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America's Fukushima?

The reactors at Hanford made plutonium for the nuclear weapon dropped on Nagasaki; today, they sit on a radioactive wasteland that whistle-blowers say is a ticking time bomb

America's Fukushima?

The nuclear reactors at Hanford made plutonium for Fat Man, the nuclear weapon dropped on Nagasaki, and stocked our Cold War arsenal; today, they sit on a radioactive wasteland that whistle-blowers say is a ticking time bomb.

The Filter: July 28, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.MCCAIN TAKES AIM AT OBAMA'S CHARACTER(Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin, Politico)As Senator Barack Obama traveled overseas, the campaign against him appeared to take a decisive new turn with Senator John McCain zeroing in on his Democratic opponent\'s character. In a year when polls show an easy victory for a generic Democratic candidate, McCain has until now been loathe to employ the tack many strategists see as essential and which...

A New Brand Of Tech Cities

When telecom executive Mory Ejabat was looking for a home in 1999 for Zhone Technologies, his networking-equipment start-up, one of his first calls was to Oakland's mayor, Jerry Brown. "I said I planned to put up four buildings and create 1,500 jobs," says Ejabat. "He said, 'Let's make a deal'." City officials gave Ejabat a discount on a large parcel of undeveloped land on Oakland's waterfront in exchange for 100,000 shares of Zhone's pre-IPO stock. "We did what any good venture capitalist...

No Place To Hide Stuff

MOST OF THE WORKERS AT Gould Evans Goodman Associates, a Kansas City, Mo., architectural firm, have normal, everyday desks. But in one corner sits an experimental workstation so special it has a name: the Space Buck. Gone is the familiar rectangula r slab. The Space Buck wraps around you, and it's riddled with holes, like Swiss cheese. Stuck in the holes are attachments that look like music stands. Some of these stands hold files of paper, stacked flat. Others are tilted up at an angle, so...

The Game Of Survival

In Sarajevo, U.N. Warehouses are nearly empty, but people don't seem very hungry. There's no electricity, but residents unhook their car batteries at night to run their television sets. In between snatches of locally dubbed CNN and subtitled re-runs of Schwarzenegger and Van Damme movies, they might catch a commercial on TV Bill, such as the one for At-Mahir Pizza: "For the best pizza in town, delivered in 15 minutes, call 531-532." Call? No problem; the government has installed a satellite...

Come The Revolution

I am a pipe fitter, and I have worked out of pipe fitters Local 597 in Chicago for more than 20 years. The short answer to the question that I'm always asked is that pipe fitters install and maintain industrial piping systems. When, during the uniquely American practice of interrogating people about their occupational state, I mention that I work in nuclear power stations, oil refineries, chemical plants and steel mills, eyes all over the room start to glaze over.I am not offended when people...