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Arizona Capitol Times » Blog Archive » Arizona Game and Fish Commission supports gray wolf delisting

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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to support congressional action aimed at removing gray wolves from the federal endangered species list.

The commission voted 4-1 after a lengthy meeting Saturday in support of federal legislation that would declare the wolves recovered and no longer in need of federal protections.

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N.J. judge rejects attempt by bear hunt opponents to expand protests | NJ.com

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N.J. judge rejects attempt by bear hunt opponents to expand protests | NJ.com.

TRENTON — A New Jersey appeals court judge has rejected arguments by animal rights activists asserting that limits on their ability to protest New Jersey’s bear hunt, which began today, violate their Constitutional rights of assembly and free speech.

NYPD trashes hundreds of bikes in security response

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by Keith Caswell, Grist

Well, so much for Earth Day. Since yesterday morning, the blogosphere and Twitter have been in a tizzy over the disposal of hundreds of bikes by the NYPD due to President Barack Obama’s visit to New York City yesterday. The story, accompanied by a photo, was initially sent in to the blog This Is Fyf:

Citing security concerns that bikes might be secret pipe bombs, NYPD officers clipped the locks of hundreds of bikes along Houston Street this morning in preparation for President Obama’s speech at Cooper Union.  The bikes were unceremoniously put in the back of the truck.  There was no prior notification of the bikes needing to be cleared along the route by NYPD and onlookers were not given information as to what would become of the bikes.

Though apparently absent from major media, the story was picked up by Gothamist and eventually Streetsblog.org. The seizure of the bikes, not only inconvenient for the unfortunate riders and doubly inauspicious for our poor planet on Earth Day of all days, is also poor PR for Bike Month NYC next month.

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Video on Secretive Communciations Management Units

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This week we learned that the government has proposed making secretive prisons for “domestic terrorists,” which have been operating for 3 years on U.S. soil, permanent.

In this video Rachel Meeropol and Alexis Agathocleous, attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discuss the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Communications Management Units, or CMUs:

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Great Barrier Reef oil spill hits renowned nature sanctuary

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Sydney, (AFP) – Oil from a huge Chinese ship which grounded in the Great Barrier Reef has hit a world-renowned nature sanctuary, officials said Wednesday, raising fears for seabirds and baby turtles now hatching there.

Clean-up crews and environmental experts were helicoptered to North West Island, a breeding site for hundreds of thousands of seabirds and turtles, where clumps of oil have fouled about one kilometre (half-a-mile) of beach.

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Government Acknowledges Secretive Prisons for “Domestic Terrorists,” Proposes Making Them Permanent

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by Will Potter, GreenistheNewRed.com

Secretive political prisons for “domestic terrorists” called Communications Management Units have been operating for more than three years on U.S. soil. Last week the federal Bureau of Prisons quietly submitted a proposal to make the experimental units permanent: a process that, by law, should have occurred before they were ever opened.

As a quick introduction, there are two Communications Management Units, or CMUs, in the country. They radically restrict prisoner communications with the outside world to levels that rival, or exceed, the most restrictive facilities in the country, including the “Supermax,” ADX-Florence. [For more information on CMUs and who is housed there: "Secretive U.S. Prison Units Used to House Muslim, Animal Rights and Environmental Activists."]

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