On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Coloradans are creating mutual aid networks to deal with devastating needs amid COVID-19 28.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
Eight months in, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and endanger Coloradans’ lives. In the wake of this loss, Coloradans across the state formed mutual aid networks to address people's needs.
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Before disasters hit California, these workers get the word out in many languages 28.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Listos California, a new state campaign, attempts to reach non-English-speaking immigrants and other vulnerable populations who have historically faced barriers to vital emergency information.

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Before COVID-19, low-income college students often struggled to stay in school. The pandemic has only made it harder: ‘Either my work suffers or my school suffers.’ 27.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Students "work their tails off" to pay tuition, but many jobs are disappearing because of COVID-19.
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Two School Districts Had Different Mask Policies. Only One Had a Teacher on a Ventilator. 26.11.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. On a balmy August morning in Emanuel County in eastern Georgia, hundreds of children bounded off freshly cleaned […]
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Contact tracing in Illinois may not slow the coronavirus much. But the data is helping guide state decisions. 25.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The information gleaned by contact tracers is feeding a growing database that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has cited as a guide in making decisions about pandemic restrictions.
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Mayors blame “dysfunctional” board for Denver Public superintendent’s resignation 24.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Mayor Federico Peña say the Denver Public Schools Board of Education is to blame for the departure of district Superintendent Susana Cordova.
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Advancing Science through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
By Kathleen Weathers, Pamela Templer, and Catherine O’Riordan “To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed the ...
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The lame-duck Trump EPA is rushing to finish its health-harming agenda. Here’s what’s in danger. 20.11.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
On Election Day, Americans rejected the Trump administration and its relentless assault on our health and environment. But now Trump’s EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is rushing to finish a flurry of rules before Inauguration Day – rules that are a threat to the health of the American people, and rules that EDF is prepared to […]
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How “the Latino Vote” Was Invented 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
Long before the 2020 election, Latino leaders saw the true power of a unified voting bloc. In 1971, Latino politicians, led by Herman Badillo, a Puerto Rican congressman from New York, and Edward Roybal, a Mexican American congressman from Los Angeles, sought to create a broad coalition of Spanish-speaking people from across the country. The […]
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ESA advances towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
“To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed recommendations submitted by the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, ...
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He’s Advised Pro-Democracy Activists in 50 Countries. Here’s His Advice for Americans. 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
He’s been called “the secret architect of global revolution” (by the Guardian) and a “nonviolent storm trooper” (in the pages of our magazine). Now, after two decades traveling the world training pro-democracy activists in more than 50 countries, Serbian revolutionary Srdja Popovic finds himself in the United States, where he’s teaching strategic nonviolent struggle to students at […]
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Op-Ed: Look to the local to understand the 'complex' Latino vote 20.11.2020 LA Times: Commentary

It shouldn't surprise anyone: What moved Latino voters in 2020 was grassroots organizing on local issues and needs, not narrow partisan agendas.

How Utah cities are pursuing 100% renewable energy 20.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
How Utah cities are pursuing 100% renewable energy Emily Elizabet… Fri, 11/20/2020 - 01:00 In the absence of federal action on climate change in the United States, local communities have taken on the responsibility of reducing their greenhouse emissions. To date, more than 150 cities, counties and states across America have passed resolutions to commit to 100 percent net-renewable electricity in the coming years, defined as meeting the city’s total electricity demand with the gross amount of electricity generated and purchased from renewable sources, such as solar, wind and geothermal as well as energy efficiency, demand management and energy storage. Six cities already have achieved this goal: Kodiak Island, Alaska; Aspen, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Greensburg, Kansas; Rock Port, Missouri; and Burlington, Vermont. In Utah, 23 cities and counties have resolved to adopt 100 percent net-renewable electricity by 2030, representing about 37 percent of Utah’s electricity load. How did a politically ...
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Lawsuits Begin Over SARS-CoV-2 Lab Leak 20.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

U.S. Right to Know (USRTK), an investigative public health nonprofit group, has filed a lawsuit1 against the National Institutes of Health after the agency failed to respond to the USRTK's July 10, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to the NIH, records were withheld due to them being part of an ongoing legal investigation.

New Research Adds Evidence That Weed Killer Glyphosate Disrupts Hormones 19.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

New research is adding worrisome evidence to concerns that the widely used weedkilling chemical glyphosate may have the potential to interfere with human hormones.

In a paper published in the journal Chemosphere titled Glyphosate and the key characteristics of an endocrine disruptor: A review, a trio of scientists concluded that glyphosate appears to have eight out of ten key characteristics associated with endocrine disrupting chemicals . The authors cautioned, however, that prospective cohort studies are still needed to more clearly understand the impacts of glyphosate on the human endocrine system.

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Nature Journal Adds “Editor’s Note” Highlighting Concerns About the Reliability of Study Linking Pangolin Coronaviruses To Origin of SARS-CoV-2 19.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

On November 9, 2020, U.S. Right to Know released emails with senior authors of Liu et al. and Xiao et al., and staff and editors at PLoS Pathogens and Nature journals. These studies have provided scientific credence to the zoonotic hypothesis that coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2 circulate in the wild, and that SARS-CoV-2 has a wild animal source.

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 8,922 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 140 more fatalities reported as state passes grim milestone of 11,000 deaths 18.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
Indigenous Democrats Helped Flip Arizona, No Thanks to Party Leaders 18.11.2020 Mother Jones
In early March, Jaynie Parrish was living in Washington, DC, managing social media for Emily’s List, a pro-choice political action committee, when she learned that COVID-19 was tearing through her homeland, the Navajo Nation. She “freaked out” hearing that the virus had already killed ten people there; in less than three months, hundreds more would […]
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New Features Added to ESA Certification 18.11.2020 EcoTone
This post was provided by Carmen Cid, Chair of the ESA Board of Professional Certification. The Ecological Society of America has been validating the credentials of professional ecologists through our certification program for nearly 40 years. Beginning in 2021, we aim to take the program to a new level. Hundreds of environmental scientists—working in all ...
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Rapid Testing is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit 17.11.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica‘s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. The promise of antigen tests emerged like a miracle this summer. With repeated use, the theory went, these rapid […]
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