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Hospital doctors join thousands protesting Greece’s austerity layoffs

Greek doctors on Tuesday joined the latest wave of strikes to hit the debt-stricken country, with thousands of public sector workers protesting against government plans for lay-offs and redeployments. In Brussels, however, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said during a visit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras that the…

Damascus clubbers try to dance away constant threat of death

When night falls in Damascus, gaggles of determined revellers still head out on the town seeking to drown out the thunder of outgoing artillery fire with the boom of music. The shells are raining down on suspected rebel positions in suburbs just a few kilometres (miles) away but, while most…

OSU students discover ‘some random guy’ squatting behind locked door in basement

Some Ohio State University students discovered “some random guy” had apparently been living in their off-campus house without their knowledge. The students told campus newspaper The Lantern that they became suspicious after hearing strange noises at their off-campus house. “We had been telling everyone the story of the ghost in…

University of Alabama president admits: ‘Our Greek system remains segregated’ by race

On Friday, Raw Story reported about the blanket rejection of a “perfect candidate” by the alumnae of the sororities at the University of Alabama because she was black. According to The Crimson White, Sunday night the president of the University of Alabama, Judy Bonner, met individually with advisors from each…

Navy orders security review following deadly D.C. shooting rampage

The US Navy ordered a review of security at all naval and Marine Corps bases Tuesday, after a gunman killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a tweet that he had ordered the review for all bases “in the US to ensure we…

Brazil hackers accidentally attack NASA as payback for NSA surveillance

Hackers have hit back in retaliation for US cyber-spying on Brazil but mistook the US space agency NASA for the National Security Agency (NSA), a news website reported here Tuesday. “Some activists decided to protest this US practice but it seems that they picked the wrong target,” a specialized blog…

Navy yard doctor: ‘I would like to not be an expert on gunshots’

Dr. Janis M Orlowski of MedStar Washington Hospital Center pleads with Americans to put her trauma center ‘out of business’ The most senior clinician at a hospital that treated victims of the Washington navy yard shooting has become a rallying point for gun campaigners, calling on Americans to eradicate the…

Columbia professor dispels myth of insatiable drug addicts

A new article in the New York Times by science reporter John Tierney suggests that the deprivations and delinquency associated with crack and methamphetamine abuse are due more to socioeconomic factors than the drugs themselves. Columbia University professor Carl Hart designed an experiment in which he offered pharmaceutical-grade crack-cocaine to…

Climate change imperils Alaska’s king, snow crabs

Alaska’s Resilient Crabs Not Immune to Effects of Rapidly Acidifying Waters (via PBS News Hour) GWEN IFILL: Finally tonight, it’s north to Alaska for the first of three reports on climate change in the Arctic region. Our story was produced for the NewsHour by The Seattle Times, in partnership with…

Soybean farming blamed for increased deforestation in Brazilian Amazon

Fighting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle raising and farming is one of the great rallying cries of the world’s conservationists. And, while soybean growing’s impact on the vast jungle has eased since a moratorium imposed in 2006, Brazil’s huge soybean industry is still indirectly responsible for the felling of…

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