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Book Review: 'Luck Uglies' an adventure 31.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
"The Luck Uglies" By Paul Durham I cannot say enough about this gem of a tale! This is a story full of character, humor, magic and wonder, one that I could not put down until finished, and even then I was aching for more. Geared toward young readers, "The Luck Uglies" is one adventure that even parents won’t mind reading. It immediately grabs the reader’s attention and plunges them into the middle of a heart-racing action scene as the main character, Rye O’Chanter, and her friends race over rooftops in a daring attempt to escape capture. And it only gets better. Eleven-year-old Rye lives with her mother and younger sister in the Village Drowning surrounded by bogs that spawn legends of terrible creatures. One such creature is the Bog Noblin, the loathsome beast that eats younger villagers and keeps their feet as trophies. Old fears and secrets of the village are revived when, against her mother’s rules, Rye wanders out after dark and finds herself face to face with a very real Bog Noblin. She’s not ...
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A guide to Minnesota winter birds 29.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
It may be winter, but it's a surprisingly busy time for birds in Minnesota.
Wine & Wetlands event brings together coastal residents, advocates 29.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Guest post by Mike Mariana, Belle Chasse, LA Wine & Wetlands event at the Woodland Plantation On January 15, my wife and I attended the Wine & Wetlands event organized by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition and their outreach coordinator for Plaquemines Parish, Philip Russo. More than 50 people from across our parish attended and had the opportunity to hear from several concerned citizens, business owners and governmental representatives, all working in their own way to restore our coast. Thanks to the sponsorship of several of Plaquemines Parish’s concerned business leaders, all who attended the Wine & Wetlands event at the Woodland Plantation also enjoyed excellent hospitality. The food and spirits helped create a relaxed atmosphere where friends, both old and new, could discuss coastal restoration and the future of our parish. One thing was clear: Unless we develop significant federal, state and local resources, and follow a solid plan, our parish and our way of life will be literally ...
Male Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out
‘We're Up Against A System That's Not Designed To Help Us'
27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Note: The following story contains descriptions of sexual assault that some readers might find upsetting. It was Andrew's sixth night of freshman year at Brown University when he was assaulted by a male student in his dorm bathroom. When Andrew brought on-campus charges, his assailant was expelled. Unlike myriad students who report mishandled cases in the burgeoning national campaign against sexual assault, Andrew initially believed his case was handled appropriately. But after The Huffington Post discovered Andrew’s assailant had previously been found responsible for assaulting two other students and had not been expelled, Andrew was devastated. Andrew has decided to share his story in hopes that victims of assault -- and specifically male victims -- be taken more seriously. “It’s time to include male survivors’ voices,” he said. “We are up against a system that’s not designed to help us.” In the early hours of Sept. 5, 2011, Andrew, who asked that his last name be withheld, was up late excitedly ...
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BP To Call Witnesses To Fight For Smaller Spill Penalty 26.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It will be oil giant BP's turn Monday to call witnesses as it makes its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second week of a three-week trial was set to begin in New Orleans. Last week, government experts testified about environmental, economic and social damage arising from the spill. BP attorneys disputed much of that testimony, and have argued the recovery of the environment and the Gulf economy has been strong. Also at issue in the trial is whether a heavy penalty would put too much financial strain on BP Exploration and Production — also known as BPXP. That's the affiliate in the BP corporate group deemed responsible for the spill. The government has argued in briefs that other BP companies' resources should be considered when the judge weighs the effect of a penalty on BPXP's economic health. Among the first witnesses BP attorneys are expected to call are BP executive Laura Folse and ...
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In Fairwood, dreams of black wealth foundered amid the mortgage meltdown 26.1.2015 Yahoo! News Search Results for mortgage
In Fairwood, dreams of black wealth foundered amid the mortgage meltdown
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Meant to keep mosquitoes out, nets are used to haul fish in 25.1.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Across Africa, from the mud flats of Nigeria to the coral reefs off Mozambique, mosquito-net fishing is a growing problem, an unintended consequence of one of the biggest and most celebrated public-health campaigns in recent years.
George Lucas on How His New Film Is Like Star Wars for Girls 24.1.2015 Wired Top Stories
"Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys," says Lucas, "Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old ...
Big Coal Destroys the Great Barrier Reef and Caley Wetlands 23.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Australia's breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, visible form outer space, is quickly dying. Join me for another SOS segment as I describe the planned looting of Queensland's Caley Wetlands and the forthcoming unbridled disaster of the Great Barrier Reef. Instead of protecting it, the Queensland and Australian federal government have traded the crown jewel of the Seven Wonders of the World for exporting more heat-trapping gas and coal and more poisonous mercury vapor. Over the past 50 years of burning coal, methyl mercury toxicity in our oceans has tripled to more than 80,000 metric tons. Photo credit: joinmosaic.com Fifty percent of the Great Barrier reef is dead -- that's a vast area much larger than the size of England. Nature is being destroyed at an unprecedented rate. Whether politicians like it or not, the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, and what we do to nature globally we do to ourselves. Photo credit: petalumawetlands.org To expand the gas and coal port at Abbot Point the ...
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Boston bombing trial delayed as jury selection bogs down 22.1.2015 LA Times: Nation
A federal court in Boston announced Thursday that it is no longer “realistic” to begin the marathon bombing trial on Monday, an acknowledgment of the difficulty in finding an impartial jury after a week of questioning prospective jurors.
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High-speed chase ends in Minnesota swamp; 2 men with explosives arrested 22.1.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The two men accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Sunday that ended when they became stuck in a Clay County swamp with homemade explosives in the car are from Hillsboro, N.D.

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Past And Future Effects Of Oil Spill Argued In BP Penalty Trial 21.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion. Donald Boesch, a professor at the University of Maryland, testified for the Justice Department, which is pressing for high penalties against the oil giant. Aside from the obvious harm — among his examples were oiled wildlife, fouled coastal marshes and damage to mangroves — Boesch recounted potential harm to sea life populations based on the effect of oil on microbes at the bottom of the natural food chain. Boesch was the latest in a parade of experts the Justice Department has called to bolster its case that environmental, economic and social harm done to the much of the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion at BP's Macondo well on April 20, 2010, warrants a stiff Clean Water Act civil penalty. The explosion ...
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Prominent St. Paul construction company fined for polluting Mississippi River 20.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Carl Bolander and Sons has paid the fine and taken “corrective actions” following the stormwater violations at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club, according to the MPCA.
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Virginia doctor tries truck-stop medicine to keep family practice alive 20.1.2015 Washington Post
RAPHINE, Va. — The massive truck stops just off I-81 here offer diesel, hot coffee and “the best dang BBQ in Virginia.” There’s something else, too: a small-town doctor who performs medical exams and drug tests for long-haul drivers, an innovative effort to keep his beloved family practice afloat.Read full article >>
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BP Spill In Gulf Of Mexico Leaked 3.19 Million Barrles Of Oil, Judge Determines 16.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for.


Thursday's finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bih-aye) sets the stage for next week's trial to determine BP's Clean Water Act penalties. The government has argued that the oil giant should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled, which could mean in excess of $13 billion in penalties. BP argues that the per-barrel penalty should be less.

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Florida Doesn't Need Trees 15.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Florida is the land of the palm trees, sunshine and beautiful beaches. It boasts one of the most diverse flora and fauna in the country. One would think that the establishment would want to protect this precious resource - that being the environment. But the answer, sadly, is a resounding no. It's not cost-effective to protect the diverse swamplands, endangered wetlands and forest that thrive in the state. After all, the protection and conservation of natural wonders don't pay for election campaigns. One prime example of how little importance is given to the Florida environment is happening in Miami-Dade County -- home to Miami and 2.6 million residents. One of the world's rarest forests, the Pine Rocklands, boasting several endangered plant and animal species, will soon have a Walmart built over it . A total of 88 acres of the endangered Florida Pine Rockland Forest will be cut down, paved over and filled with concrete to make way for this big box retailer. It is estimated that less than 2% of the ...
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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Jan. 14, 2015 14.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
New elevated boardwalk puts Lafourche wetlands on display Fox8 News. Jan. 13, 2015 “Lafourche Parish offers people an up-close look at the wetlands in Lockport thanks to a new boardwalk.” (Read More) EPA proposes more restrictive standards for oil spill dispersants By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 13, 2015 “These requirements are anticipated to encourage the development of safer and more effective spill mitigating products, and would better target the use of these products to reduce the risks to human health and the environment.” (Read ...
$340 Million In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects 14.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The federal agency has approved 115 proposals in an initial round of funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which was authorized under national farm legislation that Congress enacted last year. "This is a new approach to conservation," Vilsack told The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Wednesday. "We're giving private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in a new era in conservation that ultimately benefits us all." The projects will share $372.5 million in federal funds, which will be matched by an estimated $400 million from participating groups. Over five years, the USDA expects to spend $1.2 ...
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A Wild Answer to Climate Change 14.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change science can be complicated, but its impacts can be stated very simply: Nature supports all life, and climate change is negatively affecting Nature's ability to produce that life support. As a result, human society and its economy are slowly but increasingly threatened, with both our quality of life and the survival of many other species hanging in the balance. The elements of nature's climate change control system are trees, grasses and shrubs, oceanic plankton, soil microbes, bacteria in swamps and wetlands, and so much more. Climate change is a problem caused by living things growing and thriving (industrialized humans), and many of the solutions to climate change can be found in living things growing and thriving (other species). The earth's climate control systems are self-perpetuating and self-willed, and we have names for them: forests, oceans, grasslands, wild nature, wilderness, wild lands and seas. The latest research confirms that wild nature, terrestrial or marine, can mitigate ...
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Another piece of the puzzle: New study sheds light on oil’s effects on plant life 14.1.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Matt Phillips, National Wildlife Federation The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster spilled nearly 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Oil coated the shore, covering hundreds of miles of coastline, including some of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Scientists have spent the years since the spill assessing its continuing impacts on Gulf wildlife and ecosystems. And next Tuesday in New Orleans, Phase III of the BP oil spill trial will start in New Orleans. In a recent study, “ Physiological relationship between oil tolerance and flooding tolerance in marsh plants ,” Keri L. Caudle and Brian R. Maricle of Fort Hays State University in Kansas studied how oil affects plant health. Studies have demonstrated that oil can poison plants, and toxic chemicals in oil can prevent photosynthesis – the process by which plants convert sunlight to food. Since all Gulf Coast wildlife, including birds, turtles, dolphins and insects, ultimately rely on plants for food and shelter, the effects of oil on ...
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