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Why Forest-Killing Megafires Are The New Normal

Second of a five-part series Fire scientists are calling it “the new normal”: a time of fires so big and […]

With A Girl Jailed, Pakistan Law Again Under Scrutiny

Until last week, Pakistani Christians and Muslims on the outskirts of Islamabad lived side-by-side in peace — and in the […]

Drought’s Still Deep In Nation’s Midsection

Though there were “a few notable improvements” in places such as Indiana, where beneficial rains fell, the deep drought that […]

Will Tropical Storm Isaac Blow The GOP Convention Off Course?

Hurricanes and politics don’t mix. That’s why next week’s gathering in Tampa, Fla., might be the second-consecutive Republican National Convention […]

Group Gardening In San Antonio, Texas

My significant other, Angela Hartsell, is the Community Gardens Program Manager of Green Spaces Alliance Of South Texas. She builds […]

So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse?

Federal regulators and fast-food companies reacted with unprecedented speed this week to the release of an undercover video that animal […]

Paul Auster Meditates On Life, Death And Near Misses

Paul Auster doesn’t take living for granted. At 65, the author has had several “near misses,” from sliding face-first into […]

Rovers Are From Mars: How Curiosity Is Killing It On Twitter

Twitter wasn’t built to give voice to Curiosity, the rover currently exploring Mars, but it’s awfully well-suited for the purpose. […]

Ivan Dies At 50: A Gorilla Life, Remembered

I’ve written before in this space about how an animal obituary may help mark a life of significance. Here is […]

Saving Landmarks In Eldon, Iowa

From a volunteer pool of more than 30 — most past retirement age – friendly folks greet visitors at the […]

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