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S.C. natural birth centers could face closure by state regulatorsnew

A North Charleston natural birth center and other birth centers around the state have been in danger of closing since September, when the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control began investigating them for compliance with state law. “We’re in limbo right now. I don’t really know what’s going to happen,” says Lesley Rathbun, owner and director of the Charleston Birth Place.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  11-22-2013  |  Policy Issues

Maria Cantwell, Monday-Morning-Quarterbacking the Financial Crisisnew

It's a regular lovefest for Sen. Maria Cantwell, who recently teamed up with Sen. John McCain to try to re-regulate Wall Street. A week ago, Tina Brown's The Daily Beast declared Cantwell one of a dozen "rising political stars."
Seattle Weekly  |  Mark D. Fefer  |  01-11-2010  |  Politics

A Year Late, L.A. Tries to Uninvite its Unvetted Pot Shopsnew

The Los Angeles City Council now faces one of its potentially most expensive legal battles ever, a war over medical pot that could draw in shady drug dealers, serious medical-marijuana activists, gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown -- and even U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
L.A. Weekly  |  Daniel Heimpel  |  09-25-2009  |  Drugs

A Few Thoughts On Health Carenew

Let's face it. National health care is no more socialist than say your local elementary school is socialist. Or for that matter no more socialist than our streets, highways, bridges, post offices, sewers or hydroelectric damns are socialist.
Random Lengths News  |  James Preston Allen  |  07-05-2009  |  Commentary

Dying to Build: Why Texas is the Deadliest State for Construction Workersnew

A construction worker dies in Texas every 2 1/2 days. The causes are far from mysterious: lax enforcement of labor and safety regulations, too many overtime hours without rest breaks and a lack of safety training and equipment.
The Texas Observer  |  Melissa del Bosque  |  06-17-2009  |  Business & Labor

Here Comes the Judge: The Web's Anything-Goes Era Can't Last Forevernew

In short, pretty much anything goes on the internet. But many signs suggest the courts aren't happy with this state of affairs, and web hosts don't expect it to last.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  06-15-2009  |  Media

Has Smoking Cessation Gotten Easier?new

Government regulations, high taxes, cultural trends and improved cessation programs may provide the incentives cigarette smokers need to quit.
Gambit  |  Kandace Power Graves  |  05-05-2009  |  Science

20 Reasons the Earth Will Be Glad To See Bush Gonew

As our 43rd president scrambles to screw further with Mother Nature, we consider the ways our planet will be better off under Obama.
Boston Phoenix  |  David S. Bernstein  |  12-18-2008  |  Environment

California Regulators Admit 'Shredder Waste' from Junked Cars is Unsafenew

In September, regulators wrote to auto recyclers saying that the state's 1988 policy on shredder-waste handling would be rescinded. This policy shift largely went unnoticed by the public, but it was momentous.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  12-03-2008  |  Environment

Congressman Quantifies Bush's Anti-Environmentalismnew

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva released a report, compiled by his staff and subtly titled, "The Bush Administration Assaults on Our National Parks, Forests and Public Lands (A Partial List)."
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  10-30-2008  |  Environment

The Robes Are On and the Gloves Are Off at the Supreme Courtnew

This week, the justices of the Supreme Court don their robes and reclaim their seats on the bench to open the Court's fall session. The first week alone promises enough controversy and mayhem to rival any TV late-night lineup.
San Antonio Current  |  Martha Lackritz  |  10-08-2008  |  Politics

Rep. Bart Stupak Pushes for Regulating Oil Speculatorsnew

The sophisticated finance boys on Wall Street are making fun of Stupak, the Michigan congressman who is so much of a hick he cares about poor people who are having trouble affording gasoline. What really bothers them is that he is now in a position where he may be able to do something about it.
Metro Times  |  Jack Lessenberry  |  07-29-2008  |  Politics

Chaos and Competition Cause Santa Barbara Cabbies to Fear for Their Futurenew

Despite the hard work of taxicab drivers to keep the city safe at night and moving during the day, they're complaining that they're being treated as second-class citizens by City Hall, which has approved unprecedented numbers of taxi companies and cabs in recent years yet done little to accommodate the growth.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Matt Kettmann  |  07-28-2008  |  Transportation

Big Oil in Little Richmondnew

Back in 2004, the Chevron Corporation proposed a billion dollar "Energy and Hydrogen Renewal Project" at its 2,900-acre Richmond, Calif., refinery. Critics worry that the renovations will end up fouling the air in the already-blighted Richmond neighborhoods downwind of the refinery, and have taken up arms to halt the project's progress.
East Bay Express  |  Anna McCarthy  |  07-10-2008  |  Business & Labor

Michael Powell: Unlikely Crusadernew

A notorious moment on television allowed libertarian technocrat and FCC chair Michael Powell to save his career. The Great Deregulator morphed into the Moral Crusader.
Boston Phoenix  |  Dan Kennedy  |  12-23-2004  |  Media

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