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07.23 Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations

07.23 The strange relationship between global warming denial and... speaking English [chart]

07.23 Great Barrier Reef contaminated by toxic coal dust, inquiry told

07.23 Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

07.22 California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

07.22 Paterson's 'green blob' tirade reveals the right's problem with climate change

07.22 Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles

07.22 HIV breakthrough reveals virus hidden in immune system cells

07.21 Green Energy Robin Hood: India Doubles Tax on Coal to Fund Solar and Wind

07.20 PROTESTERS URGE BROWN TO PROTECT CALIFORNIA’S WATER BY BANNING FRACKING

07.20 GERMANY LEADS THE WORLD IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY [map graphic, charts]

07.20 WHAT DOES THE EXPANDING SOLAR SECTOR MEAN TO GERMANY’S UTILITIES?

07.20 Boris Johnson: 'bollocks' to say Oxford Street has world's worst pollution

07.20 Death of Australian Pollution Levy Marks First U-Turn on Climate

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07.23 "Conservative" judges are ganging up to steal your "affordable" healthcare

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07.22 The Senate flunks basic biology: Inside a disgraceful hearing

07.22 If the Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look in the Mirror

07.22 Detroit residents fight back over water shutoff: 'It's a life-or-death situation'

07.21 5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

07.21 Talking Openly About Obama and Race

07.19 Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights [24:26 video]

07.19 Can Obama Weather the Current Geopolitical Shitstorm?

07.19 'Run, Liz, run!' Elizabeth Warren plays down 2016 bid despite growing chorus

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07.17 Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises [Over 1,000 comments]

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07.23 Detroit, Other Cash-Strapped US Cities, States Slashing Pension Benefits While Subsidizing Professional Sports Stadiums

07.23 Top lawmaker wants corporate tax loophole 'plugged now'

07.22 Here's Why Wall Street Reform Is Still in Limbo

07.21 OECD predicts collapse of capitalism

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07.23 Wall Street Journal Argument that Gazan Civilians Aren’t Innocent Is the Exact Same One Bin Laden Used To Justify 9/11

07.23 Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Search for Cheap Labor

07.23 US and Germany hold restorative talks after series of spy scandals

07.22 The Waste of War

07.22 Israel hits hundreds of targets in Gaza as soldier is confirmed missing

07.22 Bloody Weekend in Gaza [42 photos]

07.22 New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution

07.21 What Has $121,000,000,000 US Aid to Israel Really Bought? [3:17 video]

07.21 A Damned Paradise: Does Haiti Need Tourism? Or Does It Need Justice?

07.21 MH17: world's anger at Russia grows as bodies pile on to train at crash site

07.21 Gaza crisis: UNSC and Obama call for immediate ceasefire – live updates

07.19 Needing Skilled Workers, a Booming Germany Woos Immigrants

07.19 Understanding What Hamas Wants

07.19 Russia Has Become Dangerous Again

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The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meetings
Special Advocates For Children Needed
Family to Family Education Program Starts Sept. 29
“Road to Recovery” Volunteers Needed
Study Group on Single Payer Health Insurance meets First Mondays of Every Month @ 7:30pm
Baltimore Green Forum meets the last Sunday of every month in Towson
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
State Bar Assn. Offers Free Legal Guide on Foreclosure
Maryland Science Center Seeks Volunteers
Become a Tutor of Adults
Lawyers available to speak on 41 legal topics
Maryland State Bar Association Offers Free Consumer Legal Guides
Help for Young Adults with Cancer
Parents Without Partners Meetings at White Marsh Public Library
Volunteer to be an advocate for children
Twelve Step Recovery Workshop
Health Care for Uninsured Baltimore City Residents
Help for osteoarthritis of the upper spine
Power wheelchairs available
The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meetings
The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a weekly meeting, free of charge, for people suffering from any addictive or compulsive problem, including compulsive eating, anorexia-bulimia, codependency, alcoholism, emotional or behavioral compulsions. The Workshop meets at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd., Towson, 21204, every Thursday at 7 p.m. (410) 880-2439; www.12steps-recovery.org
Special Advocates For Children Needed
Thousands of Baltimore City children are not safe living with their families. Members of the public are invited to volunteer to serve as their Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Volunteers, who must be at least 21 years old, will be professionally trained and supervised. Attend the next information session to learn more about Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore on April 6, 2010 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 19 West Ostend Street, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21230. For information, call Phyllis Kolman at 410-244-1465, ext. 103.
Family to Family Education Program Starts Sept. 29
Family-to-Family is a 12-week course for close relatives of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). Trained family members teach the course. All course materials are furnished to participants at no cost. The curriculum discusses the clinical treatment of major mental illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. The commitment is two and one half hours per week for twelve weeks. It is essential that participants attend all 12 classes because each class builds on the prior class. Starting date is Tues., September 29, 2009 from 7pm to 9:30 pm. The last session will be held on Tues., December 15, 2009. The location is Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road. The sponsor is NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore. Call 410-435-2600 about this course, and about other dates and locations in the region when this course will be offered this fall.

NAMI also offers a Peer to Peer Recovery Education Course on Thursdays at Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, same hours as above, starting Oct. 8 and continue until Dec. 17.

“Road to Recovery” Volunteers Needed
Imagine being diagnosed with cancer. Imagine being told that you have two scheduled surgeries, six months of Chemotherapy, and an uncertain amount of radiation therapy. Now imagine that your most pressing concern is how you will get to this life-saving treatment. Many Baltimore area residents who have recently been diagnosed with cancer face this same uncertainty every day and they need your help.

"Road to Recovery" is an American Cancer Society service program that provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and then back home. Transportation is provided according to the needs and available resources in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, please call 410-933-5130. The American Cancer Society will provide a simple training program and an opportunity for you to meet other volunteers throughout the year. Whether you can drive on a regular basis or only have a few hours a month to donate, the American Cancer Society will appreciate your help.

Study Group on Single Payer Health Insurance meets First Mondays of Every Month @ 7:30pm
All meetings are held at St. John's United Methodist Church, St. Paul St. at 27th St., Baltimore. According to the group's organizers, a "single payer" system means that only one agency would pay for medical services—in contrast to the roughly 1500 insurance companies now operating in the US. The rough model is the Canadian system. It is suggested that participants read basic introductory material that includes the "Executive Summary" of THE LEWIN REPORT, a 2000 study of the prospects for reform in Maryland.

Meetings on this topic are held on the first Monday of every month. The convenor is Bill Harvey, who has been active on this issue since 1989 and works with HealthCare Now of Maryland (formerly Maryland UHCAN: Universal Health Care Action Network. For more information, call or e-mail Bill Harvey at 410-467-7756 or bharvey@smart.net.

Baltimore Green Forum Meets Monthly in Towson
The Baltimore Green Forum, a monthly environmental and discussion forum, is usually held on the last Sunday of each month. Its events are open to the public, free of charge, but donations to Maryland Presbyterian Church, where the meetings are held, are appreciated. Address is 1105 Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286 (just north of the Beltway). For questions, to co-sponsor, or to RSVP, contact http://baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com , e-mail baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com, or call 301-345-2234.

Co-sponsors of Forum events include Simplicity Matters Earth Institute, Baltimore Climate Action Network, Green City Baltimore, Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, Hooked on Nature, Parks & People, Network of Spiritual Progressives in Maryland, and MD League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Inc.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
The South Distribution Site for the Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland program is in need of volunteer drivers and visitors to deliver meals to homebound residents in the area. The Distribution Site is located at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 South Charles Street. Meals are picked up by volunteers at the site and delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To volunteer, contact Dejanelle Peterkin at 443-573-0926 or e-mail peterkin@mowcm.org.

State Bar Assn. Offers Free Legal Guide on Foreclosure

With 25,000 foreclosures expected in Maryland this year, and one in every 200 homes now in some stage of a foreclosure proceeding, many families across the state face losing their homes. To help these thousands of people, especially in light of new state foreclosure laws, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) has just released a newly revised foreclosure proceeding legal information guide and is giving it away free to Maryland consumers as a public service.

MSBA’s "Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" public awareness brochure offers assistance to consumers facing or fearing a foreclosure. This free pamphlet provides legal information to help the public better understand the new foreclosure law, effective April 4, 2008, which offers new protections for homeowners. It explains the new law in basic terms and outlines the steps of the revised foreclosure process, including new notice requirements and extended time periods for foreclosure sales, so consumers know what to expect when facing a foreclosure situation.

"Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" is one in the series of 24 legal information guides offered by MSBA’s Public Awareness Committee; all are free to the public.

"Foreclosing Proceedings in Maryland" is also available online or in print; to obtain print copies of the brochure contact Jason Zeisloft, Communications Assistant, jzeisloft@msba.org or call (410) 685-7878 x 3028.

Maryland Science Center Seeks Volunteers

The Maryland Science Center seeks volunteers to serve as greeters, assistants in exhibit areas, science demonstrators, and IMAX Theater ushers.

Orientation will be provided. Benefits include free parking, a 30% discount in the Science Store, a 25% discount in Beakers Café, and free admission for volunteers and their families to the St. John Properties IMAX Theatre and Davis Planetarium.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and available to work a minimum of one four-hour shift per month for at least three months.

For more information, call Tony Washington at (410) 545-5894 or email twashington@marylandsciencecenter.org.

Become a Tutor of Adults

30% of Baltimore City Residents can’t read but you can help! The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy Program is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in math, reading, and/or writing. Free training and materials. Located across from JHU in Charles Village. Call (410) 261-0022 for more details.

LAWYERS AVAILABLE TO SPEAK ON 41 LEGAL TOPICS

What is the punishment for drunk driving? What happens during a divorce? Why do you need a will?

If your group would like a lawyer to discuss these or other legal issues, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) will provide a lawyer as a free service to the community. MSBA Speakers’ Bureau is a collection of over 200 volunteer attorneys, throughout the entire state, who are willing to speak to the public about numerous legal issues. The Bureau’s 41 topics range from adoption, bankruptcy, wills and estate planning to taxes and the legal needs of senior citizens. MSBA attorneys are willing to speak and inform the public about the law.

Any group interested in having a member of the Speakers’ Bureau visit their organization should contact Jason Zeisloft of the MSBA at jzeisloft@msba.org, or 410-685-7878. For more information on the MSBA or the complete listings of topics, visit the MSBA website, msba.org.

Maryland State Bar Association Offers Free Consumer Legal Guides

Maryland consumers seeking basic information about the law--wills, bankruptcy, nursing home admission, automobile accidents, divorce, child custody, etc.--should call the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) at (410) 685-7878 or (800) 492-1964. Twenty-four legal information pamphlets are available free of charge as a public service. They are also available online at msba.org, by clicking on public resources.

Help for Young Adults with Cancer

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is presenting a six-week series of educational topics and conversations for young adults affected by cancer. Professional speakers, community educators, and young adult survivors will discuss issues that young adults living with cancer face today. All sessions will be held at the Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center in Baltimore, MD, and are free of charge. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Esther Ehrmann, Volunteer Coordinator, at 410-964-0202. Visit this webpage for more information.

Parents Without Partners Meetings at White Marsh Public Library

Parents Without Partners, a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer educational organization of single parents who are bringing up their children alone, offers a balanced program of educational, family and social /recreational activities for both adults and children. Orientations are held on the second Thursday of every month at the White Marsh Public Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, from 7 to 8pm. The registration fee is $28. Please direct questions to Jeff Newberry 410-667-0275 or Ben Hall 410-282-0655.

VOLUNTEER TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN

8000 children in the city of Baltimore are in and out of home placements each year because of abuse and neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides a voice for these children, ensuring their placement in safe, permanent homes. CASA's trained advocates inform the court regarding the child’s placement as it pertains to their educational, medical and mental health needs and overall well being.

Volunteers are trained and supervised to advocate for the best interests of the child. An advocate must be at least 21 years of age, attend 30 hours of training, have a background check, and make a commitment for a period of at least one year.

Please visit http://www.casabalt.org or call 410-244-1465 and ask for Cindy.

Twelve Step Recovery Workshop

The Twelve Step Recovery Workshop is an open meeting, free of charge, for people suffering from any sort of compulsive problem, including alcoholism, compulsive overeating, anorexia-bulimia, codependency, emotional compulsions, etc. The meeting is at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd. (Towson), every Thursday at 7 p.m. Call (410) 880-2439.

Health Care for Uninsured Baltimore City Residents

Adult residents, ages 18-64, without health insurance, can gain access to health care through a grant program in the Baltimore City Health Department. Seven federal and one state Community Health Centers in the City are accepting patient referrals. Clinic fees are based on a sliding scale. Residents should call 410.396.9996 to get an appointment at a health center.

HELP FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE UPPER SPINE

Approximately one million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis of the upper spine, which causes severe pain attacks and slowly decreases neck mobility. In the new magazine Arthritis Info, the American Arthritis Society has compiled practical tips from spinal experts. For a free copy, visit americanarthritis.org or write: American Arthritis Society, 28 State Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02109 (please enclose a 37-Cent stamp for return postage).

POWER WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE

Wishes on Wheels makes available power wheelchairs for non-ambulatory senior citizens (65 years old & up), usually at no cost if they qualify. No deposit required. This service may also be available to the permanently disabled of any age.

Call 1.800.823.5220, or visit threewishes2.com


 



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