When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around.
“I think we’ve gotten to a place where it’s really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general,” Councilman Mike O’Brien said at the time.
But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses [...]
More than 300 legal and illegal weapons were taken off the streets Saturday through a Nassau County gun buyback session at a Uniondale church.
The three-hour event at Grace Cathedral International was part of a joint effort by the Nassau County police and the district attorney’s office as they combat gun violence and seek to improve neighborhood safety, officials said.
A diverse crowd — many wearing sunglasses, hoods and baseball caps into [...]
February 15th, 2013
What happens when the power goes out?
Mass panic, chaos and intolerable conditions.
The most recent breakdown of a Carnival Cruise liner gives us a prime example of what it looks like when it hits the fan. And for the 3000 passengers on that boat, that’s exactly what happened.
It hit the fan, the walls, hallways and everything else.
“He said that the conditions have gotten so bad that they’re asking [...]
TRENTON — They clog rivers and streams, pile up along the shoreline and fill up landfills. And now, under legislation approved yesterday by a Senate panel, plastic shopping bags could end up costing customers five cents apiece at most stores in New Jersey.
Under the bill (S812), retailers would be required to charge the fee beginning in 2014, and offer only recyclable paper or plastic bags by 2015. They would also [...]
One of the best innovations of the last decade:
Plastic-to-oil CONVERTING machine
Due to exceptional circumstances, we are republishing the present story about an exceptional innovation. Over a year after it was originally published, this video brief about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine recently got a viral boost and exceeded 115,000 views on YouTube.
This is evidence that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans [...]
July 14, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco, the city that regulated Happy Meal toys and banned plastic grocery bags, has a new target in its health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.
City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps. The law’s designed to encourage thirsty people to refill containers instead of reaching for another [...]
A Brazilian woman has admitted to shooting her husband and cutting off his limbs before scattering his body parts in plastic bags.
Elize Ramos Kitano Matsunaga, 38, killed her husband, Marcos Kitano Matsunaga, 42, in their apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last month after an argument over his infidelity.
Police found his body parts spread along a road in the city of Cotia, about 20 miles outside Sao Paulo.
Yesterday the chief of [...]
Pedro Hernandez picked up by police in Camden, New Jersey on Wednesday
Lived near Etan when he vanished and is known to investigators
Not one of the two men previously implicated in the case
Comes just weeks after investigators scoured handyman Othniel Miller’s SoHo basement for evidence – but yielded none
Comes nearly 33 years to the day since Etan disappeared – and could solve one of the country’s most enduring missing children cases
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to adopt a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean.
Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months [...]
This month, the Los Angeles city council is expected to ban single-use plastic bags. “[T]he ban is an attempt by the city to reduce litter,” says the Los Angeles Daily News. But it is likely to reduce something else: jobs.
“[A] city ban could prompt the layoff of between 20 and 130 employees” at Crown Poly, a plastic bag manufacturer in L.A., according to the Los Angeles Times. Hundreds more could be at [...]
New surveillance video of Bronx teenager Jateik Reed, 19, who was brutally beaten by police officers earlier this year, calls into question officers’ allegations that the teen was carrying drugs.
In what his attorney calls a stop-and-frisk gone terribly wrong, the new footage shows Mr Reed moments before his encounter with police officers, walking down the street with his hands out by his sides – and NOT holding plastic bags of [...]
Tori Stafford’s decomposed body was found wearing only a Hannah Montana t-shirt with the words, ‘A girl can dream’
Some pictures so graphic that judge bans reporting of their content
Coroner says she may have been alive as she was being beaten with hammer and stamped on
She died due to bleeding from the head wounds, brain damage and asphyxiation, coroner tells court
The horrifying brutality with which an eight-year-old girl was raped and [...]
Drivers won an unexpected bonus on Friday when they noticed a huge haul of money had spilled on to a Maryland highway.
The booty, which came from a passing security truck, was so big one passerby said it was like a ‘snow globe of cash’.
Dozens of motorists risked their lives on Interstate 270 to grab some of the $5,700 lying by the side of the road.
Attorney Heather Kelly said she was [...]
A proposal in Virginia to charge shoppers a 20-cent per bag fee on all plastic bags used by grocery shoppers to carry purchased goods has sparked intense debate, WTOP reported. The fee would not apply to durable, reusable bags, or bags used for ice cream, meat, fish or poultry.
Sponsors of the measure say it is not meant to raise money, but to cut down on litter and pollution. They expect [...]
We now have to pay a 5-cent tax for each paper or plastic shopping bag we get at stores in Montgomery County, Maryland. And I’ve already gotten suckered into it twice on opening day. (This new tax went into effect Jan. 1 — kind of like my free Wendy’s Frosties, only it doesn’t require me to bring my own cups!)
I remember when the bag trend hit Washington, D.C., a couple [...]
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I want to start a Frugal Living thread. One where we can share tips and tricks, swap thrifty ideas.
If you got a money-saving idea, bring it on! Tell us how you:
Make your own laundry soap
Exercise your extreme coupon skills
Re-use bread bags and the ties or clips that come with them
Create your own Halloween costume
Make a rice and beans recipe taste good the 5th time around
Make use of old panty hose or [...]
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a wet day for the occupiers of Wall Street who are camped out in Zuccotti Park as rain moved through the area. It turns out they weren’t alone. It seems Hollywood is lurking.
LISTEN: WCBS 880?s Paul Murnane in Zuccotti Park
Blue tarps and soggy sleeping bags packed the park Wednesday as the sometimes heavy rain poured down on the protesters.
New Yorker Paul Spitz, who said he’s been camping out [...]
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch national railway has an unusual solution for passengers who need the bathroom on a train line designed without them: plastic bags.
The rail operator underlined that the bags, introduced Friday, are for use in emergencies only, when a train has stopped and passengers can’t be evacuated. The idea has been met with incredulity by politicians and the general public already unhappy with [...]
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An effort to allow only reusable bags at Los Angeles grocery stores may sound like a political long-shot, but one city councilman thinks the public will eventually warm up to the initiative.
KNX 1070?s Pete Demetriou reports just the suggestion of such a ban raised the eyebrows of several Southland shoppers.
The measure introduced by City Councilman Paul Koretz would prohibit all single-use plastic [...]
THE EU was under fire last night for seeking a ban on plastic shopping bags to fight pollution.
Shops in Britain could be outlawed from stocking them, or alternatively there might be a new tax to dramatically reduce their use.
But angry retailers say any move would hit sales, while doing nothing to save the environment.
Richard Dodd of the British Retail Consortium said yesterday: “A Europe-wide ban on [...]
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day….
That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store [...]