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Hot Diggity Dam

As the long season of darkness sweeps over the country, it’s a natural time to think about lighting – and how dependent we are on electricity during this dim time of year. You can heat your home with several different energy sources, including natural gas, heating oil or wood. But unless you’re living off-the-grid, the lights throughout your abode burn brightly because of electricity from the grid.

Doing More With Less On The Road

Between the debt-ceiling kerfuffle and Hurricane Irene, you may have missed two bits of summertime news that will be important for what we drive in the coming years....
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Stepping Back From Dam Power

Just over a century ago, when William Howard Taft was president and I was a young woman, an entrepreneur named Thomas Aldwell started building a dam in the Northwest woods of the Olympic peninsula in Washington....
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Breeding Better Wheat

I spent this past summer trudging through six-mile treks each weekend with two good friends. We walked along the edge of wheat fields outside of town. (My friends and I qualify as middle-aged ladies, so the walks counted as significant exercise. Sad but true.) One of the interesting things about the walks was simply observing the growth and ripening of the wheat fields by which we passed....
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Fighting The Law And Saving Money

The laws of physical science teach us we can neither create nor destroy energy. But it’s also a simple fact that we can surely waste it. And that raises the possibility ofsaving money by refusing to let energy slip through our fingers....
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Water, Water, Not Quite Everywhere

When I was a kid I was “born again,” a process that involved being fully and totally immersed in water. Much more recently I was on the home stretch of an 8-mile walk in the hot sun when the minister I was walking with kindly poured her drinking water on my hot little head....
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A New And Growing Crop

This Summer has been filled with acrimony about the federal budget, with red versus blue politicians squaring off to hurl criticisms at each other. For a lot of us, turning on the news has felt like an exercise in masochism....
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Espaillat Congratulates Obama

Tonight, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September, 2001 attacks in New York:...
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More Time To Eat Your Potatoes

One of my mother’s friends was raised decades ago on a few acres at the end of gravel road in Idaho. As she puts it, her family’s basic challenge was eating what it produced before other critters did. In other words, it was useful to consume the eggs in the henhouse before the foxes got to them....
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Reading The Record Of The Tree Rings

Scientists have studied natural climate change for quite a while. Part of what we have learned about past climates comes from tree rings, and thereon hangs an interesting tale going back more than a century. ...
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Butti The Tortoise Joins Bronx Zoo Cobra

Butti the Tortoise joins the Bronx Zoo cobra as missing. But unlike the cobra, Butti the Tortoise disappeared as the result of a theft....
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Let The Buyer Beware: Capacitors

Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry sprang up. Drivers could buy magnets to attach to fuel lines to allegedly boost a car’s gas mileage by 20 or even 30 percent....
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The Right Time To Sell

With the price of gold over $1,000 per troy ounce, people have asked me if they should sell Great Aunt Edna’s rings and bracelets....
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Why Hate Undocumented Immigrants?

I am a native born New Yorker, from the Bronx, and a second generation proud American. America is a country that is almost solely composed of immigrants and/or the offspring of immigrants. The only indigenous peoples are the American Indians and even they probably crossed over to this continent, albeit before the rest of us and our ancestors arrived in this wonderful country!...
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"Gasland" Nothing But Hot Air

Those planning to tune in to HBO tonight to view the anti-drilling film "Gasland" should know this: it is a fairy tale; pure fiction and poorly disguised as a factual documentary....
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Bronx Ranks Top US Growth City?

U-Haul International, Inc. earlier this week released results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report that reflects the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during 2009. The 2009 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report indicates that for cities with more than with 5,000 families moving, Bronx, NY had the highest percentage of growth, with 17.22 percent. ...
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Bronx's Keltic Dreams Entertain Obama

President Barack Obama is celebrating St. Patrick's Day by meeting with Irish Prime minister Brian Cowen at the White House in Washington, DC....
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The Census Is Coming

Concerned about the serious long-term political and financial consequences of an inaccurate census count for New York City, The New York Community Trust has joined with the New York Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and other funders to launch the 2010 Census Funders NYC Initiative....
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Privatize The Gain, Socialize The Loss

The public and the politicians have been outraged at the bonuses the recently bailed out banks have decided to pay themselves. In the United States, bankers are now held in lower esteem than politicians....
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Happy Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. ...
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Remembering The Crew Of Space Shuttle Challenger

Today, 31 years later, we remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
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Presidential Inauguration Of The 45th President Of The United States Of America Donald Trump

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
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Martin Luther King Day

Today our nation pauses to honor a legend, an icon, and an American hero. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lifted up the conscience of our nation - a towering leader in his day, and a lasting inspiration for all generations to follow.
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White Man Beaten To Death With Hammers By Black Youths: Video

Did you know a 32-year-old white man was beaten to death with hammers by at least two black teens early Sunday morning, November 30, 2014, on Itaska Street in St. Louis?
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Compounding Injustice In Ferguson

You should know that in the wake of the November 24, 2014 Grand Jury ruling that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, demonstrations have erupted all of this nation - especially in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Bronx Letter Carrier Honored For Heroism

It was early Wednesday, December 18, 2013, and Jermaine Shirley could not wait to get to work.

The Setup

In an effort to tell his story, Mr. Oliver Mitchell, the VA whistleblower from Los Angeles, reached out to The Bronx Times to share his accounts of the events surrounding his disclosure.

Veterans Affairs Whistleblower

A Veteran and former Veterans Affairs employee turned whistleblower filed a complaint of retaliation and reprisal with the Office of Special Counsel against VA Officials at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.
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Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to support Feeding America and help Stamp Out Hunger across America. Now in its 21st year, the annual food drive helps provide assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

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Bibi Khan

Bibi Z. Khan is a Graduate student, human and environmental activist and aspiring writer. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and community volunteer work.