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Air Testing Lapse At New Mexico Nuclear Waste Dump Blamed On Staff Vacancy 23.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Laura Zuckerman Aug 22 (Reuters) - State regulators failed to collect air samples in the week following a radiation release at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump because of a vacancy in the office responsible for monitoring the site at the time, a state official said on Friday. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where drums of plutonium-tainted refuse from government nuclear weapons laboratories are buried in caverns a half a mile deep, has been closed since Feb. 14, when unsafe radiation levels were detected at the site. Preliminary findings from an investigation of the mishap suggests that at least one barrel of improperly packaged material underwent a chemical reaction underground that caused it to rupture. The leak ranks as the worst accident at the U.S. Energy Department facility since it opened in southeastern New Mexico near the town of Carlsbad in 1999. The plant, the only facility of its kind in the United States, is run under contract for the government by Nuclear Energy ...
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Ferguson could be America's future 23.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have been described as a mirror into contemporary America, but they are also something else: A crystal ball.
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Green-Beckham to sit at OU after NCAA decision 23.8.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dorial Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play for Oklahoma this season after the NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver that would have made the talented receiver eligible to play ...
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Office Space: Broadway Trade Center Reuse Revealed as Boringest Possible 23.8.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial

Office Space: Broadway Trade Center Reuse Revealed as Boringest PossibleBack in April, we heard that Downtown's Broadway Trade Center (home to retail stalls and sewing machines rattling away on the upper floors) had sold and could be getting a hotel, offices, and apartments or condos. But the sale...


How to Rationalize the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men at the Hands of Police: It's the Narrative, Stupid 23.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A sign and pin on the back of a demonstrator during a protest against the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 13, 2014 (credit: Reuters) The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los Angeles to Staten Island to Ferguson. Unarmed black men killed by police. But four years before anyone knew where Ferguson was located on a map, there was the fatal shooting of Danroy Henry Jr. , known to his friends and family as "DJ." Henry, a 20-year-old college football player from Easton, Massachusetts, was a junior at Pace University, just north of New York City. Dozens of people whom I interviewed for a radio series described him as "a good kid." An image of the Danroy Henry Jr. in the home of his parents, Danroy Henry Sr. and Angella Henry (credit: Phillip Martin/WGBH) On Oct. 17, 2010, after a night of celebrating following a homecoming game, Henry was shot to death by police officer Aaron Hess. Hess had responded to a report of a bar brawl in the early ...
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Ferguson School District Doubles Its Number Of Counselors For Back-To-School 23.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District want to talk when they return to school on Monday, ample adult ears will be available to listen. The start of school was delayed more than a week for students from the Missouri school district because of violent protests in the area after the fatal shooting of black teen Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed at the time of his death, was killed by a local police officer. The chaotic protests that followed highlighted racial tensions in the area. The district is taking extra precautions to make sure students receive help if they were troubled by Brown's death or the subsequent protests. While the school district normally employs 33 full-time counselors for its 11,000 students, it will be almost doubling the number of counselors for the start of school, according to district spokeswoman Jana Shortt. The district's staff also went through additional crisis training this week on how to help kids who are experiencing difficulty over the situation ...
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Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy 23.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Scholars of protest movements often explain the kind of civil unrest we are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri, as "politics by non-institutional means." Protest, they argue, is not irrational and aberrant, as previously thought, but an important means through which people can realize political goals when official channels and elected representatives have failed them. In this way, protest can be see as a result of a weakness in our democracy, but also as a sign of its strength. Academics tend to diverge, however, on questions regarding the effectiveness of different modes of protest. Some assert that movements work best when they align themselves with institutional power and leadership, like when environmental organizations lobbied for the Clean Air Act, or when community groups, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, tackled specific issues. Others argue that disobedience and rule breaking are crucial means of contesting power and undoing dysfunctional systems, citing historical greats like Mahatma Gandhi and ...
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What Ferguson Means to Students 23.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of confrontations following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., local schools are shuttered this week. In addition to concerns about lost learning time educators have a more urgent worry: making sure students who typically rely on school meals don't go hungry. In a demonstration of solidarity among educators -- regardless of geography -- one enterprising teacher in North Carolina launched an online campaign to support /the St. Louis Area Food Bank, which has stepped in to help needy students. So far people have donated more than $152,000 . But while Ferguson has captured the nation's attention, just 25 miles away in Edwardsville, Ill. teachers have been instructed not to discuss the riots with their students, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "We all have personal opinions about what has gone wrong, what has gone right. And we all have opinions on what should be done," the superintendent said. "We don't need to voice those opinions or engage those opinions ...
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How does CO2 go from Permafrost into the atmosphere? 22.8.2014 Environmental News Network
The vast reservoir of carbon stored in Arctic permafrost is gradually being converted to carbon dioxide (CO2) after entering the freshwater system in a process thought to be controlled largely by microbial activity. However, a new study – funded by the National Science Foundation and published this week in the journal Science – concludes that sunlight and not bacteria is the key to triggering the production of CO2 from material released by Arctic soils.
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The Future MBA, week 7: Monitor student mood and campus food 22.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What would the Future MBA look like? Explore the potential in week 7 of this new 100-day series.

 
The Future MBA, week 7: Monitor student mood and campus food
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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani From the death and destruction in Israel's latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence that underpins racial hierarchies in Israel and the United States. But amid the headlines, one could easily forget the more sustained and entrenched forms of oppression through which hierarchies of race, citizenship, nationality, and class are produced and maintained--in the United States as well as Israel. Among the most significant of these is mass incarceration. In his acclaimed novel No Name in the Street, James Baldwin suggested asking "the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice" to determine whether a country has "any love for justice, or any concept of it" at all. If, as Baldwin ...
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Big Dallas Plunder: Open Door to Wholesale School Privatization 22.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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In Ferguson, Money For Tanks And Tear Gas, But None For Education 22.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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South Korea astronaut has landed in W. Washington 22.8.2014 AP Washington
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Puyallup isn't out of this world, but Soyeon Yi will take it....
Transphobic Edits Made To Wikipedia Appear To Have Come From Capitol Hill 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Computers at the U.S. House of Representatives have been blocked from editing Wikipedia entries after controversial changes were made to transgender pages, including those with information about actress Laverne Cox. The Hill reports anonymous users associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were responsible for edits made to Wikipedia pages about trans-related topics . On Wednesday, a description of Cox's "Orange Is the New Black" role was changed from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.” The revision also including a link to an offensive National Review article titled "Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman." A Wikipedia discussion thread about the changes made from the House IP address claims the transphobic text alterations were made on "official business" and "explicitly authorized by the Representative." Business Insider notes that it's "impossible to know whether the edits are coming from one or multiple users, but the changes come from an IP address, ...
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21 Numbers That Will Help You Understand Why Ferguson Is About More Than Michael Brown 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown has sparked nationwide protest and outrage as the country continues to grapple with its history of racial discrimination and police brutality, especially against African-Americans. Brown's name is one of the latest additions to a long list of black males killed by officers and vigilantes in a narrative that is becoming all too familiar to many people of color. The incident in Ferguson has not only highlighted longstanding racial tensions in the suburb itself , but has also laid bare the disparities facing black citizens in the entire country. While the Brown shooting again raises questions about the prevalence of racial profiling and police misconduct, it also reaches far beyond that, stressing ongoing issues of economic inequality, housing discrimination and unequal access to adequate education. Some wonder why this incident seems to be the tipping point, but a quick look at the numbers can drive the point home: 18 The age of Michael Brown, the ...
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Food cart activist questions city's downtown food stand move 22.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
When the city announced this week that a nonprofit organization had been granted permission to sell Asian kale salad and other "healthy, local food" out of repurposed newsstands downtown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralded the agreement as evidence of his commitment to create jobs by ...
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Headlines for August 22, 2014 22.8.2014 Democracy Now!
National Guard Leaves Ferguson; Michael Brown's Funeral Set for Monday, Michael Brown's Parents to Join Eric Garner March in New York City, Los Angeles Residents Protest Police Killings of Omar Abrego, Ezell Ford, Ohio: Cop Back at Work After Fatal Shooting of Black Man in Wal-Mart, Renewed Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills Dozens; Hamas Executes 18 Palestinians, Top General Hints at U.S. Military Intervention in Syria, Islamic State Letter to Foley's Parents: Execution a "Direct Result" of U.S. Airstrikes, U.N.: Syria Death Toll Tops 191,000, Outgoing Human Rights Chief Slams U.N. Security Council Inaction, 2 U.S. Missionaries Recover from Ebola After Taking Experimental Drug, 70 Die of Ebola-Like Illness in Democratic Republic of Congo, Russian Aid Convoy Crosses into Ukraine, Yemen: Tens of Thousands Rally to Support Houthi Rebels, Chile: Students March to Demand Free Education, Watchdog: Bergdahl Prisoner Swap was Illegal, Bank of America Likely to Pay Far Less Than $17 Billion in Record Deal, NYC Man ...
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LAUSD report faults iPad bidding 22.8.2014 LA Times: Top News
Along the Green Line, lives and businesses changed for good and bad 22.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Photojournalist Will Matsuda took a look at some of the lives that have been changed by the new light rail line.
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