Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Florida County Puts The Confederate Flag Back Up

Now here’s something you don’t expect to see in the current national climate: A local government that takes down the Confederate flag — and then puts it back up.

The site is Marion County, Florida, which is home to the city of Ocala. The county administrator and county board chairman had decided to take the flag down, in the wake of the high-profile racially motivated mass murder at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the subsequent public backlash against displays of the Confederate flag on public property.

However, on Tuesday the County Board of Commissioners voted against approving this decision, and the flag is now flying again.…

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North Carolina Mom Takes Fight Against Climate Change To Washington

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — It was warm out, and the new mom just wanted to take her baby girl for a walk around the pond in her East Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood. A friend suggested she check the air first.

Code orange: unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and the elderly.

That was the warning when Danielle Hilton checked the air quality index for Mecklenburg County. She decided she and her daughter, Makena, would do afternoons inside.

That was the summer of 2008. It was a bad time for the Charlotte region in terms of air quality.…

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Heroin Use And Addiction Are Surging In The U.S., CDC Report Says

By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said Tuesday.

A new report says that 2.6 out of every 1,000 U.S. residents 12 and older used heroin in the years 2011 to 2013. That’s a 63 percent increase in the rate of heroin use since the years 2002 to 2004.

The rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90 percent over the same period, according to the study by researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.…

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