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Current Affairs

As San Diego’s Central Library turns 1, backers tout success; critics still question cost | UTSanDiego.com

San Diego Central Library turns 1

Facility exceeds expectations, backer says; some still wonder if building worth the cost

By Peter Rowe9:54 p.m.Sept. 27, 2014

via As San Diego’s Central Library turns 1, backers tout success; critics still question cost | UTSanDiego.com.

START – Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team |

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...
Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pets killed in CA shelters in 2012*:

359,477

Taxes spent to house and kill:

$179,523,380.00

Stray and Lost Pets Killed on the streets in California:

77,447

*2012 Annual Rabies Report Control –

State of California (latest file reported)

How do we stop this cycle of waste? SPAY/NEUTER

via START – Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team |.

From Tobacco to Tortillas: Latinos Remake Durham, North Carolina – NBC News.com

“A native of Mexico, Flores came to Durham from California in the mid-90s when the Latino population was about 2,000 people, just 1 percent of the city’s population, according to a study by the Latino Migration Project at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

As Durham’s Hispanic population has grown to about 36,000 people – about 14 percent of the city’s 288,000 in 2010 – so did Flores and her business, with the help of a community intent on seeing Latinos integrate, succeed and mature.”

via From Tobacco to Tortillas: Latinos Remake Durham, North Carolina – NBC News.com.

JK Rowling: Hermione should have married Harry, not Ron | Books | The Guardian

JK Rowling: Hermione should have married Harry, not Ron
Magical series author says pairing of bright, ambitious witch with languid, surly wizard was personal rather than literary decision…

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/02/jk-rowling-hermione-harry-ron-married

A Little Extra Help – Why Public Libraries Need Social Workers » Public Libraries Online

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on September 23, 2014

“When I heard that the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) hired a social worker this past May to help improve outcomes for homeless patrons, I almost surprised myself. I don’t know if “underwhelmed” is quite the right word for my reaction, but I wasn’t exactly bowled over, either.

Because of course a library would hire a social worker. It’s kind of a no-brainer, isn’t it?”

via A Little Extra Help – Why Public Libraries Need Social Workers » Public Libraries Online.