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Veep Recap: Children Are of No Value

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Veep ventures to some dark territory this week. First we get a glimmer of hope: Selina has values! She has, like, actual political priorities. There are things that she cares about, things of substance, of depth, things that affect the normals! One of those things is universal child care, which … More »

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Here’s a solution to most bikes’ dirty secret

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Ever been biking in a park and been dismayed that your shiny metal bike didn’t quite fit in with your earthy, natural surroundings? So has designer Daniel Gestoso — so he dreamt up the Boske wooden bike. Daniel GestosoLike its predecessor, the Sandwichbike, the Boske is flat-packed in IKEA fashion; you only need an Allen wrench to put it together. Its frame is a bony figure eight made from laminated, sustainably harvested maple. Recycled pop cans provide the aluminum for the seat base and front fork. “All of this will allow production to stay local, reducing energy usage in transportation and distribution,” Gestoso told Fast Company. Daniel GestosoThe problem with typical aluminum bike frames is that mining aluminum is a huge energy suck. (It’s way worse than glass, for instance, not that you want a glass bike.) And even though it’s almost 100 percent recyclable, only about half of pop cans get recycled. As Umbra once wrote, “Americans are said to throw away enough aluminum in three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.” (Insert ashamed emoticon here.) Daniel GestosoAlthough it’s still in the prototype phase, the Boske would help keep some of that metal out of the waste stream while helping you get around in low-carbon style. It might be the best we’ll get until someone invents a bike made out of air!Filed under: Business & Technology, Living

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Return From Bitch Mountain

Are you a bitch, or are you acting like a bitch? Did you feel like you were a bitch in that moment? Do friends call friends bitches? Is there a difference between being a bitch and acting like a bitch? The Atlanta Housewives are answering all the tough questions this … More »

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Chevron creates its own news outlet for a poor city that it pollutes

Daniel ArauzDon’t expect to hear what these folks think in the pages of the Richmond Standard.Big Oil’s influence on corporate media has American news outlets shamefully shirking climate coverage. But oil companies won’t be satisfied by merely controlling the national news. In the poor Californian city of Richmond, where Chevron wants to upgrade a polluting refinery that is wont to explode, the oil giant has started an online newspaper. The Richmond Standard is a hyperlocal journalism site launched in January with the hallmarks of a typical Patch site (before said service was dumped by AOL): minimally reported stories about local crime, public meetings, and sports, told with the inverted-pyramid style of traditional news writing. But the Standard is not your typical, well-intentioned but underfunded local reporting initiative; it’s a Chevron propaganda rag that’s run and written by the company’s flacks. The San Francisco Chronicle delves into the ethics of such an initiative: The idea of the nation’s second-largest oil company funding a local news site harkens back to an era of journalism when business magnates often owned newspapers to promote their personal financial or political agendas. Now that mainstream newspapers are struggling to survive, online news sites are testing ways to fund their operations, said Edward Wasserman, dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. But the idea of a company sponsoring news in a community where it operates still poses problems, he said. “The tradition of press independence — even though in many times it’s more aspirational than real — is nevertheless a cornerstone principle,” Wasserman said. The Standard “is a different model. It’s clearly meant as a community outreach effort, so it’s born in an ethically challenged area.” The Standard claims to be Richmond’s first “community-driven daily news source” since prior to 1990, yet Wasserman’s school runs Richmond Confidential — a rival site that frequently covers Chevron. The Standard has a “Chevron speaks” section, which has so far been used to introduce the website (which it says could “blaze the trail for a new model of corporate-sponsored, community-generated news”), and to criticize negative press coverage of its plans to upgrade the refinery. But the positive coverage of Chevron and its refinery also spills into the “News” section. Chevron’s San Francisco-based PR consultants poached colorful crime reporter Mike Aldax away from the San Francisco Examiner late last year, hiring him to work as an account manager and to write Richmond Standard’s articles. A Chevron spokesperson described the writer as “independent,” but a recent tweet reminds us that Aldax’s loyalties lie with his client: Great news! Chevron wins round against funder of environmental suit in Ecuador wp.me/p3QoU-4r1 via @FortuneMagazine Mike Aldax (@MikeAldax) March 17, 2014 “Richmond residents are not going to be fooled — they know where we’re coming from,” Aldax said. “The onus is on me to provide information that’s factual and accurate.” Note that Aldax doesn’t say anything about “balance.” As the Chronicle points out, Aldax didn’t quote activists who oppose the refinery upgrade in a recent story about the project’s “robust” environmental impact report. Perhaps we can look forward to more such ventures in other communities where Chevron operates. The Ecuador Standard, anyone?Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy

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Woodland search ‘for missing teen’

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Police in Shropshire are searching an area of woodland following the disappearance of 17-year-old Georgia Williams.

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Deadly blast at Iraq political rally

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A suicide bomb and grenade attack kills at least 22 people and injures about 50 at a campaign rally in the eastern Iraqi city of Baquba.

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No agreement at Iran nuclear talks

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Talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme end without agreement, with the EU saying their positions “remain far apart”.

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Dead pigs show dark side of China food industry

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favourite meat joining a long list of food scares. As of Friday, the number of carcasses recovered in recent days from the Huangpu river – which cuts through the commercial hub and supplies over 20 per cent of its drinking water – had reached more than 7,500. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Police charge ethnic Uighur man with five murders

<!– google_ad_section_start –> An ethnic Uighur man has been charged with murder in the knifing of five people last week in China’s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. The regional government’s website said on Friday that Aizitiaili Mamuti knifed passers-by outside a supermarket in the city of Korla after an argument with his family. It said the 27-year-old had a history of gambling and had been punished for three earlier knife attacks. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Obama calls to congratulate Xi, discuss cyber security

<!– google_ad_section_start –> President Barack Obama took mounting US concerns about computer hacking straight to China’s president on Thursday in a sign of how seriously the United States takes the threat of cyber attacks emanating from China. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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France’s Hollande calls on Europe to lift Syria arms embargo

<!– google_ad_section_start –> French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on Europe’s leaders to lift an arms embargo on Syria to help insurgents fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Philip Anschutz says sports and entertainment company AEG is no longer for sale

<!– google_ad_section_start –> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Anschutz says sports and entertainment company AEG is no longer for sale. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Barely 12 hours after his election, Pope Francis quietly slipped out of the Vatican on Thursday to pray for guidance at one of Rome’s great basilicas as he prepared to usher in a new age of simplicity and humility in a Church mired in scandal. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Suu Kyi draws rare rancour over Myanmar mine report

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Myanmar Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faced the wrath of hundreds of villagers on Thursday angered by her defence of an independent report that backed expansion of a copper mine they say was built on illegally seized land. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Papal name Francis honours saint who brought Catholicism to Asia

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In addition to being the first non-European pope for almost 13 centuries, the new pope’s choice of name sets him apart – and establishes a link to the South China coast. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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UK’s Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre opens first overseas branch in HK

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A British cancer network known for its centres’ architecture has opened its first overseas branch in Hong Kong with a design fitted to the city’s limited space and Chinese culture. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Singapore to allow FBI inspection of research institute linked to Huawei

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Foreign minister K. Shanmugam told officials on a visit to the US capital this week that no improper transfer of technology took place between the Institute of Microelectronics and Huawei Technologies, the ministry said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Clue to how Sars-like virus enters human cells to damage the lungs

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In one of the first detailed studies of the virus – which emerged in the Middle East and has so far infected 15 people worldwide, killing nine of them – Dutch researchers identified a cell surface protein it uses to enter and infect human cells. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Ieng Sary, co-founder of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, dies aged 87

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Ieng Sary, who co-founded the brutal Khmer Rouge movement in the 1970s, was its public face abroad and decades later became one of its few leaders to be put on trial for the death of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians, has died, aged 87. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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