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Brothers, Town Officials Envision Nature Park in Abandoned Area
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Gregory Seay, The Hartford Courant

Scuba divers, dozens of them in black wet and dry suits, cluster like penguins on the stony promontory at the edge of the watery north quarry. Sean P. Hayes -- who with his two older brothers shares an ambitious plan to revive the quarry, starting next spring, as a multi-activity water-nature park -- uses color drawings to describe their multimillion-dollar vision to visitors.

Lightly Polluted Sites Seek Developers
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Voorhis, The Wichita Eagle

The vacant warehouses and former machine shops that litter the Wichita area can, and occasionally do, bloom again. But that rebirth is made harder by the fear that buyers will have to pay to clean up spilled oil, dry cleaning fluid or other pollutants.

Wal-Mart Hopes 'Green' Store Brings Greenbacks
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Kaiser, Reuters

Welcome to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s experimental environmentally friendly store in this northern suburb of Dallas, where the world's biggest -- and notoriously cost-conscious -- retailer is trying to determine whether being green can also be profitable.

PNM Resources Seeks LEED Certification for New Building
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

PNM Resources is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new Information Technology office building now under construction.

Genetics Leave Felines Without Sweet Tooth
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest. Now, there's a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics.

Hazy Cloud of Saharan Dust Nearing U.S.
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An enormous, hazy cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing toward the southern United States, but meteorologists do not expect much effect beyond colorful sunsets. The leading edge of the cloud -- nearly the size of the continental United States -- should move across Florida sometime from Monday through Wednesday.

Chinese Farmers' Dispute with Factory Shows Rural Anger, Loss of Faith in Government
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Farmers had long feared the runoff from the pharmaceutical factory. It turned irrigation water to a greasy, red sludge and stunted vegetable crops. They blamed it for a local rise in cancer and birth defects.

Laotians Thatch Roof to Buffer Conference Venue from Earsplitting Rain
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Planners in impoverished Laos needed a fix for the cacophony of rain pelting the metal roof of their conference venue. So they thatched it with local grass. Organizers spent 60 million kip (US$6,000; euro4,941.12) on the long indigenous grass, applying an additional layer Sunday.

Poaching Becoming Rampant on Federal Land
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Margery Beck, Associated Press

Barbara Beasley was the first person called to investigate when three suspicious men were stopped on federal land in remote northwest Nebraska. It didn't take the U.S. Forest Service official long to find what they had been doing: digging an 18-by-10-foot hole more than 2 feet deep that left the fossilized bones of a prehistoric rhinoceros called a brontothere exposed.

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years.

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