FROM Tom Medema
Yosemite's Hantavirus Makeover Last summer, three people died and six others became ill at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. Visitors contracted the rare hantavirus by inhaling dust contaminated with urine, saliva and fecal matter from infected deer mice. There were concerns about continued visitation to one of America’s most beloved attractions. Tom Medema is chief of interpretation and education at Yosemite National Park.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.