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Everglades Threatened by Statehouse Dealing
In many respects, it is the usual story of moneyed interests manipulating the legislature to their own agenda. This is despite the express intent of 75% of Florida’s voters who supported a measure, Amendment 1, to protect the sensitive Everglades from encroachment and bad management practices. Meanwhile, big sugar’s money has politicians skirting the public’s will, while trying to steer earmarked dollars to questionable purposes. Al Jazeera America investigates: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/5/9/florida-lawmakers-sour-on-big-sugar-land-deal-to-aid-everglades.html

A Growing Sea Lion Problem at Willamette Falls
While the sea lions at Bonneville Dam, on the Columbia River get more press, sea lion predation of salmon and steelhead at the falls, on the Willamette River near Oregon City, is reaching much higher numbers than at the dam. The numbers represent a significant percentage of the migrating wild fish. Henry Miller at the Statesman Journal has the story: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2015/05/07/sea-lion-woes-escalating-willamette-oregon-city/26900047/

Polar Bear Cuteness
It’s time for a little relief from all the dire news of the day. How about a charming set of photos and a video of a little polar bear being introduced to the outside world? He’s been holed up with his mom for three months since birth, and photographers Andre and Anita Gilden managed to catch the moment in Manitoba, brought to you courtesy of the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3064080/Hello-world-Stunning-pictures-capture-moment-polar-bear-cub-ventures-den-mother-time.html