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  • Rose in park
    Fair trade Valentine's Day flowers
    Fair trade may be just about the last thing on your mind when it comes to that beautiful bouquet you receive on Valentine's Day. How about child labor, sexual harassment, forced pregnancy testing or overwhelming health concerns? Valentine'...
  • Flag on the Word Play
    Super Bowl XLIX devolves into a circus with Deflategate and player antics
    Ah, the Tom Brady New England Patriots deflated footballs imbroglio; it’s hard to take it seriously. Yet, one would ever know that listening to the cadre of sports writers and pundits who should know better and get paid to know better.For...
  • New art program teaching kids about the Ca. drought
    Sun Gallery in Hayward offers new California drought education art program
    With the California drought now entering its 4th year, the Sun Gallery in Hayward has launched a new pilot program with a twist, teaching children in public schools about the California drought through art. Along with learning important facts...
  • Pair a pared pear with creamy bleu Gorgonzola
    Pair a pared pear with creamy bleu Gorgonzola
    In the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have such fresh fruit and so many trusty companions for the feast. Here's one tried and trusted treat that's fun to see AND easy to eat.Pick the Bartlett pears that are firm and ripe, and check...
  • Delaware Bay, looking toward New Jersey from Cape Henlopen
    Flying Fish Brewing event to benefit Delaware Estuary
    Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, New Jersey is hosting a Happy Hour to benefit the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s science and education programs.The date is Tuesday, February 17, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.Tickets are $35 each and for...
  • Walking while black
    Wrongfully arrested man sues Seattle PD; offending officer taken off street
    On Wednesday, Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was assigned to administrative duty, following her wrongful arrest last summer of William Wingate. The dash cam video of the event shows no clear cause for the arrest, and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole is...
  • SPD pepper spray teacher at MLK rally
    Seattle police sued for pepper spraying peaceful MLK rally
    Watch the 15 second video as Seattle Police douse Jesse Hagopian with pepper spray immediately following his speech at festivities celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.As Jesse was speaking on the cell phone to his mother and walking on...
  • WPB's goal - 10,000 trees in 10 years
    WPB’s goal – 10,000 trees in 10 years
    The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in West Palm Beach has announced a new green initiative – “to increase the canopy of the [City’s] urban forest as part of the implementation of the ‘Rethink Paradise: West Palm...
  • Senate passes Keystone pipeline bill; oil drops to 6-year low
    Senate passes Keystone pipeline bill; oil drops to 6-year low
    The Senate today passed a bill that would force the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama. Nine Democrats joined all Republicans to pass the bill. It now goes to the House which will need to...
  • American black duck
    Beekeeping course, internship fair, and other Maryland green events
    The Baltimore County Ag-Center in Cockeysville is offering an Introduction to Beekeeping Short Course on Jan 31 and Feb 1. The course will cover such topics as bee behavior, the time line of a beekeeper's typical year, and common pests and...
  • Genetically modified insects being released
    Genetically modified insects being released
    As soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves it, genetically modified mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, will be released in Key Haven, a 444-homes-neighborhood on a peninsula at the north end of Key West, Florida. The goal is to stop the...
  • Choosing a tankless water heater
    Choosing a tankless water heater
    Heating water takes up to a third of an average home energy budget. Tankless water heaters use less energy than storage water heaters and last longer, but their up-front costs are higher so payback takes time. Also called instantaneous, continuous...
  • Small pieces of plastic add up to a big sachet waste problem
    Convenient plastic packaging creates inconvenient waste
    From pills and contact lenses to grocery bags and granola bar wrappers, plastic films and wrappers are everywhere in our daily lives. They keep medications and equipment sterile, portion food to help us moderate our snacking, and keep shipping...
  • Autism linked to pollutant exposure in 3rd trimester
    Autism linked to pollutant exposure in 3rd trimester
    Autism has been linked to the mother's exposure to high air pollution levels during her pregnancy's third trimester as reported by the Harvard School of Public Health. It was found that women living in the areas of highest air pollution...
  • Arctic wilderness
    Obama protects Arctic from fossil fuels, activists to show support
    On January 26, President Obama announced a plan to protect Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “This is a huge step toward protecting our public areas from fossil fuel development and leaving a safer, healthier environment for...