The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of August 8, 2012

Quote of the day.
"It's better late than never that the U.S. government is cleaning up the environment for our children. They have to do as much as possible and as quickly as possible." - Vo Duoc, 58, who has diabetes, while his wife battles breast cancer and their daughter has remained childless after suffering repeated miscarriages. The family lives near the former U.S. military base in Danang where the defoliant Agent Orange was stored during the Vietnam War, and were recently found to have elevated levels of dioxin in their blood.
(Associated Press)

1. Pain, loss run deep in Wis. community.
People gathered early Sunday at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to meditate on God and to serve others -- key requirements of their religion.
(USA Today)

2. Obama’s hand forced on sequester.
Legislation Obama signed into law Tuesday will force him to detail early next month how he’d make the first phase of $1.2 trillion in spending cuts across the federal budget, from defense to education to the environment.
(Politico)

3. Obama's 'DREAM Act': How it will work is still a work in progress.
The official responsible for carrying out Obama's 'DREAM Act' answered questions Tuesday on the young immigrants program, but said final details will be known only on Aug. 15, when the first applications are accepted.
(Christian Science Monitor)

4. Texas executes man despite concerns over IQ.
Marvin Wilson, the two-time armed robber who fatally beat and shot a Beaumont police informer he thought responsible for his arrest on a drug charge, was executed Tuesday at the state''s Huntsville death house. Wilson''s case, in which his lawyers argued he was mentally retarded, fueled global outrage among anti-death penalty activists.
(Houston Chronicle)

5. Population loss, economy hurting schools.
The Midwest has lost more than 2,100 public schools in recent years as school districts hammered by population loss scrambled to shift students and save money.
(USA Today)

6. Syrian forces launch ground assault in Aleppo.
The Syrian army has launched a ground assault on the northern city of Aleppo, sparking fierce clashes with opposition fighters in the frontline district of Salaheddine.
(Al Jazeera)

7. Iran envoy casts Syria as part of wider conflict.
Iran moved on Tuesday to reframe the Syrian conflict as part of a wider battle with the United States and other hostile world powers, dispatching the personal representative of its paramount leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to Damascus for a televised display of solidarity with Syria’s president …”
(New York Times)

8. Afghan civilian deaths down but trend eroding.
Afghan civilian deaths dropped 22 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared with a year ago, but the number of civilians killed in targeted assassinations surged, the United Nations said in a report released Wednesday.
(Associated Press)

9. Egypt launches deadly air strikes in Sinai.
Egyptian forces kill 20 people during air strikes on Sinai, in response to deadly attack on Sunday on a police station.
(Al Jazeera)

10. Greek crackdown on illegal immigrants leads to mass arrests.
Greek authorities have begun one of the country's biggest crackdowns yet on suspected illegal immigrants, deploying 4,500 police around Athens and detaining more than 7,000 immigrants in less than 72 hours.
(Guardian)

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