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Thursday, November 20,2014

Oops, we forgot to study that

U.S. nonprofits file suit against Food and Drug Administration over ractopamine in our meat

By Caitlin Rockett
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is no stranger to allegations of under-regulation, but among recent criticisms is the agency’s repeated approval of a series of veterinary drugs based on ractopamine, a growth-producing supplement that has U.S. nonprofits filing lawsuits against the agency.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Fact to fiction

A twisted tale of how good research became bad information

By Elizabeth Miller
That choice seems to have bred confusion. “There were quite a few news outlets that missed the distinction that we were trying to make about it being one class of chemicals — it’s an important class of chemicals, but it’s not all the chemicals, and...
Thursday, November 13,2014

Commissioners flooded with requests for fracking moratorium extension

By Elizabeth Miller
At the hearing called by Boulder County Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 10 in Longmont, public support for a further extension of the county’s moratorium on fracking was relentless, with most commenters requesting at least a three-and-a-half-year extension.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Less talk, more action

The Colorado Climate Summit moves past the conversation about climate change and toward solving the problem

By Caitlin Rockett
A little more than two years ago, Castellino decided he needed to take action to save the natural beauty that has inspired him throughout his life. On Nov. 15 and 16, the result of Castellino’s decision will culminate in the Colorado Climate Summit, a conference that Castellino says will move attendees past the conversation about the global climate crisis and toward solving the problem.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Ask me how to make an impact

Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers

By Matt Cortina
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center hands out awards to exceptional activists and organizers.
Thursday, November 13,2014

What the world needs now is words

Five student poets, chosen as the nation’s best, find poetry can heal wounds and unravel a tangled existence

By Elizabeth Miller
Madeleine LeCesne, from New Orleans, La., says, “Every poem that I write is a kind of wish to be understood by someone. I just want someone to look into my mind and say, ‘I get it, I understand you.’ And to kind of, in a way, feel needed. I needed to read that poem because it made me understand something about myself that I didn’t know before.
Thursday, November 6,2014

The last man standing

Ninety-two-year-old artist and World War II vet takes on a huge sculpture project in memory of the 88,000 U.S. Airmen killed in action

By Cassie Moore
The year was 1942 and the first American forces had landed in Europe. The U.S. was desperate to get men trained and deployed. At Luke Field in Arizona, hundreds of young men went through rushed flight training, and 14 from the entering class of new recruits called 42J were selected to become fighter pilots and were deployed overseas.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Serving those who served

How to end the crisis of veteran homelessness

By Matt Cortina
“Here in Boulder County, because of these initiatives, we’ve the seen the number of homeless veterans drop from 20 percent to 8 percent [of the homeless population at Bridge House]. It’s pretty significant the impact some of these programs are having,” McDevitt says.
Thursday, November 6,2014

Women warriors

Women veterans on how women’s roles in the military have evolved

By Caitlin Rockett
“It was a time when everyone said, ‘What can I do to help win the war?” says Robinson, now 89 years old. “I had thought of different things I could do. I thought maybe I’d be a reporter because I’d always liked to write, but in the end I felt the best place I could serve was to be a nurse.
Thursday, November 6,2014

The new ways of war

Keynote speech focuses on changing American military presence abroad

By Elizabeth Miller
After enjoying decades of unmatched technological capabilities, the U.S. now faces adversaries for whom the number of tanks and their strength isn’t significant. The way we go to war has to change to match these new ways of warfare, says Janine Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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