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This week in the war on workers: Puerto Rico's school year starts, and it's chaos

School privatization advocates have used the devastation of Hurricane Maria to close hundreds of public schools in Puerto Rico while pushing vouchers and charter schools. As we’ve seen again and again, chaos and destruction are favorite tools of privatiz
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This week in the war on workers: Puerto Rico's school year starts, and it's chaos

School privatization advocates have used the devastation of Hurricane Maria to close hundreds of public schools in Puerto Rico while pushing vouchers and charter schools. As we’ve seen again and again, chaos and destruction are favorite tools of privatizers, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the school year has started in Puerto Rico with massive problems. More than 56,000 students projected to be enrolled in Puerto Rico’s schools this year haven't shown up and 18,000 were never enrolled. Some schools also have missing teachers after teachers have been repeatedly reassigned. Schools are in terrible shape: Dozens of schools were still badly in need of repairs. A survey of the island’s 856 schools conducted by the Association of Puerto Rican Teachers the week before classes started found leaky roofs, mold and unusable bathrooms. One school had a rat infestation, according to the survey. Another was still littered with hurricane debris. Many teachers told reporters they didn’t want to be identified by name due to fear of retaliation. This is bad for the people who work in the schools and for the students who’ve coped with deprivation and power outages and instability for too long.

Florida governor and wife invested millions into company behind the private railway system he backed

Republican governor Rick Scott’s record of shady, possibly corrupt dealings while in office continue to surface. He’s given out tons of taxpayer money to private industry types to whom he has suspicious ties, as well as just giving out money to private
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Florida governor and wife invested millions into company behind the private railway system he backed

Republican governor Rick Scott’s record of shady, possibly corrupt dealings while in office continue to surface. He’s given out tons of taxpayer money to private industry types to whom he has suspicious ties, as well as just giving out money to private industries that don’t really serve the needs of the general public. Back in 2011, the Cryptkeeper come to life was offered $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail project that would connect Tampa to Orlando, and Orlando to Miami. At the time, Scott said “the proposed high-speed rail line is far too uncertain and offers far too little long-term benefit for me to consider moving forward.” First, he was going to cut spending and then take the federal government to task for the “investments it makes.” In his defense, he did argue that he was worried about Florida having to balance a budget—something required by the state’s constitution. It’s like watching a Mike Pence acting class Then, in June, while coincidentally running for the Senate, Gov. Rick Scott changed his mind! But there was no need for federal funds, because he found a private business called Brightline that would get the contract! Ostensibly, taxpayer dollars would not be used, sidestepping the reason why Scott struck down a similar rail proposal seven years ago. «This is an exciting opportunity for Orlando, Tampa and our entire state,» Scott said in a statement. «Instead of placing taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars, our goal is for the private sector to invest in this project.» Let me make you a promise. If this deal does go through, I will give you 1,000 to 1 odds that Florida taxpayers will be footing a lot of this bill at some point. Don’t believe me? This was how Scott’s private railway deal worked out the following year, after nixing the federally funded railway. Then, a year after Scott’s rejection of the bullet train from Orlando to Tampa, he endorsed the rail project sought by Florida East Coast Industries to build a train that would operate at speeds of up to 110 mph from Miami to Orlando, about 60 mph slower than the bullet train Scott canceled. The governor also pledged at least $200 million in state money for a train depot at Orlando International Airport. Although then-DOT secretary Ananth Prasad touted the project as “the nation’s first privately financed, operated and maintained passenger rail system,” the financing heavily involved taxpayers. But who cares, right? By the time the railway is finished, he’ll have moved on to bigger and better things—like getting closer to that White House swamp he loves to drink from. He’ll also be a little richer—It turns out, the Tampa Bay Times reports, that Scott and his wife, Ann, have $3 million dollars of theirs invested in Brightline’s parent company, who looks to make a whole lot of money on this deal. Scott said in June he believes a high-speed rail line from Orlando to Tampa is a good idea. He and his wife last year invested at least $3 million in a credit fund for All Aboard Florida's parent company, Fortress Investment Group, according to recently disclosed financial documents. [...] Rick and Ann Scott are multi-millionaires with an undisclosed amount of wealth. Fortress Investment Group is the parent company of Florida East Coast Industries which owns All Aboard Florida. All Aboard now operates as Brightline — the system of diesel-electric trains that has been running between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale since January and from West Palm Beach to Miami since May. When Scott nixed the federally funded high speed rail in 2011, he made sure to “massage the numbers,” lowballing how many commuters took public transportation in the areas that would have most benefited from a high speed rail. But a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors suggested that the train could have provided up to $2.9 billion in economic benefits in the Orlando area alone, creating as much as 27,500 jobs. And our passenger rail system is pathetically slow; if you want to start building sleek bullet trains like the ones whipping around Europe and Asia, you’ve got to start somewhere. The Tampa-Orlando route had the necessary permits and land—it went right down the I-4 median—as well as a built-in ridership between Disney World and the Orlando airport. It was telling that Scott massaged the ridership data in his remarks; he argued that it was silly to expect 3 million annual riders on the Tampa-Orlando line when only 3.2 million ride the Acela train in the Northeast Corridor, but he didn’t mention another 7.2 million riders in the Northeast Corridor who take somewhat slower but much cheaper trains. But, this Fortress Investment Group is definitely a couple of ties away from All Aboard Florida/Brightline, you say? You would be right, but the Scott’s investment in Fortress has a strange timeline. The parent company of the FECI rail line hasn't always been such an attractive investment for Scott and his wife. In 2014, the last time Scott disclosed the companies included in his blind trust, he did not list Fortress Investments, indicating the fund was acquired after Scott started actively backing the plan. And according to the Miami-Herald, who did the original reporting on this story, Brightline took a $28 million loss in 2018, and is looking for government deals across the government board—all to keep up the illusion that they’re going to be able to privately fund this expensive proposition. Using federally backed tax-exempt bonds, the company has raised $600 million to pay for the Miami-West Palm Beach leg of the rail line. It is now trying to sell another $1.15 billion to pay for the West Palm Beach to Orlando segment, but Indian River and Martin counties are asking a federal court to reject the bonds, potentially jeopardizing the extension. “Brightline and their group of investors are adamant that they are privately funded, but they are clearly seeking deals with governments to keep this project alive,’’ said Dylan Reingold, general counsel for Indian River County, which has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the financing and safety of the project. Alongside Scott’s disastrous policies surrounding climate change, which have directly impacted his constituents, hopefully Floridians will make the right decision come this November, and keep Rick Scott far from the Senate.

Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community

Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, v
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Picks of the Week: Our favorite stories from the Daily Kos Community

Last weekend, we introduced a new weekly “Staff Picks” series, where your fearless Daily Kos staffers chose their favorite diary written during the week. Folks around here seemed to like it well enough, but commenters durrati and Krotor made the very, very smart suggestion that we should expand the series to feature Community writers, too! x Embedded Content (actual footage from Thursday’s Daily Kos staff meeting) Ask and you shall receive, dear readers.  In no particular order, we lovingly present some of the Community diaries that really stuck with us this week. We know we’ve got some of the best writers on the web in the Daily Kos Community, and it’s a joy to show off some of them here. Grab a snack and check them out … and be sure to come back next week for more.

Spotlight on green news & views: The Anthropocene's 'new normal'; Trump promotes dirtier air

This is the 569th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the August 11 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
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Spotlight on green news & views: The Anthropocene's 'new normal'; Trump promotes dirtier air

This is the 569th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the August 11 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES xaxnar writes—The West may have Fires, But the East has Floods - This is the New Normal in the Anthropocene: “The news has not gotten better since then. Here’s a sampling from a quick web search August 13, 2018. Flash Flood Watch in Eastern New York • Emergencies Declared as Storms Persist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York • Flash flooding threat continues for East Coast after wet weekend • Pennsylvania flooding prompts water rescues around state • Drenching rain, flooding wreaks havoc in Pennsylvania • Heavy rain prompts flash flood emergencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey • This one got a lot of attention: Bride, groom rescued from floodwaters by New Jersey police. I posted about this on August 12 —  to recap some of the highlights: The precipitation graphic shows what’s going on. What does this mean? It shows where thousands of miles of roads have increasingly inadequate drainage systems. They can be rapidly overwhelmed, leading to flash flooding and washouts. It shows where there are cities with large areas of pavement can turn into lakes in a matter of minutes because the water can’t soak into the ground and it can’t drain away fast enough. It shows where people are finding their homes are now in flood zones. Home insurance costs skyrocket, and resale values plummet.” StateOfMind writes—TAHLEQUAH’S MESSAGE FROM MOTHER EARTH: “People watched with a mixture of horror, fascination and grief as an orca whale mother took her dead child to its burial spot. For 17 days and for over 1000 miles, Tahlequah carried her dead calf, which breathed and swam for only a short time after its birth, as she grieved her loss. Her pod swam along with her but her attention was tuned only to her burden. Tahlequah has been giving everyone on Mother Earth a message without speaking a word. Her tears were invisible to us as they fell into the vast ocean waters. Her message is clear. The number of orcas from her region are growing smaller year by year. The foods they depend on have diminished to such an extent that there has not been a recent live birth for several years -- until Tahlequah gave birth to a calf that was alive and swimming beside her. As an intelligent mammal, there is no doubt that Tahlequah felt the joy of motherhood. Perhaps she also realized how momentous a live birth was to her pod. After all, whales are a matriarchal society and she was the protector and leader of her shrinking family group. But the joy and hope were short lived. Mother Earth has been devastated by the greed of man. We all play a part in the greed that harms her and all of nature.” sninkypoo writes—It's HEEE-re! “Worldwide record-breaking heatwaves, which produced this stunner: Quriyat, Oman, posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded on June 28: 108.68 degrees. Rampant, terrifying wildfires. Millions (not thousands – MILLIONS) of people evacuated from flood waters in Japan. That’s climate change. That’s now. That’s everywhere. We have reached the proverbial no place to run, no place to hide moment. If Seattle is sizzling and the Arctic is catching fire, what next? More of the same, and worse, and more and worse and soon we’ll reach that point where, quite suddenly, there’s a seismic shift, and we jump to a higher orbital. Of course, with global warming, there’s no analogous jump back down, and no quick, discontinuous way back to ‘normal,’ where we came from. Things fall apart. The edges fray. The space of time between events will get narrower. There will be less time to regroup, regrow, rebuild. Resources will become scarcer. We’ll run out of time, money, materials, and hands to do the work. It won’t be too long now before we are overtaken by the scale of what we have to mitigate. We’ll be battered and bruised, scrounging for assistance, for federal funding, for volunteers, for sandbags, for water trucks, for firefighting equipment, for the energy to go on.”

Georgia Republican tries to move the goalposts when it comes to whether Trump said the n-word

“This is not where I expected this conversation to go, Senator,” said a shocked Victor Blackwell after Georgia state senator Michael E. Williams offered a rambling defense of Donald Trump’s rumored use of a racial slur. Williams, whose failed gubernato
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Georgia Republican tries to move the goalposts when it comes to whether Trump said the n-word

“This is not where I expected this conversation to go, Senator,” said a shocked Victor Blackwell after Georgia state senator Michael E. Williams offered a rambling defense of Donald Trump’s rumored use of a racial slur. Williams, whose failed gubernatorial campaign made headlines this spring thanks to his appalling “Deportation Bus,” has long boasted of being the first elected official in Georgia to back Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As such, it’s not particularly surprising to see the malignant millionaire bend over backwards to find a way to make blatant racism acceptable. The mental gymnastics required to preemptively forgive Trump’s rumored hate speech are, indeed, baffling, but are consistent with today’s Republican branding. GOP politicians and pundits have been actively working to lower the standards of acceptable behavior for the entirety of Trump’s stolen presidency, it seems—especially when it comes to the Russia investigation. The hypocrisy Williams displays, however, is still startling; Blackwell is barely able to conceal his surprise as he tries to track the soon-to-be-unemployed State Senator’s smirking jumble of justification. First, Williams insists that Trump’s “personal beliefs” can be separated from how he runs the country. MW: He has his personal beliefs, his personal ideas, but I truly believe he is able to separate those from how he is running the country. Then, he says he’d only have “a major problem” with Trump dropping an N-bomb if he did it on TV now. But anything said before he became President? That’s all good. MW: He didn’t use the N-word in that office (of the president). He used it outside, in his personal life. Now, if he was President, and he goes on TV and uses the N-word, yes, I would have a major problem with that. But he did it before he was president. Utterly baffled, Blackwell offers Williams a chance to clarify his stance on when, exactly, racism is acceptable behavior. Williams digs in his heels. VB: So...wait a minute. He did it before he was President, so it’s okay? MW: I never said it was okay. It’s always wrong for me individually. I always have a problem with the use of it. I don’t have a problem with Donald Trump having used it in the past, as my president.  While Blackwell strokes his mustache in stunned silence, Williams continues his defense of the Orange One, by harkening back to those good ol’ days, when “nigger” was just another word for “black people.” MW: Let’s go back in time...How old is Donald Trump? 70 years old? VB: 72. MW: 72...sixty, fifty years ago, we were not in the society that we’re in now, where people freely used that word. VB: We’re not talking about sixteen-year-old Donald Trump using the N-word. We’re talking about, potentially, a 55-, 60-, 65-year-old Donald Trump using the word. MW: Do you know how old he is when he uses it? VB: I don’t know how old he is. But my question is, why does that matter to you? MW: You can’t say if he was sixteen or sixty. You don’t know. That’s when Blackwell moves to end the conversation, but Williams gets one last non-sensical support statement in. MW: To be clear, personally, it’s always wrong to use that word. As the President today, he has not used that word. As the President today, he has not done that. To hold somebody accountable for something he did years ago, as our President today, I think it sets a bad precedent. Huh. So the new rule is that we can’t be mad at people, or judge people, for anything they did before they were elected? Hmm. I’ve never run for office, but if I’ve learned anything from politicians, it’s that one’s past is crucial to campaigning. Did they ever do drugs? Were they ever known to associate with perceived bad guys? What’s their voting record? Did they ever get a DUI? Did they ever cheat on a spouse? How about their financial dealings? Candidates always boast of their past achievements, and dig every skeleton out of their opponents’ closets. Williams knows this, but when it comes to Trump, the old rules don’t apply, and nothing makes sense—and there’s a constant effort to normalize everything we know is very, very wrong about this administration, past and present. xAnd speaking of pigeons... pic.twitter.com/VJeEBZHTL2— jessica james (@MontaukBuzz) August 17, 2018 Agents of Trump deny everything until they’re out of breath, and when that doesn’t work, they just dismiss any given accusation as irrelevant or insignificant. After all, we’ve already seen one conversation shift—from whether or not Trump colluded with Russia, to how much it doesn’t matter and is totally not a crime. It’s no surprise the same approach is being applied to Trump’s racism. You can watch the CNN “New Day” interview segment below. x YouTube Video

This week at progressive state blogs. Bannon apparently back; 'consumer protection is so outdated'

This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the August 11 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or end
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This week at progressive state blogs. Bannon apparently back; 'consumer protection is so outdated'

This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the August 11 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Show Me Progress of Missouri, Willy Kay writes—Josh Hawley: Not as smart as they thought? So what about Josh Hawley? There’s this little morsel (as noted by Michael Bersin here) which indicates that perhaps the guy just isn’t working with all the lights burning: In Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, Josh Hawley (R) slammed Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) this morning for “hiding out” in Washington, D.C. For the record, the Senate is in session, which means McCaskill just went to work. One twitter commentator suggested that Hawley might need a tutorial on how government works. In fact, lots of folks have been wondering this summer if Hawley’s really up to speed when it comes to “work,” and “politics” stuff – an impression that this post-primary awkwardness reinforces. Perhaps a tutorial would be just the thing. Want more evidence that our hero is a little slower on the uptake than we’d expect from a Yale and Stanford graduate? How about Hawley’s inability to let us know what he thinks about major issues in Missouri politics like the ballot initiatives that will come before the voters this November: we’ll vote on a higher minimum wage, clean government measures, including fair redistricting reform, increases to the gas tax to pay for sorely needed infrastructure improvements, and legalization of medical marijuana. “Yes” or “no” stuff for any thinking politician, right? But Hawley seems to be a little worried that he might get somebody’s dander up if he expresses a real opinion on possibly controversial topics, which may be why he’s so willing to temporize.  [...]

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Venezuela launches crypto-pegged forex rate, effectively devaluating by 96 percent

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday a single exchange rate and pegged it to his socialist government's petro cryptocurrency, effectively devaluating by 96 percent.
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Venezuela launches crypto-pegged forex rate, effectively devaluating by 96 percent

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro announced on Friday a single exchange rate and pegged it to his socialist government's petro cryptocurrency, effectively devaluating by 96 percent.

Base metals lose 12-27% value on trade war fears in last two months

The decline in base metals' prices is set to affect the profitability of their primary producers in the July-September quarter
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Base metals lose 12-27% value on trade war fears in last two months

The decline in base metals' prices is set to affect the profitability of their primary producers in the July-September quarter

Selling a stock? Here are the key points that you should keep in mind

It is justified in situations when the price has run far ahead of fundamentals, making the risk-reward ratio unfavourable
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Selling a stock? Here are the key points that you should keep in mind

It is justified in situations when the price has run far ahead of fundamentals, making the risk-reward ratio unfavourable

Nord Stream 2 is purely economic project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.c
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Nord Stream 2 is purely economic project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.com

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The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese. BarkBox creators Bark and
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The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese. BarkBox creators Bark and Co. decided that Nashville, Tenn., needed a place for […]

Insight into development of lung cancer

Lung cancer results from effects of smoking along with multiple genetic components. A new study identifies two main pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 -- a leader in increasing susceptibility to lung cancer -- in modifying disease risk. One pathway i
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Insight into development of lung cancer

Lung cancer results from effects of smoking along with multiple genetic components. A new study identifies two main pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 -- a leader in increasing susceptibility to lung cancer -- in modifying disease risk. One pathway is implicated in nicotine dependence. The other plays a part in biological processes such as nutrient transfer and immune system function. The findings increase our understanding of lung cancer cause and development.

Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product

Scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia.
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Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product

Scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia.

Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth. It will have implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.
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Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth. It will have implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.

World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.
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World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.

Acid coastal seas off US putting common fish species at risk

Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientation
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Acid coastal seas off US putting common fish species at risk

Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientation and cognitive problems in some marine fish species, such as salmon, sharks, and cod.

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Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire. Park officials said the Cape Royal road would be reopened Saturday evening alon
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Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire. Park officials said the Cape Royal road would be reopened Saturday evening along with some of the trails that ...

Scenic railroad in Ohio buys historic Zephyr railcars

PENINSULA, Ohio (AP) - A tourist excursion railroad that operates in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has acquired four railcars dating back to the 1940s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it purchased the four Zephyr railcars for $1.
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Scenic railroad in Ohio buys historic Zephyr railcars

PENINSULA, Ohio (AP) - A tourist excursion railroad that operates in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has acquired four railcars dating back to the 1940s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it purchased the four Zephyr railcars for $1.5 million. They include two passenger railcars offering scenic 360-degree ...

Resort postpones reopening after closure due to storm damage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale-area resort closed Aug. 11 because of storm flooding and damage is postponing its reopening. The Talking Stick Resort and Casino on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community had planned to reopen Sunday but now says i
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Resort postpones reopening after closure due to storm damage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale-area resort closed Aug. 11 because of storm flooding and damage is postponing its reopening. The Talking Stick Resort and Casino on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community had planned to reopen Sunday but now says it needs more time to complete repairs and replace ...

Gas prices drop as end of summer driving season approaches

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gas prices in New Jersey are dropping as the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season approaches. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in New Jersey was $2.88, down two cents from las
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Gas prices drop as end of summer driving season approaches

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gas prices in New Jersey are dropping as the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season approaches. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in New Jersey was $2.88, down two cents from last week. Motorists ...

Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipp
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Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipping the brake wires on two rental ...

Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes th
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Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state's prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly ...

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Mike Scioscia: Bartolo Colon’s humor makes him one-of-a-kind

Angels manager Mike Scioscia spent several years coaching Bartolo Colon with the Halos and he remembers his sense of humor in the clubhouse the most
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Mike Scioscia: Bartolo Colon’s humor makes him one-of-a-kind

Angels manager Mike Scioscia spent several years coaching Bartolo Colon with the Halos and he remembers his sense of humor in the clubhouse the most

Big Sexy deserves a big time ceremony for talent across decades

Bortolo Colon has made a big impact across several franchises during his long career and the Angels were lucky to be a part of the journey
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Big Sexy deserves a big time ceremony for talent across decades

Bortolo Colon has made a big impact across several franchises during his long career and the Angels were lucky to be a part of the journey

Ryan Blaney fends off Harvick for Stage 1 win at Bristol

The stage victory was Blaney’s first of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Clint Bowyer was third, Chase Elliott fourth and Aric Almirola completed the top-five. Also collecting stage points were Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Joey Loga
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Ryan Blaney fends off Harvick for Stage 1 win at Bristol

The stage victory was Blaney’s first of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Clint Bowyer was third, Chase Elliott fourth and Aric Almirola completed the top-five. Also collecting stage points were Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne. Larson, who started on the pole, led the first lap but Kyle Busch spun after contact with Blaney on Lap 2 to ... ... Keep reading

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