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San Diegan first to buy new gas-electric SUV
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Davies, The San Diego Union-Tribune (Reuters contributed to this report)

Yesterday, Bill Hammons became the first person in the country to own an Escape Hybrid, Ford's first foray into the much-hyped technology, which uses a combination gas-electric system to power the vehicle.

Leak closes lanes in new Boston interstate tunnel project
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - David Abel, Mac Daniel, Sean P. Murphy, The Boston Globe

Water gushed into the Central Artery's northbound tunnel for hours yesterday from a small breach in the eastern wall, backing up afternoon rush-hour traffic for miles and leaving Big Dig officials at a loss to explain where the water was coming from and what had caused the leak.

Umatilla, Oregon safety breach stalls burn of chemical weapons agent
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Andy Dworkin, The Oregonian

Crews have temporarily quit burning chemical weapons at Umatilla's newly started incinerator after two workers walked through the wrong door -- into a room called the Toxic Cubicle.

Expect the Unexpected in Antarctica
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Smithsonian magazine, Associated Press

Rosemarie Keough almost died taking a penguin's picture. Camped on Antarctic sea ice with a small expedition of adventurers and photographers, she loaded film into three cameras and hiked a half-mile in a snowstorm to capture a colony of emperor penguins.

Hydroponic Sea Oats Grown in Florida Panhandle to Save Energy
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, Associated Press

Thousands of sea oats, so vital for preventing coastal erosion, are being raised in this rural Florida Panhandle community more than 30 miles from the nearest beach and without a speck of sand.

If There Ever Was a Time for Composting, It Is Now
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Lee Reich, Associated Press

If there ever was a time for composting, it is now. Backyards are overflowing with old plant material, stuff once foolishly called "garbage:" old stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden; kitchen trimmings; leaves from trees.

Resistant Bacteria and Mercury Threaten the Great Lakes and Human Health, Report Says
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, airborne mercury, and urban sprawl are threatening the health of the Great Lakes and millions of people who live around them, a report to the Canadian and U.S. governments concluded this week.

Only in Nevada Is Bush's Record on Environment Likely to Be a Decisive Issue
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

For environmentalists hoping to turn anger at President Bush into electoral votes for John Kerry, the biggest and perhaps only field of dreams is a nuclear waste dump site in Nevada.

Dark Future for White Animals in Arctic
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Ideal for an Ice Age, white fur used as camouflage by animals from polar bears to Arctic foxes may be going out of fashion because of global warming.

Colorado Sand Dunes to Become Newest National Park
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

Colorado became home to the country's newest national park when Interior Secretary Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National Monument.

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