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How social media has shaped the case of Trayvon Martin

April 4, 2012


In the killing of Trayvon Martin, the angel and the devil of social media have discovered the perfect battlefield. Without social media, the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., probably would have remained forever a four-paragraph news brief in the local newspaper. On that rainy night, Martin was walking […]

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New study on prolonged sitting puts focus on employers

April 2, 2012


A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine implicating sedentary behavior for causing premature death might put more pressure on government and business to allow employees more time for standing up. The study of some 200,000 Australians age 45 and older showed that those who sat more than 11 hours a day had a […]

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JOHN STODDER — Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

March 29, 2012


In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known as fracking. According to project leader Charles Groat, “From what we’ve seen so far, many […]

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