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Mount St. Helens Blew Apart Southwest Washington, But Now It's a Mighty Economic Engine

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:34 PM

The eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 was colossal. The explosion blew 1,300 feet off the mountain's summit, ejecting more than a cubic mile of material into the surroundings and laying waste to a 230-square-mile area in a matter of seconds. It buried the nearby North Fork...

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Shirley Sherrod's Ongoing Battle for Racial Cooperation in Georgia

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Almost three years ago, in late March 2010, Shirley Sherrod, who was then the USDA state director of rural development for Georgia, gave a forthright speech about her life story at an NAACP banquet. She told of how a white sheriff had lynched her cousin in 1943, how her father...

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