How to Travel at Home: Finding New Routes Through Our Daily Lives

Many of us don’t look up from our smartphones long enough to notice what’s around us. Grandpa Schiffman joshed that he was taking us grandkids on an ocean voyage to Europe. The round trip on the Staten Island Ferry to the city’s farthest-flung borough and back to lower Manhattan took a little over an hour and cost a nickel, a bargain even in the late 1950s. While Europe would have to wait, New York Harbor was unusual enough for kids brought up in the asphalt jungle. There was a limitless…

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Companies are warming up to climate activists

Corporate leadership is proving more receptive to climate activists at shareholder meetings. Climate activists found companies more receptive to steps like cutting emissions and buying clean power this year, a new tally of shareholder resolutions shows. Proponents say the trend undercuts the case for rule changes sought by business groups to make it more difficult to file proxy resolutions at annual shareholder meetings. Of the 145 climate-related proposals filed for this year’s springtime annual shareholder meeting season, 39 percent led to deals for greener policies being struck with corporate top…

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Major US ’roundup’ of undocumented migrants may begin on Sunday

Immigrants say their communities have been ‘in constant fear’ over expected sweep targeting families in major US cities. The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide immigration enforcement operation this weekend targeting migrant families, despite loud opposition from Democrats and questions over whether it’s the best use of resources. The operation had been postponed by United States President Donald Trump late last month and would target people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New…

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Reasons to celebrate: Where have all these ‘national days’ suddenly come from?

While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day of the Seafarer, June 25. June 20 was Ugliest Dog Day; the 22nd, National Kissing Day. June is considered the national month for candy, soul food, country cooking and dairy. Every day of every month, in fact, is a reason to focus on and “celebrate” something. While many designations are quirky, others are beneficial — such as June 23 being National Hydration Day — or historic — Day…

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