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February 27, 2010


UTNE READER - Cleveland is playing host to an exciting experiment in employee-owned business, The Nation reports. The city's Evergreen network debuted last fall with the LEED-certified Evergreen Cooperative Laundry in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood, where, The Nation notes, residents' median income is around $18,000. "After a six-month initial 'probationary' period, employees begin to buy into the company through payroll deductions of 50 cents an hour over three years (for a total of $3,000)," The Nation explains. "Employee-owners are likely to build up a $65,000 equity stake in the business over eight to nine years-a substantial amount of money in one of the hardest-hit urban neighborhoods in the nation." Evergreen is also operating a solar-panel installation enterprise, Ohio Cooperative Solar, and hopes to open at least two more cooperatives in the near future: Green City Growers, a massive urban-food operation to be housed in a 230,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse, and the Neighborhood Voice, a community newspaper. All in all, The Nation reports, Evergreen hopes to launch 10 integrated companies, and create about 500 jobs, in the next five years.

DALLAS NEWS - A bent to conservatism and family makes Hispanics a promising pool of votes for Republicans, but the party's targeting of illegal immigrants has withered its attraction. . . It shows more than half of Texas Hispanics call themselves conservative. . .

WHAT'S NEW IN SCIENCE - "Beauty: In the Gonads of the Beholder - and the Beheld," Peter T. Ellison, Hormones and Behavior, vol. 53, no. 1, January 2008, Pages 11-3. Last sentence: "But although we can be fairly sure our gonads are speaking to us in our judgments of attractiveness, we can't yet be sure what they are saying."

TESTIFYING ON HER NEAR DEATH experience with Toyota-made Lexus of anarchistic acceleration , Rhonda Smith of Sevierville TN, coincidentally added to research on how long it takes God to intervene in disasters: "I prayed to God to help me. After, six miles, God intervened" and slowed the car.

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE LAW - Trial judge's comment "Hooray for you" in response to wife's statement that she took her daughter to have her bellybutton professionally pierced, instead of wife actually doing the piercing herself, did not rise to the level of showing actual bias so as to warrant recusal of judge in child custody case. - Brown v. Brown, 877 So. 2d 1228 (La. Ct. App. 2004)

LA TIMES - The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities stands to lose $290,000 in state funding in the next fiscal year and have all remaining support -- more than $1 million -- withdrawn in 2011, according to a proposed budget. The foundation runs more than 20 statewide programs on literature, history and culture, including the Virginia Festival of the Book


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