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A hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville. In response to this developing situation, DWR is increasing water releases to 100,000 cubic feet per second.

Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream is ordered.

This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill. This in NOT A Drill.

http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132332499.html


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"The website was set up under President George W. Bush so educators, advocates and parents could get a "one-stop" explanation on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as well as know their rights under the disability law."

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/A-disability-website-disappears-Murray-10924413.php


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America, falling behind

"Vancouver is not the only foreign city that is part of these conversations. Portuguese officials in Lisbon created a fast track for Indian entrepreneurs last month. Intercom, an Irish technology start-up, offered to pay the legal costs of developers who had been impacted by Trump’s immigration policies if they would move to Ireland."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/silicon-valley-companies-craft-plans-to-move-foreign-born-workers-to-vancouver/2017/02/10/3f581b06-ee34-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_vancouver-745pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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"Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American to medal for the United States in the Olympics, said Tuesday she was recently detained at U.S. Customs for two hours without explanation."

http://www.king5.com/news/muslim-us-olympian-ibtihaj-muhammad-says-she-was-held-by-us-customs/406748042

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Rural Medical Care at Risk with Immigration Ban:

"A Syrian citizen, Al Nofal is in Sioux Falls [South Dakota] through a special workforce development program called the Conrad 30 visa waiver -- which basically waives the requirement that doctors who complete their residency on a J-1 exchange visitor visa must return to their country of origin for two years before applying for another American visa."

http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/10/news/economy/visa-ban-rural-doctor-shortage/index.html?iid=hp-toplead-dom

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Public Education is vital for providing opportunity to all.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/opinion/why-i-wont-vote-for-betsy-devos.html?_r=1

Senator Maggie Hassan:

" Throughout her confirmation process, Ms. DeVos has demonstrated a complete lack of experience in, knowledge of and support for public education. Instead, it is clear that she would pursue policies that would undermine public schools, in my home state of New Hampshire and across our nation."

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How to Respond to Hate Speech

I think that the mayor of Louisville Kentucky did an excellent job here:
The city's mayor felt compelled to issue a public apology.
"I am sad and disappointed to see conduct like this, when one person so dehumanizes another human being," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement to CNN affiliate WDRB. "This is not who we are, and on behalf of our community, I apologize to the two women who were treated in such a horrible way. I hope this video prompts many discussions among families as they gather for the holidays this week -- discussions about basic human values, dignity and respect. As a country of immigrants, we must understand that we only move forward through peace, acceptance and embracing those who are different from us. These are basic American values protected in our Constitution, values embraced in this welcoming, compassionate community.""

And the mall has stated that the shopper will be banned once identified.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/us/mall-racist-rant-trnd/index.html


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