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Immigrant farmers grow against the odds

As the majority of American farmers near retirement age, immigrant and minority farmers are stepping up in the face of adversity to take their places.

Living

Ask Umbra: Stop giving me musical cards

A reader wonders how to tell family and friends that their cards are making him crazy. Umbra offers one of her hallmark replies.

Food

Meatless holiday: Roasted red onions with pumpkin-rosemary stuffing [RECIPE]

As tasty as it is beautiful, this recipe will make a perfect celebratory main dish or side dish for your next holiday meal.

Cities

Norfolk, Va., has a plan to keep its head above water

The lovely old city floods regularly -- and scientists warn the area will experience worse-than-average sea-level rise. Sustainability chief Denise Thompson shares Norfolk's plans for staying dry.

Climate & Energy

Mississippi River faces shipping closure as water levels drop

Drought has brought water levels in the Mississippi close to historic lows, threatening to close this crucial transport route.

Cities

Chicago likes bikes — and it’s about to prove it in a big way

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his dapper transportation czar are out to turn the Windy City into a mecca for the cycling crowd.

Living

Umbra’s second helpings: Saving money on your heating bill [VIDEO]

A reader wants to cut down on his winter electricity bill. Umbra warms up.

Climate & Energy

Could ‘peer progressives’ turn the climate around?

In his new book, "Future Perfect," Steven Johnson finds inspiration in internet-style collaboration. But what about the planet?

Food

Mercury in seafood: Where does it come from?

Seventy scientists spent two years putting together a complete picture of mercury in the ocean and in seafood. Will the results convince the U.S. to control emissions?