At approximately 8:45 a.m. on August 24, federal agents raided Gibson Guitar Corporation facilities in Nashville and Memphis, making off with an estimated $1 million worth of Gibson property. Gibson’s alleged crime? Using imported wood from endangered trees.
Americans on the East Coast of the United States were preparing for the worst as Hurricane Irene finally made landfall in North Carolina. The projected path and strength of the hurricane have already prompted a number of states to declare states of emergency and declare mandatory evacuations, even before a drop of rain has fallen in some of those regions.
On Tuesday, a remarkable and unexpected event took place in some areas on the East Coast: a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Virginia, which caused a stir in cities that do not often encounter such phenomena, including New York and Washington.
Efforts by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet may become irrelevant if the new technology being developed succeeds as expected. When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC last December, the FCC rewrote its rules to allow them to regulate the Internet anyway through the whitewash called “net neutrality.” Verizon immediately filed suit to overrule the new attempt, and a House subcommittee in March voted to invalidate the actions of the FCC. But the new rules remain in place until the issue is decided.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sketching out a regulatory blueprint designed to control pollution levels from coal-fired power plants, and lying under the torrent of new regulations will be mercury, smog, water intake, coal ash, and greenhouse gases.