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White House taps second controversial scientist to steer major U.S. climate change report

A second Trump Administration political appointee who questions the seriousness of global warming has been assigned a key role in the program that oversees the Federal government’s definitive report on climate change.



a fish swimming under water: This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)


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This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

Ryan Maue, the newly-installed chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been detailed to the White House where he will have an oversight role at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which carries out the climate report.

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Trump administration official who questions global warming will run key climate program

Maue’s move was confirmed by two NOAA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Maue joins climate skeptic David Legates, a meteorologist who claims that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for plants

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University Circle’s restored Cozad-Bates House celebrates Cleveland’s role in Underground Railroad

CLEVELAND, Ohio — With its deep, overhanging eaves, shadowy front porch and tall, narrow, arched windows, the Victorian-era Cozad-Bates House in University Circle has an almost spooky air about it.



a plant in a garden: Thistles planted in the newly landscaped bio swale outside the restored Cozad-Bates House in University Circle are intended to emphasize the thorny nature of the flight to freedom on the Underground Railroad.


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Thistles planted in the newly landscaped bio swale outside the restored Cozad-Bates House in University Circle are intended to emphasize the thorny nature of the flight to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

But the old brick house, located off Mayfield Road between East 115th Street and Circle Drive, is ready to shine a light on one of the darkest chapters in American history.

University Circle Inc. has just completed a $2 million partial renovation of the long vacant house that includes historical exhibits illuminating the history of Cleveland’s role in the Underground Railroad — the network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans fleeing the South to free states and

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NCC’s Open House Highlights Workforce & Continuing Education

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MERRIMACK – Nashua Community College is hosting two virtual Open House events Dec. 8 and 9 geared toward students interested in workforce development and continuing education. Student support staff, including financial aid reps, are excited to speak with you about options and answer all of your questions.

The virtual Workforce and Continuing Education Open House is:

  • Dec. 8, 6-8 PM
  • Dec. 9, 12-2 PM

Anyone interested in joining one of the events can RSVP online.

“We know how challenging it can be to pursue your educational goals, while balancing your personal and professional responsibilities,”

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White House taps mainstream climate scientist Betsy Weatherhead to run key report

Weatherhead, who has decades of experience as a climate scientist in the academic and private sectors, accepts human-induced climate change is happening and is a serious physical, ecological and economic threat.

Her appointment stands in sharp contrast to two recent high-level political hires at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), David Legates and Ryan Maue, who are on the record challenging the seriousness of climate change. It also is in contrast to the climate change views of President Trump, who downplays humans’ role in causing global warming, despite the scientific consensus on the topic.

Weatherhead’s appointment was verified by one current and one former senior official at NOAA. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Unlike several past climate assessment directors, she has not previously held a position in the federal government but has worked extensively with scientists and

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House subpoenas Education Dept. staff over Dream Center debacle

A committee investigation found that Dream Center deceptively enrolled students at campuses that had lost accreditation and raked in taxpayer money in the process. Investigators say the Trump administration tried to shield the company from the consequences of its lies and shield itself from an ill-fated decision to allow millions of dollars to flow to those schools.

In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos obtained by The Washington Post, committee chairman Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) said the department has obstructed the investigation at every turn.

“The Department has regularly ignored the Committee’s emails and requests to negotiate. [It] has repeatedly agreed to prioritize certain requested documents only to later abandon those commitments and instead produce unrelated documents,” Scott wrote in the letter dated Oct. 22. “When the Department ultimately complied … it provided almost entirely redacted document sets without indicating why essential content was withheld.”

The House

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Education policy leaders from state Senate, House reflect on Epic Charter Schools audit findings | News

Outgoing Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, longtime chairman of the Senate Education Committee and author of most of the legislation that has allowed Epic to operate and expand, said he doesn’t believe there are any policy implications raised by the forensic audit findings.

“I have read the report and the State Auditor has not convinced me that additional legislation is warranted at this time. With the passage of (House Bill) 1395 there will be much more transparency concerning virtual charter schools. The audit did exactly what it was intended to do, find areas of weakness and allow the school to correct the deficiencies.”

The author of HB 1395, which took effect last year, said she questions whether specific concerns about Epic can be addressed by added transparency and accountability measures because she was dismayed to learn from the state audit report that Epic apparently didn’t comply with the new requirements set

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Education policy leaders from state Senate, House reflect on Epic Charter Schools audit findings | Education

Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, and vice chair of the Senate education committee, had only tackled the audit’s executive summary so far but said he would be making time to study the full report in-depth.

“Rep. Sheila Dills (R-Tulsa) and I and many others have been on board from the beginning in promoting greater transparency for virtual charter schools. This report is only going to trigger greater response from the Legislature,” he said. “Some areas have been identified and we are going to make sure we tighten those screws.”

Newhouse said he champions school choice options for parents, including virtual charter schools, and has rooted for Epic to succeed, so “I think it’s a tragedy that the report found so many glaring mistakes and shortfalls.”

“When this organization was found to be owing the state roughly $9 million, not to mention it identified several shortcomings my constituents are very concerned about,

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7 Ways to Winterize Your House

Whether you’re a fan of winter or simply accept it as a four-month period of perpetual chills, as a property owner, it’s important to prepare your home for the cold weather months each year. Here are seven key steps to winterizing your home you don’t want to skimp on. You may be able to tackle most of these yourself, but some may require the help of a professional.

1. Clean out your gutters

Having clear gutters is imperative as we head into winter. If water can’t flow freely, you could run into trouble when a snowstorm hits. The ideal time to clean out your gutters is right when the trees surrounding your property are newly bare, since not only are your gutters likely to be filled with leaves and other debris, but you won’t have to repeat the process several weeks later.

Gutter cleaning isn’t particularly difficult, but it can

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