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To Catch a Predator: Wildlife Detective Helps Ranchers, Mountain Lions Coexist (Maria)

The author writes, “Petros Chrysafis has always had a fascination with predators, but he never thought he could make a career out of it. Then he helped a friend solve a chicken-stealing coyote problem. Word spread. Now he runs a one-man ‘predator detection and deterrence’ business in California’s Central valley and Sierra Nevada mountains. … Typically when he first meets his clients, they are ready to find and kill the predator that’s been attacking their livestock. His goal is to offer an alternative: coexistence.”

GOP Senators Rattled by Radical Conservative Populism (Reader Jim)

From The Hill: “Republican senators say they’re worried that conservative populism, though always a part of the GOP, is beginning to take over the party, becoming more radical and threatening to cause them significant political problems heading into the 2024 election. GOP senators are saying they’re being increasingly confronted by constituents who buy into discredited conspiracy theories such as the claim that Democrats stole the 2020 presidential election or that federal agents incited the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.”  

The Right’s Desperate Push to Tank ESG and Avoid Disclosing Climate Risks (Laura)

The author writes, “Pro-business politicians embraced the idea of so-called green investing — until the SEC suggested companies should report their full emissions.”

Will the Doctor See You Now? The Health System’s Changing Landscape (Reader Steve)

From The Seattle Times: “The primary care landscape is changing in ways that could shape patients’ access and quality of care now and for decades to come. A solid and enduring relationship with a primary care doctor — who knows a patient’s history and can monitor new problems — has long been regarded as the bedrock of a quality health care system. But investment in primary care in the U.S. lags that of other high-income countries, and America has a smaller share of primary care physicians than most of its European counterparts.”

Why Can’t We Stop Homelessness? 4 Reasons Why There’s No End in Sight (Sean)

From NPR: “Advocacy groups and researchers say a big driving force is the decline of affordable housing, a problem decades in the making but one that has grown significantly worse in the past few years. Here are a few ways it’s playing out.”

Bison Return to Native American Lands, Revitalizing Sacred Rituals (Laura)

The author writes, “More than a century after a mass bison slaughter, the animals are restoring Great Plains ecosystems and reinvigorating Indigenous customs like the sun dance.”

Universal Under Investigation After It Trimmed Trees That Shaded SAG-AFTRA Protesters (Dana)

The author writes, “The Los Angeles City Controller’s office is investigating after NBCUniversal severely trimmed a row of trees outside its studios where members of SAG-AFTRA were picketing company executives, eliminating shade during a searing heatwave. .. On Monday, comedian Chris Stephens tweeted a picture of a row of trees, all with their limbs severely trimmed. ‘Quick shoutout to the good people at @UniversalPics for trimming the trees that gave our picket line shade right before a 90+ degree week,’ he wrote.”


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