@bloombergnews & @BW state & local gov't reporter, maine native, california (!?) transplant, with love & squalor. links/RTs=zero

Political Asylum

bloombergview.com — Political asylum just might be the world's most controversial universal idea. Most countries offer it. The United Nations declares it an inalienable human right. With violence raging from Syria to Ukraine to Central America, claims for asylum are at near-record highs. The discord starts when countries try to figure out who deserves it.

Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up to Keep Lawns Lush

bloomberg.com — Mandatory water rationing struck California's celebrity-filled enclave of Montecito last year and, within weeks, residents created a market based on avoidance. Gardens stayed lush and lawns verdant as citizens paid tanker trucks to deliver thousands of gallons to homes in the seaside suburb of Santa Barbara.

Desperate from Drought, California Turns to Desalination

bloomberg.com — As California battled its last severe drought in the early 1990s, Santa Barbara spent $34 million on a desalination plant that proved too costly to keep running when rain returned. Now, the city can't afford to keep it idle.

Wary Immigrants Scarce as Activists Pave Way for Obama’s Order

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Daniel Jimenez's job at the United Farm Workers Foundation is to promote the biggest reprieve for undocumented immigrants in a generation to as many as possible. On a recent day, after waiting an hour past the appointed 6 p.m. start, he began speaking to eight tomato-pickers and pistachio-tree planters and a dozen empty chairs.

Real Estate Heir Robert Durst Arrested on Murder Warrant

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Robert Durst, heir to one of the biggest real-estate fortunes in New York City, was arrested late Saturday on a warrant for first degree murder, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's office in Louisiana. Durst, 71, has long been a subject of intrigue regarding the unsolved disappearance of his wife in the 1980s and homicide of a friend in 2000.

States Are Slashing College Budgets and Raising Tuition

bloomberg.com — In 48 U.S. states, government spending on each college student is still below where it was before the recession that ended almost six years ago. Now, at least seven governors propose cutting deeper. Republicans in Wisconsin and Louisiana, whose governors hold White House ambitions, as well as Illinois, Arizona, Alaska and West Virginia, all would reduce support for colleges and universities in budgets under consideration this year.

Ski-lift cost becomes moving target as dynamic prices hit slopes

buffalonews.com — On a January Saturday in Utah's Wasatch mountains, a chairlift whisked Stephen Percassi, an engineer from upstate New York, toward the top of Alta Ski Area. In his pocket was his lift ticket, which would've cost $84 that day. Instead, weeks earlier, he'd scored it online for $69...

Ski Resorts Experiment With Dynamic Pricing

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- On a January Saturday in Utah's Wasatch mountains, a chairlift whisked Stephen Percassi, an engineer from upstate New York, toward the top of Alta Ski Area. In his pocket was his lift ticket, which would've cost $84 that day. Instead, weeks earlier, he'd scored it online for $69.

Ski-lift cost becomes moving target as dynamic prices hit slopes

montrealgazette.com — On a January Saturday in Utah's Wasatch mountains, a chairlift whisked Stephen Percassi, an engineer from upstate New York, toward the top of Alta Ski Area. In his pocket was his lift ticket, which would've cost $84 that day. Instead, weeks earlier, he'd scored it online for $69.

California commuter train hits truck in 'gnarly' accident

smh.com.au — The wreckage of a Metrolink commuter train after it crashed into a truck. Photo: AP Santa Barbara: At least 30 people were injured when a Southern California commuter train collided with a truck near Los Angeles on Tuesday, toppling three rail three cars. There were no deaths reported, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
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May 28, 2015

How The World's Largest Refugee Camp Remade A Generation Of Somalis: n.pr/1FDePwZ great listen from @radiogrego via @nprnews

May 22, 2015

RT @MichelleKaske: NYC prep schools are on a debt binge to lure rich with new pools and labs. Great read by @MartinZBraun bloom.bg/1HiPEhg

May 22, 2015

RT @adamnagourney: This NYT drought graphic is so worth checking out. Lots of great clicks (the grapes!) not to mention drought guilt. nyti.ms/1LhgkSF

May 15, 2015

2014 = deadliest year on record for Mainers using drugs. 208 overdoses, up 18% & inclu a record 57 from heroin: 1.usa.gov/1IG6TND

May 15, 2015

2 ppl who saw a police encounter reported different details; surveillance videotape showed that both were wrong. nyti.ms/1FdycMM

May 15, 2015

“Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues,” B.B. King said. bloom.bg/1Gbnit0 by @TheRealSchoifet

May 14, 2015

RT @PacificStand: Pacific Standard is now on @instagram! Follow us at pacificstand for more about our stories, current and upcoming. pic.twitter.com/zZ0Zi8KbC2

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