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The truth about misassigned paternity

The wide availability of DNA test kits and the buzz about paternity fraud notwithstanding, the real incidence of misassigned paternity is less sensational than conventional wisdom has it.

by Marlene ZukThe Los Angeles Times

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Israel's attack on a relief flotilla calls to mind another bloody incident

By Philip Weiss, Salon.com

" This originally appeared at Mondoweiss:

The attack on the USS Liberty is one of the great enigmas of US-Israel relations. On June 8, 1967, in the middle of the Six-Day War, Israeli planes attacked an American spy ship, the Liberty, that was in international waters off the coast of Egypt, listening in on secret communications. The attacks appeared to be deliberate, involving numerous passes on a clearly-marked American boat, strafing and napalming. The attack killed 34 Americans and produced very little by way of investigation. It was deemed an accident from the start, although many American officials doubted this conclusion.

The following quotes are from the book, "The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly...

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From the Boston Globe.

Waterworld: How the ocean made us who we are

by Deborah Cramer

"The ocean has shaped human history in deep and surprising ways. In a cave off the coast of South Africa, a pile of mussel, whelk, and giant periwinkle shells attests to the beginning of our romance with the sea — the remains of the earliest recorded human seafood meal, 167,000 years ago. Since then, the sea has provided trade routes and fueled empires. But the ocean’s importance to our story is greater still: With its powerful effect on the planet’s climate, the sea influenced human evolution in the forests of Africa, and today continues to touch us wherever we dwell, whether in mountains, deserts, or cities. World Oceans Day, June 8, gives us a chance to consider the ways the ocean has transformed who we are and how we live. ..."

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The Washington Post's Lisa Bonos has published a positive review of Susan Kushner Resnick's GOODBYE WIFES AND DAUGHTERS. Bonos emphasizes the timelessness of Resnick's depiction of an all-too-familiar tragedy:

The coal-mining tragedy depicted in "Goodbye Wifes and Daughters" occurred nearly 70 years ago but is still an eerily familiar storyline in 2010. While mine safety and regulation have vastly improved, recent headlines out of West Virginia make journalist Susan Kushner Resnick's excavation of the 1943 explosion that killed 75 men in Bearcreek, Mont., seem not so distant from present-day disasters.

Read the entire review here.

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In an op-ed for the Charleston Gazette, Gordon Simmons reviews the new book from Susan Kushner Resnick, GOODBYE WIFES AND DAUGHTERS.  Simmons says Kushner's story "shows how tragedy repeats."

CHARLESTON, W.Va -- Like any great tragedy, West Virginia's explosion and deaths at Upper Big Branch mine captured the attention of the nation. But after the last funerals, investigations by safety experts and legislative hearings are done, it will likely fade from the national memory into a cold statistic occasionally found in official and historical documents.

This consideration makes Susan Kushner Resnick's new book, "Goodbye Wifes and Daughters," all the more timely. The disaster she chronicles is eerily similar to the one West Virginia just witnessed.

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On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Providence Journal columnist Mark Patinkin offers a thoughtful report on EMISSARY OF THE DOOMED, Ronald Florence's true account of Jewish Hungarian emissary Joseph Brand's noble efforts to save the lives of a million Jews.

Patinkin writes:

If we’re to understand how the Holocaust happened, [Florence] says, it’s too simple to say it was only about evil preying on the innocent. It was also about good nations either too distracted or too mired in political calculations to act out of righteousness.

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Kathryn Miles' All Standing:  The True Story of Hunger, Rebellion, and  Survival Aboard the Jeanie Johnston, about the Irish famine and the legendary coffin ship who shuttled thousands of people to safety. Sold to Hilary Redmon at Free Press by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency, LLC. (North American)

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Mine Explosion Echoes Tragedy From Long Ago

by Steve Pendlebury, AOL News

"(April 8) -- When Susan Kushner Resnick heard the news that at least 25 West Virginia coal miners had died in an explosion, she "just started to cry."

Tragedy struck a few weeks after "Goodbye Wifes and Daughters," Resnick's book about Montana's worst coal mining catastrophe, was published. The events unfolding at the Upper Big Branch Mine were all too reminiscent of her heartbreaking story about the blast at the Smith Mine in Bearcreek that killed 74 men in 1943.

"I just thought, 'Again?' And then I got angry," Resnick said. "Why does this keep happening? What lesson are we not learning?"

A mine with a history of safety violations, an owner accused of valuing profits over lives, a methane explosion -- followed by the agony of families waiting for answers. "All of that happens in...

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Katie Hafner reports on the growing trend of academic institutions putting courseware online. A few key college professors--like our client Walter Lewin--have began posting video lectures, syllabuses, and reading materials for free, helping to "dislodge higher education from its brick-and-mortar moorings." 

Hafner writes:

The undisputed rock star academic is Walter H. G. Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who flies across the room to demonstrate that a pendulum swings no faster or slower when there is an added mass (Professor Lewin) hanging at the end.

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If the mission of the university is the creation of knowledge (via research)...

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When Criminals Clam Up

Black marketeers invade the shellfish racket, and officials try to stop them.

By GEOFFREY NORMAN

"...It would seem to be a familiar tale of tough-guy law enforcement, with a plotline somewhere between "Kojak" and "CSI." Lawmen track down leads, sift through evidence, set up stakeouts, work informers, cut deals with low-lifes and work their way up the food chain to bust the big guys or expose a conspiracy. They do everything that cops do except shoot somebody...

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