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America's Most Polluted Cities Revealed

Pittsburgh, America's "Steel City," snagged a second designation — albeit a negative one — this week when, for the first time, the American Lung Association designated it the most air-polluted U.S. city.

Global Food Crisis? It's the corporations fault

From the "scratching your head" desk, in the Philadelphia Enquirer:
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The global food system feeds gluttonous corporations first

World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day – Saturday April 26, 2008!

By creating a healing wave of calm around the planet, World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day paints a vision of possibility for humanity each year. Subtly, quietly, providing a profound example to millions who participate or experience it through the media. An annual healing event has quietly spread across the planet. Millions worldwide have experienced the healing benefits of T'ai Chi & Qigong.

Sam's Club, Costco limit rice purchases as prices rise

By MARCUS KABEL, AP Business Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago

The two biggest U.S. warehouse retail chains are limiting how much rice customers can buy because of what Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., called on Wednesday "recent supply and demand trends."

The broader chain of Wal-Mart stores has no plans to limit food purchases, however.

Famed anti-smoker gets prison time (make my day)

I love it. Taken from Forces.org:
ADIOS, Mother-______!!! Don't drop the soap!!

EXTRA: Italian Antismoking Hero Gets Three Years

18th April 2008

Girolamo Sirchia is a perfectly sinister antismoker: hypocritical,
paternalistic, arrogant to the extreme, ex-smoker (the worst kind of
anti), fanatical ideologist, morally clueless, a born crook. He can

Protesters take CNN to task over commentator's China remarks

LOS ANGELES - Chinese-Americans rallied outside CNN's Hollywood office on Saturday to demand the firing of commentator Jack Cafferty for calling China's goods "junk" and its leaders a "bunch of goons and thugs."

Cafferty made the comments during an appearance on "The Situation Room" that aired April 9.

Coming For Drinkers

The war on ‘passive drinking
Tags: Crime, EU, public health, Alcohol
European Union and United Nations officials are plotting to make drinking as socially unacceptable as smoking.

Your drink could endanger others, claim UN and EU officials

Ann Arbor braces for overflow of pilgrims

ANN ARBOR - Tickets have been sold out for weeks. Hollywood star Richard Gere and Grammy-winning singer Bobby "Don't Worry Be Happy" McFerrin are in town. A group of Chinese students is planning a protest. Scores of people from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, both Buddhist and otherwise, are making the pilgrimage to Crisler Arena.

The buzz is all about the Dalai Lama.

Food costs rising fastest in 17 years

NEW YORK - Steve Tarpin can bake a graham cracker crust in his sleep, but explaining why the price for his Key lime pies went from $20 to $25 required mastering a thornier topic: global economics.

Chrysler, Nissan unveil car-truck production deal

DETROIT - Nissan Motor Co. said yesterday it will make a new small car designed by Chrysler LLC and Chrysler will make a full-size pickup truck designed by Nissan.

Both products will be sold in North America, and the new Chrysler subcompact will also be sold in Europe and other global markets starting in 2010. No financial details were disclosed.

Feds move to derail detainee transfer hearings

OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to derail hearings by the Military Police Complaints Commission into the transfer of detainees by members of the Canadian Forces to Afghan authorities, where they could be tortured.

The Pope's Sex Abuse Challenge

Pope Benedict XVI's trip this week to the United States will include high-profile visits to the White House, United Nations and Ground Zero. But no matter what political issues or media angles may be buzzing before take-off, the Vatican tends to stress the pastoral aspect of any papal journey.

Chevron, Total seek oil deal in Iraq

" BAGHDAD - Oil giants Chevron Corp. and Total have confirmed that they are in discussions with the Iraqi Oil Ministry to increase production in an important oil field in southern Iraq.

The discussions are aimed at finalizing a two-year deal, or technical support agreement, to boost production at the West Qurna Stage 1 oil field near Iraq's second-largest city of Basra.

Petraeus Points to War With Iran

The neocons may yet get their war on Iran.

Ever since President Nouri al-Maliki ordered the attacks in Basra on the Mahdi Army, Gen. David Petraeus has been laying the predicate for U.S. air strikes on Iran and a wider war in the Middle East.

Should Olympic athletes show their political views at the games ?

Athletes who take Tibet stand 'face Olympic cut'

Past competitors have made statements . Today's athletes should have that option too. This does not make it a crisis just to show an opinion.
Athletes who take Tibet stand 'face Olympic cut'
San Francisco torch runner Michael Andrew reveals a Free Tibet patch
Ashling O’Connor in Beijing

For Cadets From West Point, Jersey City Is a Peace Lab

"JERSEY CITY — It sounds at first like a student’s worst nightmare: A long field trip to this gritty, gentrifying and altogether unlikely destination.

While visiting the Loew’s Jersey Theater on Saturday, the cadets checked out a sign dating from World War II.

How the Irish saved Civilization

I like beer too, but Patrick's story is one of my fav's !

Cheney on Unannounced Visit to Iraq

"BAGHDAD — Vice President Dick Cheney
made an unannounced trip Monday to Baghdad, where he plans to push
Iraqi political leaders toward opening the country’s vast oil fields to

State Dept. drops China from rights violators' list

Johnny Li, an official with Open Doors International, says although there is still persecution against Christians in China, the country is slowly improving when it comes to human-rights violations.

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