Friday, February 09, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith,Vietnam, And Stolen Property In North Carolina

    Here are some of the stories on the Internet tonight.

International Herald Tribune

DANIA BEACH, Florida: Prescription drugs were found in Anna Nicole Smith's hotel room, but there were no pills in her stomach, and investigators said Friday that they were waiting for toxicological tests that would tell whether the former Playboy playmate died of a drug overdose.

No illegal drugs were found in the hotel suite in Hollywood, Florida, where Smith, a former Playboy Playmate and diet diva, collapsed Thursday. Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward County medical examiner, would not identify the prescription drugs.

There was no immediate indication of a drug overdose, Perper said, but officials "do not exclude any kind of contribution of medication to the death."

He said it would take three to five weeks to conclude the investigation.

The autopsy found no physical injury on the body of the 39-year-old Smith, Perper said. The death could be from natural causes, a drug reaction or something else, Perper said. Smith apparently had been sick for several days with some kind of stomach flu.

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Last Updated: Friday, 9 February 2007

US cash for Agent Orange study

Archive image from Ho Chi Minh of child said to be deformed due to effects of Agent Orange

Vietnamese groups say thousands of children have been affected

The US has agreed for the first time to help towards cleaning up a site in Vietnam which stored Agent Orange and other chemicals during the Vietnam war.

Washington has pledged $400,000 (£205,000) towards a $1m study into the removal of the highly toxic chemical dioxin at a former US base at Da Nang.

The move is an important step forward in a long-standing dispute between the former enemies, correspondents say.

Vietnam says the chemicals are to blame for millions of cases of ill health.

Dioxin is an ingredient in Agent Orange, a herbicide US forces sprayed to destroy vegetation and help them fight in forest areas during the war.

Its legacy continues to damage both the environment and relations between the two governments, the BBC's Bill Hayton in Hanoi says.

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 Friday, February 9, 2007

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MATTHEWS,NC. - A Matthews man who says he built his farm with his own hands now says the town is taking it away from him.

Town leaders argue they paid a fair price for the property and that the move is for the good of the community.

Two years ago, the town of Matthews condemned the land and claimed it in order to preserve quickly dwindling open space and park land.

Infuriated, Purser fought the town in court and ultimately received $14,000 more an acre than the town's original offer. But he insists it was never about the money. So he nailed a sign at the end of his drive to remind all who pass by that the infantryman will never give up his fight.

"It was not for sale! They took it and that's what the sign says," Purser said.



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