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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Three Otago People Drop Dead From Unknown Illness
NEW ZEALAND NEWS:
Second Multilateral Likely Over North Korean Nukes
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:
STORY OF THE WEEK - FRANKENCORN RESUMED - The FrankenCorn Debate Is Resumed

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Lyn Landes: Another Threat To Democracy – Online Polling
LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE
Hard News Is There!
Story Of The Week: The Fight On The Beaches (Part 2)
Streets Of London: Tony Blair At The Hutton Inquiry
Eco-Economy: How Almighty Is The US Dollar?
Chuckman Critiques The Punditry Of George Will
A Better Way To Deal With Nuclear Waste
ZZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Scoop Was In The House
Fly By Night Mums Get Bums Rush
Australia/NZ Joint Statements On CER & WTO
Govt. 'P' Inaction Stealing Mothers From Their Kids
Where Is United On Medical Marijuana?
Super Tax Changes Half Right Says Copeland
PM Gets Seriously Asian
Farmers Urged To Hold Fast Against Fart Tax
Re: The Ongoing Saga Of Maori Television…
Is Racy TV Charter Compatible?
Ockers Should Be Able To Sing Waltzing Matilda
Cullen Off To APEC In Phuket
Pure NZ Gets A Japanese Boost

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Story Of The Week - Frankencorn Debate Resumed

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Three Otago People Drop Dead From Unknown Illness

- Emergency department staff are being asked to report any patients with symptoms similar to the three sudden unexpected deaths in Otago in the last three weeks, Director-General of Health Dr Karen Poutasi said today. See... MOH seeks increased surveillance infection control [1] ALSO: Infection Control Reminder To Health Professionals [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00081.htm


NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • CYF Concerned For Children’s Home Residents [1]
  • Proposal Amounts To An Erosion Of Maori Rights [2]
  • QPEC: Step Forward for Parents of Special Needs Children [3]
  • Govt Joint Statement Concerning Special Education Case [4]
  • New Dwelling Numbers Maintain High Level [5]
  • Wholesale Activity Declines In June 2003 Quarter [6]
  • NBR Takes Legal Action Over Holmes Show [7]
  • Tranz Rail Fourth Quarter and Full Year Result [8]
  • Lectures on Sex, Genes and Chromosomes [9]
  • Fewer NZ sports people found taking drugs [10]
  • Teenagers Gather For Youth Workshop On Alcohol [11]
  • Future Directions For New Zealand Health Workforce [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00154.Htm
    [2] - Http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00156.Htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0308/S00096.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00539.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00272.Htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00271.Htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00269.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0308/S00268.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0308/S00106.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0308/S00098.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00091.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0308/S00087.htm


    Second Multilateral Likely Over North Korean Nukes

    - BEIJING - U.S. Rules Out Bilateral Meeting With North Korea: Six nations taking part in the nuke talks on Thursday attempted to draft a joint statement that they hope will outline the date and venue for a second round of talks. See… South Korea: Six Nations Fine-Tuning Joint Statement. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00358.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES:

    Arafat Calls All Palestinians To A Ceasefire - President Yasser Arafat criticized US intervention in Palestinian internal affairs and called on all Palestinians to reinstate the Hudna (ceasefire) declared on June 29, a call hailed by the PNA government of PM Mahmud Abbas, but dismissed by the US and Israel, amid a new American and Israeli campaign of incitement against Arafat, which the Palestinian mainstream ruling party blasted on Wednesday. See... US Undercuts Arafat’s Call for Reinstating Truce [1]

  • IOF Shoot Dead Palestinian Civilian in Bethlehem [2]
  • Bush Backtracking On Peace Promises To Palestine [3]
  • Three Israeli-Arabs Detained On Activist Charges [4]
  • Scottish & Swedish Activists Deported [5]
  • Korea and China
  • Annan Welcomes Beijing Talks on Nth Korea Nukes [6]
  • South Korea: Six Nations Fine-Tuning Joint Statement [7]
  • North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun on Six-way Talks [8]
  • China: Six nations stance & proposals on nuclear issue [9]
  • China: Six-party Talks Begin in Beijing [10]
  • China: Handshakes & Smiling Faces Kick off Six-way Talks [11]
  • European Union and Germany
  • Germany To Expand Military Role In Afghanistan [12]
  • United States Of America
  • Bush Speech To American Legion Convention [13]
  • White House Press Gaggle by Claire Buchan [14]
  • Congress: $1.4 Trillion Budget Gap Over 10 Years [15]
  • USTR's Allgeier Presses for Tough Reforms at WTO [16]
  • NASA Culture Played Major Role Columbia Accident [17]
  • U.S. Committed to "Successful End" in Iraq [18]
  • United Nations
  • UN Radio: SC Condemns Violence Against UN Workers [19]
  • West African leaders back Liberian peace process [20]
  • UN agency postpones Iraqi repatriation from Iran [21]
  • Former Yugoslav admiral pleads guilty at Tribunal [22]
  • Asia Pacific
  • More dolphins caught in Solomon Islands [23]
  • Africa
  • Nigeria: Amina Lawal's appeal case adjourned [24]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00357.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00356.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00355.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00354.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00341.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00347.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00358.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00359.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00362.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00361.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00360.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00353.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00363.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00364.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00352.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00351.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00350.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00349.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00348.htm
    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00346.htm
    [21] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00345.htm
    [22] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00344.htm
    [23] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00343.htm
    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0308/S00342.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK - FRANKENCORN RESUMED - The FrankenCorn Debate Is Resumed

    - Media coverage of the Corngate select committee inquiry continues to fascinate - and to offer the Opposition a priceless platform from which to embarrass the government. In Parliament yesterday National's Nick Smith yesterday tabled a December 2000 memo ... Hard News: Surging Across The Spectrum Of News [1] or Hard News 28/08/03 - Full Spectrum Coverage [2] MORE GE NEWS: Nick Smith - Smoking gun on 'Corngate' cover-up [3] - Bill English - PM's integrity questioned after Corngate memos [4] - NZ First - GE Moratorium Should Stay On Foodstuffs Says Peter [5]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post640
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00214.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00526.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00553.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00548.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Lyn Landes: Another Threat To Democracy – Online Polling

    - Despite inherent and increasingly blatant security risks, Internet voting companies are steadily gaining control over the U.S. electoral system and American civic life. The risk to democracy is very real. See... Lynn Landes: Internet Voting - End of Democracy? [1] For MUCH MUCH MORE see... SCOOP'S FEATURE PAGE... "A Very American Coup" [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00222.htm
    [2] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup


    LATEST KEY LINKS FROM THE AMERICAN COUP PAGE

    **** US: OHIO DIEBOLD CEO COMMITTED TO BUSH VICTORY [1] **** US: OHIO DEMS WANT DIEBOLD THROWN OUT [2] (max of five stars in ratings for new links)


    [1] - http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1062063772274650.xml
    [2] - http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/news/stories/20030827/localnews/140871.html


    Hard News Is There!

    - I feel sorry for Parekura Horomia, whose absence from the house was so prominently noted the week. He has apparently had treatment to relieve fluid retention, dropped five stone in weeks, and suffered a consequent attack of the gout ... See... Hard News 29/08/03 - Feeling Parekura's Pain [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00226.htm


    Story Of The Week: The Fight On The Beaches (Part 2)

    - Full coverage of the story featured on Scoop in the week ending Friday, 29 August. See... Story Of The Week: The Fight On The Beaches (2) [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00225.htm


    Streets Of London: Tony Blair At The Hutton Inquiry

    - The main witness today at the Inquiry was The Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Mr. Blair is only the second serving Prime Minister to give evidence at a judicial inquiry. See... SOL: Tony Blair's Evidence At The Hutton Inquiry [1] SOL WEEK THREE: Week 3 Day 2 [2] - Week 3 Day 1 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00224.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00209.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00199.htm


    Eco-Economy: How Almighty Is The US Dollar?

    - In the face of the underlying weakness of the American economy, there is a growing sense of inevitability that sooner or later the dollar will be forced to depreciate, an event that will have significant repercussions for the USA and the world economy. See... Eco-Economy: Bruce Dyer - The Almighty Dollar? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00223.htm


    Chuckman Critiques The Punditry Of George Will

    - I used to read George Will occasionally just to see how strange words bent to political purpose could become. No political commentator in America is better able to use large words to say something at times indescribably odd. See... John Chuckman: A George Will Follies Review [1] and Chuckman Cartoon: Nixon Gives Bush The Thumbs Up [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00220.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00221.htm


    A Better Way To Deal With Nuclear Waste

    - Recycling plutonium from warheads into MOX nuclear reactor fuel only perpetuates the security and environmental problems of bomb grade elements - There is a better way which will completely transmute plutonium and other high level nuclear waste known as the Roy Process. See... Guest Article: Making Nuclear Waste Less Harmful [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00219.htm


    ZZZZZzzzzzt Scoop Has Feedback

    - Helen Clark and GE - Do Cullen’s Comments Amplifies Incompetence? - Maori Land Court And Punctuation - Dunne’s “Rubbish” Comment Silly... See... Scoop Has Feedback [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00218.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - Trust, in order to be complete, should not depend on any human element either today or tomorrow. See... Katya Rivas: You Appreciate Man’s Help [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0308/S00217.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Scoop Was In The House

    – For this week's questions and answers for oral answer See... Questions & Answers for Oral Answer For Thursday 28 August [1] , Oral Questions & Answers for Wednesday [2] and Oral Questions & Answers for Tuesday [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00560.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00535.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00501.htm


    Fly By Night Mums Get Bums Rush

    - A National Government would act quickly to close the loophole, which is allowing increasing numbers of foreign women to abuse New Zealand's maternity services. See... National pledges to close maternity loophole [1] . See also Marc Alexander..We've given 'birth' to yet another stupidity! [2] and ACT… Maternal Instinct Reserved For Foreigners [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00575.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00576.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00567.htm


    Australia/NZ Joint Statements On CER & WTO

    Trade and Economic Ministers from Australia and New Zealand met in Sydney on 28 August at a special CER Ministerial Forum to mark 20 years of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). See... Joint Statement On CER [1] , Joint Ministerial Statement on Rules of Origin [2] and Joint Communique On WTO Doha Round [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00563.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00562.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00561.htm


    Govt. 'P' Inaction Stealing Mothers From Their Kids

    - It is outrageous that, while the Government continues to drag its feet on methamphetamines, a growing number of grandparents are being left to raise children whose parents are meth addicts, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today. See... Nana, Where's Mummy? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00558.htm


    Where Is United On Medical Marijuana?

    - GreenCross today called on United Future to clarify its official position on medical marijuana, saying that MPs from the party were sending out mixed messages and contradicting each other. See... Mixed Medical Marijuana Messages From United Fut. [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0308/S00157.htm


    Super Tax Changes Half Right Says Copeland

    - Government moves to cut the tax on employer contributions to super funds have it half right, United Future's Gordon Copeland says. See... Copeland seeks fairer tax deal for super funds [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00577.htm


    PM Gets Seriously Asian

    - I am very pleased to support Asia 2000 at today’s launch of the “Seriously Asia” project. See... Launch of: Seriously Asia – Look At The Future [1] See also Trevor Mallard... India a growing market for export education [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00573.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00574.htm


    Farmers Urged To Hold Fast Against Fart Tax

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today urged Fonterra and Meat New Zealand to stand firm against Labour pressure to fund methane gas emissions research, and labelled the Government move nothing more than a backdoor attempt to save face. See... Resist Pirate Pete And His Labour Crew [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00572.htm


    Re: The Ongoing Saga Of Maori Television…

    - ACT New Zealand Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington today said that the Labour Government should address the problems plaguing the Maori Television Service before it concerns itself with introducing free-to-air digital television. See... Labour: Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00571.htm


    Is Racy TV Charter Compatible?

    - "Sparkly g-strings? Condoms? What next, brothel vouchers and complimentary lap dances? See... What next for the Charter? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00570.htm


    Ockers Should Be Able To Sing Waltzing Matilda

    - “Whilst we all cheer whenever the All Blacks beat the Wallabies, there is time when we should stand up for our friends across the ditch,” New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Peter Brown said today. See... The Aussies: I Say “Let Them Sing” [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00569.htm


    Cullen Off To APEC In Phuket

    - Finance Minister Michael Cullen will attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Phuket on Thursday and Friday of next week. See... Cullen to APEC, Singapore [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00565.htm


    Pure NZ Gets A Japanese Boost

    - New Zealand’s profile as a desirable Japanese holiday destination has just gotten a real boost. See... 100% Pure New Zealand gets 100% boost in Japan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0308/S00564.htm

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