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Jurors refuse to convict activist facing 20 years for helping migrants

Jury could not reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren who was arrested in 2018 for giving migrants water, food and lodging A US jury could not reach a verdict on Tuesday against a border activist who, defense attorneys say, was simply being kind by providing two migrants with water, food and lodging when he was arrested in early 2018. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/11/arizona-activist-migrant-water-scott-daniel-warren-verdict

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‘It’s my homeland’: the trailblazing Native lawmaker fighting fossil fuels

Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, has become a powerful voice for US public lands While she was campaigning for a seat in the US Congress last year, Deb Haaland went camping for four days. It was less a surprisingly timed vacation and more a return home. Her destination was notable: Utahs Bears Ears national monument, which Donald Trump controversially downsized in 2017 as part of a bid to encourage resource extraction. She wanted to experience a living landscape where the art and artifacts…

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Homeless living beneath Hudson Yards welcome the new development

Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain its not helping us Whatever the aesthetic judgement of Manhattans $25bn Hudson Yards development Pulitzer prize winning critic Jerry Saltz called it a corporate mega-monstrosity there is at least one group of city dwellers who are optimistic about the development: the homeless who live underneath it. For decades, the subway and rail tunnels beneath and around Hudson Yards have offered shelter of sorts for the citys…

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Helicopter crushes flowers as crowds flock to ‘super bloom’

Park officials say many wildflower tourists have been well-behaved, but some have ignored pleas to stay on trails In one of the most famous literary descriptions of wildflowers, the English poet William Wordsworth traffic nightmares along city streets in nearby townships, and paid no heed to the desperate pleas of park officials: #DontDoomTheBloom. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@ PoppyReserve) Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling buds. It merely takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas…

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UN accuses Blackstone Group of contributing to global housing crisis

Worlds largest corporate residential landowners called out for their practices of inflating rents and aggressive evictions The UN’s housing advisor has accused private equity firms and one of the world’s largest corporate residential landlords, Blackstone Group, of exploiting tenants,” wreaking havoc” in communities and helping to fuel a global housing crisis. In a stinging critique of the role of private equity in the housing market UN rapporteur Blackstone and its subsidiaries of initiating” aggressive ousters” to protect its rental income streams, shrinking the pool of affordable dwelling in some areas,…

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