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James Riordan‘s current events article series, “A Well Thought-Out Scream”

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The Los Angeles City Council has approved a new transportation plan that will add hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and pedestrian safety features.   The upshot of this move is that the city known for its epic traffic jams is sacrificing car lanes to make way for bikes and

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After planting large GMO corn field just a few weeks ago, 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot and now the ongoing problem has hit north of the border in Ontario, Canada where more than 37 million bees have been found dead. In the past, many scientists

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One of master inventor Nikola Tesla’s great visions was never developed in the way he envisioned.  The Tesla Tower was to be the ultimate protection for a city.  If constructed near the center of the city the device could be set to destroy anything and everything that enters the city’s

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On August 11th, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill barring grand juries from deciding on charges in cases involving police use of lethal force.  The thinking behind the bill was that grad juries are often “shrouded in scerecy” and enable prosecutors to escape accountability to the public.

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India’s government is seeking damages of nearly $100m from Nestle India for “unfair trade practices” after the food safety regulator banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand in June for containing unsafe levels of lead. The government said on Wednesday that it has filed a suit with the country’s top

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In the early 90s the state of Connecticut was overwhelmed by gang shootings.  Scores of innocent bystanders, including a 7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys.  An editorial in the Hartford Courant said at the time: “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” In the

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Scientists have discovered a powerful new antibiotic they say can kill an array of germs without the bugs easily becoming resistant to it, a potential weapon against a range of diseases.  The discovery is a rare—and much-needed—breakthrough in the quest for new antibiotics to overcome the problem of growing resistance to

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It’s orbit is wildly out of whack compared to the eight official planets in our solar system. It is nearly twice as far as the next closest planet. And, essentially, it’s just a big ball of ice. Well, actually, in astronomical terms, it’s a little ball of ice, only one

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The numbers are staggering. While the United States has only 5% of the world’s population, it has 25% of the world’s prison population – that makes America the world’s largest jailer. America Behind Bars. Since 1970, our prison population has risen a staggering 700%. Today one in every 99 adults

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For years now we’ve been hearing dire warnings about borrowing money from China so the first thing I thought when I heard that the Chinese stock market had plunged was if they had the capability to call in our loans and what does that mean.  Might we have to give

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