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The hospital where I worked would become the scene of the first known death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, along with dozens more deaths, in coming days, here, and at other feeder hospitals from rehab centers holding sick and largely elderly patients around the region. What had seemed like a faraway threat across the Pacific Ocean mushroomed quickly across the United States.
Sales of secondhand goods are booming, growing about 3 percent each year, faster than conventional retail. And market researchers project this multibillion-dollar industry will grow exponentially.
This surge in secondhand shopping has opened new opportunities for the public to be misled about how much money for-profit retailers are making off the charities they brag about benefiting, according to grantee Francesca Lyman’s new report for InvestigateWest, co-published by Salon.
Within the last decade, state regulators across the country have accused many for-profit secondhand stores of masquerading as charities, using deceptive tactics through advertising, telemarketers, pickup services, donation bins, and dubious charity alliances. In some cases, even minimum-wage salespeople have been caught misleading the consumer in person, perhaps unintentionally.
An upsurge in public complaints about potential consumer deception by for-profit thrift stores led the Minnesota At...
My neighborhood, myself. Planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases from fossil fuels have reached record highs. The Seattle Times asked readers in 2020 to share their 'personal climate actions.' My post addressed moving to a new neighborhood, where a compact living arrangement and access to a bike path made a difference in my carbon footprint.
Riding a green Raleigh bicycle, Emily Aune is streaking along the banks of Oregon's Willamette River on a path lined with black cottonwoods and bigleaf maples. She's taking a scenic trail through the city of Eugene's Alton Baker Park, a cyclists' and runners' paradise. But this time, she's not commuting or out cruising for pleasure.
In her maintenance detail for the city's Parks and Open Space Department (POS), she's ditched the usual pickup truck. She's part of its pedaling a posse -- she's riding a bike.
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Overriding global concern around climate change puts it at the top of most environmental journalists' story lists. But climate change's pervasive impacts and deep complexities make it an especially daunting topic to cover. So the Society of Environmental Journalists offers this extensive Climate Change Resource Guide to reporters and editors, especially those newer to the climate change beat, in order to support their coverage of this all-important topic...
The journals of the scientists, artists, and filmmakers on expedition to a remote rain forest in Central Africa, home to Baka pygmies, gorillas, elephants and 200 foot trees.
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Charity-watchers say Savers and stores like it are quietly reaping a bonanza on donated goods, giving back minimally to charities while spouting slogans like “Donating to Value Village is a great way to Donate to Charity.”
The economic downturn and the weak credit market has forced some developers of super-efficient homes to find new ways to keep their projects on track.