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What does my 14,000-person rural town in upstate New York have in common with Los Angeles, one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas?

We’re both standing up to the oil and gas industry. And we’re winning.

In 2011, our local town board voted to ban fracking within our town borders — one of the first towns in New York to do so. Last week, Los Angeles leaders took a similarly courageous stand; unanimously voting to begin drafting a moratorium that would prohibit fracking within city limits unless studies show the practice would not harm the health of their community or their water supply.

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are claiming victory in their protest against a ban on female drivers in the country.

A few dozen women got behind the wheel Saturday in their push for easing restrictions on women in the kingdom.

Activists say protest organizers received 13 videos and about 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven.  There is no way to verify the messages.

One of the videos showed May Al Sawyan, a 32-year-old mother of two and an economic researcher, driving from her home in Riyadh to the grocery store and back.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licenses. Women who drove on Saturday had driver’s licenses from abroad.

See the full story on VOA’s website here

Charlotte Roach was an Olympic trainee before a terrible accident. After months recovering, she cycled from Beijing to London to raise money for the air ambulance that saved her

The sun was out. It was a crisp November morning. Charlotte Roach, 21, watched her cycling teammate remove her leg warmers while holding her position in the group. It was one of those days an Olympic trainee dreams about.

Then everything changed. A cyclist ahead of her swerved, catching Roach’s front wheel. She realised she was going down. “I remember falling but I never hit the ground,” Roach said. Instead, she hit an oncoming Land Rover. “The next thing I knew, I was on the road in a lot of pain.”
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Celeste Corcoran, in her yellow “Boston Strong” hat, navigated her way across the artificial turf on her artificial legs, a volunteer on each arm to keep her upright.

One of her assistants had a pair of prosthetics of his own.

“Normally you walk around and you see everybody with two legs. Especially in the summertime — all you see is legs,” Corcoran said, pausing to choke back tears. “It’s easy to miss yours.
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“A small lucky package is on its way to you soon.”

This fortune could not have better predicted what happened to Reddit user Shrivel last week.

He received the fortune cookie just hours after getting an odd call from a stranger.
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The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) is a worldwide organisation with a mission  to make the world a better place by fostering globally the values that unite us as a human community.

IAHV has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

One of the headline projects is they are working on currently is the Uttarakhand Floods which hit India in June 2013, is one of the worst disasters in the country’s history. Over 10,000 people have died and 100,000 have had to be rescued following devastating floods which hit the Uttarakhand area of India, near to the borders with Tibet and Nepal, on 16 June 2013.

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Reverend Billy’s singing activists dressed as extinct species plan ‘gentle’ demonstration against irresponsible lending

British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over the next 10 days.

The tiny creatures that used to live in the cloud forests of central America but were made extinct 25 years ago when the trees were felled, are likely to burst into their lobbies, start singing and may also approach staff bearing small trees and pictures of other endangered species.
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Two Vancouver Island women, one with multiple sclerosis, have swum the length of Cowichan Lake, the same distance as the English Channel.

Alex Cape and Susan Simmons set off early Saturday morning, and took 11 hours to complete the 34-kilometre distance.

Simmons, who has MS, says she wants to inspire others with the disease to stay healthy.
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This excellent list includes long time friend of PositiveTV – Steve Killelea – Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (creator of the Global Peace Index) – Well Done Steve!

In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths around the world.  Over three-quarters of these occurred in non-conflict settings. A wide range of people around the globe are working to change this depressing reality. But who are these men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of AOAV staff have come together to select 100 people who are outstanding examples of those trying to change the world for the better.

Read the full article on AOAV.org.uk here

The frenzy over kale has turned from foodie buzz to eater roar. Around the country everyone is talking about kale. As a physician, nothing could please me more. Kale represents an important lesson for all us eaters about the power of food choices to transform our health. Sure, let’s disclose my bias right away. My new book 50 Shades of Kale (Harper/Wave 2013,) co-authored with Chef Jennifer Iserloh, is just out. It is a gorgeous tribute to our muse kale and at its core a food prescription aimed to improve your brain health.

So what’s all the kale hype about?

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NORMAN, Okla. — Some of country music’s biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state.

Organizers of the concert, which was held in the school’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, estimated that nearly 65,000 people braved the searing heat to watch the show and show their support for the victims, the Tulsa World reported ( ). http://bit.ly/12NCAvn

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago.

The team, led by Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, found 15 pyramids—including one that stands 75 feet (23 metres) tall—ball courts, plazas and tall, sculpted stone shafts called stelae.

They named the city Chactun, meaning ‘Red Rock’ or ‘Large Rock.’ Sprajc said it was likely slightly less populous than the large ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala, and could have been home to as many as 30,000 or 40,000 people, though further research is necessary to determine an exact estimate.

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