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Top Scoop Stories - 06 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops -06 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Media Shocker! Does Key Call The Shots At The Herald?

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 6 March 2008
Economy: OCR Will Remain Unchanged At 8.25 Percent
Domestic Affairs: Help Prevent Domestic Violence For Women's Day
International Crime: NZ Tip Uncovers International Child Porn Ring
Clean Greenness: NZ Shamed In International Tourism Report
Employment: What Exactly Is National's Agenda For Work Rights?
Say What! NZ Crime Rates Drop

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Corporate Rottenness: Lead Industry Leads Govt By Nose
Future Is Now: Broadband connection overtakes dial-up

WORLD:

White House: President Bush Meets With Senator John McCain
Other American Wars: Somali Cause Condemns Latest US Strike In Somalia
Agriculture: Dangerous Wheat-Killing Fungus Detected In Iran
Rocket Diplomacy: Condoleezza Rice With Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

COMMENT:

US Primary Voting Oddities: Democracy As A Train Wreck
Richard S. Ehrlich: Electro-Shock In Kathmandu

LIFESTYLE:

Arts Festival: Shapes That Shift On Display


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LEAD STORY


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Media Shocker! Does Key Call The Shots At The Herald? - The New Zealand Herald's correction regarding John Key's comment in the APN-owned Bay Report that "we would love to see wages drop" raises some serious questions about media freedom and the possibility of political interference says the journalists' union, the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. More >> [1]

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EARLIER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00059.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00095.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00304.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00094.htm


Economy: OCR Will Remain Unchanged At 8.25 Percent - Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: ''The outlook for economic activity has deteriorated somewhat since we reviewed the OCR in January. The main reasons are weaker prospects for world growth, tighter credit conditions, a sharper-than-expected slowing in the ... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00079.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00051.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00088.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00101.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00095.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00085.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00056.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00100.htm


Domestic Affairs: Help Prevent Domestic Violence For Women's Day - Women's Affairs Minister Steve Chadwick is urging all New Zealanders to help improve our appalling levels of family violence and sexual abuse, as part of International Women's Day 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00091.htm


International Crime: NZ Tip Uncovers International Child Porn Ring - Department of Internal Affairs censorship inspectors sparked the investigation which has netted a highly sophisticated international child pornography network spanning Australia, England, America, Canada and Germany. More >> [1]

  • TV3 Video - Two Australians arrested in international paedophile investigation [2]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00050.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/5630.html


    Clean Greenness: NZ Shamed In International Tourism Report - The Green Party says that the report, in which New Zealand comes last out of 130 countries on the plight of endangered species and 95th on our failure to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, puts the Government's empty rhetoric in the global limelight. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00069.htm


    Employment: What Exactly Is National's Agenda For Work Rights? - "National needs to start spelling out exactly what it would do with worker rights, after mixed messages from the party on the matter," CTU president Helen Kelly said, following National Party industrial relations spokesperson Kate Wilkinson's speech to a business audience in Auckland. Image: Kate Wilkinson and John Key. More >> [1]

    ALSO:

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00046.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00049.htm


    Say What! NZ Crime Rates Drop - The crime rate in NZ has steadily decreased over the past decade, contrary to media reports, show the results of a new study. "This is contrary to popular perception," says Julia Tolmie, co-editor of Criminal Justice in New Zealand (published by Lexis Nexis). More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00040.htm


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    BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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    Corporate Rottenness: Lead Industry Leads Govt By Nose - Unleaded petrol became mandatory in New Zealand in 1996, but a newly published study led by the University of Otago, Wellington reveals there was a 20 year delay as a result of deliberate lobbying by the lead additives industry More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00012.htm


    Future Is Now: Broadband connection overtakes dial-up - The number of broadband subscribers in the six months to September 2007 overtook the number of dial-up subscribers for the first time ever, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00096.htm


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    WORLD


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    White House: President Bush Meets With Senator John McCain - John showed incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance in order to get to this moment. And that's exactly what we need in a President: somebody that can handle the tough decisions; somebody who won't flinch in the face of danger. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00069.htm


    Other American Wars: Somali Cause Condemns Latest US Strike In Somalia - The United States (US) military today unleashed missiles on Dhoobley, a small Somali town on the Kenyan border (New York Times, 03/03/2008). Officially declared as an attack on a single ''suspected'' terrorist hide-out, the missiles struck a residence. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00074.htm


    Agriculture: Dangerous Wheat-Killing Fungus Detected In Iran - A dangerous new fungus with the ability to destroy entire wheat fields has been detected in Iran, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported today. The wheat stem rust, whose spores are carried by wind across continents, was previously found in East Africa and Yemen and has moved to Iran, which said that laboratory tests have confirmed its presence in the country's west. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00062.htm


    Rocket Diplomacy: Condoleezza Rice With Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - The rocket attacks need to stop on Israeli citizens, where innocent Israelis are also at risk, and that overall there needs to be an end to the violence and a period in which the peoples of both nations can find a way to resume a more normal life. More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00067.htm


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    COMMENT


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    US Primary Voting Oddities: Democracy As A Train Wreck - Usually when covering elections its important to wait till the votes are counted before you write your election analysis. However when it comes to US elections in the 21st century this rubric no longer applies. More >> [1]

    COMPANION ARTICLE

    MORE PRIMARY COMMENT

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00053.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00079.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00070.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00071.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00046.htm


    Richard S. Ehrlich: Electro-Shock In Kathmandu - When this nation's capital is cut off from electricity, survival becomes a surreal mix of medieval streets lit by candles, people stimulated as if in a Pavlov experiment, and concern that climate change and poverty may doom Kathmandu. If it's Monday, and you are living in Kathmandu's trendy, tourist... More >> [1]

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00068.htm


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    LIFESTYLE


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    Arts Festival: Shapes That Shift On Display - 'Black Box'is one of a selection of installations and sculptures on display at the New Zealand International Arts Festival's 'Shapeshifter' exhibition which is being held at the Civic Gardens in Lower Hutt. More >> [1]

    ALSO:

    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00295.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00264.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5278.html
    [5] - http://www.nzfestival.nzpost.co.nz/visual-arts/shapeshifter-2008
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00053.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00092.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00091.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00069.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/festival08.html


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