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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Mild Greens Back Police Restructure

Mild Greens say that discussions on a range of “cost savings measures” for the NZ Police should start with removing the inequitable prohibition on cannabis - and redundancy of at least half the police force.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00092.htm


2: Attorney-General Should Step Aside From Wine-box

The Editor of Investigate magazine is calling on Attorney-General Margaret Wilson to step aside from any further role in the Winebox controversy, after discovering what he alleges is a potentially major conflict of interest.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00150.htm


3: Howard’s End: An Accident Waiting To Happen

The Bank for International Settlements says that 30% of this year's international syndicated loans were for telecom debt while in Europe, it's a record-breaking 40% of total loans. This is an accident waiting to happen. John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00152.htm


4: US Elections: Austin, We Have A Problem

Do you remember "Soap", the TV serial that began each week with someone recapping what had happened last week and then saying: "Confused? You won't be after this week's episode"? Well, substitute 'hour' for 'week' and 'Vote' ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00151.htm


5: NewsFlash: Bush Wins Florida

Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has certified the final count of ballots cast in Florida, declaring Republican George W. Bush the winner of Florida and the next President of the United States by a margin of 537 votes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00154.htm


6: Richard Prebble's Letter From Wellington #40

Christmas Polling Woes - Will The Health Legislation Pass? - Taxpayers Rights - Bill - The Widening Gaps - Maori MPs Concerned - Rubbery Figures - ACT Wednesday

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00480.htm


7: National Party Informer #27

E for education - Savings slashed - All talk at summit - Fatigue in hospitals - Students trapped - National on the road - Quote of the week

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00481.htm


8: Sludgegate Day 5 - "Some Truth Begins to Out"

Day Five of the Sludgegate trial continued as it did last week with constant objections from Council's legal team to matters raised in evidence. In order to advance the trial, Justice Chambers suggested that Adrian Chisholm's barrister Chris La Hatte ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00096.htm


9: HARD NEWS 24/11/00 - Genoa? No, Not At All ...

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... no, I am not on my way to Italy. I will see the All Blacks play from my couch and not the grandstand in Genoa. I'm now off to Europe in February. All very last-minute. It's a long story ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00147.htm


10: English-on-line November 24th

English-on-line knows something is going on when Tainui can’t agree among themselves to accept $13m from the Government. We can fairly conclude that while people do fight over money, this must be a fight over something far more important than money.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00462.htm


12: Scoop Image: The Skink That Got Away

DOC has confirmed that no kiwi were injured or killed during a fire on the edge of the Okarito Kiwi Reserve earlier this week. A 1-km fire front devastated a tinder-dry pakahi swamp on the edge of the sanctuary on Sunday night (November 19).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0011/S00076.htm


13: New Zealand Legislation On The Net

The government is to make authoritative, accurate, and up-to-date versions of New Zealand legislation available without charge through the internet. Print access will continue to be provided at a reasonable price.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00479.htm


14: National Radio Midday Report

Florida recount – Fijian Lawyer – Fiji Rugby – Lundy Murder – Hawera Brawl – Policeman Attacked – New Staff – Imports Rise – Climate Talks – Middle East Violence – Pip Fruit Review

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/NM0011/S00115.htm


15: Sludge Report #42 – Democracy Gives Way To Dinner

INSIDE THIS EDITION: Dubya'ed - Dubya’s Thanksgiving - An Overseas Perspective of Presidential Elections

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00145.htm


16: Cookie Time Wins Interim Injunction

The maker of New Zealands best-known Cookie, Cookie Time Limited, was successful today in the Auckland High Court in obtaining an Interim Injunction against Griffins Foods.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0011/S00177.htm


17: Rosalea Barker: Three Little Magic Words

Let's talk turkey. After all, I am writing this on the second to last Thursday of November so it's a bird on everybody's mind, if not already on their lips. One even got granted clemency by the President in a televised ceremony at the White House ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00143.htm


18: Sludge Report #43 – US Elections Scenario Yuck!

By now you have probably heard that the courts have given the Florida Count to Bush (prior to the next wave of litigation, anyway). Check out this scenario, which looks pretty likely:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00155.htm


19: Greens Deliberately Misrepresent Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson said today that the Green Party were deliberately misrepresenting the federation's policy on genetic modification.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0011/S00095.htm


20: Influence Of Green Parties Felt In Climate Treaty

Green Party members of parliaments from four continents - meeting at the climate negotiations in the Hague today - welcomed the growing rejection of nuclear power as a "clean development mechanism" under the Treaty.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0011/S00471.htm


21: US Elections: The Custard Thickens

Bush made what amounted to a victory speech at 6:30pm PT tonight, saying Dick Cheney will be heading up a transition team, and asking Gore to concede.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0011/S00156.htm

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