John Hillegass

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The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs

A startup in Pittsburgh shows what a social enterprise is capable of.<p>What if you could help create jobs for impoverished people and simultaneously address an environmental problem? An innovative young company in Pittsburgh is doing precisely that—dealing with Haiti's particularly acute problem of …

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …

Manning Would Pay For Hormone Treatment, Lawyer Says

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is willing to pay for estrogen treatments that would lead to breast development and other female characteristics, the lawyer for the former Bradley Manning tells The Associated Press.<p>According to the wire service:<p>"Attorney David Coombs told The Associated Press on Monday …

Retailers, Take Note: Young Shoppers Don’t Care About Owning Your Stuff

Unlike Boomers and GenX consumers, millenials have a different understanding of possessions. A new report reveals how “instant ownership” is losing out to the “unlimited options” of online shopping.<p>A quarter century ago, Russell Belk introduced the concept of the extended self in<br>a paper published …

Los Angeles Contemplates A Plan For Free Citywide Wi-Fi

Will Los Angeles become the country’s biggest city to boast free, city-wide Wi-Fi? Such a plan may be in the works, based on recent discussions at a city hall meeting last week.<p>Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who heads up the committee on technology and innovation, has asked the city’s Information …

Why Cities Must Allow Us to Love and Leave our Cars

I love cars. As a teenager, I had twin subscriptions to <i>Car & Driver</i> and <i>Road & Track</i>. My chief school-bus skill was the ability to name the make and …

Sleep and the teenage brain – fascinating, important read: http://j.mp/12HHqz9

Raw: Anti-government Protests Grip Brazil

Shared symbolism of global youth unrest

<b>The language and the time zone changes but, from Turkey and Bulgaria to Brazil, the symbolism of protest is increasingly the same.</b><p>The Guy Fawkes masks, the erection of tent camps, the gas masks and helmets improvised in response to the use of tear gas as a means of collective punishment. The …

Associated Press News

Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr

Salesforce Opens Its Mobile Offerings To The Public Sector

Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing software company, has unveiled four new mobile solutions for governments that it says will help better connect them with their constituents.<p>Starting today, federal, state, and local agencies can take advantage of Rapid Response 311, Mobile Communities …

Europeans are basically one big family - Futurity

Everyone with ancestors from the European continent are likely cousins who share the same family members from about a thousand years ago.

3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days (With Some Help From Kim Dotcom)

If gun control advocates hoped to prevent blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printable gun from spreading online, that horse has now left the barn about a hundred thousand times.<p>That’s the number of downloads of the 3D-printable file for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech …

Did anyone actually read “The Great Gatsby”?

One spring just before the financial crisis struck, students at Princeton University threw a Gatsby party. “It’s going to be big,” said an organizer, promising all the trappings of the novel’s soirees. “It’s going to be grandiose.”<p>Gatsby parties are common, but this one stands out for its …

Film industry gets LA Times' backing in row over bright green bike lane

It's not easy being green, as a notable Hollywood star once sang. But not even Kermit the Frog was subjected to the indignity of a Los Angeles Times …

Washington's Backward Retirement Policy: So Wrong, and Yet So Easy to Fix

We have more than enough money to protect Social Security. It's just going to the wrong people: private savers.<p>Reuters<p>In his 1998 State of the Union Address, facing the prospect of budget surpluses for the first time in decades, President Bill Clinton had a simple plan: "Save Social Security …

Palestine now recognised by greater power than US or Israel – Google

When the UN recognized Palestine as an observer state last November, Israel retaliated by announcing new settlements. Now an organization of arguably …

A New Way To Explore Some of San Francisco’s Hidden Public Spaces

Privately owned public spaces are maintained by companies but free for everyone to use. But sometimes they can be a little hard to find. A new app wants to let you in on some of San Francisco’s secret parks.<p>If you live in a big city, chances are pretty high that you’re surrounded by privately owned …

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI back to the Vatican

The emeritus pope, Benedict XVI, was greeted by his successor on his return to the Vatican on Thursday to begin an unprecedented period of …

Your Evening Jemmy

"The Constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war,and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the Legislature. But the Doctrines lately advanced strike at the …

Can slaughterhouses be humane?

Prather Ranch Meat Company, which kills its cattle painlessly, bills itself as an ethical beef producer<p><b>A $5.25 all-beef</b> hot dog at the Stang’s Hot Dogs and Sausages stand in the Corte Madera mall in Marin County, California, is labeled with enough buzzwords to satisfy the most discerning of …

Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood's Average Income

How strongly people's mental health and life satisfaction correlated with their proximities to parks and gardens<p>JoshuaDavisPhotography/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> As we've seen again and again, people are generally happier when they have access to grass, trees, and flowers. In terms of the many other things …

Would You Move To A Shrinking City If It Paid Off Your Loans?

That’s the plan of New York’s Niagra Falls. In the hopes of staunching its population decline and bringing a new generation of engaged youth, the city is accepting applications for urban pioneers willing to move in exchange for a little debt relief.<p>Shrinking city syndrome is chronic, painful and …

Wearing an NRA T-Shirt Leads to Criminal Charges for West Virginia Teen

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A 14-year-old middle school student appears to be staging some sort of intriguing political protest …

Over Half the Prisoners at Guantanamo Are Now on a Hunger Strike

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Things aren't going so well down at Guantanamo Bay. A few days after <i>The New York Times</i> published a …