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Umbra on Whether to Buy Your Sparkling Water at Wal-Mart
November 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

With the busiest shopping day of the year coming this Friday, Grist thinks it knows what's on your mind: globalization, the race to the bottom, sprawl, and low, low prices! OK, maybe not. But that's what's on Umbra's mind. A reader writes in asking what's wrong with a certain store that begins with "Wal" and ends in "Mart," and Umbra tells it like it is. (Hint: plenty.) Get the skinny on where not to buy your holiday gifts -- today on the Grist Magazine website.

Mitsubishi Companies Raided for Allegedly Concealing Toxic Contamination at Housing Site
November 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press, TOKYO

Police raided the head offices of three Mitsubishi group companies on Monday on suspicion that they concealed toxic contamination at the site of a housing complex in western Japan to sell new condos.

Now, Lexus Hybrid Due Out in April, Toyota Says
November 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune

The gas/electric Lexus RX400h sport-utility vehicle will go on sale April 15 as a 2006 model, about four months later than planned.

Congress OKs Funding for University of North Dakota Fuel-Cell Research Center
November 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Elisa L. Rineheart, Grand Forks Herald, N.D.

UND is one step closer to housing a $3 million hydrogen fuel cell research center.

CEO of Columbia, Md.-based Chemical Company Resigns
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Adams, The Baltimore Sun

Paul Norris, who presided over W.R. Grace & Co.'s move from Florida to Maryland and steered it into bankruptcy protection in the face of thousands of asbestos injury lawsuits, will step down as chief executive of the Columbia-based maker of chemicals and building materials in May, the company announced yesterday.

North Carolina Set to Sue Over Coal Plants
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Dan Kane, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that he intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to require reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants in 13 states that he says pollute North Carolina's air

North Carolina Dredging Company Accused of Dumping Waste in Chesapeake Bay
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

A federal grand jury has indicted a North Carolina marine company and its president for allegedly dumping tons of sandy wastes into the Chesapeake Bay near Tangier Island, instead of pumping the materials onto an eroding beach to restore it.

Scientists Seek Best Way to Clean Up the Toxic Passaic River in New Jersey
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Alex Nussbaum, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

As Bob Chant squeezed through the gap in the chain-link fence, it was clear how little respect the Passaic River has gotten.

Don't Panic About Soybean Rust, Mississippi Officials Say
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Miss.

Despite news earlier this week that Asian soybean rust has been found in Mississippi, agriculture officials say area farmers should stay calm.

Bush Vows to Maintain Tariff Against Brazilian Orange Juice Products
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

During his Sept. 29 visit to a Lake Wales grove, President Bush gave Florida citrus officials a stronger pledge to preserve the federal tariff on Brazilian orange juice imports than the officials publicly acknowledged.

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