Motel Rooms Become Home for Some

New York Times
By ERIK ECKHOLM

Johnny Garza, left, his wife Tamara Garza and their daughter Celine, 9. Monica Almeida/The New York Times Audio Slideshow
Johnny Garza, left, his wife Tamara Garza and their daughter Celine, 9. Monica Almeida/The New York Times Audio Slideshow

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Greg Hayworth, 44, graduated from Syracuse University and made a good living in his home state, California, from real estate and mortgage finance. Then that business crashed, and early last year the bank foreclosed on the house his family was renting, forcing their eviction.

Local officials estimate that 1,000 families who live in motels in Orange County, Calif., go uncounted in federal homeless data.
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EPA Halts Hundreds of Mountaintop Mining Permits

Common Dreams

by Dina Cappiello

A mountaintop removal coal mining site at Kayford Mountain, W.Va. In the controversial practice, forests are clear-cut and holes are drilled to blast apart rock, as massive machines scoop coal from the exposed seams. The rock and dirt left behind is dumped into adjacent valleys, affecting streams and waterways. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)
A mountaintop removal coal mining site at Kayford Mountain, W.Va. In the controversial practice, forests are clear-cut and holes are drilled to blast apart rock, as massive machines scoop coal from the exposed seams. The rock and dirt left behind is dumped into adjacent valleys, affecting streams and waterways. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency put hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits on hold Tuesday, saying it wants to evaluate the projects’ impact on streams and wetlands.

The decision, announced by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, targets a controversial practice that allows coal mining companies to dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands.

It could delay 150-250 permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.

Those permits are issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, an agency that has been criticized by environmental groups and has been sued for failing to thoroughly evaluate the environmental impact of mountaintop removal.
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Zimbabwe: Hoping for a miracle

Pambazuka News

Mary Ndlovu (2009-03-12)
Human rights activist Mary Ndlovu considers the possible outcomes of a four-week-old ‘unholy alliance between Zimbabwe’s former ruling party Zanu PF (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front) and the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) into a ‘Government of National Unity’ (GNU). Already the GNU has survived the arrest and incarceration of senior MDC leaders, Zanu PF’s persistent failure to implement major clauses of the power-sharing agreement on which the government is based, and a car accident widely perceived as an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, which killed his wife.
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Archbishop defends doctors who performed abortion on raped nine-year-old

International Catholic News

Archbishop Fisichella, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life has said Brazilian doctors who carried out an abortion on a nine-year-old girl who had been raped by her stepfather, didn’t deserve excommunication, because they were saving her life.
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