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Reading, Writing & Human Experimentation
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Brandon Stirling Baker

(By Brandon Stirling Baker) California law today allows pesticides that have not received full health, stability and efficacy tests to be used on school campuses. These products that are not fully registered are known as "experimental" or "conditionally registered" products. The fact that K-12 public schools are being targeted to test experimental or conditional use pesticide products is downright creepy. I'm 17 years old, and I'd like to live way past 18.

Statoil Plans to Develop New Offshore Oil Field in the Norwegian Sea
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Statoil ASA on Monday said it plans to develop a new oil and natural gas field called Tyrihans in the Norwegian Sea. The state-controlled company said project partners submitted plans to the oil ministry for approval in the 14 billion kroner ($2.1 billion) project, due to begin production in 2009.

Advocates Pitch Hemp as Farmers' Gold
July 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kristin Collins, the News & Observer

Hemp wasn't always the pet plant of tie-dyed liberals. Its spiky leaves once covered thousands of acres across the country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it. An early draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. Betsy Ross' flag is said to have been sewn from hemp fabric.

Regulators OK Wind Farm Near Bird Home
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - JR Ross, Associated Press

Wisconsin regulators approved a $250 million wind farm Friday that its proponents said would generate energy for 72,000 homes and opponents warned would kill migratory birds.

Hot, Windy Weather Hampers Firefighters in Colorado and South Dakota
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Catherine Tsai, Associated Press

Gusty wind and temperatures heading into the 90s prompted authorities to evacuate about 70 more homes Sunday east of a 2,900-acre wildfire in southern Colorado.

Panda Cub Survives Critical First Day
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press

Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day-old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250-pound mother.

Philippines Checks Sanctuaries after Bird Flu Case
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Dolly Aglay, Reuters

The Philippines is monitoring poultry farms near bird sanctuaries because the three ducks on farm discovered to have the country's first case of bird flu may have been infected by migratory birds.

Expanded Energy Program Aims to Save Homeowners 10 Percent or More on Utilities
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government is expanding its most highly promoted energy conservation program, aiming to save homeowners at least 10 percent a year on their utility bills.

Eastern Timber Rattler Finds Defenders in the Northern Range
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the eastern timber rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake -- through terrain where he wouldn't see a coiled dark snake unless he nearly stepped on it.

Iceland Tells Japan Cooperation on Commercial Whaling Possible
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Iceland told fellow pro-whaling ally Japan Monday that it might be possible to cooperate on commercial whaling, officials said.

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