Dallas was an unusually dangerous place in the months preceding President John F. Kennedy’s November 1963 visit there. That month the Department of Defense had sent Kennedy aide Ken O’Donnell a confidential, comprehensive report on the city noting its population had recently surged to 747,000 residents primarily because of newcomers coming from rural Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. These transplant Southerners had sharpened what was already a politically and socially conservative climate. The report went on, “Dallas’s political conservatism stems from a fundamentalist religious training and years of conditioning,” William Manchester reported in “The Death of a President.” In the early 1960s, “the maturity of independent oil wealth” and recent industrialization had made the city’s climate “overtly active” and “politically militant.” Read More
“Think about every product that you purchase. What is going to happen to that product when you’re finished using it or consuming it?,” Katie Becker asked Oct. 23 on National Sustainability Day, a day in which students learned about recycling and other conservation practices at UALR.
Becker, a staff interpreter and representative on the Sustainability Committee, coordinated activities and educational booths at UALR’s Sustainability Day.
Half a dozen local organizations were present at UALR to help educate students about recycling and conservation efforts during the annual event.
It's one thing to name drop your favorite disney movie or reminisce about your first-ever trip to Disney World, but that wouldn't hardly qualify you for insider access to Disney's latest project -- a 980-acre real estate development on the grounds of the legendary theme park itself.
Named after the Walt Disney Company's California ranch, the gated community known as Golden Oak features some 450 homes on Florida's Lake Buena Vista. Owning a piece of Disney property doesn't come cheap, however.
Homeownership in the gated community starts at $1.7 million, with homes having sold for as much as $7 million, according to, who also spoke with one current owner, Sam Bergami, who's visited Walt Disney World Resort 300 times since 1976. Read More
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.
The FDA plans to announce later Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.
Hamburg said that while the amount of trans fats in the country's diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they "remain an area of significant public health concern." The trans fats have long been criticized by nutritionists, and New York and other local governments have banned them. Read More
WASHINGTON — More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. The development is a striking departure from conservative orthodoxy and a reflection of growing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters. A new report by the environmental data company CDP has found that at least 29 companies, some with close ties to Republicans, including ExxonMobil, Walmart and American Electric Power, are incorporating a price on carbon into their long-term financial plans. Both supporters and opponents of action to fight global warming say the development is significant because businesses that chart a financial course to make money in a carbon-constrained future could be more inclined to support policies that address climate change. Read More