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PHOTO: Fresh, healthy foods are the rule at a new food pantry in Philadelphia aimed at providing more nutritious fare for those in need. Photo credit: Eric Hunt.

PHILADELPHIA - People in need who walk into a new kind of food pantry in Philadelphia are walking out with bags full of food they can be sure will be good for their families. The Green Light Food Pantry is run by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. While it may operate similar to oth ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit charges the City of New York with failing to make sidewalks safe for New Yorkers with disabilities. Photo courtesy of CIDNY.

NEW YORK – It's being called a landmark civil rights lawsuit and it claims New York City is in violation of federal disability civil rights laws. It has been 24 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land, and Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for In ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A poster on the web site of Latino Justice PRLDF, one of more than a half-dozen groups calling on the U.S Justice Department to investigate two unsolved 2010 attacks against Latinos in Suffolk County. Credit: Latino Justice PRLDF.

NEW YORK - The U.S. Justice Department today is being urged to investigate two unsolved 2010 attacks against Latinos in Suffolk County, and immigrants' advocates say it also needs to probe what they call a "systematic" failure by the county's police department to protect the Latino community. It ha ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week ...Read More

The EPA holds public hearings this week on proposed carbon emission standards. Advocates say there could be significant health benefits for the one in 10 New England residents who cope with asthma. Photo credit: Wknight94 / Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings this week on the proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Supporters of the new regulations say they could save thousands of lives each year. Sharo ...Read More

PHOTO: At public hearings this week in Pittsburgh, the EPA will hear views about its Clean Power Plan, which sets goals by state to reduce carbon pollution in power production. Photo credit: Adrian Jones.

PITTSBURGH - Hearings in Pittsburgh are coming up Thursday and Friday about the Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Power Plan," aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from their 2005 levels. Dr. Alan Peterson, emeritus director of community and environmental medici ...Read More

PHOTO: Two Lights State Park in Cumberland County is among the beneficiaries of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress initially passed legislation creating the fund 50 years ago this week. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio ...Read More

PHOTO: Just outside Scranton, a vertical farming operation has produced its first harvest of high quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Photo courtesy of Green Spirit Farms.

DALTON, Pa. - In a sprawling, formerly abandoned warehouse near Scranton, the proof is in the produce as a vertical farming operation has reaped its first harvest. Miennsota-based Green Spirit Farms is using the Scranton-area site to grow high-quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. ...Read More

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