Sightline Daily top picks 04/07/2009

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Top Picks of the Day

1. WA, CA Governors Host Health Care Forum

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire co-hosted the White House-sponsored summit in Los Angeles, the fifth and final in a series of meetings around the country led by governors. The forum brought together consumer and health care groups, unions, insurance companies and business owners, many of whom were part of Schwarzenegger’s attempt two years ago to provide universal health care. Vancouver Columbian 04/06/2009
2. No Cars, No Roads, No Kidding

When President Barack Obama’s signing pen lifted off a public lands bill April 6, great pieces of Oregon were immediately surrounded by invisible lines. Everything inside those lines is now wilderness, the most protected class of federal land. Oregonian 04/07/2009
3. Study: Distance from Grocery Store Determines Weight

Want to lose weight? Move closer to a grocery store. A new study from the University of British Columbia shows people who live within a kilometre of a grocery store are half as likely to be overweight, compared to those living in neighbourhoods without grocery stores. Vancouver Sun 04/07/2009
4. Vancouver, BC Hydro, Sign on to Test Electric Car

BC Hydro and the city of Vancouver signed on today with Mitsubishi for tests of the world’s first production-ready, highway-capable electric car. Vancouver Sun 04/06/2009
5. Project Hopes to Spawn Oregon Spotted Frog Revival

The small, elegantly colored frogs raised in a humid backroom at the Oregon Zoo have already defied the odds. On Thursday, they will try to defy a grim fate. About 120 rare Oregon spotted frogs, raised from eggs and overwintered to grow as large as possible, will be released into a wetland near Olympia. If they survive, the frogs could be the first wave in restoration of threatened native frogs that have been losing their battles for survival. Oregonian 04/07/2009
6. Highway Deaths Fall Sharply in 2008

Highway fatalities dropped by 9 percent nationally from 2007 to 2008, a federal agency found, falling to their lowest level in nearly 50 years. New York Times 04/07/2009
7. Study: Poor Kids’ Stress Affects Brain

Children raised in poverty suffer many ill effects: They often have health problems and tend to struggle in school, which can create a cycle of poverty across generations. Now, research is providing what could be crucial clues to explain how childhood poverty translates into dimmer chances of success: Chronic stress from growing up poor appears to have a direct impact on the brain, leaving children with impairment in at least one key area — working memory. Seattle Times 04/07/2009
8. Wind Power Can Replace 3,000 Coal Plants

Windmills off the East Coast could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired power plants in the United States, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today. Oregonian 04/07/2009
9. Views: Cash for Clunkers

President Obama’s rescue plan for the automotive industry has given the presidential seal of approval to a little-noticed movement in Congress to clear the roads of gas-guzzling clunkers and replace them with more fuel-efficient cars. It’s an excellent idea, with clear benefits for the environment and – Mr. Obama hopes – beleaguered carmakers. New York Times 04/07/2009

10. Gregoire: Crisis Offers Washington Opportunity
I understand it’s hard to look past the current economic crisis. But when we do, we see a Washington that can lead the nation and world in reducing harmful greenhouse-gas pollution that threatens our environment, our economy and our way of life. We’re already off to a good start. Seattle Times 04/06/2009


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