Monday, March 10, 2008

News Roundup, 3/10/2008

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Obama advisor resigns; Called Clinton a monster: Sarah Howard, a young Harvard professor and rising star in Obama campaign, resigned on Friday after an international newspaper quoted her as calling Hilary Clinton a monster. Obama pursued the Harvard professor after reading her Pulitzer Prize winning novel America and the Age of Genocide. Ms. Howard apologized to Clinton and Obama saying, “Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign, and I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months.”

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Prescription drug found in drinking water across the U.S.: In the course of a five-month inquiry the AP discovered that 56 pharmaceuticals and byproducts were found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. These drugs range from antibiotics and mood stabilizers to sex hormones and over-the-counter medications. The presence of these drugs in the water is miniscule and utilities insist that the water is safe. But the presence of so many drugs is causing researchers worry over the long-term consequences to human health. “We know we are being exposed to other people's drugs through our drinking water, and that can't be good," says Dr. David Carpenter, who directs the Institute for Health and the Environment of the State University of New York at Albany.

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KKK store, civil rights activist landlord may go to court: Reverend David Kennedy of Laurens, S.C., is fighting to shut down a store called the “Redneck shop” that sells racist T-shirts and Klan robes. The building where the store is located is owned by Rev. Kennedy and the church he leads. The theater where the shop is located was transferred in 1997 to Kennedy and his church. However there is a clause in the paper work that states that the owner of the store, 62-year-old John Howard is entitled to operate his business until he dies.

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Female suicide bomber kills Iraq tribal head: A female suicide bomber killed Sunni Arab Tribal Chief Thaer Saggban al-Karkhi, who headed a neighborhood security unit. Police say the woman went to Karkhi’s home, knocked on his door and stated that she needed to speak with him. When Karkhi answered she detonated a vest full of explosives that was hidden under her robes. Neighborhood units have been credited with the sharp falls in violence across Iraq, but are often targets of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda because the units often work with the U.S. military.

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— Charity Frederick

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