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HUFFPOST HILL - Christians Pause To Recall Jesus' Worst Week In Washington 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Drone pilots are increasingly unsatisfied with their jobs, a development that could result in brain drain to the professional World of Warcraft community. Harry Reid and John Boehner hold all of their meetings in Boehner's office because Reid can't stand smoke in his office and Boehner can't stand the sight of human scalps. And the GOP should really try to poach the guy who is doctoring the jobs AND Obamacare reports to do some voter purge work for them. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, April 18th, 2014: HARRY REID LOVES WATCHING JOHN BOEHNER SMOKE - While discussing the latest negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner on unemployment insurance, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed the speaker's smoking habit. “We kick around John Boehner often, but I have a wonderful relationship with him. He’s the nicest guy… And every meeting that I have with him takes place in his office...You know [the] protocol is you go back and forth. But we decided to do it that way because John Boehner smokes, and he ...
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School chocolate milk debate goes on 19.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Removing chocolate milk from school cafeterias has been promoted over the last few years as a way to reduce the sugar kids consume and decried as a sure way to keep kids from getting the nutrients in ...
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How Rwanda's Strongman Exploits U.S. Guilt 19.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
Washington stood by during a shocking genocide 20 years ago. But today, its remorse is making it complicit in repression by an autocrat.
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Along the Green Line: a guide to the Central Corridor’s arts and culture hot spots 19.4.2014 MinnPost
The opening of the  Green Line light rail  this summer will not only inaugurate a long-awaited transportation corridor for St. Paul and Minneapolis, but will also foster cultural hot spots along the corridor showcasing local diversity, bringing communities closer together, and boosting economic opportunities. The rail line's 11-mile route along the Central Corridor from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis travels through some of the region's most distinct cultural districts, including: 1.  Little Mekong , home to many Southeast Asian immigrants and businesses (Western Avenue Station). 2.  Rondo , Saint Paul's traditional African-American hub (Victoria Street Station). 3.  Little Africa , a growing cluster of immigrant businesses (Snelling Avenue Station). 4.  The Creative Enterprise Zone,  the new name for a longstanding community of artists and artisans (Raymond Avenue and Westgate stations). 5.  Prospect Park , a neighborhood between St. Paul and the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus ...
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Lawsuit: Texas Hospital Caved to Anti-Abortion Activists' Demands 18.4.2014 Mother Jones
Two abortion providers sued a Dallas hospital on Thursday, after the hospital revoked their admitting privileges. Because Texas law now requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, the revocation would mean that these doctors could no longer legally perform abortions. In a letter to the doctors, Chuck Schuetz, CEO of University General Hospital–Dallas, said they were disrupting the hospital's "business and the reputation" by providing abortions at their own facilities miles away. The lawsuit filed by the doctors, Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia, contends that the hospital discriminated against them because they perform abortions. Last month, anti-abortion rights activists announced plans to hold a demonstration outside the hospital to protest its association with Robinson. But on March 31, the day before the protest was to take place, Schuetz canceled the doctors' admitting privileges. "Your practice of voluntary interruption of pregnancies...creates ...
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With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics 18.4.2014 MinnPost
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice didn’t mention torture in her brief visit to the University of Minnesota Thursday, but a lot of other people did, and Rice did perhaps discuss the issue with creative ambiguity and defend her role. At noon, before Rice arrived on campus, Dr. Steve Miles of the U faculty accepted an award for his long service in the cause of human rights (including on the board of St. Paul-based the Center for Victims of Torture). Miles said in his acceptance remarks that he had closely studied the Bush administration’s use of torture in the interrogation of prisoners in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and concluded that Rice “had executive authority over a system of torture and rendition [and] I believe that she should be indicted and prosecuted for war crimes.” In an interview after receiving the award from the Sullivan Ballou Fund, Miles said that by deciding and declaring that the emergency following the 9/11 attacks entitled the United States to disregard international law ...
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Saving money with wasted heat 18.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat. Now Northwestern University scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. This outstanding property could be exploited in solid-state thermoelectric devices in a variety of industries, with potentially enormous energy savings.
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Headlines for April 18, 2014 18.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Deal Reached on Ukraine Crisis; Pro-Russian Separatists Stay Put, Anti-Semitic Flier in Eastern Ukraine Denounced as Provocation, Novelist Gabriel García Márquez Dies, Author of "100 Years of Solitude", Iran Ahead of Schedule on Nuclear Deal; U.S. Releases Funds, Gunmen Attack U.N. Base Sheltering Civilians in South Sudan, Former Salvadoran General Faces Deportation from U.S. for Role in Killings, 19 Arrested Protesting Deportations; Obama Blames GOP for Stalling Reform, 9/11 Tribunal Adjourns amid Claims of FBI Spying on Defense Team, Youngest Person to Be Prosecuted for Terrorism in U.S. Gets 5-Year Sentence, Missouri Mayor: "I Kind of Agreed" with Frazier Glenn Miller, Report Finds Major Flaws in Handling of FSU Rape Case, WBAI Radio Journalist Robert Knight Dies
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Derrick Gordon, UMass Basketball Player, On Feeling 'Ecstatic' After Coming Out And Jason Collins' Influence 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Don’t wait,” 22-year-old Derrick Gordon said emphatically when asked if he has advice for other college athletes thinking about coming out. The University of Massachusetts Amherst sophomore made headlines last week, becoming the first NCAA Division I basketball player to come out as gay . “Take advantage of everything that you have in front of you,” he continued, offering advice to other young people, speaking with me on SiriusXM Progress . “Don’t wait because you’re scared. Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way. I cried most of the nights when I was in the closet just because it starts to take a toll on you just because you’re worried about how people are going to think about you and what they’re going to say about you. Take advantage of it now…It’s going to make your life so much easier.” NCAA Division I Player Derrick Gordon Says He Cried Every Night Before He Came Out by SiriusXM News & Issues That doesn’t mean ...
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Fighting for Science in the Classroom and America's Future 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Knowledge is power. And in the face of climate change where time is our enemy, we are putting up a weak fight. In stark contrast to the scientific consensus, only 49 percent of Americans believe that global warming is a result of human activity. In other words, more than half the country either denies global warming entirely or believes it to be a natural phenomenon. When you consider the lack of climate science education in our schools and the billions of dollars being spent to debunk global warming, this widespread misinformation is no surprise. In this time of crisis, we need an informed and engaged public. We need to bridge the gap between what the scientists know about the threat, and what the general public understands. As our planet warms, our focus must be on educating young people so that they are ready to start working on solutions right now. Over the past few weeks, the climate conversation has once again been energized by a report released by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ...
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At U, Condoleezza Rice defends 'war on terror' 18.4.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Her controversial appearance at the University of Minnesota drew some protesters, but she received a warm welcome inside Northrop Auditorium.
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Montco teen waging war on genocide 18.4.2014 Philly.com News
LOWER MERION Five years ago, Abri Bernstein's mother took her to see a grim documentary called The Devil Came on Horseback, about war, famine, and genocide in a remote land 6,500 miles away, the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.
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Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More! 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jetstream once again looks like it's bringing cold deep into the US, while the North Pole and surroundings (that big orange spot) are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. California continues to dry, and hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. (Clicking on "earth" ...
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‘Community’ Stares into the Abyss 18.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics

‘Community’ Stares into the AbyssWhen it seems like it’s the end for a show, a lot of crap that gets flung at the screen. ‘Community,’ forever stuck in television limbo, knows that.


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Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests 18.4.2014 World
By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths. But enthusiasm among opposition supporters for the street protests appears to be waning, with numbers dropping from previous months and Maduro's position seemingly safe despite his constant references to coup plots against him. "We may be fewer, but we are staying on the street!" vowed law student Nicole Gonzalez, who joined hundreds in Caracas at a barefoot march on Wednesday and a staging of Jesus' "Via Crucis" walk with the crucifix on ...
Mankato: Minnesota State football team drops protest of reinstated coach 18.4.2014 Twincities.com: Local

MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.

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New Jersey Residents Want To Reduce Coastal Risks, But They Don't Want To Pay 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New Jersey residents support efforts to protect coastal communities from the hazards of storms and flooding, but they don't want to pay for them, a new research paper concludes from public opinion polling. The study by researchers at Rutgers University looks at polling that found a majority of New Jersey respondents support building and zoning changes that would help mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The polling showed 62.5 percent said they strongly agree that local governments should be allowed to "require housing in some areas to be built in ways highly resistant to natural disasters." Another 22 percent said they somewhat agree with that statement. The article will be published in the journal Risk Analysis, and was posted online this month . Sixty-one percent of respondents said they strongly agree that the federal and state governments should "identify the areas to not be developed" because they would provide natural buffers from storms. And 53 percent of respondents said that they strongly ...
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Fighting Fracking: Where Moral Outrage Fails, Earthquakes Prevail 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In response to pressure from students, faculty -- and apparently alumni -- who oppose Harvard Endowment's refusal to divest its fossil fuel stocks, Harvard University's President Drew Faust's office issued her second statement on climate change and sent a an email link to Harvard alumni. (N.B.: I am one). Instead of divesting, Harvard will become a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and the Carbon Disclosure Project. Alumni are also asked to contribute to a $20 million Climate Change Solutions Fund . Harvard is chipping in $1 million. Meh... I was not alone in my reaction. My email was buzzing with disappointed environmentalists and sustainability investment managers. 100 Harvard faculty members posted a letter objecting to Harvard's failure to divest. Students who worked so hard for divestment must be crushed. But really, even Harvard's full commitment to fossil fuel divestment would be symbolic. Only $33.6 million of the fund's $33 billion is invested in fossil fuels. And even ...
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9 Pennsylvania Universities Targeted In Federal Gender Complaint 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades. The Title IX complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted late Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs. Disparities at the schools on average ranged between 7 percent and almost 15 percent over the past decade. The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg. "Despite the fact that Title IX has obligated them to achieve gender equality, after four decades these schools still are not providing equitable ...
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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize-winning explorer of myth and reality, dies at 87 18.4.2014 Washington Post: World
Gabriel García Márquez, the master of magical realism whose rich and allusive explorations of myth and reality in Latin America won him the Nobel Prize for literature and a place among the greatest writers of the 20th century, died April 17 at his home in Mexico City. He was ...
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