The Best Of It - Top Stories For The Week June 30
The Best Of It - Top Stories For The Week June 25-30
Welcome to Scoop's The Best Of It – Here for your weekend reading, listening, and viewing pleasure is a collection of the best and most progressive stories and casts on Scoop for the week as distilled by the scoop editorial team. Feel free to nominate your top stories by sending Scoop your picks by clicking here.
Timor: More Kiwi Troops Fly Out This
Weekend to Troubled Country - More than 50 New
Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will depart for
Timor-Leste on Saturday 1st July. Soldiers from the 2/1st
Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, at Burnham,
and logistics personnel from Linton Camp will fly out on
Saturday morning onboard a RNZAF Boeing 757. Burnham based
soldiers will depart from Christchurch Airport, RNZAF Air
Movements Terminal at 9.00am. The soldiers from Linton Camp
will depart from RNZAF Base Ohakea at 11.25am See... More
New Zealand Troops For Timor
ALSO: Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss on 95bFM: A deepening crisis in Timor Leste has resulted in the NZ PM Helen Clark calling on The UN to help end the violence. The United States has responded saying it will support a UN backed military operation in Timor. What does this mean for the fledgling country?
DWS: She Might Be Downes But She's Left Not
Out! - The finale of Dancing with the Stars was a
bit like watching a a classic Disney cartoon except there
were no bad guys - everyone was the winner – particularly
former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes. Ms Downes and her
professional dancing partner Aaron Gilmore danced like one
would expect a handsome prince and his princess to dance –
moving across the linoleum of the Avalon studios in a
similar fashion to a pair of delicate swans gliding atop a
large marzipan packed wedding cake. See… The
Final Of Dancing With The Stars
Scoop Satire: Parliamentarians Go To The
Movies - The wild speculation of history's great
creative minds has, I've often thought, rarely been able to
match the droll and improbable events that occur in the
politics of this nation. But recently a rash of occurrences
in the life of Parliament had a particularly strong
resemblance to the works of moving-picture artists. See...
Hood: Parliament Imitates Art
 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0606/S00277.htmScoop VideoCast: Pressure Mounts on Parliamentarians Over Taser Trial Scoop co-editor, Selwyn Manning, presents Scoop's video podcast, today reporting on how the New Zealand Police intends to trial the Taser stun gun on people from September this year. Opposition against the Police's use of the Taser is mounting and MPs are being called to stand up and be counted on this issue. So who is likely to be 'Tasered' by our boys in blue? Image and Video footage inserts courtesy of CampaignAgainstTheTaser.com. See... Scoop VideoCast: Pressure Mounts On MPs Over Taser
RECOMMENDED AUDIO and VIDEO: 95bFM Audio: Wallace Chapman interviews Terry Hicks the father of Australian David Hicks, who has been held for 4 and half years in Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay. Terry talks frankly to Wallace of the long running struggle to obtain a fair trial for David, and an eventual release from this legal 'black hole'.
Scoop Audio: Kevin List on Radio Active discusses: how Mr List is unsure whether he saw a vision at the Green Party bash; also mentions the deficit word enough to cause concern among econ-watchers!
Scoop Video: The Week's Movie Trailers – Sci-Fi Superman Returns; Sci-Fi Ultraviolet; Mel Gibson's Apocalyto; and a late run on the Da Vinci Code.
Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Radio Adelaide 's Peter Godfrey discuss: The family of the murdered Kahui twins being interviewed by Police; Auckland City is to remain vulnerable to power-cuts for two years!; NZ Treasury has issued advice for Cullen to cut Govt spending.
Food: Public Health Inquiry Into Rugby Toffs' Ills Progressing - The investigation by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) into the cause of the Eden Park gastroenteritis outbreak is progressing. Interviews have been conducted on 407 patrons. Of those, 81 (20%) have reported illness. Of the four affected hospitality areas investigated the rate of illness was highest for the Hall of Legends where 36% of the 178 interviewed patrons were ill. See... Gastroenteritis investigation progressing
 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0606/S00342.htmGreg Palast: Looking For A Better-Documented Conspiracy Theory - The US Congress will open hearings this week on the War in Iraq - a wee bit late one might think. But one question at the forefront of the minds of many on both the Left and the Right is sure not to be asked: Did the Jews do it ? I mean, after killing Jesus, did the Elders of Zion manipulate the government of the United States into invading Babylon as part of a scheme to abet the expansion of Greater Israel? See... Palast: The Invasion of Iraq A Jewish Conspiracy?