Tuesday, March 28, 2000

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  • Activists Protest Biotech Foods in Boston

    The biotech industry received a pledge of support from Senator Edward Kennedy, who said genetic engineering can dramatically improve people’s lives. Kennedy spoke to about 1,500 chief executives and researchers gathered at the BIO 2000 convention in Boston yesterday. He spoke just hours after protesters dumped thirty gallons of "genetically altered" soybeans outside the convention center, where biotech executives and researchers are holding the largest gathering of its kind. [includes rush transcript]

  • Community Policing

    New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s unsympathetic response to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man could change the course of the New York Senate race. A Zogby poll taken after the slaying of twenty-six-year-old Patrick Dorismond shows that Giuliani’s seven-point lead over First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has vanished and that Clinton now holds a slight lead over the mayor. [includes rush transcript]

  • Philip Berrigan and Plowshares Activists Imprisoned

    On December 19, Philip Berrigan and a group of activists calling themselves Plowshares vs. Depleted Uranium (Susan Crane of Baltimore’s Jonah House, the Rev. Stephen Kelley from New York City, and Elizabeth Walz, a Catholic worker from Philadelphia) disarmed two A-10 Warthog (Fairchild Thunderbolt II) aircraft. The aircraft were located at the Maryland National Guard base in Middle River, Maryland. The activists hammered and poured blood on A-10s, because the Warthog, used against Iraq and Yugoslavia, has a gun which fires depleted uranium ammunition. [includes rush transcript]