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With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Declares Clean...

Yesterday, 10:25 PM

Last February, around 39,000 tons of toxic coal slurry gushed into a major North Carolina river. Now, having cleaned up around 3,000 tons worth, the company behind the spill and state regulators say their work is done.

With 92 percent of the original heavy metal-laden and possibly radioactive coal ash still coating 70 miles of river bottom, river advocates are frustrated.

“This stuff is not just going to go to the bottom and stay there and not harm the environment,” Brian Williams of the Dan River Basin Association told the Charlotte Observer. “It will be an issue for many, many years to come.”

Security Guard Catches Thief and gets Fired

13 July 2014 - 07:19 PM

Dallas Northington spent nearly eight years working for Target in loss prevention, roaming the stores and scanning the surveillance cameras. In an episode at the Leesburg Target store in May that he said was typical, a man was allegedly captured twice on video shoplifting, and Northington responded as he said he always did: He called the Leesburg police, made a report and provided them the videos of the two incidents.

But the man in the video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, Northington said he soon learned. And within days, two things happened: The deputy retired from the sheriff’s office and Target fired Northington, 29, a married father of two with a third child on the way.


Trading For Josh Gordon Wasn't a Great Idea in Retrospect

05 July 2014 - 02:12 PM

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Arrested for DWI in Wake County last night.

TSA To Raise Fees on Passengers

02 July 2014 - 04:29 PM



Thinking about planning a big trip? Best to book your flights now, before they become more expensive. Starting on July 21,the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers.

Formerly this fee was $2.50 for each leg of a flight, with a $5 cap on each one-way trip or a $10 cap on each round trip. On July 21, however, this fee will be uncapped and raised to $5.60 for each leg of a flight. Domestic layovers longer than four hours and international layovers longer than 12 hours will count as the second leg of a flight, for which you’ll be charged an additional fee. This may seem like an incremental change, but for those domestic travelers with connecting flights and long layovers, this could mean an increase of more than 5% in the price of airfare.


These mandatory TSA fees are automaticallybuilt into ticket prices, so all airline travelers will be affected by them, but a special kind of pain will be endured by three types of travelers: business travelers with round trips that involve multiple destinations, people who aren’t based in major hubs and must take connecting flights, and budget travelers who purchase flights with low fares in exchange for one or more connections. While the security fees on these sorts of trips would previously have been capped at $10, soon each leg of of a multi-stop trip could incur its own separate fee.

The TSA says its present fees barely cover flyer security costs, and that this fee increase could generate an extra $16.9 billion to put toward flyer “security” over the next 10 years. Whether justified or not, these fees are yet another hole in the pockets of airline passengers, and will only add fuel to the fire of complaints about rising fares, narrower and less-padded seats, hassles at the airport, and increasingly ridiculous fees.



But the important thing is Hatter feels safe...

Half of Germany's Electricity in June Provided by Solar

19 June 2014 - 05:21 PM


"German solar demonstrated just what it is capable of in the first two weeks of June," said Tobias Rothacher, expert for renewable energies at Germany Trade & Invest, the country's economic development agency.

Analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed solar panels in Germany generated a record 24.24 GW of electricity between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, June 6th.

And on Monday June 9th, which was a national holiday, solar power production peaked at 23.1 GW, which equalled 50.6 percent of total electricity demand - setting another milestone.




This is what happens when your government isn't bought and paid for by oil money.





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