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Topics of the day:

1. Bias Lawsuit
2. AP: Crude Futures Sink Near Summer End


Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 14:54:27 -0306
From: Mehran Sam <msam@HMS.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: Bias Lawsuit

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>Muslim engineer files sex bias lawsuit against Muslim
>Supervisor at NASA
>August 23, 1999
>Web posted at: 12:36 PM EDT (1636 GMT)
>LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Muslim aerospace engineer is suing
>her former supervisor at NASA's Jet Propulsion
>Laboratory, claiming he stifled her career because of his
>own Islamic beliefs about the role of women.
>In the lawsuit, which gets its first hearing Tuesday,
>Iranian immigrant Shahzad Khaligh claims that Fred
>Hadaegh repeatedly expressed his belief that Muslim women
>"should not become independent human beings."
>Hadaegh also tried to thwart Khaligh's efforts to present
>technical papers at conferences and refused to sign her
>tuition reimbursement forms for a NASA program that helps
>employees advance their education, the lawsuit said.
>"He was all the time telling me go home, get married,
>have babies," said Khaligh, who left her 11-year career
>at JPL in September 1997.
>The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, also claims
>that managers at the Pasadena-based facility, operated
>for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by
>the California Institute of Technology, knew of Hadaegh's
>alleged discrimination but did nothing.
>Hadaegh, a senior research scientist, did not return a
>phone message left with his secretary. Gordon Krischer,
>an attorney for Hadaegh and the laboratory, said only
>that "our clients believe there's no substance in the
>Lawsuits claiming discrimination against Muslims are
>common but most involve non-Muslims, according to leaders
>of the more than 5 million Muslims in the United States.
>Several activists said Khaligh's case was the first such
>lawsuit they had heard of.
>"You hear about this in conversations all the time, but
>it's usually in situations where the wife wants to work
>and the man has more traditional attitudes toward women,"
>said Laila Al-Marayati, former president of the Muslim
>Women's League.
>Al-Marayati said the claims don't surprise her because
>sometimes Muslim men "are not able to shift when they
>come to this country. But I also know men who work
>alongside women, or have women as bosses."
>Women's status varies widely in the conservative Muslim
>world, from the strict interpretation of the Taliban in
>Afghanistan that bars women from work and school to their
> legal equality in secular Turkey.
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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 19:56:27 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: AP: Crude Futures Sink Near Summer End

Crude Futures Sink Near Summer End

By Dave Carpenter
AP Business Writer

Tuesday, August 24, 1999; 5:43 p.m. EDT

Crude oil futures dropped sharply Tuesday on the New York Mercantile
Exchange as sellers took profits in anticipation of the traditional falloff
in gasoline demand as vacationers head home at summer's end.

In other markets, soybean futures retreated and wheat also fell on the news
that Iran may have bought 1 million tons of Canadian wheat -- again turning
its back on the recently reopened U.S. market.

Crude futures fell by about 2 percent as several factors combined to bring
prices down.

Hurricane Bret helped push back prices, with investors anticipating that the
weekly report by the American Petroleum Institute due out Tuesday night
would reflect industry disruption wreaked by the hurricane late last week.

Some refineries in Texas were shut down as a result of the most powerful
hurricane to strike that state in 20 years.

``The market's looking for a pretty big decline because of the
disruptions,'' said Bill O'Grady, an energy analyst for A.G. Edwards & Sons
Inc. in St. Louis.

Also partly responsible for the price dip, analysts said, was the
announcement of an oil sale by Germany, which is putting about 32 million
barrels of crude on the market.

Gasoline demand is expected to start falling off as summer holidays end,
possibly driving crude prices lower over the next couple of months, O'Grady

Crude prices had been rising to their highest level in nearly two years amid
unusual cooperation by producers in working to end world overproduction.

Crude and its products finished sharply lower.

Light, sweet crude for October delivery plummeted 37 cents to $21.47 a
gallon; September heating oil was down .73 cent to 57.73 cents a gallon;
September unleaded gas was down .73 cent to 65.22 cents a gallon.

September natural gas declined 5 cents to $3.059 per each 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, North Sea Brent Blend crude oil for delivery in October tumbled
35 cents to $20.63 a barrel at the International Petroleum Exchange.

Soybean and grain futures all fell on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Wheat futures declined based on reports of Iran's purchase of wheat from

Since a U.S. ban on wheat sales to Iran, one of the world's largest grain
importers, was lifted in July, the Iranians have shunned the United States
while buying from Europe and Canada.

Wheat for December delivery was down 3 1/2 cents to $2.84 1/2 per bushel;
December corn closed down 3 1/2 cents to $2.16 1/2 a bushel; December oats
were down 1/4 cent to $1.13 3/4; and November soybeans closed down 3 3/4
cents at $4.67.


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