By Staff, Digital First Media
A federal judge has ruled that abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will no longer go into effect tomorrow.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, June 25, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)
The restrictions The proposed rules were among the toughest in the nation. The law, which was slated to take effect Tuesday, banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and included requirements that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic and that they follow strict Food and Drug Administration instructions for pill-induced medical abortion. Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, June 25, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)
The restrictions gained national attention when Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis held a nearly 13-hour filibuster to speak out against them in June. The filibuster forced Gov. Rick Perry to call a second special legislative session for the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass the law.show more
By Staff, Associated Press
China's government worked fast on Monday to block the world from seeing images of a fiery, fatal and seemingly deliberate car crash inside politically sensitive Tiananmen Square - but not quite fast enough. The website Shanghaiist was able to capture several dramatic images of the incident before the government began deleting images from the web
Crowds were kept from the area. (Andy Wong/AP)
Likely deliberate No cause was immediately given and no group claimed responsibility. But it had the appearance of a deliberate act, since the driver apparently jumped a curb at a nearby cross street and traveled about 400 yards to the spot where it was said to have caught fire while avoiding trees, street lights and at least one security checkpoint. A tourist interviewed by Reuters who declined to be identified said she heard an explosion before a fire began after the crash.show more
By Solana Pyne, GlobalPost
Parts of the Arctic have seen average temperatures rise 9 degrees Fahrenheit in just the last five years, said climate scientist Paul Mayewski. (Solana Pyne/GlobalPost)
BROOKLYN, New York - According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Earth's climate system is a "complex, interactive system consisting of the atmosphere, land surface, snow and ice, oceans and other bodies of water and living things."
And, yes, the scientific community pores over all kinds of data related to this system every day.
But how should ordinary people think about the science of what's happening right now to the planet? And where do we go from here?
To find out, we turned to climate expert Paul Mayewski, the director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and the science adviser for GlobalPost's yearlong investigation Calamity Calling.
For the past four decades, Mayewski has studied how the climate works and documented how it's changing.
In a wide-ranging interview with GlobalPost, he explains how scientific research into the past can help us understand the dramatic changes we're seeing now, and how it just might help us find new ways to cope with inevitable warming.
GP: Were you ever a climate change skeptic?
Mayewski: As recently as 20 plus years ago, scientists thought that the climate system operated very, very slowly. We thought it was such a big, powerful system that it could literally absorb anything that we small humans had ever done. So we've obviously changed our opinion greatlyshow more
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff
MARLBORO -- The Selectboard and the Planning Commission have called a special public meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 29, to speak with officials from VTel about the company's plans to build a 140 foot communications pole off of Old Hogback Road in Marlboro.
The meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Marlboro Elementary School, will also give Marlboro residents a chance to talk with VTel staff about the ongoing work to bring more high speed broadband service to the region.
VTel wants to apply for a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board for the Marlboro tower and is looking for an endorsement from the Selectboard and Planning Commission.show more