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Down the east coast of Florida lies one of nature’s most amazing lagoons. The Indian River Lagoon stretches though six different counties and covers 353 square miles. The lagoon is home to over 4,300 different animal and plant species. One third of the nation’s manatee population, hundreds of bottlenose dolphins and many different sea turtles […]
Paul Brandus, an award-winning member of the White House press corps, reports for The Week, on his visit to a gun show in Fairfax County, Virginia. There he witnessed unlicensed firearm dealers and private transactions. The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) estimates that 25 to 50 percent gun show sales are by […]
During the past thirty years the agriculture industry has attempted to turn the cow into the perfect food-producing machine. In an attempt to maximize beef and milk production, while simultaneously lowering costs, the diets of beef and dairy cattle have been altered from mostly grass to mostly corn and corn byproducts. This change in […]
According to the article “Charter Schools and the Future of Public Education,” by Stan Karp, there is no difference in cognitive achievement when comparing charter school and non-charter school students. However, teachers in charter schools are paid significantly less and are often much more likely to become discouraged and quit their positions. By contrast […]
As burn pits become a primary method for waste management on military bases, the process has created concerns about the possible effects on soldiers’ health. Burn pits use constantly running jet fuel to burn human waste, paper, plastic, electronics and other waste. The process creates dangerously harmful fumes and toxins to which the soldiers […]