CJC DAILY SUMMARY for 9.24.07 NEWS by Sfusaro


									CJC DAILY SUMMARY for 9.24.07

“Schools Still Rise Close to Freeways: L.A. Unified continues to build near roads that spew
pollution despite a state law and evidence of health hazards”
9.24.07, Los Angeles Times, Evelyn Larrubia
Despite a state law that seeks to prevent schools from being built near freeways and mounting
evidence that road pollutants harm children’s lungs, the Los Angeles Unified School District is in
the process of adding seven new schools to the more than 70 already located close to highways.
The law prohibits school districts from building campuses within 500 feet of a freeway, unless the
district can mitigate the pollution or determines that space limitations are so severe that there are
no other options. Last year, more than 60,000 L.A. Unified students attended school within 500
feet of a freeway, records show. And 2.3 percent of all California public schools – about 170 – are
located within 500 feet of high-traffic roads, those that carry more than 50,000 vehicles per day.
Officials say their choices for new school locations have become more and more limited.
Scientists from both UCLA and USC have been studying the health effects of freeway
contaminants in recent years and have found that they are significant. A report released in
February said that children who live near freeways are more likely to suffer from decreased lung
function than those who do not live near them.

“U of I, Iowa State Use Student Data to Sell Credit Cards”
9.23.07, Des Moines Register, Clark Kauffman
Iowa’s two largest public universities are aggressively marketing credit cards to their students as
part of an arrangement that generates millions of dollars for the schools’ privately run alumni
organizations. While the University of Iowa and Iowa State University publicly have expressed
concern over the debt of their students, many of whom graduate with $25,000 to $30,000 in bills
to pay, the two schools have signed deals with their alumni associations in which they have
agreed to endorse, promote and profit from Bank of America credit cards marketed directly to
students. Records obtained by The Des Moines Register also show that the U of I has agreed to
give the bank access to databases that include the mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-
mail addresses of students, parents and people who buy tickets to Hawkeye football and
basketball games. The university has also promised to provide its biggest-spending cardholders
with exclusive access to university facilities, coaches and even student athletes. The practice is
part of a widespread but increasingly controversial effort by colleges and universities nationwide
to form partnerships with for-profit lenders. The financial details of these partnerships are often
shrouded in secrecy, despite the involvement of public universities that rely on taxpayers to
provide a substantial portion of their operating revenues. Consumer advocates and state
legislators are protesting such activities; federal legislation to curb on-campus marketing of credit
cards is under consideration, and U.S. Senate hearings are expected this fall.

“Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence: U.S. estimates thousands of victims, but
efforts to find them fall short”
9.23.07, The Washington Post, Jerry Markon
In 2000, Congress passed a law, triggering a little-noticed worldwide war on human trafficking
that is now a top Bush administration priority. As part of the fight, President Bush has established
42 Justice Department task forces and spent more than $150 million – all to find and help the
estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of forced prostitution or labor in the United States.
But the government hasn’t found them. In the seven years since the law was passed, human
trafficking has not become a major domestic issue. The administration has identified just 1,362
victims of human trafficking brought into the United States since 2000, nowhere near the 50,000 a
year the government had estimated. Ronald Weitzer, a criminologist at George Washington
University and an expert on sex trafficking, said that trafficking is a hidden crime whose victims
often fear coming forward. He said that might account for some of the disparity in the numbers,
but only a small amount. “The discrepancy between the alleged number of victims per year and
the number of cases they’ve been able to make is so huge that it’s got to raise major questions,”
Weitzer said. “It suggests that this problem is being blown way out of proportion.” But Tony Fratto,
deputy White House press secretary, said that the issue is “not about the numbers. It’s really
about the crime and how horrific it is.”

“Bush’s False Claims About Children’s Health Insurance; The president mischaracterizes
congressional efforts to expand the SCHIP program,” FactCheck.org, Lori Robertson and Jess
Henig, with Brooks Jackson and Justin Bank

“Bush: Kids’ health care will get vetoed,” The Associated Press/Kansas City Star, Jennifer Loven

“No Child Left Alone: An education reform run amok,” Weekly Standard, Andrew Ferguson

“New Features Limit Kids’ Cellphone Usage,” The Wall Street Journal, Dionne Searcey

“Both Sides Making Quiet Voucher Moves,” Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City), Bob Bernick
Jr. and Lee Davidson

“Sex-Offender Law May Cause New Problems,” NPR/KQED-FM (San Francisco), Judy Campbell

“Life Sentences: Scholars are just beginning to understand how prison is reshaping the country,”
(opinion) The Boston Globe, Christopher Shea

“School for the Blues,” NPR/Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Ron Brown

“Breathing Life Into the Lecture Hall,” The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss

“U Visa Gives Immigrant Women Victims a New Chance,” New America Media, Viji Sundaram

“Envían Menores de EU a México: El objetivo es reunificarlos con sus familias,” La Opinión,
Claudia Núñez
English summary: “American Children Seek Better Lives in Mexico”

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