Once again, we present a quick look at stories that we’ve been reading:
Several prominent police chiefs believe that the controversial Arizona immigration law will lead to more crime because officers will be diverted from handling other cases, the Washington Post reported. Law enforcement officials critical of the measure, including chiefs from Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia, also fear that it will drive a wedge between officers and immigrant communities. Supporters of the law include Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is president of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association. The article quotes Babeu as saying: “The people of Arizona believe the overall majority of Americans are not only supportive of this law, but that our measure of generosity has been crossed, a line has been crossed.”
You’ve heard that water may become so scarce people will fight wars over it? Bloomberg news reports on conditions in China, where the Wei River has dried up, where individuals tussle over the chance to fill their buckets, and where big, water-intensive companies such as Coca-Cola and Intel have a stake in how billions of people there use their water.
A First-Amendment-impaired judge in Wyoming actually prohibited two newspapers from publishing stories about a 2008 trip to Costa Rica by Laramie County Community College President Darrel Hammon. The judge was worried the stories could have caused the school to lose federal money. Here’s the Associated Press story, plus a follow-up, which noted that the judge had dissolved his own restraining order.