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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

Sludge Report: If This Is Justice…
Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A
Howard’s End: Keeping The Judiciary Awake
No Further Action Over Justice Fisher Scandal
PC’s Opinion: Architect’s Victory For Common Sense
Motorsport News: Champ Cars Now Allowed Traction Control
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Oil And Afghanistan
The Real Deal: When The Feds Turn Bad
Julie Symons: Valentines Sans Flowers
Wednesday's Fringe Is Wet & Wild
Feedback: ZZZZzzzt
Katya Rivas’ Passion

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)

Something To Chirp About
Climate Change Summit
Liz Gordon Details The Damage Done By Student Loans
Dictionary Of NZ Biography Online Now
Gaming Regulation Risks Strangling Community Funds - GMANZ
Libz Rejoice At Alliance Self Destruction

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Sludge Report: If This Is Justice…

- When Susan Hughes, the lawyer for trigger-happy Waitara police constable Keith Abbott, declared in her closing address to a New Plymouth depositions hearing that she wanted the case to go to trial, this, admittedly rather cynical, reporter smelt a rat. See... Sludge Report #125 – Sludge Is A Banana [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00089.htm


Scoop Is In The House - Today's Q&A

- Today's questions of the day concerned: Principles Of The Treaty Of Waitangi – DHB Coordination – Dunedin Cardiac Services - Alliance Ructions – East Coast Farm Advice – Palmerston North Policing – Police Drug Searches – Kiwibank – Teachers Council. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 20 February [1] . See.. Free My Scoop Signup Page [2] , to register to receive today’s answers in your e-mail inbox as they are posted. - Tuesday's Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00091.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/cgi-bin/newsagent/new_user.cgi?form=home
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00080.htm


Howard’s End: Keeping The Judiciary Awake

- I'm not surprised that judges in our Courts might look for a bit of titivation (no pun intended) in their lives, because the court day is often hot and stuffy, the evidence boring and repetitive, and barristers long-winded and uninspiring. It's remarkable that they even manage to stay awake. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Bewigged Titivation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00085.htm


No Further Action Over Justice Fisher Scandal

- No further action is required in relation to internet access by High Court Judge Robert Fisher, Attorney-General Margaret Wilson said this evening. See... No further action warranted [1] MORE: - NZLS - Judicial Complaints & Conduct [2] - NZ First - Attorney-General Out Of Her Depth [3] - Govt - District Court Judges Cleared [4] - Scoop - Judicial Net Porn Viewing Investigation Widens [5] - ACT - Attorney General on a Witch Hunt? [6] - FARE - Judges have done worse and got away with it [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00080.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00285.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00263.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00077.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00254.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00071.htm


PC’s Opinion: Architect’s Victory For Common Sense

- The courtroom broke down in laughter as the charge sheet was read out, but in 2002 calling yourself an architect without joining the architects' professional body will get you a criminal conviction, and will see you sharing the dock with burglars, drunk drivers, shoplifters and muggers. See... PC's Opinion: 'Architect' Scores Victory [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00087.htm


Motorsport News: Champ Cars Now Allowed Traction Control

- In a constructive move the champ car governing body of CART has ruled that the inclusion of traction control to its cars is to be allowed from the start of the 2002 season. See... Champ Cars Now Allowed To Use Traction Control [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00088.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Oil And Afghanistan

- The U.S. Administration is angry. Very angry. The war in Afghanistan has not been the resounding success that conventional media have made it out to be. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Playing the Game [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00084.htm


The Real Deal: When The Feds Turn Bad

- In 1996, my company and I were targeted by a private informant and a group of investigators working for the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If you have ever seen the movie "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith and Gene Hackman, then you understand how the drill works. See... The Real Deal: Getting Out of Narco Dollars HQ [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00086.htm


Julie Symons: Valentines Sans Flowers

- The most horrible day of the year has passed and I'm still standing. In fact I'm noticeably upright, and that's the problem. I'm talking about Valentines Day here, the day you're supposed to be wined, dined and end up horizontal, not vertical. See... Valentine Blues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00082.htm


Wednesday's Fringe Is Wet & Wild

- Listings for today's fringe activity. See... Fringe Listings For Wednesday 20th February [1] SEE ALSO... OUTDOORS AT THE FRINGE [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0202/S00050.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0202/S00037.htm


Feedback: ZZZZzzzt

- In This Edition: Up, UP and Away – “Reconstructing” Afghanistan ? - TB Bonanza - Where Helen’s leading Us See... Scoop Feedback: Up, UP and Away [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00090.htm


Katya Rivas’ Passion

- Scoop has restarted a daily serialisation of Bolivian mystic Katya Rivas’ The Passion. In her book Jesus Christ relates in his own words his experiences during the first Holy Week. The serial will continue through to the end of Lent 2002. See... Katya Rivas: The Last Supper [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0202/S00083.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Something To Chirp About

- The first kakapo chick in three years has hatched, Conservation Minister Sandra Lee announced today. See... First Kakapo Chick Of The Season Hatches [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00284.htm


Climate Change Summit

- Cullen: I’m pleased to have this opportunity to explain the government’s approach to climate change policy and the Kyoto Protocol. See... Cullen Address To EMA Kyoto Protocol Conference [1] MORE: - Business NZ - Address To Climate Change Seminar [2] - Bill English Speech [3] - Into Cold Alone On Kyoto [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00282.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0202/S00164.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00294.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00293.htm


Liz Gordon Details The Damage Done By Student Loans

- The tenth anniversary of the student loan scheme more closely resembles a decade of an intractable degenerative illness than a slice of social progress, according to Liz Gordon, Alliance Education spokesperson. See... Happy Birthday (or not) Student Loan Scheme [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00288.htm


Dictionary Of NZ Biography Online Now

- Prime Minister and Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark this evening launched the online Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, saying it increases the availability of a major historical resource to many New Zealanders. See... Online Version Of Dictionary Of NZ Biography [1] and NZ Dictionary Only 2nd In The World To Go Online


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00283.htm

Gaming Regulation Risks Strangling Community Funds - GMANZ

- With the introduction of the Responsible Gambling Bill, the Gaming Machine Association (GMANZ) is warning the Government not to jeopardise the sustainable operation of gaming machines outside Casino's, because they contribute over $150 million a year to the community in charitable grants and provide over 10,000 jobs. See... Don't Kill The Goose That Lays The Golden Egg [1] MORE: - ACT - Anti-Gaming Legislation Panders To Extremists [2] - Libz - Labour-Alliance Government Regulates Fun [3] - Alliance - Alliance Wants Moratorium On Pokies [4] - Govt - Gaming Legislation Introduced [5]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00077.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00279.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00076.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00276.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0202/S00267.htm


Libz Rejoice At Alliance Self Destruction

- “The internal destruction of the Alliance has to be one of the best pieces of news for freedom and the prosperity of New Zealand in the last few years,” announced Libertarianz Leader and Coromandel Candidate Peter Cresswell today. See... Challenge To Alliance's Disintegrating Support [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0202/S00075.htm

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