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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Howard’s End: The Cost Of ACC’s Mean Spiritedness
Clouds Of Pepper Spray Follow George Bush
Images: Majestic Shots From The Top Of Ruapehu
Prebble’s Letter: Labour’s Not Sharing
Stateside: Alaska’s Choice
Opinion: Without Morality, Society Disintegrates
Call For CYF Accountability In Kurariki Case
Images: The Language Of Revelations Embroidered
Man, I Talk Like A Woman
Australia Must Do Better Than Pacific Solution

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Health Professionals Unravel Under Pressure
Hobbs To Environment Yak In Johannesburg
A Bob Each Way On Implementing NCEA Level 2
Chemicals Trespassing In School Children’s Lungs
These Guys Will Be Investing Our Retirement Money
Brownlee Suggests Making Us Do Our Own Savings
Perish The Thought Of Actually Seeing Teenagers Eat
He Tried

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Anti-war protestors sprayed in Portland

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Howard’s End: The Cost Of ACC’s Mean Spiritedness

- The public spotlight has again been turned on ACC after claimants discovered that its Board of Directors consists of some financial whizz-kids who, they allege, are allowing bad behaviour by ACC employees to continue unabated. See... Howard's End: The Battle For ACCountability [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00131.htm


Clouds Of Pepper Spray Follow George Bush

- The image is chilling. A middle-aged woman, plainly dressed, with a puff of auburn hair, is clutched in a hammer-lock by a Portland police officer dressed in full riot gear. His riot baton is jammed high under her chin. See... "We Are Not The Enemy!" - The Battle of Portland [1] and Images: Portland George Bush Protest Turns Nasty [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00129.htm


Images: Majestic Shots From The Top Of Ruapehu

- Three images taken by “some guys from the Edge to Edge shop in National Park” today. Thanks guys! See... Scoop Images: The View From The Top [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00127.htm


Prebble’s Letter: Labour’s Not Sharing

- The new Parliament met today to elect the Speaker. Tomorrow the Governor-General will deliver the speech from the throne, setting out the government's programme, and on Wednesday we'll hear from the other parties. It's going to be interesting. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 26/8/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00218.htm


Stateside: Alaska’s Choice

- Well, beat me with a Klondike Bar if those independent-minded mainlanders up north don't make history this Tuesday, August 27. Alaska - the word means 'mainland' - is holding its primary elections that day and also on the ballot paper is an initiative aimed at implementing an alternative voting electoral system. See... Stateside With Rosalea: North To The Future [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00132.htm


Opinion: Without Morality, Society Disintegrates

- In the space of one week we have had ten-year-olds smoking pot and watching porn, two major murder trials involving kids and now 14-year-old girls on trial for murder. And even a six-year-old girl raped by school kids. What are we to do? See... Moral framework [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00098.htm


Call For CYF Accountability In Kurariki Case

- ACT Social Services Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today announced her intention to push for a parliamentary inquiry into how Bailey Junior Kuariki became a killer while in CYF custody. See... ACT MP Pushes For Parliamentary Inquiry [1] and Minister Must Release Inquiry Into Child Killer [2] MORE: - Bill English - Slack Attitudes Failing Truant Children [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00219.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00212.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00210.htm


Images: The Language Of Revelations Embroidered

- Machine embroidery, more often used to produce school crests for blazers, is one of the techniques chosen by Wellington artist Gordon Crook for his latest exhibition at Idiom Studio. See... Apocalypse ­ New Work By Gordon Cook [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0208/S00043.htm


Man, I Talk Like A Woman

- Chick, Sheila, Mrs, Miss and Ms – words for women, do they matter? Is women’s language so different from men’s that they’re from different planets? Victoria University psychologist Ann Weatherall tackles these questions and more in her new book, Gender, Language and Discourse, published next month. See... Victoria Uni psychologist tackles sexist language [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00036.htm


Australia Must Do Better Than Pacific Solution

- Although Australia has been automatically detaining asylum seekers who arrive without papers for ten years, the 'Tampa' boat incident a year ago showed just how desperate the government is to keep refugees out in the name of combatting people smuggling, Amnesty International said today releasing a new report on Australia's refugee policies. See... Australia: "Pacific Solution" One Year On [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00116.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Health Professionals Unravel Under Pressure

- The continued pressure being put on health services in New Zealand was demonstrated last night by the Assignment programme featuring the chairman of the Auckland and Tairawhiti District Health Boards, Dr Lynda Scott said today. See... Health Professionals Pitted Against Each Other [1] MORE: - CTU - See... Attacks On Doctors Not Acceptable [2] - ASMS - Rambo Attacks On Doctors; Crisis Of Confidence [3] PUBLIC HOSPITALS FURTHER INTO THE RED: - ACT - Public Health Financial Statistics a Shocker [4] - Nats - Govt makes record health deficit [5] - ASMS - Health Budget Chickens Come Home To Roost [6] - Stats NZ - DHBs' Operating Deficit Increase


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00217.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00096.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00095.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00208.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00206.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00093.htm


Hobbs To Environment Yak In Johannesburg

- Environment Minister Marian Hobbs leaves this afternoon after the Parliamentary swearing in for Johannesburg where she will lead the 29-strong New Zealand delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. See... Environment Minister To WSSD [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00216.htm


A Bob Each Way On Implementing NCEA Level 2

- The Education Minister's about-face on Level 2 of the NCEA is a huge blow to teachers and students still struggling to come to grips with Level 1 of the new qualification, says National Leader Bill English. See... Mallard Losing The Plot Over NCEA [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00214.htm


Chemicals Trespassing In School Children’s Lungs

- Green Agriculture Spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street today said he was determined to try and have his Chemical Trespass private members bill passed following news that spray drift may be harming Tauranga school children. See... Spray Drift Harming Children Unacceptable - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00213.htm


These Guys Will Be Investing Our Retirement Money

- The Board of Guardians to oversee the New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been formally appointed, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... NZ Superannuation Fund Board Appointed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00211.htm


Brownlee Suggests Making Us Do Our Own Savings

- New Zealand should debate the merits of some form of mandatory savings scheme for working New Zealanders, says National's ACC spokesman Gerry Brownlee, speaking at the Independent Insurance Brokers Conference in Christchurch today. See... NZ needs to look at mandatory savings schemes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00207.htm


Perish The Thought Of Actually Seeing Teenagers Eat

- Green Youth Affairs Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said he was struck by the sheer stupidity of a ban on eating in public for students at Macleans College. See... More stupid school rules [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00209.htm


He Tried

- ACT Deputy Leader, Ken Shirley today announced his intention to seek the position of Speaker when Parliament opens tomorrow. “Members will be sworn in and their first task will be to elect a Speaker” said Ken Shirley. See... Shirley Bids for Speaker [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00215.htm

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