The 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated From Her Mother, Who Must Parent From 1,000 Miles Away

by Ginger Thompson The last time Cindy Madrid Henriquez, a Salvadoran immigrant, spoke to her 6-year-old daughter Jimena on the telephone, the little girl, who is in an Arizona shelter, began by complaining about having to wash her hair with bar soap instead of shampoo. Her scalp was dry and itchy. She had dandruff. Then … Read moreThe 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated From Her Mother, Who Must Parent From 1,000 Miles Away

“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

by Kavitha Surana LOS FRESNOS, Texas — Calling from an unreliable phone at the Port Isabel Detention Center, her voice sounds muffled, and far away. To be understood, she needs to keep repeating herself. For her to hear the person calling, they need to yell. Blanca wishes more than anything else that it was her … Read more“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

Learn why these Old East Dallas community gardens have thrived for nearly 30 years

DALLAS — Tucked into Dallas’ rapidly growing urban infrastructure, the East Dallas and Live Oak community gardens are almost impossible to miss. These are two of the city’s oldest, most productive community gardens, striking strips of green along Fitzhugh Avenue. They are thriving bastions of agriculture amidst brick, steel and concrete…

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Hurricane Harvey Day 3: Live

Image credit: Public domain photograph of floating debris at Texas City from Category 4 hurricane in 1900. Source: wikipedia.

Houston metro area and other deluged towns in southeastern Texas braced for devastating floods and pummeling rainfall on Sunday. The second fatality in the storm occurred in the Houston area when a woman drove her vehicle into high water, police said. The first fatality was reported in the coastal city of Rockport, where the victim died…

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‘Largest’ Shale Oil Reserve Discovered in US

EA News Comment: While on the surface this discovery seems like good news in terms of US energy supply, it represents a huge environmental and health risk if developed.

  • This type of shale formation requires extensive fracking to extract the subsurface petroleum.
  • The practice of fracking, other than being expensive for the petroleum developers, is a risky and destructive practice.
  • Hazardous fracking fluids returned to the surface are a threat to the health of the local ecosystem and to humans.
  • Fracking causese structural damage to subsurface rock formations, resulting in increased earthquake activity.
  • If a significant fraction of the projected 20 billion barrels of oil are produced and used as fuel, the release of associated greenhouse gasses will further exacerbate the climate change disaster we are currently experiencing.

 

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Will lethal Texas flooding stop? Not anytime soon

Forecasters predict another 3 to 8 inches of rain in coming days, 10 inches in some places.

“If we get that, it is going to be a disaster on top of a disaster,” Braun said. “The water doesn’t have any place to go. The rivers are full, the flood detention is full. The water is just going to flow into places it hasn’t gone before.”

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