10 years later: 9/11 Commission members say many... →
ageofperil: Senior members of the 9/11 Commission have released their report card on recommendations that remain unfulfilled 10 years after the hijackings. Among the findings they say have not been fully addressed: An executive-level Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board charged with safe-guarding the rights of Americans remains virtually non-existent. There is still no...
When kids feel connected and have a strong sense of belonging to the school...– Professor Christine Greenhow of the University of Maryland. Greenhow’s new research has found that students build important bonds when they connect with school friends on social networking sites. Read more.
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I have always said if...– Steve Jobs announced his third medical leave in the past decade in January. Our story from January here. Reblog: Text of resignation letter by former Apple CEO STEVE JOBS. (via the Wall Street Journal)
70 state parks in California are slated for closing … californiawatch: Frank Quan’s family has lived at China Camp State Park in California, catching and selling shrimp, since the 1890s. He’s the last remaining resident of a Chinese fishing village that once thrived on San Pablo Bay. Now the state is closing China Camp State Park along with dozens of other parks because of budget...
Hurricane Katrina: Stunning stats six years later →
From our homeland security reporter G.W. Schulz. ageofperil: It’s been six years now since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and caused one of the ugliest natural disasters Americans had ever witnessed. Here are some statistics that put the enormity of Katrina into perspective. The photo posted here, by the way, shows thousands of cots set up at Houston’s Reliant Center for victims who...
Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year – almost all of which are thrown into the garbage. Grocery stores and other retailers spend about $4 billion a year to purchase the bags for customers.
Plastics industry edited environmental textbook
Under pressure from the American Chemistry Council, a lobbying group for the plastics industry, schools officials in California edited a new environmental curriculum to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags, interviews and documents show. The rewritten textbooks and teachers’ guides coincided with a public relations and lobbying effort by the chemistry council to fight...
FBI creates website detailing its 10-year long... →
ageofperil: By the numbers: How the FBI responded to 9/11 7,000 agents aided in the recovery and investigation 500,000 investigative leads responded to by agents 167,000 interviews conducted by agents 5 FBI dogs participated in search for Pentagon survivors 1,600 small or damaged pieces of paper examined 126,600 finger-print comparisons conducted 35 terabytes of data investigated by...
Watch a 15-minute clip of DIRTY BUSINESS, an investigative documentary from the Center for Investigative Reporting that reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and explores the murky realities of “clean coal” technology.
Corporations are people, my friend.– GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, on why the U.S. shouldn’t raise taxes on corporations to shield Social Security and Medicare from cuts. “Everything corporations earn goes to people,” he told the audience. (via officialssay)
California cash has buoyed Texan Rick Perry →
californiawatch: The news this week that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is all but certain to enter the Republican presidential field has no doubt come as welcome news to some conservative Californians. After all, it was a Californian – state Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Chico – who made headlines earlier this year by forming a committee designed to draft Perry into the race. And it was another Californian...
Victims of stray bullets often children
Chris Rodriguez was taking a piano lesson around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2008, at a North Oakland music school. Across the street, an inebriated man robbed a gas station, firing three shots at an attendant. None of the bullets hit their intended target. Instead, one cut through the school’s wall and Chris’ spine, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, paralyzing the 10-year-old boy’s...
Hot enough? More than 3,000 record temps set this...
PBS NewsHour has created a useful widget to track record breaking temperatures in the U.S. As of this post, more than 3,800 temperature records have been broken.