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Top Scoop Stories - 28 January 2008 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - 28 January 2008

LEAD STORY:

Justice: Bipartisan Outrage Over Kuchenbecker Legal Aid

NZ POLITICS:

Scoop Satire: Reasons 'Kiwi Party' Is An Appropriate Name
Crime: Two Manurewa Murders In Two Day; 10 In NZ This Month
Roads: New Road Safety Tool Launched
Education: UF Promises Better Deal For Students This Year

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Housing: Price Falls No Help To Home Loan Affordability
The Good Oil: Take A Leaf From The Books of Ancient Healers
Agriculture: NZers Wolfing Down Piggies
Industrial Relations: Work Stoppages Decrease
Technology: New Engine For Fast Straight Crossing Attempt

WORLD:

Health: Avian Flu Remains Global Threat, Cautions UN
Legal: "Emulate The Model Of Massachusetts School Of Law"
World: Bosnian Serb To Serve Jail Term In Norway

COMMENT:

Greg Palast: South Carolina Primary Colors - Black And White?
Charming: National Wooing Indians After 100 Years Of Neglect
Michael Collins: Democrats Pass On Secret Vote Counting In South Carolina

LIFESTYLE:

Raciness: 25,000 at Trentham for Cup Day
Sevens: Alcohol Fuelled Disorder Not To be Tolerated


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LEAD STORY

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Justice: Bipartisan Outrage Over Kuchenbecker Legal Aid - Justice Minister Annette King says she is alarmed that the Legal Services Agency has asked the widow of Karl Kuchenbecker to repay up to $19,000 granted in legal aid for the inquest into his death. Mr Kuchenbecker was murdered by Graeme Burton on January 6 last year. "If the legal aid system is producing this sort of result for victims, it has to be changed urgently," she says. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00200.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00202.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Scoop Satire: Reasons 'Kiwi Party' Is An Appropriate Name - # The new party and the flightless bird are both endangered. # Both are freakish throwbacks, representative of a species that their advocates think can only thrive in a protected environment. # Both have a problem with rodents in their nests... More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00230.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00192.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00184.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00175.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00178.htm
[6] - http://www.thekiwiparty.org.nz/Welcome.html


Crime: Two Manurewa Murders In Two Day; 10 In NZ This Month - A 50 year old man has been arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing of a 15 year old youth in Southview Place, Manurewa on Saturday night. Details of events leading up to the altercation are still being investigated. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00186.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00184.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00158.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00156.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00155.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00194.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00186.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00196.htm


Roads: New Road Safety Tool Launched - New Zealand's latest road safety tool has been launched by the AA and government transport agencies. KiwiRAP is an internationally recognised road assessment programme (RAP) that aims to raise awareness of the risk of being involved in a crash on New Zealand's state highways. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00193.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00187.htm


Education: UF Promises Better Deal For Students This Year - UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says there will be a better deal for students this year. he was speaking to this afternoon's student rally at Parliament. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00194.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0801/S00025.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00198.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00188.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00185.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00227.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Housing: Price Falls No Help To Home Loan Affordability - House prices may be falling and wages improving, but higher interest rates kept New Zealand home loan affordability near its worst levels ever in December, according to the monthly Fairfax Media Home Loan Affordability report. Affordability for first home buyers remained at a record low. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00251.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00197.htm


The Good Oil: Take A Leaf From The Books of Ancient Healers - A new olive leaf product being launched in New Zealand, Comvita's Olive Leaf Complex, aims to blend the benefits of the world's oldest cultivated tree with modern extraction processes that use only fresh, natural olive leaves. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00255.htm


Agriculture: NZers Wolfing Down Piggies - >New Zealanders consumed a record 21.4kg of pork per capita last year according to the Board's recently released Annual Report for the Year Ending 30 September 2007. This represents an increase of 0.8kg over the previous year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00259.htm


Industrial Relations: Work Stoppages Decrease - Twenty-nine work stoppages ended in the September 2007 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This compares with 50 stoppages for the September 2006 year. Stoppages in the September 2007 year involved 6,979 employees, and losses of 16,678 person-days of work and $2.9 million in wages and salaries. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00253.htm


Technology: New Engine For Fast Straight Crossing Attempt - A new attempt at setting the record for the fastest crossing of the Cook Strait in an amphibious vehicle has been scheduled for Tuesday, this time with a brand new engine. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00248.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00232.htm


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WORLD

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Health: Avian Flu Remains Global Threat, Cautions UN - Despite advances in controlling the virus, recent avian influenza outbreaks in more than one dozen countries reveal that it is still a global threat More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00272.htm


Legal: "Emulate The Model Of Massachusetts School Of Law" - A prominent legal authority has called publicly upon the nation's law schools to shift their teaching approach from the 'academic' or research model most now use to one designed to train ''good lawyers,'' citing the example of the Massachusetts ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00273.htm


World: Bosnian Serb To Serve Jail Term In Norway - A former Bosnian Serb army commander convicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia over his role in the notorious Srebrenica massacre in 1995 was transferred today to Norway to serve the remainder of his prison sentence. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00271.htm


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COMMENT

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Greg Palast: South Carolina Primary Colors - Black And White? - There's an awfully good reason for Black folk to vote for one of their own. This is the chance to even the historic score in this land of lingering Jim Crow where the Confederate Flag flew over the capital while the longshoreman faced Southern justice. But maybe there's more to South Carolina's story than Black and White. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00240.htm


Charming: National Wooing Indians After 100 Years Of Neglect - The mood generally in the increasingly politically aware Indian community is of a growing concern of not having one of their own representatives in parliament. A great section in the camp wonders at this lack of representation despite having seen their numbers grow to over 100,000 in the last 150 years. National has woken upto this disparity only recently. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00234.htm


Michael Collins: Democrats Pass On Secret Vote Counting In South Carolina - South Carolina's state constitution is clear, if not elegant, in its definition of the basic elements of elections: "All elections by the people shall be by secret ballot, but the ballots shall not be counted in secret.". These touch screen "ballots" are nothing more than a computerized record (not a ballot). After the election, citizens almost always lack the right to examine that computerized records and are typically barred from reviewing the paper forms they mark for optical scan voting machines. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00233.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Raciness: 25,000 at Trentham for Cup Day - An estimated 25,000 people packed Trentham Racecourse for the final day (subs: Saturday 26 January) of the Century City Developments 2008 Wellington Cup Carnival, according to Wellington Racing Club president, Mike Brown. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00232.htm


Sevens: Alcohol Fuelled Disorder Not To be Tolerated - People who use next week's NZI Sevens festivities in Wellington as an excuse to drink too much and disrupt the enjoyment and safety of others can expect a firm response from Wellington Police. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00192.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 28 January 2008

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