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March 28, 2015 at 23:00:06
March 28, 2015 at 22:00:05
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March 28, 2015 at 20:08:08
Mikey never saw this coming ... It seems that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence thinks the license-to-hate legislation that he eagerly signed last week needs some clarification: Gov. Mike Pence, scorched by a fast-spreading political firestorm, told The Star on Saturday that he will support the introduction of legislation to "clarify" that Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...] Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a protected legal class, Pence said, "That's not on my agenda."
March 28, 2015 at 17:55:05
Schools in the economically struggling city of Holyoke, MA, face a takeover by the state because of low standardized test scores. Students and teachers alike are fighting back, but the city's schools superintendent, Sergio Paez, continues to back testing-based education and take aim at those who disagree with him. On Tuesday morning, dozens of students staged a walk-out and went to city hall, where they met with Mayor Alex Morse. According to protester Amanda Gonzalez:
March 28, 2015 at 14:00:08
March 28, 2015 at 12:00:08
Five years in, Obamacare hasn't created a crisis in primary care, according to a new report from a healthcare technology company. Even while 10 million Americans gained insurance coverage last year through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the proportion of new patients visiting primary care providers only rose slightly, to 22.9 percent in 2014 from 22.6 percent in 2013, the report said. And the new patients were no sicker than the patients those doctors saw in years past, said Josh Gray, vice president of research at athenahealth Inc., a Watertown company that provides electronic health records and other software to doctors nationwide.
March 28, 2015 at 10:00:08
March 28, 2015 at 10:00:05
Drought as recorded in snowfall on Half-dome in Yosemite Valley on March 19 of 2012 and 2015. There was certainly no shortage of water in the Northeast this winter. Boston and several other communities saw record snowfall. But in other parts of the North America, a swinging jet stream exacerbated an already dire prolonged drought, stretching the breadth of the entire Southwest, from California to Texas. Even parts of the Midwest bread basket are thirsty. There are two factors driving the drought: growth, and climate change. As the population increases, demand on surface water and aquifers grows relentlessly. The dipping, winding jet stream, a phenomenon tentatively linked to amplified warming of the Arctic, denies water to much of the western half of the US while dropping more than needed further east. It's a fair prediction that there will be no relief in terms of reduced population growth or mitigating changes in climate anytime soon. But we don't have to count on lucky rainstorms to relieve water shortages. There are other solutions.
March 28, 2015 at 09:00:06
In this week's taped address, President Obama highlighted new steps taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect Americans from abusive "payday lending" practices that can saddle consumers with debt far in excess of the amounts they originally sought to borrow. In Alabama, where I visited this week, there are four times as many payday lending stores as there are McDonald's. But while payday loans might seem like easy money, folks often end up trapped in a cycle of debt. If you take out a $500 loan, it's easy to wind up paying more than $1,000 in interest and fees. The step the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced this week is designed to change that. The idea is pretty common sense: if you're a payday lender preparing to give a loan, you should make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back first.
March 28, 2015 at 08:00:05
Well, at the risk of sounding sensationalist, why not an occasional mind expander? After the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator will start working this spring, it will allow researchers to look for the presence of mini black-holes. According to a new physics paper, if those black holes are detected, this will help know more about how gravity works. According to a paper by physicists Mir Faizal, Mohammed M. Khalil and Ahmed Farag Ali, published in the journal Physics Letters B, the presence of the mini black holes would support string theory, according to which, different dimensions could be present and it is possible that there are parallel universes.
March 27, 2015 at 22:00:06
March 27, 2015 at 16:50:03
Click to enlarge. Since lethal injection drugs are becoming scarce and no longer efficient at the whole "lethal" thing, Utah's getting ready to bring back the firing squad, while other states are dusting off their electric chairs and gas chambers. Somehow these are all more preferable than calling off capital punishment altogether, which often results in the executions of many, many innocent people. But at least they got a trial. The same can't be said for the summary executions the United States conducts overseas.