Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bikes: a New Way to Pedal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBamboo has captured the imagination of American manufacturers — providing the material for everything from plush tee shirts to baseball bats to flooring. Count in a bicycle shop owner whose bamboo bikes could “provide rudimentary transport — and jobs — in the emerging world,” where bamboo is abundant. (LA Times) Thanks to Andrew for the link! (photo: Iron Man Bike of bamboo) ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Streetcars Welcomed Back in New Orleans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”On Saturday, streetcars in New Orleans resumed their historic service past the old mansions of the Garden District for the first time since Hurricane Katrina halted the St. Charles line more than two years ago.” (AP ) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

4 Precincts in New York City Murder Free For Whole Year

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFour precincts in New York City ended 2008 with zero homicides. Police chiefs in the West Village, Bayside in Queens, Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, and Central Park cited “some mix of neighborhood affluence, community relations, officers on the beat and plain good luck.”  (New York Times) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Girl Makes Good on Bid to Recycle No. 5 Plastic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe slogan was “Gimme 5” and, with a little help from her school, 6-year-old Tess Mullen collected eleven large-size garbage bags full of No. 5 plastic – the type used to make yogurt containers, cottage cheese tubs and other food containers. Even though No. 5 plastic is recyclable, it is not accepted by the local county recycling program, so Tess and her mom decided to collect them for an Earth Day project at school. They found a recycler in another Minnesota county that would take their truckload of plastics. Best of all the project had a lasting effect on the family: Never again could they feel comfortable throwing away their yogurt cups. (READ the story, with photo at WinonaDailyNews.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Random Act of Kindness for 93 Dollars Sparks $100,000 In Donations To Food Bank

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen Jenni Ware found herself unable to locate her wallet as she stood in front of the cash register at Trader Joe’s market, a stranger stepped forward to pay her entire $207 bill.The next day, Jenni sent a check in the mail for $300 to cover the Good Samaritan’s deed — enclosing an additional $93.A Facebook discussion propelled Carolee Hazard to give the extra money to a hunger charity.She also sent $93 of her own money, added to Jenni’s $93, and donated the cash to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.But the kindness didn’t stop there. An avalanche of like donations started pouring in from Facebook friends, eventually totaling $100,000 in spontaneous giving.USA Today reports the two women, who are now good friends, started the 93 Dollar Club on Facebook to collect donations from around the world to feed hungry families in Northern California.WATCH the video below, or read the report in Huffpost…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Solar Chargers for Electric Cars Make Zero Emissions a Reality

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe California company, SolarCity, has started offering solar EV chargers to customers in 11 states and Washington, DC, allowing people to drive their cars purely on sunshine.The company, fresh off a $280 million investment from Google, makes it easy for electric car owners to embrace solar power by leasing them complete photovoltaic packages.It already installed solar EV charging stations along highway 101 between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2009.(READ the story from Wired)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Kentucky Man Buys Out K-Mart Store, Donates it All to Charity

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA business owner realized, “It’s time to give back,” after years of seeing needy people selling their stuff in his jewelry-exchange business.Rankin Paynter, who was shopping at a Kmart store that was closing its doors in Winchester, Kentucky, decided on-the-spot to buy the rest of its contents and give it away to charity.$200,000 worth of clothing, shoes, pharmacy items and office supplies are now the property of Clark County Community Services, who will, for the first time, have enough clothing to supply every needy child with winter hats, gloves and coats.He also rented a building to store the items.(WATCH the video below, or READ the story from LEX-18) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Saving Endangered Golden Monkeys Helps Forest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThat the cries of Brazil’s endangered golden lion tamarins should fill the air at all on a recent afternoon was cause for celebration, the result of one of the world’s most inspired species restoration efforts.In fact, that campaign has transformed the lush forest where the monkeys live and has become a model widely cited for saving other animals. (READ the AP story in Modesto Bee)Photo by Daderot, CC versionAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

New Orleans Soldier Home From Afghanistan Uses Deployment Money to Help Homeless

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSgt. Austin Winton Lumpkin, a soldier who returned home to Gretna from Afghanistan, used his deployment money to help the homeless. While he was home on leave, he purchased products to fill more than 200 bags, which included a new pair of socks, personal hygiene products, water, and snacks.“The reason I wanted to do this gift-giving project was to show people that you don’t have to have a lot to give a little,” said Lumpkin who is an engineer from the U.S. Army’s 87th Sapper Company and stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.He handed out the gift bags from the back of his truck and talked to “really nice” people like a retired Navy veteran who was living under a bridge.(READ the story w/ photos from Helen Williams in NOLA.com)Photos used with permissionAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Child, Dog Who Were Both Abandoned Form Bond

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo tragedies intersect and become a beautiful story, from the Topeka Capital-Journal:A 5-day-old baby, umbilical cord still attached, abandoned at a bus stop in China.A puppy, worm-infested, vomiting blood and starving to death on a porch in Topeka.Two creatures born to misery worlds apart but brought together to teach each other about love, family, faith and, above all, about trust.(READ the full story from the Topeka Capital-Journal)Photo credit: Screenshot from CJ Online videoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more