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Oregon Homebrewers Get Set to Experiment With 'Sewerage Brewerage'

February 20, 2015 Clean Water Services of Portland, Oregon, wants its customers to understand one thing: Its water is clean. Really clean. Like, homebrewed-beer clean. Homebrewers are very particular about the water they use when they practice their art. That's why homebrewers in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, and other places along Oregon's Tualatin River ...

In Portland, Maine, Snow Piles Reach FAA Height Limits

February 19, 2015 What's another 8 to 10 inches of snowfall for a city that's already removed 1 million cubic yards of snow? Portland, Maine, has bested all its recent records for snow this winter. The city has received 80 inches of snow so far, the Associated Press reports, more than three feet ...

Standing Desks Are Good, But Would a Standing Office Be Even Better?

February 9, 2015 Out-of-whack upper and lower vertebrae. Higher risks for certain cancers. Increased incidence of obesity (especially for minority women). Unsightlyvaricose veins and worse, even early death. Sitting is so bad for people that not even exercise can counteract the toll that it takes on our bodies. Yet the place where many ...

Poll: Spending on Infrastructure Is a Top Priority for Americans

January 21, 2015 As President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union address last night, House Speaker John Boehner sat on his hands for certain ideas and proposals. That's to be expected: These guys play for different teams. And these formalities have to be taken with a grain of salt. That Boehner ...

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

January 8, 2015 Lately, a dream has overtaken fans of Washington, D.C.'s professional football team. The idea is that the team's owner, Dan Snyder, will move the team to Los Angeles, a larger media market, with the promise that D.C. gets a new expansion team within three years. You can blame Bill Simmons ...

No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

January 6, 2015 This winter, Boston's South End neighborhood embarks on a bold experiment in social engineering. With the mayor's blessing, The Boston Globe reports, the neighborhood has banned the popular practice of "dibs." What happens next could undermine Boston's reputation for extreme social grace under foul-weather pressure. Kidding, of course. Boston in ...

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

December 31, 2014 For the record, the 113th Congress was not the least-productive legislative body in recent history. That dubious distinction belongs to the 112th Congress (thanks,Pew Research Center). But give the ol' 113th credit for (not) trying. In one of its final actions, or lack thereof, the 113th Congress failed to extend ...

Is Memphis Making (Another) Massive Mistake With Its Pyramid?

December 8, 2014 "Quite frankly, what revenue-producing, tax-producing activities would be well suited to be located in a pyramid?" Such a churlish question from Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr.! Pyramids make excellent seats of administrative power, long-term storage solutions for environmentally hazardous sarcophagi, and transit terminals to other metaphysical dimensions. A pyramid's potential ...

Why TSA's PreCheck Screening Program Is a Bad Idea

December 2, 2014 On Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, security lines at Chicago Midway International Airport reportedly stretched a mile long. One-point-two miles, in fact, but never mind: The number needn't be precise to be petrifying. The mere fact that so many travelers were queuing up with a ...

Why Is the Smithsonian Standing Behind Bill Cosby?

November 24, 2014 Bill Cosby did not want to talk about rape with the Associated Press. That muchhe made clear in an interview with AP arts reporter Brett Zongker, who interviewed Cosby and his wife, Camille, upon the opening of an exhibit of their collection of African American art at the Smithsonian’s National ...