they controlCongress and the White House.And we want to hear from you. IsObama being too “Mr. Nice Guy”in the healthcare debate? Whatshould he do next? What aboutopponents of the healthcareoverhaul — are they playing theircards right?The Obama family is off onvacation to Martha’s Vineyard nextweek, Congress is still on summerbreak, but it’s doubtful thehealthcare debate will take abreather.Click here for more Reuterspolitical coveragePhoto credit: Reuters/KevinLamarque (Obama speaks at ahealthcare forum)
GM delays decision onOpel future
(BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 4:15:03 AM
The board of US carmakerGeneral Motors has postponedmaking a decision on who shouldbuy its Opel division, whichincludes Vauxhall in the UK.The Detroit-based firm saiddirectors had met on Friday todiscuss the options but "no decisionwas taken".An assessment on whether to startexclusive talks to buy German-based Opel had been expected atthe weekend.The race to control Opel isbetween the Canadian componentmanufacturer Magna and Belgianfinancial group RHJ.The BBC understands that anumber of stumbling blocks haveemerged to delay the final decision.The German government - whichhas openly preferred the bid fromMagna and has offered it bridgingfinance of 4.5bn euros ($6.4bn,£3.9bn) - is thought to have addedfurther conditions to that support.Magna has publicly promised tocut fewer jobs in Germany, where25,000 people are currentlyemployed in the division.Buy-back optionGermany's economy minister saidhe regretted the failure to make adecision.Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg wasalso quoted as telling the onlineedition of the HamburgerAbendblatt newspaper that "there isstill room for an agreement".UK Business Secretary LordMandelson has been critical of German Chancellor Angela Merkelfor politicising the bidding contestahead of federal elections in thecountry, at the end of September.Earlier this week Lord Mandelsonsaid GM needed to look for an"industrial outcome based on thelong term viability" of Opel.Lord Mandelson has also said hewould stand by the UK carmakingindustry - in particular Vauxhall,which employs more than 5,000people directly in its plants inEllesmere Port, Cheshire, andLuton, Bedfordshire.He did not specify what level of financial support, if any, would beprovided and he has also warnedthere would be some job lossesirrespective of who gains control of Vauxhall.There is also speculation thatGM, which only recently emergedfrom Chapter 11 bankruptcy with ahost of new US government-appointed board members, mayprefer to exercise a buy-back optionin the future.That could see it re-acquiringOpel and Vauxhall within a fewyears at an advantageous price - anoption which may be unpalatable toany potential buyers.German media has also reportedthat GM may be also toying withthe idea of placing Opel intoinsolvency, though that was playeddown on Saturday by a spokesmanfor the US company.Print Sponsor
Breast implants yield murder data
(BBC News | Americas | World Edition)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 8:37:35 AM
US police investigating agruesome murder near Los Angelesidentified the mutilated victim by aserial number on her breastimplants, prosecutors say.The naked body of Jasmine Fiore,a 28-year-old former model, wasfound in a suitcase a week ago.Detectives were unable to usedental records or fingerprints, asher teeth and fingers had beenremoved. But they tracked thenumber of her implants.A reality-show contestant is beingsought in connection with themurder.Police believe the man, RyanAlexander Jenkins, 32, may havefled to his native Canada.He was taking part in the showMegan Wants a Millionaire.Described as an investment banker,Mr Jenkins was one of severalwealthy young men trying to winthe affections of a young woman inthe show.The TV channel VH1 cancelledthe series after he was identified asa suspect.Ms Fiore had no connection withthe show, but she and Mr Jenkinshad married in Las Vegas in March.Media reports say she had soughtto annul the marriage.Her mangled body was found in asuitcase in Buena Park, south of Los Angeles, on 15 August.Authorities have offered a$25,000 reward for informationleading to Mr Jenkins' arrest.Print Sponsor
Tops & Flops: A Week in Fashion
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 7:15:00 AM
This week had its share of fashionfinds and outfits that should havebeen left behind. Whose looks weresecond rate, and which were supergreat? You rate!
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NYC school makes harbor its classroom (AP)
(Yahoo! News: U.S. News)
Submitted at 8/22/2009 10:50:49 AM
NEW YORK – It was anoptimistic gesture by a leading statein the fledgling country. In 1790,Governors Island, a half-mile off the tip of Manhattan, was set asidefor the benefit of education.But there was a catch: If the needshould arise, the military got firstdibs. And given the island's primelocation in a key port, it was nosurprise when, a mere four yearslater, the military staked that claim.Cannon on Governors Islandprotected New York City duringthe War of 1812. Later, Unionsoldiers guarded ConfederatePOWs there. More recently, CoastGuard cutters patrolled from dockson the island's shores.Now, the spirit of that originalgrant will soon be honored, and thebrick buildings of Governors Islandwill welcome their first nonmilitarytenant in more than two centuries.It seems more than fitting that apublic school devoted to the harboritself will be the very first to arrive.On a morning late last spring,Murray Fisher disembarked a smallconstruction ferry from Manhattanand walked a few hundred yards toinspect the old Coast Guardbuilding under renovation as apermanent home for his creation,the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. Another buildingnearby will house oyster farms, ascuba club, sailing and crew teams.The school is on track to move hereby the fall of 2010.It's been a decade since Fisherfirst conceived of the HarborSchool, and six years since itopened in what were supposed tobe short-term quarters inlandlocked central Brooklyn.Since then, Fisher has poured thebetter part of his late 20s and early30s into getting his dream started.Most of the rest he's spent cajolingand battling with bureaucrats anddevelopers to secure just a few feetof waterfront, a place where aschool devoted to the water canrealize its full potential.__"Take it! Take it!" screamsDaquasia Sanders, a none-too-shyninth grader, as Fisher hands her ahorseshoe crab."You're embarrassing me," Fisherkids. "Just hold it in your hands. It'sOK, you can trust me." Soon, she joins several classmates nursingeggs from the crabs, which tideshave washed up by the hundredsalong Plumb Beach in RockawayInlet.The setting could be a barrenstretch of the Chesapeake Bay, butit's New York City, jets from JFKaudible when the wind dies down.Fisher follows the students along agrassy dune to the water's edge,pointing out clams, oysters andscallops, before climbing back onthe school bus to return to centralBrooklyn.New York Harbor is by somemeasures the biologically richestbody of water in North America.Fisher can hardly believe how littlenotice most New Yorkers pay to it.Wooden piers once extendedfrom nearly every city cross street,but today water access is elusive.Most city kids especially the poor,minority kids the school servesmight as well be living in Kansas."We want to create students whofeel connected to their local place,"Fisher says. "They cannot do that if they do not know those placeswell."In a way, the origins of theHarbor School date back beforeFisher's birth. His great uncle wasLeMoyne Billings, a prep schoolfriend of John F. Kennedy. Thepresident's nephew,environmentalist Robert KennedyJr., spent summers during highschool working on a ranch Fisher'sparents managed in Colombia.Years later, Fisher readKennedy's book " TheRiverkeepers," a call for citizens totake responsibility for the bodies of water around them. He wrote toKennedy and eventually went towork for the groups HudsonRiverkeeper and WaterkeeperAlliance.It was long hours and low pay,investigating pollution complaintsand speaking to school groups. Buthe learned everything there was toknow about the Hudson River. Andhe met people common fishermen,for instance with little formaleducation but whose environmentalstewardship had taught them tocommunicate, make arguments, andlead.Fisher realized he himself waslearning a range of skills he hadnever fully picked up, even incollege at Vanderbilt.Suddenly, it hit him."This should be a school," hethought.___Over the last decade, New York has been at the forefront of a boldeducation experiment: the smallschools movement. More than twodozen giant, failing city highschools have been closed andreplaced with smaller institutions.Eighty-six organizations appliedto start public schools in New York City in 2002. Fisher's was one of 12advancing to the next stage,receiving $10,000 each to helpmake their case.He took his proposal to RichardKahan, the leader of a network of small schools called UrbanAssembly, who guided him throughthe city's bureaucratic and politicalwaters. Meanwhile, Fisher beganscoping out sites and recruitingteachers and partners. He spent$1,000 on a single ad in The NewYork Times to recruit a principal, aquest that eventually led him toNate Dudley, a former Yalefootball player then teaching in theSouth Bronx.In September 2003, the HarborSchool welcomed its first 125freshmen. The location: supposedlytemporary quarters on the fourthfloor of one of the closing schools,Bushwick High.The vibrant but low-incomeimmigrant neighborhood of Bushwick was just the kind of community Fisher wanted to serve.But the whole point was to getstudents to the harbor. Bushwick, ithappens, is the farthest spot fromwater in the five boroughs."Hey, we're from the HarborSchool," Fisher introduced himself,arriving to inspect the new digs forthe first time.A security guard glanced up atthe fresh-faced, blond-haired 27-year-old, who looked as if he was along way from home."Ain't no harbor in Bushwick,sweetie," she shot back.___New York straphangers don'teasily surprise, but this weekdaymorning sight seems to flummoxthe subway commuters: 20teenagers reading silently en routefrom Brooklyn to Manhattan'sUpper West Side.Harbor School ninth-graderscomplete an intensive, yearlongcourse introducing them to thegeography, science and history of New York Harbor.During the year, they'll travel 300miles by subway to 17 sites, fromJamaica Bay to the Hudson.Discipline is tight."We decided from the get-go weweren't going to let our distancestop us," says Dudley, the principal."They know more about the estuarythan any other students in the city,and more than most adults."New York City's schoolassignment lottery means someHarbor School students arrive witha real interest in water issues andhave ranked the school highly ontheir list of choices. But many are just neighborhood kids fromBushwick.Ninety-six percent are black orHispanic; three-quarters come fromfamilies poor enough to qualify fora federal free lunch. Only 15percent of incoming freshmen canswim (85 percent pass a swim testby graduation).The destination on this morningwas a replica Hudson River sloop,the Clearwater, now an educationvessel operated by an organizationtied to folk singer Pete Seeger that'sone of dozens of partners Fisher haslined up for the school.Students rotate between fourlearning stations history,navigation, fish and water quality.A dozen volunteer educators pepperthem with questions. Who wasHenry Hudson? Is the tide an ebbor a flow? How do we signal otherboats we're fishing? Andeverywhere they travel, studentscollect water samples for a databasethey keep in Bushwick.Once on Governors Island, thestudents will still travel, but muchless."The key is having a waterfrontthat we own and manage so we'renot asking anyone's permission,"Fisher says. "If it's 7 a.m. andthere's a blitz of bluefish out there,a teacher can go with students rightthen."Maritime learning gets a lot moreexciting when the water isn't justimaginary."A lot of the power of building aboat is you get to use the boat,"Fisher says. "Our kids have no
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