Forrest Wilder at the Texas Observer: Federal Court Smacks Down Waco-area Coal Plant
In a rare victory for anti-coal forces, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unlawfully green-lighted construction of a coal-fired power plant near Waco.
Paul Wagner at Santa Cruz: Gift Guide: Cadmium Alert
Slick, good-looking stuff, cadmium, sitting pretty in the periodic table at number 48, hanging out with its immediate atomic buddies silver, gold, zinc and mercury.
Lois Pearlman at Bohemian: Critical Conditions
Sutter Health’s plan to expand its presence in the North Bay has come up against two lawsuits: one filed by Marin General Hospital and another by a coalition of hospitals, transportation and union interests in Santa Rosa.
Tim Carman at Washington City Paper: On the Rocks: Can America Learn to Drink Intelligently?
Sometimes that’s appropriate—it’s easy to ditch an unwanted lover by labeling a previous encounter an alcoholic hook-up—but our highly developed ability to discount our drunken experiences strips away the reverence of those moments that have nothing to do with ill temperament or bad judgment.
Kera Abraham at Monterey County Weekly: L.A. plastic bag ban touted as a model for California.
The ban will take effect in July 2011, unless expected court challenges delay it.