February 27, 2007
Police in Denmark have arrested about 100 people during a second night of protests over the eviction of squatters from a youth centre in the capital. Officers in riot gear used tear gas to disperse demonstrators, as cars were set alight and petrol bombs thrown.The clashes have centred on the Youth House (Ungdomshuset) building in the Noerrebro district of Copenhagen. Left-wing activists have occupied the building since 1982 but it was sold by the city in 2000 to a Christian group.
February 23, 2007
Effects of GM-Chrysler Merge on Michigan
Already facing deficits in excess of $800 million, the State Budget is expected to take yet another hit if indeed the Chrysler Group decides to merge with General Motors Corporation.
While the complete effects of the merge cannot yet be known, state analysts are preparing for the worst. State property and business tax revenues will surely decrease and employment numbers are expected to take a significant decline as well. Talk of displaced worker programs are already circulating amongst State officials.
At this point, theres not much more to do, but wait for the final word on whether or not GM and Chrysler will be merging.
For more information on the merge visit Detroit News Online
February 18, 2007
Senate Rejects Another Effort to Debate Iraq Troop Surge
On Saturday, the Senate rejected a second attempt to debate a resolution opposing President Bush's troop surge in Iraq. The outcome was four votes shy of the 60 they needed to be able to debate. However, seven Republicans and one independent split from their party and joined the Democrats in calling for a debate, among them Senators John Warner of Virginia and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
Republicans called Saturday's vote political theater and said that divisions among Democrats over military spending will make it difficult for them to support legislation stopping the war. On the other hand, Democrats say that the vote reflects public unease about U.S. involvement in Iraq.
For more information, click the link below.New York Times Article
February 15, 2007
Poisionous Peanut Butter?!?
Recent reports of Salmonella cases are being traced to Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butters, which have recently been recalled. Five new cases of Salmonella have been confirmed in the Metro Detroit area, totalling 288 nationwide since August.
Salmonella is usually contracted from raw or uncooked animal products. The symptoms of salmonella include: diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and abdominal cramps up to 6 to 72 hours after infection. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and have consumed either peanut butter, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Posted by caldamyk at 10:37 PM
February 13, 2007
Iraq Issues New Security Plans
Iraq plans to close its border crossings with Iran and Syria for three days as part of its security plan for the capital, Baghdad. This will also extend Baghdad's curfew by one hour. 21,500 additional U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq to make sure this security plan is implemented. This plan has caused strong opposition in the Democrat-led Congress. Even after the 3-day border closure, crossing points with Iran will only be partially re-opened. The security drive was initially caused by claims from the US that Iran is supplying militias with sophisticated weapons to attack US troops. However, violence has still continued in Iraq despite the new security plans.A van crammed with explosives detonated near a college in western Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and injuring 45.On Monday a series of car bombs in markets in the centre of the capital killed at least 76 people and wounded 164.
February 10, 2007
Obama Enters Presidential Race
Senator Barack Obama of Illinois formally entered the presidential race this morning, as a candidate for the nomination of the Democratic party.
In his speech, at the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, Obama pledged to become the first black president and evoked Lincoln's 1858 speech where he said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." He reminded voters of his consitent opposition to the war in Iraq, a difference from Senator Clinton and John Edwards, both of whom intially supported invading Iraq. This position could draw support from many voters.
Obama deflected criticism about his lack of experience by suggesting that the current government has not represented the beliefs of the people and that he has been there long enough to know that it needs to change.
For more information visit the following links.
- New York Times Article
- CTV.ca Article
Frostbite Occurences Jump
In light of the recent cold snap whipping across the midwest, hospitals have seen a sharp incline in the number of cases of frostbite. The University of Michigan Health Services has reported several frostbite cases compared to the norm of zero.
With the wind-chill putting temperatures far below freezing, frostbite is setting in much more quickly. Children and the elderly have the highest risk, but everyone should be concious of the most common danger areas: the nose, ears, cheeks, hands and feet.
Luckily, temperatures are expected to reach positive numbers begining this weekend; however, averages are still projected to be below normal.
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Posted by caldamyk at 12:50 PM
February 08, 2007
BIT200 Search and Discovery
For our inclass assignment, I explored some blog search engines and found Sphere.com to be very interesting. In addition to being able to search on any topic of our choice, visitors are able to choose from a list of current searches, such as the Iraq Debate, ranked first, and John Edwards. The home page also provides a list of special topics, such as Pop Music and Tech News. Since I am interested in movies, I scrolled to Classic Movies and found an extremely interesting blog called Films and Reviews. Among the current articles on the site are such interesting items as "Shane and the Psychological Western" and an article about "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Also linked on Sphere's classic movies page was a site I had already visited for DVD reviews and liked, DVD Journal.
Back on Sphere's homepage, I clicked on Iraq Debate, which took me to a list of blogs with diverse opinions on the war from different liberal and conservative blogs, which I plan to explore later today.
February 04, 2007
Our topic for the team blog is news and media. Weekly, we will be updating about different aspects of the News. Neha Mehta will summarize World News, Gita Subramaniam will write on Washington (U.S. Government) News, and Amy Caldwell will address the local news.
Neha Mehta - Section 5
Amy Caldwell - Section 5
Gita Subramaniam - Section 5