Thursday, April 14, 2011

Early April 2011 News Roundup & Blog Updates


The nuclear crisis at Fukushima has been raised to severity level 7, the highest level on an international scale overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and on par with the disaster at Chernobyl. Members of the “Fukushima 50” gave their first interview

It is nearly one year since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The owner of the rig is arranging to fly relatives of the 11 men who died out to the disaster site on the anniversary.  

Bolivia is poised to pass The Law of Mother Earth, granting all nature equal rights to humans. As part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system, heavily influenced by its indigenous Andean people, the country will establish 11 new rights for nature. Please read more here.  

The US Government did not shut down. While debate rages over where to make cuts in the budget, the military bands play on joined forces with, whose tagline is “fasting and prayer to protect vulnerable people,” to protest proposed budget cuts which “lack conscience.”  You can watch Moby’s video on 30,000 fasters here. You can sign on to participate here.

Members of the Boston Tree Partya collaborative campaign to plant 100 pairs of heirloom apple trees in civic spaces across Greater Boston, held its Inauguration Ceremony on April 10th at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You can read more about the group and its first event here.

There have been 516,216,260 views of Justin Bieber in the most popular YouTube video yet.


Stop & Shop will open its doors for business at 6 am tomorrow on Whalley Avenue in the building formerly occupied by Shaw’s Supermarket. New Haven has been without a downtown supermarket since Shaw’s closed in March. Hundreds of carbon footprints will get a little smaller. An official opening ceremony will take place this evening from 5-7 pm with refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.

The Elm City Market, a cooperatively-owned supermarket scheduled to open this summer on the ground floor of 360 State Street, in the heart of downtown, has now signed on nearly 500 members.  

New Haven said farewell last week to Willis Diggs, a gentle giant beloved throughout greater New Haven. Willis was most recently a case manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs in New Haven. He had served as Facilities Director and Director of Operations at the Connecticut Food Bank, Executive Director of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, and in a number of other positions in the nonprofit community. Innovator and entrepreneur, he brought out the best in everyone. Willis was a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of a number of medals, including the Purple Heart.

The Mitchell Dubey Family Benefit Show was held at Toad’s Place. Police have still not made an arrest in the killing. 


I have had readers in 49 states. Mississippi is the one holdout. Know anyone there to whom you can send this link? The page views are climbing. Thanks for all your support.


Friday, April 22
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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Visit this site for a location near you.

That’s it for today. Please remember to return tomorrow for Freebie Friday when I hope to have a freebie or two for you.

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