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SF gentrification pushes lower-income residents into radioactive areas

SF gentrificationThe Hunters Point Shipyard and its annex at Treasure Island were once used to clean boats returning from nuclear-weapons testing in the Pacific. Now they will soon be the sites of much-needed affordable housing stock in a city where high demand and speculation have produced explosive gentrification and displacement.

Renderings for the new neighborhoods are attractively designed, picturing modern shopping areas, parks with eco-friendly low-water shrubs, and the pièce de résistance: sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.

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Filthy water and shoddy sewers plague Alabama's Black Belt counties

Black Belt AlabamaRain makes Charlie Mae Martin Holcombe nervous. First, her toilets start to bubble. Then, if Holcombe sees a bright red light flash on across the street, she knows the city sewer system is going to back up, filling her yard with raw sewage.

“When the weather man goes to talking about bad storms, you worry sick that everything is going to flood up. [Sewage] was coming back in my bathtub one time. I broke down crying,” Holcombe explained.

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Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents

WikileaksThe latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by the Obama administration more fodder to show that such agreements can impact United States laws and regulations.

The latest leak purports to include 17 documents from negotiations on the Trade In Services Agreement, a blandly named trade deal that would cover the United States, the European Union and more than 20 other countries. More than 80 percent of the United States economy is in service sectors.

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Gun Nuts: Arm the Mentally Ill!

gun nutsWhat a week it’s been for the Second Amendment. For starters, noted political philosopher Vince Vaughn said firearms should be available like they’re in candy machines at our nation’s schools. Probably because you never know when you’ll have to engage in pitched battle with Dean Pritchard to keep your frat house on campus.

OK, that’s not the actual reason, but his regurgitation of pretty much every inane—and wrong!—talking point he seems to have snorted off the National Rifle Association looking glass is no less fictitious.

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Pentagon finds third batch of active anthrax

PentagonA third “master batch” of anthrax has been discovered at a U.S. military lab in Utah, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

The batch was found as part of an investigation launched after it was revealed last week that the Defense Department had unwittingly shipped live anthrax spores, which were supposed to have been dead or inactive, to multiple laboratories across the country and internationally.

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Federal judge signs Albuquerque police reform settlement

Albuquerque PoliceA federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Albuquerque and the U.S. Department of Justice on overhauling the city's police force.

The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack was negotiated amid allegations of excessive force by police officers, including more than 40 shootings involving officers since 2010.

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TSA chief reassigned after airport screeners fail 95 percent of security tests

tsa chief reassignedAn internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security revealed Monday that undercover agents managed to get weapons through airport security in 67 out of 70 tests.

"The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said in a statement. "We take these findings very seriously in our continued effort to test, measure and enhance our capabilities and techniques as threats evolve."

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