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Arizona's new illegal immigration law

Arizona's governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Friday regarding illegal immigration, despite criticism from both the president and a crowd of protesters. WCCO reports on the event.

An article on their website says hundreds of people gathered to protest the illegal immigration bill, which now allows police to question anyone who they think is in the United States illegally. The protesters say the new law violates civil rights that Latino-American citizens are supposed to have. In the video footage, the crowd is shown gathered close to one another.

The law also will allow lawsuits against government agencies who won't or don't enforce these immigration laws and will make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for labor or to knowingly transport them.

There are surprisingly more quotes in the article than in the video footage. Most of the video is Don Shelby talking about what the law will mean for Arizona, being that it has the most problems with illegal immigration in the southern U.S. He says the law will definitely make a trip to the White House (to make sure it's legal and doesn't violate any American citizen rights).

The article also mentions what younger kids think about the bill by including a quote from a 13-year-old American citizen who says it's going to change everyone's life in Arizona now because they won't be able to walk to school anymore or play in the streets without the police thinking they are illegal immigrants.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Journalists' Union called on the Iraqi government to investigate the killing of two Reuters employees by U.S. Apache helicopters, the Star Tribune said. They reported that the incident, which happened on July 12, 2007, has been reported before, but it was not until video footage of it was released by a Web site that anger over civilian killing at the height of the war was reignited.

The video was posted Monday by the Web site Wikileaks.org. It's a 38-minute black-and-white film that shows a group of men moving down a road, some of whom were believed to be carrying weapons. The gunships then attack the grup, killing most of the men, then destroy a van after people show up to help the wounded.

The aviators said on the tape they believed they killed 12-15 people. Among those are believed to be a Reuters photographer, his driver and the injury of two children. Reuters said it could not verify the video was of its employee dying; however, it did appear the victim had a camera slung over his shoulder.

The U.S. military said Monday it was investigating the authenticity of the video. According to the Star Tribune, a senior U.S. military official said the footage was authentic. He agreed to talk under anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the video, the Tribune said, and he did say that the military could also not confirm the identities of the Reuters employees who were supposedly killed.

The Star Tribune said the video happened at a time when violence was peaking in Baghdad and the U.S. death toll was increasing. In previous investigation into the incident, the U.S. military said the U.S. troops acted appropriately. However, the Star Tribune then reported that the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said a deeper investigation is needed in light of this video. According to this organization's research, at least 16 journalists have been killed by U.S. forces in Iraq since the U.S. invaded in March 2003.

So far, there is no evidence that journalists were intentionally targeted.

9/11 museum

New Yorkers' post-9/11 clean-up experience will be recreated in a memorial museum, the Star Tribune reported.

The Tribune posted some examples that will be included in the museum.

They said some of these examples are: a woman paying respects over dozens of candles, flowers, teddy bears and a construction worker's helmet; a three-pronged trident column from a trade center tower rising out of a pile of recovered steel;homemade memorials that covered the city after the terrorist attacks (notably in Manhattan's Union Square, where relatives came with pictures of the missing); and other re-creations of shrines that were displayed during the city's eight-month cleanup.

The Star Tribune also reported that the museum's director, Alice Greenwald, said the museum will be enhanced with audio. She said by using cell phones and other recording technology, visitors will be able to hear witness's recorded testimony of the event, radio transmissions, and interviews with people (including rescue workers and evacuees) within minutes of the collapse. There will also be listening stations featuring stories from survivors, volunteers, and victims whose homes or businesses were destroyed.

There will also be a "Where were you on 9/11?" gallery, the Tribune said, where visitors can see multimedia of what people across the globe were doing when the attack occurred. They will also be able to add their own memories to the collection at the end of their visit.

The museum is projected to open in 2012, the Star Tribune said.

The Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules for greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles were issued Thursday, ending 30 years of debate between regulators and automakers, The New York Times reported.

They said this could mean further debate over emissions from stationary sources like power plants, steel mills and refineries.

The Times said the new standard, average at 35.5 miles per gallon, will be seen by most drivers by 2016. They also mentioned that most drivers will probably see lower mileage figures in actual driving and said these new rules are expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent between 2012 and 2016.

The driver of the average 2016 car will save about $3000 in gasoline, officials said, as reported by the Times, but in order to achieve this new efficiency figure about $1000 will be added to the cost of new cars.

Car companies had little choice in accepting the bill, the Times said; some, like General Motors and Chrysler, were facing bankruptcy.

The cost of compliance for the industry was estimated at $52 billion over the five years of the new rules' program, the Times said. They also reported the benefits, including gasoline savings, reduced pollution, and less imported oil, to be about $240 billion.

Obituary of Chester Simmons

Chester Simmons, a pioneering sports broadcaster, died Thursday at the age of 81.

According the to the New York Times, Simmons began broadcasting with Sports Programs, Inc, in 1957, which later became ABC Sports. He became president of NBC Sports and later ESPN, and he was also the founding commissioner of the USFL.

This obituary works because it tells a story of Simmons' life. It focuses mainly on his work, which is appropriate because he was so influential to so many people in his field. There are quotes from the current president of ESPN, an ESPN anchor, and Simmons himself.

It seems odd though, that there isn't more information about his family included in the obituary. The New York Times said he is survived by his wife and four children, but there are no quotes from any of them.

The Los Angeles Times also had an obituary of Simmons on their website. Their obituary was very similar to the New York Times--it even used the same quotes. However, there are a few different details. According the the New York Times, the family announced Simmons' death; according to the Los Angeles Times, ESPN announced the death. Both sources said the cause of death was not disclosed.

Both sources give a summary of Simmons' work-related activities and achievements. The New York Times chose to name Simmons' surviving children; The Los Angeles Times did not. Both sources mentioned he was the founding commissioner of the USFL, but only the Los Angeles Times explained that stands for the United States Football League.

The Los Angeles Times chose not to include any quotes from Simmons and also does not include information about where services will be held, which the New York Times said are being completed with the Gamble Funeral Service, Inc., in Savannah, GA.

As President Barack Obama looked for support this week for his health care reform plan, he has been met with mixed opinions from both Republicans and Democrats.

Obama criticized former Republican office holders Monday in an appearance in which he said former Republicans have ignored health care problems in the past; he said today's Republican critics of the health care reform say they want to do something about rising health care costs, but failed to act when they held power, MSNBC reported.

MSNBC also said that Republicans dismissed Obama's goals for health care reform-including extending coverage to millions who don't have it, banning insurance practices such as denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions and cutting costs- almost instantly because they claimed the American people had already heard this argument and voiced that they did not want a government takeover of health care.

This health care decision will not only affect the American public, but it could also impact the future of Obama's presidency, The New York Times reported.

Obama claimed the issue of health care should not rest on politics but instead on what is right for the public, the New York Times said; however, the Times also said that with an issue as important as this, politics never stray very far.

Because Obama has spent more than 14 months trying to battle the current health care situation, losing could mean damaged credibility and inability to pass other important legislation, the New York Times said.

However, the Times said passing the bill has its risks, too, because Republicans who do not approve of the legislative procedure Democrats are using to pass the bill will be less likely to cooperate with other major legislation this year.

Even so, failure to pass the health care bill would be worse for Democrats than passing it, Thomas M. Davis III, a former Republican congressman, told the New York Times. The New York Times said Davis said that if the Democrats pass nothing, everyone who supported the Obama campaign-including college professors, African-Americans, and other voters- will just walk away, so he said Obama should at least try to pass this extensive bill, even if in the end he can only pass a narrower version of it.

Even some Democrats are skeptical, MSNBC said. The bill cost $1 trillion and addresses the controversial issue of abortion funding, and some House of Representatives members are uneasy about the promises made by the Senate to work out differences in the bill.

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