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Ask Umbra: Am I a bad person for wanting to flee to the suburbs?

A reader is considering running for the hills following a rash of shootings in his city neighborhood. Umbra breaks down his options.

Business & Technology

Uber and Lyft discover the true meaning of “rideshare”: The carpool

Adding carpool options brings peer-to-peer cab companies closer to being actual rideshares. But will public transit suffer?


The U.S. firefighting budget is almost gone, but the forests are still burning

We're throwing so much money at fighting wildfires, there will be little left over for prevention.

Climate & Energy

Exploding oil-train owners want insurance slack — just like nuclear power

It costs so much to get adequate insurance for all those rail cars hauling crude across the continent! Why can't the railroads get the same breaks government gives nuclear operators?

Climate & Energy

How much do hurricanes hurt the economy?

Researchers trying to understand the costs of climate change say that increasing storm activity may run the planet nearly $10 trillion.

Life in the bike lane

This custom-built bike thinks it’s the coolest on the block. It’s right.

Seattle can add coolest custom-designed bike in the country to its list of things to brag about.


Turning swords to ploughshares is a balm for veterans

A new documentary about veterans turned farmers finds that working the soil can be an antidote to the hardships of re-entry.

Grape Expectations

A warmer planet means boozier wines. Trust us, that’s bad

Warmer temps will increase the alcohol content of wine -- which will first be good, then bad, and then very, very bad.


The Detroit Lions launch a stadium recycling campaign with recycled jerseys

For their Wednesday night practice, the Lions' quarterbacks will sport bright-green jerseys made out of recycled plastic bottles.

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