By ERIC LIPTON, STEVE EDER and JOHN BRANCH DEC. 26, 2018 In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback with little parallel in the past half-century. This Is Our Reality Now BAKERSFIELD, Calif. THOMPSONS, Tex. CHARLESTON, W.Va. FORT BERTHOLD, N.D. In California, where over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts are grown, farm workers are being sickened by a pesticide that the Obama administration tried to ban. In the heart of West Virginia’s coal country, the state’s largest inland waterway is still being contaminated with hundreds of pounds of selenium, a pollutant that can wipe out aquatic life, as well as smaller amounts of arsenic and mercury. A coal-burning power plant in the suburban sprawl of Houston, one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises, is getting a free pass to continue spewing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide into the air. Far to the north, on the Fort … [Read more...] about President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment Is Affecting Communities Across America
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NEW BEDFORD — At first, Sarah Estrella seemed like the answer to Deborah Lesco’s prayers.An old spinal injury had slowly robbed Lesco of her ability to walk, leaving her lower body racked with pain that only medical marijuana could ease. The 68-year-old former special education teacher got around in a wheelchair and needed help with her daily activities. Related Links Ten essential tips when you’re hiring a home aide -- from someone who learned the hard way Luckily, Lesco had found this “nice, sweet girl” on a state-sponsored caregiver website who was happy to take care of it all. “She had experience, she was smart, she was clean, she could lift me up,” said Lesco, who was further reassured because she knew some of Estrella’s relatives.What could go wrong?Everything. When she hired Estrella in September 2015, Lesco didn’t know that her new personal care attendant had faced 15 criminal charges since 1997, including … [Read more...] about Stranger in the house
By Landon Thomas Jr., New York Times Published 4:16 pm CDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Photo: ANDREW URWIN /NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The building site of the nearly $12 billion airport in Istanbul, June 29, 2018. Turkey has unique challenges, but other emerging markets where big borrowing fueled rapid growth and strong returns could feel the pinch of a stronger dollar. less The building site of the nearly $12 billion airport in Istanbul, June 29, 2018. Turkey has unique challenges, but other emerging markets where big borrowing fueled rapid growth and strong returns could feel the ... more Photo: ANDREW URWIN /NYT Why Turkey’s crisis feels familiar for emerging markets: It’s the debt 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For nearly 10 years now, the flood of cash from global central banks has … [Read more...] about Why Turkey’s crisis feels familiar for emerging markets: It’s the debt
Liberated from the concentration camps, Jews who survived the Second World War saw Germany as a mere stopover on the way to Israel or America. Sitting on packed suitcases, they were ready to leave at any moment. But old-age and sickness, visa problems, and ties to Germany stopped some. For decades the population, which had been decimated by the Nazis from over half a million to less than 40,000, continued to fall. Only in the 1990s did immigration by Jews from the former USSR put an end to the decline. In recent years, this revival has been supported by Israeli immigrants. Still a no-go zone for some Israelis, Germany has become the home of choice for 20,000 others reassured by the pledge of "never again" and seeking higher education, work in a start-up, or simply reconciliation. Berlin is at the centre of this migration wave. In the capital, Israelis are making noticeable contributions to the city's cultural and culinary life. Lately, however, an apparent rise in anti-Semitic crime … [Read more...] about Are refugees to blame for a rise in anti-Semitism… or are they being scapegoated?
Melvin Carter, who became St. Paul’s mayor in January, is giving his first budget address on Thursday night. These are his remarks, as prepared for delivery, at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School: “I am excited to finally share with you my proposed city budget for 2019. We are in a critical moment in our city. We are growing, we are changing. And as we continue to emerge as a 21st-century global community, we must work together to build a city that truly works for all of us. In an increasingly polarizing national landscape, we must be champions of local unity, and move forward together in building a city that meets our needs today, but also creates a Saint Paul of the future that our children, and grandchildren want to live in. To realize this vision, we need a city budget that reflects our values and invests in a future for all of us. That is why our city budget invests in the people and things that matter most to us. We’ve built a big vision for our … [Read more...] about WATCH: St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s budget speech, in his own words