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Uruguay vote to go to run-off

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:14
Tabare Vasquez of the Broad Front party will face Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party in a run-off in Uruguay's presidential election.
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INSIDE WASHINGTON: Profiting from failure

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:12

This undated image obtained by The Associated Press shows the cover sheet of a slide presentation prepared by Russell Richardson, who at the time was the science adviser to the Army Intelligence and Security Command, describing his vision for a cloud computing component for the Army’s intelligence fusion program. (AP Photo)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's $5 billion intelligence network has largely failed in its promise to make crucial data easily accessible to soldiers and analysts in the field. But for a select group of companies and individuals, the system has been a bonanza.

Don't let quarantine hysteria deter Ebola health workers: U.N

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:00
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Governments must not deter health workers from coming to West Africa to fight Ebola and quarantine decisions should not be based on hysteria, the head of the U.N. mission battling the virus said on Monday. The U.S. states of New York, New Jersey and Illinois have issued new quarantine rules for people returning from West Africa in response to fears that U.S. federal guidelines do not go far enough to contain an outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that has infected 10,000 people. ...

France bends to EU request, will revise its budget

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:58
PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says the government will revise its 2015 budget after the European Union objected to the country's flouting a deficit deal.

Dozens killed in Iraq bomb blasts

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:55
At least 34 people are killed and dozens injured after two separate bomb explosions in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
Categories: BBC World News

Jogger: I had 'no idea' it was PM

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:52
A member of the public who caused a security alert when he ran into David Cameron in Leeds says he was only told what had happened an hour later.
Categories: BBC World News

Labor group suing Wisconsin Governor Walker to raise minimum wage

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:52

Honoree and politician Scott Walker arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year in New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A labor group in Wisconsin on Monday said it is suing Gov. Scott Walker to force him to raise the state's minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The group, Wisconsin Jobs Now, said the rate is too low, citing a state law requiring that workers be paid a "living wage," or an amount with which they can pay for basic needs. It accused Walker, a Republican running for re-election on Nov. 4, of relying on a study by a major campaign contributor opposing an increase, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, to justify keeping the minimum wage low. "Gov. ...

Gattuso performs Crete job U-turn

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:50
Former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso changes his mind on his decision to quit as OFI Crete boss.
Categories: BBC World News

Italian bank hit by stress tests

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:49
Trading in shares of Italy's Monte dei Paschi is suspended twice after sharp falls in reaction to its poor performance in official stress tests.
Categories: BBC World News

Floating gas terminal anchored in Lithuania

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:44

People take photographs as "Independence", a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage vessel is maneuvered by tugboats through the sea gate port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The floating natural gas terminal arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, in a move by the Baltic country to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. (AP Photo/Kestutis Vanagas)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia.

GOP candidates straddle the climate change issue

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:40
Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then shifting quickly to express concern for the environment, the economy or both.

Senzo Meyiwa killing sparks South Africa

BBC World News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:39
South Africa reels after shooting of footballer
Categories: BBC World News

Obama focuses on governor races where he's welcome

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 02:39
President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape, avoiding hostile Senate terrain during the final days of the midterm campaign in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates.

Cougars arrive late, and fans exit early

WA Cougars - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:06
Washington State’s fragile football season took an ugly turn here against 15th-ranked Arizona, as the Cougars fell behind 31-0 in the first 21 minutes and spent the rest of the day in futile pursuit in a 59-37 loss to the Wildcats.
Categories: Sports Center

In Pac-12, a divisional shift of power

WA Cougars - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:15
Arizona State, Arizona and Utah each have one loss in Pac-12 South, while only Oregon in Pac-12 North has less than three.
Categories: Sports Center

A Bear In The Backyard

E-Town - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:06

IMG_1935Man oh man, check out this photo from our backyard:

That’s from a bear who’s been frequenting our neighborhood of late (if the rather large, nightly deposits of bear scat in various spots around the ‘hood are any indication, he’s been a regular visitor). Through the opening he made in our fence, you can see a heavy hanging plum tree (in our neighbor’s yard), the fruit of which I suspect he’d been enjoying. We actually heard him wreaking havoc on the fence (it was about 11pm at night, right outside our bedroom window more or less). It sounded like a drunken linebacker who’d lost his way and found our fence to be an obstacle to be removed from his path. Wild.

Actually literally wild. Here in Boulder, and in countless other parts of the country, many of our neighborhoods butt up against open space (ours does for example) which results in inevitable contact and encounters between animals and people. We are lucky enough to live in a town where wildlife cohabitate with us. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, we humans are living in THEIR neighborhood. Lord knows we cause them innumerable challenges, as they travel through our landscaped yards using ancient routes to water; roam through our developments at night, as they have for centuries, making their rounds as they search for food, etc. mtlion_NPSI have heard numerous stories from folks about ‘close encounter’ wildlife sightings (I myself have seen a mountain lion in a tree right down the street from our house, in broad daylight in that case!). It’s awe inspiring to think of.

There’s a real debate in this country right now, between those who would like to pave and/or develop every available square inch of land no matter what that does to the wildlife population and those who (like me) think it vital to our collective souls to ensure that we will always have open space and places where wildlife can exist. I think that’s why this year’s midterm election is so important. Can you guess which political party cares about protecting the environment and which cares little or nothing about that? I’m sure you can. If not, you should do some research, decide what’s important to you, and then VOTE. Make your voice heard.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

By the way, don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcast/podcast in Zack’s previous blog entry.

Xo Helen




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