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SF Chronicle: Governator and Global Warming Politics

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been among the most outspoken state leaders in fighting global warming, but some Democrats and environmentalists have some proposed laws that even he may have a tough time swallowing. Mark Martin reports from Sacramento. Read it In other global warming political news, from Alaska Juneau Empire staff writer Elizabeth Bluemink reports that

NYTimes: Southern Towns Want More Nukes

Twenty years after the last nuclear power construction boom crashed to a halt amid soaring costs and worries over reliability and safety, plenty of small towns, particularly in the southeastern US, are eager for more reactors in their backyards. It’s just one sign that US utilities will build at least a few, and perhaps many,

SF Chronicle: The Great Quake, 1906-2006

SF just before the quake shook it down. . The San Francisco Chronicle’s graceful Carl Nolte kicks off a ten-part series recounting the most storied Natural Disaster in US history. The series includes not just the science of that big rip, but its impacts on the people and subsequent history of California. The main page

NYTImes: Beyond Swollen Limbs, a Disease’s Hidden Agony

A stupendously moving (and occasionally stomach-churning) once-a-week series, on five agonizing but eradicable diseases that plague some of the world’s poorest peoples, continues with reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. writing on lymphatic filariasis, one of whose manifestations is better known as elephantiasis. Read it Earlier installments, by McNeil and by Celia W. Dugger are here

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