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Oct 21st

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Maverick Matchmaker picked as star of "Let's Fall in Love": first tragic-comic documentary on love

Maverick Matchmaker picked as star of According to a recent survey by the United Nations Statistics Division, which collects official data on marriage and divorce from over 200 countries on an annual basis, United States rank #5 in the world in having one of the highest divorce rates.
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The environmental justice movement

The environmental justice movementDear EarthTalk: I understand that the "environmental justice" movement seeks to protect the poor and non-white communities from being unfairly targeted to host activities like sewage treatment plants, landfills and polluting factories. Have there been notable victories? -- P. Silver, Peekskill, NY
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The budget sequester's impact on the environment

The budget sequester's impact on the environmentDear EarthTalk: What does the budget sequester that recently took hold mean for the environment? -- Jane Burgos, Los Angeles, CA
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Spring cleaning for the emotions

Spring is in the air, and it is the wonderful time of the year when we start to shake off the dust of winter. As we begin to open the windows of our physical and spiritual houses, it is a good time to get our emotional house in order. What do we do when we get overwhelmed? How do we deal with the stress and the pressure that each day brings? How do we clean our emotional reservoir? We must learn to reset our emotional clock and refresh our spiritual reservoir. I call this process spring cleaning for the emotions.
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Charity Bess wins crown and title of Miss Minnesota 2013

Charity Bess wins crown and title of Miss Minnesota 2013Charity Bess of Minneapolis was crowned 2013 Miss Minnesota International.The competition took place in St. Cloud, on Mar. 16.

Bess will compete with 50 other state winners for the title of Miss International 2013. That competition takes place July 22 – 28 and will be held in Skokie, Ill.
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Attracting backyard pollinators EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine

Attracting backyard pollinators EarthTalk® E - The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I'd like to have a garden that encourages bees and butterflies. What's the best approach? --Robert Miller, Bakersfield, CA

Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these species and others (beetles, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life. In fact, increased awareness of the essential role pollinators play in ecosystem maintenance—along with news about rapid declines in bee populations—have led to a proliferation of backyard "pollinator gardens" across the U.S. and beyond.

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Minnesota Energy Tips: Fireplace efficiency

This weekend as you huddle around the fireplace to escape the spring chill, remember the fireplace likely loses more heat than it gives off. Warm air in a home is sucked up the chimney and is replaced by cold air leaking into the house. Especially as the fire dies down, more heat is drawn up the chimney than is created by the fire—and the reduced rate of airflow can lead to backdrafting of flue gases and smoke into the living space.
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