Burqa Ban: Pulling The Veil Over Civil Liberties?

The Story:  France- Two women were arrested on Monday for wearing a burqa, which is a long veil that completely covers the face and body.  The burqa, part of radical muslim tradition has been banned in France because the French Government believes it promotes radical religious extremism.  The fine for wearing a burqa is equal to $125.  If you are found to be forcing someone to wear a burqa, you may be punished up to a year in prison.

Why it Matters: The burqa is not required by muslim tradition, rather it is a choice that women make themselves.  France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, however only 2,000 women choose to wear a burqa.  If a burqa was required by muslim tradition, would France get away with banning an element of an entire religion?  Why doesn’t the personal choice of these few women matter to a government in which they pay taxes and support?

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, very informative.  Gives a clear explanation of the law as well as different beliefs from muslim individuals as to whether or not ban should have been put in place.

Would Have Been Nice: More information as to how this law came into effect.  It’s clear that the President supports the law, but who initially proposed the law?

The Link:http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-04-11-Burqa_N.htm

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Super Strain of Salmonella: You May Never Want Turkey Again!

The Story:  In the U.S., there has been a recent outbreak of Salmonella poisoning found to be resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics, such as amoxicillin and tetracycline.  This particular strain, Salmonella Hadar, is believed to have originated from Jennie-O’s  frozen turkey burger patties.  The outbreak led to a recall of 55,000 lbs worth of turkey meat. So far,  there have been no deaths linked to this particular outbreak.

Why it Matters: Consumers generally look to turkey burgers as a healthy alternative to beef burgers.  With a recall as large as 55,000 lbs, the FDA might want to investigate other companies who produce turkey burger patties to assure the public that all standards of quality and safety are being met.

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, very informative.  Gives consumers the exact item that was recalled as well as the states that have experienced the salmonella outbreak.

Would Have Been Nice: A comment from a representative of the USDA, as well as  a comment from Jennie-O’s people.  Also, what type of medicine is being administered in place of the common antibiotics mentioned?

The Link: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/04/05/cdc-salmonella-found-in-recalled-turkey-burgers-is-drug-resistant/

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Vegan Baby Death: Child Neglect Or Plain Ignorance?

The Story:  A couple in France stood trial today in the death of their 11 month old baby boy back in 2008.  The baby, who was fed only breast milk, was underweight, sickly, and had vitamins a and b12 deficiencies.  The couple, Sergine and Joel Le Moaligou eat a vegan diet with no consumption of animal products, including meat and dairy.  If found guilty, the Le Moaligous could face 30 years in prison.

Why it Matters: Placing a dietary restriction on an infant that is not doctor recommended can be devastating to the child’s health.  A vegan diet for an adult may have certain health benefits, but children must grow and develop their brain and body through nutrition found beyond a vegan diet.  It’s possible that the parents thought mother’s milk was the healthiest option for their child and have found out the hard way that this is simply not true.  This story serves as a wake up call to parents around the world who may put unhealty restrictions on their child’s diet; let a child enjoy food that’s healthy and nutricious and make their own choices to eat a severely restricted diet if they so please.

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, very short yet to the point.  Includes a quote from law enforcement. 

Would Have Been Nice: A quote from the defense attorney about the parents’ innocence or unintentional harm.  Also, a quote from a medical professional and possibly a Vegan association with reference to a healthy vegan diet safe for babies.

The Link: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.35c2caa5efa0e183b7b38a2d0e2b7f40.71&show_article=1

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Chris Brown- F.A.M.E. Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

The Story: R&B singer Chris Brown loses his cool after a Good Morning America Interview and proceeded to destroy parts of his dressing room.  Brown was upset about an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, who questioned the singer about his famous post Grammy  spat with ex-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.  Brown had been in the studio to discuss the release of his new album, “F.A.M.E.” . He performed one song post interview, then took to his dressing room where he destroyed several objects.  Brown was convicted of felony domestic violence for beating Rihanna.  Brown has since finished community service and domestic violence counseling, and was even praised by the judge for finishing his community service in a timely manner.  Rihanna has since allowed a judge to lift a restraining order against Chris, which prevented him from being within a certain amount of feet within her.  Brown is currently on probation, however, cops were not called to the scene.

Why it Matters: Brown had recently boasted about his completion of a domestic violence course, even taking to the social network website Twitter to post a picture of his certificate.  How effective are these courses in domestic violence, if someone is capable of such an outburst only weeks after he was supposedly rehabilitated?

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, good background information on how Chris’s career is currently holding up.

Would Have Been Nice: This story makes no mention of Brown leaving the studio and taking his shirt off while walking down the streets in New York City.  Brown specifically broke a dressing room window; there are pictures all over the internet of said window, yet this article omits them.

The Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=134765357

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Bronx Bus Crash: Convicted Killer Behind the Wheel

The Story: Police are investigating Ophadell Williams, the bus driver who may be responsible for Saturday morning’s bus crash in the Bronx, which killed 15 people.  Mr. Williams was a convicted felon (manslaughter and theft) whose license had previously been suspended.  Officials are looking into why he was able to obtain a commercial license.  He is also under investigation for the crash because his story of being sideswiped by a tractor-trailer did not match with surviving passengers stories of what happened that morning.

Why it Matters: Mr. Williams was convicted of manslaughter, theft, and had a previously suspended license, yet he was still given the privilege of operating a commercial vehicle.  If someone with such an extensive record is able to hold the lives of dozens of people in his hands, what does that say for other commercial drivers or even airline pilots?  The government puts pressure on passengers traveling but seem to care little about operators of these dangerous vehicles.

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, short and straight to the point.  Includes a video from New York One as well as a quote from the National Transportation Safety Board Chairman. 

Would Have Been Nice: A quote or interview with the bus company that hired Williams, as well as a breakdown of the screening process for hiring a bus driver.  A quote from a witness who was not on the bus would be nice, although it’s unlikely that they would be able to talk to the public this early into the investigation.

The Link: http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/135559/investigators-turn-to-driver-in-fatal-bronx-bus-crash

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Charlie Sheen: Mental Anguish or Out of His Mind?

The Story: Actor Charlie Sheen is suing producers of his hit tv show, “Two and a Half Men” for 320 million dollars after production was cancelled and Sheen was banned from the Warner Brothers set.  This comes after Sheen went on a ranting against the producers, particularly Chuck Lorre, on a couple of radio interviews, such as the “Alex Jones Show”.  Sheen was receiving treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at his home when he declared himself sober and ready to go back to work.  The producers were not ready to take him back.  “Men” has earned Warner Brothers several hundred million dollars so far, with an estimated gain of 600 million dollars in syndication in the next couple of years.

Why it Matters: Sources maintain that Sheen was always ready and able to work on “Men”; the producers are butting into Sheen’s personal life and problems with the insistence of mandatory rehab for the star.  At what point is it ok for our employers to cross the line into our personal lives and habits if we are not contractually obligated to submit to drugs and alcohol screenings?

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, excellent flow from point to point, short, clear, several quotes from Sheen and other sources.

Would Have Been Nice: A quote from Chuck Lorre and an interview clip from the Alex Jones Show. 

The Link: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/fired_up_star_sues_Zu9BDxTxu1TKcM5wkvAZfN

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Arvada Police: Insensitive to Tourette’s Syndrome

The Story: Arvada, Colorado. Police have arrested an 11-year-old boy who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome after it was found that he drew a picture of himself shooting his teacher and others.  The boy, “Tim”,  was told by his therapist to use drawing as an outlet to control his outbursts in class.  The school was not going to press charges but changed their minds after the Arvada Police intervened.  He was booked, charged with a third degree misdemeanor, and put on probation.

Why it Matters: Tourette’s syndrome affects many children in America.  It’s important to be sensitive to the child, who has little to no control over their outbursts.  Tim’s psychiatrist believes that arresting and punishing “Tim” will do more harm than good.

Shop Talk: Clear use of the 5 w’s, includes a video with the drawing in question, and commentary from the parent and psychiatrist.

Would Have Been Nice: Commentary from the Arvada Police chief and the principal, and possibly an expert on Tourette’s Syndrome. 

The Link: http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-arvada-police-arrest-11yearold-over-inappropriate-stick-figure-drawing-20110221,0,7099823.story

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