Friday, October 24, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 24, 2014

Programming Note: The Energy News Digest will be communing with communications connoisseurs next week. The Hot Shots mode may be in effect. Be aware!



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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty (Northwest Public Radio)

Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty
  2. Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers
  3. Businesses Targeted by Scammers Claiming to be Franklin PUD
  4. Montana: Flathead Electric Co-op Hit by Off-Shore Scammers
  5. Fitch Rates Grant PUD’s Electric System Bonds ‘AA’
  6. Editorial: Clean, Compact Energy? We Can Dream, Can’t We?
  7. So You Think We’re Reducing the Use of Coal? -- Think Again
  8. Massachusetts: Electrical Fires Are Common Cause of Deadly Residential Blazes
  9. Online Game Helps Ontario Residents Spot Electrical Hazards Lurking in Their Homes
  10. Final Lower Columbia Commercial Salmon Fishing Periods Set
  11. Grant PUD: Recently Renovated Hatchery Helping Salmon Runs Break Records
  12. Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage
  13. REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill
  14. Jonesing for the Sun: Why Do People Put Solar on Their Roofs? Because Other People Put Solar on Their Roofs
  15. Op/Ed: Feds Should Pitch In on PUD Tidal Project
  16. How Sacramento Municipal Utility District Turned a Landfill Site into a $4 Million Solar-Power Plant
  17. Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100 Percent Renewable – With a Little Help from Hydro
  18. How Renewable Energy Could Leave You Mired in Blackouts
  19. WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency
  20. Detergent Companies Are Unhappy With Our Efficient Washing Machines
  21. Are You Using Your Thermostat Incorrectly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills
  22. Study: Less Than 30% of Energy Consumers Highly Engaged With Smart Grid
  23. European Leaders Agree on Targets to Fight Climate Change
  24. Comcast Shedding Cable Subscribers - Broadband Growth More Than Compensates
  25. More Cities Call for Control of Their Broadband Destiny, as FCC Looks at States’ Power to Overrule Them
  26. Here’s The Latest Bit of Astroturfing from the Cable Industry about Broadband Speeds – Hey Look, Washington State is the 14th Fastest Internet Country!
  27. Netflix to Close Hillsboro Office in June 2015
  28. Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft’s Quarterly Results
  29. Please Do Not Leave a Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail
  30. Six CEOs Who Have More Twitter Followers than Their Companies
  31. The Queen Just Sent Her First Tweet
  32. Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds
  33. Tornado Damages Parts Of Longview, Kelso
  34. Mason Transit Offers First Glimpse of Cutting-Edge Transit Community Center
  35. Feds: Cowlitz Tribe Could Get Casino Land as Soon as January
  36. Legal Pot Store Owner to Defy Goldendale Ban
  37. Will a Big Solar Storm Mess with Our GPS?
WORD OF THE DAY

Pandemonium • \pan-duh-MONE-ee-um\ • noun –1: the capital of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost 2: the infernal regions: hell 3: not capitalized: a wild uproar: tumult
(From the Greek: pan + the Latin: daemonium or demon)

Early release from school resulted in a joyous pandemonium on the front lawn of the local high school. Streamers of two-ply toilet paper soared through the air. The only thought going through the mind of the school’s budget analyst was that two rolls of one-ply would be more cost-effective.

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Energy Minister Says U-S Has a Good Deal in Columbia River Treaty (Northwest Public Radio)

Electricity Restored - Kamilche Area Outage Affects About 600 Customers (Mason PUD 3, Shelton, WA)

Businesses Targeted by Scammers Claiming to be Franklin PUD (KNDO/KNDU-TV, Tri Cities, WA)

Montana: Flathead Electric Co-op Hit by Off-Shore Scammers (Electric Co-op Today)

Fitch Rates Grant PUD’s Electric System Bonds ‘AA’ (BusinessWire)

Editorial: Clean, Compact Energy? We Can Dream, Can’t We? (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA - Paywall Advisory)

So You Think We’re Reducing the Use of Coal? -- Think Again (Forbes)

Massachusetts: Electrical Fires Are Common Cause of Deadly Residential Blazes (Boston Globe, MA)

Online Game Helps Ontario Residents Spot Electrical Hazards Lurking in Their Homes (Electric Energy Online)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Final Lower Columbia Commercial Salmon Fishing Periods Set (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Grant PUD: Recently Renovated Hatchery Helping Salmon Runs Break Records (KULR TV, Billings, MT)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Climatologist Says Yakima Basin Needs More Water Storage (Yakima Herald Republic, WA)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

REC Silicon Wants Grant County to Rescind Tax Bill (Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA)

Jonesing for the Sun: Why Do People Put Solar on Their Roofs? Because Other People Put Solar on Their Roofs (Washington Post)

Op/Ed: Feds Should Pitch In on PUD Tidal Project (Everett Herald, WA)

How Sacramento Municipal Utility District Turned a Landfill Site into a $4 Million Solar-Power Plant (Sacramento Business Journal)

Vermont’s Largest Municipal Utility Goes 100 Percent Renewable – With a Little Help from Hydro (GreenBiz)

How Renewable Energy Could Leave You Mired in Blackouts (Motley Fool)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

WA Ranked Eighth for Energy Efficiency (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Detergent Companies Are Unhappy With Our Efficient Washing Machines (Consumerist)

Are You Using Your Thermostat Incorrectly? Five Home Heating Errors Pushing Up Energy Bills (The Telegraph, UK)

Study: Less Than 30% of Energy Consumers Highly Engaged With Smart Grid (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE CHANGE SEQUESTRATION VAULT

European Leaders Agree on Targets to Fight Climate Change (NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Comcast Shedding Cable Subscribers - Broadband Growth More Than Compensates (Oregonian, Portland)

More Cities Call for Control of Their Broadband Destiny, as FCC Looks at States’ Power to Overrule Them (GigaOM)

Here’s The Latest Bit of Astroturfing from the Cable Industry about Broadband Speeds – Hey Look, Washington State is the 14th Fastest Internet Country! (Consumerist)

Netflix to Close Hillsboro Office in June 2015 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft’s Quarterly Results (Associated Press)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Please Do Not Leave a Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail (National Public Radio)

Six CEOs Who Have More Twitter Followers than Their Companies (AdWeek)

The Queen Just Sent Her First Tweet (Gizmodo)

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds (Consumerist)

GENERAL NEWS

Tornado Damages Parts Of Longview, Kelso (Longview Daily News, WA)

Mason Transit Offers First Glimpse of Cutting-Edge Transit Community Center (Thurston Talks, Olympia, WA)

Feds: Cowlitz Tribe Could Get Casino Land as Soon as January (Vancouver Columbian, WA)

Legal Pot Store Owner to Defy Goldendale Ban (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Will a Big Solar Storm Mess with Our GPS? (Christian Science Monitor)

DIVERSIONS

Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day? (Ha Ha Ha Ha!)

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Excuses for Skipping Work

Seahawks Uniforms Ranked among National Football League’s Ugliest

Man’s Ashes to be Scattered in Fireworks Display

SONG OF THE DAY

ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 23, 2014


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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP FIVE STORIES

British Columbia Official Calls for Columbia River Treaty Accounting (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

‘Smart Meter’ Contractor, City of Port Angeles Settle on Failed Project (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

California Getting More Bakken Crude by Barge than Rail “…from barges loaded at terminals in the Pacific Northwest…” (Reuters)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: How Utilities Are Powering the Marijuana Industry

Heavy Rainfall, Eclipse Weather, & Possible Saturday Windstorm (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (Details Below)
  1. British Columbia Official Calls for Columbia River Treaty Accounting
  2. ‘Smart Meter’ Contractor, City of Port Angeles Settle on Failed Project
  3. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: How Utilities Are Powering the Marijuana Industry
  4. California Getting More Bakken Crude by Barge than Rail “…from barges loaded at terminals in the Pacific Northwest…”
  5. A First: Bonneville Power Administration Customer Schedules Energy in 15-Minute Increments
  6. Detroit Plans to Sell 13 Million Pounds of Scrapped Copper Wire
  7. Not All Power is Created Equally. So Why Does It All Cost the Same?
  8. Be ‘Storm Smart’ is Message of Co-op Website
  9. Tacoma Power:  Lake Cushman Fish Collector Project Nears Completion
  10. Water: The Old but New Piece of the Energy Puzzle
  11. Fight for Cleaner Los Angeles Air Reaches 9th Circuit
  12. Solar Power among Industries Offering ‘Takeoff’ for Troops
  13. Utility-Scale Solar Project for Nevada Co-op
  14. Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly
  15. Cree Unveils Cheaper, More Efficient LED Lighting
  16. Plastics Industry Spends Big to Reverse California’s Bag Ban
  17. Lawmakers Call on FCC to Reclassify Broadband for Net Neutrality
  18. Microsoft’s Big Freaking Servers Make Cloud Wars Even More Interesting
  19. Google Tries To Rethink E-Mail with ‘Inbox’
  20. Heavy Rainfall, Eclipse Weather, & Possible Saturday Windstorm
  21. First Heavy Rain of Season Breaks Record
  22. Vice-President of Shelton School Board Resigns
  23. Fish & Wildlife Officers to Star in Reality TV Show
  24. Marijuana News: Seattle Warns Medical Marijuana Shops to Get State License or Face Enforcement
  25. Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was Work of Lone Gunman
  26. Like Dogs & A Hydrant: Vandals Hit Crater Lake as Part of National Park Spraypainting Spree
WORD OF THE DAY

Interlocutor • \in-ter-LAH-kyuh-ter\ • Noun - One who takes part in dialogue or conversation

Interlocutor
Make your point, but don’t butt in
Take your turn, bud

ENERGY & UTILITY ISSUES

British Columbia Official Calls for Columbia River Treaty Accounting (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

‘Smart Meter’ Contractor, City of Port Angeles Settle on Failed Project (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: How Utilities Are Powering the Marijuana Industry (Utility Dive)

California Getting More Bakken Crude by Barge than Rail “…from barges loaded at terminals in the Pacific Northwest…” (Reuters)

A First: Bonneville Power Administration Customer Schedules Energy in 15-Minute Increments (Bonneville Power Administration)

Detroit Plans to Sell 13 Million Pounds of Scrapped Copper Wire (Associated Press)

Not All Power is Created Equally. So Why Does It All Cost the Same? (Christian Science Monitor)

Be ‘Storm Smart’ is Message of Co-op Website (Electric Co-op Today)

FISH & WILDLIFE

Tacoma Power:  Lake Cushman Fish Collector Project Nears Completion (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

WATER & THE ENVIRONMENT

Water: The Old but New Piece of the Energy Puzzle (Forbes Magazine)

Fight for Cleaner Los Angeles Air Reaches 9th Circuit (Courthouse News Service)

RENEWABLE/ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Solar Power among Industries Offering ‘Takeoff’ for Troops (News Tribune, Tacoma, WA – Paywall Advisory)

Utility-Scale Solar Project for Nevada Co-op (Electric Co-op Today)

CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY

Will Improved Energy Efficiency Lead to Increased Energy Consumption in the Developing World? Quite Possibly (The Energy Collective)

Cree Unveils Cheaper, More Efficient LED Lighting (Mashable)

BARREL O’ GREEN POTPOURRI

Plastics Industry Spends Big to Reverse California’s Bag Ban (Sacramento Bee, CA)

TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Lawmakers Call on FCC to Reclassify Broadband for Net Neutrality (Infoworld)

Microsoft’s Big Freaking Servers Make Cloud Wars Even More Interesting (GigaOM)

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Google Tries To Rethink E-Mail with ‘Inbox’ (Washington Post)

GENERAL NEWS

Heavy Rainfall, Eclipse Weather, & Possible Saturday Windstorm (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

First Heavy Rain of Season Breaks Record (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Vice-President of Shelton School Board Resigns (KMAS Radio, Shelton, WA)

Fish & Wildlife Officers to Star in Reality TV Show (KING-TV, Seattle, WA)

Marijuana News: Seattle Warns Medical Marijuana Shops to Get State License or Face Enforcement (Oregonian, Portland)

Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was Work of Lone Gunman (NY Times)

Like Dogs & A Hydrant: Vandals Hit Crater Lake as Part of National Park Spraypainting Spree (Portland Business Journal, OR)

DIVERSIONS

Air New Zealand Made a Lord of the Rings Movie for an Epic Safety Video

Five Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven’t Solved

Maker of Camel Cigarettes to End Smoking in Its Offices

British Man Pleads Guilty after Faking Two Year Coma to Avoid Court, Cops Say

SONG OF THE DAY

Jimmy Buffet - Son of a Son of a Sailor

LINKS & PAYWALL ADVISORY

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 21, 2014 – Hot Shots Edition




Heavy Rain Coming and Windstorm Threat (Cliff Mass Weather Blog)

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HOT SHOTS – TODAY’S TOP STORIES

Feds Accept Bonneville Power Administration Approach to High Wind, High Water (Electric Co-op Today)

PacifiCorp, California Venture Promises to Boost Profile of Renewable Energy (Sustainable Business Oregon)

City Of Port Angeles to Take Up Settlement for Smart Meter Program (KONP Radio, Port Angeles, WA)

Best-Ever Operating Results at Washington State's Sole Nuclear Power Plant (Puget Sound Business Journal, WA)

Washington State to Reduce Coho Numbers at Kalama Falls Hatchery (Longview Daily News, WA)

Kitsap Peninsula Hatchery Collects Returning Salmon, Gives Them Away (Associated Press)

Work Begins on New Clallam PUD Headquarters in Carlsborg (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA)

Washington State OFM Says another Week Needed for Low-Carbon Fuels Analysis (Washington State Wire, Olympia, WA)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Energy News Digest for October 17, 2014


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Energy News Digest Word Cloud for October 17, 2014

Hot Shots – Today’s Top Five Stories

Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon (NY Times)

Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too (Washington Post)

This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water (AdWeek)

News Highlights (Details Below)
  1. Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists
  2. Industry Group Urges British Columbia to Invest in 'Clean Energy' Instead of New Peace River Dam
  3. British Columbia: A Massive Dam - And a Massive Legal Test
  4. Ultralight Plane Crashes into Stanwood-Area Power Lines; Pilot Up, Walking
  5. Homeowners Billed for Utility’s Faulty Equipment
  6. California: PUC Judge & Commissioner Propose Sanctions against PG&E for Judge Shopping
  7. Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe
  8. Job Opening: Political Scapegoat for New England's Out of Control Energy Prices
  9. Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul for Fish
  10. Beavers with Parachutes in Idaho?
  11. This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water
  12. Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan
  13. Proposed San Francisco Law Would Put a Solar Panel on Nearly Every Roof
  14. California: Group Seeks Protection That Could Block Wind Project
  15. Alaska: Electrical Blowout Stops Turbine at Nome Wind Farm
  16. Wind Blows Away Fossil Power in the Nordics, the Baltics Next
  17. Arlington Man Competes in Insulation Competition
  18. Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon
  19. Oregon Won't Get into Yale (or Harvard) with These Grades
  20. Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank
  21. Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too
  22. City of Seattle’s Exploration of Municipal Broadband Is Far-Reaching
  23. Another City Wants To Stop Comcast from Taking over Cable Service
  24. More Americans Using Mobile Devices to Access Internet
  25. Starbucks to Test Smartphone 'Pay Ahead' Option in Portland
  26. Google Shares Fall as Ad Growth Slows
  27. How the BBC Is Using WhatsApp to Combat Ebola in West Africa
  28. Candy Maker Sweet on Vine, Instagram after Facebook Reach Drops 73%
  29. Shelton Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell
  30. Washington State Regulators Put Pot Sales Information, Enforcement Reports Online to Help Banks
  31. Oregon Economist: Pot Benefits Outweigh Societal Costs
  32. Feds: Don't Expect Winter to Be Polar Vortex Redux
  33. Charge: Pair Stole $45,000 in Luggage from Sea-Tac Baggage Claim
  34. Cleaning Supply Sales Are Up as Americans Freak Out over Ebola
  35. FCC: Half of Wireless 911 Calls Are Butt-Dials
Word of the Day

Ideate • \EYE-dee-ate\ • verb – To form an idea or conception of - to form an idea

Ideate a Plan
Put it into Motion Now
Seemed Right at the Time

Energy & Utility Issues

Peace River Dam: Is Victoria All-In on Site C? No, Energy Minister Bennett Insists (Vancouver Sun, BC)

Industry Group Urges British Columbia to Invest in 'Clean Energy' Instead of New Peace River Dam (Globe & Mail, Canada)

British Columbia: A Massive Dam - And a Massive Legal Test (Globe & Mail, Canada)

Ultralight Plane Crashes into Stanwood-Area Power Lines; Pilot Up, Walking (KIRO Broadcasting, Seattle, WA)

Homeowners Billed for Utility’s Faulty Equipment (Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA)

California: PUC Judge & Commissioner Propose Sanctions against PG&E for Judge Shopping (Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA)

Calls to Use Yucca Mountain as a Nuclear Waste Site, Now Deemed Safe (NY Times)

Job Opening: Political Scapegoat for New England's Out of Control Energy Prices (Forbes Magazine)

Fish & Wildlife

Methow Valley Irrigation Gets Overhaul for Fish (Northwest Public Radio)

Beavers with Parachutes in Idaho? (Idaho Statesman, Boise)

Water & Environment

This Video about Dropping a Brick Is Worth a Few Laughs & 67 Million Gallons of Water (AdWeek)

Renewable/Alternative Energy

Los Angeles Sued By Two Companies over Rejection of Solar Array Plan (Los Angeles Times, CA)

Proposed San Francisco Law Would Put a Solar Panel on Nearly Every Roof (SF Chronicle)

California: Group Seeks Protection That Could Block Wind Project (Victorville Daily Press, CA)

Alaska: Electrical Blowout Stops Turbine at Nome Wind Farm (KNOM Radio, Nome, AK)

Wind Blows Away Fossil Power in the Nordics, the Baltics Next “…helping to meet demand when hydropower production…falls due to dry weather…” (Reuters)

Conservation & Efficiency

Arlington Man Competes in Insulation Competition (Everett Herald, WA)

Climate Change Sequestration Vault

Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon (NY Times)

Barrel O’ Green Potpourri

Oregon Won't Get into Yale (or Harvard) with These Grades “…is far behind…in establishing a way to curb carbon emissions through taxes & fees…” (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Biofuel Companies Look Beyond the Gas Tank (NY Times)

Technology & Telecommunications

Cable Blackouts Could Someday Be Broadband Blackouts, Too (Washington Post)

City of Seattle’s Exploration of Municipal Broadband Is Far-Reaching (International Examiner)

Another City Wants To Stop Comcast from Taking over Cable Service (Consumerist)

More Americans Using Mobile Devices to Access Internet (USA Today)

Social Media & Marketing

Starbucks to Test Smartphone 'Pay Ahead' Option in Portland (Oregonian, Portland)

Google Shares Fall as Ad Growth Slows (USA Today)

How the BBC Is Using WhatsApp to Combat Ebola in West Africa (Christian Science Monitor)

Candy Maker Sweet on Vine, Instagram after Facebook Reach Drops 73% (AdWeek)

General News

Shelton Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell (Associated Press)

Washington State Regulators Put Pot Sales Information, Enforcement Reports Online to Help Banks (Associated Press)

Oregon Economist: Pot Benefits Outweigh Societal Costs (KOIN-TV, Portland, OR)

Feds: Don't Expect Winter to Be Polar Vortex Redux (Associated Press)

Charge: Pair Stole $45,000 in Luggage from Sea-Tac Baggage Claim (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, WA)

Cleaning Supply Sales Are Up as Americans Freak Out over Ebola (Consumerist)

FCC: Half of Wireless 911 Calls Are Butt-Dials (Mashable)

Diversions

Once in Million Years: Comet Buzzing Mars on Sunday, Robotic Explorers Have Best Seats in the House

Turbo the Chihuahua Finally Meets the Man Who 3D Printed His Wheelchair

Bigfoot Sighted Chasing Cars in Aberdeen

Australian Returns Home from Holiday with Spider in Stomach

Song of the Day

Gene Krupa - Big Noise from Winnetka

Links & Paywall Advisory

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Note that as some newspapers migrate to a “paywall” system of access, some articles may not be available without forking over some cold hard credit card cash. However, some sites will allow a certain number of story accesses per month before holding out their hand. Sorry if this is an inconvenience.