Scientists know how to cure many of the ills plaguing the high seas -- that is, ocean waters farther than 200 nautical miles from shore, beyond the jurisdiction of nations.
Greensboro, North Carolina, is the first Southern city to give citizens direct control over a slice of public spending, and hopefully it won't be the last.
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