- Newsmaker: US to File Criminal Charges against Andersen
The Andersen accounting firm has until Thursday to plead guilty to obstructing justice. The federal government says the big-five firm failed to prevent the shredding of files for its client Enron. Criminal charges are just the latest blow to a firm that helped change the image of accountants as drudges in green eye shades. Ken Brown co-authored a story on Andersen's evolution in today's Wall Street Journal.
- Reporter's Notebook: Impact of the Matt Shepard Murder
It's been three years since the murder of a young gay university student in Laramie, Wyoming, but the story maintains its hold. MTV and HBO have aired movies about it, and NBC will dramatize the murder this weekend, focusing on Shepard's parents' moral dilemma over seeking the death penalty. Professor Beth Loffreda, author of Losing Matt Shepard, says the case has brought new awareness of hate crimes.
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