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Top Ten Articles We Think You Should Read (Week of Mar. 21-Mar. 27)

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Abortion Foes Target Family Planning Program

NPR-March 21, 2011

Although the Title X Family Planning program was established by President Nixon in 1970 has been largely noncontroversial, the plan that serves more than 5 million men and women annually is on House Republicans’ chopping block. It had been established in the premise that “no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.” Although some of the funding goes towards clinics that do provide abortions, the funding is minimal so that places like Planned Parenthood can remain open. Some anti-abortion legislators admit that getting rid of Title X is going too far.

Google books agreement torpedoed by US court

BBC-March 22, 2011

Google negotiated the deal to settle a six-year-old class action suit claiming infringement of copyright, yet a New York court said that Google would have an unfair competitive advantage if the court allowed them to continue scanning millions of books. The publishers who had copyright concerns believed that ownership of works would be hard to establish, meaning many would be unable to claim the royalties that Google promised. The agreement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers allowed Google to continue digitizing books and sell access online.

Apple Pulls ‘Anti-Gay’ App After Pressure

ABC News-March 23, 2011

After an online petition with nearly 150,000 signatures was sent to Apple over the protest of an “anti-gay” app, Apple removed the controversial app from its store. The app was created by a Christian group called Exodus International that claimed that the app supported “those wanting to reconcile their faith with their sexual behavior,” adding that it believes that changing homosexuality is possible. was the group behind the petition, and Apple said they removed the app because it “violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people.”

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House Speaker John Boehner: Congress needs clarity on Libya

CBS News-March 23, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama on behalf of the entire House of Representatives for clarity on the U.S. military mission in Libya. Boehner and others “are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America’s role is in achieve the mission.” Regardless, Boehner mentioned that America supports its government.

NATO to police Libya no-fly zone

Al Jazeera – March 25, 2011

After daily meetings since Monday, NATO’s Secretary-General Rasmussen told the press on Thursday that NATO countries have agreed to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya “to protect civilians” against Gaddafi’s forces. The military alliance’s mandate does not go beyond the no-fly zone, but NATO could act in self-defense if necessary. Rasmussen said that NATO still faces a decision on whether it should take on a broader responsibility for a coalition operation in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution.

Report faults Army in 2001 anthrax mailings

The Los Angeles Times-March 22, 2011

A panel of analysts has found that Bruce Ivins, “the anthrax killer,” had a psychiatric history that lent more supporting evidence to the charges against him. Ivins was an scientist who specialized in the cultivation of anthrax and worked for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, but the Army never investigated Ivin’s psychiatric background before employment.

Egyptian stock market opens, plunges

CNN-March 23, 2011l

After having been closed since late January due to the recent political uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian stock market opened on Wednesday, March 23 and fell 5%. This triggered circuit breakers to stop and rapid drops in the stock market, but after having been closed for so long, this drop was anticipated.

Japan issues radiation warning on tap water, 11 vegetables

The Washington Post-March 23, 2011

Tokyo residents have been told by officials to abstain from eating vegetables grown near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and to keep infants from drinking tap water. On Wednesday, it was announced that radioactive material from the damaged Daiichi plant were found in 11 different typed of vegetables and in Tokyo’s water supply. This has resulted in a shortage in bottled water in stores, which the authorities have said they will try to rectify by distributing water to families with infants.

Trapped Pipe Enabled Gulf Oil Spill

The Wall Street Journal-March 23, 2011

According to engineers studying last years oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the incident could have been avoided. At fault was a device called a “blowout preventer” that, due to a design flaw, allowed almost 5 million barrels of oil to escape the underwater well. Blowout preventers are used around the world by the oil industry, which means that steps must be taken to prevent massive oil spills elsewhere on the globe.

Egypt’s Antiquities Still At Risk, Experts Warn

NPR-March 22, 2011

Although Egypt’s January uprising most famously resulted in the end of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency, artifacts representing the country’s rich and ancient heritage also suffered. The headquarters of the country’s ruling party were set on fire and exposed the neighboring Egyptian Museum to thieves who took advantage of the disaster. Many of the artifacts that the thieves were wanted were under heavy security in the museum, but other pieces were damaged during the uprising.

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