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Editor’s Notes

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
are tickets to her companionship

I have an acquaintance, a late twenties graduate student, who says she will not date anyone who doesn’t watch Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. “We’d have nothing to talk about,” she says. — 486 words.


Facts in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

No hearsay in the court

‘Just the facts, ma’am96 words .


Health Watch
Welch study questioned:
Real food still beats juice

A highly publicized European study published in 2006 said that “100 percent” juices protect against cancer and heart disease as effectively as whole fruits and vegetables. But you're still better off with the real thing, say consultants to Consumer Reports. — 150 words.


From the desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin
On principle of polluter-pays Quebec
will be first province with carbon tax

According to the Montreal Gazette the Quebec government has announced that it will be the first province in Canada to introduce a carbon tax on gasoline. — 119 words.


Gasoline prices trend down but hurricane season looms
You can bet Big Oil wants
more than an arm and a leg

U.S. refineries have managed to resolve some of their early 2007 production woes, and the more plentiful gasoline supplies again helped drive retail prices lower in California and around the nation in the last week, an Energy Department report showed Monday. — 447 words,


‘Communist capitalists’ control
lourishing China stock market

Some of the reasons why the Chinese stock market continues to defy both gravity and the half-hearted efforts of the government to cool it are normal and obvious. But there is another reason that says a lot about a particularly Chinese situation: the relationship between Communist party power and wealth accumulation. — 801 words.


Gen. Wesley Clark slams
Senator Lieberman on Iran

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark has slammed Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., for threatening military force against Iran. — 272 words.


Top-Ranked Shrines: how do they
choose the holiest sites in Islam?

The Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, was bombed for the second time in more than a year on Wednesday, its minarets reduced to rubble. News reports described the mosque as one of the four most-revered Shiite shrines in Iraq. How do the holiest sites in Islam get ranked? — 401 words.


Imagine a talk between Vladmir Putin
and a resurrected Mahatma Gandhi
659 words


New ruling says only armed
pregnant women can be shot

The Russian government has approved a range of counterterrorism provisions, including one that allows hijacked planes to be shot down without warning. — 230 words.


Tony Blair hammers the press
and the press hammers back

‘By declaring that British jobs supersede British laws, Blair gives his countrymen a lesson in cynicism that all the vile hacks of Fleet Street typing nonstop for a century could never match.’ — 881 words.


Bush shafts Enron victims
in bid to protect banks

Wall Street's investment banks just got another one step closer to making defrauding investors an accepted line of business. And Enron's employees who lost their pensions and the small investors who got fleeced in the Enron frauds just got shafted again - this time at the urging of President George W. Bush. — 870 words.


Rather says broadcast news, journalism
should be a wake-up call not a sedative  

Dan Rather isn't being alarmist when he wonders what will happen to a nation addicted to fake news, celebrity gossip and pop-star prattle — when people abandon the very virtue of being informed and instead insist on constant titillation from TV, cable and little gadgets they carry around in their hands. — 1,659 words.


The cry of the Disappeared
Lovely young women who were
murdered by right-wing dictatorships’

To disappear became a transitive verb in Latin America. Military dictatorships "disappeared" their opponents. That is to say, they kidnapped, tortured, murdered and disposed of them, leaving only an inconsolable absence in the place of a human being. — 778 words.


America 's Anchors

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert faked it until they made it.

Now they may truly be the most trusted names in news. 5,194 words.


True North Canuck Fact of the Day

That’s one crowded mantelpiece

Singer Anne Murray of “Snowbird” and “Can I Have This Dance” fame has more Juno Awards than anyone — 25.  Add in a couple of Grammys and countless other awards she’s won and you’ve got a lot of hardware.

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


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