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Big changes in Adam Smith’s 9th District put racial issues at forefront 23.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Adam Smith faces challengers who include former state Rep. Jesse Wineberry, an African American who argues Smith isn’t doing enough for minority constituents in the state’s only majority minority district, and Republican Doug Basler, who finished second in 2014.
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Understanding Trump 23.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works well over 100,000 times. As a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. Yet you will probably not read what I have to say in the New York Times, nor hear it from your favorite political commentators. You will also not hear it from Democratic candidates or party strategists. There are reasons, and we will discuss them later this piece. I am writing it because I think it is right and it is needed, even though it comes from the cognitive and brain sciences, not ...
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Understanding Trump 23.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
George Lakoff

There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works well over 100,000 times.

 

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A PV Panel On Every Roof 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the home stretch of his presidency, Barack Obama still has some ideas up his sleeve. The latest is his crusade to make sure that every American household and business can become a solar power plant. There has been plenty of good news about solar energy in recent years. It is becoming much more affordable and it's sprouting up on rooftops nearly everywhere in the United States. Yet we have barely begun to capture its potential. Sunlight is free, ubiquitous, domestic, inexhaustible and clean, but it still provides less than 1 percent of the nation's electricity. Its potential is much greater. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado calculates that if every suitable roof was equipped with solar panels, we could get 40 percent of our electricity from sunlight. That's a theoretical number, not a plan. But reality will get much closer to theory if solar energy's virtuous cycle continues. The cycle goes like this: Because of state and federal incentives, improvements ...
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Chef contest helps combat youth hunger 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Four chefs from local restaurants prepared meals in a friendly competition to create “the ultimate summer meal” at Othello Park on Wednesday.
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In 'Win-Win for People and Climate,' Obama Announces Solar-Boosting Initiative 21.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of measures aimed at boosting access to solar energy—a move one environmental group hailed as "a win-win for people and for our climate."

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Greece: Migrant Children in Police Cells 20.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Greek authorities regularly detain asylum-seeking and other migrant children traveling on their own in small, crowded, and unsanitary police station cells, Human Rights Watch said today. They are held there for weeks and months, waiting for space in shelter facilities. Greece should immediately end this practice and find space for unaccompanied children in open facilities with decent living conditions where they can receive care, counseling, legal aid, and other basic ...
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Beyond Panic and Punishment: Brock Turner and the Left Response to Sexual Violence 18.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Sarah Cate

The Brock Turner case has reminded us of the bitter truth of the adage that in America it is better to be guilty and rich than to be innocent and poor. In early June, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner, a Stanford student who was convicted on three counts of sexual assault, to six-months in jail and three years of probation.

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As Maine Goes 18.7.2016 American Prospect
Anthony Marple, director of Maine’s $2.6 billion Medicaid program, was called into an abrupt meeting just a week after Governor Paul LePage took office in January 2011. There, Marple was fired and ordered to leave immediately. He asked to send out a few emails cancelling some speaking engagements. Sorry, he was told, his state email account had already been closed. Marple was a widely respected public official. His sin? The day before his firing, he had testified before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee that Medicaid spending from the state’s general fund had been virtually flat or decreasing in each of the years since 2006, despite increasing enrollments due to the recession. This contradicted LePage’s campaign narrative of runaway state spending by the “bloated establishment in Augusta." So Marple had to go. Marple’s ouster was doubly surprising, because he had been working with legislators of both parties to create a Medicaid managed care program that stood to save the state millions of ...
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East side needs more subsidized housing, too, say Salt Lake City Council members 17.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
With worries mounting over a lack of affordable housing, key members of the Salt Lake City Council say they want to begin steering new government-backed residential projects away from the west side. Council members Erin Mendenhall, James Rogers and Andrew Johnston are voicing concerns that policies and cheaper land prices are tilting the scales toward locating publicly subsidized housing in neighborhoods west of Interstate 15. Mendenhall proposes a new multimillion-dollar city fund to offset th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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A simple change that could help solve one of the biggest problems facing poor people 16.7.2016 Washington Post
A simple change that could help solve one of the biggest problems facing poor people
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In Victory for Food and Biotech Industries, Congress Passes DARK Act 2.0 15.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

President Barack Obama is poised to sign the so-called DARK Act, a GMO labeling bill critics say notches a win for the food and biotech industries but will still leave consumers in the dark about whether or not their food contains genetically modified ingredients.

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Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They're Poor 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jail deaths disproportionately impact poor defendants, according to a months-long investigation published by The Huffington Post this week, which documents  more than 800 fatalities in the past year across the nation’s more than 3,000 city and local lockups. These facilities typically hold inmates who are awaiting trial or serving shorter sentences for misdemeanor offenses. Our investigation also speaks to the issues jails face in caring for the people in their custody, many of whom stay incarcerated thanks in large part to a bail system that requires the accused to pay to get out of jail while they await their day in court. Most of the incidents we uncovered involved defendants who had not been found guilty of a crime, and were therefore legally innocent. They were only in jail because they couldn’t post bail. Among those, we documented dozens of incidents where people died while facing low-level or nonviolent charges, like drug possession, traffic offenses or probation violations, which themselves may ...
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NYC Mayor Signs Free Tampons For Schools, Prisons, Shelters Into Law 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mayor Bill de Blasio  signed legislation  on Wednesday making free menstrual products available in all New York City public schools, shelters and prisons. The bill had passed with a unanimous vote  by the City Council in June, after council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland proposed it earlier this year. “There should be no stigma around something as fundamental as menstruation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a release . “These laws recognize that feminine hygiene products are a necessity ― not a luxury.” The new laws will ensure free menstrual products are readily available in public school restrooms for 300,000 girls  and 23,000 women in shelters, according to the Associated Press. While jails already provide free menstrual supplies, advocates say  the supplies are inadequate . Under the new law, jails will have to offer feminine hygiene products to inmates  immediately upon request . “Students should be able to concentrate on their studies, New Yorkers in shelter should be able to focus on rebuilding ...
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Company Brings Toilets To Kenya Slums, Turns Waste Into Fertilizer 14.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This company is turning poop into profit. Sanergy installs toilets in impoverished areas in Nairobi, Kenya and then turns the human waste into organic fertilizer to sell to farms. Over the past five years, Sanergy has placed more than 700 toilets across nine slums in Nairobi, serving around 30,000 people every day and treating more than 8,000 metric tons of waste. “Sanitation is at the heart of every challenge: If you care about education, about clean water, about women and girls, you should care about sanitation,” Sanergy communications manager Medora Brown told The Huffington Post. “Most solutions just focus on access ― our solution looks at the entire value chain: from access to containment to safe removal to reuse.” In Kenya, only 30 percent of people have access to safe sanitation , according to the UN ― and 13 percent, or more than 6 million people, have no choice but to defecate in the open. In informal settlements , the situation is worsened by a lack of clean water. These toilets are ...
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Outdoor infrastructure grants available 13.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has announced the addition of youth programs in a list of groups that can apply for the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant. Applications are due August 11. Applications and detailed eligibility requirements can be viewed at business.utah.gov/outdoor. This is a 50-50 matching grant program with no more than $75,000 to put toward programs that directly benefit the public. Groups that are eligible include nonprofits, youth programs and local or tribal government ag... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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AP Interview: Jordan approves food aid to stranded Syrians 13.7.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan agreed to a one-time delivery of 30 days’ worth of food to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians stuck on the kingdom’s sealed border, the director of the World Food Program said in an interview Tuesday, after flying over the remote desert area and seeing “tents to the horizon.” The […]
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Economic inequality is the cause and the consequence of our racial problems 11.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The eruption of community protests that followed the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week placed the spotlight once again on racial disparities in American society. But one aspect that again received less attention than it deserved is economic disparity. That’s important because...

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Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind 10.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled "Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values," warns:

“One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.”

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Why corner stores might start stocking more broccoli 8.7.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Corner stores better known for booze and Flamin' Hot Cheetos may be required to stock more good-for-you foods like broccoli and mangoes. All retailers that accept federal reimbursement for food stamps, known as Link cards in Illinois, likely will have to stock healthier food soon or leave the ...
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