A happy Tuesday to all and I hope you enjoy today's Daily News. These selections feature stories close to home and the ways that people improve and celebrate where they live. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
Wildflowers at Walker Canyon in CA by westernlandscapes, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Winona Daily News, Published in Winona, Minnesota, USA
A new travel guidebook came out this week detailing the best trails in Minnesota, specifically for viewing wildflowers. The author Rob Bignell describes Minnesota's wildflowers as "beyond compare", and talks about all the different kinds and colors you can see throughout the state. The book features locations in every county as well as Minnesota's major geographical features. The suggested trails range from 0.1 to 7 miles, with many being in the 1 to 3 mile range for families and children.
Star-Gazette, Published in Elmira, New York, USA
Lawmakers in New York who have been encouraging Gov. Cuomo to increase taxes for the wealthy are nearing a budget deal with him that would cover about $5 billion of New York's $15 billion deficit. When added to the $12 billion of federal aid for New York, the state would be able to close its budget gap over the next two years. The revenue accrued from higher tax rates would be used to provide aid to struggling tenants and landlords, expand pre-k services throughout the state, restore tax cuts to lower income brackets, freeze tuition increases at some state schools and provide additional financial assistance for students in need.
Sea turtle breath underwater by dronepicr, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
News-Leader, Published in Springfield, Missouri, USA
A dozen cold stunned sea turtles who were rescued from Cape Cod and rehabilitated at Wonders of Wildlife for 14 weeks are preparing to make their return to the wild. Cold stunning occurs when migrating turtles get disoriented, particularly due to the hook shaped land of Cape Cod, and are stuck as temperatures drop below 50 degrees, causing hypothermia. When sea turtles get hypothermia, they experience "cold stunning", which causes them to be beached.
Lansing State Journal, Published in Lansing, Michigan, USA
James Henson is a 22 year old from Michigan who grew up idolizing the Black Panther Party and is now forming a group of his own. The party is named Young Black Panther Party, and derives influence from the BPP's ideal of a self-sustaining Black community. YBPP is anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-capitalist, and aims to teach teens and young adults how to stay away from or diffuse violent situations, how to earn a living without government assistance and about Black history. Chapters are beginning to sprout up around the country, with new groups currently in Ohio and Washington D.C.
Restored RCA BK-11A by Roadside Guitars, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Times-Mail, Published in Bedford, Indiana, USA
Until 1998, Bloomington was home to a large manufacturing plant for the electronics company RCA. A recent photo exhibit highlighting women's role in RCA development inspired two former longtime employees to write a book about the plant. When men went to battle for WWII, women filled thousands of jobs at the RCA plant and were an extremely important part of the company's production. The authors used RCA memorabilia they had collected over the decades and the photos on exhibit to create their new book The RCA Bloomington Plant: An Illustrated History.
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