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Front Page: Strike Ends, Apology, Spielberg Quits Olympics

  • The Writers Guild of America voted 92 percent in favor of ending its strike and accepting new terms regarding compensation for work on the internet. Patric Verrone, president of the WGA's West chapter, said, "the strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work."
  • The Aboriginal people of Australia received their formal apology from Australia's parliament this morning. As we've been following the development of this story, here is the full text of the apology. It included Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saying, "To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.” By many accounts, the apology was well received, though some think that it should have been accompanied with compensation for their suffering.
  • Film director Steven Spielberg has resigned from his role as artistic adviser for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, criticizing the atrocities in Darfur and China's reluctance to help. Spielberg said, "at this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur." Sudan sells two-thirds of its oil to Beijing, and Beijing sells weapons to the Sudanese government and has defended Khartoum in the UN Security Council.
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