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APNewsBreak: New Orleans to take down Confederate statues 24.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

New Orleans were preparing to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. Workers arrived to begin removing the first memorial, one that commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War […]
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APNewsBreak: New Orleans to take down Confederate statues 24.4.2017 AP Top News
New Orleans were preparing to begin removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy....
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Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: The CW's 'iZombie' on KTLA 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

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Dr. Jeff: Extra Dose and Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Both series offer their season finales. 8 and 9 p.m. Animal Planet

Training Day After a gang shooting leaves a beloved community organizer dead, Frank (the late Bill Paxton) and Kyle (Justin Cornwell) are determined to ensure the victim...

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How Gentrification Is Killing US Cities and Black Lives 19.4.2017 Truthout.com
Peter Moskowitz's new book, How to Kill a City, is a heartbreaking story about the destruction of Black lives by those seeking to profit through gentrification. Looking at New Orleans, Detroit and San Francisco, the book exposes the deliberate actions of city officials and developers bent on erasing these cities' Black history and culture. A work crew tears down a building at the B.W. Cooper public housing complex in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday, December 20, 2007. Despite protests, the City Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of demolishing some 4,500 public housing units as the city rebuilds from Hurricane Katrina. (Photo: Lee Celano / The New York Times) What does gentrification mean for the future of American cities? It means more than the arrival of trendy shops and expensive coffee. Peter Moskowitz intertwines human narratives with analysis of the systemic forces contributing to America's crisis of racial and economic inequality, in How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and ...
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The Energy Lobbyists Linked to Trump's Offshore Drilling Plans 19.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Arbyreed ; Edited: LW / TO) This month US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that President Trump plans to issue an executive order expanding offshore drilling in areas now off limits, including the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Arctic. Trump's order  would amend  the Obama administration's five-year drilling plan that excluded lease auctions in those areas through 2022. It would also open the door to reversing President Obama's  decision to permanently withdraw  most of the US Arctic and an area of the Atlantic stretching from New England to the Maryland-Virginia border from the federal offshore leasing program -- an effort that environmentalists  think  would be ultimately unsuccessful due to how laws governing offshore drilling are written. Although the decision could affect thousands of square miles of ocean waters, the Trump administration's offshore drilling plans weren't announced at a press conference or other public setting. Instead, Secretary Zinke, a former Montana congressman ...
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Haley Barbour: Trump shouldn’t gut the program that helped rescue my state 12.4.2017 Washington Post
Haley Barbour: Trump shouldn’t gut the program that helped rescue my state
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Hopes, concerns spurred by post-hurricane development plan 9.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Judging by the current empty lots, it’s hard to imagine the Lower 9th Ward before Hurricane Katrina — a bustling neighborhood where African-American residents knew their neighbors, built their homes with their own hands and shopped at black-owned stores along St. Claude Ave. Katrina largely put an end to all that, […]
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Westinghouse Bankruptcy Leaves Costly Nuclear Mess for Southern Utility Customers 6.4.2017 Truthout.com
Federal and state officials who oversee nuclear power can't say they weren't warned that financial disaster was a very real possibility should they approve plans for new nuclear reactor construction projects at Southern Company/Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia, and SCANA/SCE&G's Summer Plant near Jenkinsville, South Carolina. Clean energy and consumer watchdog groups were outspoken in opposition to the projects, which involved a new type of reactor known as the AP1000. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) testified extensively with expert witnesses before the Georgia Public Service Commission to warn about the high risks of investing in expensive new nuclear power and to encourage turning instead to clean, affordable alternatives like energy efficiency, and SCE&G ratepayers intervened to try to block construction in South Carolina. But in 2009, federal and state regulators approved two AP1000 reactors for each of the sites. While the Obama administration offered $8.3 billion ...
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Scott D. Pierce: Fire O'Reilly? Only if it's in Fox's best interest 6.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
If Fox News was concerned with doing the right thing, it would have fired Bill O’Reilly long ago. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” could have been fired for cause any number of times. There have been racist rants against African Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans. It’s happened so often and so casually that it barely seems to register anymore. (O’Reilly did, at least, apologize for saying he “didn’t hear a word” Rep. Maxine Waters said because of her “James Brown wig.”) O’Reilly has...
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An Outside-the-Doctor's-Office Approach to Health Care 31.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
It has become evident that efforts to expanding insurance coverage and retooling health care services under the Affordable Care Act are necessary but not sufficient to change health outcomes for vulnerable communities -- hence more outside-the-box approaches are needed like those at the Escambia Clinic in Pensacola, Florida. If Obamacare is repealed, these innovative efforts could fall by the wayside. (Photo: Skeeze ) It's a perfect day in Pensacola, Florida, and the Blue Angels, based at the nearby air station, are doing their weekly exercises over the Gulf. A drive inland along Palafox Street starts at the upscale town square and passes freshly painted colonials, esthetic surgery clinics, boutiques, and banks. But all this changes at Cervantes Avenue: Suddenly the trappings of wealth disappear, replaced by foreclosure signs, dialysis centers, thrift stores, and check-cashing outlets. This is still Pensacola, but not the one that snowbirds and tourists see. As Sandra Donaldson, a native of this second ...
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May Day Mass Action Will Be a Historic "Strike From Below" 29.3.2017 Truthout.com
Hundreds of thousands of service workers across the South and the rest of the nation are planning to take part in a general strike for human rights and equality on May Day, which marks International Workers' Day. Organizers say the May 1 Strike , which aims to express the collective power of the country's most marginalized workers and to stop attacks by the Trump administration and its corporate allies, is the biggest general-strike organizing effort in the US in over 70 years. "The Trump administration's dangerous attacks against food worker families and all marginalized people continue a centuries-long history of oppression," the organizers said in a statement . "We will not sit by as families are shattered by immigration raids, Native sovereignty is violated, Muslims are banned, and Black and Brown communities face even more criminalization, trans people [are] excluded and while corporate interest[s] drive down wages, safety protections, organizing rights, and rapidly destroy the environment." The ...
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Venezuela's troubles put U.S. heating oil charity in limbo 21.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skipped heating oil contributions to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit for a second consecutive winter, signaling that the popular program that began with fanfare after Hurricane Katrina may be kaput. The decision by Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum Corp. to bow out of the program founded by Joseph P. Kennedy II, which has helped hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents, coincides with plummeting oil prices and corresponding economic problems in oil-rich Venez...
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Venezuela's troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo 21.3.2017 AP Top News
Venezuela's economic turmoil has placed in limbo that country's participation in a free heating oil program run by a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of people, signaling that the program may be kaput....
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Land Loss in Louisiana 20.3.2017 FactCheck
Is Louisiana losing a football field of land to the ocean every hour? Yes. Both natural processes and human activities contribute to the land loss, though humans are primarily to blame.
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An airman saved a tiny girl from Katrina — and inspired her to follow in his footsteps 20.3.2017 Washington Post
An airman saved a tiny girl from Katrina — and inspired her to follow in his footsteps
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Southern Communities Brace for the Impact of Big Oil's Expansion Plans 13.3.2017 Truthout.com
President Donald Trump kicked off last week with a Monday morning tweet hailing -- and seeming to wrongly take credit for -- Exxon Mobil's plan for a $20 billion expansion of its refineries, chemical plants and liquefied natural gas operations along the US Gulf Coast. "We are already winning again, America!" Trump tweeted after the Texas-based company released the latest details of a plan first announced in 2013 in response to rising natural gas supplies. He went on to tweet , "Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS." The company says the expansion, which includes projects at 11 proposed and existing sites in the region, could create as many as 35,000 temporary construction jobs and 12,000 permanent jobs. But for communities that are already bearing the brunt of the industry's environmental impact, the expansion is a more complicated matter than just a jobs creator: It also means living with more pollution and other safety hazards. Last week, ...
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Jon Huntsman’s strange odyssey to become President Trump’s man in Moscow 9.3.2017 Washington Post
The president has blocked several people who opposed him during the campaign from getting jobs in his administration. So why has he reportedly chosen the former Utah governor to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia?
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Why Popular Assemblies Sweeping the Country Are Building Blocks of the Resistance 3.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Countless organizers across the country working to pull off large popular assemblies to empower and connect the communities caught in the crosshairs of this multi-pronged assault. While the issues and tactics may vary, the aim is to fortify independent social movement infrastructure to enable a broader and more effective fightback. An activist holds a sign at day 5 of the No Ban No Wall protest in Chicago, Illinois, on February 1, 2017. (Photo: Sarah Ji ) "One thing that is very clear under the Trump administration is that we do not have the luxury of remaining in our silos and organizing around individual issues," Manzoor Cheema, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based organizer with Muslims for Social Justice and Project South, told AlterNet. "Attacks are happening across the board against immigrants, refugees, Muslims, black communities, workers and Jews." Cheema is one of countless organizers across the country working to pull off large popular assemblies to empower and connect the communities caught in the ...
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As sewage still spills, no timeline for fix to treatment plant’s Katrina-scale damage 2.3.2017 Seattle Times: Politics

No one knows when normal sewage treatment will be possible at the West Point regional wastewater-treatment plant in Seattle, which was severely disabled in a catastrophic flood Feb. 9
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Challenging the Racism of At-Large Elections 22.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In recent years North Carolina has faced lawsuits charging that congressional and legislative district maps drawn by its Republican-controlled General Assembly represent illegal racial gerrymanders by packing voters of color into a small number of districts and weakening their overall political power. In 2011, voting rights advocacy groups sued over the state's new congressional maps, arguing that the oddly-shaped districts captured large numbers of Democratic-leaning black voters while benefiting the  overwhelmingly white Republican Party , which holds 10 of the state's 13 congressional seats even though  47 percent of voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates  in 2016. A federal court ruled last year that two of those districts were illegal racial gerrymanders and had to be redrawn before the primary. The case is now awaiting a final ruling by the US Supreme Court, which heard arguments in December. Meanwhile, another lawsuit filed in 2015 by North Carolina residents alleges that GOP lawmakers ...
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