Thursday, December 23, 1999

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  • Julia Butterfly Hill

    After living in an ancient redwood in Northern California for two years, environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came back to earth Saturday, her legs wobbly after her sojourn in the towering tree she called Luna. But she worked out the kinks then hiked—on bare feet—the two miles from the tree to a news conference.

  • Same-Sex Marriages

    In a landmark decision reached Monday, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favor of three same-sex couples who challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s marriage laws. The Court concluded in Baker v. State that statutory benefits and protections of marriage must be extended to same-sex couples, and instructed the state legislature to remedy the discrimination.

  • L. A. Times Secret Financial Deal Rocks Its Newsroom; Leads to Unprecedented Published Investigation Its Own Management

    The Los Angeles Times published an unusual self-examination Monday, analyzing the newspaper’s agreement to share advertising revenue with the Staples Center arena and criticizing its own editor and publisher for their roles in the deal.

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    Could Puerto Rico become America’s Greece? That’s a question many are asking as the island faces a devastating financial crisis and a rapidly crumbling healthcare system. Puerto Rico owes $72 billion in debt. $355 million in debt payments are due December 1, but it increasingly looks like the U.S. territory may default on at least some of the debt. Congress has so far failed to act on an Obama administration proposal that includes extending bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico and allocating more equitable Medicaid and Medicare...


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