Friday, March 14, 2008

News Roundup, 3/14/2008

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MySpace page evolves with Spitzer Scandal: The woman at the heart of the Spitzer scandal, 22-year-old Ashley Alexandra Dupre, has been busy trying to limit what media can see and access through her MySpace and Facebook pages. The social networking sites have been used frequently by media outlets to do research and background on people of interest. Anything anyone posts on a social networking site can become fodder for any newspaper. American University Law Professor Chris Simpson, an expert in Internet and privacy law, said “If you post photos or comments, there is a chance your information can end up on the front page of The New York Times, although in most cases it won't.”

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Senate rejects earmarks moratorium: The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly against a ban on earmarks. In a vote of 29-71 the U.S. Senate rejected a measure that would put a ban on earmarks for one year. All three senators running for president openly support the ban. Sen. John McCain, who is the biggest opponent to the practice said, “We're disappointed that only 29 members of the U.S. Senate understand that the American people want us to stop this practice, which has led to corruption."

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Slaying suspects were on probation: Demario James Atwater and Lawrence Alvin Lovette, the two suspects in the killing of 22-year-old UNC student Eve Carson, were both in considerable trouble with the law as little as two days before the shooting death of the UNC senior. Atwater was in court two days before the killing for a probation violation hearing that should have landed him in jail. Lovette is not only being charged with the Carson murder, but with the murder of Duke University Grad student Abjhijit Mahato.

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EU presses ahead with substantial cuts in emissions: EU leaders will push for substantial cuts in “greenhouse” emissions over the next 12 years. By the end of their summit meeting the EU hopes to pass measures that will reduce carbon 1990 carbon emissions one-fifth by 2020. They also hope to calm fears of a rapid economic slowdown.

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