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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Painted Apple Moth Found In Mt Eden
Calls For Hodgson To Front Over Power Price Rises
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
George Bush's Biggest Speech Of The Year
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
LINK: The Grey Lady Thunders Over Election System Failures
Tom Hurndall - The Case That Wouldn't Close
Election Views Differ Across The Continents
What's Wrong With The US Inflation Measure?
An Arab American Take On The Democrat Party Nomination
Manuel Valenzuela: Terror
Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Welsh Evidence Suggests Cannabis Dangerous
Muriel Newman On The Meth Epidemic
Dysfunctional LAV IIIs Lead To Call For Sacking
Hotels & Motels Doing OK
Young Offender Needs More Time Inside - Newman
Airforce 757 Nose Wheel Failure Embarassing
PM Urged To Visit Southern Drought

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LEAD STORY:
Painted Apple Moth Found In Mt Eden

- Green MP Ian Ewen-Street said today that the discovery of another Painted Apple Moth (PAM) - this time in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden - could have been averted many years ago if MAF had not completely mismanaged the situation. See... Moth paints picture of perpetual MAF failure [1] MORE: - Community Member - New Moth Find a Disaster [2] - MAF - MAF acts swiftly against moth catch in Mount Eden [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00147.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0401/S00061.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0401/S00059.htm


Calls For Hodgson To Front Over Power Price Rises

- The Green Party is calling on the Government to fully explain to the public the reasons behind recent power-price hikes of up to 15 per cent. See... Greens ask for power-price explanation [1] MORE: - National - Hodgson must explain power price rises [2] - ACT - Rising Energy Costs Could Cripple New Zealand [3] - NZ First - NZ First Questions Power Companies Price Policies [4] - National - Power Prices Set To Rise - Again [5] - M-Co - Electricity Price and Hydro Summary [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00141.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00139.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00126.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00115.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00071.htm


NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Steady Trend in Guest Nights Continues [1]
  • House prices to start falling by the end of year [2]
  • New CEO for FRST [3]
  • Change Of Defence Force Staff For Solomon Islands [4]
  • Trustees accept resignation of Karen Waterreus [5]
  • Return-to-School a return-to-bullying for many [6]
  • Dunedin Mayor Receives Indian Government Award [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00076.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00075.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0401/S00032.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00048.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0401/S00047.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0401/S00020.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0401/S00068.htm


    George Bush's Biggest Speech Of The Year

    - "As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure." President Bush's 2004 State of the Union Address


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • South Asia Makes A Big Noise To Make Trade Fair [1]
  • Behind Smokescreen Another 400 Made Homeless [2]
  • Trees Not Walls! - Thursday in Budrus [3]
  • Wesley Clark On Defensive On School Of Americas [4]
  • Report Shows Child Soldier Use Continues Unabated [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00144.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00143.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00142.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00141.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00140.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    LINK: The Grey Lady Thunders Over Election System Failures

    - The morning after the 2000 election, Americans woke up to a disturbing realization: our electoral system was too flawed to say with certainty who had won. See... Scoop Link: NYT Editorial - Fixing Democracy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00079.htm

    LINK: The Grey Lady Thunders Over Election System Failures

    - The morning after the 2000 election, Americans woke up to a disturbing realization: our electoral system was too flawed to say with certainty who had won. See... Scoop Link: NYT Editorial - Fixing Democracy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00079.htm


    Tom Hurndall - The Case That Wouldn't Close

    - Tom Hurndall is dead. Nine months after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier which left him in a coma, two months after his 22nd birthday, and one day after his mother knelt at his bedside and whispered the good news that his assailant had finally ... See... Sheila Samples: The Case That Wouldn't Close [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00078.htm


    Election Views Differ Across The Continents

    - Iowans seem pretty happy with their quadrennial caucuses. The results are now in and the 2004 presidential election season has been kicked off. Half a world away, however, Iraqi Shiites have launched massive demonstrations against the Bush administration’s plan for caucuses to elect an interim national assembly. Why do Iowans love what Iraqi Shiites hate? See... Ivan Eland: Why Don't Iraqis Like To Caucus [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00077.htm


    What's Wrong With The US Inflation Measure?

    - In a troubling sign that accounting problems have grown beyond corporate balance sheets, two of the main economic gauges used by Wall Street, banks, and in the calculation of Social Security payments have been found to contain serious problems. See... Dan Spillane: ''Black Hole'' Found in US Economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00076.htm


    An Arab American Take On The Democrat Party Nomination

    - Truthfully, I was surprised by the poll results reported by James J. Zogby in his article, ''How Arab Americans will vote in 2004.'' See... Guest Opinion: Arab Community Has Much At Stake [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00075.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: Terror

    - January is a month in which we celebrate one of the most respected world personalities of modern times, Dr. Martin Luther King. See... With Us or Against Us: A Discourse on Terrorism [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00074.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas Meditations

    - Flower of My Passion, remain close to Mine. I will always give all of Myself to you, since you give yourself to Me. See... Katya Rivas: Be Happy if You See They Hurt You [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00072.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0401/S00145.htm
    President Bush delivers his 2004 State of the Union Address

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Welsh Evidence Suggests Cannabis Dangerous

    - News today that a Welsh coroner recorded the cause of death as cannabis poisoning in the tragic case of a 36-year-old man, serves as a reminder that dope should never be decriminalized until or unless independent scientific evidence emerges that the drug is safe for consumption. See... Cannabis must not be decriminalized unless safe [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00146.htm


    Muriel Newman On The Meth Epidemic

    - This week, the Column looks at New Zealand’s rapidly spreading methamphetamine epidemic, and asks why the Government did not do something when it first discovered the risks of the problem. See... Muriel Newman: Meth Problem Out Of Control [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00145.htm


    Dysfunctional LAV IIIs Lead To Call For Sacking

    - New Zealand First has called for Defence Minister Mark Burton to be sacked because of problems with the Army’s dysfunctional new $7.5 million LAVIII’s, which have serious maintenance problems. See... Tyre Kicker Burton Must Go [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00144.htm


    Hotels & Motels Doing OK

    - 2003 was a solid year for New Zealand’s accommodation sector, with 2004 already off to a great start. See... New Zealand’s accommodation sector still strong [1] and Steady Trend in Guest Nights Continues [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00143.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00076.htm


    Young Offender Needs More Time Inside - Newman

    - Bailey Jnr Kurariki should not be released back into the community - whether on home detention or parole - until he has spent enough time in our youth justice system to ensure he will never offend again, ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman says. See... No Parole For Kurariki [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00140.htm


    Airforce 757 Nose Wheel Failure Embarassing

    - National Party Defence spokesman Simon Power says the resourcing of our Air Force is being called into question again, with yet another high profile failure. See... Yet another embarrassing Air Force break-down [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00135.htm


    PM Urged To Visit Southern Drought

    - ACT New Zealand Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff today wrote to Prime Minister Helen Clark requesting that both she, and Conservation Minister Chris Carter, visit the South Island's drought affected areas. See... ACT Invites PM To See Southern Drought [1] and MAF… Watch Out for Drought [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0401/S00134.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0401/S00077.htm

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