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Counseling offered over missing U of M student Jennifer Houle 30.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Police asking for tips in Jennifer Houle’s disappearance. She went missing early Friday in Dinkytown.
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Counseling offered over missing U student 30.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Police asking for tips in Jennifer Houle’s disappearance. She went missing early Friday in Dinkytown.
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Mining for tourists? Parts of Appalachia look to past for tourism future; 'it's not a panacea' 29.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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'There is no Map. Follow me': Grassroots Strategies for Creative Social Change 29.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Disproportionate Representation: A Look at Women Leadership in Congress 29.3.2015 Truthout.com
Political representation is defined as the election of officials, who then stand in for, and speak for a group of their constituents in the legislature, for a set period of time. Unfortunately, moneyed interests, the threat of being "primaried" by the tea party lunatic fringe, and other factors have dismantled this process. Over the last few years, and certainly for most of the Obama Administration, Congress has had a low approval rating - so much so that they have been nicknamed the "Do Nothing" Congress. These elected officials have been voting in lock-step with each other, and often opposite the opinions and desires of the American people. Consider the public's desire to implement some degree of regulations on gun use in this country ( In 2012, 54% wanted more strict laws, and 90% wanted to expand background checks ), and Congress's unwillingness to even deliberate on the matter. Thus, the questions have to be asked - Who are these congressional members really representing? What values do they ...
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Sustainable Living Means Making Big Changes; Why Can't We Face Up to It? 29.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Get used to bike riding - cleaner cars won't be enough. (Image: Riding bicycle via Shutterstock) Despite the significant risks for human and non-human life, greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) are still rising. Something has to give – and that something would appear more significant than those with the power to stimulate change are willing to admit. The UK government’s Global Calculator is a good example. This recently released tool allows us to model the compatibility of our food, travel, housing and work environment with national targets to limit climate change. The climate secretary, Ed Davey, reckons the calculator shows “everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to two degrees, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.” Yet even the most ambitious changes the tool advocates deviate little from our current “normal” patterns of behaviour – supposedly “essential” appliances still include tumble driers, while under the “extremely ambitious” scenario, the urban car ...
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Minneapolis Police search for missing college student 29.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minneapolis Police are searching for a 22-year-old college student who went missing early Friday morning.
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Disciples Of Christ Church Threatens A Boycott Over New Indiana Bill That Allows LGBT Discrimination 28.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday (March 26), the day after receiving a letter from church leaders pleading with him to veto it and threatening to move their 2017 General Assembly outside the state. The bill protects business owners who invoke their religious beliefs to deny service to LGBT customers. A photographer, for example, may refuse to take pictures of a lesbian wedding on the grounds that his faith rejects gay marriage. “Purportedly a matter of religious freedom, we find RFRA contrary to the values of our faith — as well as to our national and Hoosier values,” stated the letter, which was signed by Sharon E. Watkins, the church’s general minister and president, as well as the leaders of ...
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Could Warren-mania hurt Democrats? 28.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Martin O'Malley says he wants to bring "fundamental change to the culture of Wall Street." Jim Webb is lashing out against the "greed and irresponsibility in the financial sector." For years, Bernie Sanders has railed against corporate excesses.
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Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care? 28.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Saturday, March 28, marks the ninth annual observance of Earth Hour , a symbolic event intended to raise awareness about climate change. Cities and famous landmarks will turn out the lights for an hour Saturday, along with millions of ordinary citizens. Observed in 162 countries in 2014, the event is about "coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change," according to parent organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The London Eye and London skyline can be seen before (left) and after (right) the population of the city observed Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, 2013. (Richard Stonehouse for WWF/Earth Hour Globa via AP Images) WWF partnered with the the ad agency Leo Burnett in 2007 to launch the first Earth Hour, in Sydney, Australia. "The idea was born out of frustration ," co-founder Andy Ridley said in 2009. "We wanted to start something that isn't focused on people's despair at the long-term climate change problems the human race is facing. We wanted ...
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Quebec Students Strike Against Austerity and the Petro Economy 28.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Police search for missing U student 28.3.2015 The Minnesota Daily
By: Alida Tieberg

Police are asking for the public’s help in searching for a University of Minnesota student who has been missing since early Friday morning.

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown Friday between 1 and 2 a.m.

Houle is described as 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds with long blond hair. She was last seen wearing a light gray jacket, green blouse, black leggings, and dark heels.

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Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall 28.3.2015 NPR News
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is in its teenage phase: Questioning everything, including the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus.
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The GOP's budget gimmickry won't fix the deficit 28.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
With Congress on spring break, many House and Senate Republicans will probably spend the next two weeks back home touting the resolutions they passed to "balance the budget" within 10 years. But the competing resolutions for fiscal 2016 won't do anything of the sort, no matter what lawmakers...
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Nutter ambivalent about making nonprofits contribute extra money 28.3.2015 Philly.com News
A day after City Council called on Mayor Nutter to ask tax-exempt nonprofits to make voluntary payments to help fund city schools, Nutter expressed ambivalence toward the proposal.
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The Idea Behind This Map of Boston Rent Increases 28.3.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
The data viz gurus behind the Code for Boston project explained why they made a map showing 20 years of housing ...
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This week in labour: Conservative myth-busting and plenty of picket lines 27.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour disputes are coming to a close but conservative policymakers keep us fighting. Like this article? Chip in to keep stories like these coming.   There is a theme to this week's labour round-up -- or maybe there are two themes. One has to do with the connected struggle between workers and students, and student-workers. From daycare to post-secondary, budgets are being squeezed, as are educators and students. A second, and related, theme is bad policy from public-sector spending to immigration to C-51. Sorry, was is that too bleak? Happy weekend ...
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Latinos Can Honor the 43 Missing Mexican Students by Calling for 'No More Drug War' 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As I walked to the Mexican Consulate on a blustery winter day in New York City last week to join a protest calling for justice for the 43 missing university students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico , I began to think of warmer days that did not require layers and gloves. For some reason, I thought of my Pop's hands. He has these rough, calloused hands with scars near the tips of his fingers from the years he spent as a farm worker. As a kid growing up in the suburbs of L.A., far removed from the back breaking labor of the fields of central California, I would stare at them and naively ask when I would get hands like his. As I approached the Consulate, I shook hands with Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval , a professor at the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in Guerrero, Mexico from which the 43 students were forcibly disappeared last September, and was instantly reminded of my own father. As dozens of others joined Felipe to demand justice for the missing students, for their families, and for his son who miraculously ...
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Swarthmore Students Launch First Indefinite Occupation for Fossil Fuel Divestment 27.3.2015 Truthout.com
In 1630, aboard a creaky wooden ship bound for the coast of what would later be known as New England, English settler and future Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop gave an address to the vessel's weary passengers: "We must consider ourselves as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present support from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world." Like most elite institutions, Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania fashions itself as a sort of secular city upon a hill, just as Winthrop had imagined the Puritans' early tenure in the Americas — an example for the world of how best to merge moral and intellectual prescience. In Swarthmore's case, its self-image is geographically serendipitous: Parrish Hall, Swarthmore's picturesque administrative hub, sits atop a literal hill, just 20 minutes by train from nearby Philadelphia. Formed in 1864 by Hicksite Quakers seeking ...
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Headlines for March 27, 2015 27.3.2015 Democracy Now!
Yemen: 39 Civilians Killed in Saudi-Led Bombings, U.S. Airstrikes Cause Shiite Militias to Leave Tikrit Fight, Report: Co-Pilot Who Crashed Plane Had History of Depression, House Passes Medicare Bill in Rare Bipartisan Move, Report: U.S. Soldiers, Contractors Sexually Abused 54 Children in Colombia, Mexico: Parents Mark 6 Months Since Disappearance of 43 Students, Indiana Enacts "Religious Freedom" Bill Seen as Anti-LGBT, Indiana Allows Needle Exchange in Response to HIV Outbreak, Kentucky Overhauls Approach to Heroin Addiction, Ohio Lawmaker Discloses Her Abortion, Denounces "Inhuman" Anti-Choice Bill, Video: Monsanto Lobbyist Claims Glyphosate Safe to Drink, Refuses to Drink It, Illinois: National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested on Terror Charges, Wisconsin: Man Suspected of Killing State Trooper Tied to White Supremacy, Michigan: Video Shows "Robocop" Beating Unarmed Auto Worker in the Head, Ferguson Protesters Win Curbs on Police Tear Gas Use
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