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|All Meals In Baltimore Public Schools Are Now Free For All Students!
|Judge upholds labor board rule bringing union representation elections into the 21st century
Here's something new: a court upholding a policy that business lobby groups say is unfairly pro-worker. The first of two legal challenges to the National Labor Relations Board's rule modernizing ...
|How about some good news out of Arizona?
Over the last week, local and national news stories, including a handful of my diaries here, have ...
|Minnesota hospitals will soon be allowed to dispense medical marijuana
Minnesota hospitals will soon have more treatment options for patients Hospitals in Minnesota will soon be allowed to dispense marijuana:
|Federal appeals court strikes down Idaho's 20-week abortion ban||Joan McCarter||05/29/2015||23||59||-||-|
|“Sincerely held religious beliefs” N.C. anti-gay marriage bill vetoed by McCrory
A bill that essentially allows “ Sincerely held religious beliefs ” to trump Constitutional law had a quick turn-around with a veto only a half hour after reaching the office of a governor ...
|Cuba is off the terrorist list
[http://www.wlky.com/politics/cuba-taken-off-terrorist-list/33285658 WLKY:] The U.S. State Department says Cuba has been taken off a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Secretary of State John ...
|120 CEOs Managing $12 Trillion Ask G7 Countries for Bold Climate Action
(photo courtesy of OxFam International) From ThinkProgress.Org : A group of more than 120 CEOs and other institutional investors who manage more than $12 trillion in assets sent ...
|Anheuser-Busch stops bottling beer to produce 50K cans of water for the Red Cross
I just saw this on MSNBC . Busch has stopped canning beer to can water for the Red Cross to use in the Flood Damaged areas of Texas and Oklahoma. There is a site where comments can be made if you ...
|New York's State Assembly just passed a single-payer bill
Some outstanding news from Albany. Assembly passes #universalhealthcare #singlepayer #NYHealth bill!
|Arkansas 12-week abortion ban bill struck down
The 8th Circuit US Court of Appeals struck down Arkansas's 12-week abortion ban. The doctors that brought the suit said: "By banning abortions after 12 weeks’ gestation, the Act prohibits ...
|Nebraska abolishes the death penalty
The legislature [http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nebraskas-death-penalty-repealed-veto-override-n365456 overrode the governor's veto]. Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than ...
|The Department of Justice enters into binding consent decree with the Cleveland Police Department||Shaun King||05/26/2015||26||56||1||-|
|Asheville Coal Plant to Retire After High Profile Three-Year Campaign; Clean Energy Work To Continue
This week I want to honor some of the most hard-working activists on our Beyond Coal campaign - Team Asheville in North Carolina. After years of rallies, public meetings, educational forums, ...
|Mary Anne Hitt||05/20/2015||12||16||-||-|
|Nebraska legislature votes to repeal death penalty
Nebraska's legislature has voted to repeal the state's death penalty by what should be a veto-proof margin. The vote was ...
|Los Angeles city council says yes to $15 minimum wage
Los Angeles is becoming the third major American city to ...
|Breakthrough in wind technology
On the good news front, General Electric will announce today a technological development resulting in a 20% increase in efficiency of wind technology. http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/GE-...
|Obama Curtailing Surplus Military Gear To Police Programs
This is welcome news and hopefully part of a continuing trend: In a surprise announcement coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Obama is ...
|Suck It, Neocons - POTUS Gets Saudi Thumbs Up on Iran Nuke Deal
(photo credit: Doug Mills, NYT) From The Guardian : Barack Obama has secured support from Gulf leaders for his attempt to reach a nuclear deal with Iran as a summit outside Washington ...
|"We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky -- it just works."
Curious hopeful creature that I am, I wanted to learn more about the guy who spoke that insightful sound-bite, last week. Here is what I found out. I thought maybe, you might find it interesting ...
|Analysis of Beached Grey Whale in British Columbia for Fukushima Radioisotopes
Grey Whale being dissected on Wickaninnish Beach April 23, 2015 The purpose of this diary is to report analyses carried out by the InFORM ...
|Huge! Alberta, Canada, home to tar sands, has elected a Premier who will stop pushing Keystone XL
Congratulations Alberta, Canada! With a large majority Alberta, Canada has just elected a people friendly, environment friendly premier! Great for Canada and the rest of the world!
|Anchorage AK voters trounce Koch-backed homophobe, elect Democratic mayor
This from the Anchorage Daily News: Ethan Berkowitz surged to a decisive win over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 98 percent of the vote counted,
|Nigerian Army Rescues 234 More Girls Today, Bringing Week's Total to 677
(photo credit: Stephen Melkisethian ) From AP via The Huffington Post : LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigeria's ...
|Wind energy association's first-quarter report offers reasons for optimism
The American Wind Energy Association has released its report for the first quarter of 2015, and it's quite encouraging. Indeed, for those of ...
|Ten in Prison for Life for Malala Attack
[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32530324 The arc is long but it bends towards justice], if we keep pushing to bend it. From the BBC: A court in north-west Pakistan has jailed 10 men for life ...
|Nigerian Army Rescues 200 Girls, 93 Women from Boko Haram - UPDATED Not Chibok Group
(photo credit: See Li ) From Reuters : (Reuters) - Nigeria's army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military ...
|How Eco-Friendly Cookstoves Are Saving Lives And Solving A Gender Rights Problem
Who knew? In 2012 around the globe, 4.3 million people, mainly women and children, die from household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels - these deaths are linked to inhaling carbon ...
|Supreme Court Blocks North Carolina's Voter Suppression Scheme
(illustration by DonkeyHotey) From politicususa.com : The Supreme Court dealt vote suppressors in North Carolina a blow when it vacated the State Supreme Court’s decision ...
|Researchers Say: Permafrost Feedback Loop will Walk, not Run-away
Chalk this one up for some "good news" in the overwhelming task of slowing-down and reversing, the anticipated "worse effects" of Climate Change. Recent data show that the accelerated release of ...
|Judge, jury uphold HERO
A state judge in Texas ruled that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) did not gather enough signatures to force a repeal referendum. After separate rulings from both a jury and ...
|This chart shows how Solar is taking over the world and there's no stopping it
A picture can speak a thousand words and the chart above shows how solar installations have exploded worldwide and all this activity has happened ...
|CFPB Has Already Returned $5 Billion to 15 Million Wronged Consumers
From whitehouse.gov : Today, we are taking the next step in President Obama’s historic push for the strongest consumer protections in America’s history. As the President called for in February,
|California Assembly panel approves legislation preventing police from viewing body camera footage
While states and cities ...
|Washington employer shocks employees by raising his company's minimum wage—to $70,000 per year
The Gravity Payments team just got a dream raise. Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Systems—a credit card processing company based in Washington—
|Bad for planned Pacific NW Coal Mega-Ports: China's demand for imported coal fell 42%
The business case for ever building two coal export mega-terminals in the Pacific Northwest is falling apart. From the Guardian: China's coal imports fall nearly half in 12 months as anti-...
|EEOC rules for equality again
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that the US Army must financially compensate Tamara Lusardi for employment discrimination she experienced while working at Redstone Arsenal in ...
|BREAKING: Montana about to expand Medicaid
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic In breaking news, the Montana House of Representatives passed a Medicaid Expansion Bill to a final reading by a 54-46 vote yesterday. The expansion called ...
|The Union of Concerned Scientists weighs in on the Iran Agreement
If the voices of sanity and rationality, don't get out in front of this new deal, and weigh in with some "cautious optimism" -- then the voices of foreboding and acrimony, will squash this deal with ...
|Mayor of London told to divest £4.8bn pension fund from fossil fuels
The London assembly members voted today in support of motion calling for mayor Boris Johnson to support divestment from coal, oil and gas companies. Business Green is ...
|National Bank of Abu Dhabi: "fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price"
Treehugger We are living in amazing times; witnessing the green revolution growing exponentially before our eyes. It's game over ...
|Update on Fukushima Citizen Science Monitoring Project: No contamination yet detected
The purpose of this diary is to provide an update with the most recent results of the Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radioactivity Monitoring (InFORM) project . The diary is part of an ongoing effort ...
|BLM Reaches Major Solar Milestone
If this is what they call "fast-track" -- I'd hate to see the 'slow one'. The Climate Clock is ticking people. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BLM Southern ...
|Apple just invested $848,000,000 in solar power
Serpa Solar Park in Portugal, built in 2006, will be dwarfed by Apple's solar farm. Bloomberg ...
|Obama Protects Arctic Ocean Shoal From Oil Drilling-Republican Heads Explode
A plateau in the Eastern Chukchi Sea, Alaska has just received protection from oil drilling from the Interior Department. The plateau is a walrus nursery where thousands congregate to give birth and ...
|Global wind power installations rose by 44 percent in 2014. China led again, but the U.S. improved
Wind turbines on the Kumayaay Indian reservation in southern California. The Global Wind Energy Council ...
|Update - Breaking: Delhi election - Landslide for AAP (grassroots / anti-corruption /left leaning)
The results for the assembly elections (similar to state legislature in the US) are out and it seems like a crazy landslide for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) (Common Person Party).
|Norway's national sovereign wealth fund (world's largest) says NO to Coal and Tar Sands investments
World Financial Markets are beginning to show that there isn't much of a future in digging up more Coals or Bitumen. Our dirtiest Fossil Fuels will need to be strictly regulated in the near future ...
|Colorado says state's free birth control program yielded 40 percent drop in teen births
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado Hard to argue with those numbers. The Colorado program, called the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, offers contraception to low-income women at ...
|FCC head Wheeler proposes strongest net neutrality rules ever
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler This ...
|Obama issues order mandating that sea level rise be included in planning new federal buildings
President Obama issued an executive order Friday that requires scientific assessment of the sea level rise caused by global warming to be taken into ...
|Good news! FCC likely to kill state laws that prevent municipal broadband
FCC Chairman Tom ...
|President Obama's budget extends Social Security marriage benefits to same-sex couples
|England recommends all its schools go 'meat free' on Mondays!
Paul McCartney singing about 'Meat free Monday' England's Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has launched a new set of school food standards, with accompanying guidance, that recommended that all ...
|BREAKING: Kurds Defeat Daesh(ISIS) in Kobane
A little over four months ago, Daesh assaulted the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria, on the border to Turkey. They threw thousands of their best fighters against Kobane, including ...
|U.S. & India Announce Climate Change Partnership||ericlewis0||01/25/2015||26||53||-||-|
|Breaking: Obama To Propose Protecting 1.4 million Acres Of U.S. Arctic Refuge
The Washington Post is reporting today that President Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling. The Washington Post reported, citing people who ...
|Breaking: Federal judge rules Alabama's marriage equality ban unconstitutional (Updated x6)
Here's some (very) breaking news coming out of Alabama, reported by Equality Case Files . U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade just ruled that the "Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" and "...
|Judge rules Arizona Dreamers can keep driver's licenses, overturning Gov. Brewer's ban
Score a big victory for Dream activists this week. A federal judge issued a permanent injunction Thursday on an order from former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that ...
|The US Supreme Court Will Hear All Four Marriage Equality Cases From The Sixth Circuit
The SCOTUS has granted certiorari in all four of the marriage equality cases from the Sixth Circuit -- Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Last October, The SCOTUS denied the requests to ...
|Amazing! Holder Ends An Asset Seizure Program.
I am impressed. Attorney General Holder today announced he was ending the Federal Government's "Equitable Sharing" program, otherwise known as civil forfeiture. Under this program ... local and ...
|The solar energy explosion of 2015
Solar installation on Walmart store, Mountain View, CA Did you notice a lot more solar panels in 2014, on homes, schools, shopping malls, street lights, road signs, public lands ...
|Obama Announces Actions to Cut Methane Emissions by Almost Half
From whitehouse.gov : FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions The Obama Administration is committed to taking ...
|Victory! US government sets new rules protecting whales and dolphins!
It's only taken us ten years but finally the US government has agreed to set the same stringent rules for imported seafood as for seafood protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
|Muslim groups in Detroit donate $100,000 to help avoid water shutoffs for residents
Crowds protesting water shutoffs in Detroit. Positive news for Detroit residents on the verge of having their water shut off:
|Virginia Critical Court Ruling Striking Down Redistricting
The evolution of the state of Virginia turning from a reliable red state in 2004 to a solid blue state in statewide federal and state elections would make Charles Darwin proud. In 2004, the GOP ...
|Pope Francis prepares to issue Vatican teachings on Climate Change to 1.2 Billion Catholics
Pope Francis wants the Church's 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide to take action to reduce the impacts of human caused Global Warming. Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism ...
|POTUS Dumps Wingnut Judicial Nominee Boggs
From thinkprogress.org : In a victory for civil rights, abortion rights, and LGBT equality groups, President Obama will not re-nominate former Georgia legislator Michael Boggs to a lifetime ...
|Something cheery for 2015: wind trees
This would make for a happier new year! What looks like a sculpture is actually a [http://inhabitat.com/wind-energy-made-beautiful-with-these-silent-wind-tree-turbines/ wind turbine with many ...
|U.S. Senate Gives Black Eye to House Fundamentalist Christians
Click image for full Daily Kos book review The U.S. Senate has courageously just stood up to the Christian-supremacist bullies in the House of Representatives. Oh yes, ...
|OMG this slope is slippery: Air Force Secretary supports transgender in military
In an interview with Capitol Download's Susan Page on Wednesday Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said that the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed in the near future and that ...
|New Labor Rule posted, will implement President's Executive Order
Yesterday Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced that the final ...
|Ordinances and Policies (Updated: Minnesota passes transgender sports policy)
Stuff is happening locally...here and there. Sometimes it is to our benefit. Sometimes we have some setbacks. And sometimes the process just moves along slowly. Today we visit South Florida, ...
|New Jersey ACLU helps transgender veterans access benefits
The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records has notified two veterans that it has decided to "fully recognize" ...
|9 Million Solar Panels Spanning 9.5 Sq Miles: World's Largest Solar Farm Becomes Fully Operational!
The first 500+ megawatt solar plant in the US, and the largest solar plant in the world came online recently . Called the Topaz Solar Farm, it was built on the Carrizo Plain, located between San ...
|Federal Judges Strike Down Marriage Equality Ban(s) In Arkansas And Mississippi
and A federal judge in Arkansas has just ruled that state's ban(s) on marriages of same-sex couples is unconstitutional. ...
|Breaking: House Intelligence Committee report released today found no wrongdoing in Benghazi
In an ongoing two year investigation that the Republican controlled House Intelligence Committee was conducting, found no wrongdoing by the CIA, Military or Obama administration appointees ...
|Transgender Day of Celebration: Unlikely Sources
Boulder: A dinner and community gathering to share in each other's company, meet new trans*-identified friends and give thanks for the love and support of our community. We will also be having a ...
|Immigration -->>> surprising news from El Paso del Norte
Our President has once again made history. Our President has once again strengthened our country. When you hear of controversy and criticism, please keep in mind what I am about to share with you.
|Breaking: Kansas to allow same sex marriages
Shortly after Montana got the greenlight for same sex marriage, comes word that is KS on board as well. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1346045/-Breaking-Federal-Judge-Strikes-Down-Same-Sex-
|Federal Judge Strikes Down (Same-Sex) Marriage Ban In Montana; Injunction Effective Immediately
A federal judge in Montana has just rules Montana's marriage ban(s) unconstitutional. There is no stay in the order and the injunction goes into effect immediately. Congratulations, Montana. ...
|President Obama's climate agreement already paying off, as China announces cap on coal use by 2020
President Obama's bold international diplomacy is paying big dividends : The Chinese government ...
|UPMC Found Guilty of Violating U.S. Labor Law
This is no longer breaking news, I learned about the ruling this past Saturday night - the judge issued the ruling Friday night. For those who have not been following this labor struggle, UPMC ...
|Shell Oil loses big. U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals throws out pre-emptive lawsuit
Shell’s path to drilling in the Arctic is lined with pitfalls. Photo credit: Alaska Wilderness League Poor Shell Oil can't get any relief in their quest to destroy the Arctic Ocean for ...
|Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship INDICTED
From The Charleston Gazette : Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive of Massey Energy, was indicted today on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws at the company’s Upper Big ...
|Supreme Court lifts stay: Kansas marriages can begin immediately
See that rectangular blob of light blue in the center of the country there? That is Kansas and it has just turned dark blue as the Supreme Court has vacated its stay issued by Justice Sotomayor ...
|Oh, It's On - POTUS Readies Sweeping Series of Executive Actions to Combat Global Warming
From Politico : The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions since George H.W. Bush signed a rewrite of ...
|US & China Announce Break-though Climate Deal in Beijing
To the wire negotiations reverse downward spiral in co-operation WaPo: China, U.S. agree to limit greenhouse gases LA Times: U.S. and Chinese leaders make major breakthrough on climate ...
|BREAKING: Volkswagen To Recognize UAW In Tennessee
A common myth: the auto industry is dying. The reality: no, it's increasing employment but largely in NON-UNION assembly plants in the South owned by foreign companies like Mercedes and Nissan, and ...
|Breaking! Marriage Equality comes to Missouri!
Nice news to get today after yesterday's shit storm of an election. Folks are lining up in ST Louis right now to get married! It was ruled that the City of St. Louis could issue same sex marriage ...
|Something Wonderful Happened
In the midst of all the doom, gloom, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth that occurred for the Democrats yesterday, something wonderful happened. It wasn't very big. Many people probably didn't ...
|UPDATE! HICK WON! Dude, hang on a second!
I went to bed last night utterly defeated and sad. I haven't been this depressed on election night since the 2004 fiasco. Colorado has not elected a Republican to a senatorial or governorship ...
|Colorado is the Shiznit||11/05/2014||244||242||1||-|
|Minimum wage wins show the power of organizing
Striking fast food workers have helped ...
|Personhood now has a 0-5 win-loss record in elections
Voters rejected personhood measures in Colorado and North ...
|Aetna eliminates transgender exclusion for federal employees
Last month I reported on the State Department's decision to ask its insurers to remove the transgender exclusion from its insurance plans and its largest insurer, the American Foreign Service ...
|Kansas! Federal Judge Orders State To Recognize Marriages Of Same-Sex Couples
I know that this is election day with a great deal going on. But, I wanted to get this news out there anyway for those who are interested. A Kansas federal judge has just approved marriage ...
|Three From The World of Nature
I thought I'd take a break from stories of Doom & Gloom for a moment, and write up three recent news stories that are good news. First up, New Scientist reports rebounding sea otter ...
|Good News: Weekly Ebola Deaths at Monrovia Fall. Public Health and Antiviral Meds Kick In
The West Africans have been catching media Hell for months now. They are blamed for everything from living in filth to pursuing strange funeral practices. Too dumb to fight off the Ebola virus. It's ...
|US Army loses landmark employment discrimination case
The United Stated Office of Special Counsel announced today that the Department of the Army engaged in "frequent, pervasive and humiliating" discrimination against Tamara Lusardi on the basis of her ...
|UPDATE: WE Won! Rev. William Barber excites our local activists
Moral March to the Polls Forward Together Tour... Today, a brisk wind and first cold of the season did not dampen the crowd's enthusiasm. Rev. William Barber came to town. And his timing could ...
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