Given how the issue of institutional racism — from law enforcement to the Oscars to medical care — has moved to the center of public discussion, some are asking how might events have played out differently if the occupiers of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon had been black instead of white?
Most caviar comes from the Caspian Sea, but the decline of sturgeon there is driving fishermen and poachers to fish populations in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River. Wildlife managers have resorted to patrolling along the shorelines, looking for signs of illegally caught sturgeon. They've even gone undercover to meet with poachers.
Having to dump 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of shrimp is an economic and environmental problem for commercial fishing. But a team of government scientists may have found a simple, affordable solution to help shrimping trawlers avoid scooping up the wrong catch.
Now that Oregon will automatically register anyone with a driver's license to vote, Pennsylvania is looking at taking the move even further. It could add as many as 2 millions Pennsylvanians to the voter rolls, and President Barack Obama also is now recommending action to increase turnout.
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