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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Police Shoot Man After North Shore Noise Complaint
Tourist Numbers To NZ Soars By Nine Percent
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Doves Released As Vanunu Walks Free From Prison
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Martin LeFevre: America Is Losing Its Soul
No Right Turn Examines Kiwi Views On Growth
Shallow Throat Urges Kerry To Find His Cajones
Manuel Valenzuela: Modern Day Crusades
Les Blough: Supporting The Enemy
Martin Luther King Researcher Opines On The Media
More Than A Quagmire - A Full-Blown Disaster
Richard Walrath: America's Plastic Economy

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Sri-Lankan Girl's Guinea Pig Letter Report Released
United Delighted With Proposed Border Tax Review
Fewer Kids Being Suspended From School
Don Brash Critiques The Seabed & Foreshore Bill
Wayne Mapp Concerned About Migration Not Immigration
NZ Helps Out Fiji With Floods
Korean Squash Trade Barrier Squashed
Public Finance (State Sector Management) Bill Anti-democratic
Kaitaia Hospital Redevelopment Gets Green Light
Maori Prison Consultation Report Released
Army's Fight On The Wanganui Beaches
Greater’ Wellington Not So Great Really

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Ronald McDonald Quits Over GE Chicken

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
Police Shoot Man After North Shore Noise Complaint

- A man, believed to be in his 30s, was shot by North Shore Police Tuesday evening (April 20) and is in a stable condition in Auckland Hospital. A second man was arrested at the scene and will appear in the North Shore District Court today (Wednesday). See... North Shore shooting [1] ALSO: - Govt - Shooting underlines dangers of policing [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00316.htm


Tourist Numbers To NZ Soars By Nine Percent

- There were 211,700 short-term overseas visitor arrivals in New Zealand in March 2004, up 17,900 or 9 percent on March 2003, according to Statistics New Zealand. See... Visitor Arrivals Up 9 Percent [1] ALSO: - Govt - Tourism NZ honoured for 100% Pure campaign [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00319.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Red Cross Payments Begin To Flood Victims [1]
  • Ronald McDonald quits over GE chicken feed [2] Images [3]
  • Investigation after assault on PSA members [4]
  • IRD Staff To Rally Friday Over Breakdown [5]
  • CHH Announces Strong Start to 2004 [6]
  • Carbon credits for glasshouse bio-energy plant [7]
  • Alleged counterfeiters face Court [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00137.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00138.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00130.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00132.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00206.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00317.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00152.htm


    Doves Released As Vanunu Walks Free From Prison

    - Today 200 international and Israeli activists gathered for a vigil at Ashkelon Prison in anticipation of Mordechai Vanunu's release tomorrow. Some of Vanunu's supporters tied black cloths across their mouths to symbolize the possible imposed silence… See... 18 white doves released when gate opens for Vanunu [1] . See also... Israeli whistleblower freed from prison [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00214.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00131.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

  • Probe into US 2003 Power Outage [1]
  • UNICEF: High Proportion Of Girls Denied Education [2]
  • "When the soldiers came" and other ISM reports [3]
  • Colombia: Laboratory of war -- violence soars [4]
  • USA: Court must end lawlessness in Guantánamo Bay [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00213.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00211.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00210.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00207.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00206.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Martin LeFevre: America Is Losing Its Soul

    - Here in the United States, a strange phenomenon is taking place. On one hand, the blatant falsehoods and philosophical idiocy of the Bush Administration are beginning to unravel. On the other hand, support amongst the American people for the Bushites is growing stronger. See... Meditations: Rushing Toward the Rubble of History [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00174.htm


    No Right Turn Examines Kiwi Views On Growth

    - There was an interesting series of articles in yesterday's Sunday Star-Times about the results of the Growth and Innovation Advisory Board 's survey of our attitudes to economic growth. See... No Right Turn: Growth And Values [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00173.htm


    Shallow Throat Urges Kerry To Find His Cajones

    - When I got the coded call from Shallow Throat, I was worried. The last few times we'd talked, the highly-placed GOP mole in the Bush Administration was extremely frightened, fearing imminent discovery, so I thought something bad might have gone down. See... Shallow Throat to Dems: Time to Go for the Jugular [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00172.htm


    Manuel Valenzuela: Modern Day Crusades

    - In the beginning, before the arrival of Man, Earth was a Garden of Eden, a virgin canvas of immaculate beauty and untouched splendor. The air was pure, the skies clear; its bodies of water were pristine while its forests stretched in abundant radiance. See... Manuel Valenzuela: No Muslim Left Behind [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00171.htm


    Les Blough: Supporting The Enemy

    - Recently a man and his wife moved from another city to Boston and contacted me through Axis of Logic. We invited them to have dinner with us in our home. See... Revolution Is In The Air: It Is Also On The Ground [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00170.htm


    Martin Luther King Researcher Opines On The Media

    - 36 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and 27 years after my investigation of the conspiracy that took his life I am still amazed at the reaction I get from people about it. See... Fear Follows MLK Assassination, Yes Even Today [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00169.htm


    More Than A Quagmire - A Full-Blown Disaster

    - Every day we open the newspaper, read reports from online news services, or listen to the news on radio or TV and hear about the total number of American soldiers that have been killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. For some reason our news comes in bits and pieces... See... Patricia Johnson: Operation Bring ‘Em On [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00168.htm


    Richard Walrath: America's Plastic Economy

    - Every month nearly every household in the country receives a credit card statement. You know the drill -- you open the envelope, stare at the bill, and shake your head in disbelief. See... R.E. Walrath: Uncle Sam Maxes out His Credit Card [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00167.htm



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    MOTORNET: Smarter Than Some

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Sri-Lankan Girl's Guinea Pig Letter Report Released

    - The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, today commented on the release of the report on his review of actions of employees of the Immigration Service and the Parliamentary Service regarding a letter annotated with, amongst other things, a drawing of a guinea pig, and its transmission to the Minister of Immigration. The object of the inquiry was to establish: See… Media Release from the State Services Commissioner [1] REACTION: - National - Predictable Outcome In Guinea Pig Case [2] - PSA - Report exonerates public servant [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00135.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00338.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00136.htm


    United Delighted With Proposed Border Tax Review

    - United Future's Gordon Copeland today expressed delight that the Government may be reconsidering its proposed cost recovery levy of $8 million on exporters for the new security measures arising from the Border Security Bill and the war on terrorism. See... Exporters should not bear the cost of border sec. [1] . See also National... Security costs should be funded by Govt [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00339.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00312.htm


    Fewer Kids Being Suspended From School

    - Programmes to reduce suspensions and stand-downs in secondary schools are delivering impressive results, Associate Education Minister Marian Hobbs said today. See... Success in reducing school suspensions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00337.htm


    Don Brash Critiques The Seabed & Foreshore Bill

    On 7 April, one day before Parliament was to rise for the three-week April recess, the Government finally managed to cobble together enough votes to enable them to release a package of papers on the proposed foreshore and seabed legislation. See... The Brash-Report - No. 28, 21 April 2004 [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Muriel Newman - Muriel Newman - Column April 21st [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00335.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00336.htm


    Wayne Mapp Concerned About Migration Not Immigration

    - The Labour Government's catastrophic mismanagement of our long-term immigration strategy has lead to people leaving New Zealand faster than we can replace them. This will prove disastrous for our economy, says National's Immigration spokesman, Wayne Mapp. See... Shambolic immigration policy threatens economy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00334.htm


    NZ Helps Out Fiji With Floods

    - New Zealand is providing further relief supplies to people worst affected by floods in Fiji, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff. See... NZ providing more flood relief to Fiji [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00332.htm


    Korean Squash Trade Barrier Squashed

    - Korea has reduced a trade barrier to New Zealand squash exports, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Trade barrier to NZ squash in Korea removed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00331.htm


    Public Finance (State Sector Management) Bill Anti-democratic

    - The Government's intention to conceal its activities through legislation that undermines Parliament's responsibilities represents a serious threat to New Zealand's democratic process, says National's Justice Spokesman Richard Worth. See... Government legislation anti-democratic [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00328.htm


    Kaitaia Hospital Redevelopment Gets Green Light

    - Health Minister Annette King and Te Tai Tokerau MP Dover Samuels today announced full approval for the Northland District Health Board's $9.3 million redevelopment plan for Kaitaia Hospital, and called on the community to unite behind the new hospital. See... Redevelopment of Kaitaia Hospital [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00324.htm


    Maori Prison Consultation Report Released

    - The Corrections Minister Paul Swain has released the report into Iwi Consultation and Other Matters Related to the Spring Hill Corrections Facility. See... Report into Spring Hill consultation released [1] REACTION: - National - Springhill Prison report a whitewash [2] - ACT - Report Confirms Two Laws Exist In New Zealand [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00322.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00329.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00327.htm


    Army's Fight On The Wanganui Beaches

    - National Party Defence spokesman Simon Power says he's disappointed but not surprised by the stand taken by some Maori, who refused to allow the army to train on a beach near Wanganui. See... Beach access issue inevitable [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00318.htm


    Greater’ Wellington Not So Great Really

    - United Future leader and Ohariu-Belmont MP, Peter Dunne, says the Greater Wellington regional council has let itself and the Wellington region down badly by its dithering and wavering over support for the Transmission Gully motorway project. See... Dunne: ‘Greater’ Wellington should change its name [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00314.htm

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