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Despite dip, UW football remains among Pac-12 leaders in academic progress rate

WA Huskies - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:57

The Huskies' four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 974 ranks third in the Pac-12.
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Despite dip, UW football remains among Pac-12 leaders in academic progress rate

NBA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:57

The Huskies' four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 974 ranks third in the Pac-12.
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Despite dip, UW football remains among Pac-12 leaders in academic progress rate

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:57

The Huskies' four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 974 ranks third in the Pac-12.
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Despite dip, UW football remains among Pac-12 leaders in academic progress rate

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:57

The Huskies' four-year Academic Progress Rate score of 974 ranks third in the Pac-12.

U.S. court rejected claim FBI use of spy data is unconstitutional

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled last year against a constitutional challenge to U.S. surveillance rules permitting the FBI to access foreign intelligence data for use in domestic criminal investigations, according to a newly declassified court opinion. Judge Thomas Hogan said there was no requirement that access to email and other forms of Internet communications under a controversial surveillance program be restricted only to foreign intelligence uses, he wrote in a November opinion released this week in partially redacted form. Hogan’s ruling dismissed a legal challenge submitted by Amy Jeffress, a former federal prosecutor, who was appointed to serve as a “friend of the court” to advocate privacy considerations before the court.

Ex-New Orleans police officers plead guilty in post-Katrina killings

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56

Spent shell casing lies alongside road on Danziger Bridge in eastern New OrleansA retrial was later ordered due to prosecutorial misconduct. Under the plea deal, the four men involved in the shootings - Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius and Anthony Villavaso - pleaded guilty to depriving the victims of their civil rights, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


LGBT law puts North Carolina governor in precarious position

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:56
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a far-reaching LGBT law that critics called discriminatory, he said it wouldn't hurt the state's ability to attract jobs. It did.

Florida man shoots self after killing wife, 2 young children

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:53

Florida man shoots self after killing wife, 2 young childrenA central Florida man killed his estranged wife and two young children before fatally shooting himself as police pursued him on a highway, authorities said Monday.


Disney's Kelli Berglund Busted at Coachella for Being Under Age

Yahoo! Music News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:51

Disney's Kelli Berglund Busted at Coachella for Being Under Age? Former Disney XD star Kelli Berglund ( Lab Rats: Elite Force ) apparently had her Coachella fun cut short last weekend when she was arrested for carrying a fake ID. Guns N' Roses and LCD Soundsystem to reunite at Coachella 2016 TMZ reports that the 20-year old actress was trying to get into a ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Kelli Berglund This article, Disney's Kelli Berglund Busted at Coachella for Being Under Age, originally appeared on TVGuide.com.


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Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

NBA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:49

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner’s office in North Carolina has confirmed that trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants. Smithfield police released a statement Wednesday that they are looking for 40-year-old Bridgette Morgan Smith as a person of interest in the case. A search warrant identified […]
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Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:49

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner’s office in North Carolina has confirmed that trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants. Smithfield police released a statement Wednesday that they are looking for 40-year-old Bridgette Morgan Smith as a person of interest in the case. A search warrant identified […]
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Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:49

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner’s office in North Carolina has confirmed that trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants. Smithfield police released a statement Wednesday that they are looking for 40-year-old Bridgette Morgan Smith as a person of interest in the case. A search warrant identified […]

Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business

NBA - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:48

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples. The House Judiciary committee voted Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate in March. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton’s bill would require […]
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Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business

Seattle Seahawks - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:48

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples. The House Judiciary committee voted Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate in March. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton’s bill would require […]
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Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:48

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples. The House Judiciary committee voted Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate in March. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton’s bill would require […]

WSU football’s four-year Academic Progress Rating at an all-time high

WA Cougars - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:48

Five of WSU's athletic teams posted perfect single year APR scores of 1,000 -- women's cross country, golf, tennis and track, and men's golf.
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Police confirm bags found under house held infant remains

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:47
SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) — The medical examiner's office in North Carolina has confirmed that trash bags found under a home last weekend contained the remains of two infants.

Two students sue Kansas State University over rape allegations

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:47
The lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas contend that the university violated the women's rights under Title IX, the federal law that bars sexual discrimination in education. Kansas State did not investigate their reports of being raped because the fraternities were off campus, the lawsuits allege. In a statement, Kansas State said it would not comment on litigation or individual reports of discrimination, including sexual violence.

Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:46
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples.

Co-Founder of Earth Day, Denis Hayes on eTown (1992 & 2012)

E-Town - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 06:45

In the spirit of Boulder Earth Week, and in honor of Earth Day, we have dug into the eTown archives and unearthed Nick Forster’s interview with environmental advocate, proponent of solar power, and Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes.

 

A History of Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

The Idea

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date.

On April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

As 1990 approached, a group of environmental leaders asked Denis Hayes to organize another big campaign. This time, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. It also prompted President Bill Clinton to award Senator Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995)—the highest honor given to civilians in the United States—for his role as Earth Day founder.

Earth Day Today

As the millennium approached, Hayes agreed to spearhead another campaign, this time focused on global warming and a push for clean energy. With 5,000 environmental groups in a record 184 countries reaching out to hundreds of millions of people, Earth Day 2000 combined the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day with the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990. Earth Day 2000 used the power of the Internet to organize activists, but also featured a drum chain that traveled from village to village in Gabon, Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC for a First Amendment Rally. Earth Day 2000 sent world leaders the loud and clear message that citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on global warming and clean energy.

Much like 1970, Earth Day 2010 came at a time of great challenge for the environmental community. Climate change deniers, well-funded oil lobbyists, reticent politicians, a disinterested public, and a divided environmental community all contributed to the narrative—cynicism versus activism. Despite these challenges, Earth Day prevailed and Earth Day Network reestablished Earth Day as a relevant, powerful focal point. Earth Day Network brought 250,000 people to the National Mall for a Climate Rally, launched the world’s largest environmental service project—A Billion Acts of Green®–introduced a global tree planting initiative that has since grown into The Canopy Project, and engaged 22,000 partners in 192 countries in observing Earth Day.

Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book.

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