News for 2012-11-02

Friday, November 2, 2012
Michigan's Veto Referendum on the 'Emergency Manager Law'
The Basics On Election Day Michigan voters will vote on whether to keep the state's controversial emergency manager law, also known as Public Act 4 of 2011, when they vote on Proposal 1. The contentious law allows for a a state-appointed emergency manager to be placed in school districts and local...
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California Proposition 30: Taxes to Fund Education, Public Safety
California Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding The Basics
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[title] A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money
Explore political ad spending through creative cartography. This animated map shows where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money — over a six-month period during the general election — to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential race.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Great Lakes Plastic Concentration "Higher Than Anywhere in the World"
Plastic pollutes the Great Lakes in concentrations higher than any other body of water on Earth, concluded a recent study conducted by the State University of New York. The first project to survey plastic pollution in the Lakes, students and faculty from the University spent the summer sailing Lake...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Frustration Grows as Storm-Ravaged Communities Face Fourth Day Without Power
UPDATE: News agencies are reporting Friday evening that New York City has canceled the marathon scheduled for Sunday. As residents in New York and New Jersey enter their fourth day since the devastating storm brought tearing wind, surging water and widespread power outages, feelings of desperation...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Chamber of Commerce Becomes #1 'Shadow Money' Spender
"Shadow Money" organizations, who channel millions of dollars from undisclosed corporate donors into partisan campaign drives, refuse to relent as the 2012 election season nears the end -- least of all, the US Chamber of Commerce who pulled ahead this month as the number one non-disclosed outside...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dispatch from "Bainport": Sensata Workers Protest Romeny's Vulture Capitalism
Late in the evening on Halloween about 100 people gather around the campfire in "Bainport," Illinois, marking the 50th day of the encampment. People gather close to warm up as they help each other put on hand-made vulture masks and prepare for an evening rally.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Protester Interrupts Romney Sandy Speech
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was interrupted at a campaign rally in Doswell, Va., Thursday, as he gave a speech on Hurricane Sandy, when a climate change protester revealed himself in the front row, shouting : "What about climate? That's what caused this monster storm. Climate Change!"
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fukushima Worker Sues TEPCO Alleging Negligence, Injuries
A former worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant is suing the operator, alleging that workers were knowingly sent into the plant following the March 2011 meltdown without warnings of or adequate protection against highly-radioactive water.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dark Money Rises
About a week before election day, a young girl, maybe 10 years old, confronted Colorado House candidate Sal Pace in a pew at his Pueblo church. "She said, 'Is it true that you want to cut my grandmother's Medicare?'" Pace remembers.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Costs May Jeopardize Their Future
The rising costs of the tar sands industry in Canada may bring projects to a halt, CBC News reports . According to a memo CBC News obtained from Mark Corey, an official in the federal Department of Natural Resources, the increasing costs in extracting the dirty crude may be prohibitive. Corey wrote...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jobs Report Shows Positive Signs, But Wages Remain Low
Four days before election day, new statistics indicate the US economy added 171,000 new jobs in October, inching the unemployment rate up from 7.8 to 7.9 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised statistics for September and August to reflect greater increases than previously reported,...
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[title] Low-Income NY Residents Weather Super Storm Sandy Aftermath
Weathering Super Storm Sandy in Chinatown Super storm Sandy hit lower Manhattan hard over the night of October 29-30. Floodwaters spilled over doorsteps in Alphabet City, cars floated through Battery Park, and power went out for almost all of the residents of the island below 39th street...
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[field_image_caption-raw] How Hurricane Sandy Will Impact the Election
Thanks to a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republicans, the 2012 election was already shaping up to be pretty chaotic before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy , which left 8.2 million households witho
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ravaged Staten Island: Torn Apart, Comes Together
A full four days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York City, residents on battered Staten Island have emerged as the most heavily impacted by the destruction.
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