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Editor's Notes

Hitchens writes of good news in Iraq
while Petro-Canada seeks Russian gas

Ach-zo! Ve haff to go to Moscow to learn that our days of plenty in natural gas are rapidly coming to an end. Please see Petro-Canada seeks pact with Gazprom to ship Russian gas to new Quebec plant. — 191 words.

In the Court of Judge Harold Wright
no time is wasted getting to the facts

Fact: The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends is . . . — 191 words.

Health Watch

What Troublemakers Can Teach Us
It's time to question our faith in early-childhood determinism

Last week brought welcome news for young hellions and their stressed-out parents. "Studies on Students Say Bad Behavior Is Not Dooming" announced the front-page headline of a New York Times article about two recent scientific investigations into children's behavioral development. — 1,052 words.

From the desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

2007 Volvo C70 T5 Road Test
A pleasure thats like two for the price of one

Volvo created an interesting design for the C70. Some convertibles are gorgeous with the top down, but when it's time to put in on, the overall look of the car is compromised. With other models, it's the other way around. Well, I'm happy to report that the C70 is beautiful either way. — 884 words.

Petro-Canada seeks pact with Gazprom
to ship Russian gas to new Quebec plant

Canadian oil and gas firm Petro-Canada on Tuesday urged potential partner Gazprom to approve a plan to build a $3.5 billion liquefied natural gas plant on the Baltic Sea to capitalize on the decline of the product's supply in North America. — 307 words.

Something To Give Thanks For
Good news from Iraq

A few weeks ago, in Britain's Prospect magazine, the paper's foreign editor, Bartle Bull, published a bold essay saying that the high tide of violence in Iraq was essentially behind us and that the ebb had disclosed some interesting things. First, the Iraqi people as a whole had looked into the abyss of civil war and had drawn back from the brink. — 1,042 words.

Truly Strange Duma Elections

Union of Right Forces challenges Putin
in build up to December parliament poll

The Duma (parliament) elections are very strange. Until now they had seemed to be nothing more than a formality to re-elect members of a senseless and useless lower house of parliament. — 634 words.

Its hard to maintain an up-to-date players card
in the rough-and-tumble world of Kremlin politics

Just at the very moment when it seemed that all of society was rallying around United Russia, carrying out Putin's Plan and rescuing Russia from disaster, a single renegade emerged on the scene from nowhere. He turned out to be opposed to all of this. — 653 words.

And now for something completely different

How To Clean a Bloody Knife
Does DNA come off with soap and water?

Investigators in Perugia, Italy, have found new evidence linking a 20-year-old American exchange student, Amanda Knox, to the brutal stabbing death of her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher. — 362 words.

John Edwards discovers virtues of confrontation

John Edwards, accepting his party's nomination for vice president, roused a cheering crowd at the 2004 Democratic convention with the kind of buoyant refrain that had become his trademark: "Hope is on the way." The next night, wanting to give the American people something more tangible, John Kerry offered his own pledge, one intended as the ticket's new slogan: "Help is on the way." But Edwards did not want to say it. — 1,532 words.

Russian oil firms ordered to maintain fair supply of fuel

MOSCOW The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service ordered the country's five largest energy companies, including state-run Gazprom and Rosneft, to ensure fuel deliveries to independent retailers after supplies dropped last month. — 259 words.


Stubborn U.S. automakers seek to overrule
California program on tailpipe emissions

FRESNO, California The largest U.S. car companies have sought to persuade a federal judge to toss out California's strict tailpipe emissions standards, which they say could wreck the American auto market and lead to job losses at auto plants and dealerships nationwide. — 403 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Then they hanged him from the gallows

Before becoming a political leader in the 1860s, Louis Riel trained for the priesthood and worked as a law clerk in Montreal.

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
Randy Ray, Contributing Editor