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What a Wonderful World

Posted 7/12/2006

The Chinese province of Guangdong has quietly opened a museum dedicated to the decade-long Chinese Cultural Revolution. Built on Tashan Mountain, near the graves of some of the 400 people believed killed in the nearby city of Shantou during the Cultural Revolution, the museum includes exhibits on the Mao-inspired movement that led to mass denunciations of millions of ostensible "counter-revolutionaries," many of whom were beaten, imprisoned, exiled from their homes for "re-education," or killed. The Chinese government has yet to officially condone any national observance or memorial related to the Cultural Revolution. (Radio Free Asia)

The Cambodian government, with the help of the United Nations, recently convened a group 27 judges whose mandate is to at last put members of the Khmer Rouge on trial, 27 years after the communist insurgency’s genocidal reign over the country ended. Actual trials are expected to begin next year. (BBC)

Quarry workers in Kenya’s Nyeri District have ignored an order by the Kenyan government to close unsafe rock quarries. The government moved to close the quarries after corner-cutting mining techniques led to the recent deaths of three workers; there are also concerns over stagnant ponds in the quarries serving as breeding grounds for malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The more than 8,000 quarry workers opted to continue to work amid dangerous conditions rather than lose their jobs. (Daily Nation/Nairobi)

An unnamed employee of famed French chef Alain Ducasse has been detained for questioning in regard to a series of bombs planted around a Ducasse-owned 110-acre resort near the French city of Biarritz. The resort, located in the country’s Basque region, was rocked by two explosions in June, and another bomb was discovered unexploded; two other unexploded bombs were found before the resort opened. No one was injured in the explosions and no one has claimed responsibility. (The Guardian/United Kingdom)

A 32-year-old British woman has died of chronic fatigue syndrome, apparently the first death officially attributed to the condition. A coroner ruled that Sophia Mirza died of kidney failure due to dehydration, caused by chronic fatigue syndrome, which she had had for six years. (NewScientist.com)

A group of European scientists has discovered that migratory birds are responding to global climate change by returning to Europe for the spring earlier than usual. (BBC)


Query Letter

Your article on rehabbing homes in an environmentally friendly way mentioned that improper disposal of paint is an issue ("Reduce, Reuse, Rehab", Mobtown Beat, June 28). What is the correct way to dispose of paint in Baltimore?

Best regards,

Erin O’Shea
Baltimore

According to Baltimore City Department of Public Works spokesman Robert Murrow, how you are supposed to dispose of paint depends on the type of paint. "Oil-based [paint] is hazardous waste, latex isn’t," he says.

He suggests dumping latex paint, which is water-based, in the toilet. For oil-based paint, you have to wait for one of the city’s household hazardous waste drop-off events. There are two each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The next one is Oct. 28 and 29 at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (1400 W. Cold Spring Lane). Along with paint you can also get rid of bleach, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, propane tanks, drain cleaner, gas, and pool chemicals. Just bring all your hazardous materials--no unmarked containers, please--and proof that you live in the city to the school, and the Department of Public Works will cart it away for you, presumably without exposing the kids to all that stuff that’s too dangerous to throw in the trash.

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