9500 Liberty (2009)

9500 Liberty

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Sent to DS from Johnna Harrison; thank you.

Dandelion Salad

July 4, 2012

9500 LIBERTY documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.

Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Supporters of the law ride a wave of hysteria to an election victory. Continue reading

Mountaintop coal mining at Hale Gap, VA By John M. Broder

Dandelion Salad

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: August 23, 2007

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 — The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.

It has been used in Appalachian coal country for 20 years under a cloud of legal and regulatory confusion.

The new rule would allow the practice to continue and expand, providing only that mine operators minimize the debris and cause the least environmental harm, although those terms are not clearly defined and to some extent merely restate existing law.

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h/t: Malcolm

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