Monday, August 08, 2005

Also in this morning's New York Times

Other stories members are noting in this morning's New York Times to note.

Brenda e-mails to note Jacques Steinberg's "Peter Jennings, Urbane News Anchor, Dies at 67."

Wally e-mails to note Adam Liptak's "Privacy Views: Roberts Argued Hard for Others:"

Judge John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, has written quite a bit in opposition to a constitutional right to privacy that has served as the basis for Supreme Court decisions protecting abortion and gay rights. But his writings, though distinctive and consistent, were always on behalf of superiors and clients and might not reflect his own views, then or now.
The positions Judge Roberts sketched out do echo those of Robert H. Bork, whose nomination for the court was defeated in 1987.
"Robert Bork was blocked in large part because he said in his writings that there was no constitutional right to privacy," said Erwin Chemerinsky, a law professor at Duke.

Lauren e-mails to note Hassan M. Fattah's "U.S. Closes Offices in Saudi Arabia:"

United States diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia will be closed for at least two days in response to possible threats against American buildings, embassy officials said Sunday.
Embassy officials made the unusual, but not unprecedented, decision to close the embassy in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and its consulates in Dhahran and Jidda on Monday and Tuesday, in response to intelligence suggesting an attack was imminent, an embassy press officer said. The embassy also repeated advice to American citizens to be especially vigilant and to take appropriate steps to increase their security.

Tammi e-mails to note the Associated Press obit entitled "Leonardo Rodríguez Alcaine, Labor Leader, Is Dead at 86."

Paul e-mails to note Michael Wines' "Hope for Hungry Children:"

Never heard of Plumpy'nut? Come to Maradi, a bustling crossroads where the number of malnourished children exceeds even the flocks of motor scooters flitting down its dirt streets.
At this epicenter of Niger's latest hunger crisis, Plumpy'nut is saving lives, perhaps including Taorey's.
Plumpy'nut, which comes in a silvery foil package the size of two grasping baby-size hands, is 500 calories of fortified peanut butter, a beige paste about as thick as mashed potatoes and stuffed with milk, vitamins and minerals. But that is akin to calling a 1945 Mouton Rothschild fortified grape juice.
Since the packets came into the hands of relief organizations during the Darfur crisis in Sudan, they have been revolutionizing emergency care for severely malnourished children who are old enough to take solid food, by taking care out of crowded field hospitals and straight into mothers' homes.

Keesha e-mails to note Katie Zezima's "Abolitionist's Family Celebrates a Legacy of Nonconformity:"

[William Lloyd] Garrison, who was born in 1805 and died in 1879, was a printer, writer and white antislavery activist who started printing The Liberator, a weekly abolitionist newspaper, out of a Boston office in 1831.
His fiery publication galvanized those on both sides of the issue, and led him to receive hate mail and death threats. In 1831, Georgia offered a reward for his arrest. He was attacked by a mob in Boston in 1835, and was saved only when the mayor threw him in jail.
He published his newspaper for three decades, and helped found the New England Anti-Slavery Society, which became the American Anti-Slavery Society. He traveled around the country, mostly staying with black families, to spread the abolitionist message.
He was also an advocate for women's rights, working with the suffrage movement. Historians and family members said he was almost New Age for his day: he dabbled in holistic medicine, believed in God and spirituality but refused to align himself with a particular religious movement and sent his children to alternative schools.

Heads up to a new News Dissector by Danny Schechter this morning.

The issues re: The Third Estate Sunday Review site are issues with Blogger (the program) and Blogger's yet to fix them. I have an e-mail from Jim about attempting yet again to publish the latest edition only to get the same error message (with "Contact Blogger" in the message -- and Blogger's been repeatedly contacted by all five of them). Until it's fixed, you can read one feature here and the editorial here.

Rod e-mails to pass on a scheduled topic for today's Democracy Now!:

* Democracy Now! Special: On the 40th Anniversary of the Voting RightsAct,we'll look at who could vote then and what happens today.

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