October 14, 2007

Priest Playing Pretend

According to a widely used AP article a priest in Italy was caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man and said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work. Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He claims he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity."

October 7, 2007

Save the Squirrels

The NY Times reported that Britain is having trouble keeping up its red squirrel population. The animal is apparently iconic for some people there, and there are efforts to keep the population up. For instance, deliberately killing a red squirrel or disturbing its nest, called a drey, is a crime, and organizations are forming in support of the squirrels.

September 30, 2007


Saturday, Topps Meat Company recalled an additional 21.4 million pounds of ground beef, to the 300,000 pounds it recalled Tuesday. CNN reports the company recalled the beef because, according to the company, it may be contaminated with E. coli. The ground beef products being recalled have a "sell by date" or a "best if used by date" between September 25, 2007, and September 25, 2008, Topps' statement said. According to CNN, a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said they're investigating 25 illnesses across the country as a result. According to Reuters the company said the problem was found through sampling by the New York State Department of Health, as part of their investigation into reported illnesses which they've coordinated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also said that products affected by the recall were already distributed to stores and food services throughout the United Sates, and the vast majority of the recalled product has been consumed according to Topps.

September 24, 2007

Japanese PM

Reuters reported that Yasuo Fukuda has been chosen by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to succeed Shinzo Abe as Japanese prime minister. Shinzo Abe recently resigned and now it's up to Fukuda to bring political stability back to the party after a year marked by scandals and an election rout.

September 17, 2007

Tainted Drugs

China recalled the drugs methotrexate and cytarabin hydrochloride, used to treat leukemia, Saturday. One AP article reported the drugs, produced by the Shanghai Hualian Pharmaceutical Co., had been blamed for leg pains and other problems. The article comments on the recent string of recalls on Chinese made products, and includes China’s accusations of tainted meat from the U.S. and Canada. Another AP article that reported on the recall referenced a statement by the State Food and Drug Administration saying the drug caused adverse reactions in several young leukemia patients in hospitals of Guangxi autonomous region in southern China and the eastern financial center of Shanghai. The article also discusses China’s efforts at cracking down on these kinds of incidents.