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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott Is Ruining Florida’s Coasts And Estuaries

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who will be speaking at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, has been involved in a high-profile environmental scandal that’s threatening his state’s coastal fishing areas, and the people who rely on them.

Estuaries and beaches on part of the state’s southeast coast have been smothered in recent weeks with a toxic blue-green slime — harmful to fish, plants, and even humans — after an algae bloom erupted in Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, The Miami Herald reported.

Local environmental activists and fishermen have called on Scott and other state officials to purchase nearby agricultural land as a means for containing the lake’s waters, which are susceptible to outbreaks of the foul-smelling algae, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.…

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The Great Republican Crack-Up

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Dayton International Airport in Dayton, Ohio March 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

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Is Pokémon Go The Next Big Brother?

If you own a smartphone, there’s a decent chance you are one of the world’s nearly 18 million Pokémon Go players. Launched last Thursday, Pokémon Go is a GPS-synchronized augmented reality game that places the classic, colorful Nintendo creatures in the real world — or at least, against the live backdrop provided by your phone’s front-facing camera. Users are encouraged to “catch ‘em all.” But is there a chance the game is catching something of theirs as well?

Minnesota Senator Al Franken certainly seems to think so. Earlier this week he sent a public letter to Niantic, the company that developed Pokémon Go, requesting a full report on how they use players’ personal information.…

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