Abortion and Obamacare

President Obama’s healthcare reform act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation for women’s healthcare in decades.

It expands coverage to over 10 million low-income women.  Pregnancy, previous cesarean sections and sexual and physical abuse can no longer be treated as pre-existing conditions. And women across the country now have easier access to contraception.

But Obamacare is a Trojan horse.

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Saving the African Elephant

As African nations and conservationists struggle to stop elephant poaching, a counter-intuitive idea is gaining a lot of ground: The best way to save elephants might be to hunt them.

Chinese demand for ivory is fueling illegal elephant hunting throughout Africa, despite widespread conservation efforts.  Kenya is the hardest hit, with the number of elephants killed doubling from 2011 to 2012.  But some countries in southern Africa take a seemingly radical approach: The government allows legal hunting, and elephant numbers are steadily rising there.

“There are sufficient numbers in some populations for regulated hunting to be sustainable,” said Rob Slotow, a professor a director of the Amarula Elephant Research Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Legally hunting elephants is expensive.  And ivory from these African hunting safaris can be legally brought into the United States.  A fourteen day expedition with Chifuti Hunting Safaris charges over $20,000 for the trip itself, plus a trophy fee for each animal taken, including over $14,000 for a bull elephant.  On top of that, hunters pay trophy packaging rates, government fees and for a CITES export permit that certifies the trophies were legally obtained.

This is where in some cases, some say hunting might help.

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Columbus Day Parade

By Karen Petree

Petree_ColumbusDay_04The biggest celebration of Italian American culture took place in New York City today. The 69th annual Columbus Day Parade drew thousands of floats, marching bands and spectators to Fifth Avenue between 44th Street and 72nd Street in Manhattan. Over 35,000 people participated in the parade, including New York governor Andrew Cuomo and city council members. Click continue to open slideshow. Continue reading →

NYC Celebrates its Hispanic Heritage

By Karen Petree

Hispanic Heritage Day Parade in Manhattan. Oct. 13, 2013The Hispanic Day Parade took place today on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The parade was a festive close to Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasted from September 15 through October 15. Parade participants marched along Fifth Ave. between 44th and 72nd Streets. According to the 2010 Census, over 28% of New Yorkers identify as Hispanic.  Click continue to open slideshow. Continue reading →

Arkansas Arms its Teachers

School day mornings at my elementary school smelled like Folger’s coffee.  For six years, bright-eyed, happy teachers greeted me as I strolled into the classroom with or without my homework.  With or without toothpaste on my face.  With or without my socks and underwear on right-side out.  They waited for me at the front of the classroom with their coffee and their lesson plans.

Every once in a while, Mrs. E, who was barely taller than the third graders she taught, got up from her perch in front of the overhead projector, her face lit up, and she’d energetically shake her whole body as she cried out, “pizzazz!” twanging the last syllable. I didn’t understand exactly what pizzazz was, but it seemed to beam down through her and out onto us.

But I don’t think she would’ve shaken it so vigorously with a gun on her hip.

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