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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
UQ Wire: Was NORAD Asleep On The Flight Deck?
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Desperately Seeking A Geneva Riot!
UQ Wire: The Unusual Business Practices Of Terror's Training Crew
John Chuckman: Counting The Dead
Kidd Millennium
Polish NewsWeek Reports Bush / Nazi Ties
A Kiwi Battles For Decriminalisation In Canada
ZZZZzzzzzt: Scoop Has Rebuttal
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Winston Says Lower Interest Rates More
What! Franken-Chooks On The Market???
Drugged Out In Dunedin CYF Style
Bureaucracy Puts Unknown Soldier On Ice
Flash New Multicultural and Arts Centre For Taipa School
Franks Schmoozes TV3 For ID-ing Paedophile
Petrol Tax Fuels ACC Shambles
Jim Says Give Economics A Chance
Cullen Considers Stock Market Direction
Fitzsimons To Hold Public Meeting Over Energy Crisis
For The Environment’s Sake: Say No To Plastic Bags

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
UQ Wire: Was NORAD Asleep On The Flight Deck?

- On May 21 and 22, 2003, the 9/11 Independent Commission held its second set of public hearings, focusing on the issue of air defense. It's not surprising if you haven't heard about this, because the hearings were poorly covered by the media, with major papers such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times failing to write any articles on them. See... UQ Wire: The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00031.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • RBNZ reduces OCR to 5.25 per cent [1]
  • Kiwibank Slashes Home Loan Interest Rates [2]
  • BankDirect Drops Variable Rates [3]
  • $1 Bus Fares for Auckland's Senior Citizens [4]
  • New Zealand Breaks Through Target 10% [5]
  • NIWA: La nina Is Back For June to August [6]
  • Dumping Of Dead Possums On Great Barrier Condemned [7]
  • Greenpeace Cites Inghams Food Product as GE Contaminated [8]
  • On Hold: Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior - Public To Be Consulted [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00037.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00038.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00051.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00048.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00041.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00012.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00023.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00022.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0306/S00015.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

    EU Russia

  • Russia Prioritises Security Cl Presidency Role [1]
  • Putin Post G8 Press Conference [2]

  • Middle East
  • Bush Vows to Support Israeli, Palestinian Peace [3]
  • Nablus: One Killed 48 Injured In 13 Hours [4]
  • Powell, Rice Say Arab Support for Roadmap Grows [5]

  • Africa
  • UN Radio: Liberian President Indicted War Crimes [6]
  • Int Arrest Warrant For Liberian President Taylor [7]

  • Iraq
  • NATO Voices "Openness to Doing More" in Iraq [8]

  • Asia-Pacific
  • Asia-Pacific Region Faces Huge Social Challenges [9]
  • Timor-Leste Faces 14,000-Ton Food Deficit [10]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00077.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00069.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00063.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00070.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00074.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00073.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00071.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00066.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00065.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Desperately Seeking A Geneva Riot!

    - Determined to bare witness to world-news in the making Scoop’s Geneva-based contact, Julie Symons, went out in search of a riot. With the world’s most powerful geezers across the lake and 30,000 reported rabid anarchists in town, this promised to be a night of Riot Tourism Par Excellence! Or did it? See... Julz’s World: The ins and outs of Riot Tourism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00026.htm


    UQ Wire: The Unusual Business Practices Of Terror's Training Crew

    - A controversy over the sudden closing of a flight school in Orlando in early March reveals a hidden connection between the bankruptcy in Orlando and the secretive organization which ran Huffman Aviation in Venice, the unacknowledged home base of Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre during almost their entire time in the U.S. See... UQ Wire: 911 The American Connection [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00025.htm


    John Chuckman: Counting The Dead

    - Ms. Ruzicka runs a non-profit organization that works to make accurate counts of a war's civilian dead. It is small wonder Ms. Ruzicka is not given the same coverage as Private Lynch, since, based upon detailed field work in Iraq, she says that between five and ten thousand civilians were killed. See... John Chuckman: Banality, Bombast, And Blood [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00033.htm


    Kidd Millennium

    - Cartoon by http://www.kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Class Warfare [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00030.htm


    Polish NewsWeek Reports Bush / Nazi Ties

    - A highly unusual item appeared in the Polish media this week in the wake of coverage of President Bush's tearful visit to Auschwitz. See... Scoop Link: Newsweek Notes Bush Family's Nazi Tie [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00029.htm


    A Kiwi Battles For Decriminalisation In Canada

    - Six burley men burst through the door waving their guns, yelling and screaming, on this last sunny Friday afternoon. I filmed the whole thing, but of course they have stolen all incriminating evidence against them, and locked it away, where the tape will probably get left next to a magnet in the evidence room. See... When Mounties Stormed The Melting Pot Café [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00027.htm


    ZZZZzzzzzt: Scoop Has Rebuttal

    - Thank you for publishing my feedback under the heading The Pro-War Backlash & Rebuttal . I would like to comment further on some assumptions you made in your rebuttals. See... Scoop Feedback: Further Rebuttal Re: Iraq War End [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00032.htm


    Katya Daily

    - (I meditated, wondering if all priests would be saved…) See... Katya Rivas: Spread My Seed for It Will Give Fruit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00028.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Winston Says Lower Interest Rates More

    - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has welcomed the reduction in the Official Cash Rate to 5.25 percent but has urged the Reserve Bank to continue the downwards trend in interest rates. See... Reserve Bank Should Continue Downward Trend [1] ALSO: Interest rate cut good for jobs, bad for dollaroo [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00051.htm


    What! Franken-Chooks On The Market???

    - Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling for an urgent audit of Inghams' poultry company, after tests have revealed it is selling frozen chicken products contaminated with GE ingredients, without any label to declare their presence. See... Ingham's "chicken surprise" unwelcome [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00052.htm


    Drugged Out In Dunedin CYF Style

    - ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded answers from the Government, in the wake of reports that two girls were found in drug convulsions after running away from a Dunedin-based Child, Youth and Family Home. See... Heads Must Roll [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00053.htm


    Bureaucracy Puts Unknown Soldier On Ice

    - Plans to unveil a tomb of the unknown warrior, at the National War Memorial on Armistice Day, have now hit the RMA's wall of frustration, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley said today. See... PM And Ministry Hoist With Own Petard [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00054.htm


    Flash New Multicultural and Arts Centre For Taipa School

    - Education Minister Trevor Mallard today opened a new Multicultural Arts and Cultural Centre and a new Science and Mathematics block at Taipa Area School in the Far North. See... Far North school gets state of the art facilities [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00050.htm


    Franks Schmoozes TV3 For ID-ing Paedophile

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today congratulated TV3 news for having the courage to name convicted paedophile Lloyd Alexander McIntosh, when the wider media would not. See... Good On You, TV3 -- Stephen Franks [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00049.htm


    Petrol Tax Fuels ACC Shambles

    - ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble today accused the Labour Government of forcing motorists to pay for its ideological ACC scheme, in the wake of reports that petrol tax is due to increase by another three cents per litre by July 1. See... Labour Rips Motorists Off - Again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00047.htm


    Jim Says Give Economics A Chance

    - Social and economic development go hand-in-hand, Economic Development Minister and Progressive Leader, Jim Anderton, said on Thursday. See... Social and economic development go hand in hand [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00046.htm


    Cullen Considers Stock Market Direction

    - Thank you for your welcome Simon. I am delighted to be here at this very important milestone for the New Zealand Stock Exchange as it heads off in exciting new directions. I realise that you have changed your name to New Zealand Exchange Limited and your ... See... Cullen Address to Stock Exchange Listing Function [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00045.htm


    Fitzsimons To Hold Public Meeting Over Energy Crisis

    - Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will address a public meeting tonight to discuss the energy crisis, the reasons behind it and how future crises can be avoided. See... Meeting to discuss sustainable energy solutions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00056.htm


    For The Environment’s Sake: Say No To Plastic Bags

    - The Reduce Your Rubbish Campaign, run by the Ministry for the Environment in conjunction with regional councils, is calling on people to say no to plastic bags. See... Say no to plastic bags [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00055.htm

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    Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

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