04-26-2002





























Chimes Online


  • Michigan Notes
  • In Lansing, environmental groups used Earth Day Monday as an occasion to attack President Bush's environmental record and warn of two more challenges ahead. The first is the Bush administration's opposition to a federal clean air requirement that older power plants and other pollution sources install modern equipment to curb pollution. The second is Bush's ``Clear Skies'' initiative, which environmentalists say ignores global warming and delays emission cuts now required by the Clean Air Act. Under his ``Clear Skies'' plan, the president has asked Congress to approve mandatory limits on total industry output of three kinds of pollutants, and to let companies work out how to achieve them through a system of earning and trading credits. But environmental groups in Lansing said the Bush administration is responsible for 30 recent or ongoing attacks on public health and the environment, including shifting cleanup costs from polluters to citizens and failure to protect wild national forest lands. The environmental news conference came less than a week after the U.S. Senate defeated a Bush proposal to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ...
  • Canadian News
  • Canadians bombed by US fighter ...
  • Candidate Le Pen's views alarms French Jews
  • The strong showing by far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the presidential qualifying round came as an unwelcome shock to many French Jews in a country where authorities say anti-Semitic attacks are at their highest level since World War II. ...
  • Mubarak issues ultimatum to Israel
  • Last week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a frustrated cry in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's mission to the Middle East, which failed to produce a cease-fire and adequate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian communities. Throughout the West Bank, the scale of destruction in Palestinian cities, villages and camps is massive, ranging from deliberate erasure of vaccination records to ongoing lack of basic health services -- to say nothing of whatever Israeli bulldozers are working hard to cover up in the Jenin refugee camp before the work of the U.N.'s fact-finding envoy tallies the damage and loss of life there....
  • The Texas 10 percent law: Is it effective?
  • The impact of the Texas 10 percent law is being felt throughout the state, and discussion is ensuing over whether this law is producing positive or negative changes in the Texas university system. The 10 percent law, which was put into place in 1998, says that students in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class are automatically admitted to the Texas public university of their choice. Much media attention was given to the law in its beginnings, and now the press and the public are questioning the effects of the law on Texas' campuses. ...