Clean energy businesses are continuing to boom in states like Colorado despite the tough economic climate due in part to federal stimulus money that the industry says has helped add jobs and spur interest in renewable energy development. But subsidies for clean energy continue to lag behind other traditional energy sources like coal and gas.
In Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, set in the middle of the swamps of southern Florida, we find a fictional amusement park full of high-diving gator wrestlers. The park, the "number-one gator-themed swamp cafe" in Florida, is run by the Bigtrees, a family that invents their own mythology of being gator-wrestling tribal royalty. Swamplandia! closely follows the youngest sibling, Ava, who takes it upon herself to rescue the park from ruin after finances go south and family members disappear.
Brought to my attention by former All Songs Considered intern and Monkey See pal Will Butler, this is a video from the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press, an outfit that haunts film festivals and other events to grab celebrity interviews.
Lan comes late to work and her boss screams, "You should have been here at 7 o'clock!" Lan says, "Why? What happened at 7 o'clock?" Yesterday, that was a joke. But this morning it is not funny; it is like the turtle with the beautiful shell. Flip it over and the animal is rotten.
"President Barack Obama has written a letter honoring the 28 men who died when a massive radar tower collapsed in the North Atlantic 50 years ago," the Associated Press writes. "The hurricane-weakened Cold War radar station, called Texas Tower No. 4, collapsed during a fierce winter storm in January 1961." It had stood about 80 miles southeast of New York City.