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People Are Awesome: The Georgia Army National Guard’s Real-Life Captain Planet

Meet the devout National Guard captain who might just be the military's best recycler.

You might think 20 years of military service, two war deployments, and recycling enough trash to raise thousands of dollars for his church might be enough to wear one man out. But Andrew Lane, who is a soldier in the Georgia Army National Guard, is focused on an everlasting life mission: a zero waste lifestyle.

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California Declares Education Budget "Financial Emergency"

With more budget cuts on the horizon, schools in the Golden State are set for fiscal annihilation.


Just how dire is the Golden State's education budget? The new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has declared a state of "financial emergency" for California's schools—and when you look at the numbers, he's not just blowing political smoke.

"There’s simply no other way to describe it: this is an emergency," Torlakson said. "Every day, teachers, school employees, and principals are performing miracles, but the $18 billion in cuts over the last three years are taking their toll. We have 174 districts teetering on the financial brink. If this isn’t an emergency, I don’t know what is."

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