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Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor

Friday, August 02, 2013

Florida education chief resigns after fixing charter school grades for GOP donor (via Raw Story )

Florida Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday after he was accused of changing a grading system while serving as Indiana school superintendent so that a Republican donor’s charter school would not receive bad marks, according…


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Changing the Culture of Sexual Assault Against Female Service Members

Changing the Culture of Sexual Assault Against Female Service Members (via PBS News Hour)

By: Cindy Huang Female Marine recruits stand in formation following hand-to-hand combat training during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Even as combat roles begin to open up for female marines, many of them feel marginalized and discriminated…


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North Carolina officials shut down Asheville abortion clinic

North Carolina officials shut down Asheville abortion clinic (via Raw Story )

Even as state legislators in North Carolina wrangle over new proposed statewide restrictions on abortion, health officials shut down one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics on Wednesday. According to Asheville’s ABC Channel 13, FemCare…


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Did Bradley Manning Get a Fair Trial?

Did Bradley Manning Get a Fair Trial? (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: And we come back to verdict in the court-martial of Army Private Bradley Manning and get reaction from Jeffrey Smith, former general counsel for the CIA and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He's currently in private practice and serves…


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North Dakota judge blocks law designed to close state’s only abortion clinic

North Dakota judge blocks law designed to close state’s only abortion clinic (via Raw Story )

A North Dakota judge has placed a temporary hold on a law designed to shut down the state’s only women’s health clinic that offers abortions. According to a press release from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), North Dakota Senate Bill 2305…


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Samantha Power confirmed as US envoy to UN

Samantha Power confirmed as US envoy to UN (via AFP)

The US Senate confirmed Samantha Power as ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, giving bipartisan approval to President Barack Obama's nominee. The genocide expert and human rights champion sailed through on a 87-10 vote. Power, 42, replaces…


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D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees

D.C. ex-gay rally draws fewer than 10 attendees (via Raw Story )

In spite of organizers’ predictions of thousands of marchers, a rally for the ex-gay movement drew fewer than 10 attendees on Wednesday. According to Right Wing Watch, Sandy Rios of American Family Radio and “ex-gay lobbying day” organizer Christopher…


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Brazil president ratifies sex abuse law slammed by Church

Brazil president ratifies sex abuse law slammed by Church (via AFP)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday ratified a law aimed at protecting victims of sexual abuse which has been condemned by the Catholic church as a first step toward broader legalization of abortion. Four days after Pope Francis ended a week…


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Czech Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer hat

Czech Pastafarian wins right to wear pasta strainer hat (via Raw Story )

The Czech Republic is now the second country in Europe to recognize pasta strainers as religious headgear. The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Lukas Novy from Brno in the Czech Republic has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head at all…


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US bill targets French rail SNCF over Holocaust

US bill targets French rail SNCF over Holocaust (via AFP)

US lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that seeks to hold France's state-owned rail company SNCF accountable for its role in transporting Jews to their deaths during the Holocaust. US Senator Chuck Schumer led a bipartisan group of sponsors in…


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Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’

Georgia State student: Opposing ‘White Student Union’ is ‘ignorant and closed-minded’ (via Raw Story )

The student who is responsible for creating a controversial “White Student Union” at Georgia State University has accused opponents of the group of being “ignorant and closed-minded.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday reported that…


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Huawei lashes out at ex-CIA chief over spying claims

Huawei lashes out at ex-CIA chief over spying claims (via AFP)

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has hit back at allegations by a former CIA chief that the company spies for Beijing, labelling them "defamatory" and "baseless". Michael Hayden, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency in 2006-09, was quoted two weeks…


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Armed Wisconsin agents bust into animal shelter to kill baby deer

Armed Wisconsin agents bust into animal shelter to kill baby deer (via Raw Story )

Armed agents with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raided an animal shelter on the Kenosha-Illinois border and killed a fawn two weeks ago, according to WISN-TV. The Society of St. Francis told the TV station that nine DNR agents and four…


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Modern luxury meets Soviet retro chic as GUM turns 120

Modern luxury meets Soviet retro chic as GUM turns 120 (via AFP)

In Soviet days, people queued to buy Romanian boots or East German bras, but Moscow's vast GUM shopping arcade, which turns 120 this year, is now a luxury emporium that plays on Soviet nostalgia. The official 120th birthday celebrations will take place…


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Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame

Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame (via Raw Story )

Hip hop activist Jay Smooth ripped into CNN’s Don Lemon in video released Thursday, mocking his “f*cking terrible” claim black men could alleviate poverty by avoiding saggy pants. Smooth said Lemon’s advice wasn’t actually intended to seriously…


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***NERD ALERT*** New Doctor Who to be revealed

New Doctor Who to be revealed (via AFP)

The new Doctor Who will be unveiled in front of a live audience at a special show on Sunday, the BBC announced. Presenter by Zoe Ball will conduct an interview with the new Time Lord, who will replace Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor. "The decision is made…


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Radically New Technique To Produce Hydrogen Fuel From Water

Radically New Technique To Produce Hydrogen Fuel From Water (via Clean Technica)

A radically new way of producing hydrogen fuel from water — one that wasn’t even thought to be possible — has been developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. The researchers think that this new technique/system could pave…


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Colbert breaks down ‘G-O-Pissing contest’ between Christie and Paul

Colbert breaks down ‘G-O-Pissing contest’ between Christie and Paul (via Raw Story )

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert recounted in detail the “G-O-Pissing contest” between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), the two men currently considered the most…


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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Explained

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Explained (via Clean Technica)

This article originally published on Shrink That Footprintby Lindsay Wilson In 2010 human activity caused 50 Gt CO2e of greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions were 76% carbon dioxide (CO2), 16% methane (CH4), 8% nitrous oxide (N20) and 2% F-gases…


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Russia faces US ire over Snowden asylum

Russia faces US ire over Snowden asylum (via AFP)

Russia on Friday faced the wrath of the United States after granting asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who was settling into a safe house after over five weeks marooned in a Moscow airport transit zone. The whereabouts of Snowden…


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Deepwater Wind To Develop Offshore Wind Off New England Coast

Deepwater Wind To Develop Offshore Wind Off New England Coast (via Clean Technica)

The United States’ industry leader offshore wind-power projects, Deepwater Wind, have announced that they were selected as provisional winner of two offshore wind energy sites located in federal waters off the New England coastline. The company plans…


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John Oliver on Fox News and McDonalds: Both look appetizing but leave you feeling nauseous

John Oliver on Fox News and McDonalds: Both look appetizing but leave you feeling nauseous (via Raw Story )

Thursday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver viciously lampooned Fox News’ coverage of a living wage strike in New York City. Hundreds of McDonald’s workers called on the fast food giant to raise their wage so they could survive in the notorious…


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East Antarctica Ice-Sheet more vulnerable to melting than we thought: new research

East Antarctica Ice-Sheet more vulnerable to melting than we thought: new research (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 31 July 2013 by John Mason Missing contributor to the 22 +/- 10m Pliocene sea-level rise identified We know from satellite measurements that the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets (GIS and WAIS respectively) are losing mass in response…


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UNITED KINGDOM: Ten men charged with sexual exploitation of teens

Ten men charged with sexual exploitation of teens (via AFP)

Ten men accused of sexually exploiting teenage girls have been charged with offences including rape, sexual assault and trafficking, police said Friday. The suspects aged between 19 and 30 were charged Thursday following an investigation into alleged…


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ACLU files suit challenging Virginia same sex marriage ban

ACLU files suit challenging Virginia same sex marriage ban (via Raw Story )

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit in the state of Virginia challenging that state’s ban on same sex marriages. According to a press release on the ACLU website, the organization was joined in the suit by the Virginia…


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Rep. Ellison sings adorably for Minnesota marriage equality

Rep. Ellison sings adorably for Minnesota marriage equality (via Raw Story )

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was beaming from ear to ear on Thursday as he played the guitar and sang in his Capitol Hill office to promote a new law legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota. “This land is your land, this land is my land / From California…


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Are America's secretive ways destroying its relationship with Europe?

Are America's secretive ways destroying its relationship with Europe? (via GlobalPost)

Enlarge A visitor looks at a three-dimensional rendering of Rome while using Google Earth software on September 26, 2012 at the official opening party of the Google offices in Berlin, Germany. Anger over the PRISM system — under which the US National…


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Alabama judge grants lesbian mom full visitation rights

Alabama judge grants lesbian mom full visitation rights (via Raw Story )

In what may be a first, an Alabama judge has ruled that a lesbian mother can have unrestricted visitation rights to her children. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, who represented the woman in court, a Mobile County judge granted the rights…


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NASA turns 55. What's next for the space agency?

NASA turns 55. What's next for the space agency? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Information from three telescopes was combined to create this image of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 160,000 light years from Earth. X-rays from NASA's Chandra…


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North Carolina gov. gives female protester cookies after stripping abortion rights

North Carolina gov. gives female protester cookies after stripping abortion rights (via Raw Story )

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) may have just signed legislation that will restrict the ability of women to get safe and legal abortions, but he’s not a monster. On Tuesday, the governor ventured outside the gates of his mansion with four security…


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Xcel Energy To Grow Wind Power By 30%

Xcel Energy To Grow Wind Power By 30% (via Clean Technica)

Xcel Energy, billed as America’s top wind energy company, has announced that it proposes to “significantly expand its wind power production to reduce customer costs, protect against rising and volatile fuel prices, and benefit the environment.”…

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“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″

“We Can’t Survive on $7.25″ (via Moyers & Company)

Fast food workers in seven U.S. cities are walking off the job this week in what organizers say is the largest strike in the industry’s history. The wave of protests began Monday in New York City, where workers earning as little as the federal minimum…


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Dams Contribute More To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Previously Thought — Sediment Behind Dam Releases Significant Amounts Of Methane

Dams Contribute More To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Previously Thought — Sediment Behind Dam Releases Significant Amounts Of Methane (via Planetsave)

Small dams may contribute much more to greenhouse gas emissions than was previously thought, according to new research — the sediments that build up behind dams release more methane than was previously known. The findings add to the growing body of…

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MSNBC host on Weiner’s sexting partner: ‘This chick is batsh*t’

MSNBC host on Weiner’s sexting partner: ‘This chick is batsh*t’ (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts apologized on Wednesday after calling New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s former sexting partner Sydney Leathers “batsh*t” on air. During a segment about the latest twists and turns in Weiner’s run for…


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