- Newsmaker: States Eat into Anti-Tobacco Funds
A coalition of anti-smoking organizations are blasting Florida, Tennessee and several other states over the way they are using their shares of the 246 billion dollars generated by the national tobacco settlement. William Corr, executive vice-president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, calls states' cutting back on prevention programs "penny-wise and pound-foolish."
- Reporter's Notebook: How Do Olympic Torchbearers 'Win' the Honor?
Some 200,000 were nominated, but only 7000 were chosen to carry the Olympic torch across the country to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Qualifications included not just embodying the Olympic spirit, but selling Chevrolets. Dave Arnold, of The Wall Street Journal reports that another 4000 spots will be reserved for celebrities and rewarding employees of corporate sponsors.
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Fifty Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners, labeled by the Pentagon as "the worst of the worst," have arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Held in open-air cages, they've been shaved to combat head lice, and given daily showers, medical attention and "culturally appropriate meals." The Pentagon affirms that prisoners are been treated humanely as they're interrogated for intelligence information, but human rights groups are on the lookout for violations of international law. Just what are the detainees entitled to? What do they deserve? We look at the condition and likely treatment of prisoners taken in the war on terrorism, with an advocate from Human Rights Watch, a former federal prosecutor and experts on terrorism.