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Book details how Native Americans of the Pacific Coast sustainably managed resources

January 10, 2023 –  For at least 10,000 years before contact with European settlers, Native American societies from Alaska to California conserved and interacted with natural resources using a more sustainable and spiritual approach than anything seen in the modern industrial world. A new book, “Respect and Responsibility in Pacific Coast Indigenous Nations: The World Raven […]

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Books | The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy

December 12, 2022 – Most Americans were shocked by the violence they witnessed at the nation’s Capital on January 6th, 2021. And many were bewildered by the images displayed by the insurrectionists: a wooden cross and wooden gallows; “Jesus saves” and “Don’t Tread on Me;” Christian flags and Confederate Flags; even a prayer in Jesus’ […]

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A Meaningful Message for Transgender Day of Remembrance with Franka Berk | USC Shoah Foundation (VIDEO)

November 20, 2022 – “Every culture is beautiful. It’s like a garden, with all the beautiful flowers in nature. Nature is so beautiful. And everybody, everything, every flower is different. Why not [exist] together?” – Holocaust survivor, Franka Berk. November 20, 2022 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. This annual observance honors transgender people who lost […]

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How winning record $2 billion Powerball jackpot could still lead to bankruptcy

Got the winning ticket? AP Photo/Julio Cortez Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University Someone in Altadena, California, was the lucky winner of the largest Powerball jackpot in history – or perhaps the unlucky winner? Officials revealed that the winning ticket was purchased on Nov. 8, 2022, after the Powerball jackpot swelled to US$2.04 billion. The prize […]

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What I saw after Hurricane Ian as a veterinarian in a pop-up clinic

In the weeks after Hurricane Ian devasted communities across Florida, our team coordinated the creation of a distribution center for pet food and a pop-up veterinary clinic offering free vet services in a regional library parking lot in Port Charlotte, Florida. Dr. Katherine Polak, the vice president of Companion Animals and Engagement for Humane Society International, who […]

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American Library Association: Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

CHICAGO, September 20, 2022 – Access to books that represent a variety of cultures and viewpoints may boost a student’s development and well-being, according to a white paper from Unite Against Book Bans, an initiative of the American Library Association and several dozen national partners.  The paper, “Empowered by Reading: The Benefits of Giving Youth […]

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New bird migration tool brings epic journeys right to your screen

NEW YORK (September 15, 2022) – Today, as millions of birds are flocking to their wintering grounds, the National Audubon Society and nine partner organizations announced the Bird Migration Explorer (, a state-of-the-art digital platform that reveals migration data consolidated for 458 bird species found in the United States and Canada. The free, interactive platform, […]

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Newly released NFPA wildfire policy report identifies next steps needed to eliminate home destruction and community devastation

September 9, 2022 – Proven methods to reduce home destruction and community devastation from wildfire exist, yet current policies and programs are largely failing to put these important safety measures into practice. In a newly released report, “Policy Recommendations to Reduce Home and Community Loss from Wildfire: Report on Outthink Wildfire™ Summit,” the National Fire […]

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New Book Explores Crisis of Early Childhood Expulsion, Suspension Practices

Hundreds of young children in the United States are expelled or suspended daily from child care and preschool classrooms at a rate nearly three times that of kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Despite recent efforts by policymakers to address what researchers describe as an almost two-decade crisis, disparities in who is expelled continue. Drawing on her […]

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Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest After Thieves Disable Early Fire Detection Cameras

PROSPECT, Ore. – An anonymous tip led to the arrest of a thief who broke into an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) lookout tower in the Prospect area last week. The suspect, Chad Allen McPherson, 30, of Prospect, was indicted today by a Grand Jury and charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, […]

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Rare plants attract rare bees and birds in urban gardens

Little is known about what drives rare biodiversity in cities. Rare plant species in urban gardens may be the answer. The plants in turn attract rare bee and bird species, according to a Dartmouth College-led study looking at urban gardens in northern California. The U.S. National Science Foundation-supported results, published in Ecological Applications, show that women, older gardeners, and […]

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