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Scotland Bans Fracking Indefinitely (Jeff C.)
The Scottish National Party’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said he and his government remained “deeply skeptical” over the merits of fracking and confirmed that the practice would not be allowed in Scotland until there is clear evidence that it does not cause health-related or environmental harm.
Use It or lose It: Occasional Ohio Voters May Be Shut Out in November (Reader Pat)
Use it or lose it in Ohio as voting officials purge voter registrations of Democratic voting areas at twice the rate of Republican areas.
Terrorism Trial Highlights US De-Radicalisation Effort (Mili)
A government witness against three suspected terrorists-in-training has been sent to a facility where he will be under heavy supervision and receive counseling rather than jail time, apparently in recognition that he can still turn his life around.
Right-Wing Comes Back at Clintons Re Bill’s For-Profit College Deal (Russ)
Bill Clinton had his own lucrative gig with a for-profit college, albeit one that may have been far more legit than Trump’s. Could confuse the public debate.
Accused Somali War Criminal Worked Security at Dulles Airport (Klaus)
For about two decades, an accused Somali war criminal has lived in the US and recently worked at Dulles International Airport as an unarmed security guard. A CNN investigation has found that he is only one of more than 1,000 accused war criminals who live and work in the US.
Los Angeles Greek Theater Debacle Highlights Heated Battle Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton (Trevin)
Did an L.A. City Council member force a change of venue for a Sanders event because of allegiance to Hillary Clinton?
Ocean Noise Doubles Every Ten Years (Russ)
More misery for whales and other marine life.