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Lawmakers Weigh Changes To Spending Bill 9.12.2014 Politics on
WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers weighed legislation to permit a reduction of benefits for up to 1 million retirees at economically distressed multiemployer pension plans, officials said late Monday as Congress labored over a $1.1 trillion measure to keep the government operating past midnight Thursday. The officials said the goal of the secretive pension talks was to preserve benefits as much as possible and avert bankruptcies at troubled plans that could in turn endanger the stability of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Few details of the proposed changes under discussion were available. Republicans and Democrats on the House Education and Workforce Committee issued a statement that said lawmakers "are still discussing the details about a possible legislative solution to the multiemployer pension crisis and remain hopeful Congress will act before the end of the year." Proposed changes have the support of many of the multiemployer pension plans in financial difficulty, but has drawn opposition ...
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Plant your kitchen garden in your kitchen with this countertop LED grow unit 8.12.2014 TreeHugger
The latest entry into the indoor "smart" garden market features advanced LED lighting which mimics natural light patterns for faster growth cycles.
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Nam Theun 2 Affected Villagers Put Illusions of the ‘Model Project’ in Doubt 3.12.2014 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
By:  Tanya Lee The 1,070 MW Nam Theun 2 Dam in central Laos has attained a legendary but highly contested reputation.  In recent weeks, I travelled to speak with villagers living in the resettlement sites of Nam Theun 2 and downstream along the Xe Bang Fai to find out their assessment of the situation. Women living downstream report they get severe rashes when using the highly turbid river water for household needs, and that they can no longer rely on riverbank gardening because of the fluctuations of the river levels. International Rivers Women living downstream report they get severe rashes when using the highly turbid river water for household needs, and that they can no longer rely on riverbank gardening because of the fluctuations of the river levels. International Rivers. Nov. 2014. While the dam is only in its fourth year of power production, the Nam Theun 2 is consistently upheld by key financiers - including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) ...
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Movement toward new houses at Mount Holly Gardens 2.12.2014 News
Tiny pink flags appeared recently in the ground to mark the spot where the first townhouses will be built in a bulldozed neighborhood in Mount Holly that was declared blighted more than a decade ago.
Local Briefs 1.12.2014 Durango Herald
Archaeological event to be heldThe Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St., will present the archaeological presentation, “How Traditional Navajo People See Their Cultural Affiliation to the Anasazi of the Four Corner Region,” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.William B. Tsosie Jr. will give the presentation. Tsosie works for...
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From broken homes to a broken system 29.11.2014 Washington Post

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. — She sits alone in a cinder-block cell, an Oglala Lakota teenager with a long braid and tattoos. For five months she has been locked up on this remote prairie reservation for drinking and disorderly conduct.

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Best books of 2014 28.11.2014 Financial Times US
The FT’s books editor reflects on the literary year
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What 'living off the land' looks like for Minnesota tribes 26.11.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The idea of living off the land is often romanticized in modern American culture. But for some Americans, living off the land is a necessity and many have been living this lifestyle for generations.
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Class offered for farmers in training 26.11.2014 Durango Herald
An entry-level program at the old Fort Lewis College campus in Hesperus for aspiring farmers is taking applications for the 2015 growing season.It’s the Old Fort Market Garden Incubator Program that will train farmers from January into April in the basics of growing and marketing. Land, water and equipment are...
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Tofu Turkeys Get Thanksgiving Pardons From Seattle Mayor Ed Murray 26.11.2014 Green on
SEATTLE (AP) — As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week ( ). Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attention to hunger in the community. It will be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Kelly acknowledged that Seattle's reputation in the rest of the country is "a little bit 'granola'" and that Murray was poking fun at himself.

Communications director Jeff Reading said Tuesday that the mayor has no plan to pardon any of Seattle's urban turkeys "either the literal or figurative variety."

The maker of Tofurky, Turtle Island Foods, is based in Hood River, Oregon, and produces several tofu or tempeh-based products.
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Strange case of the melting house 25.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
In London, a life-size wax house is melting -- and another appears to float. Take a look.
Turkey Pardoned From Death By Obama Last Year Is Still Gobbling Up The Good Life 24.11.2014 Politics on
Caramel the turkey, one of two big gobblers pardoned by President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving, has a lot to be thankful for this year. For one thing, and it's a big one, he is still alive. (Story continues below.) Caramel the turkey at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Arin Greenwood) If you are sensitive toward birds, you're generally best off not looking too closely into the usual post-pardon life of a turkey, which has traditionally been very brief . Indeed, Caramel's fellow pardonee, Popcorn, died over the summer. "Something heat-related," says Teresa Davenport, spokesperson for Morven Park, the Virginia estate to which the pair was dispatched after their ceremonial duties were completed. "One day we found him collapsed." Caramel himself has a growth on his left foot, but -- thankful again -- the veterinarian says it's benign. And he's recently gone on some joint medication, since being bred for size rather than longevity can be hard on his ankles, Davenport explains. She says ...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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St. Louis area teens worry about the unrest that might be 21.11.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Everyone has a Michael Brown story, and Ngone Seck was telling hers as she sat with several friends at Riverview Gardens High School, where she’s a freshman. On Aug. 9, the last Saturday before school was to start, she and her father left their home in the Canfield Green apartments to pick up a friend. And it was in that moment that everything ...
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Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report 20.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday. Pyrethroid pesticides, which are similar to chemicals produced naturally in chrysanthemum flowers, have replaced older, more toxic chemicals used to kill insects and fungi, and are found in about 3,500 products, the United States Environmental Protection Agency said. But they are believed to be harmful to aquatic life when found in high levels in urban runoff. ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Ecopolis Iowa City: Community Forum Launches Regenerative City Initiative 19.11.2014 Green on
Photo courtesy of Miriam Alarcón Avila A broad range of community members in Iowa City, Iowa kicked off the "Ecopolis Forum" today, a groundbreaking series of monthly winter conversations on creating the first regenerative city of the arts, food, renewable energy, and commerce in the heartland. Featuring nationally acclaimed farmer and permaculture expert Grant Schultz , the founder of Versaland in rural Iowa City, the first event included a multimedia show on local farm, food and permaculture possibilities for the river town, with a brief showcase on regenerative city efforts in Germany and Australia. "An Ecopolis cycles resources," Schultz said to a crowd meeting at the downtown business, Beadology. "Private enterprise and public services can always agree, efficiency centers on cycling resources." Laying out a design for a regenerative showcase in the riverfront district of Iowa's former historic capital, which gained national attention for its community response to record flooding in 2008 , Schultz ...
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Two cities in Little Saigon elect Vietnamese American mayors 19.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
Minnesotans To Meet: Salsa Lisa 18.11.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: CBS)When you have lemons, you make lemonade. When you have a garden full of tomatoes, you make salsa ... lots of salsa. Lisa Nicholson first lugged 120 cans of the homemade stuff to the Farmer's Market. When a vendor didn't show, she got in.
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The South's most inspired garden 17.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A human face appeared in white paint on the end of his finger.
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