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Monday, March 14, 2011

Wrangling the Roses

JANET FIGG of The Dalles contemplates her next cut during a Master Gardener rose pruning workshop and work session at Sorosis Rosegarden Saturday, March 12. It was her first year at the workshop. Behind her is the Vogt Fountain, which was built in the early 1900s and re-assembled here in 1966. Mark B. Gibson photo

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Meltdown threat rises at Japanese nuclear plant

     SOMA, Japan (AP) — Water levels dropped precipitously Monday inside a stricken Japanese nuclear reactor, twice leaving the uranium fuel rods completely exposed and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.
     Water levels were restored after the first decrease but the rods remained exposed late Monday night after the second episode, increasing the risk of the spread of radiation and the potential for an eventual meltdown.
     The cascading troubles in the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant compounded the immense challenges faced by the Tokyo government, already struggling to send relief to hundreds of thousands of people along the country’s quake- and tsunami-ravaged coast where at least 10,000 people are believed to have more


Obama prods Congress on education law renewal

     WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday to rewrite the nation’s main education law before the new school year starts in September, setting an ambitious timetable for lawmakers whose primary focus now is on budget cuts and the deficit.
      At the same time, Obama issued his most detailed outline yet for changes to the No Child Left Behind law.
      Obama said the law, enacted in 2002 under George W. Bush, got some things right but that it also got some things more

Stocks fall as worries mount over Japanese economy

     NEW YORK (AP) — Mounting concerns over the impact of the massive earthquake in Japan are pushing stocks lower in midday trading. The earthquake and tsunami along Japan’s northeast coast killed thousands and has raised fears of a slowdown in the world’s third-largest more

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