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The bill also allows 16-year-olds to conditionally vote and enroll in a political party — down from 17.
An amendment requires individuals to be notified that they can opt out, and for registrars of voters to determine eligibility.
Nevada ends juvenile justice fees (Jen H.)
While charging these kinds of “user fees” to people in the criminal legal system has become more common in recent decades, we now have good evidence that such policies are regressive and racially discriminatory, undermine rehabilitation and public safety, and net little if any revenue.
It turns out that the daughter of a Neanderthal and a Denisovan—she lived in Denisova Cave around 90,000 years ago—was much more closely related (on her Neanderthal mom’s side) to the three Neanderthals from Europe than to the Altai Neanderthal, who lived and died in the very same cave. That seems to suggest that at some point between 120,000 and 90,000 years ago, populations from Europe moved eastward into Siberia, and they may have at least partially replaced the group of Neanderthals already living there.
Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food (jdargis)
In the past, the Kellogg’s factory sent more than 5,000 tons of wasted flakes a year to local farms, where the cereal would be fed to livestock, according to Kate Prince, the company’s United Kingdom social responsibility manager. Now, a small portion of that cereal goes to Seven Brothers. Kellogg’s has begun talks with a local bakery about sending food waste there, as well.
The European Union has said it will allow the use of glyphosate to continue until 2022, despite the World Health Organisation classifying the chemical as probably carcinogenic.
Austria’s Social Democrats had been seeking parliament’s approval for a full ban on glyphosate.
“We have decided to exit the relationships we have with companies providing prisoner and immigrant detention services for federal and state governments, as expeditiously as possible,” a Bank of America spokeswoman told the Miami Herald in an email. “We have had intensive engagement with the limited number of clients we have that are providing these services. We appreciate steps they have taken to properly execute their contractual and humanitarian responsibilities.”
The annual Save Deerfield Beach cleanup has been held every year for the last 15 years, with divers from across the country and around the world participating in the effort. The event, organized by local dive shop Dixie Divers and the Deerfield Beach Women’s Club, was supported by Project Aware and diver training organization PADI.
“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. “What blows my mind is the scale. I thought restoration would be in the top 10, but it is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions proposed.”
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