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Two women pass Mountain Phase at Ranger School, now one step short of graduation 31.7.2015 Washington Post
Only the swamps of Florida stand between two female soldiers becoming the first women to ever graduate from the Army’s famously difficult Ranger School.The women have completed the school’s Mountain Phase, and will move on to the third and final phase of training, Army officials said Friday. It begins Sunday when they and 125 men who also completed the Mountain Phase parachute into the Florida Panhandle and start training at Eglin Air Force Base’s Camp James E. Rudder.Read full article ...
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These Photos of Starry Nights Aren’t of Starry Nights 30.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
Vanessa Marsh doesn't take photos of the night sky with a camera. She makes them in the darkroom ...
Seahawks camp countdown: What can be expected from the 2014 draft class? 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Seahawks training camp begins Friday. We’ll answer a key question every day until the team is back on the field at the team facility in Renton.
New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns 25.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
MIAMI (AP) — Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state's regulation of the oil and gas industry.
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Stranded Seal Pup Saved Thanks To Curious Cows 24.7.2015 Green on
An inquisitive herd of cows was all it took to prompt Ian Ellis, who was birdwatching at Frampton Marsh nature reserve in Lincolnshire, U.K., to take a closer look through his telescope late last month. But instead of a bird, when Ellis looked closer, he was startled to see a seal pup peering back at him . The seal was stuck in a mud puddle while curious cows looked on. According to ABC News, the animal likely swam  into the marsh when the nearby North Sea was at high tide, only to become trapped after the tide receded.   Ellis, 67, looked for the tiny pup's mother, then decided to call for help when he couldn't find her. He got in touch with Toby Collett, a warden with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Duncan Yeadon, a director at the Skegness Natureland Seal Sanctuary. Yeadon gave Ellis and Collett instructions on how to pick up the pup, believed to be only about 5 days old, and move her to safety. Then he arranged for the tiny animal to be transported back to Natureland for ...
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Colorado Springs police ID suspected kidnapper who killed self on I-25 24.7.2015 Denver Post: Local
COLORADO SPRINGS — A 27-year-old man who was suspected of kidnapping a woman before he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Interstate 25 this week has been ...
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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 23, 2015 23.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
What Do Mayors from Tehran and New Orleans Have in Common? Climate Change. By Natasha Geiling, Think Progress. July 22, 2015 "To combat the dangers of rising sea level and associated storm surge, New Orleans fortified its perimeter protections — levees, storm surge barriers, and dikes — in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The city also has a plan to restore ecologically important wetlands in the region by diverting rivers. These wetlands serve as a buffer between the Gulf and the city, and can help protect it against storm surge.” (Read More)   Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement By Joe Hagan, WBRZ. July 22, 2015 "The state makes its living off the wetlands," said Kennedy. Let's spend this money to restore our wetlands and to rehabilitate the gulf, let's not waste it.” (Read More) Mississippi River to crest Thursday – Monday at 15.7 feet in New Orleans By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 22, 2015 "The Mississippi River's unusually late summer 2015 crest is now scheduled to arrive in New ...
Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 22, 2015 22.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Louisiana must safeguard BP settlement money for our coast: John Kennedy By John Kennedy, The Times-Picayune. July 20, 2015 "With this BP money, we have in our hands a golden opportunity.  We didn't want this disaster to happen.  However, now we have the means to restore our wetlands and to safeguard this money for future generations.” (Read More)   Desperate $68 billion plan to save Louisiana, the sinking state, from going under By Kate Schneider, July 21, 2015 "Given the importance of so many of south Louisiana’s assets — our waterways, natural resources, unique culture, and wetlands — the effects of this additional land loss and the increased risk of flooding would be catastrophic. We must take bold action now before it’s too late.” (Read More)   Use BP oil spill fine money for restoration, voters say By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 20, 2015 "An overwhelming majority of voters in coastal communities in Louisiana and other Gulf states continue to see the BP oil spill as a ...
Ain’t Nothin’ Quite as Florida as Swamp Buggy Racing 22.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
From snarling gater racers to Swamp Buggy Queens, this annual Florida event is a rip-roaring ...
Teen's gun-firing drone triggers federal probe 22.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Federal authorities are investigating a gun-carrying drone that was built by a teenager. CNN's Rene Marsh has more.
Water for farms - and fish and fowl 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
In an absurd twist, the villain of the California drought - once the almond farmer - is now the natural world, with some water districts and politicians regularly claiming that we set aside too much water for environmental purposes. Last week, the House passed and moved to the Senate a bill that...
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Vodafone Australia grows customer base and losses 21.7.2015 Technology

Vodafone Australia grows customer base and lossesFirst half 2015 results for Vodafone Hutchison Australia have signalled a slight growth in customer base, but an increase in losses.

Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 20, 2015 20.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The $50 billion plan to save Louisiana’s wetlands By Robert Boos, PRI. July 19, 2015 "Louisiana is in trouble. The Mississippi River Delta is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 16 square miles a year, some of the fastest land loss on the planet. The bayou lands are crucial to the nation's fisheries, as well as regional oil and gas supplies. Perhaps ironically, activity by the energy industry is helping to destroy its own infrastructure.” (Read More)   Mississippi River reaches 15 feet at New Orleans, triggering more Corps levee restrictions By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 17, 2015 "The Mississippi River rose to 15 feet at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans on Friday (July 17), triggering additional "flood fight" procedures to be enforced by the Army Corps of Engineers.” (Read More) Daily Mississippi River levee inspections have begun now that water level is on the rise, Corps of Engineers reports The Advocate. July 20, 2015 "Water levels in the Mississippi River have ...
England 312 all out against Australia in second Ashes Test 18.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
England were dismissed for 312 in reply to Australia's first innings 566 for eight declared, a deficit of 254 runs, after tea on the third day of the second Test at Lord's on Saturday. Although England were 55 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on, Australia captain Michael Clarke decided against making them bat again. Alastair Cook, the England captain, top-scored with 96 and added 145 for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes (87) after his side had slumped to 30 for four on ...
Indigenous Taiwanese open their lands, cultures to gain acceptance 18.7.2015 L.A. Times - World News
The imposing stone head of a tribal elder welcomes about 200,000 visitors per month to a museum in the jungle-covered mountains south of Taipei. Inside, photos and paintings depict Atayal aborigines bearing black V-shaped tattoos from ears to mouth, traditional markers of beauty and passage into...
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Business News Roundup, July 17 17.7.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state have challenged a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands. Sacramento’s Pacific Legal Foundation announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over the recent expansion of the Clean Water Act. The rule came in response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the Environmental Protection Agency to clarify which smaller waterways are protected under the law. “We are suing to block the administration’s breathtaking attempt to control practically every pond, stream, and ditch in the country,” said Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Reed Hopper. The agency said that the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule because protection for many of the nation’s streams and wetlands had been confusing, complex and time-consuming as a result of past Supreme Court decisions. General Motors officials have met ...
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Brightwater: A Model of 21st Century Infrastructure 16.7.2015 Green on
Brightwater / Jared Green Imagine a wastewater treatment facility where people get married, amid 40-acres of restored salmon habitat with designed ponds and wetlands. It sounds far-fetched but it's reality in Snohomish County, Washington, near the border with King County, about an hour northeast from downtown Seattle. In a tour of the Brightwater facility during the American Planning Association (APA) conference by Michael Popiwny, the landscape architect who managed this $1 billion project for the King County government, we learn how wastewater treatment plants can become assets instead of drains on communities and the environment. The key to success was an interdisciplinary management, design, and construction team that was highly responsive to community feedback and deeply sensitive to environmental concerns. Plus, Brightwater was paid for by growth in the region. As new people are attracted to the quality of life the Seattle area offers, they move in and pay a $4,000 - $8,000 sewer hook-up fee. "The ...
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Lower 9th Ward CSED Creates Environmental Learning & Research Center 15.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Rachel Pickens, Esq., Resiliency Manager for Coastal Outreach & Community Awareness, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development "River to the Bayou" is a phrase often spoken by members the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED). When CSED was created in December 2006 by Pam Dashiell and Charles Allen, they envisioned rebuilding a more resilient neighborhood, one that stretches from the Mississippi River to Bayou Bienvenue . Learning from Katrina, they realized that resilience is more than strengthening the built environment – it also requires restoring and protecting the surrounding natural environment. There is a need for more education and awareness of the importance of our coastal wetlands in communities like the Lower 9th Ward, which have and continue to be disproportionately affected by strong storms. Residents must look out to the coast protect what's in the neighborhood, and in the Lower 9th Ward, that means reconnecting people with the ...
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Watson faces axe as Australia seek to level Ashes 15.7.2015 World
Australia, reeling from the late withdrawal of wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, are reportedly set to drop Shane Watson for the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday as they bid to level the five-match series at 1-1. Watson was twice out lbw cheaply in all-too familiar fashion as England, against many pre-series predictions, won the first Test in Cardiff by the crushing margin of 169 runs with more than a day to spare last week. With his medium-paced bowling barely used by captain Michael Clarke at Sophia Gardens, Australia's Fairfax Media reported Wednesday that the 34-year-old Watson would be dropped at Lord's and replaced by fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, 11 years his ...
Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 14, 2015 14.7.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The Birds of British Petroleum *features Erik Johnson, NAS & David Muth, NWF By David Gessner, Audubon Magazine. July – August 2015 "There are times you can’t be sure of much in the Gulf, but amid all the confusion, one thing is undeniable: Habitat is going away, and it is going away fast, the land sinking and sea rising like nowhere else on earth, to the point where organizations working in the region report that the Mississippi River Delta loses “a football field” of coastal wildlife habitat every hour. We are not talking about geological time here but about whole marshes and small islands that have disappeared since I last visited.” (Read More)   Measure could aid local levee work By Sean Ellis, Houma Courier. July 11, 2015 "The Army Corps of Engineers will have to comply with the same wetlands protection standards imposed on private property owners under a measure passed by the U.S. House. If the Senate approves the measure, the corps — instead of local levee districts — could be required to pay to ...
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