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The Lab, which is located outside Santa Fe, focuses on national security measures, and particularly US nuclear weapons programs. So, stockpiles of nuclear materials, including waste, are on the Lab’s premises. The EPA has set up air monitors, and there’s a special airplane used to measure radiation. The Lab is closed through June 30.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to plan for disaster survival and recovery. Anyone living near or in the path of one of the wildfires should have an evacuation plan in place. Stay tuned to local news for updates and emergency warnings to keep you and your family safe.
- Storm water, sewage and the Gulf oil spill caused a spike in beach closings and health warnings in 2010 – a 30 percent increase
- There were over 24,000 days of beach closings and health advisories at beaches along oceans and the Great Lakes
Even though these numbers are from 2010, the danger remains because contaminants can hit the beaches after heavy storms, like the ones seen across the US this spring and summer – not to mention the upcoming hurricane season. Arlene, 2011’s first tropical storm just formed and is expected to hit Mexico Thursday or Friday.
- Bar the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs
- Require stronger crib slats and mattress supports
- Improve the quality of hardware
- Require more rigorous testing
The rules also apply to cribs currently in use at child care centers, as well as hotels and other places of public accommodation.
Before buying a crib – either new or used – be sure to check:
- The manufacturer’s web site or packaging materials to see if the crib meets the new standards
- For recalls and other safety warnings
In fact, it’s a good idea to check these things for anything you buy for your baby. Learn more about keeping your children safe at home.
What demands? Apparently, the hackers want the city to stop enforcing an ordinance restricting where and how often groups like Food Not Bombs may distribute food to the homeless in the city’s public parks. The most recent attacks yesterday were in response to the second arrest of the founder of Food Not Bombs.
We’ve discussed the rights of the homeless, and there really can’t be much argument over the noble goal of trying to help those in need. Of course, towns and cities like Orlando have the health and aesthetic concerns of the public to worry about. Members of Anonymous, if caught, may face serious state and federal criminal charges for the hacks, and Orlando loses taxpayer money each time a site is shut down and needs to be hack-proofed. There has to be a more constructive (and legal) way to keep both sides happy.
Unfortunately, this probably isn’t the end of the mortgage fraud and foreclosure fraud scandals that have gripped the housing, banking and investment markets since late 2008. However, it’s a good start. At the very least, schilling out millions of dollars should push BofA – and other lenders – to make sure its mortgage and foreclosure processes are financially and legally sound.
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