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2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Annie Calovich, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 12--city officials look happy Water usage Thursday was down, city says After three days of a weeklong restriction on lawn watering in Wichita and six surrounding communities, Wichita officials say people are cooperating and no lawns are dying. City officials have been trying to keep water usage under 70 million gallons a day after an equipment failure at the city water treatment plant. On Thursday, 56.5 million gallons were used....

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2006-07-28 08:35:00

WASHINGTON -- Coal-burning utilities are passing the hat for one of the few remaining scientists skeptical of the global warming harm caused by industries that burn fossil fuels. Pat Michaels - Virginia's state climatologist, a University of Virginia professor and senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute - told Western business leaders last year that he was running out of money for his analyses of other scientists' global warming research. So last week, a Colorado utility organized a...

2006-07-27 19:25:28

By Timothy Gardner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Colorado electricity cooperative is urging other power groups to support global warming skeptics and has donated $100,000 to a climatologist who has labeled some of his colleagues "alarmists." The Intermountain Rural Electric Association's general manager wrote in a letter to other energy cooperatives that it also helped raise contributions from others for Dr. Patrick Michaels, a climatologist at the University of Virginia and a fellow at...

2006-06-15 13:30:09

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that evidence could be used even when the police entered a suspect's home illegally by failing to knock on the door or announce their presence. By a 5-4 vote, splitting along conservative-liberal lines, the high court ruled that a police violation of the so-called knock-and-announce rule does not require that the evidence seized during the search be thrown out. The court's newest member,...

2005-12-19 15:26:15

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. newspapers said on Monday they would stop publishing articles by a conservative commentator who was paid by a criminally indicted lobbyist to write pieces favorable to his clients. Peter Ferrara has admitted taking payments from Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a key figure in a growing probe into payments to members of Congress who has already been indicted for fraud in the purchase of a casino cruise line in Florida. The...

2005-08-14 17:33:52

By Caren Bohan CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Social Security, the New Deal-era program credited with keeping millions of elderly people out of poverty, turned 70 on Sunday with Americans rallying around it and President George W. Bush as determined as ever to give it a makeover. The debate over the future of the program, created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has quieted down recently after Bush made it the centerpiece of his domestic agenda earlier this year. Many...

2004-11-29 15:00:10

U.S. analysts Monday said Bush administration proposals to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars should be put on the budget chopping block. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's fiscal 2005 budget gives it wide latitude to direct money toward Bush's new space vision but Alice Rivlin, former White House budget director under President Clinton, and Bill Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute, both told a Brookings Institute forum on domestic policy in the second...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.