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New York State College’s ‘Field of Dreams’ Goes Solar

U.S. schools are taking great advantage of renewable energy market reforms and incentives. Coming online on April 17, a 2.5 megawatt solar field at Houghton College in western New York is expected to produce over 3 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year. And it will avoid over 2,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year in the process.

The US Is the Most Heavily Armed Country in the World

Since the Newtown shootings more than two years ago we've devoted a great deal of coverage to chronicling the prevalence of guns and firearms violence in the United States. It won't come as a surprise to many of you that there are far more guns in civilian hands in the US than the UK or Germany, for instance. Show More Summary

Stuff That Sucks: The Amiibo Hunt Hits the Big Apple

The Shacknews staff took a trip to New Jersey over the weekend for a little team building. While in the area, the staffers had a chance to check out the sites across the great state of New Jersey and neighboring New York. For Greg, it provided the opportunity to hit the Nintendo World Store in his continuing hunt for Amiibo. Show More Summary

Public Higher Education -- The Great Equalizer

Public higher education in the United States is under attack as never before. Some are questioning the value of the degrees we award. Some states are slashing public funding of higher education, with one governor even attempting to strip the sector of its mission of service. Show More Summary

President Obama did Ohio State player's ¯\_(?)_/¯ celebration along with him

Shrugging usually means you don't know. But Obama does know. Ohio State's celebrating its national championship by visiting the White House, only one of like 438 real great things to happen to the Buckeyes this week, and the following...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Playing Game Boy in 1993 Is Your Monday Moment of Zen - Now you're presiding with power.

16 hours agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Sure, sure. Current president Barack Obama plays sports or something. Great. Whatever. But Hillary Clinton plays Game Boy. Before it got all retro-nostalgia-cool and before she was the first female president of the United States. (Just future-proofing this post. Don't mind me.)

The Great Pot Cash Heist of 2015

21 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Senate Republicans want to redirect Washington State's pot taxes. Robert Ullman I t was right there in the name: New Approach Washington. That was the banner under which lawyers, criminal-justice officials, and soccer-mom types urged voters to approve legalizing marijuana in Washington State through a statewide initiative in 2012. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

23 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Maine: Open for Business Bamboozling The Cliff's Notes version: Louisiana free-market capitalists push a Trojan horse into Maine in the form of a new law that "provides tax credits to investors who back businesses in low-income communities." The Trojan horse is greeted in the Maine legislature to thunderous applause. Show More Summary

NC State Basketball: Wolfpack lose two key players

Bad news and unfortunate happenings is nothing new to Wolfpack fans.  Coming off a season where they greatly exceeded preseason expectations and finished ranked inside of the top 25 in the final AP poll, the future looked bright forShow More Summary

First family takes a hike along trails of Great Falls Park

First family takes a hike along trails of Great Falls Park The president's busy week ahead includes hosting Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, and honoring the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions and the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

FROM CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ TO CALIFORNIA NIGHTMARE:  Joel Kotkin over at Daily Beast has a great piec…

FROM CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ TO CALIFORNIA NIGHTMARE:  Joel Kotkin over at Daily Beast has a great piece explaining how California’s drought crisis illustrates the State’s devolution into a feudalistic society dominated by an oligarchy of...Show More Summary

BBQ, Cactus and Texas Wine? It’s a Thing and People Dig It

You probably don’t think of Texas when you ponder which states produce great wine. Beef and BBQ, sure, but not wine. Well, if you ask a gaggle of Texas-based young adults if they’d like to try a bottle of Texas wine, they’d say, “hell yes, and bring me another." The post BBQ, Cactus and Texas Wine? It’s a Thing and People Dig It appeared first on EcoSalon.

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark: One Ring, Many Hats "Yesterday Hillary Clinton made the big announcement we all knew was coming. She's going to join the all-female cast of Ghostbusters." ---Conan O'Brien "Rand Paul announced...Show More Summary

Nevada May Be About To Lose Its Great Anti-SLAPP Law

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've mentioned many times the importance of anti-SLAPP laws in protecting people who are being sued solely to try to shut them up. It's still a travesty that we don't have a federal anti-SLAPP law but are reliant on various state anti-SLAPP laws. Show More Summary

DJ Earworm Mixed All Your Favorite Carrie Underwood Songs Together

DJ Earworm is the one who creates those awesome United State of Pop videos every year, and every once in a while, he'll do a video dedicated to just one artist. Well, great news for country fans: his latest mashup is all about Carrie Underwood. Show More Summary

Great Letters on Testing and Opt Out from NY Times

Link here To the Editor: Re “Some Parents Oppose Standardized Testing in Principle, but Not in Practice” (news article, April 14): On April 15 and 16, the days after a record number of students “opted out” of New York State standardized...Show More Summary

50 Amazing Color Photographs Captured Daily Life in America during World War II

These 50 amazing color photos were taken by photographers who working for the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), captured everyday life in America from the Great Depression...Show More Summary

The Kansas Experiment is Over. Kansas Lost

Every year, right after the April 15 tax deadline, the U.S. Census releases its data on the prior year’s state tax collections. It is a fascinating document, filled with great data points for tax and policy wonks. It reveals a good deal about the state of local economies, economic trends and results of specific policies. In...Read More

The Warriors refused to trade Klay Thompson and gave him $69 million instead, and it was a genius decision

The Kevin Love trade was one of the great what-if's of the NBA season. Specifically: what if Love got traded to the Golden State Warriors for Klay Thompson instead of the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins? The Timberwolves wanted...Show More Summary

ALDI, Fareway, and the Value of Discount Grocery Stores

Recently, I came across a great article about ALDI in Forbes Magazine. For those unfamiliar, ALDI is a discount retailer in the eastern half of the United States (and in Germany) that focuses almost entirely on having the lowest prices on its merchandise. Show More Summary

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