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Wednesday, April 16, 1997

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  • 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Entering Baseball

    This week marks the 50th anniversary of the end of racist
    segregation in major league baseball. On April 15, 1947, Jackie
    Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the
    first African-American ball player in the big leagues.


  • Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab

    A scathing internal report released yesterday on the FBI’s vaunted
    crime lab criticized the lab and its leadership for flawed
    reporting and inaccurate testimony, including in major cases like
    the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings.

    But the scandal at the FBI’s crime lab is just the latest in a
    series of controversies to hit the $3 billion a year agency.

    Back in 1990, a car carrying environmental activists Judi Bari and
    Darryl Cherney was bombed in Oakland, California. Police and FBI
    agents charged Cherney and the late Judi Bari with bombing
    themselves, based in part on inaccurate testimony by the FBI crime
    lab. Now, attorney’s are filing suit against the Oakland police and
    the FBI.


  • Environmental Awards Given

    One of the most prestigious — and wealthiest — environmental
    prizes awarded every year to grassroots activists is the Goldman
    Environmental Prize. This year, the seven winners from five
    continents receive a "no strings attached" award of $75,000.

    This years winners include a Russian naval officer accused of
    treason for exposing radioactive contamination and a Somoan tribal
    chief who stopped loggers from destroying ancestral rain forests.

    Today we’re pleased to be joined by two of the winners. Terri
    Swearingen, an Ohio nurse who played a key role in organizing
    opposition to the nation’s largest toxic waste incinerator. And
    Juan Pablo Orrego of the Group to Save the Bio Bio in Chile, one of
    the world’s last major free-flowing rivers.