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New Orleans braces for new flooding as it copes with power outages, failed pumping system 12.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Heather Wright is a New Orleans native, so she knows that flooding is a part of life in the city. New Orleans lies up to 10 feet below sea level and is mostly surrounded by water.

“I’ve lived in New Orleans all my life, so water is in my DNA,” Wright said Friday. “I survived Hurricane Katrina and...

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Diana, Versace, Lewinsky: The upcoming TV schedule is full of shows about real-life scandals 12.8.2017 Washington Post
Diana, Versace, Lewinsky: The upcoming TV schedule is full of shows about real-life scandals
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In New Orleans, State Of Emergency Continues After Heavy Flooding 12.8.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
A state of emergency remains in effect in New Orleans after heavy flooding last weekend. Storms inundated the city's drainage system, and the fallout has led to resignations and frustrations with a system that failed during Hurricane Katrina.
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Governor declares emergency in New Orleans as pump system is compromised 11.8.2017 Washington Post
Governor declares emergency in New Orleans as pump system is compromised
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Hit By Flooding And Pumping System Crisis, New Orleans Braces For More Rain 11.8.2017 NPR News
Despite public assurances that pumps were operational, the city saw severe flooding last weekend. Now there are concerns more flooding might be on the way.
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‘Nothing you can do’: It wasn’t even a hurricane this time, but New Orleans flooded anyway 10.8.2017 Washington Post
Panic and rough memories surfaced in New Orleans this week as residents faced a reminder of what can happen with heavy rains, even though U.S. taxpayers have spent nearly $15 billion rebuilding the city’s flood protections since 2005.
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Tampa Bay is due for a major hurricane. It is not prepared. 28.7.2017 Washington Post
Analysts say this Florida metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to damage if a major hurricane ever makes a direct hit. Yet its slow response is a case study in how American cities reluctantly prepare for the worst.
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New Data Set Explores 90 Years of Natural Disasters in the US 26.7.2017 Truthout.com
Every year, major earthquakes, floods and hurricanes occur. These natural disasters disrupt daily life and, in the worst cases, cause devastation. Events such as  Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy  killed thousands of people and generated billions of dollars in losses. There is also concern that  global climate change  will  increase the frequency and intensity  of weather–related disasters.  Our research team wanted to know how disasters affect people's decisions to move in or out of particular areas. We created  a new database  that covers disasters in the United States from 1920 to 2010 at the county level, combining data from the American Red Cross as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its predecessors.  Our work shows that people move away from areas hit by the largest natural disasters, but smaller disasters have little effect on migration. The data also showed that these trends may worsen inequality in the US, as the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, while the poor are ...
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On Offshore Drilling, Virginia's Governor Now Stands Alone in the Southeast 25.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The North Carolina governor's office -- once the leading force behind the push to open the Southeast coast to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling -- has reversed course under new leadership and amid dramatic political shifts on the issue. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) held a press conference this week on a barrier island along the Crystal Coast, a popular North Carolina tourist spot, to announce that his Department of Environmental Quality would submit formal comments to the Trump administration opposing permits allowing seismic testing for offshore oil and gas reserves. The deadline for comments was recently extended to July 21. "It's clear that opening North Carolina's coast to oil and gas exploration and drilling would bring unacceptable risks to our economy, our environment, and our coastal communities -- and for little potential gain," Cooper said in his statement , pointing to concerns about a political climate focused on deregulation. "As governor, I'm here to speak out and take action against it. ...
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Medicare for All Wins Backing of Conservative Southern Democrats 14.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As congressional Republicans try to pass  an unpopular plan  that would roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cause  an estimated 22 million  Americans to lose their health insurance, a House bill to expand the publicly-funded Medicare program from just senior citizens to every American is picking up record support -- and not just among the usual progressive suspects but also from conservative Southern Democrats. First introduced in 2003 by Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat and Congress's longest-serving member, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act ( H.R. 676 ) would provide every US resident with free medically necessary care including primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services and vision care. It would be paid for with existing health care funds and by raising personal income taxes on the top 5 percent of income earners, instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll ...
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Take it from a New Orleans charter school teacher: Parents don't always get school choice right 10.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

“Cohen — isn’t that a ghetto school?” the mom filling out her son’s application to a New Orleans high school asked me.

It was July of 2015, and we were sitting across from each other at an open enrollment fair at Dillard University, where it seemed as if the whole city had shown up to choose charter...

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Teen's suicide emblematic of problems at New Orleans jail 9.7.2017 AP National
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Fifteen-year-old Jaquin (jah-KWAHN') Thomas was arrested a year ago this month. He was accused of murder and eventually sent to the New Orleans jail to await trial....
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"Trying to Build in the Rubble of Neoliberalism": Michelle Alexander and Naomi Klein on Bringing Movements Together 6.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
How do we envision the movements necessary to get beyond the existential threats to the planet and its people? These influential thinkers discuss coming together in our communities, writing "people's platforms" and not relying on candidates, as well as their hopes and fears for resistance to the Trump regime. On May 9, Haymarket Books hosted a conversation between Michelle Alexander and Naomi Klein, moderated by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. (Photo: Sarah-Ji / Love & Struggle Photos) How did we get to the Trump presidency and the current political moment? How might things get worse and what can we do to build an alternative? In her new book, Naomi Klein offers what she describes as "a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future." Arundhati Roy calls No Is Not Enough "an ordinary person's guide to hope." Order your copy today by making a donation to Truthout! On ...
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Natural Disasters May Widen Income Gap, Report Says 4.7.2017 NPR Health Science
Scientific American concludes that disasters correlate to a 1-percentage-point increase in poverty in the affected areas. It also finds that the rich leave disaster-prone areas but the poor can't.
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R.I.P. Gchat: You let us pretend we were working — and that we were really connecting. 29.6.2017 Washington Post
R.I.P. Gchat: You let us pretend we were working — and that we were really connecting.
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How can we prevent the next Philando Castile? Start by integrating our schools 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The first time I saw my students ball their fists and lunge at each other, I hurled my body across the room, smashing the buzzer on the wall for security — something I would do many times during my first year of teaching 10th grade in post-Katrina New Orleans.

“Stop it this second, both of you!”...

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Meet the Southern Senators Critical to Blocking Obamacare's Repeal 19.6.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Before leaving town for the July 4 recess, the GOP-controlled US Senate is expected to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare" -- and last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky put the proposal on the fast track . The measure, which could be brought up for a vote at any time without a single public hearing, is controversially being written in secret , so details are scarce. But there have been reports that lawmakers are discussing phasing out the ACA's Medicaid expansion over seven years rather than the two-year schedule set out in the American Health Care Act, the deeply unpopular Obamacare repeal bill the House passed last month. There have also reportedly been discussions among senators about a provision preventing insurance companies from charging higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, which the House measure did not include, and about preserving some Obamacare taxes to delay funding cuts. The House passed its bill before ...
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85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump's government don't even have a nominee 7.6.2017 Washington Post
85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump's government don't even have a nominee
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Hurricane season begins, and odds are it will be busier than normal 2.6.2017 Washington Post
The National Hurricane Center and forecasters at Colorado State University expect an unusually active season.
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Nation’s weather forecasts have improved, but few realize it 1.6.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Make fun of the weatherman if you want but modern forecasts have quietly, by degrees, become much better.
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