Prize for tone-deaf tweet today:
It sounds like the governor wants his own clean air standards. Great. Or that citizens are his enemy.
Oiled, soiled and spoiled
Missoula Reporter: Alek Sakariassen
What happened when Montana's Yellowstone River turned black-and how that environmental disaster is influencing pipelines nationwide
Riverside Park baked under a harsh central Montana sun on Aug. 6, 2010. Wind howled through groves of cottonwoods along the Yellowstone River, swirling eddies of cotton past RV pads, a concrete boat ramp, a playground and a volleyball court. By mid-afternoon, thunderstorms were rolling in across the prairie.
A string of officials gathered on the river's south bank, embroiled in a discussion about the erosion at work that summer. They represented the City of Laurel, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline and pipeline subsidiaries of Cenex, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. The flow of the Yellowstone had already dropped 40,000 cubic feet per second from its crest in early June, but the meeting wasn't exclusive to the 2010 flood season. Erosion on the Yellowstone's south bank at Riverside Park had locals concerned about the long-term integrity of several oil and natural gas pipelines extending beneath the park and the river. The city asked for help from one or all of the represented companies in fortifying the south bank against additional erosion, to protect the river, the Laurel community and the environment downstream against a potential catastrophe.
This comprehensive article is 6 pages long. I am so grateful this was tweeted to me, or re-tweeted by someone I followed. These small-town newspapers are doing great original work sometimes.
Afghanistan veterans 'will be a priority'
Sydney Morning Herald; David Wroe
THE care of veterans will become the focus for Australia as operations in Afghanistan wind down, the Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has told Parliament.
In his regular update on the situation in Afghanistan, Mr Smith said conditions would remain ''difficult and dangerous'' this year as Australia begins withdrawing the bulk of its troops.
''There will be challenges and setbacks ahead. The Taliban will target Afghan security forces as they take responsibility for the security of their country,'' he said.
Zimbabwe's constitutional reform to challenge Mugabe's powers
Mail & Guardian; AP
The talks, which took place on Wednesday, also highlighted political impartiality from President Robert Mugabe's longtime loyalists in the police and military.
The 160-page draft, completed after three years of tension between hardliners and reformists during often bitter and violent nationwide canvassing, will be voted on in a national referendum slated for April, ahead of elections to end a shaky coalition formed after the last disputed, violent polls in 2008.
American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse A Face, And Voice, In China
NPR; Louisa Lim
When he brutally beat Lee, she posted a picture of her battered face, showing a huge lump protruding from her forehead. She put it on his page on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, under the heading, "I love losing my face = I love hitting my wife's face?"
She followed this with pictures showing her bloodied ear and raw, injured spots on her knee. "Li Yang, you need help," she wrote. "Domestic violence is a serious problem."
She says she went public out of desperation, trying to get her husband's attention.
This is a remarkable case. In contrast, there is this
Your Safety Tip of the Day:
'Reusable Grocery Bags Can Kill (Unless Washed)'
Economist's View Blog
Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright tell this story in "Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness," published as a research paper by the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. As their primary example, they look at E. coli infections in the San Francisco County after it adopted an ordinance severely limiting the use of plastic bags by grocery stores.