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Smart Meters, Dumb Backlash

Smart meters can save energy and money and prevent blackouts. So why did the residents of Bakersfield, California hate them so much?

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California's First Stretch of High-speed Rail Now Actually Useful

A vote yesterday will extend the first segment from the relatively unpopulated Central Valley to Bakersfield.


As previously mentioned, California is building the first stretch of its high-speed rail thoroughfare in a relatively unpopulated area in the Central Valley. This struck some of us as odd. But good news yesterday for the skeptics: money has been approved to nearly double the length of that first segment, and extend it to Bakersfield. From the WSJ:

Critics had panned the first 65-mile route as the "train to nowhere" because it would start from the tiny town of Borden, connect to new stations in downtown Fresno and another one east of Hanford before ending in Corcoran, another small town. Authority board members hoped the expansion to an Amtrak station in Bakersfield, a city of 339,000 on the southern end of the valley, would put an end to critics' derisions.

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Too Cool for School, Successful Futures: The 10 Worst Dropout Cities

Here's a tough statistic: According to The Daily Beast, 15 percent of schools produce more than 50 percent of all high school dropouts. The...

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