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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings over the holiday weekend alone have city police working around the clock.Now, leaders hope community members come forward to help stop the violence. read more


Monday, May 25, 2015

It's a technology with the potential to ease California's colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say.But there's just one problem -- the "yuck factor."As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as direct potable reuse.Unlike nonpotable reuse -- in which treated sewage is used to irrigate crops, parks or golf courses -- direct potable reuse takes treated sewage effluent and purifies it so it can be used as drinking water.Los Angeles opponents coined the derisive phrase "toilet to tap" in 2000 before torpedoing a plan to filter purified sewage water into an underground reservoir -- a technique called indirect potable reuse. read more


Saturday, May 23, 2015

New York City lawyers warned Dominique Sharpton not to delete Instagram photos that show her trekking up a mountain while claiming in a lawsuit that she has "permanent" injuries. Sharpton claimed in her May 7 suit that she will never fully recover from a sprained ankle suffered on an uneven Soho street and "still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries." The photos, posted a week after she filed suit, show her on an Indonesian mountain. One caption reads, "We hiked UP the mountain, over the clouds ... into the SUNRISE." read more


One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination. read more


Friday, May 22, 2015

There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of every year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months.And on Friday, the government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate said it would adjust its methods in an effort to resolve the problem.At issue is a process known as "seasonal adjustment," which is not nearly as convoluted as it sounds. Many routine patterns affect the economy, such as the layoff of temporary retail employees after the winter holidays, or a spike in consumer spending around Easter. Seasonal adjustment attempts to factor out those patterns to get a clearer picture of how the economy is actually performing.Yet what appears to be a seasonal pattern still exists. The government seasonally adjusts components of gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, before adding them together. The researchers argued that the final, aggregate data should also be adjusted. read more


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