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Biking and Walking a Crime?
By Tom Elko
While Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared October “Safe Routes to School Month” to promote the benefits of walking and bicycling to school, public officials in one Wisconsin town were considering a different move altogether—an ordinance banning pedestrians and bicyclists from the roads or requiring them to register travel plans with the town.
The Town of Hull, population 5,493, last had a car crash involving a pedestrian or a bike in 2008, but the town’s chairman told the Stevens Point Journal that officials still get complaints from drivers about groups of runners or cyclists taking up too much of the road.
Bicycle advocates have been quick to point out that the ordinance may violate a state law requiring bicycles to follow the same rules of the road as automobiles. The town, which lacks a police force, would also have to pay the Portage County Sheriff’s Department to enforce the law if it were enacted.
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By Elizabeth Pratt
- Hormel, Kellogg's, and Kroger are among the large companies now planning to offer "fake meat" products at grocery stores.
- Experts say the trend toward plant-based meats coincides with consumers' desires to eat less meat.
- However, experts urge consumers to closely check package labels as a product isn't necessarily healthy just because it's described as plant-based.
In grocery stores and fast-food outlets around the U.S., a revolution is taking place.
Many of us think of the Amazon as an untouched wilderness, but people have been thriving in these diverse environments for millennia. Due to this long history, the knowledge that Indigenous and forest communities pass between generations about plants, animals and forest ecology is incredibly rich and detailed and easily dwarfs that of any expert.
By Wesley Rahn
Plastic byproducts were found in 97 percent of blood and urine samples from 2,500 children tested between 2014 and 2017, according to a study by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute.
Medically reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT, NASE Level II-CSS
Hot yoga has become a popular exercise in recent years. It offers many of the same benefits as traditional yoga, such as stress reduction, improved strength, and flexibility.
The Trump administration has initialized the final steps to open up nearly 1.6 million acres of the protected Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to allow oil and gas drilling.