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DELAWARE COUNTY Villanova University artists compete in Earth Day cup-design contest VILLANOVA Villanova University students, faculty, and staff stretched their creative muscles - and helped the planet - in an design contest for a reusable coffee cup.
Swarthmore sit-in ends with fossil-fuel divestment support 21.4.2015 Philly.com News
A 32-day student sit-in at Swarthmore College ended Monday after faculty voted to support the protesters' demands to divest endowment money out of fossil fuels.
At Mt. Laurel school, a fish story is eye-opening 21.4.2015 Philly.com News
Hold a dead octopus up to a room full of elementary school students and the reaction is almost certainly a resounding "eww." Trying to convince the students that the slimy, tentacled creature is, in fact, a healthy source of protein is no easy chore after moans of disgust, but this was the task at hand Monday at Springville Elementary School in Mount Laurel.
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Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China 21.4.2015 AP Top News
HONG KONG (AP) -- All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home....
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University Of Colorado Opens Campus For 4/20 Celebration 21.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER (AP) -- The University of Colorado in Boulder was open to the public on 4/20, the unofficial pot holiday, for the first time in four years on Monday. The school had blocked public access to snuff out one of the nation's largest marijuana celebrations. The crackdown eased this year, and campus remained open except for a gathering spot notorious for a huge crowd of weed smokers. University spokesman Ryan Huff said police did not issue any citations for pot use on campus. He said interest in the gathering has dwindled because there is no longer a protest element after marijuana was legalized in the state. Here are some things to know about how the holiday and its history in Colorado: --- NORLIN QUAD About 10,000 people gathered to smoke pot on Norlin Quad across from the university's main library in 2011. The following year, officials closed the campus to everyone except students with identification cards. They also sprayed stinky fish-based fertilizer on the grass to discourage another big turnout. ...
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Meet the 'accidental activists' of the Supreme Court's same-sex-marriage case 21.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments next week in the legal battle over same-sex marriage. It's an extraordinarily high-stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary.
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Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. dies at 70; cardiac surgery innovator, activist 21.4.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic defibrillator in a human and a civil rights activist who helped open the doors of John Hopkins University School of Medicine to minority students, has died at the age of 70.
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Silent voice of the GOP speaks up after gay group's summit snub 21.4.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
The national furor over the snubbing of a gay rights group by the influential Western Conservative Summit in Denver sparked a national outcry that gay activists hope can be a turning point in Republican ...
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George Will Goes Mad Over Campus Sustainability 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Syracuse University's recent announcement that it is divesting from fossil fuel holdings has prompted George Will, who was once upon a time a thoughtful and independent conservative, to fire off another right-wing screed. In an April 15 column in the Washington Post, Will fumes about the campus sustainability movement, which he deems a kind of fundamentalism. Apparently, a set of practices and principles designed to ensure that human civilization has a future on this planet is akin to religious zealotry. The upsurge of environmental consciousness on college campuses is, according to Will, based on assumed but largely groundless premises, is inattentive to costs, amounts to "a crusade [that] supplies acolytes with a worldview that infuses their lives with purpose and meaning," relies on apocalyptic rhetoric, and pushes orthodoxy. As Director of Environmental Studies at a liberal arts college, I am presumably part of this fundamentalist crusade and acknowledge at least one of his points. Yes, the campus ...
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Being Green and Cruelty Free 21.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I began my wildlife science undergraduate degree in the mid-nineties I was somewhat naïvely surprised by how animal welfare was not generally considered germane to discussions about conservation and sustainability. I found this disappointing because the whole reason I pursued a wildlife science degree was that I cared about animals. However, I often got the message that in order to be a good scientist, I needed to care less. For example, as part of a lesson on "mark and recapture" (a technique for surveying wildlife populations) students were instructed to capture wild field mice, cut toes off on one foot, and then release them again. The missing toes were the "mark" (if you catch a mouse with toes missing, you know he's been caught before). When I objected to this lesson, my professor told me that if I didn't want do such things then I should get out of the wildlife program. I didn't listen. I didn't get out of the wildlife program and I did not cut the toes off mice. I believed then, as I still ...
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Meet The 'Accidental Activists' Of The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Case 21.4.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The legal battle over same-sex marriage hits the Supreme Court next week. It's an extraordinarily high stakes clash, but the men and women at the center of it see themselves as incredibly ordinary.
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Nano Days: Exposing Sabathani youth to nano technology 20.4.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
James L. Stroud Jr. Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Sabathani Community Center, in collaboration with the Bakken Museum, the Science Museum, the University of Minnesota, and S.E.L.F. MORE » On Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Sabathani Community Center, in collaboration with the Bakken Museum, the Science Museum, the University of Minnesota, and S.E.L.F. International, Inc., hosted the fourth annual Nano Days. By definition, a nano is one one-billionth of something. For example, a nano meter is one-billionth of a meter and is so small that it can’t be seen on a macro scale. It requires a nanoscale to be seen. Scientists must use special tools when working with atoms and molecules at the nanoscale. Nano research is leading to new technologies that are dramatically changing and improving modern medicine, computers, cell phones, energy production and manufacturing. Photo by James L. Stroud, Jr. Bonnie Everts (far right) with Nano Days participants In fact, one demonstration during ...
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ACTIVATES INNOVATIVE, GREEN WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IN CAMPUS BUILDING 20.4.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
Washington, DC. – April 16, 2015 – The University of Michigan will continue its on-going efforts to operate its facilities in the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable fashion by demonstrating the use a cooling water treatment product recently approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The innovative emulsion is expected to eliminate the need to use more toxic chemicals and improve the energy efficiency of the systems treated. The project is under way at the Palmer Commons building on the Central Campus and will continue throughout the remainder of the year.
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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas 20.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Test Mutiny: Tens of Thousands of New York Parents Revolt Against Standardized Exams 20.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
AMY GOODMAN: How old are your kids? TONI SMITH-THOMPSON: I have two school-age kids, fourth grade and kindergarten. AMY GOODMAN: And explain their response. Presumably, the kindergartners don't have these tests. TONI SMITH-THOMPSON: Right, right. AMY GOODMAN: You know, you never know these days. TONI SMITH-THOMPSON: Right, you never know. AMY GOODMAN: You sort of seat-belt them in. TONI SMITH-THOMPSON: You know, it's interesting. At the beginning of the year, when testing was first - first came up, my fourth grader asked if she would be taking the test and said she didn't want to. So I left the decision to her, as many parents did. And then, as more information began to unfold about these tests, which is very hard because they're so secretive, when it got to that point, I decided, "I'm just going to make the decision for you; this is not a decision that I feel like you are going to have to make on your own, to weigh all of these pros and cons. You're just not going to take this test." And she was totally ...
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Headlines for April 20, 2015 20.4.2015 Democracy Now!
700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Mediterranean Sea, Iraq: 90,000 Flee as ISIL Threatens Ramadi, ISIL Appears to Execute 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya, Iranian Foreign Minister Calls for Dialogue in Yemen, Somalia: Al-Shabab Kills 9 in Attack on U.N. Van, Report: German Base at the Heart of the U.S. Drone Wars, FBI Arrests 6 in Alleged Terrorism Probe, Leaks Show State Dept. Asked Sony for Aid "Countering ISIL Narratives", Tens of Thousands Protest TTIP Free Trade Deal on Global Day of Action, Finland: Millionaire Austerity Proponent Wins Election, Report: Mexican Federal Police Massacred 16 in January, Maryland: Freddie Gray Dies After Arrest Left Him in Coma, Missouri: Police Kill Black Man with Knife After Mom Calls for Help, Report: National Guard Called Ferguson Protesters "Enemy Forces", Arizona: No Charges for Cop Who Hit Suspect with Cruiser, FBI Admits Deep Flaws in Testimony on Hair Analysis, Oklahoma Approves Untested Use of Nitrogen Gas for Executions, Gyrocopter Pilot Doug Hughes Speaks ...
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Senior living on the Green Line: a sign of things to come? 20.4.2015 MinnPost
“I grew up using streetcar back in the 40s, so it’s nothing new to me," Jim Daily told me this week. Daily’s parents started letting him take the University Avenue streetcar when he was 10 years old, heading to downtown Minneapolis for a movie at one of the big Hennepin Avenue theaters. And today, it seems like history is repeating itself, because Jim Daily is taking the train up and down University Avenue on his way from the Episcopal Homes , a large housing complex for seniors next to the Green Line. “You have no stairs to climb; it’s faster,” said Daily, who has been an independent resident at the Homes for years. “They keep adding user-friendly signs to the walkways so that people are getting used to crossing at the lights.” The Episcopal Homes has a long, quirky history, sitting at the edge of St. Paul’s Midway. But partly by coincidence and partly by design, the complex is on a leading edge of providing senior housing close to urban transit. Millennials might be getting all the press, but the “back ...
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Strategies of the 1% Revealed 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
It's too easy to say that the 1 percent has recently been winning the class war in the United States because it is more powerful, with its control of the mass media, ownership of the major parties and command of the means of repression. In the  Global Nonviolent Action Database  there are plenty of cases in which the 1 percent has all those things and is nevertheless pushed back by people power and smart strategy. In fact, even in the United States, the 1 percent has lost some recent battles. We Americans often fail to notice the 1 percent's strategy game. Knowing some of the favorite moves they make to achieve their goals will assist us as we stand up for justice, equality and life itself. Divide and conquer New York State has had a moratorium on fracking for natural gas in its part of the giant Marcellus Shale deposit. In 2010, oil companies paid for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's election in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania; Corbett then made sure to minimize taxes on fracking in his state's ...
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This May Be The Most Effective Anti-Poverty Program In America 20.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut -- Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couch inside her dimly lit apartment. She is wearing a sweater and slacks, talking about the government program that she says changed her life, and trying -- without much success -- not to get distracted by the 4-year-old talking loudly about Batman in the next room. The 4-year-old is Luisa’s son, Maliek. And not so long ago, Luisa explains, Maliek wouldn’t have been talking about superheroes -- or anything else for that matter. At 18 months, well past the time that babies usually start forming words, Maliek was still “non-verbal” and communicating almost exclusively through gestures. “It was always pointing at this, crying at that,” Luisa says. Delayed speech wasn’t Maliek’s only problem. He also had a severe case of eczema that caused him to bleed into his clothing and sleep fitfully, if at all. It further impaired his ability to learn, and made for yet more ...
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Anti-Test "Opt Out" Movement Makes A Wave In New York State 20.4.2015 NPR News
Activists say that about 175,000 students have refused to take federally mandated tests this week.
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