News for 2012-03-21

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] FCC Decision on Local Community Radio Act a Boon for Communities
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released decisions on Monday to implement the Local Community Radio Act passed by Congress in December 2010, opening the airwaves for community radio. The move gets rid of pending applications for FM translators, which are repeater stations that...
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[title] History of an Occupation: The Story of Occupy Wall Street, Told by the People
In the fall of 2011, New York's Zuccotti Park grabbed the world’s attention as the hub of Occupy Wall Street, a movement that set off a chain of rage against the country’s financial and political elite. Even in the face of police repression and media ridicule, the movement mobilised thousands of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghan Villagers: Massacre of Civilians Fueled by 'Revenge'
Afghan villagers near the site where US Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is alleged to have murdered 16 civilians, including nine children, claim US troops -- just days before the shooting -- lined them up against a wall after a roadside bombing and told them that they, and even their children, would...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Drill Baby Drill' Will Never Curb Gas Prices: Report
An AP report released today states that increases in US domestic oil production have never decreased gas prices, nor will they ever. Rather, gas prices have often actually increased alongside domestic oil production. The new report evidences that U.S. production and demand have little to do with...
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Your Time Is Up:" Activists Plan Non-Violent Direct Action, Demand Immediate Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant
Outraged at a federal ruling on Monday allowing the continued operation of the 40-year-old Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, anti-nuclear activists are planning civil disobedience calling for the closure of the plant. In Monday's ruling, a federal judge blocked Vermont from closing the plant,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Set to Speed Up Approval of Tar Sands Pipeline
Although President Obama denied a permit for the main Keystone XL pipeline from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico in January, it is expected that he will announce on Thursday on a visit to Cushing, Oklahoma, a plan to speed up the permit for the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline,...
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[title] “Librotraficantes” Smuggle Banned Books Into Tucson, Arizona
On Friday, March 16th, a caravan of students, teachers, and activists calling themselves “librotraficantes,” or book traffickers, rolled into Tucson, Arizona bringing boxes of “smuggled” books that have been prohibited in the classrooms of the Tucson Unified School District following the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Toulouse Shooting Suspect Surrounded; Armed Standoff Continues in France
The suspect in a string of shootings in France, including recent murders outside a Jewish day school in Toulouse, has been surrounded by police. Three officers have been injured after gunfire was exchanged with the suspect, according to media reports. The man has thrown his handgun out a window but...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYPD Riot Cops Remove Occupy Protesters from Union Square
Following days of renewed activity after large 6-month anniversary rallies over the weekend, Occupy Wall Street is taking on the New York City Police Department head on by continuing to stage public protests, building encampments in public squares, and, on Tuesday, marching right to the steps of...
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