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Published: Sun 8 Aug 1999 05:58 PM
Samoan Assassin Sentenced To Death The Cancer Of Ideas - Rugby And Cricket - Genetic Cows Debate Challenge From Greens - How Many Chinas?- Maharey On WINZ - "I'd Hate To See A Failure" - Student Debt As An Issue and much more...
The Weekend's Scoops
Samoan Assassin Sentenced To Death
- A 34 year old Samoan man has been sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the murder of Public Works Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu. See... Death Penalty For Samoan Assassin [1] in the Headlines wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00031.htm
The Cancer Of Ideas
- In his Sunday Soapbox [1] , Matthew Thomas finds that the evolutionary theory of memes, or `viruses of the mind', can be used to explain recent media coverage of cancer treatments.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00032.htm
Rugby And Cricket
- If you want to know the result in the rugby, see 'The Sporting Scoop' [1] in the headlines wire. There is also a bitter report from England on the third day of the third test.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00033.htm
Genetic Cows Debate Challenge From Greens
- The Green Party today asked the Dairy Board for a public debate on board plans to spend $150 million over five years on biotechnology, including genetically engineering cows. See... Jeanette Wants To Debate G-E Milk And Cows [1] in the Parliament wire. On Friday the Dairy Board announced the $150 million investment. See... Dairy Industry Probes Bio-Tech Potential [2] in the Business wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00026.htm
How Many Chinas?
- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath says his stomach churned as he read a speech given by Immigration Minister John Delamare in China [1] . See... Delamere Sucks Up To Tyrants [2] in the Politics wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00012.htm
Maharey On WINZ - "I'd Hate To See A Failure"
Labour says forecasts of benefit numbers show that WINZ's 'success' is a Government fantasy [1] .
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00124.htm
Police Shoot Man
- A knife wielding man shot by Police [1] in Greenhithe near Auckland is in still in a serious condition. See the Auckland wire that brought you the news as it happened.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00032.htm
Debt As An Issue
- A number of student groups are combining over student loans. They say that students see debt as a key election issue [1] . See the education wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED9908/S00002.htm
Announcement Of An Announcement
- The Government has announced it will announce the 'Five Steps Ahead Policy' [1] on August 18. See the Parliament wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00122.htm
Conservation Award
- The Conservation Minister, Nick Smith said that a passion for native plants earns a Southland couple an award [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00121.htm
Purchasing Power
- Rotorua MP Max Bradford has recommended that Greypower members band together to investigate buying electricity in bulk. [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00120.htm
Wool Technology
- A release in the science wire says New Zealand's wool industry will better understand the value-adding chain, extending from the sheep to the consumer, if the aims of a new Wool Research Organisation project are achieved. See... Wool Industry On The Up [1] .
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC9908/S00006.htm
Logging Angers
- Conservationists have condemned the commencement of logging in Buller's Orikaka Forest by Timberlands West Coast Ltd during Conservation Week [1] . See the general wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00047.htm
Tough Cannabis Laws Don't Work
- A new study has shown that tough anti-cannabis laws fail to deter most offenders from using the drug again and can often have serious long-term social costs, including relationship breakdowns and loss of employment. See... Tough Drug Laws 'No Deterrent' [1] in the General wire.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00048.htm
Scoops Of The Week
- Check out the 20 most popular Scoop stories and releases for last week. See... SCP Ratings: The Week's Top 20 Scoops [1] in the News Monitor wire. The wire now carries daily ratings monitor reports.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00036.htm
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