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5 things about Mudcrutch reunion - Part 2 26.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The recent re-reunion of Mudcrutch, the early-1970s Florida rock band that Tom Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench played in before they moved to Los Angeles and created the Heartbreakers, has reconvened the original lineup, also including co-lead guitarist Tom Leadon and...

2 blue lobsters caught in 2 weeks 25.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Fishermen off the coast of Canada have nabbed some rare treasures.
Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Wants Iran To Fear American 'Swamp Folks' And 'Mountain Men' 25.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Country music star Charlie Daniels appeared in a new clip that's gone viral online, but it wasn't a video for a late-career hit song. Instead, it was a warning to " the ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist you enable ."  The clip, released online by the National Rifle Association, showed the 79-year-old insulting President Barack Obama and people who have attended America's top universities.  "You might've met our fresh-faced, flower-child president and his weak-kneed Ivy League friends, but you haven't met America," declared the singer of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."  He continued:  "You haven't met the heartland or the people who will defend this nation with their bloody, calloused bare hands, if that's what it takes. You haven't met the steelworkers and the hard-rock miners or the swamp folks in Cajun country who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water. You haven't met the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers and the truck drivers. You don't know the mountain men who live off the land or ...
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Faraday Future: A second electric car factory in the Bay Area? 25.5.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology

Faraday Future: A second electric car factory in the Bay Area? Electric car startup Faraday Future, often touted as a potential rival to Tesla Motors, wants to build an auto factory in Tesla’s Bay Area backyard. At a special meeting on May 31, the Vallejo City Council will decide whether to enter exclusive negotiations with Faraday over 157 acres on the island’s northeastern end, sandwiched between the Mare Island Causeway Bridge and California Highway 37. “The built-in employment base we have here in Vallejo is a perfect fit for Faraday,” said Andrea Ouse, the city’s economic development director. “Faraday Future strongly believes in the growing demand for electric vehicles and (is) confident in the success of our future products,” the company said in an emailed statement to the Chronicle.

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USDA: Minnesota in top 5 for conservation easements 24.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
On Tuesday, state and federal officials marked the 1,000th easement in Minnesota at a ceremony near Moorhead, Minn.
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Rapid Protection of Wetlands Critical to Environmental and Economic Health of the Hudson Valley 23.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tidal wetlands are among the most productive and protective ecosystems on the planet. Unfortunately, they're also among the most fragile. For centuries they were considered wastelands--a hindrance to progress and ripe for exploitation. It's been estimated that since European settlement, half of the wetlands in the continental U.S. have been drained, filled or irreparably damaged. In the last 40 or so years we've begun to understand and appreciate the many benefits wetlands provide. Both saltwater and freshwater wetlands act as enormous sponges, soaking up sea and storm surges that otherwise would flood property and infrastructure. They impound impurities from run-off before they can pollute outflowing streams, rivers and public water supplies. They provide critical wildlife habitat and nurseries for nearly half of the nation's endangered species. And they afford outstanding recreational opportunities--fishing, boating, bird watching--that sustain local economies. In southeast Louisiana, well-intentioned ...
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A workshop on planning a trip to Africa; roaming Salinas de San Pedro 22.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

AFRICA

Workshop

Learn how to plan a trip to Africa, including tips on what to do, where to go, what gear to pack and how to get off the beaten track.

When, where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Los Angeles, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (310) 473-4574

SAN PEDRO

Open...

10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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Oregon man hurt in crane jump at Maryland construction site 19.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

An Oregon man was injured after he jumped from a construction site crane and his parachute failed to fully deploy.
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Tom Petty and Mudcrutch will play Midnight Mission benefit shows May 23 and 24 18.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Tom Petty and his Mudcrutch band mates will get a head start on their upcoming U.S. reunion tour with a pair of shows next week in Northridge benefiting L.A.’s century-old Midnight Mission. Mudcrutch predates the Heartbreakers, dating from the early 1970s when all were playing bars and clubs in...

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Nonreligious Oregon State House Candidates Victorious in Democratic Primary 18.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Freethought Equality Fund (FEF)

Three candidates endorsed by the Freethought Equality Fund (FEF) PAC won their primary elections on Tuesday for the Oregon House of Representatives: Julie Fahey (District 14), Diego Hernandez (District 47) and Pam Marsh (District 5).  

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Owner of kite-surfing island for Silicon Valley executives faces $4.6 million fine 18.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A state water agency has proposed one of its largest fines ever -- $4.6 million -- against a Bay Area man for allegedly damaging an island by transforming it into a luxury sporting enclave for Silicon Valley executives.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board levied the proposed penalty against...

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Owner of kite-surfing island for Silicon Valley executives faces $4.6-million fine 18.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A state water agency has proposed one of its largest fines ever -- $4.6 million -- against a Bay Area man who officials say damaged an island by transforming it into a luxury sporting enclave for Silicon Valley executives.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board levied the proposed penalty against...

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Earth Day 2016: Planting Trees to Restore Louisiana’s Coast 17.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Matt Phillips, Outreach Coordinator, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition On Friday, April 22nd, 2016, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition staff participated in an Earth Day tree planting event. Outreach team staff joined their partners at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and several volunteers to plant 250 cypress trees graciously donated by the St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation . Our staff and volunteers were thrilled to spend a day working in the wetlands, the sunshine and gentle breeze being a pleasant change from the normal office environment. Volunteers haul supplies to the planting site next to a flood wall in St. Bernard State Park. The nutrient-rich alluvial soils on the east bank of the Mississippi River create perfect conditions for growing cypress, and scientists at LPBF boast of a 77% survival rate for their volunteer-planted cypress trees. Cypress trees provide habitat for insects and animals, and as their tangled root masses grow, the plants establish themselves ...
Tom Petty and Mudcrutch are together again - again 13.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If a filmmaker were to tell the story of Florida rock group Mudcrutch, it would go something like this: Rock 'n' roll-loving teenagers form a band and head for Hollywood in search of fame, only to fall short and disband.

Flash ahead three decades. The members reunite, record the album they never...

Barrier completed to block Asian carp from Great Lakes 12.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Environmental officials are celebrating the completion of a nearly 2-mile-long, 80-foot-wide earthen berm designed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
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Work finished on Indiana’s Asian carp barrier to Great Lakes 12.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Environmental officials are celebrating the completion of a nearly 2-mile-long, 80-foot-wide earthen berm designed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The $4.4 million project at the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve in Fort Wayne is designed to block floodwaters and prevent carp from crossing from the Wabash River […]
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People Will Soon Be Able To Forage For Free Food In This Floating Forest 11.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you like to eat local, this may float your boat. New Yorkers will soon be able to pick apples, arugula and rosemary -- for free -- from an edible forest planted on top of a barge. The vessel and project, named Swale , will glide along New York City’s waterways,  docking at locations like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor’s Island starting early this summer. "The question we really want to ask are almost utopian: What if healthy, fresh food could be a free public service and not just an expensive commodity?" Mary Mattingly, the Yale fellow and artist who conceptualized the project, told Tech Insider . The project’s name, Swale, derives from a Middle English term for a low marsh. The forest will have a foundation of wetland greenery that can suck up water, filter it and then use it to feed 80 varieties of plants that produce food like apples, figs, pears, scallions, rosemary, radicchio, arugula, bok choy, oregano and Chinese mountain yams. The idea to have a forest, rather than an urban farm, stemmed ...
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Investigators look at fires where jailed chief used to work 10.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Investigators plan to review fires that took place during the tenure of a Maine fire chief charged with setting a blaze that burned 42 acres and required the efforts of more than 100 firefighters to douse. Court documents filed in conjunction with former Old Orchard Beach fire chief Ricky […]
Caring for Creation—an Earth Day Sunday Field Trip 9.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Reverend Doctor Cory Sparks, Director of the Institute of Nonprofit Excellence, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations When John Taylor was a boy growing up in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, cypress trees were so thick in nearby Bayou Bienvenue that he didn’t need a paddle for his pirogue. He could pull himself along by grabbing the cypress knees. Aaron Viles, Rayne Caring For Creation Committee member and Gulf Restoration Network board member discusses the state of advocacy efforts to restore the Bayou and Louisiana's coastal wetlands with John Taylor, Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. Decades later, saltwater intrusion from the now closed Mississippi River Gulf Outlet has turned the same stretch of bayou into a “ghost swamp” of dead trees, open water and marsh. Taylor recently spoke to a field trip group from the Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans. Church members, including the youth group, gathered at the Bayou Bienvenue viewing ...
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