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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is Here
Time For The Government To Act On Palestine
Bush Asks Israel To Pull Back
Email Trail Leads To Legal Threat
Plain English On Govt After The Split
The New Write: Blackholes & Flinging Money
Will Labour Raise The Retirement Age?
“Scientific” Whale Catch Destined For Dinner
The Yellow Brick Road From Harvard To Enron
Bradford Announces Retirement
Certain Parts Are Private! – CHP

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Who Gets The Money? National Wants To Know
It’s Agreed - More Staff & Training Key To Rest Home Safety
New Initiatives On Youth Crime Coming
Memorial Service For Centurion Monarch
Get Rid Of Your Nukes Robson Tells The World

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Hard News Is Here

Good day mediaphiles ... it was the Easter of forgetting. The loss of the old certainty that, on Good Friday, everything that could conceivably be opened would be shut was telling. See... Hard News: Burn & Get Fried [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00032.htm


Time For The Government To Act On Palestine

- We, the undersigned community leaders, creative artists, and senior academics are writing to express our deep dismay at the rapid escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and at the heavy loss of life which it has entailed. See... Open Letter To Helen Clark On Palestine [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00021.htm


Bush Asks Israel To Pull Back

- Consistent with the Mitchell plan, Israeli settlement activity in occupied territories must stop. And the occupation must end through withdrawal to secure and recognize boundaries consistent with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. See... Statement by the President on the Middle East [1] SEE ALSO: -Scoop Feedback - Israel Gets Away With It... [2] - Powell Interview on CBS's 60 Minutes II [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00010.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00011.htm


Email Trail Leads To Legal Threat

- Labour Party activist Nick Kelly is threatening legal action against cabinet minister Lianne Dalziel for allegedly defaming him in a comment reported in today’s Dominion. See... Legal action Threatened After Email Spat [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00033.htm


Plain English On Govt After The Split

- Where was Helen Clark when her Coalition was falling apart? Usually so accessible to the media, she was away making a travel programme and letting Michael Cullen face the hard questions. See... Plain English [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00070.htm


The New Write: Blackholes & Flinging Money

- "I only made one prayer, when I said, 'Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." – The New Write invoke Voltaire See... The New Write 5/4/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00023.htm


Will Labour Raise The Retirement Age?

National Superannuation Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says following the release of the Treasury working paper 'The Economics of Population Aging' Labour needs to say whether it will raise the retirement age. See... Does Cullen Plan To Raise The Age For Super? [1] To which Michael Cullen says no, the Labour-Alliance government will retain 65 as the age of entitlement for New Zealand superannuation. See... Retirement Age Of 65 Safe Under Labour - Cullen [2] MORE -Scoop Feedback -Treasury's Pension Wizardry [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00082.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00031.htm


“Scientific” Whale Catch Destined For Dinner

- Defying a worldwide moratorium on whale hunting, Japan's whaling fleet is returning this week from the Antarctic carrying two thousand tons of whale meat for commercial sale caught in a whale sanctuary 6000 miles from Japan. See… Bogus Japanese Whaling Research Expedition Returns


The Yellow Brick Road From Harvard To Enron

- When Dorothy set out to find her way back to Kansas from Oz, everyone she asked along the way told her, simply, “Follow the yellow brick road. These well-marked bricks will take you to the wizard, and the wizard has the power to get you back home.” See... Part One [1] and Part Two [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00030.htm


Bradford Announces Retirement

- Max Bradford, former MP for Tarawera and Rotorua, and now on the National List, today announced his retirement from Parliament at the end of this parliamentary term. See... MP Rejoins Real World [1] However Winston Peters says he hasn’t retired, he has been Boaged. See... Max Has Been Boaged! [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00066.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00069.htm


Certain Parts Are Private! – CHP

- How unfortunate it is that some proponents of art and literature should have remained at the immature, infantile stage and take gleeful pleasure in exposing their lack of inhibitions! See... Obscenity Masquerades As Theatre [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00016.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Who Gets The Money? National Wants To Know

- National is calling on the Speaker of the House to investigate Alliance Party funding arrangements as the Alliance's warring factions battle over the Party's finances. See... National Wants Answers On Alliance Funding [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00081.htm


It’s Agreed - More Staff & Training Key To Rest Home Safety

- Associate Health Minister Ruth Dyson agreees with unions that adequate staffing levels and training are key to achieving better quality and safety in rest homes. See... Minister Agrees With Unions On Safety Issues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00080.htm


New Initiatives On Youth Crime Coming

- “In a few weeks this government will be announcing new initiatives to tackle youth crime. Many of these are proposals that the Alliance in government has fought for,” Corrections Minister Matt Robson says. See... Youth Offending: Key Proposals In The Pipe-Line [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00073.htm


Memorial Service For Centurion Monarch

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced that an ecumenical Memorial Service for the Queen Mother will be held at Wellington Cathedral at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 10 April. See... Memorial Service for the Queen Mother [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00071.htm


Get Rid Of Your Nukes Robson Tells The World

- “Nuclear weapons states must keep their word and get rid of their nuclear arsenals, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Matt Robson said today releasing a paper on nuclear disarmament by the New Agenda group of countries. See... Turning Up The Heat On Nuclear Weapons States [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00077.htm

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