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Are the POM Wonderful owners basking in the underground waters of California? With 56.66 percent ownership of Kern Water Bank—the largest aquifer in the world—the answer is “Yes.” Kern Water Bank is a 32-acre underground water storage facility—twice the size of Hetch Hetchy. The Department of Water Resources built it to provide public water with […]
Most of us can identify with some level of pain resulting from the mortgage loan debacle. However, is anyone paying attention to the next tidal wave heading towards our shore? Riding its crest are for-profit universities. Consider this, the average associate degree at a for-profit university costs a student $14,000. Over the next 10 years, […]
The US continues to report decreased numbers of rape, but Feminist Majority Foundation President, Eleanor Smeal says the numbers are misleading. In a hearing before Senate Subcommittee on Crime, Smeal called for a national reform of rape reporting. Specifically, Smeal argued the current definition of rape is outdated, excluding many types of rape. The definition […]
More than rainfall may have contributed to the devastating floods in Pakistan this past summer. Illegal breaches of embankments, canals and dykes along the Indus River contributed to the destruction of Sindh and Jaffarbad, specifically the district of Balochistan. Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid leader, Marvi Memon filed a petition on the consequences caused by […]
According to a report from The Insight Center for Community Economic Development, women of color possess a wealth of approximately $100 compared to white men and women with over $40,000. The situation is direr for single women of color, of whom almost half have no or negative wealth. Tim Grant of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—the only […]