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— PBS journalist Bill Moyers.

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Editor’s Notes

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This is not what we mean by No Gas Fridays!

There has been a mix of reactions to True North No Gas Fridays. — 731 words

Letters to the Editor

Peer Pleasure

The following comments from an editor of one of Canada’s leading daily newspapers on reading True North. — 247 words.

Humour in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

The Burglar and Jesus

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables; and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, "Jesus is watching you. — 202 words.

Health Watch

Obesity is linked
to stress hormone

Scientists say they have found a link between stress and obesity, which offers hope in treating the 1.6 billion adults who are overweight worldwide. — 507 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

China auto firm will accept customer return
of cars after poor performance in crash tests

If recent crash test results are any indication, then North American automakers have little to worry about in terms of a Chinese invasion. — 279 words.

Some call it Smother Love prolonging dependency
but many daughters say ‘Mommy is Truly Dearest’

Human females find themselves as women in conflict with their mothers. Then when they find themselves they move out. But only physically. I know many women who had a hard time yielding to the compulsion to strike out on their own. They leave with a cherished doll, or a teddy bear, or with a set of Winnie The Pooh bedclothes. One woman, bright, assertive, talented, and now accomplished, took an apartment with a girl friend when she was eighteen and then cried for the next three days from homesickness. But mother is never farther than the phone. Here, Stephanie Rosenbloom of The New York Times, tells us about women and their mothers. Entertaining and instructive. — Carl Dow, Editor. — 1,772 words.

Dutch release Taliban leader
to avoid media, political fuss

THE HAGUE — The defence ministry has released a Taliban leader shortly after his arrest. The only reason was that the ministry did not want any 'fuss' in the Dutch media and the Lower House, according to Elsevier magazine. — 342 words.

A Death in Moscow

History, sadly, is on Anna Politkovskaya’s side. Last Oct. 7, Politkovskaya, a reporter for Novaya Gazeta, one of Moscow’s smallest but most daring newspapers, was murdered. A 48-year-old who was about to become a grandmother, she had gained fame in the West, and infamy at home, for her writings on the war in Chechnya. Politkovskaya fell in an all-too-common post-Soviet fashion: three bullets to the chest, one “control shot” to the head.  — 1,051 words.

Unions vow to crank up
the heat on buyout firms

NEW YORK — After years of quietly reaping windfall riches, private equity managers now find themselves under siege by bond buyers, hard-bargaining stock holders and lawmakers seeking higher taxes. And now labor unions are jumping in. — 512 words.

Will my plastic bag still be here in 2507?

How scientists figure out how long it takes your trash to decompose.

Starting July 1, most large grocery stores in the state of California were legally required to recycle plastic shopping bags. — 411 words.

Text messages giving voice to Chinese

Opponents of chemical factory broke through censors
Beijing condemns local politicians, puts project on hold

Mobilized by cellphone, thousands marched in Xiamen against a new chemical plant. Authorities have halted the project. —   Photo by Wen Yunchao.

By the hundreds of thousands, the urgent text messages ricocheted by cellphones in Xiamen, warning of a catastrophe that would spoil the city's beautiful seaside environment and foul its sweet-smelling tropical breezes. — 1,703 words.


The New York Times

Housing and Hedge Funds
cause pain on Wall Street

There may be a silver lining in the recent hedge fund debacle at Bear Stearns. Until now, the deepest pain of the housing slump has been felt by hard-pressed borrowers, generally low-income homeowners stuck with unsuitable and even predatory subprime loans — adjustable-rate mortgages made to people with weak credit. — 569 words.

Bush rants about al Qaida factor
to bolster support for Iraq policy

WASHINGTON — Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday, June 28, called al Qaida "the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts. — 862 words.

Told You So, says report
by UN Iraq arms inspectors

On the day before it is due to be shut down, the U.N. unit that found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but failed to stop the U.S.-led invasion said last Thursday time had justified its methods and work. — 597 words.

Why the Iraq war won't
engulf the Mideast

WASHINGTON Long before the Bush administration began selling "the surge" in Iraq as a way to avert a general war in the Middle East, observers both inside and outside the government were growing concerned about the potential for armed conflict among the regional powers. 696 words.

So Much for the Spring Selling Season!
Home buyers still hiding in the bushes

‘If you're buying, drive a hard bargain. And definitely stay away from those " Frankenstein Financing" loans — the kinds that are blowing up in the lending industry's face.’ — 972 words.

A book for all seasons

Mark Kearney and Randy Ray, prolific writers of Canadian best sellers, have produced a perfect book for the beach blanket season. Entertaining and informative, it will make you feel good about being a Canadian.

To purchase the book:
Randy Ray
(613) 731-3873

True North Canuck Fact of the Day  

Get me Ma Bell 

In 1911 there were a mere 303,000 telephones in use in Canada.  These days there are more than 18 million.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

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