Report Finds Meddling in Interior Dept. Actions

WASHINGTON — The inspector general of the Interior Department has found that agency officials often interfered with scientific work in order to limit protections for species at risk of becoming extinct, reviving attention to years of disputes over the Bush administration’s science policies.

In a report delivered to Congress on Monday, the inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, found serious flaws in the process that led to 15 decisions related to policies on endangered species.

The report suggested that at least some of those decisions might need to be revisited under the Obama administration.

Among the more significant decisions was one reducing the number of streams that would be designated as critical habitat for the endangered bull trout and protected from commercial use. That rule is already the subject of a lawsuit by environmentalists.

“The results of this investigation paint a picture of something akin to a secret society residing within

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UNIX is the kitchen of the software chef

One of my favorite books on cooking is Alice Waters’s “The Art of Simple Food”. In it, there is a section where she describes the necessary equipment for a kitchen that produces resoundingly good food.

This is one of my favorite paragraphs from the book, because it reminds me of software and my philosophy toward software creation.

She opens with:

I am a minimalist in the equipment department.

UNIX is the minimal software development environment. Over time, people have created lots of alternative environments, IDEs (Eclipse), meta-IDEs (JetBrains MPS), and neo-IDEs (Lighttable).

But about 4 decades ago, operating under a set of severe hardware constraints, some of the world’s greatest computer scientists and engineers created a minimal, but highly functional, environment: UNIX.

I don’t like a lot of gadgets and I don’t like cluttering up the kitchen with things I rarely use. My friends tease me and call me a

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Find the right Kitchen Planners

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Bad Cooking Habits You Need to Stop Now

You defrost food incorrectly

You defrost food incorrectly

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It’s important to always keep in mind your health and the health of those you are cooking for when preparing dishes. If you’re defrosting your meat by leaving it out on the counter or in hot water, you’re going to want to alter your behavior now. You’re putting yourself at risk for food poisoning by defrosting that way, as it easily puts food in the “danger zone” range of 40 to 140 degrees, temperatures at which bacteria begin to multiply rapidly.

How to defrost food correctly

How to defrost food correctly

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You overheat or don’t preheat your pan

You overheat or don’t preheat your pan

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If you start cooking in a cold pan or get your pan smoking hot every time you make dinner and wonder why your meat cooks unevenly, that too-cold or too-hot pan could be why. For instance, to cook bacon

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Oklahoma woman tests positive for COVID-19 after found dead in her bathroom

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma woman’s death was sudden, and while doctors are still working to figure out why, they uncovered she was positive with COVID-19.

Her family in Lawton tells KFOR they had no idea.

“I am like what am I going to do when I need to talk to my sister?” Jane Fairchild asked.

Long talks on the phone are just one of the many memories Jane Fairchild will miss about her big sister Sandra McKinnon.

“She sounded fine,” Jane said. “She didn’t sound sick at all.”

72 hours after they hung up, the 64-year-old was found lifeless and alone.

Jane was with her husband, Richard, when the gut-wrenching call came in.

“She passed away in the bathroom, and according to the coroner, she had been there a few days,” Richard Fairchild said. “Sunday she was here and by Wednesday she was gone.”

The family is left

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Share what’s cookin’ in your quarantine kitchen

People are cooking at home more than ever due to the current stay-at-home orders.

Slingshot, or S-Concierge, a white-glove concierge team who partnered with AT&T for a personalized approach to providing home entertainment and cellular phone needs, is offering a nationwide give-back contest for the month of April, inspired by the effects of COVID-19.

To enter, individuals get creative and film a short 1- to 2- minute video, making their favorite quarantine recipe. Closing date is April 30, when 10 winners will be chosen to win $500 based on the following criteria: creativity, tastefulness and the ability of the S-Concierge team to recreate the recipes.

The contest was initially conceived with the idea that many of those affected right now are hospitality and service industry professionals. So, are you a bartender shaking up some new cocktail concoctions? Or perhaps you just finally have

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Exterior Work Nearing Completion for Morris Adjmi’s 30 East 31st Street, in NoMad

30 East 31st Street’s exterior work is inching closer to completion, as installation of the light-colored panels in between the windows on the bottom of the northern elevation is now underway. Located in NoMad between Park Avenue South and Madison Avenue, the 479-foot-tall residential tower is topped-out at 40 stories, and the crossed beams at the top of the podium will soon be encased with the newly arrived panels. The 88,000-square-foot project is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects and developed by Ekstein Development and Pinnacle Real Estate. Douglas Elliman Development is marketing the building’s 42 units, which will be spread across 70,070 square feet for an average of 1,700 square feet apiece. Prices will range from $1.65 to $12 million.

Photos from West 31st Street and the surrounding vicinity show the recent progress on the façade.

Looking up from East 31st Street. Photo by Michael Young

The podium of 30

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Your Kitchen is the Most Important Classroom!

by Debra Caffrey


When my son turned 10, I knew it was time for him to take on more serious responsibilities around the house. Though he doesn’t love the process, he’s been doing his laundry for some time and it made me realize there are a lot of other life skills he should start on sooner than later.

I realized that, though my son occasionally helps me crack an egg or makes a peanut butter sandwich, there is still much he doesn’t know about preparing a meal or how to navigate around the kitchen.

Now approaching 12, there are plenty of things he can learn about cooking and meal prep that aren’t overwhelming. So, as a family, we decided that our son should prepare dinner twice a month, even if it’s just a sandwich or soup. He can take baby steps towards becoming a young man that knows how to

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Hollywood Regency Style Furniture and Decor

Everyone feels like a movie star in a room featuring Hollywood Regency style furniture and decor! This cool, classic and classy style looks as good in today’s homes as it did when it first emerged during the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is closely related to the Art Deco style, as you can see in my Guide to Art Deco Style Furniture but it is a distinct decor style of its own.

Hollywood Regency is a luxurious look that sparkles with glitz and glamour, with a focus on clean lines, geometric shapes, glossy surfaces, and opulent textiles. The dramatic style has a sense of the theatrical, creating a chic stage for people to socialize and look fabulous while doing so.

What are the Origins
of Hollywood Regency Style?

It is not surprising that Hollywood Regency style has an Art Deco feel as it developed during the Golden Age of Hollywood

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Where to Start and Stop Your Backsplash (24 photos)

Where to Start and Stop Your Backsplash (24 photos)

Wondering where to end your backsplash? Never even thought about it? It can be a surprisingly complex question. These tips will help you find the right place to stop your backsplash to get a crisp…

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Dark Green Cabinets Add Elegance to a Welcoming Kitchen (8 photos)

Dark Green Cabinets Add Elegance to a Welcoming Kitchen (8 photos)

The owners of this kitchen in Ireland had gathered lots of ideas from the houses they’d rented by the time they became homeowners. For help with remodeling their 1920s home, they turned to Declan…

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Bathroom of the Week: Scandinavian Modern Simplicity (7 photos)

Bathroom of the Week: Scandinavian Modern Simplicity (7 photos)

Before moving into their new condo after retirement, this Toronto couple wanted to transform it from dark and traditional to light and contemporary. They decided that the wife would handle the…

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6 Ways to Stay Organized While You Shelter at Home (7 photos)

6 Ways to Stay Organized While You Shelter at Home (7 photos)

A lot of

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