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Wal-Mart to close 269 stores, including 154 in the U.S. and 9 in California 15.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that it will close 269 of its stores globally, including 154 in the U.S., nine of them in California, as the company looks to reposition itself in a difficult retail climate.

Two Wal-Mart stores in Los Angeles -- one on Crenshaw Boulevard and one on West Cesar E....

PSA: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 beta begins today on PS4 and Xbox One 15.1.2016 Yahoo: Business
The open multiplayer beta debuts on PS4 and Xbox One today; here's everything you need to know.
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The Farmer And Fisherman Who Lost His Sight To River Blindness 14.1.2016 NPR News
He lost his sight in his youth. So he never married. But he's lived an independent life for decades — despite the best efforts of goats to raid his crops.
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Community garden planned for Three Springs 14.1.2016 Durango Herald
The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is planning a new community garden for Confluence Park in Three Springs.The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to back the initial concept plans for a half-acre park next to the new 101-unit apartment complex and near the intersection of Mercado Street and Clear Spring...
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In US, Asian night markets bring taste of the old and new 13.1.2016 Yahoo: US National
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Beneath the giant red sign illuminating the Asian Garden Mall in Southern California, slabs of jumbo, white squid are seared on a smoky grill. Nearby, children pluck fried potato slices off a stick and couples dance to Vietnamese ...
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How to Reduce Your Family's Carbon Footprint 11.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Make your family a little greener with ten simple, approachable ideas to reduce your family's carbon footprint. Going green or being eco-friendly can seem intimidating, but reducing your carbon footprint doesn't need to involve a radical lifestyle overhaul! There are many simple and affordable ways almost anyone can contribute to helping the environment. In this guide, we'll go over the basics of carbon footprints and show you easy ways your household can get green. From reducing waste to being a savvy consumer, see what your family can do to improve. What is a carbon footprint? Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and ozone contribute to pollution, ozone depletion and global warming. Our carbon footprint refers to the net amount of greenhouse gases generated by us or things we consume, with fossil fuels being a major source. Activities like driving a car, heating and cooling, and using electrical power from gas or coal all emit CO2. Products we buy also contribute to our carbon footprint, ...
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Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter 10.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
"Every day has been filled with learning exchanges," Kathy Kelly writes. "Tea creates an occasion for community, for having conversations together." (Photo: Kathy Kelly) Here in Kabul, at the Afghan Peace Volunteer (APV) community home that hosts me, I watched Abdulhai and visiting activist Aaron Hughes work out ways to secure the greenhouse which they had partially assembled that morning. Warmed by the effort and with the sun beaming down on all of us, they sat on the garden ledge in their shirtsleeves although it is a quite cold winter here, talking about the greenhouse perched on an uneven garden plot before them. I had watched Aaron, Abdulhai, Ron and Hakim maneuver the partly assembled greenhouse from a neighbor's storage area, over a fence, and onto the garden plot.  Aaron is 6 ft. 5 inches tall. His strength and height helped the process considerably. Aaron and I first met in 2005, shortly after he returned from deployment to Iraq with the Illinois National Guard. The U.S. military had assigned ...
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New leader for Flower Show, PHS brings business background 6.1.2016 Philly.com News
After a six-month nationwide search, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has selected a new president from Philadelphia's nonprofit and business communities.
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Green Design Has More Impact When Local Residents Are Involved in the Planning Process 3.1.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Raindrops are falling slow and heavy on the concrete walkways, children's playgrounds, and brick, V-shaped apartment buildings of the Bronx River Houses, one of New York City's largest housing projects. But today's rain won't slide off the roofs, walkways, and hard-packed lawns into the Bronx River across the street. Instead, it will gather in the project's bioswales, rain gardens, enhanced tree pits, and blue roofs, which together can capture 32,000 gallons of water.  Unlike the monotonous lawns and ordered trees that characterize the landscaping here and at other housing projects, the rain gardens add a splash of yellow, a spray of white flowers, and an explosion of bushiness. "With the installation of the rain gardens came a lot more foliage which brightens up the area," says David Shuffler, who grew up four blocks from here. Shuffler works with many residents of the Bronx River Houses in his role as executive director of the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice , headquartered across the street. ...
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Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter 3.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kathy Kelly

Here in Kabul, last week, at the Afghan Peace Volunteer (APV) community home that hosts me, I watched Abdulhai and visiting activist Aaron Hughes work out ways to secure the greenhouse which they had partially assembled that morning. Warmed by the effort and with the sun beaming down on all of us, they sat on the garden ledge in their shirtsleeves although it is a quite cold winter here, talking about the greenhouse perched on an uneven garden plot before them.

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Marijuana gap divides Colorado towns that sell pot, those that don't 2.1.2016 Denver Post: Local
An interesting David-and-Goliath dynamic is taking shape across Colorado's burgeoning commercial cannabis sector, with tiny communities friendly to the sale of recreational marijuana living in the shadow of large — and totally pot-shop-free — ...
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The Big Lie in the War Against Drugs 30.12.2015 Truthout.com
If you've shopped at a gardening supply store in the last year, and if you happen to live with someone who drinks tea, guess what? Your local sheriff could just send a SWAT team into your house. It's not a far-fetched scenario, in fact it actually happened, here in the US, just three short years ago. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. Back in 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte and tore their house apart looking for evidence of a major marijuana growing operation. The investigation began when a state trooper stationed at a gardening supply store (yes, they had the gardening store staked out!) spotted Robert Harte and his son purchasing supplies to grow hydroponic tomatoes. According to the Washington Post, having seen the Hartes buying hydroponic growing accessories, the Johnson County Sheriff's Department started investigating the Harte family. They searched the family's trash and found "saturated plant material" that supposedly tested positive ...
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A West Virginia Family Leaves Coal for Local Food - and Wants to Help Others Do the Same 27.12.2015 Truthout.com
(Image: Sharing food via Shutterstock) The sound of a train whistle interrupts conversations every hour, on the hour, in the small town of Kimball, West Virginia. Linda McKinney and her son Joel were showing me the beds in their community garden when the rushing of the train overwhelmed the quiet sounds of crickets, stream, and rain. Linda and Joel were used to it and continued their conversation over the noise, shouting about how they should plant more marigolds, pulling berries off the vine for me to taste, and admiring a second crop of peppers that had sprung up overnight. The train roared along, carrying away some of the last coal processed in McDowell County. "Coal is dying," Joel told me. "Coal's almost dead. Nobody wants to say it. It is what it is. On the international market, it's dead for this area." He used to work for Norfolk Southern, the same railroad company that operates the train that just passed through. He has watched the number of trains loaded with locally mined coal decline, ...
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Our most popular home-and-garden stories of 2015 26.12.2015 LA Times: Commentary
As 2015 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at some of the photos and stories that readers loved best. Our home-and-garden stories garnered the most interest, based on Web traffic: From small cabins to large backyards, colorful gardens to sprawling Southern California locales, readers devoured...
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The garden is green due to record December warmth. Now what? 25.12.2015 Washington Post
Winter has arrived, but it feels like the some parts of the country have been getting a super early jump on ...
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Gift with no strings, paper or tape attached 20.12.2015 Durango Herald
Editor’s note: A Durango Herald reader clipped and saved this story we published in 1999 in a former magazine we owned, Cross Currents. The reader, who found the story to be helpful, suggested we reprint it. Karen Brucoli Anesi, a longtime Herald freelance contributor, wrote the original story. We asked her to freshen it up with...
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Community Solar Brings Renewable Energy 'To The Masses' 19.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Solar panels aren’t just for Arizonans living in sprawling ranch houses anymore. Homeowners who lack adequate roof space or who enjoy the shade of big trees -- even condo owners and renters such as Joe and Vanessa Goldberg of notoriously rainy Seattle -- are now teaming up with their neighbors to buy electricity from shared solar power projects.  "Because we rent, we don't really have the option of putting solar on our house," said environmentally conscious Joe, 35, who once made a local move using only bike trailers. Like a growing number of Americans, the Goldbergs decided to invest in a community solar project. Solar-paneled picnic shelters in their neighborhood's Jefferson Park feed the local electricity grid. The couple purchased two of the solar units, and now receive credits on their electric bills for their portion of the solar power produced. Much like a P-patch provides plots for people lacking their own planting space, emerging community gardens "open up solar's benefits to the masses," said ...
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Hotel would float around world 16.12.2015 CNN: Top Stories
London architect Gianluca Santosuosso's floating hotel concept, MORPHotel, could easily be mistaken as something from J.J. Abrams' new "Star Wars" -- its spine-like design and self-sustaining ecosystem is certainly futuristic.
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COP21: Too Little, Too Late 16.12.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We are a species on the threshold of near term extinction. In the not so distant future our earthy habitat will stop supporting human life. Much sooner than 2020, or 2030, or 2050, or the ambiguous "by 2100" that the press keeps quoting, the Anthropocene extinction will be well under way. We are doomed. Immediate action will ensure our near term survival. A collaboration of human engagement on a scale that the world has never witnessed can be launched today. The majority of the 7+ billion people on the planet choosing and encouraged to eat a whole plant food diet is not only possible, it is imperative. Stop fishing and start helping our oceans, lakes, and streams repair themselves. Stop the cruel separation of mother and calf by ending all consumption of dairy. Stop turning a blind eye to the millions of male chicks ground up alive because they are no use to the egg industry. Stop murdering turkeys, cows, pigs, lambs, chickens and start sequestering carbon from the atmosphere by supporting small ...
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Seattle favorites from the star of ‘Burlesque Nutcracker’ | Local’s Guide 15.12.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories

“I don’t think ballerinas are supposed to get a half rack of ribs two to three times a week.”
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