September 26, 2019 01:01 PM Omar Saleh is standing on a rise on the banks of the Great Zab, a tributary to the Tigris, and looking out at a world that could be an indication of what the future holds. He points straight ahead to the south, where the Tigris flows and, behind it, the Euphrates -- the two great twin rivers of the Middle East. Between them is Mesopotamia, the storied region whose fertile soil once produced such great wealth that it spawned one of the first human civilizations, complete with grain storage facilities, a written language and cities. It is said to have been the home of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. A region of plenty. Today, Saleh sees only a drought-stricken landscape, burned brown by the sun. A dust devil spins soil into the air as the farmer looks on. Later, Saleh's father Salem would rave about days gone by. Sitting in the modest hovel where he receives guests, he speaks of the tomato plants they would plant in March and continue harvesting all … [Read more...] about Scorched Earth: Cities Seek to Protect Themselves from Climate Change
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The roller coaster of a winter season we’ve just experienced has finally ended. It’s time to welcome spring with open arms. Coax your friends out of their winter hibernation with a fresh, colorful spring menu, perfect for an Easter celebration dinner next Sunday.As produce goes, spring peas, crisp asparagus and bright red radishes are “musts” for any spring menu.For your holiday entrée this year, swap out the traditional ham or lamb for a colorful change of pace: salmon. Give it an international flair by adding a crispy bread crumb crust flavored with herbes de Provence and a country-style mustard.End your dinner with a show-stopping Eastery dessert that kids of all ages will devour. Dress up a classic white cake with an edible grass nest filled with pastel speckled malted milk eggs.You didn’t hear it here, but the dessert can be made even easier if you use your favorite white box cake. For those who don’t fear baking, I am sharing my favorite … [Read more...] about Celebrate Easter with this colorful spring menu
Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo Reviewed.com Published 10:27 AM EST Nov 28, 2018 — Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives. Let's face it. Finding the best gift for your tiny tyke is anything but easy. Do you go with the creepy (possibly sentient) toy or the classic toddler trucks? With so many options available these days, the whole process is really overwhelming. If you're not sure where to start, don't worry! We'll guide you every step of the way. Whether you've got a teething baby (my condolences), a giddy gamer, or an aspiring architect, there's something for every type of kid and baby on this list. These are the best gifts for kids of 2018, according to Reviewed: 1. For the budding engineer: An introductory robot toy If your child loves to … [Read more...] about The best gifts for kids of 2018: 20 awesome gifts for children of all ages
INDIANAPOLIS — A hate crime bill amended by the Indiana Senate Tuesday is not exactly what Sen. Sue Glick wanted, but it’s still a step in the right direction, she said.In what’s become possibly the most contentious issue in front of lawmakers at the Indiana Statehouse this session, Senate Bill 12 is advancing, although the people who spoke strongly in support of establishing the law are now expressing disappointment at amendments that have watered it down.Tuesday, the Indiana Senate passed an amendment to remove a list of characteristics from the bill, which critics say significantly weakens its impact in protecting people from bias-motivated crimes.The amendment filed by Sen. Aaron Freeman, R-Indianapolis, stripped language from the bill listing victim characteristics including an individual’s or group of individuals’ perceived or actual “color, disability, age, national origin, ancestry, race, religion, gender identity, sex, or sexual … [Read more...] about Glick: Hate crime bill discussion ‘ongoing’ despite changes
On July 2, while much of the country was caught up in a bitter argument about whether President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” 4th of July rally was a massively egotistical and expensive folly, the entire center of Washington, DC, was overrun by hundreds of thousands of Trump zealots who had arrived by plane, train, motorcycle, and even caravans of pickups hauling horse trailers from as far away as New Mexico. And if there was a locus for the chaos of the long holiday weekend, it was the Hotel Harrington. The shabby tourist stop, located just a few blocks from the White House, took on the air of a raucous festival for people who believe in civilizational conflict, complete with reunions of old friends and a swelling anticipation for the headline act.Across the street from the hotel, a sagging old pickup — trailed by a parade-style float on a 50-foot-long motorcycle trailer, with giant white letters reading “TRUMP” and “BUILD THE WALL” … [Read more...] about Think Trump Can’t Win In 2020? These Bikers Want To Change That.