77 percent of the people were repeat users of her agency’s food pantry. They were also returning to the shelter. When Christian Community Action (CCA) Executive Director Rev. Bonita Grubbs went to a meeting to make her case recently, she had a new blue weapon in her hands: the “Greater New Haven Community Index 2013,” with the numbers behind the faces she sees every day.
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As predicted, we were shut out. We just didn’t predict how far we’d be shut out. Reporter John Herrick and I went to Essex to get a photo of Gov. Chris Christie entering the Vermont GOP Winter Gala event at the Champlain Valley Expo. It was a dumb idea for several reasons: 1. We knew we were unlikely to get the photo; 2. We knew we wouldn’t have access to the building, so that would mean standing around in the cold for several hours; 3. Herrick was wearing a raincoat and no hat. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones with this cockamamy idea. We had compatriots who were as foolish and determined as we were: The Fox-44 and WCAX vans were there, and Nancy Remsen of the Burlington Free Press and Paul Heintz of Seven Days were on the scene.
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What is clear, through interviews with friends, family, officials and others acquainted with Brian Tacadena’s story, is that the man who died that night had been on a long, rough ride long before he boarded that southbound bus. What is less clear is whether that life can explain this death.
The average American car weighs about 3,000 pounds. But to produce that vehicle, a lot more raw materials were used than its final weight! Maybe as much as 100 times more, as reported by scientists in a recent paper in the Proceedings of National Academy of Science.