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Scoop Today - Yesterday's Top 20

Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Anonymous Drug Importing Billionaire Leaves Today

An American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis is flying home today leaving controversy in his wake.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00022.htm


2: One Very Lucky Billionaire

Just how much did the drug importing billionaire pay for his freedom? Not a lot according to Scoop sources.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00028.htm


3: Drug Importing Billionaire Anonymous For Now

A district court judge today ruled that the Herald Newspaper has the right to challenge the name suppression of the American billionaire caught importing cannabis into the country last week - but the paper will not get an opportunity to do so till Monday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00025.htm


4: Free'd billioniare reveals arbitrary injustice

Cannabis law reformers have mixed feelings over the recent "non-criminal" importation of marijuana and hashish by an American billioniare.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00002.htm


5: Scoop Images: Liv Meets Some Smokin' Ringwraiths

The following pictures - supplied to Scoop anonymously - show actress Liv Tyler in action during the shooting of some scenes for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The pictures were taken in the South Island near Wanaka.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00027.htm


6: French Abandon Atolls

After 37 years the fifth French foreign military regiment is leaving the Mururoa and Fangataufla atolls used for nuclear testing between 1963 and 1996. However, the atolls future remains fragile. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00019.htm


7: Massive Canal Planned For Thailand

Thailand and the Japanese Global Infrastructure Fund are embarking on a bold and ambitious plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It will rival the Panama and Suez canals. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00014.htm


8: Russia Launches New ICB Missile as Grozny Invaded

As the Russian military begins its invasion of Grozny, Russia has launched a strategic intercontinental Topol-M missile using the occasion to warn the West against criticising its Chechen campaign. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00079.htm


9: Tone It Down Jonah!

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown MP today expressed his concern at Jonah Lomu’s stated desire to hold the world record for the loudest car stereo.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00010.htm


10: CLEAR launches one-stop online package

CLEAR Communications today announced a new one-stop package for businesses wanting to leap onto the Internet – without spending thousands of dollars on web site development.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0001/S00015.htm


11: Putin Beats Drums Of Nationalism And Feminism

Russia's acting president, Vladamir Putin, is beating the drums of nationalism saying he wants to rebuild Russia's military and economic power, and he wants a woman to be the Speaker in the Duma. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00026.htm


12: Grozny Assault Underway - Troops Enter Outskirts

The Moscow Times reports that Russian troops have blasted their way into the outskirts of the Chechen capital of Grozny and are now engaging rebel soldiers in the besieged city.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00078.htm


13: Plans To Convert Mir Into Spacestation Hotel

Tired of the usual holiday spots on planet Earth? Next year you could be in space because a US investor wants to turn the Russian space station Mir into the ultimate holiday resort. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00024.htm


14: Scoop Images: First Light In Timor

Images courtesy of the New Zealand Defence force….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00017.htm


15: New Zealand Herald

Drugs Billionaire - Name Suppression – Cannabis – Meningitis – Global Warming – Alan Gibbs In Accident – Young Kauri Award – Give Way Rule Changes – Waitangi – Parihaka – Lifesaving – ACT Review

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00015.htm


16: Scoop Editorial: Putin Pushes Devil's Own Button

An increasingly desperate Russian Prime Minister may have overstepped the mark in his flagrant nuclear sabre rattling display today, writes Scoop's Alastair Thompson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00083.htm


17: New Zealand Herald

Drugs Billionaire – Liquor Shop Bashing – Waitangi Row – Lost Hand – Gay Scouts – Timor Shoes – Childcare – Folic Acid – Cannabis Special, Q&A, Attitudes, Legal Loophole – Conservation

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00007.htm


18: Scoop Column: Hypocrisy In The War On Drugs

The United States is now a major drug-producing nation on a par with Burma, Peru, Bolivia and Columbia according to Barry McCaffrey, head of President Clinton's US Office of National Anti-Drug Policy. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00015.htm


19: Minister Releases Defence Briefing Papers

Post-election briefing papers from the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force show that some crucial issues need to be addressed, the Minister of Defence Mark Burton said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00015.htm


20: Conservationists Challenge Academics

Forestry scientists at Canterbury University's School of Forestry have been challenged by conservationists to address the key threats facing New Zealand forestry rather than campaigning for the logging of New Zealand's rainforests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00003.htm

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