News for 2010-03-23

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
College Students Rally for Student Loan Legislation on Hill
College students swarmed Capitol Hill on Tuesday to plead for more financial aid as private lenders made a last push to preserve their endangered role in making federal student loans. The dueling messages sought to influence potential Senate action this week on a proposal to cut funding to lenders...
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Move to Legalize Marijuana in California Sparks Fears About Drop in Prices
A proposal to put the legalization of marijuana in California to a vote this November is causing some growers of the plant in the state to worry about a sharp drop in the value of their crop if the measure succeeds.
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Intentional Communities as Resource-Sharers: Cohousing Booms as Option in Urban Living
Jenise Aminoff didn’t own a car when she and her husband moved into Cambridge Cohousing, a 41-unit urban housing development near Porter Square, in 1999. One major attraction for the couple was its commitment to “green’’ construction and eco-friendly living, most of its residents opting to get...
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UN Report: World's Biggest Cities Merging Into 'Mega-Regions'
The world's mega-cities are merging to form vast "mega-regions" which may stretch hundreds of kilometres across countries and be home to more than 100 million people, according to a major new UN report.
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Environmentalists Make Plea for Desert Preservation
Some environmentalists are breaking ranks and fighting the solar industry. The problem, as they see it, is that tens of thousands of acres of mostly pristine desert is slated for bulldozing to accommodate utility-scale solar power plants in Nevada and across the Southwest. The solar plant planned 4...
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JSOC Interests Snag Plan to Free Afghan Detainees
WASHINGTON - An initiative to revise the procedures for reviewing the cases of detainees in order to free marginal insurgents and innocent Afghans has run afoul of the interests of officers of the powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in defending their role in earlier detention...
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Why Fannie and Freddie Continue to Cost Taxpayers Billions
Of all the companies bailed out by the federal government, mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are shaping up as the deepest money pits. A close look at their past and recent financial filings shows why their losses continue to mount.
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Senate Dems Brace for 'Poison Pills'
Democratic Senate leaders are fiercely lobbying their rank and file to hold the line against GOP efforts to change the final piece of their yearlong push to overhaul the nation’s health care system. Knowing that they need only 51 votes to push a reconciliation bill to final passage, Democratic...
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The Story of Bottled Water
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