Daily Archives: August 11, 2015

Heatwave hits Central and Eastern Europe


euronews (in English)

Published on Aug 11, 2015

We all love a long, hot summer – apart from when it is too long and too hot.

Try asking the people of Vienna, who are struggling to keep cool after well over a week of temperatures topping 35 degrees Celsius.

Swimming pools in the city may be full but the shopping streets are empty. Bargain-hunting and blazing heat don’t mix. Or do they?

“Don’t ask me,” said one woman in the Austrian capital.

“I love the heat. I sweat like everyone else but I don’t care.”

Not everyone is coping as well thou…
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EPA Chief Responds to Colo. River Spill Anger


Associated Press

Published on Aug 11, 2015

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it “pains me to no end” to see the 3 million gallons of mine waste that has turned a southwest Colorado river into an orange-colored pollution stream. (Aug. 11)

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Public-Private Biocontainment System Unveiled


Associated Press

Published on Aug 11, 2015

The State Department and partners unveil new public-private containerized biocontainment system for highly contagious pathogens. (Aug. 11)

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What Makes a Great Journalist? The Last of the Legendary Edward R. Murrow News Team (2001)


The Film Archives

Published on Aug 11, 2015

Daniel Louis Schorr (August 31, 1916 – July 23, 2010) was an American journalist who covered world news for more than 60 years. He was most recently a Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio (NPR). Schorr won three Emmy Awards for his television journalism.

Following several years as a stringer, in 1953 he joined CBS News as one of the recruits of Edward R. Murrow (becoming part of the later generation of Murrow’s Boys). In 1955, with the post-Stalin thaw in the Soviet Union, he received accreditation to open a CBS bureau in Moscow. In June 1957, he obtained an exclusive interview with Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Communist party chief. It aired on CBS’s Face the Nation, Schorr’s first television interview. Schorr left the Soviet Union later that year, because of Soviet censorship laws. When he applied for a new visa, it was denied by the Soviets.[4]

In January 1962, he aired the first examination of everyday life under communism in East Germany, The Land Beyond the Wall: Three Weeks in a German City, which The New York Times called a “journalistic coup”. After agreeing not to foster “propaganda” for the United States, Schorr was granted the rights to conduct the interviews in the city of Rostock. By airing everyday life, Schorr painted a picture of the necessity for a Communist state to seal itself off from the West in order to survive.

President John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk criticized Schorr’s actions in an August 10, 1962 diplomatic cable for a checkbook journalism[6] story in which, “Schorr involved himself in a matter which was far beyond his private or journalistic responsibilities and proceeded amateurishly in a matter filled with greatest danger for all concerned. As we anticipated, [the] other side turned out to be fully aware of the matter and laid a trap which could have resulted in [a] massacre [of] those involved.” A meeting with the State Department over the matter recorded in a cable stated, “Schorr appeared chastened by fact that a plan which was to be his greatest achievement had failed. He did not give slightest appearance of being contrite.”[7]

CBS executives were not amused when Schorr reported—incorrectly—that Barry Goldwater was said to “travel to Germany to join-up with the right-wing there”, and visit “Hitler’s one-time stomping ground” in Berchtesgaden, immediately after he became the Republican nominee for president.[citation needed] For obvious reasons, this did not fare well with Goldwater, who demanded an apology for the “CBS conspiracy” against his campaign for president.[4]

Schorr took a close journalistic interest in the career of Vice President of the United States Hubert Humphrey.

Schorr attracted the anger of Richard Nixon’s White House. In 1971, after a dispute with White House aides, Schorr’s friends, neighbors, and co-workers were questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his habits. They were told that Schorr was under consideration for a high-level position in the environmental area. Schorr knew nothing about it. Later, during the Watergate hearings, it was revealed that Nixon aides had drawn up what became known as Nixon’s Enemies List, and Daniel Schorr was on that list. Famously, Schorr read the list aloud on live TV, surprised to be reading his own name in that context.[8] Schorr won Emmys for news reporting in 1972, 1973, and 1974.

Schorr provoked intense controversy in 1976 when he received and made public the contents of the secret Pike Committee report on illegal Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and FBI activities.[2] Called to testify before Congress, he refused to identify his source on First Amendment grounds, risking imprisonment. This did not mollify CBS executives, and Schorr ultimately resigned from his position at CBS in September 1976. Although scolded at first for his television report by former CIA director Richard Helms,[9] Schorr was vindicated by the text of the Pike Committee, which he obtained from an undisclosed source and sent to The Village Voice.

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Black Lives Matter Activists Disrupt Sanders Event


Associated Press

Published on Aug 8, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was shoved aside by several Black Lives Matter activists and eventually left a Saturday afternoon event in Seattle without giving his speech. (Aug. 8)

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US Botanic Garden Exposes Secret Life of Roots


VOA News

Published on Aug 11, 2015

Plant roots play a vital role for life on earth. They absorb water and nutrients to feed plants, which feed animals and humans, and they anchor soil to prevent erosion. The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington pays tribute with a new exhibit called “Exposed.” VOA’s Rosanne Skirble digs in for a closer look at what’s going on underground.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/media/video/us…

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Big Dump: 3 million gallons of toxic mining sludge spill into river in CO


RT America

Published on Aug 11, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting that three million gallons of toxic sludge from a mine have leaked heavy metals into the Animus River in southwestern Colorado. Lindsay France has the latest information from Los Angeles.

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